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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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Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese Making Workshops

Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese Making Workshops

3 May - 3 Oct 2015

Mount Bolton

From $130 - $190

Experienced local cheese maker Nardia Baxter-Keene and local dairy goat farmer Kate Serrurier will guide you through the fundamentals of cheese...

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The Cosy Tram

The Cosy Tram

5 Jun - 30 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

This winter Ballarat's trams will be one of the warmest spots in town, and visitors will be able to rug up and take a heritage tram ride through the...

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The inimitable Mr Meek: rediscovering a lost art

The inimitable Mr Meek: rediscovering a lost art

13 Jun - 9 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

James McKain Meek was a pioneer of the Ballarat gold fields, where he ran a store and soda water factory, and lived subsequently at Warrnambool and...

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Shipwrecked! The fabulous tale of Louis de Rougemont

Shipwrecked! The Fabulous Tale of Louis de Rougemont

13 Jun - 16 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

In 1898, British audiences were thrilled to read in the Wide World Magazine of the adventures of the explorer Louis de Rougemont and the thirty-five...

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Black Cat Truffles

Truffles Made Easy

5 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

Wattle Flat

From $160 - $160

Truffles Made Easy is a one-day cooking class with well-known local chef Peter Ford. Hunt for the elusive truffle with truffle dog Ella then learn...

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City of Ballarat

Ballarat Laneways: Local & Live

17 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

Immerse yourself in Ballarat's inaugural Ballarat Laneways: Local & Live offering an enlivening and literally enlightening experience. The event will...

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Facets of Life

18 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

Ballarat's Backspace Gallery presents the exhibition 'Facets of Life', featuring work by nine artists from MAGnet - the Moorabool Artist Group...

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Royal South Street Competitions

Royal South Street Competitions

27 Jul - 1 Nov 2015

Ballarat central

Come and discover Australia's rising stars at the 2015 Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat, Victoria. The 124th year promises to be special as...

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Arnhem Land artist Narritjin Maymuru

Coat of Arms by Marritjin Maymuru

28 Jul - 1 Dec 2015

Ballarat East

From $0.01 - $35

On display at M. A. D. E for a limited time is rare bark painting Coat of Arms, 1963 by Narritjin Maymuru. Maymuru is a highly respected Aboriginal...

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Behind the Lines - the year's best political cartoons 2014

Behind The Lines - The Year's Best Political Cartoons 2014

1 - 20 Aug 2015

Ballarat

From $0.01 - $35

With humour and perceptive wit, thirty three of Australia's best cartoonists are showcased in this popular exhibition, on loan from the Museum of...

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Jazz and Shiraz

Jazz and Shiraz at Jackson's & Co

2 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

Join Jackson's and Co for Jazz and Shiraz in the Lawless Room and balcony this winter. This free event starts at 12-noon and will feature wine...

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Road view

Truffiere Visit with Truffles Tastings 101

2 Aug 2015

Glenlyon

From $90 - $90

Learn how truffle trees are infected, how they grow, how truffles mature, four methods of finding them, how to cook with them, how to match them with...

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Champagne Dame with Native Bush Flavours

Champagne Dame with Native Bush Flavours

6 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

From $140 - $140

Presented by Kyla Kirkpatrick the Champagne Dame and Brigid Corcoran of the Saltbush Kitchen at M. A. D. E. A gorgeous new champagne masterclass has...

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The Champagne Dame at Saltbush Kitchen

The Champagne Dame at Saltbush Kitchen

6 Aug 2015

Ballarat East

From $140 - $140

The Champagne Dame Kyla Kirkpatrick is visiting Saltbush Kitchen in August and will be matching her tipples with a bushfood inspired menu from...

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Bendigo Writers Festival

Bendigo Writers Festival

7 - 9 Aug 2015

Bendigo

Bendigo's Writers Festival will this year give audiences even better access to some of the best writers in the country. More than 50 sessions will...

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Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

8 Aug - 20 Sep 2015

Ballarat central

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards which celebrate the quality and diversity of art practice among...

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Dean Kahan - The Glass Garden

Dean Kahan - The Glass Garden

8 Aug - 13 Sep 2015

Ballarat central

Dena Kahan's work is a meditation on desire and the gap that exists between fantasy and reality, imagination and execution. This exhibition draws...

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Old Trades Exhibition

8 - 9 Aug 2015

Wendouree

From $5 - $10

Ballarat Old Trades Exhibition will be held on the weekend of 8 and 9 August 2015, this will be an annual event. The event will be held at Ballarat...

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Black Cat Truffles

A Taste of Truffles

9 Aug 2015

Wattle Flat

From $110 - $110

Put on your gumboots and let Ella the truffle dog show you how she hunts truffles. Then join the Black Cat Truffles team for a selection of truffle...

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The lawless room

Jazz and Shiraz

16 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

Join Jackson's and Co in the Lawless room for this free event on Sunday 16th August. Relax by the fireplace and enjoy some lunch and complimentary...

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