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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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Horse racing

E-Cycle Solutions Grand National Jumps Day

Sunday 20 August will see the best jumps racing horses in the nation converge at Sportsbet Ballarat for a spectacular day of jumps racing. The day...

20 Aug 2017

Exhibitions

Rona Green: Champagne taste and lemonade pockets

Tattoos, science fiction, B-grade movies and secret societies – this is the fodder of Rona Green, an artist renowned for her prints and paintings of...

20 Aug 2017
22 Aug 2017
23 Aug 2017
24 Aug 2017

Produce markets

Talbot Farmers Market

On the third Sunday every month the streets of Talbot are closed to traffic and the entire town becomes a vibrant village market place. Soak up the...

20 Aug 2017
17 Sep 2017
15 Oct 2017
19 Nov 2017

Dining

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...

20 Aug 2017
27 Aug 2017
3 Sep 2017
10 Sep 2017

Community

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...

Until 31 Aug 2017

Exhibitions

Doctor Blake's Ballarat Exhibition

A new exhibition of ABC and BBC series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries will run at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat from 11 April to 3 September....

Until 3 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Revealing Identity: the Collections of La Trobe University

In celebration of the 50th year of La Trobe University, Revealing Identity takes a sweeping look through the vast University Collections. Featuring...

Until 3 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

2017 ContainART Mobile Gallery Winter Exhibition Calendar

One reason Ballarat is Victoria's premier regional cultural destination is the variety of independent exhibition venues available for the enjoyment...

Until 17 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Backspace Gallery Winter Exhibition Programming

Backspace Gallery is regional Victoria's premier exhibition venue for independent artists, and is an initiative of the City of Ballarat dedicated to...

Until 17 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize

Designed to attract some of Australia’s finest contemporary artists and high calibre works, this year's Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize exhibition...

Until 17 Sep 2017

Exhibitions

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Spanning 31 days and nights, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale provides a focus for the most exciting and innovative Australian and...

Until 17 Sep 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)
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