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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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Markets & vintage

Ballarat Swap Meet

The Ballarat Swap Meet is a unique event where enthusiasts come from all over Australia to buy or sell a tremendous range of parts from cars and...

24 - 25 Feb 2017

Classical

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne

Chamber Philharmonia Cologne Orchestra performs at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Bendigo. The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne was founded in the city...

22 Feb 2017

Classical

The Don Huntley Memorial Piano Recital

The Don Huntley Memorial Piano Recital is the most prestigious annual piano event in Ballarat. Some of Australia's finest pianists have performed...

13 May 2017

Festivals

Ballarat's Summer of Sound

Close down your Spotify accounts, the soundtrack to every Victorian’s summer is happening live in Ballarat for six weeks from January. From classic...

21 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017
23 Feb 2017
24 Feb 2017

Art & exhibitions

White Night Ballarat

See the heart of Ballarat light up for all-night, free celebration of culture and creativity featuring installations, exhibitions, performance and film.

4 Mar 2017

Exhibitions

House of Lucas exhibition

A new exhibition, set to open at the Gold Museum on October 28th and running through until March, shares the rich fabric of Ballarat’s fashion past...

Until 26 Mar 2017

Exhibitions

Chinese Fortunes – Australian exhibition

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M. A. D. E) presents Chinese Fortunes, an exhibition exploring the stories of early Chinese Australians...

Until 25 Jun 2017

Exhibitions

SCOPE17: Arts Academy Visual Arts Staff

SCOPE, FedUni's Arts Academy important annual exhibition showcases an inspired and rich mix of accomplished work by visual arts staff, research...

22 Feb 2017
23 Feb 2017
24 Feb 2017
25 Feb 2017

Gardens & agriculture

Rushworth Annual Wildflower Walk

This is the second Annual Wildflower Walk, held on the last Sunday in August every year at a different location around the town of Rushworth,...

27 Aug 2017

Lifestyle

Bendigo Yoga Festival

The Bendigo Yoga Festival is a unique two-day event focused on promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing to yoga participants of all levels....

1 - 2 Apr 2017

Multicultural

Vesak Festival of Light

Festival of Light is a multicultural celebration of peace and harmony inspired by Buddha’s birthday. Visitors are invited to venerate the large...

20 May 2017

Music

Live Music at The Lane

Every Friday and Saturday night there will be live music at The Lane. The best of Ballarats acoustic performers play each and every week. Please view...

24 Feb 2017
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