Mildura has a busy calendar of arts, gourmet, sporting and musical events. Find out about some annual events you can't afford to miss:
Until 26 January 2015
Curated by Ken Scarlett, Mildura Revisited: sculptures revisited 1961-1978 will focus attention on the Mildura Sculpture Triennials and the influence of gallery directors Ernst Van Hattum and Tom McCullough. The exhibition will consist of works in the Mildura Arts Centre collection, supplemented with works on loan from State and Regional Galleries and private collections. Photographs of ephemeral earth works, installations and performances will be displayed on the walls of the gallery.
Location: Mildura Arts Centre, 199 Cureton Ave
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 both the visitors and the locals. 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 Avenuen (Feast St Saturday night) & Gateway Tavern, 15th Street (Sunday afternoon)
Red Hot Jazz
Red Hot Jazz is a community event providing jazz, quality gourmet food and delicious local wines to enjoy whilst relaxing on the manicured lawns at Red Cliffs Secondary College. The evening will feature both traditional and mainstream jazz bands. The College provides a range of gourmet food sourced from local suppliers - think delicious homemade dips, ploughman platters, fresh healthy salads to accompany a mixed grill or lasagne and some divine desserts. Red, white or sparkling wines will be available.
Location: Red Cliffs Secondary College, Fitzroy Avenue
31 October-3 November
The Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival is a well established event that has been attracting local and visitors to Mildura over the past 30 years. The Festival presents four days of round the clock jazz entertainment in popular clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, art galleries as well as street side and riverside venues. The Festival combines Traditional Jazz and Swing and more contemporary and quirky sounds and caters to hardcore jazz enthusiasts and music lovers.
Location: Various venues
This is Mildura's social event of the year! There's live horse racing action and the big screen to watch the 'race that stops the nation'. The Fashion-on-the-Fields and free entertainment for the kids.
Location: Mildura Racecourse, Racecourse Road (off Cowra Avenue).
In 1999 Stefano de Pieri and Bruce Chalmers along with Dr. Rod Bonfiglioli, initiated the Sangiovese Awards and continued with the Australian Italian Wine Show in 2000. Following the success of these shows, the first Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show was held in Mildura in November 2001 with inaugural Chief of Judges, Tim White. The initial concept has evolved to include all alternative wine varieties (which are usually marginalised at mainstream shows) and now attracts over 500 entries from throughout Australia and New Zealand. The show aims to provide an alternative to the mainstream wine shows, a dedicated forum for alternative or emerging wine varieties and to encourage alternative, more cutting edge judging procedures.
The much anticipated inaugural Ted Hurly Memorial Classic runs this weekend. This unique event will start on the Darling River, Wentworth. A quick 180 degree turn at the Murray Darling Junction teams will race up the Murray River to Apex Park, Mildura. The one-up from Wentworth to Mildura, approximately 50kms with one of the team's skiers and return Mildura to Wentworth with the other skier. Seeded fastest to slowest. The main race will take place on Sunday, one boat at a time with 30 second intervals.
Location: Darling River, Wentworth and Murray River, Mildura
Willowfest is an annual cricket carnival attracting participants to Sunraysia for the prestigious and entertaining week of cricket. The carnival attracts teams and players and visitors from Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. The turf wickets that the carnival is played on, are regareded as some of the best in Australia and many participants come for this experience. The competition is graded so that all teams have a chance of winning in their section and the associated prize money. The round robin competitions will consist of three 50 over matches and two Twenty20’s on day two of the competition for the men, while the ladies will play in two 40 over matches as well as Twenty20 matches. Spectators are encourged to compete for the biggest 'whack'.
Location: Various cricket grounds