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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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Art & exhibitions

Pyrenees Unearthed Arts Festival

The Pyrenees Unearthed Arts Festival will be held in and around Avoca over four days in April. The diverse activities provide opportunities to meet...

Until 23 Apr 2018


Land Sea and Air Exhibition by Anthony Gibson

The Land, Sea and Air Exhibition by Anthony Gibson will be on display during April 2018. In the words of Anthony Gibson: Art is a life force, like a...

23 Apr 2018
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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


New Histories

In New Histories ten contemporary artists reimagine historic works from the 19th and early 20th century Australian and European collection of Bendigo...

Until 29 Jul 2018

Film festivals

Waranga Winter Film Festival

Waranga Flicks is proud to present the Winter Film Festival, held in Rushworth this winter. The Rushworth Shire Hall has many attributes, it is...

29 Jun - 1 Jul 2018


Cosmic Psychos at Karova Lounge

Australia’s greatest export since Crocodile Dundee, Cosmic Psychos have announced the release of their 11th studio album, Loudmouth Soup on April 4....

24 Apr 2018

Horse racing

ANZAC Day Races at Avoca

Swap your fascinator for a sunhat and relax at Avoca's ANZAC Day Races. Enjoy a day of country thoroughbred racing, local wines, two-up, traditional...

25 Apr 2018


Alex The Astronaut and Stella Donnelly - Karova Lounge

Two of Australia’s most exciting songwriters, Alex the Astronaut and Stella Donnelly are thrilled to announce they are joining forces for a...

27 Apr 2018


Cosmic Psychos

Australia’s 'greatest export' since Crocodile Dundee, Cosmic Psychos have announced the release of their eleventh studio album, Loudmouth Soup on...

24 Apr 2018

Classes & workshops

Bookbinding Workshop

Come and join SB Libris in the arts precinct of Bendigo, nestled amongst the tree lined street is their boutique bindery. Under the guidance of an...

28 Apr 2018
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Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival

The Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival will again transform the tranquil Rosalind Park into an open-air wine and food festival. Offering...

28 Apr 2018

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...

29 Apr 2018
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