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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

Ritva Voutila 'Happily Ever After'

Exhibition of 21 exquisite paintings in oil by Finnish born artist Ritva Voutila. Voutila is a world recognised children’s book illustrator whose...

26 Sep 2017
26 Sep 2017
27 Sep 2017
27 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Steve Graham Exhibition

Art House Gallery Ballarat is presenting the works of Steve Graham for the first time in Ballarat. Steve has exhibited around the world including...

Until 30 Sep 2017

Family

Castlemaine Diggings Junior Ranger Spring BioQuest

Join Parks Victoria for the Spring BioQuest. Search for plants and animals and contribute what you see to help keep parks healthy. Great family fun,...

Until 8 Oct 2017

Community

Metcalfe Tractor Pull and Woodchop

The twelth annual Metcalfe Vintage Tractor Pull and Wood Chop will be held on 16 September 2018. Take a picturesque, rural recreation reserve and add...

16 Sep 2018

Family

MADE for School Holiday Fun

These school holidays at MADE (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) kids can grab a trail journal and discover the sites of the Eureka Stockade...

Until 8 Oct 2017

Gardens & agriculture

Bendigo Annual Tulips Display

Spring is here. 33,000 tulips will soon be ready to welcome you into Bendigo's beautiful gardens. Along the historic streetscapes of Pall Mall, the...

Until 15 Oct 2017

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...

Until 31 Oct 2017 (dates to be confirmed)

Exhibitions

Koi Fish Art

A design that is influenced by Bendigo's Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project currently being installed on the...

Until 7 Jan 2018

Sports

Blue Pyrenees Magic Bike Ride

Whether you are an experienced rider looking for a challenging ride, someone new to the sport who is just learning the ropes, or just a rider who...

29 Sep 2017

Music

Live Music at The Lane

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

29 Sep 2017
30 Sep 2017
6 Oct 2017
7 Oct 2017

Vintage fairs

Frock Up Pop Up Bendigo

Frock up pop up Bendigo will feature antique and vintage clothing and fashion accessories come to Bendigo's Trades Hall to coincide with the opening...

30 Sep - 1 Oct 2017

Markets & vintage

Naturally Loddon - Tarnagulla Strictly Vintage Fair

Discover fabulous hidden treasures at the Tarnagulla Strictly Vintage Fair. Saturday at 1:00pm in the Victoria Theatre - History display, bottle...

30 Sep - 1 Oct 2017
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