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Known for its vibrant communities and packed calendar of events, The Murray plays host to a whole host of high profile events throughout the year. Join in the fun and frivolity at music and food and wine festivals, sporting events and art exhibitions.

Mildura

Travel up to Mildura early in the year for the Murray River International Music Festival and the Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival and catch some of the creative energy buzzing around this art-loving town. For the literary types, the Mildura Writers Festival in July is a must. September brings the Mildura Country Music Festival, Australia's biggest showcase of independent country music artists. The Mildura Jazz, Food and Wine Festival in November combines the best of Australian modern and traditional jazz with the opportunity to sample the region's fine wines. Lastly, the biennial Mildura Palimpsest is a visual arts event that promotes artists' engagement with the cultural and natural environment of the Mildura and Murray Darling region.

Rev it up

Take the opportunity to catch some of the country's big names alongside local heroes at The Riverboats Music Festival, held beside the river each February in Echuca-Moama. Blues lover? Bring your harp and guitar and head along to the Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival in July.

Feel the need for speed? Take things up a notch with an Easter visit to the Mildura 100 Ski Race competition or the Club Marine Southern 80 in February, the largest waterskiing race in the world with over 40,000 spectators.

In the pond, on the greens

In December, try your luck at the Cod Opening Classic, Australia's largest inland fresh water fishing competition or head to Corowa for the Murray Golf Masters, held over three days and attracting the best amateur golfers in the region.

For a bit of a exercise and a whole lot of fun, sign up for the Massive Murray River paddle. This popular local event has been running since 1969 and covers a distance of 404km over five days.

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Exhibitions

Heritage Festival: Wrecks and Paddle Steamers Exhibition

Paddle Steamers discovered Echuca-Moama in 1853. Through the boom years and after the trade finished, many boats and barges sank and lay for years in...

3 May 2016
4 May 2016
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6 May 2016

Plays & musicals

They Saw a Thylacine

Society's concerns about the environment and extinction aren't new. It is Australia, circa 1930. A female Thylacine tracker, a zookeeper’s daughter...

3 May 2016
4 May 2016
5 May 2016
6 May 2016

Exhibitions

Isobel Harvie Collection at Kyabram Town Hall

Indulge in the fashion of yesteryear with a display of exquisite Victorian clothing and accessories at the Kyabram Town Hall- Isobel Harvie...

Until 13 Jun 2016

Community

Chiltern Cancer Cruise

A unique event dedicated to the memory of local resident John Jamison. This is a car and bike show with a difference. Please bring your car or bike...

Until 8 Apr 2018

Learning

Heritage Festival: Port After Dark Tours

The Port of Echuca wharf and surrounding areas have long been associated with stories of ghosts and unexplained happenings. Journey back in time and...

4 May 2016
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Exhibitions

Tangibility/ Abstraction

Emerging Melbourne-based artist, Petra Nicel presents a new body of work that crosses the boundaries of photo media and installation with suggestions...

6 May 2016
7 May 2016
9 May 2016
10 May 2016

Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

Forget the real world for one night by having a laugh with friends and family. Grab your mates, book your table and have a laugh as the Melbourne...

6 May 2016

Produce markets

Wodonga Junction Square Farmers Market

Wodonga Junction Square Farmers Market is a fair dinkum farmers market where you can meet the farmers and producers and enjoy their products. The...

7 May 2016
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18 Jun 2016

Community

Festival of Light 2016

The Vesak Festival celebrates three major events in the life of Buddha - the birth, enlightenment and passing away on the full moon in May. Each year...

7 May 2016

Dining

Mother's Day Sunday Roast

Celebrate the traditional roast and learn about migrants' first thoughts of an Australian menu. Find your place, on a communal table for lunch at...

8 May 2016

Sports

Mother's Day Classic Shepparton

Held on Mother's Day, The Mother's Day Classic is a fundraising event helping raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Help raise...

8 May 2016

Food & wine

Fungi Workshop

Held at the Bonegilla Migrant Experience, this workshop will introduce participants to the diversity, ecology and curiosities of the Kingdom Fungi,...

14 May 2016
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