Did you see that? If you blinked, you probably missed it. That was September. A month of endings and new beginnings. A month full of promise.
I’m not sure the promise of glorious spring days was fulfilled, as the fresh breeze prolonged our fire-side enjoyment of hot drinks and hearty food. Despite this many locals and visitors alike have braved the brisk waters of the bay and soaked up the sun in preparation for some ‘real’ spring joy.
From markets to art shows and workshops to performances, this month we get a taste of it all on the Mornington Peninsula. Bring it on October, we are ready!
EXHIBITION | ‘Between the Bays’ Opening @ FAC, Frankston
Thursday 4th October | 6pm – 8pm
Three photographers, Craig MacDonald, Brad Henderson and Karina Laird, explore the relationship between the Mornington Peninsula, its communities and its landscapes. *Exhibition from 4th Oct – 24th Nov
EXHIBITION | ‘Coastal’ by Kristine Ballard @ Manyung Gallery, Mt. Eliza
Friday 5th October | 5pm – 7pm
‘Coastal’ is the new body of work by contemporary painter, Kristine Ballard. This new collection centres around the human fascination for the coastal rim of the ‘big blue’. *Exhibition 5th-20th October
ART | Exhibition floor talks @ Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington
Saturday 6th October | 3pm – 3:45pm
Discover more about Catherine Truman’s object making, Anne Ferran’s investigations into the Boyd family library and how artists in the MPRG collection have used scientific methods to create their works. *Also on Sat 20th Oct
ART | Little Archies Portrait Prize @ Oak Hill Gallery, Mornington
Saturday 6th October – 31st October
Come and view the talents of emerging artists in the Oak Hill Gallery’s annual Little Archies exhibition.
EAT | Seaside Street Food Festival @ Frankston Waterfront
Wednesday 10th October – Sunday 14th October
Foodies of Melbourne unite for high tides and good vibes on the Frankston Waterfront | Free entry to festival with voluntary gold coin donation. All funds raised will go to The Food Truck Park’s charity partner Fight MND.
MARKET | The Creators’ Market @ Dromana Estate
Saturday 13th October | 10am – 3pm
Spend your Saturday wandering the market, enjoying some of Victoria’s tastiest wines, listen to live music, organise a lunch with friends at Dromana Estate’s onsite café, grab a casual food truck bite, or enjoy a beverage in the sun.
KIDS WORKSHOP | ‘Colourful Chronicles’ @ Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Tuesday 16th October | 10am – 11am or 11:30am – 12:30pm | $5
The MPRG ‘Young at Art’ program introduces kids ages 2-5yrs to the wonderful world of art with a tour of current exhibition and hands-on creative activities.
SCENE + EAT | Spring Open Day @ Hawkes Farm, Boneo
Saturday 20th October | 11am – 3pm
Tour on a tractor, pick some produce and have some fun at the farm at their open day!
MARKET | Emu Plains Market @ Balnarring
Saturday 20th October | 9am – 2pm
We celebrate the joyous return of one of our favourite local markets, showcasing and celebrating makers and shakers across the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne and South East Victoria. I can’t help but be excited by the range of stalls, from delicious Pure Peninsula Honey to Merry People’s practical but stylish boots, food, live music and all the jewellery designers and creators I adore! #seeyouunderthestringybarks #iheartemp
Free entry | no pets | $4 parking | ATM on site
FESTIVAL | Main Street Mornington Festival
Sunday 21st October | 11am – 5pm
What could be better…food + music in Main Street Mornington? The fact that it’s a free event and family friendly! There are too many amazing things about this event to list them all here but check out the website for more info and get yourself there!
WINE | MPM Wine Club – October Event @ Commonfolk Coffee, Mornington
Friday 26th October | 7pm – 11pm
Come and meet new people, meet local businesses, have a shop, eat some delicious food, enjoy some prosecco from the Prosecco Van and be inspired by a guest speaker, Melanie Gleeson, the Founder of Endota Spa at the MPM Wine Club October event.
ART SHOW | Mount Eliza Art + Design Show hosted by Mt. Eliza North Primary School
Friday 26th October | 7:30pm – 10pm | Opening Night | $25 online – $30 at the door
Art Exhibition Weekend | Saturday 27 Oct 10am to 5pm | Sunday 28 Oct 10am to 4pm
Tickets $5 on entry (Children Free)
MARKET | The Makers’ Market @ The Nook Gallery + Commonfolk, Mornington
Saturday 27th October | 9am – 2pm
What do you get when you combine (some of my favourite) talented Mornington Peninsula creatives and at the coolest venues in town? The Makers’ Market, of course! Featuring illustrator Emma Morgan, artist Sarah Dingwall, nature inspired jeweller Kate MacIndoe, Chloe McColl Jewellery, The Snake Hole, stunning creations by Emeldo Design, gorgeous indoor plants by Verdant Dwellings + many more makers!
MARKET | Little Beauty Market @ Beauty Park, Frankston
Saturday 27th October | 10am – 3pm
Wander around the lake and check out the stalls set in Beauty Park in Frankston. Enjoy food and fare from local bakers and makers. Lots of fun for the kids with space to run around, playground and children’s entertainment.
ART SHOW | Somers Art Fair hosted by the Somers Primary School
Sunday 28th October | 10am – 5pm
Come and enjoy the amazing art works being exhibited and join in with some of the creative workshops on offer throughout the day.
With a silent auction, plenty of entertainment and family activities, it’s an event to be enjoyed by all!
Know of any events coming up in November on the Mornington Peninsula? We would love to hear about them!