Top music festivals, Oct & Nov 2019, VIC

October 19, 2019 / By

There's a fabulous range of music events happening over late October and November in Victoria. Whether you love to rock out with some of Australia’s favourite musos, kick back with a wine and the soaring sounds of opera or get your toes tapping to jazz, now’s the time to plan a weekend getaway to coincide with a dazzling lineup of music festivals. 

Marysville Jazz and Blues Festival: 18 - 20 October
Just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne, picturesque Marysville is a nature lover’s paradise in the Yarra Valley, with forest trails, abundant wildlife and 30km of mountain bike trails to discover. This year’s Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend is set to get everyone dancing throughout the charming village. 

The community event welcomes artists from both home and away, from international headliners to exciting up and coming artists. Along with the fabulous food and wine the Yarra Valley is so famous for, look forward to a music schedule of swing, blues, soul, funk, and, of course, jazz. You’ll see Vika and Linda Bull, Senegambian Jazz Band, Karen Lee Andrews and so much more.

Marysville Jazz and Blues Festival Marysville Jazz and Blues Festival

Yarra Valley Opera Festival: 18 - 27 October
It’s all happening in the Yarra Valley and opera fans won’t miss out as Gertrude Opera presents a 10-day event of stories, music and incredible voices. If you’re in Melbourne, you can actually catch the Opera Bus from Federation Square for each performance or else it’s just a 50-minute drive from the CBD. 

Surrounded by the charming environment of a working farm, a 250-seat pop-up theatre at Olinda Yarra, Yering, is where the magic happens. Watch an innovative rendition of Macbeth, a fairy-tale English opera called The Enchanted Pig and a contemporary take on a Roman story, Poppea

Born in Geelong: 26 October
Whether you were born in Geelong or not, the region certainly offers plenty to celebrate. And, that’s what the Born in Geelong (BIG) Festival is all about. Little Creatures Brewery hosts the music extravaganza, across two stages and a dazzling 10-hour program. 

Rock out to Ball Park Music, Allday, British India, Alex Lahey, RO, Planet, Didirri and Alice Ivy. The K rock B.I.G Sessions will feature local shining stars to check out the rising talent. Then, sample some of Geelong’s best offerings to the food and lifestyle scene, with a pop-up from the Hot Chicken Project and the BIG markets.

Yarra Valley Opera Festival Yarra Valley Opera Festival

Ballet Under the Stars: 26 October
What could more romantic than classical music under the stars? Lardner Park, in the stunning Latrobe Valley, has the honour of hosting a performance of Giselle, by The Australian Ballet, and it’s free! 

This timeless story will be showcased in a full-length production, complete with all the drama, betrayal and first love woes you can possibly deal with in one sitting. Don’t worry though, you can order a Taste of Gippsland  gourmet hamper to see you through the highs and lows. 

Melbourne Music Week: 14-23 November
Melbourne is renowned across the globe for its innovative music scene and a decade of the Melbourne Music Week festival captures the essence of it. Presented by the City of Melbourne, the event focuses on connecting people to music, whether that’s old, new or something totally left-of-centre. 

A range of venues will host fabulous shows, including the State Library Victoria, Alexandria Gardens, the Melbourne Recital Centre, St Paul’s Cathedral, Queen Victoria Market and Melbourne Town Hall. Who will be there? Look forward to seeing Andy Stott, Soichi Terada, Robert Henke and, quite simply, too many more incredibly talented artists to list. 

We think you should know: The Weekender's travel guides are independently written by real travellers. We do not receive any money from, or have a sponsorship arrangement with, any of the entities listed in, or referred to in this article.

So much more to explore - Across Victoria