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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 Heritage Weekend

A huge program designed each year to showcase different elements of the shared heritage and the rich historic assets of Ballarat; including open...

26 - 27 May 2018


Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission

After the sell out success of their December run, The Roving Commission want to get out there and just play. With a new album in June, The Roving...

5 May 2018


Norman Lindsay at Art House Gallery Ballarat

Art House Gallery Ballarat is presenting an exhibition featuring limited edition facsimile etchings by the great Australian artist Norman Lindsay....

Until 24 Mar 2018


The Kenneth Jack Perspective

Gallery on Sturt presents this exhibition of over 50 original artworks by Kenneth Jack AM, MBE, RWS (1924 – 2006) all signed by the artist. These...

Until 31 Mar 2018


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


Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018

Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finnish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the...

Until 11 Jun 2018

Vintage fairs

Wedderburn Annual Vintage Machinery Rally

The Wedderburn Historical Engines and Machinery Society will have many items of yesteryear on display at the Wedderburn Vintage Machinery Rally...

8 - 9 Sep 2018


Pyrenees Art Exhibition and Sale

As an award winning Rural Art Show now in its 12th it can boast an extensive range of high quality Art Entries that come from local, Victoria wide...

8 Jun 2018
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Golden Plains: Recent works by Ruby and Peter Pilven

Golden Plains is an exhibition by well-known and respected Ballarat ceramic artists, and father and daughter duo, Ruby and Peter Pilven. Influenced...

21 Mar 2018
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The Song Company presents Byrd Round Table: Ballarat

Australia's Premier vocal ensemble is presenting their first program of the year, Byrd Round Table. Featuring songs by one of the European masters of...

22 Mar 2018


Blues Tram and Underground Banquet

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is proud to present Blues Tram & Underground Banquet again in 2018. Immerse yourself in the everyday of Bendigo's...

23 Mar 2018
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Classes & workshops

CraftAlive Ballarat

CraftAlive is Australia's biggest craft show series, located in Ballarat for three big days. Featuring both local and interstate craft experts, the...

23 - 25 Mar 2018

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