January

THE  MOYNEYANA FESTIVAL PORT FAIRY

The Moyneyana Festival is known for its enduring tribute to community spirit. The festival runs over five weeks from Christmas Eve through to Australia Day each year. Initiated in 1947, the festival helps to raise funds for the local hospital, and attracts crowds of 15,000 visitors each year.

January

GMHBA LORNE PIER TO PUB

Saturday 13th January 2018

The GMHBA Lorne Pier to Pub is the largest open water swim in the world and is organised and run by volunteers from Lorne Surf Life Saving Club. The course is 1.2km from the Lorne Pier to the foreshore in front of the LSLS clubhouse.

 

January

CADEL EVANS GREAT OCEAN ROAD RACE

29th January 2017

Australia will once again host its own version of the famous European 'Spring Classics' with the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.

February

APOLLO BAY SEAFOOD FESTIVAL
February 18th & 19th 2017

Delivering everything you would expect from a town famous for seafood, the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival and Local Produce Festival is an aquatic smorgasbord serving up all the deliciousness supplied in abundance from the local waters.  In 2017 the festival will run over two days and be held on weekend of February 18th & 19th, 2017 on the Apollo Bay foreshore.

February

OTWAY ODYSSEY
25th February, 2017

The Otway Odyssey is the ultimate mountain bike marathon in Australia with challenging, scenic, fun and flowing mountain bike courses.

March

PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL

March 10th - 13th 2017

Since its inception the festival will have presented around 3,500 acts including over 500 Internationals and over 12,000 musicians to an audience of beyond 240,000 ticket holders and 1,000,000 attendances to the wee village of Port Fairy.  The 2017 Festival will once again be an immersive celebration and showcase of music and culture which consumes the magnificent township of Port Fairy every Labour Day weekend.

April

THE RIP CURL PRO
April 12-24, 2017

The Rip Curl Pro is the longest running professional surfing contest in the world, and this year will be the 55th running of the event.

May

WARRNAMBOOL MAY RACE CARNIVAL
May 2017

Horse racing holds a very special place in the hearts of Victoria’s and the Western District in particular, as the number of people in Warrnambool double during the world renowned Tabcorp May Racing Carnival.

May

GREAT OCEAN ROAD RUNNING FESTIVAL

20th - 21st May 2017

Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road is home to one of the world’s most visually spectacular marathons, The Great Ocean Road Running Festival.

June

CASTERON KELPIE FESTIVAL
10th & 11th June 2017

The start of the Long Weekend in June is the Street Parade, followed by various novelty events, Kelpie High Jump, Kelpie Dash, animal nursery, Kelpie Pinball, Stockman's Challenge, Kelpie Hill Climb to mention a few of Saturdays highlights. 

July

FUN FOR KIDS FESTIVAL, WARRNAMBOOL
June/July 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

Fun4Kids Festival is Australia’s BEST children’s festival made up of 17 incredible fun zones full of kids’ entertainment and activities. With so many things to do in one location, you can choose your own adventure and enjoy the festival at your own pace.

August

INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE WEEKEND 
August 2017

International Lighthouse Weekend celebrates lighthouses and the people that worked in them. It’s held every year on the 3rd weekend in August and involves lighthouses & lightships from all around the world.

September

AMY'S GRAN FONDO  

September 16th - 17th 2017

Wiggle Amy’s Gran Fondo is Australia’s best cycling event. Catering to cyclists of all abilities, the event is held on fully closed roads in one of the most picturesque destinations on the planet – the Great Ocean Road. 

September

FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS-LORNE
2017 dates to be confirmed

From breathtaking cabaret, junkyard theatre and comedic genius to powerhouse harmonies, heartbreaking ballads and howling late night jazz,  FOPA 2017 will bring exciting emerging and seasoned performers to Lorne for a weekend of intoxicating shows.

October

BIRREGURRA FESTIVAL & ART SHOW
October 2016 (date to be confirmed)

An event synonymous with quality farm produce, agricultural displays, craft and live local music and held on the second weekend of October annually.

November

UPWELLING FESTIVAL, PORTLAND
29th October 2016

A celebration of the natural wonders brought to the town of Portland by the Bonney Upwelling. A free, one-day event in Portland, Victoria which offers a fantastic and vibrant way for the community and visitors to celebrate the unique features of our beautiful coastal town.

November

TOAST TO THE COAST FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL
October 29 & 30 2016

Take the opportunity to explore one of Australia’s truly iconic wine regions and taste your way across The Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and Surf Coast, as our region’s producers showcase the best Geelong winery experience on offer while you relax and enjoy our acclaimed wines.

December

FALLS FESTIVAL, LORNE  

December 28-31 2016

The Falls Festival not only attracts some of Australia’s best bands but also a huge crowd for the New Years Eve celebration.