2017 Festival Program
The 2018 Program is currently being prepared and the site will be updated once the program is finalised.
We anticipate that it will be finalised by the end of February. In the meantime, the 2017 program will provide some guidance of the types of activities that will be on during the festival.
For any one who would like to hold an event during the festival, please contact the Bright Autumn Festival committee at email@example.com.
Friday, April 28
Bright Art Gallery’s Autumn Art Exhibition & Sale
28 Mountbatten Ave, Bright
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 1st April to 14th May
Up to 1000 quality Art Works! One of Australia’s largest and best Art Shows! Don’t miss this chance to view or purchase a piece of fine artwork as a quality memento of your visit. Works for every budget and taste! Smaller items of woodwork and jewellery will also be available.
Entry $5, Children/Students free.
Wandiligong Autumn Craft & Produce Market
Wandiligong Historic Public Hall
462 Morses Creek Rd, Wandiligong
Open daily 10am - 4pm, 14th April to 5th May
Enjoy its period charm as you browse in comfort through the many stalls, showcasing locally grown produce and hand crafted goods - exquisite hand dyed scarves, cushions, blankets, handmade cards, jewellery-novelty items, homemade jams, preserves and other wickedly indulgent treats. The annual Autumn Craft and Produce market not to be missed!
Entry: Voluntary donation
Sunrises & Sombreros
From 9am - 1pm
28th to 30th April, and 4th to 7th May
Soak up the scenery on a fab electric bike ride along the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail from Bright to a Mexican themed breakfast at the Rail Trail Café in Porepunkah. Round oﬀ the perfect morning taking in the views and tasting the range at Ringer Reef cellar door.
Entry $79 per person
Mad as Productions
'Children of the Rainbow'
Bright Court House, 2 Park Street, Bright
7.30pm (except Sunday 30th April at 2pm)
28th to 30th April, and 4th to 6th May
Mad As Productons presents an exhilaratng world
premiere musical producton, ‘Children of the
Rainbow’ - an amusing, poignant and beautiful
journey encompassing magic, myth and mayhem!
“Children of the rainbow, children of the light
Children of the rainbow, spread your wings and ﬂy.”
Entry: $25, $15 concession. Family prices on request.
Saturday, April 29
Wandi Nut Festival
Alpine Park, Wandiligong
9am - 4pm
Shuttle Bus, 10am-2pm from the Memorial Clock Tower in Bright
The Wandiligong Nut Festival celebrates our local growers, the end of harvest and the fabulous varieties of nuts and other fresh produce available in our cool climate during Autumn. The only nut festival of its kind in Australia!
The venue is Alpine Park, Wandiligong, nestled among heritage trees and gums with Morses Creek ﬂowing close by. Come and enjoy local stallholders, cooking demonstrations, roasted chestnuts, food and wine, music and games for children.
Entry: Adults $2
• Produce and Artisan Market
• Chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, apples, beer, cider, wine, oil and lots more
• Chestnut roasting, Chestnut Soup
• Children’s Train Rides, Face painting, T-shirt painting
• The Growlers Creek Band
• Waterline The Band
• 11.30am Children’s Games (1 hour)
• 1pm - 4pm Puppet Shows
Food & Wine Tent
• 10.45am - Roasted Chestnut tasting - Chestnuts Aust. Inc.
• 11am - Chestnuts Three Ways - Anthea Markowiak
• 12 noon - Feature Event - Chestnut Gnocchi with a walnut sauce - Patrizia Simone of Simone’s Cooking School followed by wine matching and tastings with Mark & Julie Holm of Ringer Reef Winery
• 1.30pm - Chestnut Hummus and Chestnut Pancakes - Sam Martin of Coral Lee Cafe
• 2.30pm - Chocolate Hazelnut Buter - Catherine Morgan of the Wandiligong Hall Commitee
Buckland Valley Autumn Harvest
McCormacks Lane, Porepunkah (6kms from the Porepunkah roundabout)
3pm - 9pm
Visit the Buckland Valley and forage for your own chestnuts. Roast them on open fire pits while enjoying live local music. Buy local cheese platters & produce, and enjoy Michelini Wine tastings. Set amongst vines and farmland overlooking Mt Buﬀalo!
Entry: Gold coin donation - all proceeds going to Wodonga Special Care Nursery. Chestnut foraging $5 per bucket.
Sunday, April 30
Visitors to Bright during Autumn Festival are welcome
to attend any of the local Sunday church services:
• 9.30am Uniting Church in Ireland St
• 10am Church of Christ in Park St
• 10.30am Catholic Church in Coronaton Ave
• 11am Anglican Church in Church St
Historic Buckland Cemetery Tour
Meeting Bright Museum, Railway Ave, Bright
Meet at the Bright Museum, maps and information provided. Drive in your own car to the Buckland Cemetery where a local historian will give a brief history of the gold rush days in the
Buckland and the lives and tragedies that befell the early gold seekers.
Entry: $10 including a delicious country morning tea
with homemade cakes, tea and coﬀee in the beautful
gardens of John and Nanete Hall, who live next door to
Bright & District Historical Society Museum
Railway Ave, Bright
Open 2pm - 4pm (Sun, Tue and Thur during festival)
A range of nostalgic items depicting the towns early days including rail & mining history.
Entry: Adults $3, Children $1
Monday, May 1
Bright Tennis Club, Coronaton Ave, Bright
Cost: $2 per person, includes a cuppa
Murders & Mysteries
Meet at the Alpine Visitor Informaton Centre, 119 Gavan Street, Bright
Starting 6pm (tour approx. 1 hour)
In the streets of Bright, learn about some of Bright’s darker side. Warm clothing essential.
Entry: $5 per person to Bright Historical Society
Tuesday, May 2
U3A Casual Cycle Group
Meet at Old Railway Shed, Railway Ave, Bright
Enjoy a leisurely ride with locals and coﬀee afterwards.
Cost: Free, coﬀee at own expense. Be aware that this ride is not covered by insurance.
Wednesday, May 3
Metal and Wood Day
Discover the talented people who design and make quality products in our valley. Visit 1 or all.
Suggested itinerary, 1pm - 3pm:
Don Shields, “River Redgum”
45D Station St, Porepunkah
Furniture & Timbers.
Leigh Kennedy, “Hand Crafted Wood”
337 Roberts Creek Rd, Porepunkah
Bespoke furniture, Artsan Gifs.
Steve Brown, “Made in the Country”
64 Coronaton Ave, Bright (opposite football ground)
Furniture & Sculpture from reclaimed wood & metal.
Simon Pankhurst, “Artist Blacksmith”
69 Churchill Ave, Bright
Workshop and gallery.
Bright Men’s Shed
Churchill Ave Bright (near CFA)
Finish here to view equipment & products.
Cuppa at 3pm Gold coin donation.
Entry: Free, with products for sale
Evening Tour of Bright Pioneer Cemetery
Coronation Ave, Bright
Tales of robbery, murder and hardship from the gold rush days. Tour depending on weather.
Entry: $5 per person to Bright Historical Society
Bright Singer Concert ‘2017 Autumn Concert’
Bright Community Centre, Railway Ave, Bright
Cost: $12 per person, Children free. Supper, gold coin donation.
Tickets at Country Collectibles, Ireland St, or at the door.
A Special Evening of Poetry & Yarns
Bright Bowls Club, Churchhill Ave, Bright
Children’s author and award winning ‘Australian Bush Poet’ Rhonda Tallnash will entertain you with poignant and funny yarns; an evening not to be missed!
Cost: $5 includes a cuppa. All proceeds to Bright CFA.
Thursday, May 4
Gold Mine Visit and Bright State Battery
Meet at the Bright Museum, Railway Ave, in your own transport
Visit a Gold Mine site near Wandiligong, then travel in convoy to the State Battery in Coronation Ave near the junction with Churchill Ave for an opportunity to see an intact Quartz crushing battery.
Cost: $10 including tea, coﬀee and a biscuit.
Croquet Social Day
Bright Croquet Club, Burke Street, Bright
10am - 3pm
Come and try croquet, have fun and exercise at one of the oldest clubs in Victoria. Come for an hour or stay longer and enjoy a cuppa with a biscuit.
Phone: 03 5750 1437
The Red Stag - Deer and Emu Tourist Farm
324 Hughes Lane, Eurobin
Open 10am - 4pm
Enjoy a light snack or gourmet meal. Animal feeding, deer, emu, ostrich and goats, including botle feeding the kids. Mini golf and playground. Commentary regarding the history, animal characteristics and byproducts at 10am.
Bright Brewery Bush Dance
121 Great Alpine Rd, Bright
Round up your gang, grab your partner and swing on into Bright Brewery for a colourful night of bush dancing and fun, which will raise money to support the future of Brights Autumn Festival.
This special event is a community fundraiser that will help showcase the spectacular Autumn season in beautiful Bright. Wear your best bush attire.
Cost: Adults $15, Kids $10
Ranger Guided Walk
Mt Buﬀalo Natonal Park - Dickson Falls
Meet at Cresta car park
11am - 12.30pm
Join the Park Ranger for a 1.5hr guided walk (gentle, no steep ascents or descents) across open snow plains and through Snow Gum woodlands to the edge of the plateau. Discover some of the park’s unique history and take in the lovely views over the Buckland Valley and across to the Australian Alps..
Entry: Free, please book (limited group size)
Friday, May 5
Red Cross Morning Tea & Stall
Uniting Church grounds, Ireland St, Bright
Open 9am - 12 noon
Homemade jams, sauce, relish. Delicious cakes. Books, bric-a-brac.
Cost: Morning tea is $5 per person
Saturday, May 6 - Bright Rotary Gala Day
Bright Gala Day Market & Street Entertainment
Main Street in Bright
9am - 4pm
Many market stalls, live bands, food, children’s entertainment and buskers.
Theme “Life in the 90’s”
The highlight of the Festival. Floats from businesses & community groups, brass & pipe bands and street entertainment.
Bright’s Got Talent
Howitt Park, Bright
Immediately following the parade
Bright’s Got Talent will be run by participants of this year’s Youth Leadership Program run by Wodonga Council. It will be held at the Soundshell at Howitt Park with great prizes on oﬀer. Open to ALL ages, so come along and share your talent with the community, whether it be singing, dancing, playing an instrument, poetry, comedy or whatever your talent is.
Enter on the day.
Darebin Brass Band Concert
Bright Community Hall - Railway Ave
Doors open 7pm. Concert 7.30pm
Darebin City Brass - Preston Band is the premier band
in one of the most recognised brass band organisations
in Australia, with a proud history formed over 83 years.
Darebin City Brass is a community-based group who
strive to produce quality music.
Cost: Adults $15 Concession $10. B.Y.O. supper, Tea &
coﬀee supplied. Make up a table or join a group.
Sunday, May 7
Freeburgh Bush Market
Freeburgh - 9km from Bright on the Great Alpine Rd
9am - 1pm
Variety of stalls, morning tea & BBQ available.
Entry: Free. All proceeds towards the new hall.
1 Day Yoga and Meditation Retreat
Growlers Creek Road, Wandiligong
9am - 4pm
Practice gentle ﬂow and yin yoga, meditation and relaxation, disconnect from technology, slow down and listen to connect with yourself. Walk in the forest to Wandiful Produce where you tour the farm and forage for your lunch to connect with nature.
Enjoy a beautiful day of yoga, meditation circles, cooking, eating lunch and chanting in a group setting to connect with like-minded humans. Limited to 10 people.
Cost: $100 per person
Music Music Music at the Bright Soundshell
Howitt Park, Bright
11am - 2pm
Jammin On’ a local and very popular band will play from 11am-2pm.
Meet the Winemaker
Ringer Reef Winery, 6835 Great Alpine Rd, Porepunkah
Meet our winemakers. We’ll chat about the 2017 vintage, new wines to taste.
Entry: Free, Platters available on the day
Bright Museum, Railway Ave, Bright
2pm - 4pm
A fun and diﬀerent event held on the old railway platform. Bring along anything you can ft in a suitcase. Pick a spot and open your case. A great way to get rid of those unwanted knick-knacks, or for those crafty folk, sell your creations.
Entry: $3, $5 to sell wares. School children entry free
and are encouraged to be a part of this fun event