Bendigo Easter Festival, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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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.


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Adam Cullen

Imagining Ned

28 Mar - 28 Jun 2015


From $8 - $10

Ned Kelly remains a highly mythologised character in Australian history. Some say he was a murderous villain and outlaw, while others proclaim him a...

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Dead Still Standing, 2014

Guirguis New Art Prize

11 Apr - 31 May 2015

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The prestigious $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) has been awarded to Melbourne based artist Lou Hubbard. Lou's work Dead Still Standing, 2014 is...

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Lockington & District Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Rally

Lockington & District Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Rally

25 - 26 Apr 2015


From $5 - $5

The Lockington and District Living Heritage Complex Annual Vintage Tractor and Machinery Rally will feature a large display of working vintage...

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Creswick Theatre Company

MidSummer's Dream: The Musical - Creswick Theatre Company

22 - 25 Apr 2015, 29 Apr - 2 May 2015


The Creswick Theatre Company prides itself on providing audiences with quality and value for money entertainment. The first production for 2015 is...

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Alexandra Fountain

Celebrate Vahland

1 - 26 May 2015


The National Trust Heritage Festival will commemorate a milestone centenary, the death of William Charles Vahland, one of Australia's most important...

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Groove in the Moo

Groovin the Moo

2 May 2015


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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Clunes Booktown Festival

2 - 3 May 2015


Indulge in a weekend of book browsing when Clunes becomes a European-styled Booktown, complete with collectable titles, writers talks, and workshops.

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Ballarat Apron Festival

Ballarat Apron Festival

9 - 10 May 2015

Ballarat central

Experience the popular Ballarat Apron Festival with this year's special theme 'Make do and Mend', tying in with this year's ANZAC centenary...

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Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Ballarat Heritage Weekend

9 - 10 May 2015


Held over the Mother's Day weekend, the 2015 Ballarat Heritage Weekend will celebrate 'A Century of Service' and will tell the story of Australia's...

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Grange Cleveland Winery

Celebrate Mother's Day amongst the Vines

10 May 2015


From $65 - $65

Your mum is so incredibly special, why not treat her to a delicious lunch at Cleveland Winery this Mother's Day. The winery is located in the lovely...

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Ned Kelly: hero or villan? (1:39)

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