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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...

19 Sep 2017
19 Sep 2017
20 Sep 2017
20 Sep 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)

Festivals

Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is turning up once again to transform Ballarat into Rock'n Roll party central. Celebrate all things Rockabilly...

8 Feb 2018
9 Feb 2018
10 Feb 2018
11 Feb 2018

Community

Begonia Open Chess Tournament

The Begonia Open Chess Tournament is the second longest running chess tournament in Australia and has been held annually for over 50 years. It is an...

10 Mar 2018
10 Mar 2018
11 Mar 2018
12 Mar 2018

Community

Castlemaine State Festival

The Castlemaine State Festival is a ten day extravaganza of art, music, film, culture and fun. The program is packed full of captivating events in...

22 - 31 Mar 2019

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...

30 Sep 2017 - 28 Jan 2018

Dining

Naturally Loddon - Tastes of Loddon

Enjoy a two course meal beautifully prepared with food found predominantly within the Loddon Shire. BYO drinks, beginning at 6:30pm. For more...

28 Oct 2017

Festivals

Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival

Bendigo Blues and Roots festival is a four day event of blues and roots performances and workshops throughout Bendigo. The brainchild of renowned...

9 - 12 Nov 2017

Cycling

Cycling Australia Road National Championships

The 2018 Cycling Australia Road National Championships is where the best Aussie riders battle it out for the ultimate glory of the green and gold...

3 Jan 2018
4 Jan 2018
5 Jan 2018
6 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

Community

Ballarat Rock 'n' Roll Dance

A Rock 'n' Roll Community Dance. This community event is for all that enjoy the 50's style dancing and music from the same era. Rock 'n' Rollers will...

11 Nov 2017
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