Culture Vulture for November 2012
30th OF October 2012
November is the month of Australian horse races, including our most prized and well-known race, Melbourne Cup. “The Race the Stops the Nation” lands on the first Tuesday of the month and if you aren’t lucky enough to catch the race live there are plenty of other places across Australia to celebrate and join in the action. We’ve rounded up a selection of fun events for you to enjoy, along with a slew of other fun activities to keep you entertained all November-long. Catch a flick at an American-style movie theatre drive-in or at an open air cinema, shop up a storm at seaside market, or raise money towards a cause by supporting an event – we've noted just a few ideas to get you started on planning your last month before summer.
By Sangeeta Kocharekar, Culture Vulture
All around the world men are invited to take part in the month-long moustache challenge, which raises funds and awareness towards men’s health. Get your friends and family involved by registering yourself online and asking for sponsor donations towards the cause.
More info: au.movember.com
What: The Rosé Revolution
Celebrate the perfect summer wine, rosé, with events all across Australia, including tastings, dinners and soirees.
Highlights include the Rosé Revolution at Sydney's The Winery and a Rosé Soirée at Melbourne's Feddish Cafe.
When: November 14
Where: All across Australia
More info: rosewinerevolution.com/wineries.htm
What: Melbourne Cup at The Argyle
The Argyle hosts a ticketed day celebration with celebrity hosts, TAB facilities, and prizes for best dressed. The after party starting from 4pm will feature live acts and DJs.
When: Nov 6th
Where: The Rocks, Sydney
More info: www.theargylerocks.com
What: Downtown Drive-In
Carriageworks will play host to three nights of movie screenings against an American-style drive-in theatre set-up. Drive up in a vehicle or catch the flick from a “deck-chair” at the front.
When: Nov 29th – Dec 1st
Where: Carriageworks, Sydney
More info: www.downtowndrive.in
What: Oysters at the House
Enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the Opera House tasting Australia’s best oysters matched to a glass of NSW wine. Overlook the spectacular Sydney Harbour while meeting growers and winemakers at this ticketed event.
When: Nov 18
Where: Sydney Opera House, Sydney
More info: www.operakitchen.com.au/oysters-in-the-house
What: The 7 Sopranos Christmas Concert
Some of Australia’s leading classical singers come together for a Christmas concert. Make it a date with a glass of champagne, private viewing of the new Francis Bacon Exhibition, and the carol-filled concert.
When: Nov 30th and Dec 2nd
Where: The Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
More info: www.the7sopranos.com
What: A Night at the Rock Opera
Sing along to your favourite hits from rocks musicals with charity initiative “A Night at the Rock Opera” at the State Theatre. Best of all, your night will help benefit YWCA NSW’s mentoring program.
When: Nov 19th
Where: The State Theatre, Sydney
More info: www.ticketmaster.com.au
What: Melbourne Cup Carnival
Head straight to the scene and celebrate Derby Day, Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day (“ladies day”) or Stakes Day on the field, in the grandstand or in a corporate marquee. Spend your day betting, fine dining, or treating yourself to a glass of champagne or two.
When: Nov 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th
Where: Victoria Racing Club, Melbourne
More info: www.melbournecup.com
What: Toast to the Coast
Spend a weekend of wine tasting across 25 wineries in Geelong, as part of the 11th annual festival. Featuring wine, food and music, the signature Victorian event is a must-do.
When: Nov 3rd – 4th
Where: Various wineries, Geelong
More info: www.toasttothecoast.com.au
What: Tulip Ball
Make it a night at Melbourne’s premier gala event, which supports people with Parkinson’s. Silent auctions and a renowned Melbourne band will keep you entertained all night.
When: Nov 10th
Where: Regent Theatre, Melbourne
More info: www.tulipball.org
What: Melbourne Cup at Customs House
Brisbane’s heritage icon Customs House will air Australia’s most famous race on the big screen while guests enjoy a 3-course meal and sparkling wine.
When: Nov 6th
Where: Customs House, Brisbane
More info: www.customshouse.com.au
What: Ben and Jerry’s Openair Cinema
Catch a classic movie or new release on a huge outdoor screen. Watch the sun set with a drink and nibble in hand.
When: Oct 21st – Nov 25th
Where: Brisbane Openair Cinemas, South Bank
More info: www.facebook.com/openair
What: Foreshore Festival
The annual music festival is back for its 6th year, taking place in the lush surroundings of Commonwealth Park. Hand picked acts from around the world include Tiesto, 360, Example, Bingo Players and Major Lazer.
When: Nov 24th
Where: Commonwealth Park, Canberra
More info: www.foreshorefestival.com.au
What: Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge
This five-day statewide race pushes competitors out of their comfort zone while allowing them to take in Tasmania’s most stunning scenery and landscapes. Mountain biking, trekking and kayaking will all be elements of challenging courses.
When: Nov 28th – Dec 2nd
Where: Statewide, Tasmania
More info: www.markwebbertasmaniachallenge.com
What: Stansbury Seaside Markets
Bring the family along for a fun day strolling through the markets by the sea browsing a selection of local produce, home made baked goods, art works, gift, jewellery and a variety of food.
When: Nov 10th
Where: Stansbury Seaside Markets, Stansbury
More info: www.stansburysa.com/markets.html
What: Elton John Under The Stars
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of his single “Rocket Man”, Elton John will be performing on a world tour will hit Australian shores in four select locations, including some he has never visited before. Catch the opening of the Australian leg of the tour at Perth Arena.
When: Nov 10th
Where: Perth Arena, Perth
More info: www.premier.ticketek.com.au
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