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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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19th Century BLING | Goldfields Jewellery Exhibition at M.A.D.E.

An fascinating exhibition of 19th Century colonial gold jewellery, BLING explores uniquely Australian innovation and design, during a time of immense...

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Heritage Festival: Anzac Centenary Tram

Hear the story of Bendigo as it was during WWI while you travel through the city aboard a refurbished 1914 heritage tram. Through stories of bravery,...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Discover 150 Years of Chinese heritage

At the heritage-listed Bendigo Joss House Temple, a Chinese place of worship which was constructed in the 1870s, you will discover more about Chinese...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Eclectic Treasures: Bendigo’s Private Collections

Collecting has a deep-rooted cultural history stemming from the ‘cabinet of curiosities’ which was common from the 16th century to today. The items...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: History Comes Alive at Bendigo's Central Deborah Gold Mine

Don a hard hat and miner’s lamp to discover more about Bendigo's golden past at a real gold mine that operated during the gold rush boom of the...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Bendigo Shamrock Hotel Tours

The Shamrock Hotel is a major landmark of Bendigo and is of historic and architectural significance. The current building was built in 1897 and is...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: 50 Years of Weddings

Maryborough's Wal Richards had a camera and a passion for weddings. For 50 years Wal was the unofficial photographer at weddings in the Maryborough...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Carisbrook Log Gaol

The town's old log lock-up is thought to have been built around 1851 on the police paddock and moved to its present site in 1886. The walls are made...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Goldfields Museum in Dunolly

Goldfields Museum is home to many relics and historical displays. It hosts a large collection of WWI and WWII firearms, large replica collections of...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Bringing Them Home

Since 1971 the Ballarat Tramway Museum has rediscovered many of Ballarat's missing trams and brought them back home. These trams had become farm...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Talbot Arts and Communications Museum

Opened in 1984 in the former Primitive Methodist Church and later clothing factory, Talbot Museum houses the Edwards Collection of photographs,...

29 May 2016

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Heritage Festival: Ride the WWI Trams

Discover the excitement of riding in historic electric trams that were running during the First World War. Melbourne's electric tramways were built...

29 May 2016
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