Bendigo Easter Festival, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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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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Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese Making Workshops

Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese Making Workshops

3 May - 3 Oct 2015

Mount Bolton

From $130 - $190

Experienced local cheese maker Nardia Baxter-Keene and local dairy goat farmer Kate Serrurier will guide you through the fundamentals of cheese...

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Lesley Hall at the 1981 Spastic Society Miss Australia beauty contest, protesting the use of beauty pageants to raise funds for disability.

Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights Exhibition

20 May - 29 Jul 2015

Ballarat

From $8 - $35

Grassroots Democracy: The Campaign for Disability Rights Exhibition explores the iconic Stella Young and the 'Every Australian Counts' campaign,...

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The Cosy Tram

The Cosy Tram

5 Jun - 30 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

This winter Ballarat's trams will be one of the warmest spots in town, and visitors will be able to rug up and take a heritage tram ride through the...

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Shipwrecked! The fabulous tale of Louis de Rougemont

Shipwrecked! The Fabulous Tale of Louis de Rougemont

13 Jun - 16 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

In 1898, British audiences were thrilled to read in the Wide World Magazine of the adventures of the explorer Louis de Rougemont and the thirty-five...

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The inimitable Mr Meek: rediscovering a lost art

The inimitable Mr Meek: rediscovering a lost art

13 Jun - 9 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

James McKain Meek was a pioneer of the Ballarat gold fields, where he ran a store and soda water factory, and lived subsequently at Warrnambool and...

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Meet the Alpacas at Creswick Woollen Mills

Meet the Alpacas at Creswick Woollen Mills

23 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Creswick

Looking for a school holiday activity with a difference? Meet the alpacas at the Creswick Woollen Mills. These gentle animals communicate by humming...

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Knights of Fire

Knights of Fire: The Festival of the Flame

27 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Leigh Creek

From $19 - $89

Winter is coming! Instead of hibernating indoors, Kryal Castle is encouraging visitors to grab a coat, embrace the season and warm up at Knights of...

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M.A.D.E  School Holiday Program

M.A.D.E School Holiday Program

27 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Eureka

From $8 - $12

Hey kids, keep active during the colder months with M. A. D. E's Winter School Holiday activities. Unearth some frosty facts with the self-guided...

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Sovereign Hill

Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill

27 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

These school holidays, Sovereign Hill will be transformed into a dazzling Winter Playground with a night spectacular program like never before....

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