Steamrail Victoria open day

Where: Newport rail workshops, Shea Street

When: 10am-5pm, March 12-14

Steamrail Victoria will reveal the inside of its Newport workshops, built in 1885, for three public open days during the Labour Day long weekend. The workshops will be open from 10am to 5pm daily from March 12 to 14. Tickets can be bought at the workshops on the day. For prices and more details, visit


Laura Powell, at Jeff Jones Plants & Produce, gets in the mood for the Harvest Festival. Picture: Shawn Smits

Bacchus Marsh Harvest Festival

Where: Bacchus Marsh

When: 9.30am-3.30pm, Sunday, March 13

The delicious delights of Bacchus Marsh will be on show during the annual Harvest Festival on Sunday. Sign up for bus tours to get a taste of autumn’s produce, see and learn about local farming practices, and enjoy a three-course lunch and goodies bags. For more information about the Harvest Festival, see the Visit Bacchus Marsh Facebook page.



Where: Gee Lee-Wik Doleen Gallery, Hume Glabal Learning Centre, Craigeburn

When: Until May 8

Greenvale artist Samantha Lentini says she’s rendered spellbound by Aboriginal dot paintings – and it shows in her work. Her paintings use strong lines and series of dots that express her appreciation for the Indigenous painting technique.



A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Where: Williamstown Botanic Gardens

When: 3pm on March 12-13

One of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be performed by OZACT in Williamstown Botanic Gardens. Bring a cushion or folding chair and mosquito repellent. Tickets $35/$30, children $20, free for children under six. Details, or 0419 330 516




Woodend Lions Art Show

Where: St Ambrose’s Hall, Woodend

When: March 12-14

A snow landscape by Gisborne artist Helen Cottle (pictured) will be up for grabs as part of the 41st Woodend Lions Art Show. Cottle’s Cool Winter Shadows will be raffled during the Labor Day weekend event at St Ambrose’s Hall (March 12-14). This year’s show features almost $5000 in prize money. All works will be for sale.