The School holidays are over and it seems like Melbourne is starting to move again. The weather is still hot and most likely we are still going to experience some really hot days as summer in Australia always appears to be a long and drawn out season.
Melbourne's beaches are still the best to visit to swim at to cool down and most are patrolled by our wonderful lifeguards.
In the month of February, here in Melbourne and into the Victorian countryside there is still tons o do with family and friends.
The month is filled with festivals celebrating other cultures, great music and the very best in fine food and wine.
This month several markets have been highlighted for you to enjoy. Get your calendar out and start to mark off those weekends for some fun and frivolity.
There's plenty to do in Melbourne, city, itself so why not take advantage of our Public Transport System to get to and from the events that you choose.
Other things to do in February that I'm suggesting will see you driving out into the suburbs or at the most a few hours from the city. Excellent day trips for you all to enjoy.
Click on any of the links below for more information on that event or just read through them all and choose some that may interest you.
- Chinese New Year Celebrations
- Cinema at the 'G'
- Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
- Kiwi Festival
- St Kilda Festival
- Meeniyan Garlic Festival
- Sustainable Living Festival
- Moonlight Cinema Festival
- Waterfront Festival
- Mirboo North Italian Festival
- Port Fairy Jazz Festival
- Sand Sculpting Exhibition
- Cherry Picking
- Grampian Music Festival
- Riverboats Music Festival
- Spotlight on Markets
Celebrate Chinese New Year with several weeks of celebrations and festivities.
Fully immerse yourself in Chinese culture and heritage, awaken the dragon,feaston delicious Chine quisine.
The city streets are lit up with traditional reds and golds. Streets from Queensbridge Square to Southgate, South Wharf and Docklands to Queen Victoria Market come alive with light installations, street performances, outdoor food stalls and acrobatic lion dances.
Some of Melbourne's famous landmarks play host to spectacular events. Dazzle your eyes with exquisite clothing from an array of ancient dynasties.
There is something to see and enjoy for all ages. Melbourne is a multicultural city and proud of its Chinese Heritage.
Events during this festival include:
- Melbourne Dai Loong Big Dragon Parade (11.30am to 1pm)
- Lion Dance performances
- Hawker stalls
- Cultural performances
– Prayers to Buddha
- Chinese Museum Open Day (free entrance)
This is a free event.
Experience Melbourne's MCG, Melbourne Cricket Ground, sitting right in the centre of this mighty stadium watching a movie under the stars.
For 2 nights only the stadium becomes a venue for movie buffs.
Bring blankets, pillows and snacks and create a picnic on the famous patch of grass, or purchase food and drinks from the on-site MCG caterers.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
120 Brunton Avenue Jolimont VIC 3002
Entry via Gate 3.
Federtion Square comes alive once again to celebrate Melbourne's Japanese Summer Festival.
Most of Melbourne's Japanese restaurants take this opportunity to share some of their delights with us all - real feed will find yakitori, takoyaki and other festival favourites.
There’ll be activities for the whole family to enjoy, and plenty of arts and crafts for the creative and fashionable.
Learn and participate in the traditional Bon dance – giving thanks to one’s ancestors and one of the most important traditions in Japan.
Enjoy a variety of performances including local song and dance groups featuring traditional acts such as Taiko drumming, Okinawan folk music, contemporary dance performances and a bilingual talk show.
Participate in the Bon Odori dance or the Best-Dressed Award for lasting memories and fantastic prizes.
The beautiful River Terrace will be lined with stalls offering a delicious, authentic taste of Japan. There will be plenty of opportunities to purchase authentic Japanese arts and crafts. Lots to see and do at the festival for all ages.
Federation Square, Melbourne
Click here for more information on Melbourne's Japanese Summer Festival
Celebrate New Zealand Kiwi Culture and traditions, pay tribute to the Land of the Long White Cloud, with live music from Kiwi acts, cultural performances and a range of traditional and artisanal food and drink from and inspired by New Zealand’s world-renowned industry.
Location: Where is Kiwi Fest 2020 located?
This year's event is held at the Footscray Community Arts Centre in Footscray. The FCAC site is a lush green lawn overlooking the Maribyrnong River, and is very short 5 minute walk from the transport hub of Footscray Station.
Is there parking at the festival?
Kiwi Fest will provide no parking spots for event attendees. There is limited public parking available around Footscray, It is recommended utilizing the venue's excellent proximity to public transport via Footscray Train Station.
Is there food on site and can I bring my own?
Yes, there will be an array of delicious food options, including heaps of Kiwi classics!
Enjoy one of Australia’s biggest FREE celebration of summer, showcasing Australian artists and talent against the spectacular natural beauty of the St Kilda foreshore.
Join with hundreds of thousands of people together for one massive day of free fun!
Held on the second Sunday in February each year where the streets of St Kilda are closed to traffic as some of the nation’s best musicians play over multiple stages.
The public are entertained with a vast range of performances, workshops, kids’ entertainment, sport, dance, carnival rides, food and drinks, markets, shopping and a whole lot more.
One of the fun things to do in February would have to be enjoying a full day of fun, food and live entertainment at Victoria's only Garlic Festival.
Introduce yourself to some of country’s leading garlic experts at the Garlic Institute and learn about growing garlic, the many varieties and the health benefits of Garlic.
Wander through over 150 stalls and enjoy the tastings. Purchase Gippsland's best garlic, wine, cheese, produce, dairy, beer, garlic ice-cream and art and crafts.
Watch as well known chefs whip up a garlic storm live on the festival stage. Be entertained with live bands and solo artists. So many games and activities and fun for all the kids, young and old.
For the kids we have the veggie sculpture competitions, billy cart time trials, sack races, vintage cars and tractors, historic fire engines and more old-time fun.
Veggie sculptures, billy-carts, party games and a day of fun for all.
Meeniyan Town is 150km south east of Melbourne, on the way to The Prom, just 90 minutes from the ‘burbs’.
Meeniyan Recreation Reserve
For the whole month of February celebrate the annual Sustainable Living Festival during which over 300 events will take place in and around Melbourne and across Victoria.
These events will showcase solutions to the sustainability and climate challenges we face. Local and international talent present talks, forums, workshops, film, art and design.
Come check out one of the biggest showcases of climate action in Australia.
Events are staged throughout the Festival in a range of venues and spaces across cities, suburbs and streets
The Festival provides a vast platform for leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to activate new audiences and promote their message.
The phenomenal November through to March program is jam-packed with acclaimed summer blockbusters, cosy Christmas flicks, fan favourites, fierce female leads and an array of hotly anticipated family-friendly films.
Between 28 Nov 2019 - 29 Mar 2020
Held on the Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne
Click here for ... Full program and bookings
One of the fun things to do in February would have to be enjoying a 'Play by the Bay' along the Frankston Foreshore.
Sample yummy cuisine from a great array of 'Food Trucks'. There are lots of market stalls to shop at and plenty of amusement rides to experience.
It's a great time for you and the family to enjoy.
On Saturday night, be dazzled by a spectacular fireworks display launched from the end of Frankston Pier. There are water based activities to partake in so don't forget to pack your bathers.
- Fireworks display at 9.45 pm Saturday
- Tonnes of live music across two stages
- Rides and amusements
- Food trucks and garden bar
- Market stalls
- Beach inflatables
- Roving entertainers
- Kids activities including, abseiling wall, rope bridge, bowling, marine touch tanks and CPR lessons.
- Water activities including, sailing, fishing and stand-up paddle boarding.
Come along to Baromi Park in Mirboo North to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of all things Italian.
Delicious and authentic Italian food stalls, outdoor bars, huge market area, music, singing, dancing, comedy, displays, cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, cars and competitions.
For the kids there’s the Jumping Castle, Giant inflatable slide and Obstacle Course. Come and enjoy a fabulous fun day of family focused entertainment - all with an Italian slant.
- Browse over 80 stalls providing a wide variety of art, craft, fresh produce and market stalls at the East end of the park
- Purchase some locally grown fresh produce- garlic, olive oil, sweets and preserves.
- Taste local wines, beers and ciders.
Set in the beautiful rolling hills of South Gippsland, Mirboo North is a scenic two-hour drive from Melbourne and easily accessed from the Latrobe Valley, East and West Gippsland.
The picturesque surrounds of Port Fairy come alive with the sounds of Jazz. So come along with thse Jazz hands of yours and indulge in all forms of this amazing style of music.
Run by a team of Volunteers, the festival is a not for profit one.
Port Fairy is on the South West Coast of Victoria, approximately 290km from Melbourne, 580km from Adelaide and 28km from Warrnambool, it’s largest regional neighbour.
Getting to Port Fairy is easy. From Melbourne, it is a 3 and a half hour drive along the Princes Highway. Or, if you have a little more time, take the scenic route along the iconic Great Ocean Road.
V/Line trains run from Southern Cross Station to Warrnambool where you can change to a V/Line bus direct to Port Fairy.
Click here for more information on what's on at the festival, tickets and more FAQ you may need so as to make this Festival time a fun time for you and your friends and family.
Yearly this event is now held at the Boneo Discovery Park which is located at 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal on Victoria’s stunning Mornington Peninsula.
ANIMALIA IN SAND Opening at Boneo Discovery Park December 14th 2019
Sand Sculpting Australia and Boneo Discovery Park presents ANIMALIA IN SAND – the world’s first Sand Sculpting Exhibition with augmented reality technology.
Animalia in Sand brings to life the much-loved classic children’s book by Graeme Base through 26 giant sand sculptures created by some of the world’s most renowned sand sculptors. See the sculptures come alive through our innovative sand and screen immersive experience.
Click here for more information on Sand Sculpting Australia
One of the fun things to do in February would have to be picking your own sweet and morello cherries at Red Hill Cherry Farm.
Red Hill Cherry Farm is the oldest in the state and is considered an essential visit when on the Mornington Peninsula. You can visit the cherry farm from mid to late November to early to mid January each year.
Situated in a secluded valley in the centre of Red Hill, the cherry farm is the oldest in the state and has been continually been operated by the Holmes family since 1969. There are twenty five varieties of cherries on 4,500 trees.
The farm also offers a boutique range of cherry products for you to enjoy cherries all year round including cherry ice cream, cherry cordial, cherry beer, cherry cider and cherry port.
Returning to one of the country’s most picturesque locations, the annual Grampians Music Festival is held in the iconic Grampians Mountain Ranges.
One of the fun things to do in February would have to be enjoying independent up and coming Australian artists, craft food and drink, the unique community atmosphere and dancing in the sunshine with mates. One spectacular location, one stage, over 20 amazing acts. Small and intimate, with boutique wine, beer, cocktails and food, the festival is held in February in Halls Gap.
World class live music and fun, family friendly activities and all within the superb natural surrounds of Echuca's Aquatic Reserve, that's what is known as the annual Riverboats Music Festival.
With historic paddlesteamers meandering past the festival all weekend and located just two and a half hours north of Melbourne, come and join for a weekend by the river.
The festivities are held at the Aquatic Reserve, Heygarth Street, Echuca
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