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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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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

Exhibitions

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 -...

26 May 2018
27 May 2018
28 May 2018

Festivals

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

Exhibitions

Marimekko: Design Icon

See Marimekko's iconic fabric patterns and unconventional ready-to-wear outfits from the 1960s and 70s. On show at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Until 11 Jun 2018

Exhibitions

Maryanne Coutts - Dress Code: The First Five Years

The exhibition Dress Code: The First Five Years is the result of a ritualistic daily practice, where each day since 2013 the artist has made a...

Until 23 Jun 2018

Exhibitions

Helen Kleores - My Plants and Other Flowers

Limited Edition photographic works on paper by botanical designer Helen Kleores at Gallery on Sturt. Kleores’ botanical photography began as an...

Until 30 Jun 2018

Festivals

Plate Up Ballarat Pie Competition

From May 1 to July 23, Federation University TAFE are proud to present the battle to be crowned Ballarat’s Best Pie, as Plate Up Ballarat joins Visit...

Until 29 Jul 2018

Produce markets

Talbot Farmers Market

On the third Sunday every month the streets of Talbot are closed to traffic and the entire town becomes a vibrant village market place. Soak up the...

17 Jun 2018
15 Jul 2018
19 Aug 2018
16 Sep 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

Community

Ballarat Winter Festival

Ballarat is set to come alive in July as part of the Ballarat Winter Festival. Whether it’s school holiday fun or a romantic rendezvous that you’re...

30 Jun - 29 Jul 2018

Community

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

Festivals

The Ballarat Winter Festival - Potato Festival

Showcasing the versatility of the spud, the Potato Festival will stimulate all your senses and go beyond just fries or potato salad. Think gnocchi,...

30 Jun 2018
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