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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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Ritva Voutila 'Happily Ever After'

Exhibition of 21 exquisite paintings in oil by Finnish born artist Ritva Voutila. Voutila is a world recognised children’s book illustrator whose...

22 Sep 2017
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23 Sep 2017


Live Music at The Lane

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

22 Sep 2017
23 Sep 2017
29 Sep 2017
30 Sep 2017


Steve Graham Exhibition

Art House Gallery Ballarat is presenting the works of Steve Graham for the first time in Ballarat. Steve has exhibited around the world including...

Until 30 Sep 2017

Gardens & agriculture

Bendigo Annual Tulips Display

Spring is here. 33,000 tulips will soon be ready to welcome you into Bendigo's beautiful gardens. Along the historic streetscapes of Pall Mall, the...

Until 15 Oct 2017

Theatre & performing arts

Royal South Street Competitions

Come and discover Australia's rising stars at the 2016 Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat, Victoria. The 125th year promises to be special as...

Until 31 Oct 2017 (dates to be confirmed)


Koi Fish Art

A design that is influenced by Bendigo's Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project currently being installed on the...

Until 7 Jan 2018


Shonen Knife (Japan)

Ready… set… go! The ever adventuring Naoko-powered wonderbeast of Japanese sugar coated rockin’ fun Shonen Knife return to Australia for the fourth...

23 Sep 2017

Gardens & agriculture

Naturally Loddon - Friends of Kooyoora WildFlower Show

The Friends of Kooyoora WildFlower Show is part of the 2017 'Naturally Loddon' Spring Festival running from 3 September to 28 October. The 11th...

23 - 24 Sep 2017

Gardens & agriculture

Australian Native Flower Show Bendigo

The Australian Flower Show is presented by the Bendigo Native Plant Group, a district group of Australian Plants Society Victoria. The show is...

23 - 24 Sep 2017

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...

24 Sep 2017
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24 Dec 2017


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...

24 Sep 2017
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Produce markets

Bendigo Farmers Market

Support and connect with the local farmers, producers and growers at the Bendigo Farmers Market. Your chance to purchase fresh, regional produce...

14 Oct 2017
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