The Bellarine Peninsula enjoys a variety of festivals throughout the year, with something for everyone.
Portarlington Mussel Festival
Over 30,000 people flock to Portarlington for the January Mussel Festival, which promotes the region’s thriving mussel industry. The 2021 Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation, but plans are already underway to make 2022 a must-do.
Wallington Strawberry Fair
In early March each year, the Wallington Primary School puts on a fair to showcase the Bellarine Peninsula’s delicious local strawberries. Visit the many food stalls to purchase pancakes, smoothies and pavlovas, or roam the fairground for rides, jumping castles and live music.
Location: Wallington Primary School, 610 Wallington Rd, Wallington
Ocean Grove Apple Fair
The Apple Fair is an annual twilight event held by the Ocean Grove Primary School during the Labour Day long weekend. There are homemade treats, carnival rides, live bands and market stalls.
Date: early March 2021
Location: 21-23 Draper Street, Ocean Grove
Bellarine Agricultural Show
This rural show is another big event on the Portarlington calendar. Drawcards include livestock exhibits, carnival rides, baby animal farms, showbags and pony rides. The one-day event is held during the Labour Day weekend in March.
Date: Sunday 7 March 2021
Location: Portarlington Recreation Reserve, Cnr Sproat St and Boat Rd, Portarlington
Barwon Heads Festival of the Sea
Held during March each year, the festival celebrates Barwon Heads’ relationship with the sea. Fun activities include skate competitions, live acts, jumping castles and animal farms, though the most popular event is by far the rubber duck race down the Barwon River.
Some of the 2020 activities were postponed due to COVID-19 and are planned for later in the year:
- Turn the Tide film tour; and
- Shorebird Art activity.
Keep an eye on their website to learn more.
Location: Barwon Heads Hall, 79 Hitchcock Ave, Barwon Heads
Queenscliff Literary Festival
Authors from around Australia descend on Queenscliff in May each year to talk about their craft and attend book signings.
Date: May 2021
Location: Queenscliff Library, 55 Hesse Street, Queenscliff
National Celtic Festival
This 3-day festival is Australia’s largest celebration of Celtic music and culture. Head to Portarlington during June for traditional dancing and music. There are also workshops teaching everything from Gaelic poetry to bagpipes.
Date: 11-14 June 2021
Queenscliff Music Festival
One of Queenscliff’s most popular events, the festival takes place on the last weekend of November and attracts over 900 local and international music acts. Past performers have included John Butler Trio, The Living End and Missy Higgins. The 2020 lineup will be announced shortly.
Date: 27-29 November 2020
Location: Princess Park, Queenscliff