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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


Land Sea and Air Exhibition by Anthony Gibson

The Land, Sea and Air Exhibition by Anthony Gibson will be on display during April 2018. In the words of Anthony Gibson: Art is a life force, like a...

20 Apr 2018
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Plays & musicals

BLOC Music Theatre presents Monty Python's Spamalot

BLOC Music Theatre presents, Monty Python's Spamalot, a new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail....

Until 22 Apr 2018


Sanguine Estate Music Festival Bendigo

The Sanguine Estate Music Festival has expand its scope by extending the program to include a Sunday morning concert too due to popular demand. The...

Until 22 Apr 2018

Art & exhibitions

Pyrenees Unearthed Arts Festival

The Pyrenees Unearthed Arts Festival will be held in and around Avoca over four days in April. The diverse activities provide opportunities to meet...

Until 23 Apr 2018

Gardens & agriculture

Elmore Field Days

The Elmore Field Days is a great three days filled with exhibits to help grow your business. With farm machinery demonstrations, livestock, tillage...

2 - 4 Oct 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


New Histories

In New Histories ten contemporary artists reimagine historic works from the 19th and early 20th century Australian and European collection of Bendigo...

Until 29 Jul 2018


Pyrenees Unearthed Wine and Food Festival

Pyrenees Unearthed will showcase the award-winning wines that the Pyrenees region has to offer. A day of wine, food and music. Taking place on...

21 Apr 2018

Makers markets

Avoca Art Makers Market

The Avoca Art Makers Market will be held at the heritage listed Avoca Railway Station and is one of the five exciting arts and culture events being...

21 Apr 2018

Film festivals

Waranga Winter Film Festival

Waranga Flicks is proud to present the Winter Film Festival, held in Rushworth this winter. The Rushworth Shire Hall has many attributes, it is...

29 Jun - 1 Jul 2018


The O'Keefe Challenge

The O'Keefe Rail Trail Marathon Inc. , Athletics Bendigo, Sponsors and Community Groups bring you an off-road marathon and its associated events on...

21 - 22 Apr 2018

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