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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 the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens on Easter Sunday. 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 Winterlude

Wander Ballarat this Winter. Cascading snowflakes, soul-warming red wine and hearty fare – whimsical winter adventures await at this years...

Until 24 Jul 2016


Winter Wonderlights

Visitors will be swept up in the excitement of a special yuletide Christmas event as Sovereign Hill is illuminated like never before. During the day,...

24 Jul 2016

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...

25 Jul 2016
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Meditation & Buddhism Weekly Class - Ballarat

In each class a different aspect of meditation and Buddhism is explained. The classes are self-contained so you can drop in any week. There is no...

26 Jul 2016
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Benchmark16: Undergraduate Arts Academy Visual Arts exhibition

Showcasing new work by the next hot crop of visual artists and designers, this important Arts Academy annual undergraduate exhibition reflects the...

27 Jul 2016
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‘Moods of Flowers’ Exhibition by Anne Ellison in collaboration with Stephen Zigarus

Exhibition of over 30 original artworks by Ballarat artist Anne Ellison. Her floral paintings are larger than life, bold and colourful. Using the...

29 Jul 2016
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Produce markets

5th Saturday Farmers Market

Ballarat's favourite fresh produce market comes to Central Square Ballarat on the fifth Saturday in the month - it only happens a few times each...

30 Jul 2016
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Art & exhibitions

Spring Art Exhibition at Heathcote Winery

Helen Miles and Margaret Morgan exhibiting at Heathcote Winery - official opening three pm on Sunday seven August,refreshments served. Helen and...

2 Aug 2016
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Ballarat Old Trades Exhibition

The Ballarat Old Trades Exhibition, the second if its type, will be held at the Ballarat Exhibition Centre on the weekend of 6 and 7 August 2016....

6 Aug 2016
7 Aug 2016


Ballarat Talk: The Western Front Diaries of Charles Bean

Senior Historian at the Australian War Memorial, Peter Burness, will discuss his new research on Charles Bean's Western Front diaries. Peter will...

10 Aug 2016


Bendigo Writers Festival

For a dose of soul food, don’t miss the fifth annual Bendigo Writers Festival, which takes over the historic arts precinct from August 12 to 14....

12 Aug 2016
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Maticevski: Dark Wonderland

Renowned Australian designer Toni Maticevski has achieved international acclaim for his masterful approach to the manipulation of traditional fashion...

13 Aug 2016
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