Warrnambool has a rich calendar of cultural and sporting events. The major events draw visitors from around Australia, but every week there is something worth seeing, doing or hearing! The events not to be missed are as follows:
May Racing Carnival...Australia's Largest Regional Race Meeting
Warrnambool comes alive the first week of May each year with our internationally acclaimed racing Carnival, featuring the ‘Flying Horse Bar & Brewery Grand Annual Steeple Chase. This annual three day is action packed and attracts around 35,000 patrons from local, national and international markets. All three days of the Carnival are jam packed with quality racing, exceptional catering and great entertainment.
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Fun4Kids...Australia's greatest kids festival! The first week of the July school holidays
Each year, enjoy an exceptional and inspiring line-up of high quality live performances, theatre, film, dance, storytelling, high energy activities and interactive workshops that will leave you and your family spellbound. This year's festival promises to delight and captivate audiences with new discoveries and festival favourites.
Housed in a magical 2.5 acre fully indoor 'village' in the heart of Warrnambool, the festival offers a feast of experiences - and the best thing is you pay one entry fee then all the fun is Free! So once you have bought your ticket you have no more to pay.
Fun4Kids - An adventure for the entire family from the first Sunday of the July school holidays for one week! Fun4Kids is truly an extraordinary experience for kids aged 2 - 12 years.
Tickets are strictly limited and subject to availability. We recommend you pre-purchase tickets to avoid disappointment!
A Day on The Hill
Each year on Easter Sunday Flagstaff Hill's Day on the Hill is a once in a year opportunity to enjoy the spectacular spirit of Warrnambool. On April 8th from 10am to 5pm, come and enjoy live music, delicious food, great children's activities, food stage presentations, competitions and more. Hosted in the grounds of the Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village the atmosphere comes alive amid the recreated village of Warrnambool's past. Children will delight in the special activities.
Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic
On the Saturday -The annual Melbourne to Warrnambool Cycling Classic is on again! The first race was held in 1895 and is the second oldest bike race in the world! Normally raced over a distance of 300kms this year the Melbourne to Warrnambool will be over 265kms.
The "Warrnambool" as it is fondly known as will also have a new starting point at the Werribee Racecourse in the City of Wyndham and will finish at the traditional Raglan Parade finish line in Warrnambool. So be sure to get down there to cheer those fantastic athletes across the finish line!
On the Sunday - The new and improved Shipwreck Coast Classic (formally the Shipwreck Coast Recreational Ride) is back! The Shipwreck Coast Classic will now be run over 116.7kms (Men) and 99.7kms (women) starting in Warrnambool and finishing at the Cheeseworld complex Allansford.
Shipwreck Coast Swim Series
The Committee of the Shipwreck Coast Swim Series are delighted to announce that swim dates have been set for the upcoming season.
Port Fairy Swim: Saturday the 2nd of January, 2016
Warrnambool swim: Saturday the 16th of January, 2016
Port Campbell swim: Saturday the 30th of January, 2016
The Port Fairy Moyneyana Swim is usually held on the first Sunday of January. The beautiful East Beach in Port Fairy is an ideal place to commence the series with a 1.2km swim finishing at the Surf Club in Port Fairy.
The Port Campbell 12 Apostles Plunge will be held in the challenging waters of Port Campbell Bay on usually three weeks after the Port Fairy Moyneyana. The Twelve Apostles Bay Swim is a 1.2km swim.
The Third swim in the series, The Tony Ryan Memorial Bay Swim, will be held in the crystal clear waters of Lady Bay, Warrnambool on usually two weeks after the 12 Apostles Plunge. The Tony Ryan swim challenges all swimmers to a 1.2km course across Lady Bay.
Entries for all swims may be lodged on the website: www.shipwreckcoastswimseries.com.au
Entries are accepted on the day of each swim at the clubrooms of the host surf club.
T-shirts are not guaranteed for late entries.
Entries open in November. Please check both this website and Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club website for updates.
All swims commence at 11.00am.
Warrnambool Wunta Fiesta
The Southwest Credit Wunta Fiesta held annually (over a weekend in February) is one of Warrnambool’s major festivals that provides a celebration of music, food and fun for people of all ages.
This community event is held over three days and incorporates a range of activities suitable for the whole family showcasing the best that Warrnambool has to offer. Activities are held at the Civic Green, the Botanic Gardens, Cannon Hill and Lake Pertobe.
Port Fairy Folk Festival
The festival is held in early March each year over the Labour Day long weekend on the beautiful south-west coast of Victoria in the historic sea-side village of Port Fairy.
WHAT …? Australia’s “world famous” independent music festival presents major international and national folk, trad and roots music artists during a four day festival of folk, country, celtic, blues, jazz, bluegrass, traditions, contemporary, singers, songwriters, acoustic rock and world roots music.
There are also sessions, choirs, theme concerts, workshops, classes and theatre. The festival magically transforms the fishing village in a spirit of cultural celebration. This includes parades, fairs, markets, busking, children’s events and street theatre in a Free Festival of the Streets alongside five main concerts in the ticketed Arena.
Apart from wonderful concerts there are many special festival highlights and events. These include the Festival of The Streets, Festival Craft Fair, Markets and Food Festival, The Instrument Makers Exhibition, Buskers, Theatre, Sessions, Singalongs, Special Awards, Street Performances, The Poet’s Breakfasts and much more.
The Festival Arena is the main venue along with many others including churches, halls, street stages, parks, markets, pubs and clubs. The Festival Arena contains five Main Stages, the Children’s Folk Circus, The Wine Bar, Guinness Club, Lighthouse Cafe, Workshop Stages, The Pavilion, Food Festival, Market and Craft Stalls.
HOW LONG…? The festival starts late Friday afternoon when a free Street Stage starts, followed by stages in The Arena opening after 5pm on Friday Some 20 venues run all weekend:
- Friday 5.00pm until 1.00am
- Saturday 10.00am until 1.00am (Gates open 8.30am and close at 1.30am)
- Sunday 10.00am until 1.00am (Gates open 8.300am and close at 1.30am)
- Monday 10.00am until 1.00pm (Gates open 8.30am and close at 2.00pm)
WHO…? The festival presents major international and national folk artists in a festival of music, music, music – folk, country, blues, jazz, bluegrass, acoustic rock and world roots
WHY NOT…? Stay a day, stay a week! Over four days we present a feast of exciting culture with great concerts, stories, markets, camping, dancing, singing, meeting old friends and making new ones
HOW…? The Port Fairy Folk Festival is organised and presented by the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee Incorporated. The festival is presented with the assistance and hospitality of residents, businesses, the shire, many local community clubs and organisations and especially a large team of volunteers, the Friends of the Festival.
Visit the official website for further information: www.portfairyfolkfestival.com/wordpress/