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What’s On? November 2019

/ 07 Nov 2019

Velvet, Iron, Ashes

Uncover the surprising connections between some of Victoria’s greatest stories at the recently opened free exhibition, Velvet, Iron, Ashes located in the newly refurbished State Library Victoria. Wandering through this interactive exhibition, visitors will learn about some of the state’s most influential people, events and icons including Ned Kelly, the Ashes Urn, Yallourn Power Station and even Nappie Wash. With the Ashes Urn exclusively on loan from Marylebone Cricket Club in London until February 2020, it’s the one time visitors won’t need to travel across the world to see the iconic urn. Victorian State Library, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne, until 12 July 2020

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival

An ideal time to explore and celebrate the creative heart of this musical driven town is during the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival. Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy world-class live entertainment at this annual four-day festival. With over 120 acts at 40 plus venues across the four days, the Bendigo, Blues and Roots performances and workshops will showcase the skills of local and independent talent. The centrepiece of the program will be an all-day, free-entry, family-friendly concert featuring over a dozen great acts in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park on Saturday. Various venues throughout Bendigo, from 7-10 November

Ballarat Frolic Festival

What better way to celebrate regional Victoria's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual (LGBTIQA+) arts and culture than with a week-long festival. So successful from its launch in 2017, Ballarat Frolic Festival has evolved to offer attends everything from the Bush Dance featuring Northcote String Band; the first ever Carnival Day with live entertainment, stalls and food trucks all afternoon at Alfred Deakin Place; Granny Bingo bringing the laughs at Trades Hall; an afternoon of jazz and wine tasting; one of the most popular events ever Frolic Cabaret making a return; and Uptown Girl – a night of drag featuring Philmah Bocks, Jojo Zaho and Maude Boate. Various venues throughout Ballarat, from 7-13 November

Hillscene Live Festival

Escape to the hidden live arts festival in the Dandenong Ranges to explore live art in a forest edge festival and find yourself engaging with experimental artists and their enthralling works. hillsceneLIVE is the only program of its kind in the Dandenong Ranges, which fringes onto regional Victoria. The festival is dedicated to supporting artists who take juicy risks, ask big questions, and make bold statements with their work. Across the weekend, relish live art and performances that including theatre, dance, sound art, comedy, spoken word, circus and works that honestly fit not mold. Karwarra Nursery, 1190-1192 Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama, from 9-1- November

Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival

Embark on a journey of discovery on the weekend of 9 and 10 November, where over 25 wineries nestled in laneways across the Macedon Ranges come to life to welcome you. Hidden away in the picturesque natural landscape, delight in the discovery of an array of small and diverse wineries and vineyards. You will be delighted to discover the exceptionally high quality small batch wines that this cool to cold region produces. Only an hour drive from Melbourne will place you at the gateway of the charming less travelled roads of the Macedon Ranges. Various wineries throughout Mount Macedon, from 9-10 November

Opens Spaces Festival at Abbotsford Convent

Soak up the sounds and surrounds of the Abbotsford Convent at the all-ages arts and music festival, featuring live music, DJs, roving performances, art, markets, food trucks and more. Enjoy your beats with a side of natural beauty in the Convent’s sprawling heritage gardens. This year’s line-up includes Haiku Hands, DRMNGNOW, HAYCH, Elle Shimada, N’fa Jones, Kee'ahn, Parvyn, Pookie, Danika Smith and Fred Leone.  1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, from 9-10 November

Melbourne Music Week

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) 14 to 23 November, marks the 10th anniversary of Melbourne Music Week. This nine-day celebration with a program spanning 70 events, with 300 acts across 65 venues, delves deep in to the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene. With a reputation for re-imaging spaces for creative use, each year has a different flagship venue, such as the Argus Building in 2012, the Former Royal Women’s Hospital in 2015, and – last year – Acmi, this years festival will see a return to some of these spaces for special one off shows. Various venues across Melbourne, from 14-23 November

Ciao Yarra Valley Festival

Celebrate all things Italian in Melbourne's Yarra Valley at the two week Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao festival. Kicking the festivities off with the Festa di via Verde (Green Street Festival) on 16 November, guests will enjoy music, dance, childrens activities, classic car displays and alfresco dining at the stunning location of Healesville. The following weekend Warburton will be taken over by the two-day Italian-themed cycling race, the Giro della Donna. The race will take place on the Lilydale to Warburton bike trail, so get out your lycra and take part in the race or settle into the festivities with enough room to indulge in the tempting Italian culinary scene happening at local wineries and farms. Various venues throughout Yarra Valley, from 15 November-1 December

International Rose Garden Festival

The International Rose Garden Festival Morwell, home to the award winning ‘Serendipity Gardens’ is coming of age, expanding the program over two huge days. Maximise the experience of the midsummer night’s creative light installation by staying in one of luxurious pre-pitched bell tent camping options for the Morwell Rose Garden Festival to ensure you're close to the heart of the event. The weekend includes spectacular food and wine tastings all centred around award-winning Gippsland Rosé. 17 Maryvale Cres, Morwell VIC 3840, from 16-17 November

La Dolce Vita Festival­­­

Discover the Italian spirit of the King Valley’s winemaking families, at La Dolce Vita wine and food festival. Much more than great food and wine, there’s live music and local produce markets for grown-ups, as well as face painting, fun and games galore for little ones. Enjoy both new and museum release wine poured by the winemakers themselves, along with prosecco cocktails and wine spritzes for fun.Various wineries throughout King Valley, from 16-17 November

Peninsula VineHop Festival

Info: Peninsula VineHop Festival is a multi-venue event, celebrating craft beer, cool climate wines and traditional ciders all produced on the stunning Mornington Peninsula. Think of VineHop as a winery and brewery tour on a festival scale. Including ten venues each hosting live music or DJ͛s, food trucks and bars offering a selection of beer, wine and cider tastings.Various locations throughout Mount Martha, from 16-17 November

Williamstown Heritage Beer and Cider Festival

Williamstown Beer and Cider Festival will showcase more than 20 independent breweries and cideries complemented with its biggest line up yet. With a stack of entertainment and free activities for the kids – Williamstown Beer and Cider Festival is set to provide a whole lot of good times on tap yet again. Seaworks, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, 16 November

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