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Top Events for Queen's Birthday Long Weekend, Melbourne 2013

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Top Events for Queen's Birthday Long Weekend, Melbourne 2013

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Portrait of Princess Elizabeth, aged 7 by Philip de László. Image from Wikipedia

Whatever your position in the Republic debate, most people are happy to claim a public holiday and long weekend in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, whose full and proper title is "Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith". So there. The redoubtable monarch is still on the throne and not showing any signs that retirement to the country with the corgis is on the cards in the near future. So spare a thought for Liz when you're out enjoying one of the many events Melbourne is hosting over this year's Queen's Birthday Long Weekend.

Good Food and Wine Show

In recent years chefs have come out of the kitchen and into the spotlight of celebrity, via the medium of television. If seeing the likes of Maggie Beer, Tobie Puttock and Miguel Maestre on the screen has whetted your appetite then the Good Food and Wine Show will give you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of your favourites. There'll also be wine and cheese tastings, book signings and master classes.

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When: From Friday 7 June to Monday 10 June from 10am.
Where: Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon St, South Melbourne
Tickets: Range from FREE for children under 12 to $44 for General entry plus a magazine subscription. They are available online here.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The Melbourne International Jazz Festival may be winding down by the time of the Queen's Birthday long weekend, but there will still be plenty of jazz action around town on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June. Look out for free concerts in Federation Square, Jazz in the Salon on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June, or Soundwalks from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June. You could also treat yourself to the amazing vocal talents of Cassandra Wilson, who was named "America's Best Singer" in 2001 on Sunday 9 June.

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When: Until Sunday 9 June
Where: Various Melbourne venues.
Tickets: See booking details here. Prices vary.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Melbourne International 3 Day Event Equestrian

If you enjoy the thunder of hooves, the thrill of the showjumping, the elegance of dressage, the might and power of the horses, or just the sight of athletes in jodphurs then come along to Werribee Park for the biggest event on Melbourne's equestrian calendar. Apart from the eventing action there will also be food and wine, pony rides and activities for children. It will be a great family weekend with dressage competition on Saturday, cross country on Sunday and showjumping on Monday.

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When: From Friday 7 June to Monday 10 June.
Where: National Equestrian Centre, Werribee Park
Tickets: You can purchase a season pass (Adults $85, Concession $55, Junior $20) or one day tickets (Adults $30, Concession $20, Junior $10) through Ticketek.
More Information: Visit the website here.

Melbourne International Singers Festival

Melbourne's arts precinct will be ringing with the sound of music and singing over the Queen's Birthday long weekend. The festival features the work of internationally renowned choirs, groups and singers in workshops, masterclasses and concerts, as well as a choral festival for school and community choirs. A wide range of musical genres will be represented including classical, gospel, cabaret, a cappella, pop, classical and contemporary. Highlights include Lighting Up the Tree With Voice (as part of The Light in Winter), the Master Singer Concert Series, featuring the Idea of North, the premiere of the documentary, Beyond Hard Knocks, and the Festival Finale Concert.

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When: From Friday 7 to Monday 10 June
Where: Various arts precinct venues including Federation Square and Melbourne Recital Centre.
Tickets: Range from free to $150 for a Premium Pass Package. Bookings available online here.
More Information: Download the program here or visit the website here.
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Why? Find fun ways to celebrate Liz's birthday.
When: From Friday 7 June to Monday 10 June. Individual event dates and times vary. See article for details.
Where: Various venues around Melbourne. See article for details.
Cost: Varies. See article for details.
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