26 Reasons to visit us in Spring:
YOUR SPRING PLAY-LISTSpring in Warrnambool is all about music and movement. Whether it’s musicals or music festivals, races or games, everyone is invited to join in! We’ve compiled a list of 26 Spring events not to be missed.To celebrate the colourful mix of music, festivities and sport on the Spring Play-list calendar we’ve put together a Spotify playlist of local music. Like the variety of events on the calendar, the playlist is an eclectic mix of some of Warrnambool’s most talented homegrown songwriters. Download it from www.iamwarrnambool.com.au/events
1. Yoga 4 Dignity – September 1, Archie Graham
Yoga 4 Dignity at Archi Graham will bring women together to Share the Dignity whilst at the same time opening our hearts and touching our toes. In Australia we have 48,000 homeless women and it is our GOAL this year to have the same number practicing YOGA in Warrnambool
2. You’re my World Cilla Black Story – September 5, Lighthouse Theatre
You’re My World – The Cilla Black Story is a performance full of the powerhouse vocals and self-deprecating humour that made Cilla Black one of the UK’s most beloved performers with the British Pop Icon and Television Personality.
3. Paris Underground – September 5, Lighthouse Theatre
Enter the Paris Underground and journey through the dark delights of the city of light. Witness astounding acts of magic and illusion, spectacular tap dancing, brilliant burlesque, breath taking aerials, quirky circus, stand up comedy and incendiary song in a classic European cabaret and variety show.
4. Warrnambool Organ Festival – August 31 – September 2
The inaugural Warrnambool Organ Festival showcases the pipe organs that reside at many of the local churches in Warrnambool. Venues include St Joseph’s Catholic Church, the Warrnambool Uniting Church, Christ Church, St John’s Presbyterian Church, the Lutheran Church and Mozart Hall. 2018 will feature a community choral project for the first time.
5. Hermans Hermits – The 6 O’clock hop – September 6, Lighthouse Theatre
When the 1960’s British Invasion hit worldwide, Herman’s Hermits were one of the biggest groups out of the UK. Their Australian No. 1 hits, ‘Mrs. Brown you’ve got a lovely
6. Hell Ship: the Journey of the Ticonderoga – September 13, Lighthouse Theatre
In 1852, the handsome emigrant clipper Ticonderoga arrived in Australia with a nightmare in her holds. One hundred of her passengers were dead, and nearly another hundred would continue to perish in quarantine. On her 90-day voyage from England, deadly typhus fever had torn through her decks, spawning the name she would forever be known by, Hell Ship. daughter’ and ‘No milk today’ made the group one of the most popular groups of the day here in Australia.
7. South West Maker Fest – September 14
This exciting experience is back again for another year. After a hugely successful Maker Fest in 2017, we’re back with another huge exploratorium of inventive action that aims to give young people the tools and inspiration to create.
8. Warrnambool Running Festival – September 16
Half marathon featuring a brand new course that starts and finishes at Flagstaff Hill. Registrations are open now and there are 6km, 12km and 21km runs and a 6km walk.
9. HIDDEN TREASURES OF WARRNAMBOOL – September 22 – October 5, Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum & Village
Discover the hidden treasures of Warrnambool this Spring school holidays. Hidden Treasures of Warrnambool is a two week program of discovery and wonder. Young families will be having so much fun immersing themselves in forgotten trades, shipwreck stories and precious artefacts, that they won’t even realise how much they are learning!
10. Madiba the Musical – September 27, 28 & 29, Lighthouse Theatre
The powerful and uplifting Madiba the Musical is a soul-stirring celebration of the visionary leader Nelson Mandela. The epic show pays tribute to the charismatic icon and activist whilst exploring the struggles, racial conflicts and divisions behind his unyielding crusade for reconciliation in South Africa.
11. Michael Jackson The Legacy Tour – October 3, Lighthouse Theatre
Legacy, the world’s greatest tribute to the world’s greatest entertainer…Michael Jackson. William Hall becomes the King of Pop when he hits the stage with his full scale production of Michael Jackson The Legacy Tour. The show, produced and endorsed by previous members of Michael Jackson’s crew.
12. Oktoberfest – October 6, Surfside Holiday Parks – Shipwreck Bay site
Whether it be the German Oompa band entertaining the Hofbrau main stage during the day amongst Miss & Mr Oktoberfest & Bratwurst eating comp, or the Haus stage with some of the countries biggest acts in house music, you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied. You can be in control of the music in the open air silent discoteque with 3 channels of music where you can choose the style you listen to at any given time!
13. The Waifs – October 7 Lighthouse Theatre
The Waifs soared into 2017 celebrating their 25th Anniversary in style – releasing their eighth studio record Ironbark, completing a sold out national tour, gaining their first #1 album debut on the ARIA Charts and reminding fans that like a bottle of fine wine, they only get better with time. From bustling cities to the farthest regional and coastal towns, they have spent the past 25 years reuniting with old friends and gathering new fans, thanks to their enchanting live shows and affable natures.
14. Celebrage – October 8-18
Over the course of the festival a range of events are planned aimed at promoting positive ageing within the community and active living. Many of the events are free or offered at an affordable price and are aimed at encouraging people to try a range of different activities. Throughout the week there are an array of events for the whole family, including social activities, competitions, trips, tours, concerts, dances and movies.
15. Port Fairy Spring Music Festival – October 12 -14
The festival presents classical and contemporary ensemble music in fresh and collaborative programming. It combines the talents of highly regarded established artists with the very best of Australia’s new and emerging young performers and composers.The ambiance and intimacy of Port Fairy together with acoustically excellent venues helps to engage, educate and entertain all members of the Festival community, and to attract visitors from throughout the state, interstate and overseas.
16. An evening with MSO – October 18 -19, Lighthouse Theatre
MSO is delighted to present an evening of gorgeous music featuring Christopher Moore and Sophie Rowell. We present arguably Mozart’s best concerto, the Sinfonia Concertante, a work that features a combination of violin, viola and orchestra, and Brahms’ Serenade No.2, a rarely performed masterpiece and regarded as ‘quintessential Brahms’. Alongside these great classics, you will be among the first in Australia to experience a new work by Australian composer Iain Grandage.PLEASE NOTE: October 19th is a children’s performance.
17. The Small Things Festival – October 20 Civic Green and Surrounding venues
This event aims to educate through celebrating the small things which can be embraced in everyday lives by community and business for greater sustainability. Featuring a market, an ecological walking tour, yoga and plenty of childrens activities!
18. Bike and Rod Run Rally – October 20
A fundraiser for SWH Prostate Cancer Detector Appeal. $25 Online registration (includes T-Shirt). Departing the Flying Horse Inn at 9am for Halls Gap. Lunch available for gold coin donation. Online auction and raffles.
19. Warrnambool Toy Library Messy Play Day – October 21
Join the Warrnambool Toy Library for a messy play day at Flagstaff Hill. Fun for the whole family with market stalls, BBQ, face painting, jumping castle, dancing, toy sale, dance crew and lots of messy, sensory activities to delight your children! Bring a gold coin to enter the messy play area and a change of clothes as it will be MESSY!
20. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – October 23, Lighthouse Theatre
One of the most-read and famous children’s books of all time, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ emerges off the page in a masterful theatrical experience for the whole family. This Australian made show will excite, educate and entertain new readers and first-time theatre-goers, while for those who grew up with these books will delight in experiencing one of the most popular children’s books ever written.
21. Warrnambool Show – October 27 Warrnambool Showgrounds
This year we plan on bringing agriculture back to the Warrnambool Show. We will be showcasing agriculture through displays, activities and competition. The day will be jam packed with free entertainment, displays, exhibitors and competitions. There will be plenty of bang for your buck and plenty to fill your entire day.
22. Gymnastics Victoria Regional Championships – October 6 & 7
The growth in women’s gymnastics in Victoria means that there are more competitors than ever throughout Victoria! This is why Gymnastics Victoria have created the Regional Championships, which allows for fairer and more far reaching qualifications for the Junior Victorian Championships.
23. The Rat Pack – October 31, Lighthouse Theatre
The Rat Pack are back Down Under to inject their own brand of swing to Australian venues. These Kings of Swing are famously known for their swingin’ sounds and hilarious improvised comedy routines. Their six-piece swing group promises to deliver the sound, the comedy and the spontaneity that they made their own throughout the 60’s and 70’s.
24. Toyota Oaks Day – November 8
Spring Racing at the ‘bool has Got It All. Get your friends and head trackside for a great day of spring racing at Warrnambool Toyota Oaks Day. There’s live racing at the track, a superscreen beaming races straight from Flemington as well as the Marriott Melbourne Hotel Fashions on the Field. Over $5,000 in prizes are on offer for the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ and ‘Most Spectacular Hat’ categories.
25. Premier Speedway – November 3 & 17
Home of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic and host to other major events for Super Sedans, Speedcars, Formula 500’s, Juniors, Super Rods & Wing Sprints.
26. BMX State Championships – November 16,17 & 18
Warrnambool will be a buzz with BMX activity in Spring with the Warrnambool Open on October 7th and the Victorian BMX State Titles on the 17 and 18 November.