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Six things to do this Labour Day weekend

There's something particularly exciting about this weekend. Of course, Golden Plains, but also the fact that come Monday your alarm will not be going off for work. Finally, it's the Labour Day Long Weekend and there's lots to keep you busy within Melbourne and it's surrounds. 

Ballarat Antique Fair
A small group of dealers congregating at St. Pat’s hall back in 1975 marked the beginning of what was to become the largest and longest running Antique Fair in Australia. This year will host dealers from all around Australia, with all states represented for the first time. A huge range of antiques and collectibles sourced from all over the world will be on offer from a simple cup and saucer to a whole house full of furniture.
Ballarat Exhibition Centre, 501 - 503 Dowling Street, Wendouree from Saturday March 11 until Monday March 13.
 
Born On The Bayou
For Labour Day weekend at Ding Dong Lounge it’s all about the gumbo and the tunes. It will be a battle of spices when Miss Katie – famous around these here parts for her next-level Crab Shack offerings – brings along her cheeky sous chef, Chef Adam, who is going head-to-head with Ding Dong’s resident legend, junior sous chef Sarai.  Three varieties of gumbo will be plated up for you to unleash your inner Matt Preston on. Punters are encouraged to put in their two cents for the winning dish, but we reckon everybody wins ‘cause you’re in for some ripper Southern hospitality on all fronts.
Ding Dong Lounge from Friday March 10 to Sunday March 12. Doors nice and early at 4pm.
 
Inverloch Music Festival
The Inverloch Jazz Festival began 24 years ago to raise money for building what is now an aged care facility. It continues to raise money for various community projects. The festival has grown from ten bands to 40 and is now recognised as one of the premier festivals in Victoria. People come from many different places to participate. Our festival has become an important part of the jazz calendar, due to the variety of jazz offered and the talent of the musicians. This year we’re proud to present Australian jazz legend, pianist and composer Tony Gould. Another attraction is The Slipdixies who play 1920s jazz, varying from hot driving rhythms to silky smooth ballads and the blues as well as favourites Pippa Wilson, Anita Harris and Sarah Maclaine.
Inverloch Music Festival will take place in a variety of venues in the main street of Inverloch from Friday March 10 until Monday March 13
 
Moomba
Since 1955, Moomba has captured the hearts and imaginations of Melburnians. The first Moomba Festival went for 15 days and included fireworks, a vintage car display, a rowing regatta, river floats and a cycling race. 63 years on, Moomba is wise with age, steeped in tradition, but undoubtedly young at heart – just like the city it calls home.This year you can expecta chock-a-block program of free events and activities celebrating our wonderful city. Get ready to be treated to four jam-packed days of carnival rides and games, kids’ activities, water sports and more. This time around, Moomba is bringing fireworks every night, a puppet garden and a roller disco, along with all the usual suspects.
Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Marr from Friday March 10 until Monday March 13.
 
Myrtleford Festival
Myrtleford Festival started in 1961 as the Tobacco & Hops Festival. After more than half a century and a couple of name changes, it’s one of Victoria’s oldest rural community festivals. It’s a celebration of the Myrtleford community; it's rich farming diversity, industries, history, and cultural heritage. This year, treat your ears to the likes of unique Aussie bluegrass from The Pigs. Great foot tapping jazz, swing and big band tunes by Jammin'On. Rock, soul and funk by The Free Spirits and Route 61, plus some original husky soul-filled lyrics by local artist Liv Cartledge and solo acoustic covers by Jeff Cabalar.
Myrtleford Festival will take place from Thursday March 9 until Monday March 13.
 
Red Hill Show
The Red Hill Showgrounds come alive with the festivities of one the state’s most popular agricultural shows. Aside from the remarkable array of animals and displays there will be plenty of free music, activities and attractions for the whole family. This year the cooking stage will host feature Richard Cornish, celebrated local food writer. Guest celebrity chef Michael Demagistris shares some of his favourite recipes using local produce. Red Hill Show Society is announcing the inaugural Red Hill Cider Show. Renowned wine and cider reviewer Max Allen will run a masterclass and present the trophy to the winning cider.  
Red Hill Showgrounds, Arthurs Seat Rd, Red Hill on Saturday March 11.