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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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Exhibitions

Hankies & their Stories

Hankies and their Stories is a showcase of Handkerchiefs from Hankie lovers in the community. Handkerchiefs will be on display along with their...

30 May 2017
31 May 2017
1 Jun 2017
2 Jun 2017

Community

Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival

Sovereign Hill and the Wadawurrung community are presenting an Aboriginal history and cultural festival as part of National Reconciliation Week,...

Until 3 Jun 2017

Exhibitions

Chinese Fortunes – Australian exhibition

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M. A. D. E) presents Chinese Fortunes, an exhibition exploring the stories of early Chinese Australians...

Until 25 Jun 2017

Exhibitions

Mode & Motif

Mode and Motif feature three artists from Bendigo and region merge to present a unique exhibition of painting, furniture and textiles. The...

Until 30 Jul 2017

Exhibitions

Doctor Blake's Ballarat Exhibition

A new exhibition of ABC and BBC series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries will run at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat from 11 April to 3 September....

Until 3 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Annette Chappell: Indwelling - A Story in Fresco

Annette Chappell’s work is a contemporary exploration and transgression of the material form and function of traditional fresco. Drawing upon onsite...

31 May 2017
1 Jun 2017
2 Jun 2017
3 Jun 2017

Music

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...

2 Jun 2017
9 Jun 2017
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23 Jun 2017

Comedy

BallaRatCat Comedy

Showcasing Australia's finest comedians, and delivering consistently great entertainment, BallaRatCat Comedy is the best comedy room in regional...

2 Jun 2017
7 Jul 2017
4 Aug 2017
1 Sep 2017

Markets & vintage

Beaufort Market

Held in Memorial Park, the Beaufort Market offers a range of goods for sale from produce and plants to second-hand goods and jewellery. The market...

3 Jun 2017
1 Jul 2017
5 Aug 2017

Community

Sovereign Hill Corroboree

Sovereign Hill and the Wadawurrung community will be staging a unique corroboree this Saturday night, 3 June, only the second to be held in Ballarat...

3 Jun 2017
3 Jun 2017

Produce markets

Castlemaine Farmers' Market

Simply superb local produce. The Castlemaine Farmers' Market has been supporting local farmers and providing fresh, local food to the community since...

4 Jun 2017
2 Jul 2017
6 Aug 2017
3 Sep 2017

Community

Castlemaine Colossal Community Cake-Off

Let them eat cake. It’s their 11th birthday and the Castlemaine Artists’ Market is challenging the whole community to get behind them and make them a...

4 Jun 2017
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