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Great Ocean Road National Events

As one of Australia's most scenic coastal drives, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria is a joyful experience all year round. But when annual events take place, the region comes alive with festivities that are eagerly anticipated by both locals and visitors. Here are some of the nationally or globally recognised events that people might observe in and around the Great Ocean Road.

1. Great Ocean Road Running Festival
Held annually in May, the Great Ocean Road Running Festival is one of Australia's most iconic races; featuring breathtaking views of the coastline along the Great Ocean Road, the event attracts runners from all over the world who come to participate in the marathon, half-marathon, 14km or 6km races. The event also includes a 1.5km Kids Gallop, where children can join in the fun.

2. Port Fairy Folk Festival
The Port Fairy Folk Festival has become one of Australia's leading music festivals since its inception in 1977. One of the longest-running folk music festivals in Australia, this event is held over the Labour Day long weekend in March, drawing an audience of up to 15,000 people. The festival features more than 100 acts on multiple stages, including blues, roots, and country music, literature and poetry performances, comedy acts, and children's activities.

3. Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
The Apollo Bay Seafood Festival, held in February each year, is a celebration of the delicious seafood that is freshly caught and prepared in the area. The festival also coincides with the end of the summer months, making it a perfect opportunity to soak up some sunshine while enjoying the fresh seafood and wine that the region has to offer.

4. Warrnambool May Racing Carnival
Every May, Warrnambool hosts the May Racing Carnival, which is one of the biggest racing events in Australia. Featuring live entertainment, high-quality food and drink, and some of the country's best thoroughbred racing, this event attracts a large number of horse racing enthusiasts and punters alike.

5. Lorne Sculpture Biennale
An event held every two years in March and April, the Lorne Sculpture Biennale is Australia's largest outdoor sculpture exhibition and art event. The Biennale encourages artists to work with the landscape and the environment, resulting in art installations that are thought-provoking, visually stunning, and which often challenge traditional ideas of art. The exhibition usually spans over 25 kilometres, with sculptures perfectly placed in the natural environment of Lorne.

6. Otway Oktoberfest
The Otway Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of German culture, beer, and food, held in September of each year. The festival takes place in the Otway's small town of Gellibrand, where visitors can enjoy locally-made German-style beers, traditional music, food stalls, and participate in various outdoor activities.

7. Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
The Port Fairy Spring Music Festival is a celebration of different types of chamber music; including traditional classical music and other contemporary compositions. This music festival is unique for its showcasing of the best emerging music talents, as well as for its emphasis on supporting local musicians. The festival is held every year in October.

the Great Ocean Road region of Victoria, Australia has much to offer visitors, providing year-round activities such as visiting the Twelve Apostles or spending time in nature. However, national and globally recognized annual events such as the Great Ocean Road Running Festival, the Port Fairy Folk Festival, and the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival are popular events in this region, eagerly anticipated by both locals and visitors. Events are held consistently in the area, meaning there is no shortage of things to do.

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