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For Victorians over 60, enjoy free or low cost activities
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The Victorian Seniors Festival is back for the whole month of October. It's a time for over 60 seniors to get out there and participate in fun times, events and activities for free or low cost throughout the month. Turning 40 this year, the Festival is presenting a hybrid Festival with popular online performances. Tune in for radio plays, interviews and unique music performances.
Celebration Day at Fed Sq. on Sun 2 Oct from 12pm to 7pm is a free event. Launching the Festival, expect free musical performances and entertainment, information stands and displays. The Main Stage will feature performances from 12.45pm to 7.15pm, and you'll find the lineup via the given link. From a Swing Band to Line Dancing, Welcome to Country, the Official Opening, an Acapella Choir and more, there's much to entertain you.
On the Saturday 1 Oct from 6.30pm to 8pm - the day before Celebration Day, the Lost Girls will be popping up at Fed Square. Another free event, the Lost Girls will bring together many of the great musicians of the 80s and 90s, with an energy that only the big anthems from that era can bring. See the link for the amazing lineup. No bookings required. Just turn up and bring a friend for some fun times that rock.
The Coming Back Out Salon is a celebration of older LGBTIQplus communities and allies. Presented by All The Queens Men, head to the State Library Victoria at 328 Swanston St, Melbourne on 9 Oct from 2-4.30pm. This is a ticketed ($25 adult/$20 concession) event and bookings are essential. An afternoon event, it features The Skunkworks Orchestra Conducted by Phillipa Edwards and special roving performances from The Discordants.
ACMI will be running the 2022 Seniors Film Festival from 2-4 October at Cinema 1, Level 2 ACMI, Fed Square. A 3 day program of the classic and contemporary, with all tickets at just $5. See the Hollywood musical A Star is Born (1954) on the big screen to celebrate Judy Garland's centenary year; workplace screwball comedy 9 to 5 from 1980; a new documentary portrait of Queen Elizabeth II; and a special presentation of Australian silent era classic The Sentimental Bloke (1919) with a live score by Jen Anderson performed live by Jen Anderson and The Larrikins.
The Nurse Next Door Home Care Services Festival Hub at The Edge Theatre, Federation Square, will basically run the same program from 3-7 October from 10am to 4pm each day. The event is free with no bookings required, and includes tea and coffee, and runs during the free week of public transport for Seniors Card holders. It's a week of entertainment, information sessions and concerts. Information sessions includes a demonstration of proven ways to enhance our wellbeing so we can maintain a sense of purpose and possibility as we age. The power of happier ageing.
presented in partnership with local councils across Victoria this October. Follow the link for dates, places and performers that includes the likes of Tania Kernaghan, James and Briar Blundell, Broderick Smith with Shannon Bourne and more. Do remember to Google your local events or check with your Council about Seniors Festival Events. For instance, Greater Shepparton has a full-on program for its community for the whole of October eg. Nature Photography Workshop, Rock 'n' Roll dance lesson, Turtle Muster, Walking Group, Chair Yoga, Fashion Parade, lots of other workshops and a whole lot more. It pays to stay in touch via Facebook as well for more information.
There's so much happening at the Festival, be sure to pore through the program. From Makers and Menders sessions for which you need to book, to sailing the Bay between Sorrento and Queenscliff on the Searoad Ferries Sail and Fish'n'Chip Lunch Queenscliff for the whole of October from 11am to 3pm; collect your takeaway fish and chips from the terminal pop-up cafe and enjoy onboard the ferry or beside the beach. This is a costed event, and bookings are essential.
There's time out to take a breath with Shinrin Yoku-Forest Thearapy. Run on several dates over the month, experience a mindful meander in nature the Shinrin Yoku way. It's an opportunity to slow down and de-stress in a wonderful natural environment. This session originates from Japan and two INFTA Certified Forest Therapy Guides will support you to slow down with intention and mindfulness to engage your five senses. The walk will be at a slower-than-usual-pace with pauses and reflection time. You need to registerf or these walks.
Local Walks in the Park events are also available from Princes Bridge through the famous Queen Victoria Gardens, taking in the sights. Or, you can Give Croquet a Crack. Try one or all the various codes of croquet at the idillic Kew Croquet Club in Victoria Park, Kew. From come and try sessions to printmaking and more, lap it all up and take advantage of all wonderful entertaining, engaging and eye-opening events. You can also simply choose to go on a Half Price Ferry from 3-7 October. With Spring in the air and so many great attractions and adventures in all ferry destinations, it's the perfect time to get out and explore your backyard and get a dose of fresh air. As you can see, a plethora of events to enjoy all month long.