In case you’ve missed it, next month we’re blessed with a long weekend thanks to our linkage to the ol’ monastery in Britain and it being the Queen’s birthday (or thereabouts). It’s going to be our last long weekend for a while so it’s time to make the most of it! We’ve selected a few events to spice up your three days of freedom, whether you want to spend it partying or chilling out we’ve got you sorted.
Art is… festival
The Art is… festival is a not for profit organisation that presents a community festival program based in the western Victorian regional centre of Horsham each year in June. As part of the festival, Winter Warmer is something we’re loving the sound of. Set for Saturday June 8, this will be a winter celebration around a blazing bonfire with DJs, dancing, projections, and a range of performers. You can even make a day of it by taking a workshop during the day, then burn away your worries with the Dump Stump later than night. You beauty.
Art Show in support of Cancer Research
Geelong Region Cancerians will host their inaugural Art Show over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend at Sacred Heart College McAuley Hall (Aphrasia Street Newtown entrance). It will be open to the public 10.00-6.00pm on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 of June, and 10.00-4.00pm on Sunday June 9. The exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings from artists in the greater Geelong region and from intrastate. Prizes, donated by local businesses, will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd artwork judged by Paul McDonald Smith OAM on the Friday. All art on exhibition is for sale, and there will be a raffle for the chance to win return flights for two to Kuala Lumpur.
Queen’s Birthday Match
If sports are more your thing you cannot miss the annual Queens Birthday AFL Match. Watch Collingwood FC and Melbourne FC battle it out at the MCG on June 10th at 3:20pm. The teams have been playing this match since 2001 with Collingwood winning last years match. Another important part of the day is the ‘Big Freeze 5 at the G’, where celebrities plunge into a pool of ice to raise money to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. This is a special day for the AFL and a great event to be apart of, you can grab tickets at www.afl.com.au/tickets
High Tea With Noel Coward
For something a bit different, try celebrating Lizzie’s birthday with High Tea With Noel Coward at The Palais-Hepburn in Daylesford on Sunday afternoon. In the style of a country house party, rock up with your emeralds and furs darling. This is presented by the dazzling Tim Mckew, who will be bringing Noel Coward to life, accompanied by Peter De Ryk on Piano. From Melbourne to Shanghai and New York, Tim’s high tea shows are legend! Oh and it includes a glass of bubbly!
Geelong Record Fair
If you’re less interested in getting out and about over the weekend, vinyl enthusiasts should consider making just one stop to The Geelong Record Fair. There will be 30 tables of music treasures to sift through, with two tables covered in CD’s, 45’s, 78’s and memorabilia, while the rest is purely dedicated to original 12 inch vinyl albums. Starting at 11am on Sunday June 9, they’ll be slinging LP’s, cassettes, memorabilia and heaps more til 4pm at The Malthouse on Lowe Street in Corio.
God Save the Fiends: Album Launch
Young Henry’s and The Barwon Club Hotel Geelong are presenting God Save the Fiends Swazi Gold album launch. Held on June 9th running from 3pm until 1am, the Barwon Club will have three rooms full of music including live bands and DJ’s. This is Swazi Gold’s debut album ‘Jehovah’s Whispers’ which consists of 6 songs. The event is 18+ and tickets can ONLY be purchased at the door. The event also has a happy hour running from 3:30-4:30pm!
Shaun Kirk at the Loft
If you feel like indulging yourself in some hearty blues music, get yourself to The Loft Warrnambool on Saturday June 8th. Shaun Kirk is an independent Australian soul and blues singer, songwriter and musician from Melbourne. Kirk’s gritty vocals come from a place beyond his years and has seen him be labelled “one of the finest blues voices Australia has heard” (Buss Mag). Tickets can be purchased online at www.musicglue.com/shaunkirk or at the door. 18+ Event.
Queens B’Day Sessions
A Sunday sesh is always good in our books. Here’s a few places you can do just that…
Lambys – Get the crew together and come celebrate the Queen herself, treatin’ yourself to a few Mario Karts and Espresso Martini’s along the way! Sunday School will be supplying the drink specials, with $5 drinks happening all night and live tunes from Good faces 4 Radio. Does a long weekend get any better than that?!
Home House – One of the mainstays on the club scene, Home House is guaranteed to keep you up late into Monday morning with their Melbourne Invasion, featuring the likes of Joel Fletcher, Nathan Thomson, Eliza Brayshaw, Madeleine and more.
Wah Bah – Get down in your best Royalty themed get up and crown yourself the unofficial Dancing Queen (or King) of Wah Bah for the night! Complete with delicious Bao Buns, cocktails, Lachy Cartledge supplying the acoustic entertainment from 2.30pm, and DJ Trudi on the decks from 5.30pm, Wah Bah is the place to be this Queen’s Birthday Eve!
The Inn – It’s BLOCK PARTY season and The Inn’s famous car park event just got bigger, with not one but two headlines in KLP and Benson. Enjoy the all the perks of the summer festival dance tent this June in our fave inner-city car park, you know the one.
Bloom – With a love of seeing local talent flourish, Bloom are handing over the keys to the most talented dude they’ve ever come across – the multi-faceted, DJ, producer, internationally acclaimed steeze merchant that is Dean Turnley. It’s all killer, no filler.
You’ll find a tonne of other events to get to in the region including The Castlemaine Jazz Festival, National Celtic Festival, Arockalypse at The Loft, Toni Childs at GPAC, Heathcote On Show, and more.
Written by Kayla Macleod
Photo sourced from Lambys