What to do this Seniors Festival

Frock up for a film screening, dance in Federation Square and discover our year-round program of activities for older people during the Victorian Seniors Festival this October.

Special events in our libraries, recreation centres and community hubs will include everything from a pop-up library to the grey medallion, which offers water awareness and emergency response training for older people.

Councillor Beverley Pinder, Chair of the People City portfolio, said the Seniors Festival is a great time to get out and about, meet new friends, and celebrate the contributions that people of all ages make to our city.

‘As a City of Wellbeing, we celebrate older people of all ages, nationalities, genders, sexual diversity and walks of life,’ Cr Pinder said.

‘As Australia’s population ages and longevity increases, our role as a Council in supporting and empowering older Melburnians also evolves.

‘Beyond the Seniors Festival, we run a wide variety of activities and services year round that bring people together in their local neighbourhoods and help build a more connected community.

‘These connections are such an important part of keeping the mind, body and spirit active as we age.’

Here are seven more Seniors Festival highlights not to miss.

1. Qigong
Do light stretching exercises in a supportive environment at North Melbourne Recreation Centre each Wednesday in October at 11.15am.

2. Get creative
Enjoy arts and crafts with the Melrose Art Group at Jean McKendry Neighbourhood Centre every Monday in October at 10.30am.

3. Swimming and fitness classes
Be one of the first 20 people over 65 to register to receive 10 free swimming lessons or fitness classes at Kensington Community Recreation Centre. The centre also offers free tai chi every Tuesday at 1.30pm and Zumba on Thursdays at 11am.

4. Celebration Day
Go dancing and browse the pop-up library at Federation Square on Sunday 6 October from 10.30am.

5. Live music
Head to South Yarra Seniors Centre at Fawkner Park to watch live music on Thursday 10 October at 2pm and Friday 11 October at 1pm.

6. Fashion and film
Dress up for an afternoon at Library at the Dock on Tuesday 29 October at 2pm. Watch a film celebrating fashion icon and activist Vivienne Westwood, enjoy afternoon tea and donate items to Fitted For Work. Bookings essential.

7. Arts on Anthony
Watch live music over lunch, have a go at watercolour and try other low-cost activities every Tuesday at Kensington Neighbourhood Centre. Call 9376 6366 for this week’s event details.

For more details on these events and more, visit Seniors.

Don’t forget, there’ll be free public transport for Victorian Seniors Card holders from Sunday 6 October to Sunday 13 October, including all metropolitan and V-Line services.

Mondays at Jean McKendry Neighbourhood Centre
Did you know we host an affordable three-course lunch, gentle yoga and art activities for older people every week in North Melbourne? To find out more about these events and more, call 9658 9190 or visit Seniors.

Fast facts

  • Around 12,483 older people live, work and play in Melbourne, and they speak 24 languages.
  • Older people borrowed 226,734 items from our libraries in 2018.
  • We provided more than 2300 meals in community centres and supported 56 community groups with subsidies and venue hire last year.