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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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Naturally Loddon - Boort Carp Eradication

Come along to the Boort Angling Club Family Carp Eradication Weekend held on the shores of Little Lake Boort. BYO drinks, lots of fun and prizes....

Until 22 Oct 2017

Running

Bendigo Trail Run Festival

The Bendigo Trail Run Festival is hosted in conjunction with the TreX Cross Triathlon Series which together make up an action packed weekend of off...

26 Nov 2017
26 Nov 2017

Produce markets

Bendigo Farmers Market

Support and connect with the local farmers, producers and growers at the Bendigo Farmers Market. Your chance to purchase fresh, regional produce...

11 Nov 2017
9 Dec 2017
13 Jan 2018
10 Feb 2018

Literature

Ballarat Writers Festival

The Ballarat Writers Festival will offer a diverse and stimulating three days of writing and ideas for all ages. Covering fiction and non-fiction...

Until 22 Oct 2017

Running

Run Ballarat 2017

Presented by Run Australia, this year's Run Ballarat kicks off on Sunday 22 October for a festive, fun-filled charity event, suitable for the whole...

22 Oct 2017

Plays & musicals

The Light of Unity Production

The Light of Unity is a production being staged at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts in celebration of 200 years since the birth of the...

22 Oct 2017

Gardens & agriculture

Wedderburn Open Gardens

Six fabulous gardeners have opened their gardens in support of the Wedderburn Lions Club Aged Care Fund. Some of these gardens have never been opened...

22 Oct 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...

22 Oct 2017
26 Nov 2017
24 Dec 2017

Plays & musicals

One Night Only: Blue Brothers Show

‘It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we gotta full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses’. The Blues Brothers are...

11 Nov 2017

Community

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
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