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
26 September-5 October
When Australian country music fans talk about the festival 'biggies' the Mildura Country Music Festival rates a mention alongside Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Gympie Music Muster as one of the big three. The major difference betwenn the other two the the 28th 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 very different complexion, and it's a successful formula that has worked admirably over the years. In 2014, more than 100 individual artists and groups will entertain over the 10-days and the roster comprises many award winners including the Golden Guitar finalists and Star Maker winners.
5 September-13 October
Exhibitions: 'Landscape Returned' by Ruth le Cheminant in the Main Gallery and 'Touching Ground' by Melissa Smith in the Middle Gallery. Ruth le Cheminant - 'This exhibition of paintings and mixed media works invites viewers to explore the Australian landscape - to go under the layers, to see what is not evident of first viewing, to return and be surprised again.' Melissa Smith - 'An exhibition of rich and beautifully detailed linocuts.' Opening Hours: Sunday-Monday, 10am-2pm and Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. Admission free.
5 September-26 January
Mildura revisited : sculptures exhibited 1961 – 1978, curated by renowned writer Ken Scarlett, will be this year’s blockbuster exhibition. Through the Mildura sculpture events of the 1960s and 70s, Mildura Arts Centre Gallery Directors Ernst van Hattum and Tom McCullough were instrumental in establishing Mildura as the site for artistic innovation; it promoted experimental sculptural practices and had a major impact on the development of Australian sculpture. To compliment the numerous works from MAC’s own collection, the exhibition will include artworks loaned from sculptors, private and public collections. Never before seen photographs from Scarlett’s own archive of ephemeral works, site specific installations and performances will also be displayed. An Education Resource Guide has been developed for schools. The guide provides relevant information and aims to broaden students’ knowledge and understanding of the Mildura Sculpture Triennials.
The Sensational Spring Pop Up Shopping Experience. Featuring an amazing line up of over 40 talented local makers and small businesses. Showcasing a magnificnet range of handmade, unique and boutique products: ladies and children's fashion accessories and clothing, handbags, jewellery, home wares, garden wares, prints and framed artworks, toys and games, cards and invitiations, candles and melts, soaps, biscuits and slices, jams and condiments and so much more. Come along, browse and enjoy an unforgettable shopping experience. Time: Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
The Merbein Street Market is held on the third Sunday of each month. You will find local and interstate stalls selling fresh produce, delicious home made goodies, plants, arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and lots more. The second-hand shops will also be open where you can search for a hidden gem! Time: 8am-1pm.
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 more information contact 03 5023 2454 or 0407 864 558.
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, pickels 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. The market is managed by the Loddon Mallee Region Girl Guides. If you are interested in having a stall with us, ring 0400 032 803 Monday to Friday 9am-6pm. Market insurance is available.
The Chaffey Triple Expansion Steam Engine and Tangye Centrifugal Pumps were designed by George Chaffey and provided irrigation water for Mildura from 1891 to 1959. The unique design is the only operational one of its kind in the world. The engine and pumps were built in England in Tangye in 1889-90 and installed and commissioned at Mildura in 1891. Entry: Family $10.00, Adult $4.00. The Psyche Pumps are operated and maintained by the Sunraysia Steam Preservation Society Inc. Time: 11am-4pm