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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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Rona Green: Champagne taste and lemonade pockets

Tattoos, science fiction, B-grade movies and secret societies – this is the fodder of Rona Green, an artist renowned for her prints and paintings of...

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Sovereign Hill's Winter Wonderlights

Catch the Gingerbread Man as he mischievously plots his escape from hungry visitors and prances his way through the Winter Wonderlights as Sovereign...

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Produce markets

Avoca Riverside Market

The tranquillity of the venue on the grassy banks of the Avoca River adds to the enjoyment of meandering around the Riverside Market. Browse stalls...

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The Weekend Board

Available each Sunday, Hop Temple is running a special weekend food board. The Board will consist of local produce items, showcasing the rich food...

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SHEILAs Reclaimed

The inaugural exhibition of the SHEILAs (Soldiers Hill Exhibition of Inspirational Lady Artists) is an exciting range of work from women artists who...

Until 29 Jul 2017


Mode & Motif

Mode and Motif showcases the works of three talented local artists and craft practitioners - Brett Tully, Sarah Boulton and Jenny Carrington....

Until 30 Jul 2017


Ballarat Winter Festival

Ballarat is set to come alive in July as part of the inaugural Ballarat Winter Festival. Whether it’s school holiday fun or a romantic rendezvous...

Until 30 Jul 2017

Food & wine

Ballarat Winter Festival at The Mallow

As part of the Ballarat Winter Festival 2017, The Mallow is celebrating all things winter with winter beer tastings with Anthony Perovic from Coach...

Until 31 Jul 2017


BENCHMARK17 Undergraduate Arts Academy Visual Arts

Showcasing new work by Federation University's next hot crop of visual artists and designers, this important Arts Academy annual undergraduate...

Until 12 Aug 2017

Art & exhibitions

Our Wonderful World at MADE

What is your vision of a wonderful world? What can we, as global citizens, add to the world we live in to make it wonderful? Can one person make a...

Until 13 Aug 2017


Yarn Bomb Tram

Bendigo Tramways 302 tram is the first tram in the world to be yarn bombed. It has become a tourist attraction in its own right when it runs every...

Until 31 Aug 2017


Doctor Blake's Ballarat Exhibition

A new exhibition of ABC and BBC series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries will run at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat from 11 April to 3 September....

Until 3 Sep 2017

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