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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 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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Gnarrwirring Ngitj Festival

In partnership with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Corporation (trading as Wadawurrung), Sovereign Hill presenting an Aboriginal history and cultural...

1 Jun 2016
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19th Century BLING | Goldfields Jewellery Exhibition at M.A.D.E.

An fascinating exhibition of 19th Century colonial gold jewellery, BLING explores uniquely Australian innovation and design, during a time of immense...

1 Jun 2016
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Marilyn Monroe

Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn Monroe remains one of the most celebrated and enigmatic film stars in...

Until 10 Jul 2016

Vintage fairs

Ballarat Antiques Collectables and Vintage Bazaar

The Ballarat Antiques Collectables and Vintage Bazaar runs across the Queens Birthday long weekend in June each year. The Ballarat Antiques...

11 Jun 2016

Markets & vintage

Maldon Market: Handmade, Home grown

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...

12 Jun 2016
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Sunday Roast at Restaurant Ballarat, presented by Broadsheet - Week Three

Restaurant Ballarat, presented by Broadsheet, is your place to be for your delicious Sunday roast. It is just like the comfort of Nana’s house, but...

12 Jun 2016


Pyrenees Art Exhibition and Sale

The Pyrenees Art Exhibition and Sale is on in Beaufort over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend in June each year. The four-day annual event is an...

10 - 13 Jun 2016


Creswick Theatre Company's - Movie Night

The Creswick Theatre Company present a specially selected movie on the third Friday of each month at the Creswick Courthouse Theatre. You never know...

17 Jun 2016
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Art & exhibitions

Bendigo CraftAlive

Bendigo CraftAlive is a celebration of craft of all ranges and craft for all ages. Herld at the Prince of Wales Showgrounds, the show dedicated to...

17 Jun 2016
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Produce markets

Talbot Farmers Market

On the third Sunday every month the Talbot Farmers' Market comes alive as thousands of visitors enjoy the vibrant village atmosphere. Explore an...

19 Jun 2016
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Sunday Roast at Restaurant Ballarat, presented by Broadsheet - Week Four

Restaurant Ballarat, presented by Broadsheet, is your place to be for your delicious Sunday roast. It’s just like the comfort of Nana’s house, but...

19 Jun 2016


Seriously Shiraz

Discover the world famous Shiraz wines of the Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions at a special tasting event. Explore the wineries on Ballarat’s...

25 Jun 2016

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