February 28, 2020 / By Oceana Setaysha
You might think summer is the best time for festivals in Victoria, but that's not true. Across the state, including in some of the regions most hard hit by the bushfires, you'll find plenty of great events in Autumn.
Everything from Australia's longest running and largest regional pride festival, to weekend celebrations of wild seafood, street art, beer and blooms, there are great things to do and see in these top destinations near Melbourne. Here are some of our top picks.
ChillOut Festival, Daylesford - 5 - 9 March 2020
If you can believe it, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and longest running Country Queer Pride festival can be found in Daylesford from the 5th of the 9th of March this year. Loved the world over by LGBTIQ folks and their allies,
ChillOut has always been known for its super relaxed atmosphere and wonderful party opportunities.
Now in its 23rd year, ChillOut offers a full line up of events, music, food and fun, and everything in between, including an attempt to break the world record for the largest human rainbow, which is definitely worth jumping in on.
High Country Hops, Beechworth - 28 - 29 March 2020
High Country Hops is all about celebrating that one ingredient which has made beer possible: hops. Now in its 6th year, the Bridge Road Brewers are again bringing beer lovers to Beechworth to explore the High Country brewery trail. Festival goers will love sampling the beers, which include those made from freshly harvested hops from Australia’s largest hop farm, also located in the area.
There’s more than just beer on tap here though! The festival also offers a chance to sample fine wines and spirits, as well as curated foods, great music and even kids and family activities.
Wall to Wall Festival, Benalla - 3 - 5 April 2020
Despite having only been established in 2015, the Wall to Wall Festival has grown into Australia’s largest regional mural festival with more than 70 local and international artists coming together to ‘make their mark’ on the regional township of Benalla.
Murals are painted live throughout the festival, which is packed full of many other creative experiences including artist talks and workshops, interactive activities, VR experiences, music and so much more.
Wild Harvest Seafood Festival, Mallacoota - 3 - 5 April 2020
Mallacoota has had a rough summer, but the town is throwing open its doors and beginning the road to recovery with the Wild Harvest Seafood Festival. There’s no better way to support the town than to book a holiday and experience for yourself some of Australia’s freshest and highest quality local seafood, produce, wines and beers.
A true celebration of all things eating and drinking, the Wild Harvest Seafood Festival highlights all that is great about the region, and includes many events, activities, music, markets and workshops.
Tesselaar KaBloom Festival of Flowers, Silvan - 6 - 28 April 2020
Six acres of garden and farmland in the Dandenong Ranges will come alive this April for the Tesselaar KaBloom Festival of Flowers, a true explosion of colour and natural wonder. The perfect way to soak up the Autumn season in this beautiful region, the festival includes live circus entertainment that will be wandering the fields, scrumptious local and international foods and a wide variety of fun activities.
Visitors will lose themselves in this riotous and colourful experience, it is definitely not to be missed.
Tarra Festival, Yarram - 9 -10 April 2020
There aren’t too many Australian festivals in their 48th year, but the Tarra Festival in Gippsland is proud to be among them. Growing more popular and offering more each year, this Autumn festival is a wonderful way to spend the Easter long weekend.
Highlights include the Easter Sunday street parade, where visitors will see local school floats, penny farthings, vintage vehicles and so much more. There’s also a special market showcasing small businesses from bushfire affected areas of the state.
Bright Autumn Festival, Bright - 24 April - 3 May 2020
One of the most stunning of the Autumn festivals in regional Victoria is the Bright Autumn Festival. Ten days of celebrating the beauty of the autumn season and all it brings to Victoria’s High Country in terms of cooler weather, changing colours and seasonal produce, the Bright Autumn Festival has something for everyone.
The highlight is certainly the Gala Day street market and grand parade (on May 4th) but visitors will discover there is so much to love from the music, to the food and wine, arts and culture, and more.
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