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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 Strategem 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, immerse yourself in a world of books and writing 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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Yarn Bomb Tram

Bendigo Tramways 302 tram is the first tram in the world to be yarn bombed. It has become a tourist attraction in its own right when it runs every...

25 Jun 2018
26 Jun 2018
27 Jun 2018
28 Jun 2018

Exhibitions

Martin Wynne - Recycle, Reinvent, Reimagine

Martin Wynne presents his exhibition "Recycle, Reinvent, Reimagine" in Gallery 127 this June. Martin and his partner Pam live on 36 acres at...

25 Jun 2018
29 Jun 2018
30 Jun 2018
1 Jul 2018

Exhibitions

Helen Kleores - My Plants and Other Flowers

Limited Edition photographic works on paper by botanical designer Helen Kleores at Gallery on Sturt. Kleores’ botanical photography began as an...

Until 30 Jun 2018

Festivals

Plate Up Ballarat Pie Competition

From May 1 to July 23, Federation University TAFE are proud to present the battle to be crowned Ballarat’s Best Pie, as Plate Up Ballarat joins Visit...

Until 29 Jul 2018

Exhibitions

Winter Salon

During winter, Art House Gallery Ballarat is featuring works from our stable of Australian artists. Original paintings and Limited Edition Prints...

Until 4 Aug 2018

Exhibitions

Into Light: French Masterworks from the Musée de la Chartreuse

From 23 June to the 9 September, Into Light: French Masterworks from the Musée de la Chartreuse will be displaying at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. In...

Until 9 Sep 2018

Exhibitions

A Victorian Silhouette

A new fashion exhibition - A Victorian Silhouette, opening at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat will provide a glimpse into the fashion trends...

Until 4 Nov 2018

Film festivals

The Mallow Short Film Festival

The Mallow Short Film Festival will be screening in late November on a suitably balmy evening at our outdoor cinema - with full menu to choose from...

Until 4 Nov 2018

Markets & vintage

Castlemaine Artists Market

Art, Craft. Music and Food. The Castlemaine Artists Market is held on the first Sunday of every month at the Castlemaine Western Reserve, 9am-2pm....

1 Jul 2018
5 Aug 2018
2 Sep 2018
7 Oct 2018

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...

18 Jul 2018 (dates to be confirmed)
6 Nov 2018 (dates to be confirmed)

Sports

AFL Round 19 - Western Bulldogs v Port Adelaide

The Western Bulldogs are returning to Ballarat for the 2018 season where they will take on Port Adelaide at Mars Stadium. It will be more than just a...

29 Jul 2018

Sports

Western Bulldogs vs Port Adelaide in Ballarat

The Western Bulldogs will play the second of their two 2018 AFL games for premiership points in Ballarat when they take on the Port Adelaide Power on...

29 Jul 2018
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