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From world-class surfing and ocean swims to folk music and wine, the Great Ocean Road region hosts a diverse range of festivals and events.

On the peninsula
In Geelong see stunning aerobatics at the Australian International Airshow or watch colourful spinnakers fly on Corio Bay in Geelong during the Festival of Sails – Australia's largest regatta. On the Bellarine Peninsula take in the best in Australian blues, rock, pop, funk and jazz music at the Queenscliff Music Festival in November.

Down the coast
Bells Beach is home to the Rip Curl Pro, the world's longest running professional surfing event and one of the most sought after titles on the World Championship Tour. Not content being a spectator? Get amongst the 4,000 people taking part in the Lorne Pier to Pub, the world's largest open water swim, or test your stamina on the gruelling Surf Coast Century course. Cyclists will love the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, with its concept inspired by the prestigious Spring Classics of Europe.

Feel the beat
Get musical in March at the Port Fairy Folk Festival – a four-day celebration of folk, blues, jazz and country music or land in Queenscliff in November for a big weekend of music by local and international stars. Check out Pako Festa and join over 100,000 people for a smorgesboard of food, folk dancing, parades, workshops, exhibitions and free activities. Visit the Bellarine Peninsula in June for the National Celtic Festival, boasting all the magic of Celtic music, dancing, pipers and drummers. 

Something for the foodies
Summer in Portarlington brings the Portarlington Mussel Festival, with food and wine, music and lots of fun for the kids. Prefer something more grown-up? Celebrate the best of the region at Toast to the Coast, held at wineries in The Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and the Surfcoast.

Highlights

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Lorne Pier to Pub

Lorne Pier to Pub

9 Jan 2016

Lorne

Dive in with 5,000 other swimmers in the world's largest organised swim. Each year thousands of swimmers dive into a sea of history and race the 1. 2...

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Bells Bash Run

Bells Bash Cliff Run

15 Jan 2016

Jan Juc

The Bells Bash Cliff Run is a fun run/ walk or from Jan Juc Surf Life Saving Club along the cliff tops to Bells Beach and back. The course takes...

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Danger 1000 Start

Danger 1000 Ocean Swim

16 Jan 2016

Torquay

The Danger 1000 Ocean Swim at Point Danger (Torquay Front Beach) has become one of the biggest and most popular open water swims in Victoria. This...

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Festival of Sails Geelong

Festival of Sails

22 - 26 Jan 2016

Geelong

Join over 100,000 spectators on Geelong's waterfront this Australia Day weekend for five days of yacht racing, live music, fireworks and lots more.

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Some of the state reps for the Aust  Dog of the Year

Commonwealth Championship Sheepdog Trials

8 - 14 Feb 2016

Port Fairy

From $5 - $5

The Commonwealth Championship Sheepdog Trials are open to all registered sheep dog workers throughout Australia. Novice, Open and Improver trials...

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Great Ocean rd cycle

Great Ocean Road Cycle

8 - 10 Feb 2016

Geelong

From $175 - $175

The Great Ocean Road cycle is an annual cycle tour that begins in Geelong Victoria and ends in Warrnambool. The Great Ocean Road is world renown for...

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The ultimate seafood lunch overlooking the Apollo Bay Harbour

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

20 Feb 2016

Apollo Bay

Seafood lovers take note. Grab your family, friends and picnic rug and head on down to Victoria's own Paradise by the Sea at Apollo Bay for the fifth...

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2012 Overall Winner - Adam Cassar

All Ford Day - Geelong

21 Feb 2016

Waurn Ponds

From $10 - $30

Come down to Deakin University for the largest display of Ford vehicles anywhere in Australia. The day will include: Over 1,200 Ford vehicles on...

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Pako Festa A Celebration of Cultural Diversity

27 Feb 2016

Geelong West

Pako Festa, now in its thirty second year is Geelong's much loved, award-winning, free annual community cultural festival and the biggest of its kind...

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Heywood Wood, Wine & Roses Festival

27 Feb 2016

Heywood

From $15 - $25

Heywood Wood, Wine & Roses Committee will be celebrating their 23rd Annual Festival on 27 February 2016. Entertainment is available for all...

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Wallington Strawberry Fair

Wallington Strawberry Fair

6 Mar 2016

Wallington

Come and celebrate the humble strawberry at the annual Wallington Strawberry Fair held on the first Sunday in March. Each year the Fair welcomes...

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Motor City Music Festival

Motor City Music Festival

11 - 13 Mar 2016

East Geelong

From $39 - $97

Geetroit Rocks as Motor City Music Festival celebrates Geelong's past and present, with a great live soundtrack. Held over the (Victorian) Labour Day...

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Backstage

Port Fairy Folk Festival

11 - 14 Mar 2016

Port Fairy

Twenty venues host one of Australia's largest music festivals presenting roots, celtic, folk, country, bluegrass, blues, jazz, rock, crossover and...

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The Virtual Arboretum Project Portland

28 Mar 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

Portland

The Virtual Arboretum Project is a virtual artistic pathway linking regions across Australia. The very first pilot of this artist led project is in...

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Cytotoxic Cyclists

Woody's Murray to Moyne Annual Cycle Relay

2 - 3 Apr 2016

Port Fairy

Woody's Murray to Moyne Annual Cycle Relay is an annual cycling relay with approximately 1500 riders and support crews. Around 100 teams from...

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Geelong Half Marathon

Geelong Half Marathon

3 Apr 2016

Belmont

From $55 - $55

The Geelong Half Marathon will be held on the first Sunday after Easter. The course follows the Barwon River paths to Breakwater and Fyansford before...

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a 20 X 10 metre marquee will be used in 2016

Geelong National Bottle and Collectables Show

21 - 23 Oct 2016

Geelong

From $5 - $5

Geelong Bottle and Collectables Club is proud to announce it will host the 2016 National Bottle and Collectables Show. The first time Geelong has...

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