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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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Art & exhibitions

White Night Ballarat

See the heart of Ballarat light up for all-night, free celebration of culture and creativity featuring installations, exhibitions, performance and film.

17 - 18 Mar 2018

Exhibitions

arbor temporis momentum: Louiseann King

Louiseann King is the Bendigo Art Gallery 2017 Going Solo artist; an initiative providing contemporary artists living and working in central Victoria...

17 Dec 2017
18 Dec 2017
19 Dec 2017
20 Dec 2017

Exhibitions

Journeys and Journeys II

Photographer Neville Hiatt will present his latest photographic exhibition, Journeys and Journeys II at Gallery 127 situated in the recently...

17 Dec 2017
18 Dec 2017
22 Dec 2017
23 Dec 2017

Produce markets

Talbot Farmers Market

On the third Sunday every month the streets of Talbot are closed to traffic and the entire town becomes a vibrant village market place. Soak up the...

17 Dec 2017
21 Jan 2018
18 Feb 2018
18 Mar 2018

Family

Santa Tram

Santa will be hiding out in Bendigo from 8 – 24 December while his sleigh undergoes annual maintenance within the Bendigo Tramways Workshop, ensuring...

Until 24 Dec 2017

Exhibitions

The Thin Veil

The Thin Veil, a complementary exhibition to the Art Gallery of Ballarat's Romancing the Skull, is an exploration of the tissue-thin veil that...

Until 3 Jan 2018

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

Exhibitions

The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood

Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in film history, and today her name is synonymous with Hollywood costume during the...

Until 21 Jan 2018

Exhibitions

Lauren Black: Memento Mori: Art, Medicine and the Body. Lauren Black: A Complex Beauty

Two related exhibitions by Ballarat-born, Tasmanian based artist Lauren Black. Lauren is known for her work as a botanical artist, but in this case...

Until 28 Jan 2018

Exhibitions

Romancing the Skull

The skull has entranced and fascinated generations of artists. Romancing the Skull looks at the depiction of the skull in art and examines why we...

Until 28 Jan 2018

Multicultural

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

Exhibitions

REVAMP: Celebrating FedUni's Ballarat Art Schools

Recognised as the oldest continuous art school in Australia, from its beginnings as the School of Mines, Ballarat (SMB) and the establishment of the...

20 Dec 2017
21 Dec 2017
22 Dec 2017
23 Dec 2017
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