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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.


Dark Wonderland

Dark Wondland

Toni Maticevski showcases his stunning pieces at the Bendigo Art Gallery.





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Art & exhibitions

Spring Art Exhibition at Heathcote Winery

Helen Miles and Margaret Morgan exhibiting at Heathcote Winery - official opening three pm on Sunday seven August, refreshments served. Helen and...

26 Sep 2016
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29 Sep 2016


M.A.D.E for Spring School Holiday Fun

Spring has sprung. Come to M. A. D. E (Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka) during the September school holidays to enjoy the spring weather in...

Until 30 Sep 2016


Meet the Beaks and other Baby Animals at Sovereign Hill

During the 1850’s gold rush, thousands flocked to the goldfields in search of their fortune. This year’s newest arrivals are of the feathered and...

Until 2 Oct 2016

Gardens & agriculture

Bendigo Annual Tulips Display

Spring is here. 33,000 tulips will soon be ready to welcome you into Bendigo's beautiful gardens. Along the historic streetscapes of Pall Mall, the...

Until 9 Oct 2016

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 29 Oct 2016


Flamingo Park and Beyond - Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson

Step into paradise. Flamingo Park and Beyond is an exhibition celebrating the exuberant, sensational fashion and textile designs of Jenny Kee and...

Until 6 Nov 2016


Maticevski: Dark Wonderland

Renowned Australian designer Toni Maticevski has achieved international acclaim for his masterful approach to the manipulation of traditional fashion...

Until 20 Nov 2016


Michelle Zuccolo: From Flesh and Bone

For Michelle Zuccolo, the study and depiction of taxidermy animals and skulls,tracing the practice of trophy hunting and the human desire to preserve...

28 Sep 2016
29 Sep 2016
30 Sep 2016
1 Oct 2016


Roz Avent, Nature Brute

Roz Avent's solo exhibition, Nature Brute, is a collection of large format charcoal drawings. These works focus on the landscape of Central Victoria....

28 Sep 2016
29 Sep 2016
30 Sep 2016
1 Oct 2016

Plays & musicals

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland presented by the Victorian Youth Theatre

In this new stage adaptation for young audiences, the Victorian Youth Theatre’s Alice's Adventures in Wonderland brings Alice, the Mad Hatter, the...

28 Sep 2016


Naturally Loddon - Terrick Terrick National Park Activities Weekend

The Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park will host presentations by guests, a variety of displays, working bees, mini-coach tours, bird watching...

30 Sep 2016
1 Oct 2016
2 Oct 2016


Live Music at The Lane, Ballarat

Every Friday night The Lane, The George Hotel is home to Ballarats best acoustic musicians. Join us from five o'clock for $1 oysters and settle in...

30 Sep 2016
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21 Oct 2016

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