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What's on in Boroondara

From our Sustainable Living Festival to an interfaith reconciliation event and fresh performances at our arts venues, there’s plenty going on in Boroondara.

For a searchable listing of hundreds of events in City of Boroondara, visit our Events page
Artwork that depicts a story of the lives of people from birth to death

Image: Detail from Jumaadi, Love will find its way, 2019, acrylic on cloth, 150 x 285cm, image courtesy of the artist and King St Gallery on William. Photography by Agung S.

Journeys towards reconciliation 

The Boroondara Interfaith Network invites you to attend its upcoming event, Journeys towards reconciliation. Experience a Welcome to Country by a Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Elder and hear speakers from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, local faith groups and students share their journeys towards reconciliation. You will also have an opportunity to visit the stunning Wominjeka Reconciliation Garden and Murnong Art Gallery. All are welcome to attend this free event but bookings are essential. 

When: Tuesday 11 October, 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm 

Where: St Oswald’s Uniting Church, 100 High Street, Glen Iris 

Save the date: Sustainable Living Festival

Our Sustainable Living Festival is back, showcasing sustainability ideas and opportunities for your home, work and school. Along with a live native animal show and live band, there will be hands-on, interactive experiences to inspire positive action, including activities, advice and displays on urban biodiversity, backyard food production, sustainable transport, waste reduction, recycling and the circular economy, water and energy saving. To find out more, visit our Sustainable Living Festival page.

When: Saturday 19 November, 8 am to 12:30 pm 

Where: Boroondara Farmers Market car park, Auburn Road, Hawthorn East 

What’s happening at Boroondara Arts

Tell Me a Story is new major exhibition at Town Hall Gallery celebrating the ancient art of storytelling. You can also explore the community exhibitions Streets of Your Town by Geoff Cunningham, Painting Place by Madeleine Thornton-Smith, and Kathy Holowko’s Wild City artwork developed with children from Boroondara. 

Hear the songs of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong in Cheek to Cheek with jazz vocalist Tamara Kuldin and trumpet player/vocalist Paul Coyle at Kew Court House. Also at the Court House the Jake Mason Trio takes its cues from the golden era of Hammond organ artists, while smash-hit variety show Grande Dance Hall will rev up the Hawthorn Arts Centre with songbirds and showgirls, burlesque twirlers and go-go groovers.

Learn the basics of 70s craft macrame at our Macrame for Beginners workshop. If you can tie a knot you can make macrame, and at the end of this workshop you’ll have a new artwork to hang at home.

Visit our Boroondara Arts page for more about these events and many more.

Neighbourhood house classes and workshops

Join a Sri Lankan cooking class, learn the basics of backyard horticulture or paint a friend’s portrait with pizza and live jazz on the side... Read about these workshops and many more below or download a copy of our Live & Learn guide at our Neighbourhood houses and community centres page.

Introduction to horticulture

Learn which plants grow well in each season, and how to grow them, in this practical course.

When: Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 3 pm. Starting 13 October

Where: Alamein Neighbourhood and Learning

Call: (03) 9885 9401

Cost: $85 (8 sessions)

Slow flow yoga

A supportive, gentle class for all levels, building on foundations of yoga, mindfulness and movement. Free trials available.

When: Thursdays from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Starting 6 October

Where: Ashburton Community Centre

Call: (03) 9885 7952

Cost: $150 (10 sessions)

Sri Lankan cooking class

Learn how to make curries, coconut sambol and a Sri Lankan side dish.

When: Wednesday 26 October, 6 pm to 9 pm

Where: Balwyn Community Centre

Call: (03) 9836 7942

Cost: $90

Painting, prosecco and pizza

Bring a friend and paint their portrait while enjoying pizza, a glass of prosecco and music from a live jazz trio.

When: Wednesday 20 October, 7 pm to 9 pm

Where: Bowen Street Community Centre

Call: (03) 9889 0791

Cost: $60

Tai chi for arthritis

Slow, gentle movements to help you relax, improve your sense of wellbeing and deal with pain.

When: Tuesdays from 11 am to 12 pm. Starting 4 October

Where: Camberwell Community Centre

Call: (03) 9882 2611

Cost: $150 (10 sessions)

Dot mandalas

Learn how to make beautiful patterns using dot-painting techniques with acrylic paints.

When: Tuesday 18 October, 10 am to 12 pm

Where: Canterbury Neighbourhood Centre

Call: (03) 9830 4214

Cost: $65 or $10 with Seniors Card

Bike maintenance

Be safe and save money by learning the fundamentals of bike maintenance. Sausage sizzle included.

When: Saturday 5 November, 2 pm to 5 pm

Where: Craig Family Centre

Call: (03) 9885 7789

Cost: $25 per family ($15 members)

Cinema and chat

In Seniors Month, we are offering seniors a ‘come and try’ opportunity for our cinema and chat group. Bookings are essential.

When: Monday 3 October or 17 October, 11 am to 12 pm

Where: Hawthorn Community House

Call: (03) 9819 5758

Tai chi

Traditional Chinese exercise enabling harmony in mind and body, improved mobility and mental alertness.

When: Thursdays 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm or 2:45 pm to 3:45 pm. Starting 6 October

Where: Kew Neighbourhood Learning Centre

Call: (03) 9853 3126

Cost: $175 (10 sessions)


Classes focus on strengthening to improve posture, body awareness, breathing and wellbeing.

When: Mondays from 10 am to 11 am. Starting 3 October

Where: Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Call: (03) 9890 2467

Cost: $180 (10 sessions)

Changing Directions music

A social opportunity for people who have disabilities to develop skills through musical expression. Can be accessed using your NDIS plan. 

When: Mondays 1 pm to 2:30 pm (ongoing)

Where: Trentwood at the Hub

Call: (03) 9006 6590