Bendigo Easter Festival, Goldfields, Victoria, Australia
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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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Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

Victorian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

8 Aug - 20 Sep 2015

Ballarat central

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards which celebrate the quality and diversity of art practice among...

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Old Trades Exhibition

8 - 9 Aug 2015


From $5 - $10

Ballarat Old Trades Exhibition will be held on the weekend of 8 and 9 August 2015, this will be an annual event. The event will be held at Ballarat...

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Black Cat Truffles

A Taste of Truffles

9 Aug 2015

Wattle Flat

From $110 - $110

Put on your gumboots and let Ella the truffle dog show you how she hunts truffles. Then join the Black Cat Truffles team for a selection of truffle...

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The lawless room

Jazz and Shiraz

16 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

Join Jackson's and Co in the Lawless room for this free event on Sunday 16th August. Relax by the fireplace and enjoy some lunch and complimentary...

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Mitchell Harris

Curious Winemaker at Mitchell Harris Wines

20 Aug 2015

Ballarat central

From $50 - $50

Join the team at Mitchell Harris Wines at their winter Curious Winemaker sessions for a fun, down to earth night exploring the world of wine. 25...

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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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The Best of British with Alexander Sitkovetsky and ACO2

The Best of British with Alexander Sitkovetsky and ACO2

26 Aug 2015


The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents 'The Best of British' performed by ACO2 and starring international director and violinist Alexander...

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Crowds from Melbourne Writers Festival

History Live: Melbourne Writers Festival at M.A.D.E

29 Aug 2015


M. A. D. E will be re-imagined as a literary hub, presenting a program of compelling literary events entitled 'History, Live'. Audiences will be...

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Sweet Wine & Food Festival

Sweet Wine & Food Festival

30 Aug 2015


From $15 - $15

The Sweet Wine & Food Festival is held amongst the picturesque rolling hills at St Annes Winery, less than 50 minutes west from Melbourne's CBD. With...

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