Bendigo Easter Festival, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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Events

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.

Highlights

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Adam Cullen

Imagining Ned

28 Mar - 28 Jun 2015

Bendigo

From $8 - $10

Ned Kelly remains a highly mythologised character in Australian history. Some say he was a murderous villain and outlaw, while others proclaim him a...

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Kryal Castle celebrates Alice in Wonderland

Kryal Castle celebrates Alice in Wonderland

28 Mar - 12 Apr 2015

Leigh Creek

From $19 - $89

Don't be late for this very important date. These school holidays take a trip to Wonderland at Kryal Castle. Meet Alice, The White Rabbit and The Mad...

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Women of Empire 1914-1918 Exhibition

Women of Empire 1914-1918 Exhibition

31 Mar - 16 Apr 2015

Bendigo

From $12 - $12

A unique international exhibition that pays tribute to the lives of over thirty women from Australia and New Zealand in the First World War. Using...

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Sun Loong

Bendigo Easter Festival

3 - 6 Apr 2015

Bendigo

Commencing in 1871, the Bendigo Easter Festival is the oldest continuous running community festival in Australia. It's a celebration of Bendigo's...

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Rushworth's Steam Traction Engine

Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival

4 - 5 Apr 2015

Rushworth

From $5 - $7

The Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival takes place over Easter Saturday, in the heritage-listed High Street of Rushworth, and Easter Sunday at Moora,...

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Bealiba Blues n Cruise

Bealiba Blues 'n' Cruise

4 - 5 Apr 2015

Bealiba

From $20 - $20

Held on the Easter weekend, the Bealiba Blues 'n' Cruise is a two day Blues festival in the small country town of Bealiba, Central Victoria - a two...

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Markets and vintage

Golden Plains Farmers' Market

4 Apr 2015

Bannockburn

Golden Plains and Moorabool Valley regions are famous for fresh food, award winning wines, gourmet food producers and breathtaking scenery. The...

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Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival

Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival

5 Apr 2015

Castlemaine

From $35 - $35

The annual Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival is on Easter Sunday every year. Meet the winemakers of the region, sample the best Bendigo wines and...

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Rick's Big Team

Moora Working Draught Horse Muster -The Max Seamer Memorial Event

5 Apr 2015

Moora

From $7 - $7

The Moora Working Draught Horse Muster, is held Annually on Easter Sunday, coming into it's seventh year. With a great success in 2014; 66 horses...

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Victorian Historic Motorcycle Championships

11 - 12 Apr 2015

Broadford

The Victorian Historic Motorcycle Racing championships showcase racing motorcycles from the early days until 1983. Racing Solos and sidecars fill...

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Rural Lifestyle Expo Ballarat

Rural Lifestyle Expo

11 Apr 2015

Ballarat central

From $5 - $10

The 2015 The Weekly Times Rural Lifestyle Expo is an event that showcases products, services and innovations and provides advice for small scale...

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Victorian Classic Notorcycle Road Racing Titles

Victorian Classic Motorcycle Road Racing Titles

11 - 12 Apr 2015

Broadford

The Historic Motorcycle Racing Association of Victoria, (HMRAV) are proud to announce the running of the Victorian Historic Road Racing Titles, held...

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Sideshow Alley Cabaret Fundraiser Event

Sideshow Alley Cabaret Fundraiser Event

11 Apr 2015

Harrietville

From $25 - $25

Be entertained and amazed by Sideshow Alley Cabaret Fundraiser Event. Four intriguing characters tell their stories against the colourful backdrop of...

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Scale Modelling

13th Annual Scale Modelling Exhibition and Swap'N'Sell

12 Apr 2015

Ballarat

The Modellers Of Ballarat will be holding their Annual Scale Modelling Exhibition incorporating a Swap'N'Sell at the Caro Convention Centre, at the...

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The Laudanum Project presents The Grand Guignol Automaton Live at Old Castlemaine Gaol!

The Laudanum Project presents The Grand Guignol Automaton Live at Old Castlemaine Gaol!

16 - 17 Apr 2015

Castlemaine

From $35 - $35

The Laudanum Project are on their way to Old Castlemaine Gaol to unleash their most nightmarish work thus far - The Grand Guignol Automaton. Set in...

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Creswick Theatre Company

MidSummer's Dream: The Musical - Creswick Theatre Company

22 - 25 Apr 2015, 29 Apr - 2 May 2015

Creswick

The Creswick Theatre Company prides itself on providing audiences with quality and value for money entertainment. The first production for 2015 is...

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Alexandra Fountain

Celebrate Vahland

1 - 26 May 2015

Bendigo

The National Trust Heritage Festival will commemorate a milestone centenary, the death of William Charles Vahland, one of Australia's most important...

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Groove in the Moo

Groovin the Moo

2 May 2015

Bendigo

Team Groovin the Moo is in the highest of spirits to be welcoming a new bunch of Artists to take part in the regional Australian festival fun! The...

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Clunes Booktown Festival

2 - 3 May 2015

Clunes

Indulge in a weekend of book browsing when Clunes becomes a European-styled Booktown, complete with collectable titles, writers talks, and workshops.

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Ballarat Apron Festival

Ballarat Apron Festival

9 - 10 May 2015

Ballarat central

Experience the popular Ballarat Apron Festival with this year's special theme 'Make do and Mend', tying in with this year's ANZAC centenary...

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Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Ballarat Heritage Weekend

9 - 10 May 2015

Ballarat

Held over the Mother's Day weekend, the 2015 Ballarat Heritage Weekend will celebrate 'A Century of Service' and will tell the story of Australia's...

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The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Tribute Show Tour at The Capital

The Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Tribute Show Tour at The Capital

13 May 2015

North Bendigo

On their first Australian National Tour, direct from Las Vegas, Tom Stevens as Dean Martin and accompanying him Australia's very own Tony Lewis as...

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Good Beer Week

Good Beer Week

16 - 24 May 2015

Melbourne

Good Beer Week is a nine day celebration of all that's great about beer. Melbourne and Victoria play host to 250 events at 180 venues, featuring...

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World Sideshow Festival

World Sideshow Festival

21 - 23 May 2015

Ballarat

The World Sideshow Festival is bringing the best sideshow artists in the world to Ballarat for five shows over three nights. Sideshow is best...

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Ned - A New Australian Musical

Ned - A New Australian Musical

22 - 31 May 2015

Bendigo

An Ordinary Man, an Extraordinary Legend. The legendary tale of Ned Kelly springs into life in this exhilarating new Australian Musical by composer...

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Festival of Light

Vesak Festival of Lights

30 May 2015

Myers Flat

The Vesak Festival of Light is a unique multicultural festival marking the celebration of Vesak inspired by the Buddha's birthday. The highlight of...

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Castlemaine Jazz Festival

Castlemaine Jazz Festival

5 - 7 Jun 2015

Castlemaine

The Castlemaine Jazz Festival on Queen's Birthday weekend is an inclusive event highlighting the jazz genre in all its variety. Jazz has a...

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Heathcote on Show

Heathcote on Show

6 - 8 Jun 2015

Heathcote

Heathcote on Show allows you to explore and experience the Heathcote Region when artisan winemakers, chefs, brewers, and musicians welcome you to...

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

17 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $80 - $80

Basil, Sybil and Manuel continue globetrotting exploits this year, popping up in over 20 countries. In June this great experience will be stopping...

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Australian Snooker Goldfields Open

Australian Snooker Goldfields Open

29 Jun - 5 Jul 2015

West Bendigo

The Bendigo Stadium is hosting the Australian Snooker Goldfields Open. Play will consist of the top 16 world ranked players plus 16 qualifiers, with...

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Creswick Market

Creswick Market

25 Apr 2015, 16 May 2015, 20 Jun 2015, 18 Jul 2015

Creswick

The Creswick Market is held the third Saturday of every month. Bring the kids and your four-footed friends, all are welcome. Located in the...

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OPOS

2015 August Occasion - Paul Margocsy @ Old Post Office Seymour

2 Aug - 27 Sep 2015

Seymour

August Occasion is an Annual Art Exhibition held at the C1872 Old Post Office Seymour. Two world recognised solo artists alternate. Odd years Paul...

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Bendigo Writers Festival

Bendigo Writers Festival

7 - 9 Aug 2015

Bendigo

Bendigo's Writers Festival will this year give audiences even better access to some of the best writers in the country. More than 50 sessions will...

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Shire Gardens

Maldon Market: Handmade, Home grown

12 Apr 2015, 10 May 2015, 14 Jun 2015, 12 Jul 2015

Maldon

The Maldon Market is a monthly growers and makers market that brings together the very best hand made products and hand grown produce from the...

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Bendigo On the Hop

Bendigo On The Hop

15 Aug 2015

Bendigo

Craft beer is about local ingredients, flavour and aroma. It's about enjoying a quality product with friends and living life with a little flair. In...

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Mining Exchange

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

22 Aug - 20 Sep 2015

Ballarat central

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale grew out of two similar events as the Daylesford Foto Biennale in 2005 and 2007, moving to Ballarat in 2009,...

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Festival of Slow Music @ Robert Clark Conservatory - Kurbist Gong Band

Festival of Slow Music

22 - 30 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

The Festival of Slow Music is an annual music festival set in beautiful, heritage venues in Ballarat, including the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute,...

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Beechworth Neighbourhood Fair

Beechworth Neighbourhood Fair

4 Apr 2015, 5 Sep 2015

Beechworth

Beechworth Arts Council's Neighbourhood Fair is the place to find quality arts, crafts, pre-loved, vintage and retro products. The next Fair is on...

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Timeline Festival

Timeline Festival 2015

12 - 13 Sep 2015

Leigh Creek

From $19 - $89

It all started with a dispute over a stolen pig. No-one knew who stole the pig but the Skovgaards blamed the Mortensens and the Mortensens blamed the...

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The Seymour Great Outdoor and 4x4 Expo

The Great Outdoor and 4x4 Expo - Seymour

25 - 27 Sep 2015

Seymour

From $10 - $12

The Seymour Great Outdoor and 4x4 Expo is the place to find inspiration for all things outdoors. Whether you are an experienced caravan/camper...

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Archibald Prize 2015

Archibald Prize 2015

3 Oct - 8 Nov 2015

Ballarat central

From $5 - $10

See the Archies in Ballarat in 2015. The Archibald Prize is an extraordinary art event, bringing together images of some of the country's leading...

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cabaret

Ballarat Cabaret Festival

6 - 11 Oct 2015

Ballarat central

The Ballarat Cabaret Festival returns for a fourth year with an exciting line up of stars and star venues to match. With great entertainment at the...

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Heritage Uncorked

Bendigo Wealth Heritage Uncorked

10 Oct 2015

Bendigo

Come and join Bendigo's iconic moveable feast with Bendigo Wealth Heritage Uncorked. The winemakers of Bendigo create this unique wine festival each...

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Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

10 - 11 Oct 2015

Heathcote

Where else can you taste Heathcote wines from over 40 producers, as well as regional foods and produce in one central location over one great...

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Buninyong Good Life Festival

Buninyong Good Life Festival Including The King Of The Mountain Fun Run & Walk

25 Oct 2015

Buninyong

The Buninyong Good Life Festival is a community focused annual celebration of ideas, interests and what it means to live The Good Life. It aims to...

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Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally

Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally

2 - 3 May 2015, 31 Oct - 1 Nov 2015

Lake Goldsmith

From $5 - $15

Step back in time to a world of blacksmiths, steam engines and vintage machinery at the Lake Goldsmith Steam and Vintage Rally. Held twice a year...

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HPV Secondary Trial

RACV Energy Breakthrough - Maryborough

19 - 22 Nov 2015

Maryborough

The RACV Energy Breakthrough provides an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a...

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RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride 2014

RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride

28 Nov - 6 Dec 2015

Ballarat

The RACV Great Victorian Bike Ride is a fun, friendly and challenging camping holiday. It's the opportunity to spend a week in another world, where...

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Buninyong Village Market

Buninyong Village Market

26 Apr 2015, 31 May 2015, 28 Jun 2015, 26 Jul 2015

Buninyong

Held in the historic Buninyong Village on the last Sunday of each month, market goers will be entranced by the range of seasonal fruit and...

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Ned Kelly: hero or villan? (1:39)

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