Social media is set to explode this month as the Big Picture Fest 2019 paints its way across Frankston City for a second year from March 22–24. Kicking off with an epic free Block Party, the festival will see street artists create lasting artworks on buildings and in laneways across Frankston’s city centre. As with last year’s event, free walking tours will be on offer as well as pre-event viewing options from March 18 so you can watch the artists as they create their masterpieces. For full event information, including details of the walking tours and Block Party, go to frankston.vic.gov.au/BigPictureFest or thebigpicturefest.com
One of Mornington’s most popular race days of the year, Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day sees a nine-race card, including the $350,000 Listed Ladbrokes Mornington Cup (2400m), with the winner gaining a ballot-free entry into the 2019 Caulfield Cup. A new addition this year will be The Beach Club, a trackside oasis available to all racegoers, complete with sun lounges and ample shaded space. This will be the perfect place to put up your feet and take in the atmosphere as the horses thunder past.
Adults’ tickets cost $20 from mrc.racing.com or $25 at the gate, with children under 16 admitted free. Mornington Racecourse, mrc.racing.com
Mt Eliza St Thomas More School Gym, 313 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza, 9am-3pm, $5 adults, Michael 0409 165 536
Off the back of a sell-out event in 2018, The Peninsula Picnic returns with an unprecedented line-up of Australian music acts, local restaurants, wineries and producers, bringing together the best of the Peninsula to Mornington Racecourse for one day only. Led by indie rock five-piece The Rubens, playing alongside beloved songwriting legend Sarah Blasko, indie prodigy Tia Gostelow, Latin outfit San Lazaro, and up-and-coming folk artist Fraser A. Gordon, music-lovers will be wooed by the mix of indie sounds, folk rock and soulful tunes across the day. The culinary line-up features regional greats and some new faces, including Jackalope’s Rare Hare, Montalto, Green Olive at Red Hill, Max’s Restaurant, Tucks and many more. Wines from T’Gallant, Prancing Horse, Quealy and Kerri Greens, beers from Yak Ales and Pimm’s cocktails will keep picnic-lovers cool and satiated for a day of dancing and culinary delights.
In addition to the smorgasbord of live music throughout the day, there will be sessions with top winemakers, market stalls from Peninsula artisans and kids’ activities to help you while away the hours among the pristine surrounds of Mornington Racecourse.
A true celebration of local wine and food talent, The Peninsula Picnic seamlessly blends a foodie festival with cellar door tastings, a farmers’ market and the sweet sounds of some of Australia’s best songwriters.
Tickets are sure to sell out, so head to peninsulapicnic.com.au to secure yours now. They’re $89 for adults and $28 for children aged 5-17, with under-5s admitted free. Mornington Racecourse, Gate 3, 320 Racecourse Rd, Mornington, 11.30am-6.45pm, peninsulapicnic.com.au
Long Room, Frankston City Library, 60 Playne St, Frankston, bookings essential 9770 6492 Check exact times/dates with organiser.