Autumn is my fave season of all. Cooler sun-kissed days. Leaves crunching underfoot in the park. Grape harvest at the vineyards. There’s no better time to get out and celebrate the region’s bounty, boost your wellbeing or feed your cultural soul.
Whatever your thing, Geelong and The Bellarine hosts a myriad of autumn events you’re sure to fall for. Check out this collection for starters then jump over to What’s On for more.
Golden Plains Arts Trail | SAT 25 Mar – SUN 26 Mar
Come meet the makers, creators and artists (dozens of them) when they open up their studios, homes and hearts for a weekend. Pack a picnic, explore local townships and venture into a secret enclave of creative folk. MORE >>
Lara Food and Wine Festival | SUN 26 Mar I remember the very first fabulous iteration of this festival in 2009. Word is it gets more epic every year. And this year looks like a ripper – 60+ food + bevie exhibitors, celebrity chef, cooking comp’s and live entertainment, all nestled in the grounds of historic Pirra Homestead. MORE >>
Ride the Bellarine | SUN 9 Apr
Strap on you bike helmet and take off for a two-wheeling adventure along the incredibly scenic roads of the Bellarine Peninsula. Choose a 60km or 105km route then hit the bitumen. You’ll be pedalling with purpose, raising funds for a Rotary Club public health project. MORE >>
Geelong Half Marathon | SUN 23 Apr
You’re ready for this! It’s no walk in the park, just a glorious run alongside the Barwon River from Belmont to Breakwater, Fyansford and back again. Whether you keep the pace with experienced runners or shuffle to your own beat, it’s good for body and soul. Haven’t embraced that training schedule as you’d hoped? Don’t panic – the 7km run has your name all over it. MORE >>
MSO Plays Petrushka | FRI 26 May
Sink into the drama and beauty of classical music presented at Geelong’s Costa Hall by Australia’s oldest professional orchestra. Featuring Stravinsky’s extraordinary ballet burlesque Petrushka, supported by a dollop of Tchaikovsky magic and a world premiere of a new work from Elena Kats-Chernin. MORE >>
And, while you’re exploring ideas for autumn awesomeness, don’t forget the regional Melbourne Food and Wine Festival events set to have Geelong and The Bellarine supping and sipping to a whole new level from 31 March – 9 April - explore them all here.