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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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Begonia Open Chess Tournament

The Begonia Open Chess Tournament is the second longest running chess tournament in Australia and has been held annually for over 50 years. It is an...

10 Mar 2018
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Classes & workshops

Teaching Film as Text Symposia

Sip wine and enjoy aged cheddar as Dr Michael Kitson walks you through the hidden language of film and reveals how mastercraftsman Alfred Hitchcock...

21 Feb 2018


SCOPE18: Celebrating FedUni's Ballarat Art Schools

SCOPE, FedUni's Arts Academy important annual exhibition showcases an inspired and rich mix of accomplished work by visual arts staff, research...

Until 3 Mar 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


Norman Lindsay at Art House Gallery Ballarat

Art House Gallery Ballarat is presenting an exhibition featuring limited edition facsimile etchings by the great Australian artist Norman Lindsay....

24 Feb - 24 Mar 2018

Markets & vintage

Ballarat Swap Meet

The Ballarat Swap Meet is a unique event where enthusiasts come from all over Australia to buy or sell a tremendous range of parts from cars and...

23 Feb 2018
24 Feb 2018


Thundamentals Regional Tour: Decade of the Thundakat - Bendigo

One of Australia’s most beloved Hip-Hop acts, Sydney via Blue Mountains trio Thundamentals, are celebrating their tenth anniversary in 2018 with an...

23 Feb 2018

Markets & vintage

Ballarat Swap Meet

On the last weekend in February, collectors and motoring enthusiasts will descend upon Ballarat in the hope of securing a bargain at the largest swap...

23 - 24 Feb 2018


Welcome in The 'Year of The Dog' as Sovereign Hill Celebrates Chinese New Year

Join in the spectacle and exhilaration of an authentic Chinese New Year celebration, as Sovereign Hill, Victoria’s favourite outdoor museum, heralds...

25 Feb 2018

Produce markets

Avoca Riverside Market

The tranquillity of the venue on the grassy banks of the Avoca River adds to the enjoyment of meandering around the Riverside Market. Browse stalls...

25 Feb 2018
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Plays & musicals

Jesus Christ Superstar

Ballarat Lyric Theatre is producing Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. From March 1 to 11 2018, at the Wendouree...

1 - 11 Mar 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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