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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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Art & exhibitions

Spring Art Exhibition at Heathcote Winery

Helen Miles and Margaret Morgan exhibiting at Heathcote Winery - official opening three pm on Sunday seven August, refreshments served. Helen and...

29 Aug 2016
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1 Sep 2016


‘Moods of Flowers’ Exhibition by Anne Ellison in collaboration with Stephen Zigarus

Exhibition of over 30 original artworks by Ballarat artist Anne Ellison. Her floral paintings are larger than life, bold and colourful. Using the...

Until 31 Aug 2016

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...

Until 29 Oct 2016


Maticevski: Dark Wonderland

Renowned Australian designer Toni Maticevski has achieved international acclaim for his masterful approach to the manipulation of traditional fashion...

Until 20 Nov 2016


Meditation & Buddhism Weekly Class - Ballarat

In each class a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. The classes are self-contained so you can drop in any week. There is no...

30 Aug 2016
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Vera Blue

Less than a day after wrapping up her sold out Fingertips Tour, Vera Blue has today announced she will be embarking on a new national tour which will...

31 Aug 2016


Shane Nicholson

The Road To Americana Festival. Shane Nicholson, Lachlan Bryan and special guests. Triple ARIA award winning singer-songwriter Shane Nicholson joins...

1 Sep 2016


L-Fresh The Lion

L-Fresh The Lion is renowned for his powerful presence, inspiring live shows and thought-provoking lyricism. In a short space of time, the Western...

1 Sep 2016


The Road To AmericanaFest

Lost Highway Records and The Americana Music Association presents The Road To AmericanaFest. Shane Nicholson, Lachlan Bryan and special guests....

1 Sep 2016


Renee Geyer

Renée Geyer’s career has spanned four decades and is still going strong with her 25th album of 2013, Swing. A precocious jazz, blues and soul singer...

3 Sep 2016


Spring Celebrations Open Day at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute

A curiosity to some, but a place of culture, learning and entertainment to many, the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute invites everyone to be a part of...

3 Sep 2016


Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Ballarat Fashion Series

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s only regional extension. Unveiling the Western District’s contribution to the fashion realm, this three day series...

2 - 4 Sep 2016

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