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Events

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.

Highlights

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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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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 Narritjin 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 by Narritjin Maymuru (1963). Maymuru is a highly respected Aboriginal...

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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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Mining Exchange

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

22 Aug - 20 Sep 2015

Ballarat central

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale grew out of two similar events as the Daylesford Foto Biennale in 2005 and 2007, moving to Ballarat in 2009,...

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015 at M.A.D.E

22 Aug - 20 Sep 2015

Ballarat

M. A. D. E. is excited to present two Ballarat Internation Foto Biennale (BIFB) Fringe Festival exhibitions. Exploring the theme of men of community...

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Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase Benalla

4 - 5 Sep 2015

Benalla

From $13 - $15

MIFF2015 may be over but the MIFF Travelling Showcase rolls on. After a successful re-launch last year, MIFF are thrilled to once again be presenting...

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Beechworth Neighbourhood Fair

Beechworth Neighbourhood Fair

5 Sep 2015

Beechworth

Beechworth Arts Council's Neighbourhood Fair is the place to find quality arts, crafts, pre-loved, vintage and retro products. The next Fair is on...

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Malmsbury firefighters Daniel Willinski and Adian Bruni help dancer Nina McDonnell from Moto Bean Cafe's classic 1969 Volvo Amazon.

The Shannons Malmsbury Classic: Show and Shine

5 Sep 2015

Malmsbury

From $15 - $15

Come a see a fabulous display of classic cars and motorcycles in the picturesque town of Malmsbury at The Shannons Malmsbury Classic Show & Shine....

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Naturally Loddon Spring Festival - Father's Day Piccoli's

Naturally Loddon - Father's Day at Piccoli's

6 Sep 2015

Barraport

Naturally Loddon - Father's Day at Piccoli's commences on Sunday 6 September. Enjoy the outstanding and unique sculptures on display throughout the...

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Film still from feature film RESULTS

Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase Geelong

11 - 12 Sep 2015

Geelong

From $10 - $60

MIFF2015 may be over but the MIFF Travelling Showcase rolls on. After a successful re-launch last year, MIFF are thrilled to once again be presenting...

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Timeline Festival

Timeline Festival 2015

12 - 13 Sep 2015

Leigh Creek

From $19 - $89

It all started with a dispute over a stolen pig. No-one knew who stole the pig but the Skovgaards blamed the Mortensens and the Mortensens blamed the...

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Wedderburn Engine Rally

25th Annual Engine Rally

12 - 13 Sep 2015

Wedderburn

From $5 - $5

Situated in the Goldseekers town of Wedderburn is the 25th Annual Engine Rally. The Wedderburn Historical Engines and Machinery Society will have...

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Jousting at Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle Timeline Festival

12 - 13 Sep 2015

Leigh Creek

From $19 - $89

Kryal Castle will again host The Timeline Festival. Beginning at 10:00am, the event will see more than 300 re-enactors from around Victoria and...

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CSI Creswick

CSI Creswick

12 Sep 2015

Creswick

Creswick Theatre Company presents CSI Creswick - a murder mystery night. Grab a group of friends, or come along on your own. Bookings are open now....

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Bendigo Gem Club Expo

Bendigo Gem Club Expo

12 - 13 Sep 2015

Junortoun

From $6 - $6

The Bendigo Gem Club Expo (formerly Gemarama) has moved to a larger venue at 757 McIvor Hwy, Junortoun. Shop at a variety of quality stalls -...

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Melbourne International Film Festival Travelling Showcase Ballarat

18 - 20 Sep 2015

Ballarat North

From $14 - $18

MIFF2015 may be over but the MIFF Travelling Showcase rolls on. After a successful re-launch last year, MIFF are thrilled to once again be presenting...

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Naturally Loddon - Kooyoora Wildflower Show

Naturally Loddon - Kooyoora Wildflower Show

19 - 20 Sep 2015

Inglewood

From $2 - $10

Run by the "Friends of Kooyoora" incorporating the Wedderburn Conservation Management Network, the program features an extensive display of local...

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Winery

Michael Unwin Wines Tapas Sunday

20 Sep 2015

Beaufort

From $65 - $65

On the third Sunday of every month you can enjoy delicious tapas dishes matched with Michael Unwin's very best wines. Served in a casual and relaxed...

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Motorcycle Only Swap Meet

Motorcycle Only Swap Meet

20 Sep 2015

Wedderburn

Wedderburn's (Men's Shed) Motorcycle only Swap Meet is on again for 2015 showcasing Veteran, Vintage, Classic and Modern Parts and Machines. Many...

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Castlemaine Children's Literature Festival

Castlemaine Children's Literature Festival

21 - 26 Sep 2015

Castlemaine

The Castlemaine Children's Literature Festival 2015, runs the first week of the school holidays in September. Located in various venues around...

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Kids love getting crafty at M.A.D.E

Spring School Holiday Program at M.A.D.E

21 Sep - 2 Oct 2015

Ballarat

From $0.01 - $35

Scribble, sketch and draw at M. A. D. E these school holidays. Kids can enjoy a self-guided funny-face tour. M. A. D. E has activities to teach...

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The Seymour Great Outdoor and 4x4 Expo

The Great Outdoor and 4x4 Expo - Seymour

25 - 27 Sep 2015

Seymour

From $10 - $12

The Seymour Great Outdoor and 4x4 Expo is the place to find inspiration for all things outdoors. Whether you are an experienced caravan/camper...

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Ballarat Wood & Craft Show

Ballarat Wood & Craft Show

26 - 27 Sep 2015

Ballarat

From $5 - $5

Ballarat Wood & Craft Show is a great family event with expert woodworkers and crafts people displaying and demonstrating their skills. Youngsters...

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Snow Queen's Aussie Freezing Show Ballarat Wendouree Performing Arts Centre

26 Sep 2015

Wendouree

From $19 - $19

Snow Queen's Aussie Freezing Show is a highly interactive show with lots of singing, dancing and special characters that will enchant children these...

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Snow Queen & Friends

Snow Queen's Aussie Freezing Show at Bendigo Capital Theatre

26 Sep 2015

Bendigo

From $10 - $19

Snow Queen's Aussie Freezing Show is a highly interactive show with lots of singing, dancing and special characters that will enchant children these...

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Nigel Milsom, Judo house pt 6 (the white bird), (detail). Oil on linen, 232 x 190 cm

Archibald Prize 2015

2 Oct - 15 Nov 2015

Ballarat central

From $6.50 - $13

The Archibald Prize is an extraordinary art event, bringing together images of some of the country's leading celebrities, as seen by Australia's...

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Naturally Loddon - Birds of the Loddon Region Exhibition

Naturally Loddon - Birds of the Loddon Region Exhibition

3 - 4 Oct 2015

Bridgewater On Loddon

Naturally Loddon - Birds of the Loddon Region Exhibition will be on Saturday 3 October to Sunday 4 October. It will be a combination of a...

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Naturally Loddon - Out 'n' About in Tarnagulla

Naturally Loddon - Out 'n' About in Tarnagulla

3 - 4 Oct 2015

Tarnagulla

Naturally Loddon - Out 'n' About in Tarnagulla will be held on Saturday 3 October until Sunday 4 October. On Saturday there will be a High Tea and...

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Naturally Loddon - 10th Annual Activities Weekend, Terrick Terrick National Park

Naturally Loddon - 10th Annual Activities Weekend, Terrick Terrick National Park

2 Oct 2015, 4 Oct 2015

Terrick Terrick

The Naturally Loddon - 10th Annual Activities Weekend, Terrick Terrick National Park begins on Friday 2nd October to Sunday 4th October 2015. This...

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Elmore Field Days

Elmore Field Days

6 - 8 Oct 2015

Elmore

The Elmore Field Days is a three day event, with over 600 sites, showcasing the latest technology in farming equipment. Elmore is where farmers look...

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cabaret

Ballarat Cabaret Festival

6 - 11 Oct 2015

Ballarat central

The Ballarat Cabaret Festival returns for a fourth year with an exciting line up of stars and star venues to match. With great entertainment at the...

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Bendigo Heritage After Dark

Bendigo Heritage After Dark

9 Oct 2015

Bendigo

From $35 - $35

Bendigo Heritage After Dark is a casual affair that celebrates wine, food and grand gold rush architecture. It is a wine event with a festive...

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Bendigo Town Hall

Bendigo Heritage Uncorked - Heritage After Dark

9 Oct 2015

Bendigo

From $35 - $35

Bendigo Heritage After Dark is for those who enjoy a casual wine and food affair. This festive atmosphere with wine tasting and food sampling will...

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Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

10 - 11 Oct 2015

Heathcote

Where else can you taste Heathcote wines from over 40 producers, as well as regional foods and produce in one central location over one great...

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Naturally Loddon - Boort Sculpture by the Lake @ Boort Show

Naturally Loddon - Boort Sculpture by the Lake at Boort Show

10 Oct 2015

Boort

From $12 - $20

Naturally Loddon - Boort Sculpture by the Lake at Boort Show is a metal sculpture competition at the annual Boort Agricultural and Pastoral Society...

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Bendigo Heritage Uncorked

Bendigo Heritage Uncorked

10 Oct 2015

Bendigo

From $120 - $120

Heritage Uncorked is a moveable feast event showcasing Bendigo wines, inspired food and grand gold rush architecture. Your ticket is a special...

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Heritage Uncorked

Bendigo Heritage Uncorked

10 Oct 2015

Bendigo

From $120 - $120

Come and join Bendigo's iconic moveable feast with Bendigo Heritage Uncorked. The winemakers of Bendigo create this unique wine festival each year to...

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Fishing

Naturally Loddon - Boort Carp Fishing Competition

17 - 18 Oct 2015

Boort

From $10 - $10

Boort Angling Club's family carp fishing competition on the shores of Little Lake Boort will be held on Saturday 17 October to Sunday 18 October....

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Naturally Loddon - Wetlands Guided Tour

Naturally Loddon - Wetlands Guided Tour

17 Oct 2015

Boort

From $10 - $35

Naturally Loddon - Wetlands Guided Tour leaves Nolan's Park at 10am. Tour of Wetlands - Lake Boort, Woolshed Swamp, Yando Swamp, Leaghur State Park...

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Jack 'n' Jill Children's Market

Jack n Jill Children's Market

18 Oct 2015

Ballarat central

Located in Ballarat, Jack 'n' Jill Children's Market is a beautiful market place full of gorgeous handmade, unique and boutique children and babies...

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The lawless room

Jazz and Shiraz

18 Oct 2015

Ballarat central

Join Jackson's and Co in the Lawless room for this free event on Sunday 18th October. Relax by the fireplace and enjoy some lunch and complimentary...

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Rushworth Spring Garden Festival

Rushworth Spring Garden Festival

24 Oct 2015

Rushworth

From $10 - $15

Celebrate the season of spring and explore inspiring open gardens in and around Rushworth. On the festival day, collect your open garden pass and map...

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Naturally Loddon - Boort Luncheon by the Lake

Naturally Loddon - Boort Luncheon by the Lake

24 Oct 2015

Boort

From $110 - $110

Boort's 'Luncheon by the Lake' is the gourmet food and wine experience of the Naturally Loddon Festival, to be held on Saturday 24 October. Enjoy the...

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Naturally Loddon - Archery Open Day

Naturally Loddon - Archery Open Day

24 Oct 2015

Wedderburn

Naturally Loddon - Archery Open Day is your chance to experience archery in the great outdoors of the Loddon Valley. Arcadia Lane Archary will be...

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Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle Oktoberfest

24 - 25 Oct 2015

Leigh Creek

From $50 - $50

Come and celebrate Oktoberfest with at Kryal Castle for a fun-filled weekend complete with beer, food, music and live entertainment. Tickets includes...

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Buninyong Good Life Festival

Buninyong Good Life Festival Including The King Of The Mountain Fun Run & Walk

25 Oct 2015

Buninyong

The Buninyong Good Life Festival is a community focused annual celebration of ideas, interests and what it means to live The Good Life. It aims to...

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