Phillip Island Events

Vintage cars at Phillip Island

There are so many Phillip Island events during the year, especially over the summer months.

From small local markets to the hype of the International Motorcycle Grand Prix, there is something for everyone.

Barry Sheene Tribute Ride

October 19, 2017
From Bairnsdale to Cowes, Phillip Island

In memory of Barry Sheene, a British motorcycle champion who migrated to Australia in the late 1980s, the Tribute Ride from Bairnsdale to the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, finishes with a lap of the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

October 20/22, 2017
Phillip Island Circuit

Witness riders from across Australia unite and take over Phillip Island to experience world class racing at this premier of Phillip Island events.

World Champion Marc Marquez, crowd favourite Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo will each defy the rules of nature with agility, courage and speed, as they battle it out around the picturesque circuit.

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Phillip Island Pro QS1000

October 27/31, 2017
Phillip Island

A stepping stone to the World Tour, this event will feature a 1000 rated World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS) event alongside the Phillip Island Junior Challenge and Indigenous Invitational.

At Cape Woolamai Beach, with back up beaches at Flynns Reef, Penguin Parade, Right Point, Smiths Beach and Surfies Point.

Churchill Island Farmers Market

October 28, 2017
Churchill Island

The picturesque setting for this farmers market is enticing with lots of stalls with a huge variety of goodies.

Look for local fresh produce including seasonal fruit and vegetables, the potato man with lots of potato varieties, and artisan breads.

Sample and buy olive oils, wine and beer.

Add local honey to your pantry.

For the green fingered there are plants and cut flowers.

Enjoy a relaxing coffee from the market kiosk.

Open 8.00am to 1.00pm

Market on Chapel

October 28, 2017
St Johns Uniting Church
86 Chapel Street, Cowes

Lots of variety can be found at this market, with local and imported goods for sale.

Second-hand books, soap, new and vintage clothes, collectables and plant stalls to name a few.

Inside the hall are arts and crafts, including jewellery, knits and clothes.

Fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables and free range eggs are available.

The "shed" at the back has a great array of children's books and toys and second-hand kitchenware with lots of retro items.

For the hungry there is hot food for sale.

From 8.00am to 1.00pm

Fred Smith - The Dust of Uruzgan

November 5, 2017
National Vietnam Veterans Museum
25 Veterans Drive, Newhaven

Fred Smith has written a collection of songs about his experiences during the war in Afghanistan.

See him perform at the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, accompanied by Liz Frencham on double bass and Carl Pannuzzo on percussion and piano.

7.00pm - Bookings essential

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Island Craft Market

November 11, 2017
Thompson Avenue, Cowes

Browse the outside stalls selling fresh produce, clothing, plants, olive oil, preserves, decorative items and more.

Inside the hall visitors will find arts and crafts with lots of hand knitted goods, jewellery, and cards plus other original handmade items.

Hot food is available.

St Phillips Parish Hall, Thompson Avenue, Cowes

Open 9.00am to 2.00pm

Phillip Island Jazz Festival

November 17, 2017
Ramada Resort
2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes

Phillip Island Jazz Festival presents three days of outstanding jazz of all genres.

Those appearing will be Juliarna & The Heartjazz Band, Bruce Gourlay, Royal Garden Jazz Band, Simonologists, The Blue Two Few, Hot B Hines, Steve Waddell's Creole Bells Revival Band, Beverley Sheehan, Shirazz and Georgia Brookes Jazztet.

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Phillip Island Food & Wine Festival

November 24, 2017
Town Square and Cultural Centre, Cowes
Phillip Island

Phillip Island's annual food & wine festival showcases the best producers, restaurants & farm gates from Phillip Island and the Bass Coast Region.

Shearwater Festival

November 25, 2017
Various locations, Phillip Island

The Shearwater Festival is an annual event that aims to develop partnerships, cross cultural understanding and environmental awareness about the short-tailed shearwater population of Phillip Island.

The festival features creative, cultural and environmental workshops, music, dance performances and environmental walks and talks plus Sunset Cruises.

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Island Magic - Motor Racing

November 25/26, 2017
Phillip Island Circuit

Phillip Island Auto Racing Club presents multi club racing.

Sunday Jazz

December 17, 2017
Ramada Resort, 2128 Phillip Island Road, Cowes

Get down to Ramada Resort for another edition of Sunday Jazz. This month sit back and relax to the toe-tapping sounds of the Le Jazz Hot.

Bass Room
2.00pm to 5.00pm

Cowes Community Christmas Celebration

December 19, 2017
The Esplanade, Cowes

Celebrate Christmas with Carols by Candlelight, children's activities, petting zoo, face painting, Santa, music and fireworks display.

Phillip Island Model Railway Exhibition

January 13, 2018
Cowes Cultural Centre
Thompson Avenue, Cowes

This annual exhibition captivates young and old. See layouts of trains. Enthusiasts have the opportunity to buy trains etc.

Really Rhyll Art Exhibition

March 2, 2018
Rhyll Mechanics Hall, Rhyll

Rhyll Mechanics Hall Committee Art Exhibition in cooperation with The Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival celebrating 150 years of settlement on Phillip Island.

Phillip Island Nature Parks Community Open Day

March 4, 2018
Various locations, Phillip Island

Bass Coast Shire residents are invited to join the fun of Phillip Island Nature Parks’ annual Community Open Day.

There will be free general admission to all attractions throughout the day including the evening Penguin Parade, Koala Conservation Centre, Churchill Island and the exciting ‘Antarctic Journey’ at the Nobbies Centre.

Proof of residency required.

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