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The Goldfields boasts a rich calendar of festivals and events. From music, wine and dancing to food, antiques and sport, there's always something to see and do, all year round.

Summer celebrations

Ring in the new year and kick up your heels at the Maryborough Highland Games, a New Year's Day fixture for the past 140 years. Over the Australia Day weekend, celebrate liquid gold with craft beer and live music at the Ballarat Beer Festival. In February, the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival's music, hot rods and fashion will have you back-combing your bangs right back to the 50s.

Autumn magic

At Easter, see Sun Loong the Chinese dragon parade through the streets of Bendigo for the annual four-day Bendigo Easter Festival, Australia's longest running cultural festival. Alternatively, enjoy a local drop at the Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival, held in historic Rosalind Park, or sample your favourite brews at the Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival.

Take in a great regional arts festival and ten whole days of exhibitions, performances and more at the celebrated Castlemaine State Festival. Feeling the music? Head to Bendigo to join crowds rocking out to local and international acts at Groovin' the Moo.

Winter warmers

Sample the region's winter delights with a season of farmers markets, festivals and literary events. Time your holiday for the food, wine and entertainment of Heathcote on Show and the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. In Bendigo, immerse yourself in a world of books and writing at the Bendigo Writers Festival. In Ballarat, prepare your peepers for the exhibitions and events held in historic buildings across town at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Springtime follies

In October, tour Bendigo's heritage buildings while enjoying offerings from local restaurants at Bendigo Heritage Uncorked. Then step into spring at the Maldon Folk Festival, a four-day musical extravaganza featuring some of the country's finest folk artists.





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Two Trees and Others Exhibition by Allex Hall

Two Trees and Others Exhibition by Allex Hall will be on display during May 2018. In the words of Allex Hall: "I have painted /drawn myself twice -...

21 May 2018
25 May 2018
26 May 2018
27 May 2018


Lynne Bickhoff Exhibition

Art House Ballarat continues its series of exhibitions honouring Australian artists with a new exhibition of paintings by Lynne Bickhoff. Lynne has a...

Until 22 May 2018


Rachael Higby Exhibition

Art House Ballarat invites the people of Ballarat to experience the magical and wonderful paintings of Rachael Higby. High impact, modern and...

Until 22 May 2018


Plate Up Ballarat

Plate Up Ballarat is a new and exciting month-long event celebrating Ballarat’s wonderful food offerings; craft beers, boutique wines and a whole lot...

Until 31 May 2018


Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018

Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finnish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the...

Until 11 Jun 2018


A Victorian Silhouette

A new fashion exhibition - A Victorian Silhouette, opening at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat will provide a glimpse into the fashion trends...

Until 4 Nov 2018


Metcalfe Tractor Pull and Woodchop

The twelth annual Metcalfe Vintage Tractor Pull and Wood Chop will be held on 16 September 2018. Take a picturesque, rural recreation reserve and add...

16 Sep 2018

Classes & workshops

Bookbinding Workshop

Come and join SB Libris in the arts precinct of Bendigo, nestled amongst the tree lined street is their boutique bindery. Under the guidance of an...

26 May 2018
25 Aug 2018
22 Sep 2018

Film festivals

Buninyong Film Festival

The Buninyong Film Festival Committee is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2018 Buninyong Film Festival. There will certainly be something for...

25 - 26 May 2018


Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Showcasing the rich heritage history of Ballarat – think horse and carriages, grand old buildings, steam trains, vintage fashion and much more –...

26 - 27 May 2018

Produce markets

Avoca Riverside Market

The tranquillity of the venue on the grassy banks of the Avoca River adds to the enjoyment of meandering around the Riverside Market. Browse stalls...

27 May 2018
24 Jun 2018
29 Jul 2018
26 Aug 2018

Produce markets

Bridge Mall Farmers Market

The Bridge Mall Farmers Market brings all the elements together: produce, food, music, entertainment, shopping and fun. A great event in the heart of...

2 Jun 2018
7 Jul 2018
4 Aug 2018

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