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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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Ballarat's Summer of Sound

Close down your Spotify accounts, the soundtrack to every Victorian’s summer is happening live in Ballarat for six weeks from January. From classic...

24 Jan 2017
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27 Jan 2017


Summer Holiday Fun comes to Sovereign Hill

Step back in time as Sovereign Hill celebrates summer fun with a full-program of special school holiday activities, from seeing the famous Redcoat...

Until 26 Jan 2017


Gimme Freedom: Jud Wimhurst

A major sculpture installation uses humour to tackle the darker side of consumerism and the artifice of freedom.

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

Plays & musicals

The Tempest

Shipwrecks, pirates, fairies on a magical island ruled by a sorcerer who is out for revenge. Come along to Outdoor Shakespeare at the Buninyong...

10 Feb 2017
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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...

27 Jan 2017
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17 Feb 2017


BallaRatCat Comedy

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

3 Feb 2017
3 Mar 2017
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5 May 2017


Sanguine Estate Music Festival Bendigo

With the SEMF Heathcote weekend now selling out well in advance, a partnership has been developed with the City of Greater Bendigo, as well as the...

3 - 4 Feb 2017


Scots Day Out

Scots Day Out - the celebration of all things Scottish contemporary and traditional, right in the centre of Bendigo in shady and picturesque Rosalind...

11 Feb 2017


Grapest 5K Run - Sip Happens

You have never run a race quiet like this one. The latest crazy thing to hit Australia is the Grapest 5K Run - Sip Happens. Yo will be taken on an...

11 Feb 2017

Produce markets

Bendigo Farmers Market

Support and connect with the local farmers, producers and growers at the Bendigo Farmers Market. Your chance to purchase fresh, regional produce...

11 Feb 2017
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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

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