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The Dandenong Ranges’ Puffing Billy train is a must visit tourist attraction in the Dandenong Ranges. For fitness enthusiasts, what better way...

Dandenong Ranges Events

The Dandenong Ranges houses some of the most beautiful and colourful gardens that boast an inviting atmosphere, especially in summer. Visitors from different parts of the state head to the region to enjoy an array of popular events that the area has to offer.

Whether it is the popular spring fest or the many garden festivals, the events in the Dandenong Ranges include many choices to showcase the area’s intrinsic beauty and rich heritage.

2018/2019 Dandenong Ranges Calendar of Events & Festivals

With a number of breathtaking gardens, the Dandenong Ranges hosts an array of seasonal festivals. Set on the stunning landscape, adjacent fern gullies, beautiful cliffs and many scenic points, the area offers a number of unique event venues perfect for a family functions, community and corporate events.

Many people choose the quaint garden areas for their weddings and birthday parties. The Japanese garden festival at the National Rhododendron Garden and the Tesselaar Tulip Festival are two major tourist drawcards in this area.

Apart from the garden festivals, other events also include many seasonal community events; which boast an array of amusement programs, fun-filled shows, activities, shopping opportunities and educational programs. The area’s art galleries and museums also host annual community-based art and cultural festivals

No matter what your interest is, you’ll find something interesting amongst the events hosted in the Dandenong Ranges. Browse through the vibrant event calendar and explore the area’s popular festivals and seasonal events.

Great Train Race

Near The Belgrave CFA Station, Belgrave, Victoria
29 April 2018

The Dandenong Ranges’ Puffing Billy train is a must visit tourist attraction in the Dandenong Ranges. For fitness enthusiasts, what better way to explore this region by taking part in the Great Train Race against...

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Dandenong Ranges Open Studios

Burrinja Cultural Centre, Upwey, VIC
05 May 2018 to 06 May 2018

The Dandenong Ranges Open Studios is where talented artists open their doors to their usually hidden studios and visitors can get a sneak peek into the creative process. With heaps of studios open including painting...

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Kalorama Chestnut Festival

Kalorama Reserve, Kalorama, VIC
06 May 2018

The Kalorama Chestnut Festival is a beloved Dandenong Ranges community event that has been running for over 30 years. Come along with your friends and family and enjoy all things chestnut with food and festivities...

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Puffing Billy

Jazz on Puffing Billy

Belgrave Railway Station, Belgave, VIC
26 May 2018 30 June 2018

Come down to Jazz on Puffing Billy and spend an evening on the iconic Puffing Billy Railway with a live jazz performance as you enjoy a delicious meal. Bring your friends and family as you will be treated to a fantastic...

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Christmas in July

Around the Dandenong Ranges, Dandenong Ranges, VIC
01 July 2018 to 31 July 2018

With the temperatures plummeting in winter, the Dandenong Ranges is a great place to celebrate Christmas in July with a number of restaurants hosting cosy lunches and dinners. With frost on the ground, and maybe even a...

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Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Tesselaar Tulip Farm, Silvan, VIC
15 September 2018 to 14 October 2018

Those looking to attend the Tesselaar Tulip Festival will be happy to know that it is only one hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD. This popular yearly event is renowned for its array of amazing display of tulip flowers...

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Cuckoo Restaurant, Olinda, VIC
1-30 October 2018

As thousands travel to Munich for Oktoberfest, Melbourne residents are treated to a huge range of events as they celebrate their own version of Oktoberfest in various venues around Melbourne. Why not make a day of it...

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Stringybark Festival

Rowville Community Centre, Rowville, VIC
TBA - October 2018

The Stringybark Festival is a sustainability festival which is held at the Rowville Community Centre in October each year. This festival is all about empowering the local community to live sustainably with information...

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Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges

Karwarra Australian Native Botanic Garden & Nursery, Kalorama, VIC
17-20 Oct & 24-27 Oct 2018

The Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges is a tour event which takes visitors to some of the finest private gardens in the Dandenong Ranges. Many of the gardens on the tour are not open to the public, so this...

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Open Garden Weekend

Warratina Lavender Farm, Wandin North, VIC
17 November 2018 to 18 November 2018

Every year, the Warratina Lavender Farm opens its doors for the Open Garden Weekend which is held in November each year. The private gardens are open to the public where you can take walks through the beautiful gardens...

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Giro Della Donna

Warburton Recreation Reserve, Warburton, VIC
25 November 2018

The Giro Della Donna is a cycling race that occurs in November each year between Warburton and Mt. Donna Buang. The race takes place over 107kms of road with a climb of more than 2,700 metres making this a challenging...

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Kids Fun Run with Thomas

Gembrook Train Station, Gembrook, VIC
TBA - November 2018

The Kids Fun Run with Thomas is an annual fundraising event which raises thousands of dollars for the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre in Glen Waverley. Each year, hundreds of kids aged between 3-12yrs take part in this...

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Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships

Australian Chainsaw Carving Championships

SkyHigh Mt Dandenong, Mt Dandenong, VIC
TBA - January 2019

Chainsaw carving is a creative form of art combining contemporary technology with older manual techniques. Visitors touring Dandenong Ranges in January will be treated to the exhilarating Carving championships which are...

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Roller Coaster Run

Roller Coaster Run

SkyHigh Mt Dandenong, Mount Dandenong, VIC
TBA - February 2019

The Roller Coaster Run, a marathon held in the Dandenong Ranges, features a 21.5km trail and a 43km trail (consisting of two laps of 21.5kms). Visitors looking to participate in the Roller Coaster Run, should check the...

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Cloudehill Festival of Flowers

Cloudehill Nursery & Garden, Olinda, VIC
TBA - March 2019

Each year Cloudehill Gardens hosts an event to celebrate the arrival of the beautiful Autumn colours known as the Cloudehill Festival of Flowers. Each year the owners of this beautiful garden open their gates to welcome...

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Selbyfest

Selbyfest

Minak Reserve, Selby, VIC
TBA - March 2019

The charming village of Selby is nestled in the suburbs of the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Selby is a town best known for a weekend getaway or a day trip as well as the popular event known as SelbyFest. SelbyFest...

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The Herb And Chilli Festival

The Herb and Chilli Festival

Romantic Nursery, Wandin, VIC
TBA - March 2019

Thanks to its previous success, the Herb and Chilli Festival is back and bigger than ever. Taking place in March each year and held in Wandin, the festival will include exhibits, stalls and of course, a chilli cook-off...

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PAVE Festival

PAVE Festival

Kilvington Drive, Emerald, VIC
TBA - April 2019

The PAVE Festival (formerly known as the Emerald Winter Fest and Emerald Funfest), is an annual festival in the Dandenong Ranges that held in April each year. The PAVE Festival runs for 8 days over the the school...

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Garden Expo

Tesselaar Gardening and Plants Expo

Tesselaar Gardens, Silvan, VIC
TBA - April 2018

The Tesselaar Gardening and Plants Expo is a huge exhibition where nurseries and plant growers come together in one fantastic event in the Dandenong Ranges. Held in the Tesselaar Nursery in Silvan, you will be able to...

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