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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.


Dark Wonderland

Dark Wonderland

Toni Maticevski showcases his stunning pieces at the Bendigo Art Gallery.





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Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival

Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival is a two-day event held in the heritage listed High Street of Rushworth. It incorporates music entertainment,...

15 Apr 2017
16 Apr 2017

Produce markets

5th Saturday Farmers Market

Ballarat's favourite fresh produce market comes to Central Square Ballarat on the fifth Saturday in the month - it only happens a few times each...

29 Oct 2016


Belvoir Park Food and Wine Festival

The normally serene and tranquil surroundings of Belvoir Park Estate, will once again come alive to the sound of nonstop local entertainment, mixed...

29 Oct 2016


'Shaping Evolution' Exhibition by Gordon Monro

Unique selection of digital prints accompanied by silent video. The artist draws inspiration for his visual art from a different perspective, that of...

29 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016


Motor City Sounds - Live at The George Hotel, Ballarat

'Motor City Sounds' - The sound of classic Motown and Soul. Performing songs from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, The Supremes, Martha and...

29 Oct 2016

Gardens & agriculture

Rushworth Annual Wildflower Walk

This is the second Annual Wildflower Walk, held on the last Sunday in August every year at a different location around the town of Rushworth,...

27 Aug 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...

24 Jul - 31 Oct 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

Gardens & agriculture

Mica Grange 2016 Spring Open Garden and Sculpture Exhibition

Mica Grange is one of Victoria's most picturesque properties with its garden's highly commended within Australian Country Gardens and other top...

29 Oct 2016
30 Oct 2016
5 Nov 2016
6 Nov 2016


Maldon Folk Festival

Soak up the legendary festival atmosphere in the historic township of Maldon. See folk singers, guitar groups, dancers, theatre troupes and more.

29 Oct 2016
30 Oct 2016
31 Oct 2016
3 Nov 2017


Spring Fashion Month

Discover Spring Fashion Month at Central Square Ballarat. In October, Central Square will celebrate the arrival of Spring. There is a month of free...

29 Oct 2016


RACV Energy Breakthrough

The RACV Energy Breakthrough provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a...

17 - 20 Nov 2016

Gardens & agriculture

Ballarat Gardens in Spring

Ballarat Gardens in Spring is an annual event now in its ninth year, promoting and showcasing Ballarat and surrounds including the renowned Botanical...

11 - 13 Nov 2016

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