Boutique pop-up market The People's Market in Collingwood.

Boutique pop-up market The People's Market in Collingwood.

Food & wine

SPANISH

CITY restaurant The Aylesbury keeps it Valencian every weekend throughout summer with its Summer Paella Sundays on the rooftop. The paellas are served in the pan, with options including traditional paella with mussels, Shark Bay prawns, chicken, pork belly, sofrito and saffron; and an Arroz Negro with calamari, duckfish, clams, chorizo, squid ink and sofrito.
Tomorrow from 3pm, Aylesbury Rooftop, 103 Lonsdale Street, city, $34 for two to share, 9077 0451, theaylesbury.com.au

BEER

MORE than 40 brewers gather for the Ballarat Beer Festival, from small-batch craft brewers such as Bridge Road Brewers and Buckleys Beer, to bigger names including James Squire and Little Creatures. Accompaniments will include wood-fired pizzas and paella, and entertainment includes performances by The Beards and Gold Fields. With no fewer than 150 beers to sample, this is a day to take it slow.
January 19, City Oval, Ballarat, $15-$40, 132 849, ballaratbeerfestival.com.au

TENNIS

ROLL up to the grand slam in style. BearBrass offers breakfast and lunch/dinner packages, which include a return trip to Melbourne Park on a water taxi. For lunch or dinner enjoy a two-course meal with wine or beer, and a complimentary drink upon return from the tennis. Booking advised.
January 14-27, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank, $28-$42, 9682 3799, bearbrass.com.au

Enjoy paella on the Aylesbury's inner-city rooftop.

Enjoy paella on the Aylesbury's inner-city rooftop.

Markets

GEELONG

THIS Saturday at the Central Geelong Farmers' Market catch JungleRain Chilli and its 2000 varieties of chilli. Summer Sensations returns with its new season berries and Fava Fruit and Vegetables is back with local garlic. Stock up on fruit, vegetables and seasonal flowers, as well as the region's best wines.
Today 8.30am-12.30pm, Little Malop Street, Geelong, free, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au

MORNINGTON FARMERS' MARKET

THE new kid on the farmers' market block has plenty of local produce on offer, including avocados from Red Hill, grass-fed Angus beef and mussels from Mt Martha, Flinders sourdough, Main Ridge strawberries and cheeses made with Main Ridge Dairy milk. Children can have their face painted or make a scarecrow to take home for the vegie patch.
Today 8.30am-1pm, Mornington Park, Schnapper Point Drive, Mornington, free, vicfarmersmarkets.org.au

STATIONERY

BOUTIQUE pop-up The People's Market runs a weekly Saturday side market, with a host of specialist stallholders to complement their permanent food stalls and quirky bar set-up. Today's theme is media, with a focus on books, magazines, records, scrapbooking, photo albums and journals.
Today 10am-4pm, 64-68 Stanley Street, Collingwood, $2 entry, peoplesmarket.com.au

DESIGN

DONCASTER arts and design specialist The Fine Design Market has built a steady following since its launch last spring. The monthly market features emerging and established local designers stocking locally sourced crafts, homewares, art, fashion, accessories and visual art.
Tomorrow 9am-2pm, Manningham City Square, Civic Plaza, Doncaster, free, thefinedesignmarket.com.au

LITTLE SAIGON

FROM the freshly pressed sugarcane juice to the still-crawling crabs, Footscray's Little Saigon Market delivers an energising, distinctively Vietnamese shopping experience. There are mountains of fresh produce to explore and experiment with; start with the many tasting plates of cut fruit – some with their own dipping sauce. A couple of blocks from Footscray Market, Little Saigon is the place to find exotic items, meat and cheap vegies – and forget you're only minutes from the centre of Melbourne.
Today 9am-7pm, Tomorrow 9am-6pm, Nicholson Street, Footscray, free

The immigration Museum is hosting an Irish fling for kids.

The immigration Museum is hosting an Irish fling for kids.

Out of town

MILDURA

COLD Chisel front man Jimmy Barnes headlines the Red Hot Summer Tour, an Australian rock stage show visiting regional centres in the eastern and southern states from January to March. Joining the working-class man at tomorrow's show in Mildura are pub rock heroes Ross Wilson (of Daddy Cool and Mondo Rock), Dragon and Chocolate Starfish, along with locals Jackson Firebird.
Tomorrow 4pm, River Soundshell, Mildura, $80-$90, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au

RED HILL

YEEE-HA! The Red Hill Country Music Festival hosts a rip-roaring line-up of country rock, bluegrass and honky tonk, as well as a few surprises. On top of live performances by artists including Chris ‘Boots' Lee and the Shadowriders, Adam Harvey and Mama's Mountain Jug Band, there's a hot rod show, a ute muster, line dancing and a range of market stalls.
Tomorrow 10am-5pm, Red Hill Showgrounds Reserve, Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, $20-$25, redhillcmf.org.au

PHILLIP ISLAND

WHO is Trevor? Find out at Trevor: A Music Festival, a family-friendly music and arts festival sporting an impressive line-up for a first-timer, including Icehouse, Ash Grunwald and The Bamboos. It bucks the trend by promising standout food rather than fast fare, and welcoming kids 15 and under free.
Today noon, Churchill Island, Phillip Island, $100, whoistrevor.com.au

ECHUCA

ECHUCA Paddlesteamers hands the wheel to the kids these holidays with a range of cruises designed for the under-14 set. The schedule varies from day to day (cooking classes, puppies on board!), but the order of today is free face painting, and tomorrow's is a "Scientwist" cruise ($5 extra) complete with steam whistle demonstrations and the opportunity to make your own rubber band-powered paddleboat.
Today and tomorrow, 52 Murray Esplanade, Echuca, $9.50-$22.75, 5482 4248, echucapaddlesteamers.net.au

Family

One of the works from <i>Albert Tucker: Traveller's Tales</i>.

One of the works from Albert Tucker: Traveller's Tales.

THEATRE

SHIVER me timbers! South Wharf gets salty as The Australian Shakespeare Company presents an adventure-filled, family-friendly children's show, Caribbean Pirates at the Polly Woodside. The show features Captain Cutthroat and his gang, with plenty of tall tales, short fuses and the occasional shanty.
Today 10am and 6pm, Polly Woodside, 2A Clarendon Street, South Wharf, $25, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au

IRISH FLING

DO YOU know how to Riverdance? Learn at an Irish fling at the Immigration Museum. Tomorrow's Kids' Irish Fest includes performances and workshops with the Lake School of Celtic Music Song and Dance, Irish tales, food, drinks and boatloads of craic.
Tomorrow 11am-4pm, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, city, free-$10, 13 11 02, museumvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/

PUPPETRY

THE National Theatre of Great Britain's War Horse is performing at the State Theatre until March. The group behind the innovative life-size horse puppets featured in the show conduct a hands-on workshop today, teaching the techniques used to create the animated characters.
Today 10.30am-12.30pm, Amcor Lounge, Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, city, $15, 1300 182 183, artscentremelbourne.com.au

BOX WORLD

IN an area roughly the size of a tennis court, Warren Thomas created the 900 scale-model buildings comprising BoxWorld using nothing but cardboard boxes, cans, bottles and other recycled materials. This remarkable exhibition also has an interactive component: visitors are invited to bring along their own model cars to cruise on the 60-metre-long BoxWorld freeway.
Today and tomorrow 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Camberwell High School, Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell North, $5-$10, boxworld.com.au

Elsewhere

WEAVING

AS NOMAD, artist duo Ara Dolatian and Michele Donegan weave colourful woollen webs on and around existing architecture to create new ways to interact with public space. Their latest project has overtaken Coburg's Victoria Street Mall, and aims to evoke the feeling of a temporary shelter. Until February 1.
Today and tomorrow, 40 Louisa Street, Coburg, free, midsumma.org.au

CARNIVAL

WISH Midsumma a happy 25th birthday tomorrow at the carnival opening picnic and celebration. Pull up a picnic rug and take in a taster of the Midsumma program across several stages, as well as performances from the Melbourne Rainbow Band, the "Kidz Zone", the high-camp dog show and a variety of stalls and bars.
Tomorrow 11am-6pm, Birrarung Marr, city, free, midsumma.org.au

FESTIVAL

THE mini festival inside a festival, GoWest is a program of events with local organisations and artists supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities in Melbourne's west. The program begins this week and includes workshops, activities, performances, screenings and exhibitions such as the Blue and Pink Phenomenon survey of visual art at The Substation.
Jan 16-Mar 3, various times and venues, midsumma.org.au

MODERN ART

THE collection of major works from modernist Australian painter and member of the Heide Circle, Albert Tucker, continues at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Albert Tucker: Traveller's Tales presents works from the artist's time in England, Europe and America, beginning in 1947, depicting the moral decay, devastation and confusion encountered during this post-war period.
Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm, Heide Museum of Modern Art, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen, $10-$14, 9850 1500, heide.com.au

PERFORMANCE

SPECIALLY commissioned for the Midsumma Festival, Gaybies is a new piece of “verbatim theatre” from director Dean Bryant. The script was based on interviews conducted with real-life same-sex parents, surrogate mums, donor dads, co-parents and guardians, which are then performed word for word by a cast including Kate Kendall, Todd McKenney and Ben Mingay.
January 15-19, MTC Theatre, 140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank, $19-$39, midsumma.org.au

FESTIVAL

THE annual celebration of indigenous artistic and cultural practices, Wominjeka, begins this weekend. Wominjeka means "welcome" in the language of the Kulin Nation and the program includes a week of exhibitions, performances, workshops, talks and screenings. Today begins with a talk on the Reflect exhibition of works from the western suburbs (10am, Roslyn Smorgon Gallery) before the Futures Forum and Family Day activities kick off at 11am.
Today 10am-9pm, Footscray Community Arts Centre,45 Moreland Street, Footscray, free-$15, 9362 8888, footscrayarts.com

Echuca Paddlesteamers have plenty of themed activites for kids these holidays.

Echuca Paddlesteamers have plenty of themed activites for kids these holidays.

Coming up

SAILING

VICTORIA'S oldest ongoing sporting event sails into Geelong over the Australia Day weekend. First held in 1844, The Festival of Sails attracts more than 400 yachts and 4500 participants, who compete in the 15-race series during the regatta. There's plenty of action onshore also, with a waterfront festival that includes live music, markets, a marine trade show and a fireworks spectacular.
January 24-28, Geelong waterfront, festivalofsails.com.au

FAMILY

MELBOURNE Symphony Orchestra gets inventive next month in the Australian debut of Wallace and Gromit's Musical Marvels. The unique collaboration follows BBC Proms performances and includes Wallace's commission My Concerto in Eee, Lad as well as classics from Debussy, Mozart and other masters, backed by animations of the duo. Following the interval, A Matter of Loaf and Death screens, backed by the orchestra.
February 8-9, Plenary Hall, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, $50-$65, 136 100, ticketmaster.com.au