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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 Bendigo Winemakers Festival, held in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens on Easter Sunday. 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, roll up your sleeves for the Australian Goldfields Open snooker tournament or get bookish 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.




Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival

Take in a day full of some of the best handcrafted beers and ciders produced in Australia, taste a range of gourmet foods all while relaxing on the...


Bendigo Easter Festival

Commencing in 1871, the Bendigo Easter Festival is the oldest continuous running community festival in Australia. It is a celebration of Bendigo's...


Groovin the Moo

Team Groovin the Moo is in the highest of spirits to be welcoming a new bunch of Artists to take part in the regional Australian festival fun! The...



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Ballarat Gift

Held at the Eastern Oval each February, the Ballarat Gift has been running for over 60 years. The foot race is run on grass over 120 metres....

Until 7 Feb 2016


Wendouree - Ballarat Rowing Regatta

The two-day Wendouree Ballarat Rowing Club regatta will return to Lake Wendouree and will include events across senior and junior age groups for...

Until 7 Feb 2016


Sanguine Estate Music Festival Bendigo

Sanguine Estate Music Festival Bendigo is bigger and bolder. They are privileged to welcome Andrew Haveron, former leader of the legendary Brodsky...

7 Feb 2016


Healing From Within

Healing From Within by Tegan Neville - Unicorn Lane Gallery. Opening Saturday 9 January 5:00 to 6. 30pm - exhibition continues until 11 February....

Until 11 Feb 2016


Welcome in The 'Year of The Monkey' as Sovereign Hill Celebrates Chinese New Year

Step back in time as Victoria's iconic outdoor museum, Sovereign Hill, celebrates Chinese New Year. Heralding in the Year of the Monkey, visitors can...

Until 28 Feb 2016


Political T’s - An Exhibition of Iconic T-Shirts and Images at M.A.D.E

In the words of Billy Bragg, 'The revolution is just a T-shirt away'. M. A. D. E (the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) presents Political...

Until 10 Apr 2016

Motor sport

The Ultimate Burnout Challenge

Ballarat Airport host the Ultimate Burnout Challenge. With a mix of vehicles putting on burnouts and a Show n Shine extravaganza, this show is a must...

13 Feb 2016


Ballarat Rodeo

Get on down to the Ballarat Rodeo and witness a competitive sport which arose out of the working practices of cattle herding in Spain, Mexico, and...

13 Feb 2016


Sanguine Estate Music Festival

Launched in 2012 Sanguine Estate Music Festival is now an annual festival directed by Chris Howlett and Howard Penny. The festival is held at the...

13 Feb 2016


Scots Day Out

Held at Rosalind Park in Bendigo, the Scots Day Out will be a free and fun filled day for the whole community. Activities on the day will include a...

13 Feb 2016

Motor sport

Childs Vision Monster Truck & FMX Spectacular

Extreme Monster Truck Spectacular Freestyle Side By Side Race Wars. See FMX Motocross Highflying Freestyle Stunts, Quads Riders Freestyle Stunts,...

13 Feb 2016


Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is turning up once again to transform Ballarat into Rock'n Roll party central. Celebrate all things Rockabilly...

11 - 14 Feb 2016