Mildura hosts a busy calendar of events throughout the year. Head to Mildura in March for Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, featuring events such as Music under the Stars at the dramatic Perry Sandhills.
In July Mildura Golf Week tees off, and the Mildura Writers' Festival entices lovers of words to the region. In August, dont forget to check out the Euston Club Resort Mildura Cup which will be held over a two day carnival and of course The Merbein Great Vanilla Slice Triumph; where bakers across Australia compete for the prize of Best Vanilla Slice.
In September the Mildura Country Music Festival presents Australia's biggest showcase of independent country music artists. The Mildura Jazz and Wine Festival in November combines the best of Australian modern and traditional jazz with the region's fine wines at wineries and on riverboats, restaurants and along streets throughout the town.
Experience our events
The Red Cliffs Country Market is just a short 15 minute drive from Mildura and offers over 100 stalls of fresh produce, crafts, bric-a-brac, gourmet delights, plants, jewellery, sausage sizzle and rides for the kids. Enjoy the local entertainment which varies from month to month. Most local stores are open for your shopping convenience. Time: 9am-1pm.
The Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway operates a steam train which has significant importance to Red Cliffs. Unique to Sunraysia it is the only tourist steam train in the area and one of the few small gauge railways throughout Australia. Come and enjoy a ride on an authentic steam train. Last train pulls out at 3.30pm. Family $15.00, Adult $6.00 and Child $3.00. Time: 11am-4pm.
The Red Cliffs Military Museum has an extensive display of artefacts and memorabilia from the Boer War through to Vietnam and East Timor covering all services including women's services. Entry: Adult $2.00 and children free. Time: 10am-3.30pm.
Do you want to learn how to cook inexpensive and healthy meals? Reddy, Set, Cook! will be in Barclay Square in conjunction with the Red Cliffs Country Market. Offering cooking demonstrations and tastings of fresh, seasonal and inexpensive food that tastes great and is good for you. Free information on healthy eating choices will be available. Time: 9am-1pm
'The Story Behind the Art'. The Pop-Up Art Gallery is held on the first Sunday of every month to coincide with the Red Cliffs Country Market. The Gallery has been set up to foster local artists and to use empty spaces within the Red Cliffs township. A changing range of works are on show each month, including Aboriginal art, sculpture, drawings, ink work, pastels, oils and acrylic paintings, print making, artisan jewellery and photography. Most works are for sale. Drop in and have a chat to the artists and hear their story behind the art and maybe even purchase a unique piece of local art. If you would like to show your work in the gallery contact 0428 242 993.
Join Dr Bart Ziino as he examines the private experiences of the Great War in Victoria, drawing on personal letters and diaries to tell a story of the war as an individual, familial and communal trial. Through an examination of anxieties over loved ones at the front, and tensions over who was bearing the greater burden. This talk offers new ways of understanding the costs of the war, the capacities of Victorians to meet and endure its demands, and its increasingly corrosive social effects within their communities. This event is part of the Shrine of Remembrance's Regional Lecture Series. Time: 5.30pm-7pm. Entry: Free, gold coin donation welcome.
Gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 6.30pm. Adults $10.00, Pensioners $5.00 and Under 18 free when accompanied with an adult, otherwise $2.00. Why not relax in the comfort of the on-course restaurant whilst enjoying a night at the trots. For further information contact 03 5023 2454 or 0407 864 558.
Direct from the UK...Liverpool's Legendary Group. In a career that has already reached an outstanding 50 year milestone, The Searchers continue to perform to sell out auditoriums across the world. The rich harmonies and the distinctive jangling sound of the twelve-string guitar are the hallmarks of their unique sound. The Searchers will perform all their hits including Sweets for My Sweet, Needles and Pins, Sugar and Spice and their other great classics. Tickets: Adult $59.00, Concession $54.00 and Groups 8+ $49.00. Tickets available from Mildura Arts Centre vian phone 03 5018 8330 or Mildura Visitor Information Centre via phone 03 5018 8376 or in person. Online at www.milduraartscentre.com.au
The Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival is one of Australia's leading regional arts festivals, offering a rich and vibrant program in March each year. You can expect to see visual and performing arts, workshops, theatre, Big Screen outdoor cinema, musis, exhibitions, dance, fashion and comedy - all in a diverse range of venues showcasing the unique landscape, natural beauty and rich heritage of the Mildura region.
Summer Twilight Market, 6pm-9pm. Sunraysia Farmers Market provides the platform that links good food direct from the regions genuine producers with community. Indulge the senses, taste, wander and unwind as you discover a range of superb fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs; freshly brewed coffee, wine, olive oil, preserves and condiments; eggs, honey, grains and nuts; freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes plus meats and smallgoods and so much more. Take the time to enjoy dinner made from the market's produce under the giant river gums beside the Murray River. There's plenty of parking, pathways and flat ground and with the playgrounds nearby, it's perfect for families.
AMCA, VMPA Modified Sedan Series. Gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 7pm. Fully catered. No BYO by law. Tickets: Adults $20.00, Pensioners $15.00, Kids 10 to 16 $10.00, Kids under 10 free and Family Pass (2 adults/4 kids) $60.00.
Curly Carmes Sidecar Spectacular. Gates open at 5.30pm and racing starts at 7.30pm. Juniors race at 6.30pm. Fully catered. No BYO by law. Please contact Club Secretary prior to making arrangements. For more information contact 0448 252 015.
Find a gift among the many stalls that have lovely items for sale. There are crafts, socks, clothing, home cooking, fruit and vegetables as well as jams, honey, pickles and dried fruit. You will also find jewellery, natural beauty products, books, plants, fancy cards, woodwork items, bric-a-brac and locally made boomerangs and didgeridoos. Time: 8am-1pm
Opening Night! Bring a blanket or a chair and join us on the lawns of the Homestead for this wonderful night of outdoor cinema. FREE sausage sizzle brought to you by Irymple Rotary Club. Tonight's movie is The Water Diviner (running time 111 mins. Rated M). Australian farmer Connor (Russell Crowe) travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to discover the fate of his sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, and with the help of a Turkish Officer, Connor embarks on a journety across the country to find the truth.
Plus The Spirit of ANZAC (running time 4 mins). Commemorating the ANZAC Centenary 1914-1918.
Time: 8.30pm. Entry: $2.00.
The Art Vault is a world-standard arts facility situated on the edge of the outback. A historic bank has been transformed into a vibrant arts hub with galleries, architect designed artists' accommodation and studio spaces. Artists return again and again to do residencies and gain inspiration from the dramatic landscape and nearby national parks. The three galleries and two historic bank vaults display works by local, national, international and indigenous artists. Exhibitions in the Main Gallery and Middle Galleries change every three weeks. On display at present is Brian Reberger 'momenti catturati ... captured moments.' Artworks inspired by his travels and are centred around capturing frozen moments intime. Moments that are intimate observations of people going about their daily lives, or details within a landscape or cityscape that are often overlooked or merely given a cursory glance. Also showing is Tracey Creighton 'Serendipity.' Tracey draws on her personal experiences - spiritual, emotional and physical, whether it be the use of colour, texture, form, design or other intrinsic elements. Opening hours: Sunday & Monday, 10am-2pm and Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm.
Bring a blanket or a chair and join us on the lawns of the Homestead for this wonderful night of outdoor cinema. Tonight's movie is The Man from Coxs River (running time 88 mins. Rated PG). Luke Carlon has a strong affinity with the Coxs River - a NSW region of wild animals and rugged wilderness, a place where his family has ridden horses since the 1820's. Despite the difficult relationship between his family and National Parks, Luke agrees to help relocate a mob of wild brumbies. Will the fiercely independent horseman and the National Parks Ranger come to see the world through each other's eyes? Time: 8.30pm. Entry: $2.00.
Bring a blanket or a chair and join us on the lawns of the Homestead for this wonderful night of outdoor cinema. Tonight's movies: They're A Weird Mob (running time 107 mins. Rated G). Italian immigrant Nino Culotto arrives in Australia to find his cousin's new magazine has folded. He soon gets a job as a builder's labourer, learns to talk and drink like an Australian, and falls in love with an Australian girl. Time: 8.30pm. Entry: $2.00.
Laughter truly is the best medicine. So why not give Laughter Club a try and see if it relieves your stress in todays frantic pace. The exercise works for your insides. The session lasts between 20-30 minutes. Your digestive, respiratory and circulation systems benefit. The program was set up in India by Dr Madan Kataria in 1995 with five people and one club, now there are over 6,000 clubs world-wide. Work is done in an open space and participants need to interact. BYO water bottle, wear loose fitting clothes, comfy shoes and have a laugh. Time: 9am.
Join us to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Babe with this special family screening. Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Tickets $5.00 includes small popcorn and drink (kids only). Accompanying adults free. Time: 10.00am.
Charlie's Country (running time 108 mins. Rated M) Directed Rolf de Heer, Written David Gulpilil, Rolf der Heer. Blackfella Charlie (David Gulpilil) is out of sorts. The intervention is making life more difficult on his remote community, what with the proper policing of whitefella laws that don't make much sense. So Charlie takes off, to live the old way, but in do doing sets off a chain of events that has him return to his community chastened, and somewhat wiser. Tickets: $8.00.
The Merbein Street Market is held on the third Sunday of each month. You will find local and interstate stalls, fresh produce, arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, entertainment and the local second-hand shops open. For more information contact 0427 888 708. Time: 8am-1pm.
The Lunar Festival is a traditional event for Red Cliffs since 1981, to celebrate the completion of the annual fruit harvest. The festival runs a street parade beginning at 5pm and includes market stalls, food stalls, static displays and a musical concert in Barclay Square. Time: 1pm-8pm.
Paige McCarthy-Beard Street Stock Feature. Gates open at 5pm and racing starts at 7pm. Tickets: Adults $20.00, Pensioners $15.00, Kids 10 to 16 $10.00, Kids under 10 free and Family Pass (2 adults/4 kids) $60.00.
Sunraysia Farmers Market provides the platform that links good food direct from the regions genuine producers with community. Indulge the senses, taste, wander and unwind as you discover a range of superb fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs; freshly brewed coffee, wine, olive oils, preserves and condiments; egge, honey, grains and nuts; freshly baked bread, pastries, cakes plus meats and smallgoods and so much more. Take the time to enjoy breakfast made from the market's produces under the giant river gums beside the Murray River. There's plenty of parking, pathways, flat ground and with the playgrounds nearby, it's perfect for families.
Find a lovely gift among the many stalls that have lovely items for sale. There are crafts, socks, clothing, home cooking, fruit and vegetables as well as jams, honey, pickles and dried fruit. You will also find jewellery, natural beauty products, books, plants, fancy cards, woodwork items, bric-a-brac and locally made boomerangs and didgeridoos. Time: 8am-1pm
This will be our 4th Catch a Carp Day on the Sandilong Creed at the Riverside Golf Club. For each carp that is caught a ticket is issued to be put into the draw where you can win lots of great prizes. The draw is at 1.30pm and you must be present to collect prizes. Bring your own fishing gear. Bait is supplied. Food and drinks available all day. We hope to see lots of people there to enjoy the day and help the environment. Registration on the day. Victorian Fishing Licences can be purchased on the day. Entry: Adult $10.00, Children $5.00 and Family $20.00. Time: 8am BBQ, 9am Fishing, 1pm Presentation and 1.30pm Raffle drawn.
Native fish and turtles MUST be returned to the creek.
Come and join the Rio Vista Social Club where you can play the ukulele and have a sing-along. We play a variety of music and music styles to suit the beginner to the more experienced player. It is a friendly, cheery no pressure environment. There’s spare ukes if you just want to give it a try. So pop in and have a go! But we are not just a bunch of ukulele lovers, we also encourage other music makers. You might play the guitar, spoons or the theremin, whatever you play come along and join us. More the merrier! For more information contact 03 5024 1986.