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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.


Dark Wonderland

Dark Wonderland

Toni Maticevski showcases his stunning pieces at the Bendigo Art Gallery.





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Peter Bowden and Petrus Spronk - Change and Growth

Australian painter Peter Bowden will be joined by friend and colleague Petrus Spronk in an exhibition inspired by the forests of Central Victoria....

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Buninyong Pop-Up Shop

The Buninyong pop up shop is bringing alive the old MG Brown Electrical Building, next to the Buninyong Town Hall, with a selection of curated...

3 Dec 2016
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

The tour starts on Friday 13th January in Hobart, and then the first mainland show is a special outdoor performance on the banks of Lake Wendouree in...

15 Jan 2017


Ballarat Arts Foundation: Eureka Art Award 2016

Established in 2000, through the initiative and generosity of Ballarat South Rotary Club with ongoing support from the local community, the Ballarat...

Until 24 Dec 2016


Maticevski: Dark Wonderland

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

Until 15 Jan 2017


Nitro Circus Live- Bendigo

Direct from sell out shows across the globe, the world's greatest action sports show, Travis Pastrana's Nitro Circus Live, is coming to 15 cities...

8 Apr 2017


Gimme Freedom (or gimme death): Jud Wimhurst

Jud Wimhurst is the Bendigo Art Gallery 2016 Going Solo artist. Going Solo is an initiative providing contemporary artists living and working in...

Until 12 Feb 2017


House of Lucas exhibition

A new exhibition, set to open at the Gold Museum on October 28th and running through until March, shares the rich fabric of Ballarat’s fashion past...

Until 26 Mar 2017


Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival 2017 is a three day street party in the heart of historic Lydiard street celebrating all things Rockabilly. The...

9 - 12 Feb 2017


Live Music at The Lane

Every Friday and Saturday night there will be live music at The Lane. The best of Ballarats acoustic performers play each and every week. Please view...

9 Dec 2016
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Live Music every Friday at The Lane

Every Friday night, The Lane at the George Hotel is home to Ballarat's best acoustic musicians. Join from five o'clock for $1 oysters and settle in...

9 Dec 2016
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IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat

IRONMAN 70. 3 Ballarat offers athletes a chance to create their own legacy in Victoria's thriving event city. Athletes will commemorate the fallen...

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