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Time your trip with local events to sample the best of the Grampians region's food and wine, arts, sports and outdoor lifestyle. Gear up for the excitement of the Stawell Gift, raise a toast at the Grape Escape, frock up for the Avoca Cup, and get a feel for the region's creative side at arts, gardening and community events throughout the year.

The famous Stawell Gift

Come at Easter for the famous Stawell Easter Gift. Held every year since 1878, the meet is renowned internationally as a leading professional foot race. For amateur runners, the annual Run The Gap in May offers a range of track lengths, taking in the Grampians National Park and stunning Lake Bellfield.

For those looking for some more sporty competition, there's plenty going on throughout the year, from cycling events and fun runs to motocross, horseracing and water skiing.

Local flavours

Gourmands ahoy. Bring an appetite and make a beeline for the Grampians Grape Escape Food and Wine Festival in May. Join in the festivities of this wonderful celebration set against the stunning backdrop of the Grampians National Park. And with master classes, wine tastings and twilight dining events happening throughout the year, there's no shortage of foodie fun in the Grampians calendar. 

Keep the good times rolling long after you get home. Fill your basket with locally grown produce and gourmet goodies at farmers markets on your back through the region.

The track

Get your glad rags on for the Avoca Cup in October, and enjoy the fantastic food, wine and track-side entertainment at one of country Victoria's largest spring racing events. Other popular racing events include the Hamilton Cup, the Dunkeld Cup and Hamilton's Party With The Ponies.



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Horse racing

Friday Racing At Hamilton Racing Club

Come long for a great day of horse racing action at Hamilton Racing Club. The Puramaka Bar will be open along with Finns Fine Foods catering. Come...

20 Apr 2018


Vivaldi Concerti Virtuosi

Do not miss your one opportunity to experience one of Germany's finest Ensembles playing in Ararat on Monday 22 January 2018. Performing a diverse...

22 Jan 2018
22 Jan 2018


9th World FAI Sailplane Grand Prix

Grand Prix racing in Sailplanes is the most competitive, exciting and exhilarating form of sailplane racing. It requires great concentration and...

Until 28 Jan 2018


Grampians Music Festival

One spectacular location, one stage, 20 amazing acts – Grampians Music Festival is a special festival in a very special place. Small and intimate,...

2 - 4 Feb 2018


19twenty - Live at Livefast Cafe

19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. An infectious riff and groove based blue-billy-grass-rockin'-roots...

25 Jan 2018


Australia Day 2018

You are invited to attend the Southern Grampians Shire Council official Australia Day celebrations in Hamilton. Celebrations will also take place...

26 Jan 2018


Australia Day Celebrations in Horsham 2018

Whether you are a local, an interstate traveller or visiting from abroad, you will enjoy Australia Day celebration in the Wimmera. Head to Sawyer...

26 Jan 2018
26 Jan 2018


Ararat Rural City celebrates Australia Day

Nominations are now open for the Ararat Rural City Council Australia Day Awards, which will be presented at the celebration on January 26. You can...

26 Jan 2018

Plays & musicals

That's Not a Daffodil

A story of friendship, planting and playfulness that unites young and old. This charming child-sized drama for kids aged three to six years and...

12 Apr 2018


The Australian Ballet: Coppélia

Ballet’s most charming comedy, live on stage: The Australian Ballet’s Regional Tour presents Coppélia. Swanilda and Franz are in love, until a...

18 Jul 2018


Australia Day 2017 - Branxholme

Members of the public are invited to attend the Southern Grampians Shire, Branxholme Australia Day Celebrations which will be held on Friday 26th...

26 Jan 2018


Australia Day 2017 - Byaduk/North Byaduk

Members of the public are invited to attend the Southern Grampians Shire, combined Byaduk and North Byaduk Australia Day Celebrations which will be...

26 Jan 2018

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