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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 Strategem 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, immerse yourself in a world of books and writing 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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Maryanne Coutts - Dress Code: The First Five Years

The exhibition Dress Code: The First Five Years is the result of a ritualistic daily practice, where each day since 2013 the artist has made a...

Until 23 Jun 2018


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...

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Lloyd Spiegel at The Cabaret Club

Lloyd Spiegel has always forged his own path throughout his long career. A lifetime performing has seen him blend his grounding in the blues with...

23 Jun 2018

Food & wine

Season of the Dark

Head to Season of the Dark at The Mallow to enjoy rotating Dark Beers on tap and hand pump, including old favourites and exciting new brews. There...

23 Jun 2018
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Martin Wynne - Recycle, Reinvent, Reimagine

Martin Wynne presents his exhibition "Recycle, Reinvent, Reimagine" in Gallery 127 this June. Martin and his partner Pam live on 36 acres at...

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Helen Kleores - My Plants and Other Flowers

Limited Edition photographic works on paper by botanical designer Helen Kleores at Gallery on Sturt. Kleores’ botanical photography began as an...

Until 30 Jun 2018


Plate Up Ballarat Pie Competition

From May 1 to July 23, Federation University TAFE are proud to present the battle to be crowned Ballarat’s Best Pie, as Plate Up Ballarat joins Visit...

Until 29 Jul 2018


Winter Salon

During winter, Art House Gallery Ballarat is featuring works from our stable of Australian artists. Original paintings and Limited Edition Prints...

Until 4 Aug 2018


Into Light: French Masterworks from the Musée de la Chartreuse

From 23 June to the 9 September, Into Light: French Masterworks from the Musée de la Chartreuse will be displaying at the Art Gallery of Ballarat. In...

Until 9 Sep 2018


A Victorian Silhouette

A new fashion exhibition - A Victorian Silhouette, opening at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat will provide a glimpse into the fashion trends...

Until 4 Nov 2018

Film festivals

The Mallow Short Film Festival

The Mallow Short Film Festival will be screening in late November on a suitably balmy evening at our outdoor cinema - with full menu to choose from...

Until 4 Nov 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...

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