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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 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...

Until 14 Feb 2016

Horse racing

Colliers International Ballarat Polo Cup

You are cordially invited to Yaloak Polo Club for a fabulous day of fast‑paced polo, delicious local produce and entertainment for the whole family....

14 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


Creswick Theatre Company's - Movie Night

The Creswick Theatre Company present a specially selected movie on the third Friday of each month at the Creswick Courthouse Theatre. You never know...

19 Feb 2016
18 Mar 2016
15 Apr 2016
20 May 2016

Motor sport

Fuelers Inc. Horsepower Extravanganza

Fuelers Inc. Horsepower Extravaganza is back again in Ballarat on the 3rd Sunday in February. Cars on display include customs, rat rods, bikes, hot...

21 Feb 2016


Ballarat Cycle Classic

Are you ready to Ride For Research in the ninth edition of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute's Ballarat Cycle Classic? The 2016 Ballarat...

21 Feb 2016


Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History - Public Event

What does a war correspondent who seemingly rose from the dead, a dangerous alien interned in Australia, and a five-foot-tall mining magnate from...

21 Feb 2016

Markets & vintage

Ballarat Swap Meet

On the last weekend in February, collectors and motoring enthusiasts will descend upon Ballarat in the hope of securing a bargain at the largest swap...

25 - 27 Feb 2016


Rowing Victoria State Rowing Championships

Contested on the iconic Lake Wendouree, the Rowing Victoria State Championships brings over 300 competitors to fight out in the individual and team...

26 - 28 Feb 2016


Ballarat Gold Pan Pro Am

The Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series is a national event platform for both Professional and Amateur golfers. A feeder Tour for the PGA Tour of...

27 - 28 Feb 2016


Miss Muddy Ballarat

Miss Muddy is a female only obstacle and mud festival with a course of up to five kilometres for participants aged 13 years and over. It includes...

27 - 28 Feb 2016