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Summer on the Mornington Peninsula is a hive of activity with over 100,000 tourists, day trippers and sightseers descending on peninsula annually to make the most of the spectacular coastal location and great summer events.
In no particular order here are my top 10 summer events on the Mornington Peninsula for you to enjoy.
1# Portsea Twilight Fun Run is a popular run that's perfectly timed to kick start your New Year's resolution of getting fitter, losing weight and being a healthier, happier version of yourself and best of all, the scenery is so stunning (as pictured above) you won't notice the kilometres tick by. Choose from the 4 or 8km walk/run and enter the family or take a few friends along for a fun evening. The run is on the 2nd of January at 6pm for the 4km walk and 7pm for the 8km run. Entries are available on the day for $55 or online at a slightly cheaper price. To enter or to find out more click here.
If you miss the Portsea Twilight then Alzheimer's Australia Memory, Walk and Jog event is on the 24th of January at Point Nepean. There is a 7km run, 3.5km run and 3.5km walk to choose from and entry costs $25. Click here for registration or for more details.
2# Frankston Waterfront Festival on the 16th and 17th of January is a free family event that incorporates live music, markets, beach activities, water sports, fine food, wine and cider, amusement rides along with the popular fireworks display at 9:45pm on Saturday. For more information click here.
3# RACV Great Australian Rally and car show at the Mornington Racecourse attracted over 1,000 vintage and classic vehicles last year and has the potential to break that record when the cars return on the 16th of January. Entry to the car show is $10 and more information can be found here. Also worth a look is the annual hotrod and muscle car display at Mornington Park at the end of Main street on New Year's Day from 8:30am-3:30pm ( most cars arrive between 10am-1pm). More info can be found here.
4# Jeep Portsea Polo at the Quarantine Station at Point Nepean on the 9th of January is where the glamorous flock to for the start of the Melbourne social year. You can be a part of it with general admission tickets available for $85 for adults, $50 children which can be purchased here.
5# Two Bays Trail Run is the biggest trail running event on the Mornington Peninsula and attracts a quality field from all over Victoria and further afield. Having completed the 28km run last year I can say that it's also one of the funnest events I've completed. Entries are capped at 1,000 participants over the two distances of 28km and 56km and are sold out but you can register your details on the cancellation list here.
6# Sand Sculpting Australia - A Day at the Zoo is an annual event that sees 20 sculptors from around the world descend onto the foreshore precinct at Frankston to create amazing sand sculptures from 3,500 tonnes of sand. Each year there is a different theme with this year's being "A day at the zoo". The sand sculpting display is open daily from Boxing Day till the 25th of April with free face painting and kids activities on the weekends. Tickets cost $42 for a family of four or $14 adult, $10 child. To book tickets or to find out more click here.
7# Australia Day Street Parade and Fireworks - Mornington is a fun family event that sees the main street get closed off to traffic and come alive with 50 community floats, live music, roving entertainment, freebies, activities and more. With entertainment at the Mornington Park beginning at 3pm and concluding at 9:30pm with a fireworks display. For more info click here. There is also Australia Day activities in 7 other locations on the Peninsula with my favourite being the Australia Day Fun Run.
Australia Day street parade Mornington
8# Jayco Herald Sun Tour - Arthurs Seat is an annual highlight on the cycling calendar that gives you the opportunity to get up close to pro cyclists as they battle it out for the final stage victory atop of Arthurs Seat. The 122km stage 4 of the tour starts and finishes on Arthurs Seat on the 7th of February between 2:30pm-5:30pm with riders completing 3 laps up the scenic winding road to the summit. For more info click here.
9# Rye Gift and Family Fun Day on the 9th of January from 10am-7pm incorporates traditional athletic foot race events run under the regulations of the Victorian Athletics League along with family entertainment that includes market stalls, carnival rides, face painting and more. With an expected turnout of 600 runners, with many using the Rye gift as preparation for the Stawell Gift you can expect some fierce competition. Entry is $10 for adults and more information can be found here.