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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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Meditation Day Course: Death - Teachings for a happy life

You are alive therefore you will die. This is the simplest, most obvious truth. Contemplating your own mortality leads to a profoundly worry-free and...

19 Nov 2017


Fire Bird Piano Trio

On Sunday 19 November, thanks to Melbourne Recital Centre, the extraordinary Fire Bird Piano Trio at the Castlemaine Town Hall, playing Beethoven’s...

19 Nov 2017


Race The Train

Beat the train or beat your mates. Race the Train is a mountain bike race against the historic Victorian Goldfields Railway steam train between...

19 Nov 2017


Summer Salon Exhibition

Art House Gallery Ballarat is presenting an exhibition featuring work by selected Australian artists for the summer season. Original paintings and...

19 Nov 2017
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The Thin Veil

The Thin Veil, a complementary exhibition to the Art Gallery of Ballarat's Romancing the Skull, is an exploration of the tissue-thin veil that...

Until 3 Jan 2018


Koi Fish Art

A design that is influenced by Bendigo's Chinese heritage will be featured in a new temporary public art project currently being installed on the...

Until 7 Jan 2018


The Costume Designer: Edith Head and Hollywood

Edith Head is considered the most significant costume designer in film history, and today her name is synonymous with Hollywood costume during the...

Until 21 Jan 2018


Lauren Black: Memento Mori: Art, Medicine and the Body. Lauren Black: A Complex Beauty

Two related exhibitions by Ballarat-born, Tasmanian based artist Lauren Black. Lauren is known for her work as a botanical artist, but in this case...

Until 28 Jan 2018


Romancing the Skull

The skull has entranced and fascinated generations of artists. Romancing the Skull looks at the depiction of the skull in art and examines why we...

Until 28 Jan 2018


Reawakening the Dragon

A new exhibition at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum will unveil one of the most extensive Chinese artefact collections, and for the first time in over...

Until 15 Apr 2018


10 in The Mix

10 members of the Ballarat Society of Artists Inc. are exhibiting their artwork at the Blue Artz Gallery and Cafe at 1039 Howitt Street, Wendouree,...

20 Nov 2017
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The Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour - Ballarat

See some of Australia’s best alternative comics on the one line up as part of the Amazing Travelling Comedy Tour, in Ballarat for one night only. The...

24 Nov 2017

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