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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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Cave Hill Creek Summer Camp 2018

Cave Hill Creek Summer Camp is for children during the school holidays. Have a go at the awesome outdoor activities: splash in a canoe, abseil down...

19 Jan 2018
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Belle Miners (Canada) Powerful Owl Tour

Folk/pop band Belle Miners released their debut album Powerful Owl in November and it has been described as having 'a living, breathing quality to it...

19 Jan 2018


arbor temporis momentum: Louiseann King

Louiseann King is the Bendigo Art Gallery 2017 Going Solo artist; an initiative providing contemporary artists living and working in central Victoria...

19 Jan 2018
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REVAMP: Celebrating FedUni's Ballarat Art Schools

Recognised as the oldest continuous art school in Australia, from its beginnings as the School of Mines, Ballarat (SMB) and the establishment of the...

19 Jan 2018
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Journeys and Journeys II

Photographer Neville Hiatt will present his latest photographic exhibition, Journeys and Journeys II at Gallery 127 situated in the recently...

19 Jan 2018
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The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood

Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in film history, and today her name is synonymous with Hollywood costume during the...

Until 21 Jan 2018


Be Persuaded - A Jane Austen Experience

Be Persuaded - A Jane Austen Experience is a rare and wonderful exhibition bringing Jane Austen to life in original fashion of the era. Be Persuaded...

Until 23 Jan 2018


Lauren Black: Memento Mori: Art, Medicine and the Body. Lauren Black: A Complex Beauty

Two related exhibitions by Ballarat-born, Tasmanian based artist Lauren Black. Lauren is known for her work as a botanical artist, but in this case...

Until 28 Jan 2018


Romancing the Skull

The skull has entranced and fascinated generations of artists. Romancing the Skull looks at the depiction of the skull in art and examines why we...

Until 28 Jan 2018


New Year, New Art

Art House Gallery Ballarat is presenting an exhibition featuring work by selected Australian artists for the summer of 2018. Original paintings and...

Until 31 Jan 2018


Reawakening the Dragon

A new exhibition at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum will unveil one of the most extensive Chinese artefact collections, and for the first time in over...

Until 15 Apr 2018

Produce markets

Bridge Mall Farmers Market

The Bridge Mall Farmers Market brings all the elements together: produce, food, music, entertainment, shopping and fun. A great event in the heart of...

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