The Festival comprises a range of diverse activities put on by community groups and local businesses. These include village fairs, food and wine events, arts and craft exhibitions, a Grand Parade, Torchlight Parade, Fireworks and an awesome Fun Run. The Festival comes to a conclusion with the running of the Mansfield Cup race day on Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday the 6th November.
Getting There …..
Mansfield is 211 Kilometres northeast of Melbourne, about a 2 ½ - hour drive via the Hume Freeway/M31, the Goulburn Valley Highway/B340 and the B300.
Maldon's historic streetscape has hosted the annual Folk Festival for more than 40 years.
Maldon Folk Festival has been held annually in this historic National Trust Classified township for more than 40 years, each year providing a long weekend of quality, value for money entertainment suitable for all age groups.
The 2018 event will be held over the weekend of Friday 2nd to Monday 5th November and feature an action-packed four days of folk music and dance, musical theatre, interactive workshops and a host of other activities around town.
A full list of catered accommodation options is available on the Maldon Visitor Information Centre web page.
Camping is available at the Maldon Football Ground, in the centre of town and at Mount Tarrangower. See the website for full details, bookings and terms & conditions.
Early Bird online tickets are on sale via the website and cost Adult Weekend Pass $140, Youth Weekend Pass (aged 12 to 17 years) $70 and a Family Weekend Pass $280. Accompanied children under 12 are Free.
Getting There …..
Maldon is 145 Kilometres northwest of Melbourne about a 1 hour 40 minute drive via the Calder Freeway/M79 to Harcourt North then the C283 to Maldon.
Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues – 2nd to 4th November
Wangaratta's annual Festival of Jazz and Blues has been drawing big crowds since 1990.
The first Wangaratta Festival of Jazz was staged in 1990, saw blues added to the program in 1994 and today attracts crowds of more than 25,000 to be entertained by more than 200 accomplished jazz and blues musicians from Australia, the US, UK and Europe.
The 2018 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues will be staged over the weekend of Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th November at venues in and around Wangaratta.
Featuring a diverse and eclectic mix of established artists and rising stars, the program showcases jazz and blues of all styles, including original, contemporary, traditional, mainstream, experimental and improvised.
A major of the program is the National Jazz Awards, a competition designed to encourage and promote young musicians.
The Festival has won numerous tourism and sponsorship awards and is recognised internationally as the foremost jazz and blues event in Australia. It's certainly one not to be missed.
Tickets are now available online and cost:
Gold Pass $355 or $330 Concession – Access into all venues Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Skip the queues and have guaranteed access to every show. Must be in attendance at least 15 minutes prior to show time to guarantee access.
Festival Weekend Pass $190 or $170 Concession – Access all venues Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Line up early as with popular shows some venues reach capacity early.
Blues Weekend Pass $135 or $125 Concession – Access into the Blues Marquee Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Festival Day Passes $145 or $130 Concession or Blues Day Pass 4110 or 4105 Concession – Access all venues Friday, Saturday OR Sunday (some venues may hit capacity, therefore, entry will not be possible).
Getting There …..
Wangaratta is 251 Kilometres northeast of Melbourne, about a 2 hour 40 minute drive via the Hume Freeway/M31.
Melbourne Cup Carnival – 3rd to 10th November
Where: Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington www.flemington.com.au
Tel: Victoria Racing Club 1300 727 575
Yeah g'day, don't forget to trot on down to Flemington to cheer me and my mates throughout the Melbourne Cup Carnival, November 3rd to 10th.
World class sporting events don't come any bigger or better than the VRC's Melbourne Cup Carnival. This year's event will run from Saturday 3rd until Saturday 10th November featuring such marquee thoroughbred racing as the AAMI Victoria Derby Day, Kennedy Oaks Day, Seppelt Wines Stakes Day and of course the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup to be run on Tuesday 6th November.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is an iconic Melbourne Event featuring live entertainment, family fun, Myer Fashions On The Field, great food & drink and of course a world-class program of racing.
General Admission tickets starting from $31 (Kennedy Oaks Day) are now on sale online along with a huge selection of premium ticket packages. See the website for full details, availability, pricing and terms & conditions.
Getting There …..
On race days special trains run directly to Flemington Racecourse from Flinders Street and Southern Cross stopping at North Melbourne then express to Flemington.
The No. 57 West Maribyrnong tram runs from the corner of Elizabeth and Flinders Streets to Flemington Drive (Stop 30).
The Route 472 Bus operates from Williamstown to Flemington via Footscray and Moonee Ponds and the Route 404 from Footscray to Flemington via Smithfield Road.
Toast to the Coast Geelong Wine Festival – 3rd and 4th November
Opportunities to test your palate and taste buds with great wines and local produce don't come any better than the Geelong regions Toast to the Coast Festival.
Held over the Melbourne Cup Weekend and now in its 17th year, the iconic Toast to The Coast Festival is one of the most anticipated events on the Bellarine/surf Coast calendar.
It's a true celebration of the ever-popular Geelong Wine Region, showcasing the very best wines and gourmet foods from the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and the Bellarine Peninsula.
Toast to The Coast is the perfect day out at multiple venues throughout the region with Weekend Passes including a commemorative take-home glass that doubles as your ticket to free wine tastings at all participating vineyards.
A hop-on, hop-off Shuttle Bus will run continuously throughout the weekend taking visitors to and from participating wineries.
Tickets are new available online and selling fast. Saturday and Sunday entry tickets cost $40 and entry plus Shuttle Bus costs $70. See the website for availability, bookings and terms & conditions.
Participating wineries for 2018 include Moorabool Ridge, Clyde Park, Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Bellarine Estate, Scotchmans Hill, Mount Duneed and Nicols Paddock to name just a few.
Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival – 8th to 11th November
The massed pipes and drums will bring Beechworth and the Old Gaol to life for the 2018 Beechworth Celtic Festival.
The Beechworth Celtic Festival will be staged from Friday 9th to Sunday 11th November and celebrate the unique cultures of many Celtic nations on a weekend full of family fun and entertainment.
The Festival will kick off with a spectacular 3-hour concert at the Old Gaol on Friday evening commencing at 7.30 PM and featuring Damien Leith, Eric Bogle and Claymore.
On Saturday there will be a range of music and dancing in various hotels, the Bridge Road Brewery, Beechworth Bakery, the Heritage Precinct and Queen Victoria Park. The Rotary Club Celtic Market and 'Scots on the Rock' music at Queen Victoria Park will entertain from 9.00am - 3.30pm.
On Saturday night the Old Beechworth Goal Tattoo will present a spectacular 2 hours of majesty, music and dance in the traditions of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo presented in the exercise yard of the Old Beechworth Gaol and featuring 200 performers.
Join the massed pipes and drums made up of musicians from Scots School Albury, Albury-Wodonga, Wangaratta, Wagga Wagga, Watsonia and City of Melbourne pipe bands together with Highland and Irish dancers.
A Weekend Pass costs $100 and accesses all venues, the Concert Spectacular and Tattoo plus general admission on Saturday & Sunday.
A Concert Spectacular ticket costs Adults $65 and Children 16 and under $35.
A Tattoo Ticket costs Adults $50 and Children 16 and under $30.
Saturday & Sunday General Admission costs Adults $20.
Bookings for the Tattoo and Concert Spectacular are essential.
Getting There …..
Beechworth is 286 Kilometres northeast of Melbourne, just over a 3-hour drive via the Hume Freeway/M31 and the C315.
Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival – 17th and 18th November
More than 30 wineries will participate in this years Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival.
During the weekend of Saturday and Sunday the 17th and 18th November more than 30 great central Victorian wineries will open their doors in a celebration of the 29th annual Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival.
Purchase a Festival Passport Ticket and you'll gain weekend access to all venues for wine tastings, fine food, live entertainment and great country hospitality.
Throughout the Festival winery dinners and events will be held at various locations in the region showcasing restaurants, producers and vignerons at the mainly small, family-owned wineries producing some of Victoria's best artisan wines.
The Macedon Ranges is cool to cold by world wine standards producing varieties of delicate sparkling wines, refined Chardonnay and award-winning Pinot Noir while the northern part of the region, the Cobaw Ranges, produce the more robust styles of Shiraz and Cabernet.
Discover the hidden treasures of the Macedon Ranges wine region between 10 AM and 5 PM over both days of the Festival. You won't be disappointed.
Online Early Bird tickets (available until 10th November) cost $20. Tickets purchased at the Cellar Door cost $25.
The ticket price includes entry, wristband, your Festival glass for tastings and access to all participating wineries, wine tasting and live music & entertainment.
You can book a Budburst Tour Bus which will visit 3 – 4 wineries with 5 tour options originating from Kyneton, Woodend, Mount Macedon or Daylesford.
Alternatively, jump on the Budburst Hoppa Shuttle which will visit 6 different wineries on a designated route commencing at either Woodend or Kyneton.
Visit the Budburst website for full details, availability, pricing and bookings.
Getting There .....
Mount Macedon is 65 Kilometres north of Melbourne, about an hour's drive via the Calder Freeway/M79.
Queenscliff Music Festival – 23rd to 25th November
Where: Venues in and around Queenscliff www.qmf.net.au
Tel: (03) 5258 4816
Queenscliff's military and maritime history provides a unique backdrop for the annual Queenscliff Music Festival to be staged from 23rd to 25th November.
The Queenscliff Music Festival has been a highlight of Victoria's festival scene since 1997 attracting huge crowds to an ever-increasing array of talent each year since.
The Festival offers visitors a unique, memorable and family-friendly music experience featuring a broad range of contemporary artists and emerging talent.
The 2018 line-up includes 19-Twenty, The Whitlams, The Turner Brown Band, Heath Robertson Band, Alice Sky and Grizzlee Train to name just a few of the 66 acts listed so far.
Weekend and single day tickets are on sale now. Go to the website www.qmf.net.au for current ticket prices, availability and terms & conditions.
BYO tent camping is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights on the Queenscliff Oval. The campsite is managed with toilets and showers available.
Getting There …..
Queenscliff is 102 Kilometres south of Melbourne, about a 90-minute drive via the Princes Freeway/M1 and the Bellarine Highway/B110.
Geelong Revival Motoring Festival – 23rd to 25th November
This unique motoring festival will host more than 600 fascinating and very valuable vehicles.
The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival will be staged from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th of November along Geelong's very picturesque and popular waterfront precinct.
Preceded by the Friday Night Cruise the Festival will host more than 600 fascinating and very valuable vehicles guaranteed to please enthusiasts and laymen alike, and if the cars and motorcycles don't do it for you there'll also be a range of classic boats and vintage aircraft on display.
Highlights include the historic quarter-mile sprints with classic and exotic cars & motorcycles sprinting down Ritchie Boulevard at full throttle and a Revival Hill Climb in the adjacent parkland.
Visitors can also take a step back in time into a vintage lifestyle zone featuring live music, trade stalls, delicious food and entertainment. There'll be a Vintage Caravan Display and of course, the National Vintage Fashion Awards will again be a huge drawcard. Motoring enthusiasts can top off their weekend in the trade expo zone, featuring great displays, sales and unique demonstrations.
The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival is a great way to spend a top day out with the whole family and enjoying some good old-fashioned fun.
Getting There …..
Geelong is 75 Kilometres southwest of Melbourne, just over an hour's drive via the Princes Freeway/M1.
Alternatively VLine run regular fast train services between Melbourne (Southern Cross) and Geelong.
Spring is here, summer is just around the corner and there is no better time to take advantage of the host of opportunities to get out and be excited by what's on offer throughout Victoria in November - don't you be the one to miss out this November.