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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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Ballarat Frolic Festival

Ballarat Frolic Festival is a week long, community run celebration of regional Victoria's lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, and asexual/ally...

Until 25 Oct 2017

Theatre & performing arts

Royal South Street Competitions

Come and discover Australia's rising stars at the 2016 Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat, Victoria. The 125th year promises to be special as...

Until 31 Oct 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

Exhibitions

The inside story: Garry Bish

An accomplished and respected Australian ceramicist, Garry Bish investigates applying pictorial space to an object in the round, creating visual...

Until 11 Nov 2017

Exhibitions

Koi Fish Art

A design that is influenced by Bendigo's Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project currently being installed on the...

Until 7 Jan 2018

Exhibitions

The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood

Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in film history, and today her name is synonymous with Hollywood costume during the...

Until 21 Jan 2018

Exhibitions

Lauren Black: Memento Mori: Art, Medicine and the Body. Lauren Black: A Complex Beauty

Two related exhibitions by Ballarat-born, Tasmanian based artist Lauren Black. Lauren is known for her work as a botanical artist, but in this case...

Until 28 Jan 2018

Exhibitions

Romancing the Skull

The skull has entranced and fascinated generations of artists. Romancing the Skull looks at the depiction of the skull in art and examines why we...

Until 28 Jan 2018

Multicultural

Reawakening the Dragon

A new exhibition at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum will unveil one of the most extensive Chinese artefact collections, and for the first time in over...

Until 15 Apr 2018

Community

Naturally Loddon - Wedderburn Spring Dance

The Rock 'N' Roll Spring dance is part of the Wedderburn Community House annual dance calendar. Put on your dancing shoes and join in at the...

20 Oct 2017

Family

Light of Unity Children's Festival

The Light of Unity is a free Children’s Festival being held at the YMCA Delacombe Community Hub in celebration of 200 years since the birth of the...

21 Oct 2017

Learning

Naturally Loddon - Heal Your Life

Make huge improvements in your life using simple techniques used by thousands of people world wide. Learn to reprogram your subconscious mind and...

21 Oct 2017

Horse racing

Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup

Be entertained, dance the day away and experience true country racing at the Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup. Avoca’s Cup is a day to simply focus on...

21 Oct 2017
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