Mildura has a busy calendar of arts, gourmet, sporting and musical events. Find out about some annual events you can't afford to miss:
Sunraysia Multicultural Festival
This half-day event at The Nowingi Place will celebrate Sunraysia's cultural diversity, in both traditional and contemporary ways, through song, dance, music, food stalls, costumes, art, craft, interactive activities and static displays. It will be designed to appeal to a broad sector of the community and positively contribute towards a greater understanding and respect of our cultural differences, as well as our commonalities. This will assist with the break-down and negative stereotypes and attitudes, while also building personal relationships and experiences.
Location: The Nowingi Place, Hugh King Drive
The Easter Powersports weekend is a significant evnt of the Mildura events calendar. Easter Powersports comprises of four sporting clubs who run major sporting competitions over the Easter weekend. These clubs include: Mildura Ski Club, Sunraysia Drag Racing Association, Timmis Speedway and Mildura Motorcycle Club. The Show and Shine which is held on Good Friday provides a showcase of all the various powersports vehicles competing in a vibrant and exciting atmosphere prior to their competition.
Location: Show and Shine: Langtree Ave (b/w 7th & 8th St) & Langtree Mall
The Mildura Historic Truck and Tractor Show will showcase the evolution of transport and farm machinery prior to 1968. Trucks will be displayed in order of decade production. The display will allow you to see first hand the progress and improvement of transport in Australia. The tractors will be displayed around the perimeter where you will be able to see the different types and makes. There will also be old farm machinery on display. This two day event is brought to you by the Tractor Restoration and Appreciation Club Sunraysia Inc. Times: Saturday 2pm-4pm and Sunday 9am-4pm.
The Shane Doherty Memorial Tri-State Masters is a 54 hole golf tournament for both men and women. The tournament has been renamed to honour its founder and Tournament Director for the past 21 years. The Tri-State Masters targets mid-range club golfers who are looking for a golf holiday in which they can combine golf and social interaction with other likeminded golfers from all over Australia and New Zealand with the trophies on offer arguably the best in any amateur golf tournament in Australia. Entry fee: $230.00 which includes 3 rounds of golf at Riverside Golf Club, Red Cliffs Golf Club and Coomealla Golf Club, Opening Cocktail Party, including all food and beverages, Closing Presentation Dinner (food only) and Competitor Gift Pack valued at $75.00.
Location: Riverside Golf Club, Red Cliffs Golf Club & Coomealla Golf Club
Come and experience how community shows should be - an event put on by locals for locals. There'll be something for everyone at the 2014 Mildura Field Days - from local sheds to sandpits, harvesters to quad bikes, local produce to tempting treats. The Mildura Field Days ... where agriculture and community unite. It is an opportunity to promote all of our region's agricultural industries, and assists our farmers through exposure to new information, technology advances, improved farming systems and a national stage where excellence can be awarded. It's all here for a great family day out.
Location: Sunitafe Oval, Benetook Ave
Hattah Desert Race
The Hattah Desert Race is the largest national junior and senior motorbike desert race in Australia, arguably tougher than the Finke Desert Race. Hattah has the reputation as being the most challenging off road race in the country. The event attracts over 500 riders and teams and showcases the talents of the country's best enduro riders, together with offering the only junior desert race in Australia. The race weekend starts with a display of all bikes and riders in the Mildura CBD on Friday night. The night includes live entertainment, displays, merchandise stands, big screen vision, rider interviews and feasting in fine restaurants. Competition runs for two days running across a specifically marked 35km course that includes high speed straights, tight Mallee scrub sections and lots of sandhills and woops. Spectators can view the action from any part of the track including the major pit area.
Location: Langtree Ave (Fri) & Boonoonar Rd, Colignan (Sat & Sun)
The Mildura Writers' Festival is an established event with a 19 year history attracting high profile international and Australian writers to this region. The festival incorporates the Philip Hodgins memorial award for poetry, a University Lecture Series and writing workshops for secondary school students.
Location: Various venues
The Merbein Great Australian Vanilla Slice Triumph incorporating the National Dried Fruit Bake-off. The event has as its focal point, a baking competition - the iconic vanilla slice, sultana muffin, sunmuscat slice or plum pudding. It is open to all professional bakers, apprentices, amateurs and students Australia wide. A display tent enables the public to view all baking competition entries. The all day culinary event will also feature foodie, beverage and produce stalls, a High Tea and a variety of foods to eat. The day will also have great entertainment for the whole family.
Location: Commercial St
27 September - 7 October
When Australia country music fans talk about the festival 'biggies' the Mildura Country Music Festival rates a mention alongside Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Gympie Muster as one of the big three. The major difference between the other two and the 27th annual Mildura Country Music Festival is Australia's biggest showcase of Independent entertainers. What that means is a seemingly unending cast of highly talented professional country music artists who aren't signed to major record label deals. The Independent factor gives Mildura a different complexion, and it's a successful formula that has worked admirably over the past 25 years. In 2013, more than 100 individual artists and groups will enterain over the 10-day period and the roster comprises many award winners including Golden Guitar finalsists and Star Maker winners.
Location: Various venues
Merbein Community Rodeo
Riders risk life and limb in the ring for a chance to win big dollars. Last year saw sixty-six cowboys and cowgirls competing for the prize money. And this year it is anticipated to have as many high quality cowboys and cowgirls in the competition. They compete in the barrel bull and bronco rides. This rough stock rodeo will include bull riding, saddle bronc and junior steer ride and barrel racing for both senior and junior females. Come and see the action with horses, the bulls, the cowboys. the cowgirls and the funny clown in the ring.
Location: Kenny Park, Box St
The Goanna Run is a Rod Run and Kustom Kulture Festival. It embraces hot rods and custom type vehicles as well as the lifestyle aspects associated with this kulture, including fashion, hair and make up, art, music, dance and automotive styling. On Saturday night Mildura City restaurants and traders are joining in and styling up providing a unique experience for visitors and locals alike. On the Sunday at the Gateway Tavern you can take a leisurely stroll and get up and close to the hot rods and chat to the owners.
Location: Langtree Ave (Saturday night) & Gateway Tavern, Deakin Ave (Sunday afternoon)