Geelong hosts an amazing array of events throughout the year. From iconic events like the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and the Geelong Royal Yacht Club Festival of the Sails to Music festivals and farmers markets.
Nightjar Festival Geelong
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th February 2020
Nightjar Geelong creates a wonderland of Friday night markets celebrating the arts, food and entertainment.Located within Johnstone Park, the Nightjar is the perfect event for families or individuals looking to kick start their summer weekend!
IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong Triathlon
23rd February 2020Baker Institute IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong has long been the best-kept secret on the Oceania circuit, with a stunning venue, world-class course, vibrant community and loads of local support. No surprise then that this race was voted #1 in the world for Overall Athlete Satisfaction ... it's the ideal race to kick-start your year. Plus, watch all the action right from our front door! Official Website
River Run Geelong
1st March 2020
This fun run is one of the regions most popular, including 5km and 10km courses. The paths run along the beautiful Barwon River and all levels of ability are welcome!Proceeds support River's Gift in their effort to stamp out SIDS.
Head of the Schoolgirls Rowing Regatta
13th - 15th March 2020
Over 1,800 competitors from Year 9 to Year 12 represent their schools in this pinnicale event on the girls rowing calendar!
National Celtic Festival
5th - 8th June 2020
This winter festival offers a broad and diverse range of arts experiences that capture the Celtic culture.Set along the Portarlington foreshore, wine bars, stalls, food trucks,crafts and music are on offer. 15,000 people join the region over the 3 day long weekend, creating Austrlia's premier Celtic Folk Festival.
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020
18th - 22nd October 2020
This week-long festival of cricket hosts 6 First Round matches at Kardinia Park Stadium. The fixtures include the opening match of the tournament, featuring 2014 champions Sri Lanka on 18 October.
Toast to the Coast 20th Anniversary
31st October - 1st November 2020
Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, this iconic two-day festival is one of the most anticipated events on the local calendar, showcasing the very best cool-climate wines and gourmet food from around the Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula. Enjoy Day 1 of the event touring the wineries, visiting cellar doors and discovering the delights our region has to offer. While Day 2 is at the iconic Pier, just walking distance from our hotel, where our wine producers will come together to offer our finest drops at a beautiful showcase event under the one roof. Official Website
November 27th - 29th 2020
The Geelong Revival Motoring Festival, held on Geelong’s picturesque waterfront, is an event not to be missed! Held only walking distance from our front door, witness over 500 motor show cars, 400 competition cars, vintage boats, and 2200 participants over this weekend. Take pole position for the historic quarter-mile sprints, as classic and exotic cars and motorcycles sprint down Ritchie Boulevard at full throttle. Join us in the park for the Revival Hillclimb!
26th - 28th February 2021Celebrate the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force!
Marvel as jet fighters, strike bombers and heavy lift leviathans are joined by swarms of attack helicopters, from home and abroad, for a series of breathtaking routines and simulated combat manoeuvres. The event will feature the best collection of aerobatic daredevils ever to be gathered together for an Australian air show.Official Website
Festival of Sails
Our Bayview rooms are in perfect position to view the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, right from the comfort of your own balcony! The Festival of Sails was first held in 1844 and this event has consistently attracted both brilliant yachts and a public keen to soak up the essence of the event. Join in on the free community Waterfront Festival including food, wine, live music, entertainment, market stalls and a family friendly kids zone spread along the stunning Geelong foreshore. We are situated walking distance from the action and boast incredible views to be enjoyed all throughout the long weekend.
Cadel Evans Road Race
Dates TBC January/February 2021
Watch the race speed right past our doorstep over the 4 days of cycling action! Plus we are just walking distance from the start and finish line at Eastern Beach Road. Inspired by Europe’s prestigious one-day classic races, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race is the first of its kind in Australia. Over 3,0000 participants of all ages and abilities take part every year.