Williamstown Italian Social Club
Open Day

We have much to learn from Italian culture about how to live a long, healthy and happy life and it starts with food, fun and games. 

Melbourne’s West greatly benefitted from post-war migration which brought hard-working Italian families to Spotswood, Newport and Kingsville. They contributed to many industries including market gardening, building and concreting, manufacturing, engineering and labouring.

Located only 100 metres from Williamstown Beach, the Williamstown Italian Social Club offers social, cultural and recreational activities for its members and their families who will proudly open their doors during the Art & Industry Festival to share stories of industry, food and family.

The Club, established around 1950, is believed to have been constructed on the site of the former Empress Pavilion, later converted to a roller skating rink and then to a picture theatre. The present building features wrought iron gates, seating for 300 people, a stage, a commercial kitchen, licensed bar and an outdoor bocce pitch. 

You are invited to see projections by artist Alisha Abate, A Labour of Love, based on images of food making by her family who are members of the club (see opposite page).

Book a Tastes of Italy session to learn how to play bocce and to make pasta from different regions in Italy and then sample it!

The Open Day is a free event and you are invited to become a member for the day and dance the tarantella or Sardinian ballu tundu to live music. Yes, the Bar will be open.

Event Details

Williamstown Italian Social Club,
30 Garden Street, Williamstown

Sun 18 Nov, 12:00-6:00pm

Bookings not required

Suitable for all the family


Tastes of Italy Sessions

1:00pm, 3:00pm and 5:00pm
$20 per person

Bookings essential


Also see Secret Bars