Supported events

Supporting events is integral to Geelong being recognised around Australia for having one of the best calendar of events for any regional city (and arguably, some capital cities).

The City strongly supports the growth and development of a diverse events calendar as a means of enhancing the region’s reputation as the number one place to live in Australia, as a key economic driver and an important part of the community’s lifestyle.

Geelong Major Events has supported significant events for our region.

Events Geelong Major Events support range from sports to arts and cultural events (and lots in between)! Some of these events are internationally recognised while others have significant cultural value.

Events currently supported by Geelong Major Events include:

  • 14th Australian Masters Games - returning after the success of the 2009 event

  • Australian International Airshow

  • Extravaganza (food and wine)

  • Festival of Sails (formerly Skandia Geelong Week)

  • Melges 24 Sailing World Championships - an exciting new event extending the Festival of Sails Mitchelton

  • Bay Cycling Classic

  • Geelong Highland Gathering

  • Geelong Multi Sport Festival

  • National Celtic Festival - Australia's biggest Celtic event

  • Pako Festa - Victoria’s largest multicultural festival

  • Toast to the Coast (food and wine)

  • Victorian Open (golf)

  • World Vintage Cricket Carnival

Notable events Geelong Major Events have supported in recent years:

  • 2010 UCI World Road Championships (cycling)

  • 2009 12th Australian Masters Games

  • Davis Cup Tennis

  • Ironman 70.3 Geelong (only Australian qualifier for the World Championships)

  • KFC Twenty20 Big Bash (cricket) – Victoria V Queensland

  • Rescue 2006 – World Lifesaving Championships

  • Soccer (FFV) – Melbourne Victory V Newcastle Jets

  • SuperX – the Australasian Supercross Championships

  • UCI Women’s World Cup (cycling, 2002-2007)

Other notable community level events on offer in Geelong include:

  • Carols by Candlelight

  • Denis Walter Carols by the Bay (free open air concert)

  • Gala Day Parade and Family Fun Day

  • Geelong Cup

  • Poppykettle Children's Festival

  • Royal Geelong Show

We are also the home of the ‘Cats’ or the Geelong Football Club – the only regional Victorian team competing in the Australian Football League. The Cats play and train at one of our key assets, Simonds Stadium – a venue available for event use.

As a destination for events, Geelong has hosted:

  • Two visits from the Dalai Lama including public presentation at Skilled Stadium

  • Street Parades for the 2007, 2009 and 2011 AFL Premiership team – the Geelong Cats

  • Concerts including ‘Stampede’ (country music), Chris Isaak, Shannon Noll and the Rogue Traders




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