A tequila festival to an international music festival: 21 Victorian festivals in September

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A tequila festival to an international music festival: 21 Victorian festivals in September

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A handy little guide to some of the best entertainment coming your way this month

Ever feel as though you have missed a day? Try eleven. In September of 1752, Britain abandoned the Julian calendar in favour of the Gregorian calendar. In doing so, going to sleep on September 2 led to waking on September 14. 

This apparently led to some protests, with people believing that their lives would be shortened. Not William Willett, however. In his book Murders, Myths and Moments of North Staffordshire, W.M. Jamieson recounts the story of ol’ Willy, who allegedly made some wagers that he could dance non-stop for 12 days and nights. He began his dance-a-thon September 2, stopping the following day on September 14 to collect his bets.

Dance your way to these festivals this month…    

Victorian Youth Fest

State-wide through September

Enjoy your youth

Supported by the Victorian Government, Youth Fest is a month-long celebration of more than 100 events recognising the achievements and contributions of young people in their communities. One event is September Fest, held at COPACC on September 8. For ages 12-25, attendees will be able to learn basic automotive skills and how to make Vietnamese rice paper rolls among other things.      

More through youthcentral.vic.gov.au

Kyneton Daffodils and Arts Festival

Kyneton – September 1-11

Come say hello, dressed in yellow 

With a burst of colour, the Kyneton Daffodils and Arts Festival welcomes visitors with visual and performing arts, crafts, gardens, flower shows and market. Local gardens will be open to the public, while local artists will display their works in exhibitions and galleries. Highlights include the Festival of One Act Plays and Antique Fair, as well as the last day’s festivities which includes a parade with bands, dancers and floats. 

More through kynetondaffodilarts.org.au 

Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne – September 8-11

It’s a real page-turner

Listing the entire program would be as lengthy a read as Tolstoy, so we’ll stick with a few highlights. Celebrated Scottish actor Brian Cox will discuss his early life, memoir and career. Best-selling British author Saran Winman discusses her latest novel, Still Life. And This Song We Sing takes a look at new voices in First Nations poetry, including Susie Anderson, Declan Fry and Maya Hodge.

The opening night addresses are led by Jennifer Down, Mohsin Hamid and Aileen Moreton-Robinson.  

More through mwf.com.au

Tri-UMPH Music Festival

St Joseph’s College, Geelong – September 9

A triumph of human spirit 

Tri-UMPH (Triennially United to Make Poverty History) is the largest student-run music festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Playing host to more than 6000 students from Geelong’s Catholic colleges, all money donated and raised will go towards helping East Timorese children in their education.   

More through triumphmusicfestivals.com.au

Daylesford Chamber Music Festival

Daylesford – September 9-11

A conversation between friends 

Three chamber music performances at the Daylesford Town Hall, an orchestral concert and a musical dinner at the famous Lake House are in store at ‘A Feast of Music’. Performances include Ensemble Liaison (September 9), Dvořák Piano Quartet (September 10) and Kerry & Mozart Quintets (September 11). 

More through mco.org.au

Melbourne Belly Dance Festival

Various locations – September 9-11

Dance your cares away

Belly dance teachers and students from around Australia unite to breathe fresh life into the art form. Events include Friday night’s (September 9) ‘One Night in Cairo’ cocktail event at The Duke of Edinburgh Hotel, and Saturday’s all-day workshops at Moss Studios.   

More through eventbrite.com.au

Wine and Vine Festival

The Timber Yard, Port Melbourne – September 10

A wine for every occasion 

Come find your new favourite drop as more than thirty wineries showcase more than 150 wines at the Wine and Vine Festival. Enjoy some great food and music, too. 

More through wineandvinefest.com.au

Ballarat Craft & Wood Show

Ballarat Showgrounds – September 10 & 11

Measure twice, cut once

Whether your shed is your second home or the only tool in your kit is a hammer, the Ballarat Craft & Wood Show celebrates the woodworker. Demonstrations, craft sales and a kids’ corner are on the menu here. 

More through ballaratwoodies.org.au

Malaysian Hawker Festival

Queen Vic Market, Melbourne – September 10 & 11

If you’ve ever been to Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand, you’ll be well versed in the world of Hawker food. Now you can get a little bit of a taste of it at home, with the Malaysian Hawker Festival. Queen Vic Market will be transformed into a Hawker centre, complete with hawker food, entertainment, lanterns, mooncakes, and plenty more cool things.

More here.

Asian Fun Festival

Meat Market, North Melbourne – September 10 & 11

A modern Western twist to the traditional Asian culture 

A world tour in your backyard awaits at the Asian Fun Festival. Performances, music and games will all feature as the festival celebrates all things Asian. Foodao and the Pacific Green Grocer will supply the eats, from delicacies to your favourite street food.  

More through eventbrite.com.au

Tim Bone Toastie Challenge

Shortridge Drive, Lucas – September 11

Smile and say cheese 

The humble toastie is one of the greatest culinary gifts to humankind, a delicious snack for any time of the day. And on September 11, the Tim Bone Toastie Challenge is serving them up for free. From 12:30-1:30pm, the goal is to push out as many toasties in an hour as possible. Other entertainment on the day includes face painting, roving performers, circus performer Sam Starr and more.   

More through atdw.com.au


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All Seasons Wedding Expo

All Seasons, Bendigo – September 11

Isn’t she lovely

One of Bendigo’s most prestigious wedding venues opens its doors to the All Seasons Wedding Expo. Enjoy a glass of bubbly on arrival and canapés throughout the day as some of the best vendors in the industry exhibit their goods. 

More through allseasonsbendigo.com.au

On Demand Winter Festival

The Toff in Town – September 16

Winter may be over, but the cold weather is still here, people are looking for reasons to head in. The Toff in Town will be home to a cool festival this September, called the On Demand Winter Festival, featuring some of the coolest up-and-comers within the Melbourne music world. Some of the artists involved include Babyface Mal, OGM, and Boy Ace, among many more.

More from The Toff In Town.


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Tiny House Festival

Bendigo Racecourse, Bendigo – September 17 & 18 

It’s the little things in life

More than 10,000 people turned out to the first Tiny House Festival in 2019, the first of its kind in Australia. An introduction to the Tiny House Movement, the festival celebrates the little things through displays, exhibitions, guest speakers and more. 

More through tinyhousefestivalaustralia.com

Tequila and Mezcal Festival

Retropolis, Preston – September 17.

Celebrating Mexican Traditions

There’ll be presenters on show, sharing their extensive knowledge of the world of tequila and mezcal. With tastings taking place in an old tram, it’s an experience that doesn’t come along too often. If you’re a tequila expert, be prepared to be blown away with the rare finds that will be available. Yes, there’ll be some great Mexican-inspired food on offer too, so you won’t go hungry.

More here.

Zero Waste Festival

Fed Square, Melbourne – September 17

There’s no question that disposing of things in a good way is a big story at the moment. We’ve heard a lot about the world and its need for recycling. Zero Waste Festival makes it a big thing and tries to cut out waste completely. There’ll be a clothes swap, so you don’t chuck out your clothes, a repair café, to stop any disposal of items that may still have a life, and much more.

More info on the Zero Waste Festival here.


Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne – September 17

Transmission begins now

Born in Prague, Transmission now takes place on three continents, serving up a selection of the finest in electronica as it aims to uplift human consciousness. Your line-up includes Ferry Corsten, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Marlo, Markus Schulz, Rank 1, Taglo, Vini Vici and Vision Impossible.  

More through transmissionfestival.com


Red Energy Arena, Bendigo – September 18

They come in peace 

It’s another big pop culture day at Bendi-Con, with workshops, fan groups, an artists’ alley, a gaming zone, a Lego zone and a cosplay competition among the day’s events.   

More through facebook.com/BendigoRCandTFair

Listen Out

Catani Gardens – September 23

Get your festival fit ready

International festivals have well and truly made their return to Australia, with Listen Out happening this September. There are some great internationals and locals involved, to name a few, the lineup features internationals like AJ Tracey, Doechii and Tove Lo, on top of a stacked local lineup with legends like Stace Cadet and The Jungle Giants.

More via listenout.com.au

Eden Farm Multicultural Festival

Numurkah – September 23-25

Take a trip around the world 

The inaugural Eden Farm Multicultural Festival is a celebration of diversity in the Murray Goulburn Region. From biodynamic farming talks to Vienna-style twilight markets, the festival will have a little something for everyone. And if you like a good feed, you will love the palatschinken, Italian ice creams, Syrian food and much more.    

More through edenfarmwellness.com.au

Australian Tap Dance Festival

Jason Coleman’s Ministry of Dance, North Melbourne – September 24-October 1

You can tap dance if you want to

Bringing together a world-class line-up of mentors, the Australian Tap Dance Festival brings tap dancers and the public together to enjoy the world of tap dancing. The program includes masterclasses, residencies, a trivia night, a faculty Q&A, tap battles and beginner classes. A highlight is the Australian Tap Dance Festival Gala.    

More through australiantapdancefestival.com.au