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Published July 24th 2014
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Here at Weekend Notes we love the challenge of finding top events and activities for you to enjoy with family/friends so you can make the most of your time off. Here I have a list of some great events happening during the month of August.



Geelong Book Fair will have you stocked with reading material to see out the rest of winter and beyond. Thousands of books will be for sale by the Rotary club of Geelong West and all are priced at $1 for soft covers or $2 for hard covers. The fair will be held from Friday 15th - Sunday 17th Aug 2014 at Geelong West Town Hall. Although their webpage isn't updated at this stage with the 2014 dates they have been confirmed by the Rotary club. To vsit their webpage click here.

Warm up with some great winter runs. Choose between the 'easier' de Castella run for mental health in Kew with options of 5km, 10km or 15 km to the the 'mid range' half marathons (21.1km) in four locations, the serious Shepparton marathon (42.2km) as well as the super serious 'The Tan Ultra' 100km run. Another great run off bitumen is the Devilbend classic on the 17th with a 5km, 10km and half marathon to choose from. Or the Salomon trail running series event in Olinda on the 17th with the options of 3 event lengths.

Picture courtesy of Port of Melbourne Corporation


Station Pier Photography Competition is open to all amateur photographers to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Station Pier. To enter submit your best photo before Friday 22nd of August. Prizes include photographic supply vouchers or an iPad mini. For more info click here.

Lorne Festival of Performing Arts has an extraordinary array of circus acts, street performers, comedy acts, musical performances, photographic exhibition, heritage walks and so much more. The festival will be held over the weekend of the 29th-31st of August. For more info click here.

Melbourne Art Fair is one of Australasia's leading contemporary art fairs after 25 years of inspiring and encouraging artists around the country. The fair will be held between the 13th - 17th of August at the Royal Exhibition Building. General entry costs $28 or $22 concession. More info can be found here. Or you can read a Weekend Notes review here.

Yarra Valley Chocalaterie


Hot chocolate festival @ Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is a month long festival with 31 different flavours of hot chocolate with seven new flavours each week. Vote for your favourite and go into the draw to win your body weight in chocolate. This is a Willy Wonka type of chocolate factory that must be experienced at least once. To read my full review on the hot chocolate festival click here.

Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest is a light, sound and movement display that will light up the town of Walhalla for the month of August. The light show is best seen from the Walhalla train which will be operating during the evenings. To read my full review click here.

Walhalla Goldfields Railway


Herald Sun Home Show will be held from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th at the Melbourne Exhibition centre between 10am - 6pm Thur & Sun and 10am - 9pm Fri & Sat. Whether you're building, renovating or just want to keep up to date with the latest home ideas, the home show has it all. Tickets cost $16 online or $20 on the day. For more info click here.

Camellia Festival - Victorian state camellia championships will held on Saturday 16th of August 1pm-5pm and Sunday17th 10am-4:30pm at the Mount Waverly community center. You will see hundreds of camellias on display competing for the top prize, a floral art show, cut flowers, pot plants, plants for sale and afternoon tea. Entry is $5, children are free.

Craft and farmers markets are plentiful all year round and it's a great way to sample produce from other regions. I like to pick one an hour or so away and use it as an excuse to explore the area. Some to look at include the Mornington Racecourse market on the 10th Aug, Eltham community market on the 17th Aug and Gembrook market on the 24th Aug to name but a few. For a full list of accredited farmers markets click here and for craft markets click here.

Eltham community market


Melbourne Orchid Spectacular will be held at the KCC ( State dog park at Skye) from Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th between 9am -5pm on Friday and Saturday and 9am - 4pm on Sunday. The orchid spectacular will host 25 different displays from orchid society's and commercial growers. Entry is $10 adults, $8 concession and children are free.

The First Shot Commemoration - Point Nepean will be held on Tuesday 5th of August to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first shot being fired at Point Neapean and also the first shot fired in the British Empire in World War I. Free shuttle buses will run between 12 noon to 5pm. For more info or to book your spot on the bus click here.

Some other interesting things to do that have been covered by other Weekend Notes writers include Melbourne writers festival, Docklands fireworks, Lions bargain book sale, or more great ideas here.
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Why? August events to keep you busy
When: For the month of August
Where: All around Victoria
Cost: Various prices, some free.
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Superb round up of activities here, who knew there was so much to do mid-winter!
by EricaL (score: 3|1645) 1816 days ago
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