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.

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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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Dead Still Standing, 2014

Guirguis New Art Prize

11 Apr - 31 May 2015

Ballarat central

The prestigious $20,000 Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) has been awarded to Melbourne based artist Lou Hubbard. Lou's work Dead Still Standing, 2014 is...

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Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese Making Workshops

Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese Making Workshops

3 May - 3 Oct 2015

Mount Bolton

From $130 - $190

Experienced local cheese maker Nardia Baxter-Keene and local dairy goat farmer Kate Serrurier will guide you through the fundamentals of cheese...

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Australia's Top Restaurants Dining Program

Top restaurants dining program

19 - 31 May 2015

Southbank

Don't miss out on a place at the table as Victoria plays host to 34 exclusive dining events at restaurants on the Australia's Top Restaurants shortlist.

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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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Fire breathing dragon at the Festival of Lights

Vesak Festival of Lights

30 May 2015

Myers Flat

The light and fireworks show at the Festival of Light will be spectacular this year with a Fire Breathing Dragon on the terrace of the Stupa....

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Make Cancer History Walk at Sovereign Hill

Make Cancer History Walk at Sovereign Hill

31 May 2015

Ballarat

From $25 - $25

For the fourth year, Sovereign Hill is partnering with the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute to Make Cancer History with a walkathon around...

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25th Annual After Vintage Winemakers Luncheon

25th Annual After Vintage Winemakers Luncheon

31 May 2015

Redbank

Join Pyrenees Winemakers and celebrate harvest with a luncheon at Sally's Paddock. Enjoy a day of wonderful food with matched wines. Enjoy Canapes,...

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The Cosy Tram

The Cosy Tram

5 Jun - 30 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

This winter Ballarat's trams will be one of the warmest spots in town, and visitors will be able to rug up and take a heritage tram ride through the...

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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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BallaratCat Comedy

BallaratCat Comedy

5 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $20 - $25

Showcasing Australia's finest comedians and delivering consistently great entertainment, BallaRatCat Comedy is the best comedy room in regional...

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 Mystical Lake

Mystical Lake

6 - 14 Jun 2015

Lake Wendouree

Mystical Lake will showcase a wide range of local art and craft works including textiles, painting, woodcraft, jewellery and photography. This annual...

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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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The inimitable Mr Meek: rediscovering a lost art

The inimitable Mr Meek: rediscovering a lost art

13 Jun - 9 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

James McKain Meek was a pioneer of the Ballarat gold fields, where he ran a store and soda water factory, and lived subsequently at Warrnambool and...

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Catfish

Catfish Cooking Class

13 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $150 - $150

Since opening late September 2013, Catfish has quickly established itself as the go to contemporary Thai restaurant in Regional Victoria. Ingredients...

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Craig's Royal Hotel

Craig's Royal Hotel Cooking Classes Breaking down the Beast

13 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $100 - $100

Join super-chef Ian Curley and acclaimed butcher Simon Poole as they break down the beast in this one-off pork master-class at Craig's Royal Hotel....

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VIrtuoso- A Homage to My Ancestors- Guitar Concert with Matthew Fagan at the Art Gallery of Ballarat

Virtuoso: A Homage to My Ancestors - Guitar Concert with Matthew Fagan

13 Jun 2015

Ballarat North

In Virtuoso: A Homage to My Ancestors, Matthew Fagan proudly presents a special Spanish and Classical Guitar concert, a spectacular musical journey...

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Shipwrecked! The fabulous tale of Louis de Rougemont

Shipwrecked! The Fabulous Tale of Louis de Rougemont

13 Jun - 16 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

In 1898, British audiences were thrilled to read in the Wide World Magazine of the adventures of the explorer Louis de Rougemont and the thirty-five...

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Design Exchange

Design Exchange Market

14 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $2 - $2

Ballarat's Design Exchange Market is a designer market that brings together emerging designers and contemporary artists from all over. You will be...

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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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Sex with Strangers

Sex with Strangers

17 - 19 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $15 - $50

Trapped in a rural writer's retreat by a snowstorm, serious writer turned professor, Olivia (Tottie Goldsmith) is setting down to write her second...

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Faulty Towers The Dining Experience

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience Castlemaine

18 Jun 2015

Castlemaine

From $69 - $69

Basil, Sybil and Manuel continue their globetrotting exploits this year, popping up in over 20 countries. In June they are stopping off for a...

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Waranga Winter Film Festival

Waranga Winter Film Festival

19 - 21 Jun 2015

Rushworth

The Waranga Winter Film Festival comes to Rushworth this winter. The Rushworth Shire Hall has many attributes, it is aesthetically beautiful and...

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Winter Solstice Market

Ballarat Winter Solstice Market

19 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

The Winter Solstice Market is an intimate designer market that brings together local contemporary artists with warming food and wine in a boutique...

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Seriously? Kitty Flanagan

Seriously? Kitty Flanagan

20 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $44.90 - $44.90

In this brand new show, Kitty gives you the inside scoop on gravediggers, cops, cubans and spaghetti soss. There's advice on how to speak to doctors,...

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 Rug Up Winter Festival

Rug Up Winter Festival

20 - 21 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $2 - $2

Rug Up Winter Festival is an event that invites all ages and encourages you to rug up, step out and warm up in the heart of the Ballarat central...

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The Village

The Village Winter Festival - Castlemaine's Beating 'Art

20 Jun 2015

Castlemaine

From $10 - $10

Warm body and soul as the creative folk of the Castlemaine district celebrate the Winter solstice, back for the third year in 2015. The region's most...

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Meet the Alpacas at Creswick Woollen Mills

Meet the Alpacas at Creswick Woollen Mills

23 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Creswick

Looking for a school holiday activity with a difference? Meet the alpacas at the Creswick Woollen Mills. These gentle animals communicate by humming...

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Cranky Bear

Cranky Bear

23 - 24 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $10 - $22

Flamboyant friends Zebra, Lion and Moose each think they know how to solve the Bear's crankiness but their shenanigans just make him even crankier....

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Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill

27 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

These school holidays, Sovereign Hill will be transformed into a dazzling Winter Playground with a night spectacular program like never before....

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The Beatles Forever

The Beatles Forever

27 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $65 - $65

Presented by Happy Days Records and The Ritchie Yorke Project, The Beatles Forever will provide a spirited and soulful salute to the most successful...

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 Creswick Woolen Mills Cutest Cria

Creswick Woollen Mills Cutest Cria

27 Jun 2015

Creswick

The annual Cutest Cria Competition introduces Creswick Woollen Mills' newest Crias (or alpaca babies). Have your photo with the alpacas posted on...

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M.A.D.E  School Holiday Program

M.A.D.E School Holiday Program

27 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Eureka

From $8 - $12

Hey kids, keep active during the colder months with M. A. D. E's Winter School Holiday activities. Unearth some frosty facts with the self-guided...

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   Flame Festival - Kryal Castle  School Holiday Program

The Festival of The Flame at Kryal Castle

27 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Ballarat

From $19 - $89

Winter is coming. Instead of hibernating indoors, Kryal Castle is encouraging visitors to grab a coat, embrace the season and warm up at The Festival...

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Ice Skating Rink

Ballarat Pop-up Ice Skating Rink

27 Jun - 12 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

From $5 - $20

Get the kids out of the house during the school holidays and into some traditional winter activities at the pop-up ice skating rink in the Ballarat...

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 Fashion and High Tea

Fashion and High Tea

28 Jun 2015

Ballarat central

From $59.95 - $59.95

Sit back and relax at the Fashion and High Tea brought to you by the Creswick Woollen Mills and Craig's Royal Hotel. Enjoy a delectable spread of...

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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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Ballarat’s Best Pie Competition

Ballarat’s Best Pie Competition

1 - 31 Jul 2015

Ballarat

From $20 - $20

There is nothing more warming than a gourmet winter pie. This July, eat your way around Ballarat and sample the range of gourmet pies made in house...

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Inside the Brick Bendigo 2015

Inside the Brick Bendigo 2015

4 - 5 Jul 2015

Bendigo

From $12 - $12

Rediscover the magic of building and join Inside The Brick for a major exhibition of Models made from thousands of LEGO Bricks, a large hands on...

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Black Cat Truffles

Truffles Made Easy

5 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

Wattle Flat

From $160 - $160

Truffles Made Easy is a one-day cooking class with well-known local chef Peter Ford. Hunt for the elusive truffle with truffle dog Ella then learn...

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Mike Rudd

Rick Price Goldfields Region Tour

16 Jul 2015

Bendigo

Don't miss this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of Australia's most amazing talents when he performs at Bendigo's beautiful...

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City of Ballarat

Ballarat Laneways: Local & Live

17 Jul - 2 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

Immerse yourself in Ballarat's inaugural Ballarat Laneways: Local & Live offering an enlivening and literally enlightening experience. The event will...

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Dinner at the Depot

Dinner at the Depot

18 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

From $70 - $70

Dinner at the Depot is a pop-up restaurant evening to celebrate the best of winter food and wine. Come along for a cosy, fun night with a surprise....

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 Silver Screen Classics

Silver Screen Classics

23 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

From $22 - $22

Be enchanted by the stunning voice of Jonathon Welch AM, award winning singer, conductor and Artistic Director of the School of Hard Knocks in this...

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Marina Prior Live in Ballarat

Marina Prior Live in Ballarat

25 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

From $63.50 - $63.50

Marina Prior comes to Ballarat's Her Majesty's Theatre for two exclusive shows only. Star of the original Australian productions of Les Miserables,...

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Feast of the Beast at Saltbush Kitchen

Feast of the Beast at Saltbush Kitchen

25 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

From $80 - $80

Feast on local meats, native bush flavours and local fare at Saltbush Kitchen. Saltbush Kitchen takes you on an Australian food adventure, with...

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Royal South Street Competitions

Royal South Street Competitions

27 Jul - 1 Nov 2015

Ballarat central

Come and discover Australia's rising stars at the 2015 Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat, Victoria. The 124th year promises to be special as...

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Hamlet (Bell Shakespeare)

Hamlet

27 - 28 Jul 2015

Ballarat central

From $50 - $50

Bell Shakespeare returns to Her Majesty's with one of Shakepeare's most revered tragedies. Dark acts result in darker consequences. And there is...

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