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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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Ballarat Heritage Weekend

Ballarat Heritage Weekend is an interactive and engaging experience that celebrates the unique landscape, streetscape and history of Ballarat. The...

27 - 28 May 2017

Exhibitions

Annette Chappell: Indwelling - A Story in Fresco

Annette Chappell’s work is a contemporary exploration and transgression of the material form and function of traditional fresco. Drawing upon onsite...

25 May 2017
26 May 2017
27 May 2017
31 May 2017

Exhibitions

Collective vision: 130 years

Bendigo Art Gallery celebrates 130 years in 2017 and to mark the occasion will present a dynamic new exhibition of historic, contemporary, curious,...

Until 28 May 2017

Exhibitions

Chinese Fortunes – Australian exhibition

The Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M. A. D. E) presents Chinese Fortunes, an exhibition exploring the stories of early Chinese Australians...

Until 25 Jun 2017

Exhibitions

Mode & Motif

Mode and Motif feature three artists from Bendigo and region merge to present a unique exhibition of painting, furniture and textiles. The...

Until 30 Jul 2017

Exhibitions

Doctor Blake's Ballarat Exhibition

A new exhibition of ABC and BBC series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries will run at Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum in Ballarat from 11 April to 3 September....

Until 3 Sep 2017

Music

Live Music at The Lane

Every Friday and Saturday night there will be live music at The Lane. The best of Ballarats acoustic performers play each and every week. Please view...

26 May 2017
2 Jun 2017
9 Jun 2017
16 Jun 2017

Exhibitions

Behind the Seams at Doctor Blake's Ballarat

Step back in time as Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum hosts a special event ‘Behind the Seams’, celebrating the iconic 1950s looks of the Doctor Blake...

27 May 2017

Food & wine

Beers, Beards & BBQ

Heritage Weekend at Hop Temple is their second annual event following the success of last year. Saturday 27 May will see Hop Temple invaded by...

27 May 2017

Exhibitions

Ballarat Apron Festival

Stitching together a love of sewing, baking, and nostalgia the highly successful Ballarat Apron Festival returns this year to celebrate all things...

27 - 28 May 2017

Produce markets

Avoca Riverside Market

The tranquillity of the venue on the grassy banks of the Avoca River adds to the enjoyment of meandering around the Riverside Market. Browse stalls...

28 May 2017
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23 Jul 2017
27 Aug 2017

Produce markets

Buninyong Village Market

Held in the historic Buninyong Village, market goers will be entranced by the range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese, meats, wine,...

28 May 2017
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