What’s on for Spring on the Peninsula

Spring has sprung, and the Mornington Peninsula is alive with a vibrant array of events and activities that capture the essence of the season. From blooming gardens to outdoor adventures, cultural festivals to culinary delights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Discover what’s in store for a memorable springtime experience on the Peninsula!

The Art of Chocolate and Wine Matching

SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER – SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2023, | TIME: 12PM – 5PM
Every Saturday May – October 2023 | Duration 1 hour

Location
Rahona Valley 3/48 COLLINS ROA, DROMANA, 3936 VICTORIA

Indulge in the Ultimate Chocolate and Wine Tasting Experience!
If you love chocolate and you love wine, then this is the experience for you! A matched tasting of four wines specially matched an individual serving of craft Cuvee Chocolate. You will be guided through the tasting including sparkling wine, rose, and red wines each perfectly matched with artisan made Cuvee chocolate. 

Archibald Prize 2023 at MPRG

15 SEPTEMBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2023

Location
MORNINGTON PENINSULA REGIONAL GALLERY – CIVIC RESERVE, DUNNS ROAD, MORNINGTON, 3931 VICTORIA

An Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition.
Established in 1921 and now over a century old, the Archibald Prize is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. It features a display of 57 portraits, including the 2023 winning portrait of singer-songwriter Montaigne by Julia Gutman, the Packing Room Prize 2023-winning portrait of Cal Wilson by Andrea Huelin, and the 2023 ANZ People’s Choice Award-winning work of Noni Hazlehurst by Jaq Grantford. As the starting point for the Archibald Prize 2023 regional tour, the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery showcases portraits of public figures and cultural icons, reflecting our contemporary stories.

This Victorian event will draw many visitors to the Mornington Peninsula, offering them a chance to enjoy the art and an engaging program of events. The gallery provides great coffee, seasonal food, and a vibrant atmosphere. On Friday evenings, the Archibald Prize exhibition extends its hours until 9pm, offering live music and gourmet food and beverages. MPRG also offers artist talks, workshops, discussions, school holiday programs, and gallery tours. A special September School Holiday program includes a kids’ portraiture workshop with Andrea Huelin and Alanah Brand. Explore more and get your tickets by following the links below. Image: Installation view of the Archibald Prize 2023 exhibition, photo © Art Gallery of New South Wales

Spring School Holidays at Boneo Discovery Park

SATURDAY 16 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023

Location
BONEO DISCOVERY PARK – 695 LIMESTONE ROAD, FINGAL, 3939 VICTORIA

Prepare for an Enjoyable and Creative Spring School Holiday Adventure with Our Nature Craft Series
At Boneo Discovery Park embrace the beauty of the season while unleashing your creativity. With your park entry, dive into a world of exciting craft activities inspired by the wonders of Spring.

Create nature mosaic animals, craft bird’s nests, design nature collages, paint rocks, and make seed bombs—all using natural materials. Additionally, you can embark on a magical journey by crafting your own nature wands. Whether you’re a young artist or simply seeking a creative way to spend your school holidays, the Spring nature crafts series offers something for everyone. Your park entry includes all the materials and guidance you need to craft memorable pieces that celebrate the splendour of Spring. Don’t miss this chance to connect with nature and let your imagination soar. Follow the links in the heading to book your tickets and explore more.

School Holidays SHOWTIME

SATURDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2023, | TIME: 10AM – 4PM

Location
RAIN HAYNE & SHINE FARMYARD – 490 STUMPY GULLY Rd, BALNARRING, 3926 VICTORIA

Springtime with Baby Animals and Showtime Theme
Enjoy the daily Grand Parade at 12 noon, where children have the chance to lead, ride a pony, carry an animal, or showcase their musical talents. At 2 pm, don’t miss the hilarious Pig Racing event, where piglets race through an obstacle course, sometimes the unexpected outcomes provide the most entertainment. It’s a laid-back, pressure-free, and pig-friendly experience that’s sure to bring some laughter to your day.

Showbags available for purchase (details later)
Adults & Children $15 each.
Family Entry (4 people) $55 with additional family members $10.
Under 2years Free

The Mount Martha Briars Market

SUNDAY 17 SEPTEMBER 2023, | TIME: 9AM – 2PM

Location
CRAFT MARKETS AUSTRALIA – 450 NEPEAN HIGHWAY, MOUNT MARTHA, 3934 VICTORIA

Family Day Out at Briars Craft and Produce Market
Explore a delightful array of homemade and locally sourced goods while wandering through the picturesque surroundings, wildlife, hiking trails, galleries, and historic homestead of the Briars estate. Discover the freshest produce, unique gifts, and innovative homeware offerings from talented artisans passionate about their craft. The enjoyment doesn’t conclude with the market’s closure, extend your day by meandering along the intriguing historical twists and turns of The Briars’ scenic walking trails.
Please note that dogs are not permitted, and there is a small surcharge for electronic parking payments.

Captain Jack’s Pirate Party at The Briars

Monday, 18 September 2023 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Monday, 18 September 2023 | 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM
Tuesday, 19 September 2023 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Tuesday, 19 September 2023 | 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Location
THE BRIARS, 450 NEPEAN HIGHWAY, MOUNT MARTHA, 3934 VICTORIA

Embark on an Adventure with the Vibrant Caribbean Pirates: Tales of High Seas, Plunder, and Treasure Hunts Await!

Meet Captain Jack Cutthroat, Major Key, Sally, and the enigmatic Gypsy Pirate. Whose crew will you align with in this life-or-death battle of wits? Can they uncover the coveted treasure map? Will the mystical Gypsy Pirate exact her vengeance on Captain Jack Cutthroat and subject him to a keelhauling? Can Larry rescue Major Key? The outcome rests in your hands because you’re part of the story!

This thrilling 70-minute interactive theater production features thrilling sword fights, catchy songs, and an abundance of swashbuckling pirate action. Don’t stay onshore, become a part of the adventure and enjoy the ultimate spring holiday entertainment for the whole family. “Pirates” is proudly presented by the Australian Shakespeare Company. Secure your tickets and dive into more excitement by following the links in the heading.

Spring School Holidays – Fun at Sk8house

MONDAY 18 SEPTEMBER – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER 2023 | TIME: 11.00AM – 5.00PM

Location
Sk8House – 3/2 AMAYLA CRES, CARRUM DOWNS, 3201 VICTORIA

Sk8house: Your School Holiday Destination for Affordable Family Fun! EVERY DAY Saturday September 16th to Sunday October 1st.
No matter Melbourne’s weather, Sk8house guarantees a bright and enjoyable family day out. Get your kids away from screens for some classic family fun, all at a great value of just $16 per person for a standard General Session entry or $50 for a Group of 4 Pass (plus $4 per person for Sk8hire, if needed).

When appetites kick in, the canteen serves delicious hot and cold food options to please everyone. While the kids burn off energy on the rink, you can relax with a fresh barista coffee. Plus, don’t miss their affordable skate classes, starting at just $15 per person when booked online. Add a $5 Bonus Session to your Sk8 Class for up to 6 hours of skating, including Sk8hire. Roller skating is not only fun but also a fantastic form of exercise, improving balance, motor skills, stability, coordination, and performance skills. Sk8house has something for everyone, so follow the links in the heading for bookings and to ‘Explore More.’

Champagne, Cocktail, and Caviar at Pt. Leo Estate

Saturday evenings between 5.30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location
Pt leo estate – 3649 FRANKSTON-FLINDERS ROAD, MERRICKS, 3916 VICTORIA

On Saturday evenings, as the sun sets over Pt. Leo Estate’s sculptures, enjoy Champagne by the glass or indulge in a Champagne-inspired cocktail. Pair it with oysters or caviar for a truly opulent experience.

All menus have been designed by Culinary Director, Josep Espuga.

Red Hill Community Market

First sat of every month 9am – 2pm

Location
RED HILL RECREATION RESERVE, ARTHURS SEAT ROAD, RED HILL SOUTH, 3937 VICTORIA

Red Hill Market, Victoria’s Time-Honoured Craft Market Gem
Transport yourself to the vibrant market days of old, where the atmosphere and excitement still thrive today. Explore Red Hill delightful markets, a blend of old-world charm and contemporary treasures that cater to all tastes. Over 250 dedicated stallholders showcase their original, high-quality creations, creating a sensory experience rich in textures, materials and colours.

The first Saturday of the month (September to May) between 9am and 2pm at the Red Hill Community Market—a must-visit destination. Arriving early ensures you avoid the crowds and long lines at the breakfast stalls.

Please note that parking is $5, and they kindly request that you leave your dogs at home. A small surcharge applies for electronic parking payments.

Pinot & Paint With Your Mates at Rare Hare

EVERY SUNDAY IN OCTOBER 2023 | TIME: 12PM – 4PM

Location
RARE HARE – 166 BALNARRING ROAD, MERRICKS NORTH , 3926 VICTORIA

Wine First, Art Second, Food to Follow
Rare Hare for the first time ever is putting on a Pinot and Paint experience, coming your way this October. Rally your friends and join Rare Hare for an artistic afternoon filled with colour. Your journey begins in the restaurant, where you’ll savour their delectable Hare Share lunch while taking in the breathtaking view of the budding hills. After indulging your palate, make your way to the barrel room, where you’ll unleash your artistic talents on canvas while enjoying a wine tasting featuring the beloved collection of Rare Hare Wines.

Does this sound appealing? We certainly think so too. The all-inclusive cost is $160 per person, covering the painting session, wine tasting, and a delightful lunch. Easel availability is limited, so secure your spot by following the link in the heading and ‘Explore More.’

OYSTER FEST at Bass & Flinders Distillery

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2023

Location
Bass & Flinders Distillery – 40 COLLINS ROAD DROMANA, 3936 VICTORIA

Oyster Festival at Bass and Flinders Distillery, live music, food truck vans and of course Oysters!
Indulge in our handcrafted gin-infused sauces, experience live oyster shucking, and savor the opportunity to taste and purchase their latest limited edition, Oyster Shell Gin! With cocktails and sunshine, it’s the perfect combination you’ve been craving. As an added treat, enjoy half a dozen oysters with every bottle of Oyster Gin purchased. Bookings are encouraged, but walk-ins are also warmly welcomed.

VineHop – A Craft Drinks Tour on a festival scale

SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2023

Location
Held across 8 venues on the Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula, VIC, Australia

The Peninsula VineHop Festival is a lively celebration of the exceptional cool-climate beverages – including wines, craft beer, cider, and now spirits – crafted in the stunning Mornington Peninsula. Since its inception in 2017, VineHop has aimed to transcend the traditional wine festival by incorporating beer and cider. In 2023, it has further expanded to include spirits and spritzers, reflecting the dynamic and award-winning craft beverage industry flourishing in the region. Alongside these delightful drinks, the festival boasts an array of food trucks and live music, featuring both live performances and DJ beats, all contributing to the festive ambiance.

Join us as we delve into the world-class craft beverages crafted right here on the Mornington Peninsula. Please note that the Peninsula VineHop Festival 2023 will occur on Saturday only this year, with a pause on the Sunday Sesh, although they aspire to reintroduce it in future editions!