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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 Strategem 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, immerse yourself in a world of books and writing 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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Exhibitions

Two Trees and Others Exhibition by Allex Hall

Two Trees and Others Exhibition by Allex Hall will be on display during May 2018. In the words of Allex Hall: "I have painted /drawn myself twice -...

21 May 2018
25 May 2018
26 May 2018
27 May 2018

Markets & vintage

Beaufort Market

Held in Memorial Park, the Beaufort Market offers a range of goods for sale from produce and plants to second-hand goods and jewellery. The market...

2 Jun 2018
7 Jul 2018

Family

Ballarat Winter Festival - Pop-Up Ice Rink

Get the kids out of the house and into great winter fun activities. Lace up the skates and take to the real ice in the heart of Ballarat’s CBD. It is...

30 Jun 2018
30 Jun 2018
1 Jul 2018
2 Jul 2018

Plays & musicals

Yo Diddle Diddle

The hilarious rhyme and rhythm of Tony Wilson’s The Cow Tripped Over The Moon is transformed into a hip hop infused adventure story of one cow and...

10 Jul 2018

Exhibitions

Lynne Bickhoff Exhibition

Art House Ballarat continues its series of exhibitions honouring Australian artists with a new exhibition of paintings by Lynne Bickhoff. Lynne has a...

Until 22 May 2018

Exhibitions

Rachael Higby Exhibition

Art House Ballarat invites the people of Ballarat to experience the magical and wonderful paintings of Rachael Higby. High impact, modern and...

Until 22 May 2018

Festivals

Plate Up Ballarat

Plate Up Ballarat is a new and exciting month-long event celebrating Ballarat’s wonderful food offerings; craft beers, boutique wines and a whole lot...

Until 31 May 2018

Exhibitions

Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018

Established during the golden age of post-war modernism, Marimekko is the Finnish textile and fashion company that achieved international fame in the...

Until 11 Jun 2018

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...

9 Jun 2018
9 Jun 2018
10 Jun 2018
11 Jun 2018

Exhibitions

A Victorian Silhouette

A new fashion exhibition - A Victorian Silhouette, opening at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat will provide a glimpse into the fashion trends...

Until 4 Nov 2018

Community

Metcalfe Tractor Pull and Woodchop

The twelth annual Metcalfe Vintage Tractor Pull and Wood Chop will be held on 16 September 2018. Take a picturesque, rural recreation reserve and add...

16 Sep 2018

Contemporary

Middle Kids

Presented by triple j, this tour will take the band – Sydney’s Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz - across Australia through May, with a special stop...

25 May 2018
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