Whether you slow down for the race that stops a nation, or you just see a window to take an extra day and extend your weekend, we've got lots of options around the region to enjoy.
Lost Lands Festival takes over Werribee Park and turns the grounds into a family-friendly festival experience. An outstanding lineup, including Tim Finn, You Am I and the Jungle Giants will soundtrack a fantastical adventure. Glamping, camping and local accommodation available.
Bellarine Arts Trail is on again, as the region's finest artists, galleries and studios shine. The trail is the perfect way to experience the incredible work being down all along The Bellarine, combining 33 venues and over 75 different artists, meet, greet and even pick up a piece or two for the collection. Local legend Soula Mantalvanos is even throwing open her studio doors for a unique insight into the artist's practice.
Toast to the Coast is our pre-eminent food, wine and music festival. 33 of the region's finest wineries throw open their doors with special tastings, unique offerings and entertainment; meander through the vineyards, enjoy a delicious lunch and be entertained by the best local musicians.
Golden Plains Farmers Market has rolled around again, and is perfectly timed for the long weekend. One of the region's favourite markets, with local providers, growers, makers and entertainers too.
The Central Geelong Shopping Festival and Sidewalk Series is an annual event that brings together over 200 businesses for a super-sized day of street shopping, entertainment and bargains. The streets will be pumping and the shopping bags will be bulging.
Melbourne Cup Day at Oakdene is your best bet for enjoying the glamour of the races, without all the bother of actually going. Roaming canapes on Oakdene Gardens, plus their signature cup day dishes and drinks. Grab your frocks and fascinators and dress up for a big day at Oakdene.
Cup Day at Clyde Park is another top spot to enjoy all the fun of race day, without the trek into Flemington. The vineyard and bistro play host to a special event, with the races live and loud on the big screen, a special Melbourne Cup menu, and don't forget to wear your races ready outfit, as there will be prizes for the best dressed!
Curlewis Golf Course is saddling up for a Cup Day with a difference, the ever-popular Wine Skins 18 holes. Win wine on every hole! Book now.
Flying Brick Cider House is also pulling on their Cup Day best for a day of celebration, the glorious grounds will be setup especially with a la carte dining, drinks specials and race-related fun all day.