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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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Arts Open 2018: Meet the Makers

Visual artists from all corners of Mount Alexander Shire will throw open their studio doors for Arts Open 2018. Members of the public have a unique...

18 Mar 2018
18 Mar 2018


Tasman Shield - International Jousting Tournament at Kryal Castle - Australia vs New Zealand

Kryal Castle is proud to present the inaugural Tasman Shield Jousting Tournament. Australia’s champion jousters will don their armour and face off...

Until 18 Mar 2018

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.

Until 18 Mar 2018


Welcome to our Kitchens

Food Fossickers presents ‘Welcome to our Kitchens’, Bendigo’s first movable edible feast, it celebrates some of Central Victoria’s best local produce...

18 Mar 2018


Cycle Central Goldfields

You are invited to come with your friends to Central Goldfields Shire and cycle back through time. Enjoy the villages of the goldfields cycling along...

18 Mar 2018

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...

18 Mar 2018
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17 Jun 2018


Norman Lindsay at Art House Gallery Ballarat

Art House Gallery Ballarat is presenting an exhibition featuring limited edition facsimile etchings by the great Australian artist Norman Lindsay....

Until 24 Mar 2018


The Kenneth Jack Perspective

Gallery on Sturt presents this exhibition of over 50 original artworks by Kenneth Jack AM, MBE, RWS (1924 – 2006) all signed by the artist. These...

Until 31 Mar 2018


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


Avoca Art Show & Sale

The third annual Avoca Art Show & Sale is held at the Avoca Town Hall and is one of five art and culture events being held in and around Avoca as...

21 - 22 Apr 2018


Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018

Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finnish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the...

Until 11 Jun 2018


DZ Deathrays

Everybody’s favourite thrash-party rockers, DZ Deathrays, are celebrating the launch of their new record ‘Bloody Lovely’ by touring Australia and New...

17 May 2018

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