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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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Exhibitions

Chinese Fortunes – Australian exhibition

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M. A. D. E) presents Chinese Fortunes, an exhibition exploring the stories of early Chinese Australians...

Until 25 Jun 2017

Dining

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...

25 Jun 2017
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16 Jul 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...

25 Jun 2017
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24 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Rona Green: Champagne taste and lemonade pockets

Tattoos, science fiction, B-grade movies and secret societies – this is the fodder of Rona Green, an artist renowned for her prints and paintings of...

25 Jun 2017
27 Jun 2017
28 Jun 2017
29 Jun 2017

Exhibitions

Deanne Gilson: In Between the Object and the Gaze

Deanne Gilson is a proud Wadawurrung woman who currently lives and works in Ballarat, Victoria. Deanne completed a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Art) with...

28 Jun 2017
29 Jun 2017
30 Jun 2017
1 Jul 2017

Exhibitions

Mode & Motif

Mode and Motif showcases the works of three talented local artists and craft practitioners - Brett Tully, Sarah Boulton and Jenny Carrington....

Until 30 Jul 2017

Community

Yarn Bomb Tram

Bendigo Tramways 302 tram is the first tram in the world to be yarn bombed. It has become a tourist attraction in its own right when it runs every...

Until 31 Aug 2017

Exhibitions

Doctor Blake's Ballarat Exhibition

A new exhibition of ABC and BBC series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries will run at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat from 11 April to 3 September....

Until 3 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Revealing Identity: the Collections of La Trobe University

In celebration of the 50th year of La Trobe University, Revealing Identity takes a sweeping look through the vast University Collections. Featuring...

Until 3 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

2017 ContainART Mobile Gallery Winter Exhibition Calendar

One reason Ballarat is Victoria's premier regional cultural destination is the variety of independent exhibition venues available for the enjoyment...

Until 17 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Backspace Gallery Winter Exhibition Programming

Backspace Gallery is regional Victoria's premier exhibition venue for independent artists, and is an initiative of the City of Ballarat dedicated to...

Until 17 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, this year's Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition...

Until 17 Sep 2017
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