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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2 Feb - 15 Mar 2015


Botanical art and natural history illustration will take pride of place in Vignettes at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, with works by Amanda Ahmed,...

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Tony & Marshall

Lost Trades Fair

7 - 8 Mar 2015


From $5 - $10

The Lost Trades Fair is an event like nothing else. The event is about people. In March 2015 the Lost Trades Fair will showcase over 80 traditional,...

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Ballarat Begonia Festival

Ballarat Begonia Festival

7 - 9 Mar 2015


Winner of the 2014 Best Regional Event in Victoria and the national title of Australia's Favourite Event at the Australian Event Awards, the Ballarat...

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Token Hunt

Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree 2015

7 - 8 Mar 2015


From $45 - $45

The annual two day event Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree will introduce gold panning and detector demonstrations to beginners in a natural bush...

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Opening Night 2013

Castlemaine State Festival

13 - 22 Mar 2015


40 years and 20 festivals on, Australia's most anticipated regional festival, the Castlemaine State Festival presents an anniversary program of...

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Picnic with the Mad Hatter

Picnic with the Mad Hatter

15 Mar 2015

White Hills

From $15 - $15

In conjunction of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Bendigo region's best restaurants are currently planning the menu for one almighty picnic...

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Arts Trail in the Studio

Clyde Park 2015 Golden Plains Arts Trail

21 - 22 Mar 2015


The Clyde Park 2015 Golden Plains Arts Trail is a weekend adventure showcasing the work of artists of the Golden Plains region. Visit usually private...

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Peace Train: A Tribute to Cat Stevens - Ballarat

Peace Train: A Tribute to Cat Stevens - Ballarat

21 Mar 2015

Ballarat central

Due to overwhelming demand, Darren Coggan will return for national encore performances of his critically acclaimed portrait of Cat Stevens in Peace...

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Bendigo Craft Beer Festival

Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival

28 Mar 2015


From $40 - $40

Get ready for the third Annual Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival. Take in a day full of some of the best handcrafted beers and ciders produced in...

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Adam Cullen

Imagining Ned

28 Mar - 28 Jun 2015


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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