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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 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, 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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Run Cycle Walk & Roll The O'Keefe

Run Cycle Walk & Roll The O’Keefe - the event that is fun for everyone. The event just for you, whether it is running, cycling, walking or even...

Until 23 Apr 2017


The Weekend Board

Available each Sunday, Hop Temple is running a special weekend food board. The Board will consist of local produce items, showcasing the rich food...

23 Apr 2017
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Avoca Wine Festival

Located along the banks of the Avoca River, the festival will have plenty to drink, eat and do with Live music all day, free kids’ activities,...

23 Apr 2017


Pyrenees Unearthed Festival - Avoca Wine Festival

Those who enjoy a journey of the senses to a destination off the mainstream tourist track will love discovering the Festival, an all-new festival...

23 Apr 2017

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...

23 Apr 2017
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GNAP17 - Guirguis New Art Prize 2017

GNAP is a national, biennial, contemporary art prize which showcases a selection of Australia’s most exciting contemporary artists and offers a...

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Pyrenees Unearthed Festival

Those who enjoy a journey of the senses to a destination off the mainstream tourist track will love Pyrenees Unearthed, a festival that brings...

Until 25 Apr 2017


ANZAC Day Weekend - Pyrenees Unearthed

Pyrenees Unearthed at Warrenmang Vineyard and Resort, Moonambel. Visit Warrenmang Vineyard and Resort for delicious fare you won’t get anywhere else....

Until 25 Apr 2017


One Pot at Hop

One Pot at Hop is a five part food series by Hop Temple Ballarat. Bringing five weeks of strong hearty dishes made to make your should feel good, as...

Until 26 Apr 2017


House of Mirrors

House of Mirrors is a fascinating walk-through installation composed of a labyrinth of seemingly endless mirrors. Created by Melbourne installation...

Until 30 Apr 2017


Exhibition of artworks by Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Jamie Boyd

Original artworks by Sidney Nolan (1917-1992), Arthur Boyd (1920-1999) and Jamie Boyd (1948. ) Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan were amongst Australia’s...

Until 15 May 2017


Collective vision: 130 years

Bendigo Art Gallery celebrates 130 years in 2017 and to mark the occasion will present a dynamic new exhibition of historic, contemporary, curious,...

Until 28 May 2017

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