Don’t Miss These June/July Events at Phillip Island and surrounds

A visit to Phillip Island takes you to another world that’s less than two hours from Melbourne. The white beaches and cool ocean breezes, koalas and cute little penguins, and world-class Grand Prix racing, make this island a destination for the whole family. At Phillip Island Nature Parks, the daily Penguin Parade is one of the highlights, as the adorable little birds leave the surf to waddle home to their nests at the end of the day.

Cowes is the place to stay if you decide to make a weekend of it, as there’s always something going on nearby to grab your attention. Here are some of the upcoming events in and around Phillip Island for June and July 2019 that you won’t want to miss.

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Art and Photography

Throughout the month of June, you can enjoy a free photo exhibition by award-winning photographer Elizabeth Gall. Paws to Ponder will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Inverloch Community Hub. At the Mingara Gallery, large-scale Art by Annette Spinks will be on display from June 2 through July 6. For an interactive experience, you can create your own colourful glass artwork with Deb Watson at Archies Creek Hall from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5.

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Festivals and Markets

Saturday, June 8 will be a fun day for touring local markets that feature local arts & crafts, produce and tasty food. These three markets will be open the first half of the day on second Saturdays June 8 and July 13.

  • Coal Creek Farmers Market: Goat cheese, sourdough bread, local produce and wine.
  • Corinella Community Market: Arts & crafts, garden supplies, produce, sausage.
  • Cowes Island Craft Market: Produce, homemade food, plants, crafts, clothing.

On Sunday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., you can enjoy the Wonthaggi Rotary Market with its offerings of fresh eggs, plants, collectables, and fresh food choices. The winter edition of the Island Design and Makers Market will be open at the Cowes Leisure Centre from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the same day. This is your chance to pick up bargains on designer clothing, jewellery, housewares, beauty products, and delicious baked goods, all in an attractive indoor market.

The Churchill Island Farmer’s Market and the Market on Chapel are family-friendly markets open over the school holidays on Saturday, Jun 22. The farmer’s market hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and it offers over 40 stalls filled with fresh local produce, plants, handmade soaps and more. St. John’s Uniting Church hosts the Market on Chapel from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with over 30 stalls of ‘trash and treasure’, clothing, plants, produce and crafts. Food and beverages are available at both markets.

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Dining & Entertainment

The Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club, a popular local dinner theatre, will feature lunch shows with musical acts June 11 and July 9. At the June 11 show, Carmel Chayne will share stories and songs from the two years she spent as an entertainer during the Vietnam War. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for lunch shows. The Movie & Dinner Night on Wednesday, June 19 will feature John Wick 3, and there will be a Blues Brothers Tribute Show at 8:30 p.m. July 13.

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Local Events

Round 2 of the Shannon Nationals Racing Championship takes place on Phillip Island Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. Formula 4, prototype and production cars will compete in exciting races for a weekend of fun for the family.

The Phillip Island Whale Festival July 5-7 is a celebration of the annual migration of the whales. Over the weekend there will be whale watching cruises and eco-tours of the island’s natural habitats. Planned festivities include a Blessing of the Whales Ceremony and clay workshops for children to make their own sea creatures.

The Phillip Island Festival of Stories takes place Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28 at the Cowes Cultural Centre. Enjoy heartwarming and humorous stories by a lineup of storytellers and comedians, including Jeremy Wiggins, the first Australian Nobel Peace Prize winner.