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Regional Tourism Guide for Goldfields Region
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Face Up: Mary-Ann Scull
Date Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Mon 8th Oct 2018
Mary-Ann's Face Up exhibition will be on display in Gallery 127 during September and will feature her unusual leather work. Official Opening of her exhibition will take place on Sunday 9 September, with light refreshments from 2:00pm.

Mary-Ann lives in a small country town called Arnold. Before children she studied graphic art at Caulfield and then after moving to the country 35 years ago and the children were at school she went back to TAFE and did a two year Advanced Certificate in Leather work (which was the only one of its kind in Australia).

Her love of the versatility of leather lead her to branch out and concentrate on using it as an art form and to promote leather as a beautiful textural natural medium that one can create original art with.

She has also diversified over the past 10 years and after studying the human face has used that subject in a variety of different mediums to depict expressions, moods and nationalities in printmaking, recycled materials, leather, ceramics, wood and metal.

Most of her work takes on a primitive aspect with designs influenced by the indigenous cultures around the world.
Nardoo Hills Guided Trip
Date Mon 10th Sep 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Take a guided tour of the Bush Heritage Reserve at Mt Kerang.

Victorian Reserves Manager, Jeroen Van Veen, has been managing these properties for eight years and has a detailed knowledge of every corner of these reserves and what makes them special.

He will share with you the challenges and triumphs, and take you to some of his favourite spots to explain their conservation work.

The Nardoo Hills Reserves comprise four blocks of land that support a diversity of vegetation communities, including grey box grassy woodland, box-ironbark forests and Mallee. They also provide vital habitat for a range of wildlife, particularly nationally declining woodland birds.

This tour is free, although donations are welcomed.

Bookings are essential. Limited spaces are available.

Bendigo Annual Tulips Display
Date Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
As the warmer days and clear skies appear, more than 30,000 of Bendigo’s famed-tulips open to brighten the beautiful heritage streets from mid to late September to mid October.



The City of Greater Bendigo's Park and Natural Reserves team put on a great annual Tulip display along Pall Mall and Conservatory Garden. The display features more than 30,000 tulips in an assortment of colours, sizes and blooming times.

Some of the varieties on display are Ad Rem, Agrass White, Carola and Holland Beauty.

Look at last year's display on Instagram with #BendigoTulips. There will be a photo competition on social media. More information to come.

While you are there, don't forget to take a few photos and share it on social media by tagging #explorebendigo and #Bendigotulips.

There will be curator talks conducted during the display. They will be sharing their techniques and wisdom on how to create your own tulip wonderland. More information to come.

Boomers FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
Date Mon 17th Sep 2018 to Mon 3rd Dec 2018
Watch the Australia Boomers take centre stage on their road to qualifying for the FIBA World Cup China in 2019.

As part of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the Boomers will continue their journey at Margaret Court Arena hosting games against Iran on 30 November and Qatar on 3 December, with appearances from the nation’s most recognised basketball stars.
Yarn Bomb Tram
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
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 winter through Bendigo’s streets.

The colourful, cosy tram has become quite the institution and the Yarn Bombers have had their work cut out for them. This year is going to be something even more special – six and a half metres of both sides of tram will be covered in crocheted squares, more than ever before.

Phone the Bendigo Tramway in advance for the schedule of the Yarn Bomb Tram.
BOAA - Biennale of Australian Art
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Tue 6th Nov 2018
BOAA will be the largest ever showcase of living Australian artists, Biennale Of Australian Art (BOAA), is touching down in Ballarat this Spring between 21 September and 6 November, 2018.

With 150 artists from across Australia and 65 curated solo exhibitions at 14 heritage venues, the six-week event will be a remarkable destination showcase of visual arts, live music, and the region’s food and wine.

Located a 90 minute drive north west of central Melbourne, BOAA is set to spark the imaginations of its audience, including regional, interstate and Melbourne visitors, who expect boundary-pushing definitions of visual and interactive culture.

Julie Collins, Artistic Director of BOAA's vision was to create a festival that showcases the diversity of Australian Art, one that would allow Artists to tell their stories. Ballarat is the perfect scale town for a European styled Biennale, one that will create a whole of town experience.
Biennale of Australian Art: Catherin Gomersall
Date Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Tue 6th Nov 2018
Meu Homer, Meu Amor is a solo exhibition by Catherine Gomersall drawing on social media interaction and the love she has for her once stray cat, Homer (named after the ancient Greek poet, not Homer Simpson). Coming into Gomersall’s life in April of 2018, Homer is now an integral part of her life and has become a regular feature on Gomersall’s social media networks.

Similar to her previous social media projects, Meu Homer, Meu Amor plays with the online conversations with Gomersall’s Facebook ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ on images of both Homer and herself that are uploaded on her Facebook page. These conversations are screenshot and then appear alongside the partnering photo commenting on the internet culture and its place within today's society.
September School Holidays at Sovereign Hill
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
These school holidays, from Saturday 22 September to Sunday 7 October, Sovereign Hill will come alive with bleats and baa-s as they introduce visitors to a whole menagerie of small animals across the Outdoor Museum, and especially the stars of the show – two Australian Miniature pigs called Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Highlights:

This little Piggy: Come and meet Mary-Kate and Ashley.

Arriving at Sovereign Hill last year, they were shy, but are now a year old, have excellent manners and love doing tricks for attention. They can jump up, twirl and follow a target. Catch these mischievous girls every day as they charm visitors.

Animals on the Goldfields: Meet chickens, miniature donkeys, horses and other goldrush animals on this guided tour at 11:00am, 12 noon, and 3:00pm daily. Meet at the Victoria Theatre.

Goat Milking Demonstration: Watch Sovereign Hill’s goat being milked by hand.

Lamplight Tours: See the darker side of Sovereign Hill with these nightly tours, taking in the sights and stories of the goldfields under the glow of lamplight. Every night during the school holidays, visitors can meet the 'local residents' and learn about the illnesses, accidents and even deaths that threatened them.

Naturally Loddon - Friends of Kooyoora WildFlower Show
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018
The Friends of Kooyoora Wild Flower Show is part of the 2018 'Naturally Loddon' Spring Festival running from September 2 to November 4.

The 12th Annual Friends of Kooyoora Wildflower Show will again showcase the unique and wonderful native flora of the Kooyoora State Park and surrounds.

The two day event will be packed full of information, including the static wildflower display, two daily bus trips to a local area to look at wildflowers, a photographic competition, guest presenters, indigenous plant sales and on site catering. Saturday will run 10:00am to 4:00pm and Sunday will run 10:00am to 4:30pm.
VACC Centennial Cavalcade and Show 'n' Shine
Date Sat 22nd Sep 2018
Make your own history and be part of a never-before-attempted motoring event that won't happen again for another 100 years.

In celebration of 100 years of the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, the VACC Centennial Cavalcade will set off from Calder Park Raceway, featuring 100 different cars, commercials, trucks and motorcycles from 100 different years (1918-2018).

Waved off by Shane Jacobson, the VACC Centennial Cavalcade will arrive in Bendigo – VACC's birthplace – for a free community day in the Bendigo Town Hall precinct, which includes a Show 'n Shine of up to 200 vehicles, along with food and beverages, and activities for the whole family.
Victorian Teachers' Games
Date Sun 23rd Sep 2018 to Wed 26th Sep 2018
The Victorian Teachers' Games (VTG) is a unique annual event in Victoria that is open specifically for Education professionals.

VTG returns to the City of Ballarat from September 23 to 26, 2018 where participants have the opportunity to compete in over 40 sporting and social activities.

From high range sports like AFL 9's, Netball and Volleyball to low activity sports like Laser Tag, Go Karting and Ten Pin Bowling, the Games offer something to everyone. The Games also provide significant professional development and team building opportunities for whole staff and individual teachers.

Creative Industries Meet-Up
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Do you make the majority of your income from the creative industries? Are you a designer? A graphic artist? An app developer? A practising artist? What about an architect, interior designer, merchandiser? Or do you make films? Sell photography? Make stuff?

Do you want to hear a little bit more about what is available in town for you, or just want to get out and have a drink amongst like-minded folk?

This month, Janelle Ryan, Director of Stakeholder Relations at Runway HQ will be coming for a casual chat about the work of Runway and whether they can help you.
AFL Grand Final Luncheon
Date Thu 27th Sep 2018
Join North Ballarat Sports Club at their AFL Grand Final Luncheon and see Jason Akermanis, Mick Malthouse, Moana Hope and Christie Malthouse talk all things footy.

Tickets include a two course meal and beverages. All funds raised go to the Ballarat Foundation.
Blue Pyrenees Magic Bike Ride
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018
Whether you are an experienced rider looking for a challenging ride, someone new to the sport who is just learning the ropes, or a rider who enjoys the social side of events, this ride has no traffic lights and minimal traffic and is a great practice ride before "Around the Bay in a day".

Leaving from the fabulous Blue Pyrenees Estate vineyard, located seven kilometres north west of Avoca the route will be the Audax “Pyrenees Magic” which circles around the undulating foothills of the Pyrenees Ranges. The event goes through the townships of Moonambel, Landsborough, Elmhurst, Amphitheatre and Avoca. The total distance is 113 kilometres with a vertical rise of approximately 1500 metres.

For cyclists wishing a shorter distance the ride to Moonambel with a stop for coffee returning to Blue Pyrenees Estate is a comfortable 46 kilometres on flat roads.

For the longer ride there will be a food stop in Landsborough - 50 kilometres and another drink stop at Elmhurst - 75 kilometres. A free sausage sizzle and soft drink awaits at the rotary barbecue at the end of the ride and meals can be purchased at the onsite Cafe Blue.
Footy Frenzy
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018
What better way to celebrate the AFL Grand Final than with a Footy Frenzy.

Get into the finals spirit, meet AFL stars, participate in clinics and enjoy a huge range of activities and entertainment. If you are lucky enough to be one of the first 500 children to arrive on the day, you will even receive a free football. Featuring face-painting, inflatables, petting zoo and loads more, it is sure to be a great day out for the whole family.
Musical Residency: Michael Westlake Trio
Date Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Fri 5th Oct 2018
The Michael Westlake Trio with Michael on keyboards and vocals, Denis Toner on double bass and Michael Evans-Barker on drums and percussion. A fun evening of jazz from Friday, September 15 to October 5.
World's Largest Ghost Hunt
Date Sat 29th Sep 2018 to Sun 30th Sep 2018
On 29 to 30 September 2018, a large ensemble of teams across the globe will simultaneously take part in paranormal investigations in the most haunted public places throughout the world, dedicated to historic preservation of the sites we utilise.

Twisted History have four events where you can join them to help support these historic venues and to join in this worldwide event. All events need to be booked separately on their website - there are only limited numbers for each event. Proceeds will be donated back to the town or venue

In Dunolly on Saturday is the Dunolly Brothel Tour commencing at 3:00pm hosted by John Tully of the Dunolly Museum.

On Saturday night starting at 6:30pm is the Railway Hotel dinner and investigation.

On Sunday at 12:00pm there will be a live event from the Dunolly Court House, Police Lockup and Stables - if you can't join then please join in the live feed.

Also on Sunday there will be a satellite team consisting of investigators from Twisted History and Spirit Paranormal Investigations at the Euroa Hotel starting at 10:00am.
Sunday Sessions: Mozart Horn and Clarinet Quintet
Date Sun 30th Sep 2018
Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet K.581 in A Major (1789), will feature Ange Sorrell (clarinet). Bill Stewart (French horn) will play the quintet K.407 in Eb Major (1782). The pieces will be accompanied by Elise Wright and Aimee Knowles (violins), Louise Hildyard and Chris Robson (violas) and Miriam Kriss (cello), Ballarat’s leading string chamber musicians. Other works on the program by local composers and arrangers will complete a program of depth, variety and technical mastery.
Elmore Field Days
Date Tue 2nd Oct 2018 to Thu 4th Oct 2018
The Elmore Field Days is a great three days filled with exhibits to help grow your business.

With farm machinery demonstrations, livestock, tillage and cropping demonstration, ewe trials, great food, kids activities, recreation and leisure activities plus much more.
Bob Jenyns: The Art of the Traveller
Date Fri 5th Oct 2018 to Wed 14th Nov 2018
The Art of the Traveller is an art exhibition of lithographs and sculptures by Australian artist Bob Jenyns (1944 - 2015). Born Robert Jenyns, in Victoria, Jenyns was a prolific artist whose practice spanned over four decades, in which he produced a large body of work that included sculptures, prints, drawings, and paintings.

Jenyns' work is distinctive in style and demonstrate his witty sense of humour and passion for art.

Jenyns participated in many of Australia’s most significant art exhibitions including the first Biennale of Sydney (1973), the 1973, 1975 and 1978 Mildura Sculpture Triennials, the 1981 Australian Perspecta, the second Australian Sculpture Biennale, and the 1990 Sculpture Triennial. Jenyns was a finalist in the 2006 Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award, and in 2007 won the award with his work Pont de l’archeveche. He is represented in many of the country’s largest collections, including: the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Queensland Art Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Heathcote Wine and Food Festival
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 7th Oct 2018
Where else can you taste Heathcote wines from over 40 producers, as well as regional foods and produce in one central location over one great weekend. In Heathcote, Victoria's Heartland, at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival held at the Heathcote Showgrounds.

The Heathcote wine region is internationally renowned for its Shiraz.

However there are now other wine varieties to discover in Heathcote, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Viognier, Marsanne, Sangiovese and Tempranillo. From passionately maintained vineyards on the worlds most ancient soils come amazing world class wines.

Once a year, the artisan winemakers of Heathcote gather to show some of the most distinctive and iconic wines in the country.

Add tutored wine tastings in the popular Tasting Seminars, delicious regional foods, live music, activities for children and you have a festival not to be missed.

Enjoy some relaxed live music or participate in wine seminars, taste and buy many of the 150 plus wines on offer.

Match your favourites with interesting delicious food, something for everyone.

Vegecareian Festival
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Vegecareian Festival 2018 will be held on Saturday 6 October.

This fun family friendly event is all about loving food, loving animals and loving life. Through various stalls and activities it encourages people to care for their health and care for animals through a vegetarian diet.

Whether you are vegetarian, vegan or simply interested to find out more about the lifestyle, this inclusive and diverse event has lots to offer.

And the best part is, all pets are welcome.
Handel's: Semele
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018
Ballarat Chamber Opera presents an October Oratorio Offering, Handel's glorious oratorio Semele.

Under the expert baton of conductor Helen Duggan, with organist extraordinaire Calvin Bowman, and a cast of ravishing soloists from Ballarat and Melbourne, experience this Baroque masterwork in the intimate environs of Ballarat's beautiful Christ Church Cathedral.

Vocal soloists include: Semele - Michelle McCarthy, Jupiter - Christopher Roache, Iris - Prudence Hare, Juno - Bridget Davies, Cadmus/Somnus - Stewart Greedy, Athamus - Anna Plotka and Ino - Christine Heald.
Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality
Date Sat 6th Oct 2018 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
The publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764, marked a turning point in literature, art and society, sparking a keen interest in dark, psychological narratives with a focus on a heightened emotional state.

By the early nineteenth century Gothic literature had become commonplace and had particular appeal to middle and upper class women as both writers and readers.

These thrilling stories undoubtedly offered an escape from the sheltered and dull lives dictated for them by society. These ideals were manifested through art and society and Gothic Beauty takes inspiration from the earliest incarnations; traversing the physical embodiment through an exploration of the regimented ritual of mourning in the Victorian era to the metaphysical through art and literature.

This exhibition traces the Victorian gothic into contemporary art, bringing together the work of a variety of artists who explore these ideas including: Bill Henson, Jess Johnson, Jane Burton, Janet Beckhouse and Julia deVille.
Broadway 2 Ballarat
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
The BallaRat Pack invites you to come and enjoy an afternoon of music from Broadway's Golden Age. Presented by an entirely local cast and full-size orchestra, Broadway 2 Ballarat features songs from some of Broadway's finest musicals. This afternoon of high quality entertainment is sure to please both diehard music theatre fans, newcomers to the genre and is perfect for the whole family.
Sunday Sessions: The Spoils
Date Sun 7th Oct 2018
Sean Simmons and Bronwyn Henderson sing songs of pursuit, regret and hope. They have released three studio albums with their band The Spoils, played with the likes of Bonnie Prince Billy, Catpower, Mick Harvey, The Church, Tex Perkins, The Drones, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and toured the world. They have slept on floors and performed in castles.
Life Drawing
Date Wed 10th Oct 2018 to Wed 14th Nov 2018
Another six week series of life drawing is back at The Lost Ones Contemporary Art Gallery. Enjoy some dedicated time examining the human form with facilitator Lisa Nolan. Perfect for the experienced artist who simply wants to keep their skills up, as well as for the novice who wants to try something different. Easels, clips and boards provided. Please bring your own materials.
Bendigo Comedy Festival
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018 to Sun 14th Oct 2018
Bendigo Comedy, in conjunction with the Shamrock Hotel and the City of Greater Bendigo are proud to announce the inaugural Bendigo Comedy Festival.

Running across three nights at Bendigo’s iconic Shamrock Hotel, the Bendigo Comedy Festival will feature performances from some of Australia’s best comedians including Nick Capper, Alex Ward, Daniel Connell, the legendary Elliot Goblet and 2018 Most Popular New Talent Logie winner Dilruk Jayasinha.
Monty Bevins
Date Thu 11th Oct 2018
Monty Bevins is a New Zealand based singer-songwriter. Known as a touching, spirited performer, whose soul-folk songs ask the big questions while telling the small stories. Bevins has built a loyal following throughout his homeland.



With a warm rich voice and articulate guitar grooves, he digs out and distills themes of tenderness, personal revolution and adventure. Perpetually touring, at a pace that allows encounter, Monty draws inspiration from the stories of the people he meets.

Bendigo Heritage After Dark
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
Start your weekend right by sipping, savouring and chatting amongst wine-loving friends at Bendigo Heritage After Dark.

Bendigo Heritage After Dark is hosted in the Gold Crushing Room, within the magnificent Fortuna Villa complex.

The clinking of wine glasses will be a common sound at this casual wine and food event. Your ticket includes complimentary wine tastings with more than 40 Bendigo region wines available to try. Regionally-sourced food will be served up as a perfect match to the local wines.

Come and join the fun and Wine Down on Friday 12 October at Bendigo Heritage After Dark, 6:00pm to to 9:00pm. Book a free bus seat (very limited numbers) to and from the event, otherwise there is plenty of parking on-site.

Bendigo Heritage After Dark is part of Bendigo Uncorked Week– an entire week of wine and food events in Bendigo’s historic landmarks.
Bendigo Uncorked Week
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018 to Mon 22nd Oct 2018
Bendigo Uncorked Week is a wine and food-filled escape in Victoria’s historic Bendigo.

A whole week of boutique crafted experiences from Bendigo’s winemakers, including wine walks, incredible dinners in architecturally historic buildings, a wine-themed movie, a jazz and wine afternoon, and even the chance to be a wine judge.

If you love wine and food, this is the week for you. The week begins with Bendigo Heritage After Dark amongst the magnificent Fortuna Villa complex, and concludes with the ever-popular wine walk, Bendigo Heritage Uncorked.

Filling in the week are niche wine and food events from local wineries and eateries that will ignite your senses. Why not stay a few days and make the most of all the local wine and food on offer. There are 10 wine and food events planned during the week.

Bendigo Uncorked Week runs from 12 to 22 October. Tickets to each event are on sale now on the Bendigo Tourism website.

Bendigo Uncorked Week is proudly supported by Bendigo Bank Insurance, Bart N Print, Visit Victoria, Fastway Couriers and Bendigo Tourism.
Lightning Bolt II: Invictus Convoy - Bendigo
Date Fri 12th Oct 2018
See the largest post-traumatic stress awareness convoy ever conducted arrive in Bendigo on October 12.

The Lightning Bolt II Invictus Convoy is a procession of military, firefighting, ambulance, police and support vehicles travelling through four states (17 towns and cities) in October to raise awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and support the Invictus Games.

The procession will be setting up at the Bendigo RSL in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome to come along, see the spectacle and chat about post traumatic stress with psychologists, Invictus Games athletes, experts, first responders and veterans, including Stand Tall 4 PTS founder Tony Dell (veteran, former Australian cricketer and PTSD spokesperson) and of course, the kids can climb on and into the firetruck.

Join in shining a light on post traumatic stress and the impact it has on the lives of so many - particularly the military servicemen and women and first responders.
Naturally Loddon - Boort Sculpture by the Lake
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Boort Sculpture by the lake is a metal sculpture competition at the annual Boort Agricultural and Pastoral Society Show.

With sculptures of any form made predominantly from metal, and excellent prize money on offer, this competition now forms part of a fabulous attraction at the Boort Show.
Bendigo Heritage Uncorked
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
Bendigo Heritage Uncorked is a wine and food event with a difference. It is a moving, yes moving – like walking, feast of the Bendigo region.

Your ticket is a special opportunity to taste the wines of the Bendigo region, matched with speciality food prepared by local chefs while strolling between seven stunning heritage buildings in Central Bendigo. It is an event with a relaxing pace, allowing you to stroll from one venue to the next when you are ready to discover more Bendigo wines, inspired food and grand gold rush architecture.

Located within Central Bendigo, the seven venues are easy to walk between. At each venue you will get to experience Bendigo's thriving foodie scene with entrée sized dishes developed specially for the day. Each ticket includes wine tastings, seven entrée sized speciality dishes, souvenir tasting glass, carry bag and guide book with walking map.

Wines you enjoy on the day can be ordered from individual wineries or purchased from the Pop Up Wine Shop. Fastway Couriers Bendigo kindly provides free delivery for half-dozens or dozens purchased.

Tickets from the Bendigo Tourism website.
Lightning Bolt II: Invictus Convoy - Ballarat
Date Sat 13th Oct 2018
See the largest post-traumatic stress awareness convoy ever conducted arrive at Ballarat on Saturday 13 October.

The Lightning Bolt II Invictus Convoy is a procession of military, firefighting, ambulance, police and support vehicles travelling through four states (17 towns and cities) in October to raise awareness for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and support the Invictus Games.

The procession will be setting up at the Sovereign Hill car park on Bradshaw St for the day. Everyone is welcome to come along, see the spectacle and chat about post traumatic stress with psychologists, Invictus Games athletes, experts, first responders and veterans, including Stand Tall 4 PTS founder Tony Dell - veteran, former Australian cricketer and PTSD spokesperson and of course, the kids can climb on and into the firetruck.

In the evening Stand Tall 4 PTS will also present Shell Shock, an award winning play following one soldier’s story of coping with the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress, at the Sovereign Hill Theatre.

Join in shining a light on post traumatic stress and the impact it has on the lives of so many - particularly the military servicemen and women and first responders.
Maldon Market: Handmade, Home grown
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018 to Sun 8th Sep 2019
The Maldon Market is a monthly growers and makers market that brings together the very best hand made products and hand grown produce from the creative and fertile heart of Victoria, as well as emerging Melbourne talent.

From soap to soup, fruit to furniture, plants to pants, jewellery to jumpers, the Maldon Market has something for everyone.

The market features: gourmet take away food and great coffee; live music; kids entertainment and playground; beautiful gardens to relax in; historic township to explore; hand made arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, home grown fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce.
Nardoo Hills Guided Tour
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Take a guided tour of the Bush Heritage Reserve at Mt Kerang.

Victorian Reserves Manager, Jeroen Van Veen, has been managing these properties for eight years and has a detailed knowledge of every corner of these reserves and what makes them special.

He will share with you the challenges and triumphs, and take you to some of his favourite spots to explain their conservation work.

The Nardoo Hills Reserves comprise four blocks of land that support a diversity of vegetation communities, including grey box grassy woodland, box-ironbark forests and Mallee. They also provide vital habitat for a range of wildlife, particularly nationally declining woodland birds.

This tour is free, although donations are welcomed. Bookings are essential. Limited spaces are available.

Naturally Loddon - Walk and Talk
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
A walk and talk about native flora and fauna associated with the Loddon River environment at Bridgewater on Loddon, with special attention to local indigenous food and fibre plants.

Meet at 10:00am at Mulwarrie Studios and wear suitable attire and preparation for easy to medium walking in an outdoor environment. Total walking distance is about three kilometres.

This event is part of the 2018 Naturally Loddon Spring Festival calendar running from 2 September to November 2018.
39th Annual Beekeeping Field Day
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
The 39th Annual Beekeeping Field Day, presented by the Bendigo Branch Victorian Apiarists Association Inc at Harcourt Leisure Centre.



This event's aim is to promote beekeeping skills, education and information gathering within the industry for both novice and experienced beekeepers; offering support for all. Open to all interested people wanting to meet other beekeepers and industry members.

Trade Stalls and Catering are available all day, honey and a wide variety of beekeeping materials will be available for purchase. There will also be guest speakers discussing a range of topics, including tree identification, almond pollination and extracting honey from flow hives or traditional hives.

Of much interest will be the open-hive demonstrations - describing the workings of and care of beehives.

All members of the public are welcomed, with items for sale such as jewellery, beeswax food wraps, candles face, hand, body, and baby balms. For more information please contact Carol via phone.

Sunday Sessions: Rylan Noor
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Rylan Noor is a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist who hails from Far North Queensland’s tropical beaches of Cairns.

This storyteller’s music and poetry speaks for his deep connection to the land and the world around him. The percussive taps and slaps on his guitar drive upbeat and ambient sounds.
The Celtic Concert: Sing Australia and The Little Brass Band
Date Sun 14th Oct 2018
Ballarat and Ballarat North Sing Australia is joining up with The Little Brass Band to raise money for drought stricken farmers in need. The Celtic Concert will raise the spirits of the audience as they dig deep into their pockets to raise money for the farmers.

From the 100 singers to the musicians, the church, designer and printer of the poster and programs, everyone has donated their time to ensure that all proceeds go towards helping the farmers. The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners will be coordinating the relief efforts on behalf of the performers. The Celtic program is full of old favourites as well as some modern masterpieces. And there is an opportunity for everyone to join in singing the classics.

There is no admission cost as the organisers hope that the audience will enter the spirit of generosity and delve deep into their pockets and purses to support farmers in need. Street parking available.
Naturally Loddon - Wedderburn Spring Dance
Date Fri 19th Oct 2018
The Rock 'N' Roll Spring dance is part of the Wedderburn Community House annual dance calendar.

Put on your dancing shoes and join in at the Mechanics Institute Hall and dance to the sounds of the 50's with well-known rock 'n' roll band 'Slap Jack & the Magic Balls' commencing at 8:00pm until midnight.

Supper provided. BYO drinks.
Rushworth Spring Garden Festival
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sat 27th Oct 2018
Celebrate the season of spring and explore inspiring open gardens in and around Rushworth. On the festival day, collect your open garden pass and map in town and discover the gardens at your own leisure.

The Open Gardens will be held on Saturday 20 October, and the Spring Gardens Expo will be held on Saturday 27 October.




Light refreshments available at some gardens, or bring your own picnic lunch. Whilst there, also enjoy the art and textile exhibition.

Naturally Loddon - Tarnagulla Revisited
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Naturally Loddon - Tarnagulla Revisited is a day out for everyone in the historical town of Tarnagulla.

Enjoy history displays held in the Victoria Theatre supper room, vintage cars, tractors, steam engines and bikes, antiques, car boot sales, fire brigade barbecue, three different music styles to dance to: Blues, 70's and Jug bands, stalls and a Neighbourhood Watch demonstration.
Naturally Loddon - Boort Carp Eradication
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018 to Sun 21st Oct 2018
Come along to the Boort Angling Club Family Carp Eradication Weekend held on the shores of Little Lake Boort. BYO drinks, lots of fun and prizes.

Entry fee includes breakfast both mornings and evening meal on the Saturday plus entry to the draw of the major prize.
Avoca Cup
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Be entertained, dance the day away and experience true country racing at the Avoca Cup.

A day to simply focus on having fun with friends among the racing action, there are always plenty of reasons to party as the Spring Racing Carnival kicks into gear.

Held on Caulfield Cup Day, race goers can enjoy live bands, kids fun, big screen viewing and camping at the racecourse for $15 per site per night. The club also host a popular Calcutta on Cup Eve with guest speakers and a hot meal, perfect for the campers, locals and visitors in town.

Avoca’s Fashions on the Field has also worked its way on to the must compete list of any Spring Racing Fashion enthusiast, with quality standards and quality prizes.

Avoca is grass roots country racing at its best.
Poppet
Date Sat 20th Oct 2018
Poppet is a spectacular performance on three sides of Bendigo’s iconic lookout, suitable for all ages, involving interactive projections, aerial dance, shadow puppetry and music.

The Poppet performance has been created during 2018 with Bendigo community groups and will look at the area then, now and wow.

There will be pre-show events and on dark the audience will be treated to spectacular projections, dance, shadow puppetry, performances by Bendigo artists and a music and sound score. Bring a chair or a rug and settle in for a night unlike any you’ve seen before.
Naturally Loddon - Wedderburn Garden Expo
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
This special opening for one day only, is a rare opportunity to see the beautiful gardens of Wedderburn.

Nine public and private gardens, not shown before are well worth a visit. Some are pretty, others practical.



Devonshire teas at the Coach House Gallery and Museum. Register and pick up maps at the Wedderburn Community Centre.

Sunday Sessions: Wunderhorns
Date Sun 21st Oct 2018
Bringing together collective experience as folk, Balkan, jazz, classical and pop musicians, Wunderhorns is the new Balkan brass band in town. Playing trad and new trubaci orkestar classics from Eastern Europe, gypsy coceks, lush Bulgarian harmonies, and some delightful surprises.

Featuring heartfelt, soaring trumpet lines, glorious melismatic vocals, lush brass layers and funky tuba grooves. Dance shoes recommended.
DEMOLISH - a RUSSELL:EVANS project
Date Thu 25th Oct 2018 to Sat 15th Dec 2018
DEMOLISH takes an evocative look at Austrlia's landscape and home, through an enthralling blend of dance and physical theatre, lighting, projections, original soundtrack and heavy machinery.

The land the Dja Dja Wurrung call ‘upside down country’ has been ravaged by the goldrush, stripped and ploughed into farmland and now faces more cataclysmic change into houses, factories and freeways. Demolition continues through every generation as a new future evolves. What are the losses? And what are the gains?

Audiences will experience DEMOLISH on an iconic Bendigo site on Dja Dja Wurrung country, which has been peopled over time by indigenous people, settler/farmers and in its recent history students who lived in its teacher’s college dormitories and attended La Trobe University courses. Now a development site slated for medium density housing to be built around its remaining 'Pleasantvale' homestead, the location is resonant of the issues that have informed this theatrical spectacle to be played on its grounds.

Commissioned by Creative Victoria for the Regional Centre for Culture, supported by the City of Greater Bendigo and Latrobe University, DEMOLISH will be performed on the ancient land of the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans.
Fifty Years at the Easel - Exhibition by Mal Gilmour
Date Fri 26th Oct 2018 to Mon 3rd Dec 2018
Gallery 127 is delighted to present this collection of paintings by Mal Gilmour following his successful exhibition in March 2017.

Along with traditional bush scenes the addition of ‘aging’ farm equipment and vehicles in some of the works, has brought a new dimension to this artist‘s paintings. Whether familiar with the Gilmour style or newly appreciative of his bush scenes, this remarkable collection offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy the feeling of nostalgia conveyed in these works.

Born in Victoria in 1943, Mal Gilmour showed interest in art in his early ‘teens, but it was not until 1967 that he felt he was ready to paint seriously. He is a self taught landscape artist who has exhibited widely throughout Australia.
Timeline Festival
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Timeline Festival all started with a dispute over a stolen pig. No-one knew who stole the pig but the Skovgaards blamed the Mortensens and the Mortensens blamed the Skovgaards. The Ljungstrands didn't care who stole the pig, they were just there to watch the melee. Honour needed to be satisfied and that meant just one thing a holmgang.

In normal circumstances, shields being smashed to pieces with axes in a display of mortal combat was an everyday occurrence to marauding Vikings, but having it witnessed by a Napoleonic rifleman, a Samurai Warrior and a sword wielding pet rat was a bit unusual, unless of course you happen to be a re-enactor at the 2018 Timeline Festival where nothing is a surprise.



Kryal Castle near Ballarat will be hosting the annual Timeline Festival. With over 300 living history re-enactors attending from all over Australia, this is a must-see activity for your calendar.

The Timeline Festival features over 300 metres of living history encampments, multi-period armed combat displays and tournaments, medieval jousting, archery displays, Live Action Role Play, period merchants and market stalls and much much more.

Open House Bendigo
Date Sat 27th Oct 2018 to Sun 28th Oct 2018
Bendigo’s impressive architecture is set to open its doors for public viewing on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October as Open House Melbourne has partnered with the City of Greater Bendigo to extend its program to the region for the first Open House Bendigo experience.

After the success of launching the first regional program in Ballarat in 2017, Open House Melbourne is committed to hosting a regional program annually throughout Victoria.

The two day weekend event will see a series of private homes, commercial and civic buildings and buildings of architectural significance open their doors for viewing, allowing locals and visitors alike to see inside iconic buildings and spaces that are not normally open to the public.

The full program of 20 to 25 buildings along with a series of talks and public programs will be announced at the official launch in late September.

In addition to the city’s significant architectural heritage, Bendigo is experiencing rapid growth and major development in the built environment. Open House Bendigo aims to give permission for everyone to exchange views and engage in the discussion about the future of Bendigo as a well-designed city.
Stand Up Paddleboarding Tour on the Loddon
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Enjoy a fully guided gentle paddle along a stunning section of the Loddon River, to the Historic Serpentine Weir.

In order to participate, you must have stand up paddleboarding experience or completed a Learn to SUP Class One with Stillwater Paddleboards.

The tour costs $75 per person over the age of 12. All bookings are made online and are available to book from 1 October.

For more information visit the Stillwater Paddleboards website.
Special Sunday Session: Flinders Quartet
Date Sun 28th Oct 2018
Flinders Quartet returns for another of their wonderfully intimate recitals at The Lost Ones Basement Bar. This October they perform a program of works by Mendelssohn and Australia's own Andrew Ford.

Flinders Quartet will be performing at The Lost Ones Basement Bar on Sunday 28 October.
Maldon Folk Festival
Date Fri 2nd Nov 2018 to Mon 5th Nov 2018
The Maldon Folk Festival is located in Central Victoria and has been held annually for over forty years.

Each year, the event ensures a long weekend of quality entertainment at affordable prices, to suit all age groups.

Experience the legendary festival atmosphere, showcasing an abundance of music, dance and theatre in the historic, National Trust classified Maldon township.
Maldon Primary School Market and Fair
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018
The Maldon Primary School Market and Fair day boasts up to 100 high quality market stalls and a variety of fabulous food and drinks.

A great range of activities for the kids and adults alike, including jumping castles, inflatable archery , face painting, crazy hair, silent auctions, and much more. The students will also be participating by hosting class stalls.

Try your chance at the raffle, with great prizes to be won. There will be live music and entertainment in the main marquee, with musicians and bands playing throughout the day.

The market is held in the beautiful grounds of the historic heritage listed school in High Street Maldon and has been running for over 20 years. It is the major annual fundraiser for the school, with funds raised on the day going directly back into the school to provide more opportunities for the 102 children attending.

With the town of Maldon under two hours drive from Melbourne, the Maldon Primary School Market and Fair is a fantastic family day out. So come along and enjoy.

There is plenty of free parking and entry is by gold coin donation.
Gardens of the Goldfields - Castlemaine & District Festival of Gardens
Date Sat 3rd Nov 2018 to Sun 11th Nov 2018
Explore a diverse selection of inspirational gardens in Castlemaine and surrounds over 10 days this Spring at Castlemaine and District Festival of Gardens, Gardens of the Goldfields.

Ranging from very large awe-inspiring gardens with majestic views to distant hills, grand and historical gardens to town gardens, veggie gardens, sculpture gardens, small cottage plots and gardens which will intrigue and inspire.

​Every two years, in Melbourne Cup Week, around 25 selected gardens are offered for your enjoyment.

In an area renowned for its accommodation, eateries, apple orchards, wineries and landscape, the Festival of Gardens is an idyllic two to three day getaway.

For over 25 years the gardeners of Castlemaine and District have opened their front gates and welcomed visitors in to enjoy the fruits of their labours. They hope to be able to welcome you in to one or all.
Inglewood Alive Festival
Date Sun 4th Nov 2018
The Lions Inglewood Alive Festival brings together community groups from Inglewood and surrounding districts to promote our town to the wider region and beyond. A unique point of difference for the festival is that they close the Calder Highway through Inglewood for the day – this not only draws people to the event, but literally stops traffic.

The street is transformed into a vibrant space filled with gourmet food vans and food court, live entertainment, a custom car and motorcycle show and shine display, selected market stalls, exhibits from community groups, free children’s activities and the Wimmera Axemen’s Association Championship woodchop competition.
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018 to Sun 11th Nov 2018
The Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is a four day event of Blues and Roots performances and workshops throughout Bendigo. There will be over 150 acts at 50 venues over four days.

The annual festival gives music fans the opportunity to enjoy world-class music, with a focus on local and independent talent from the blues and roots genres. The centrepiece of the program will be an all-day, free-entry, family-friendly concert featuring over a dozen great acts in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park on Saturday.

There will also be extra Blues Tram, pop up laneway parties, concert at the state of the art theatre - Ulumbarra and more. You can find out more about the festival at the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival website.
Ballarat Frolic Festival
Date Thu 8th Nov 2018 to Wed 14th Nov 2018
Ballarat Frolic Festival is a week long, community run celebration of regional Victoria's lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex, and asexual/ally arts and culture.

In its second year, the festival will be an opportunity for Ballarat's gender and sexually diverse community to come together to access services, foster connections, and provide positive visibility within the broader community.

With events such as the Frolic bush dance on September 8, Fast Friends Speed Dating, the Queer Art Show , and the third annual Ballarat LGBTIQA ball (Under the Sea) between November 8 and 14, there is something for everyone.

So, head way out west and join in to celebrate diversity and show your support for queer Ballarat.
Daughters of the Sun: Christian Waller and Klytie Pate
Date Sat 10th Nov 2018 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
This free exhibition tells the story of Christian Waller, celebrated Australian printmaker of the Art Deco era, and her niece, the pioneering ceramic artist, Klytie Pate.

Christian Waller, born in Castlemaine in central Victoria in 1894, had a deep personal interest in spiritualism, symbolism and the mystical philosophies of the modern theosophical movement.

Her print work is characterised by a complex symbolism, combining ancient classical and literary subjects alongside occult motifs in a dynamic style owing much to the bold geometry of Art Deco and the handmade ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement. She had established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading stained glass artists, having produced some 65 windows for churches in Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales.

Christian Waller’s niece, Klytie Pate, came to live with the Wallers as a young teenager. As Pate’s maternal figure from a formative age, Christian Waller was an influential force in Pate’s life, directing her notable artistic talent into formal studies and guiding her early career. Klytie Pate mastered her chosen craft of ceramic art, forging innovations in design and glazing to become one of Australia’s foremost studio potters of the 20th century.
Sunday Sessions: Izzy Losi and The Auracles
Date Sun 11th Nov 2018
Izzy Losi and the Auracles bring an original line up of songs to the Lost Ones.

Izzy's voice is a powerful force that begs to be heard live. This soulful act will have you bouncing out of your seat and grooving around the room. Definitely one of Australia's up and comers, Izzy Losi and the Auracles have supported the likes of Mia Dyson and Courtney Barnett. They have been compared to Florence and the Machine, Fleetwood Mac and Missy Higgins.
Embroidery for All Seasons
Date Fri 16th Nov 2018 to Sun 18th Nov 2018
This is the biennial not to be missed, exhibition of the Bendigo Branch of the Embroiderers Guild, Victoria, featuring exquisite contemporary and traditional embroidery and textile art.

Daily demonstrations of embroidery techniques, members profiles, well stocked boutique, special interest areas including work by members doing their Intermediate and Masters Certificates in embroidery and featuring the work of a woman who has been a member of the Guild for 50 years.

Light refreshments are available.
The Mallow Short Film Festival
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
The Mallow Hotel will be hosting its inaugural Short Film Festival screening on Saturday November 17, 2018.

The outdoor cinema will be decked out with mini bar, deck chairs and beanbags.

There will be drink specials, and of course popcorn for the total cinema experience!

The evening will kick off with live music at 6pm.

Short films will be screened from 9pm.

Anyone can enter and winners will be announced the following day on social media.

There will be prizes for the top films, thanks to sponsors - Bridge Road Brewers, Camera House Ballarat and Ballarat Mercedes Benz.

Silvie Paladino - On My Own
Date Sat 17th Nov 2018
Silvie Paladino is one of Australia's most versatile and talented entertainers and is giving two performances at the Ballarat Anglican Cathedral in November.

Silvie is probably best known for her performances in the annual Carols by Candlelight for the Nine Network but has also appeared throughout Australia, Asia and London's West End. Productions include Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, The King and I, Chess. Silvie has also featured in both the Rugby League and Australian Football League Grand Finals and the 2008 Olympic Games.

Silvie will be giving two performances at the Anglican Cathedral. As Silvie has a great following among younger people her first performance will be at 3:00pm so families will be able to attend. At her 7:00pm performance the Cathedral is going to launch its Music Foundation established to support younger people in the choral tradition. Street car parking is available.
The Design Exchange and Bakers Lane
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Ballarat’s The Design Exchange market is a designer market that brings together emerging designers and contemporary artists from all over.

You will be amazed by the calibre of the designers as you wander leisurely through the market. With over 60 designers selling their wares you are bound to find something to suit you. Be tempted by yummy food or simply enjoy a cup of coffee, while being entertained by local musicians. Come and relax with friends in the Design Exchange 'lounge room' while soaking up the atmosphere in this very impressive building.
Lavandula - Taking The Waters
Date Sun 18th Nov 2018
Lavandula celebrates the wonderful healing mineral springs and all things wellness in this unique event. Come to the water bar and sample the water from the springs in the region and come to understand their unique healing benefits.

There will be two in-depth talks on the mineral water at 11:30am and 2:00pm.

Take some time for you while you are here and be healed and treated with massage, reiki and yoga throughout the day.

Come and take the waters at Lavandula on Sunday 18 November. Book now.
Draw the Nude Man in the Bar
Date Thu 22nd Nov 2018
Never had the courage to go to a life drawing class? Always wanted to draw but unsure where to start? The Lost Ones Gallery have the perfect solution. They have got the nude - all they need is for you to turn up. Grab yourself a drink, help yourself to some paper and charcoal - and get drawing. Free entry. Leave your inhibitions at the door.
TreX Cross Triathlon Series – Race 4: TreX Goldfields
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
The TreX Series is back and ready to explode into the 2018/19 triathlon season with an even bigger and more action-packed season with no less than seven ‘not to be missed’ events across the country, including:

An all new event location; new event formats; the revival of the TreX Duathlon; and all new Standard and Sprint course AquaBike.

Race Three returns to a favourite Victorian course in Bendigo Victoria with its more than memorable off road trail run course. Stay tuned for some more exciting news for this event.

TreX Goldfields events include:

Standard Course: 1500 - 30 - 10
Sprint Course: 400 - 10 - 5
Junior and Teaser: 200 - 5 - 1
Dirt Kids: 50 - 2 - 500
Aquabike: Standard and Sprint
Elmhurst Bush Twilight Market
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Held in the gardens and streets surrounding Elmhurst Bush Nursing Centre, the Elmhurst Bush Twilight Market is a great country market including local produce, free activities for children, great Christmas shopping, food and wine.
Freya Josephine Hollick
Date Sat 24th Nov 2018
Freya Josephine Hollick is an old-timey, country, folk singer/songwriter from the Victorian Goldfields. Hollick's roots in folk music has led her to blues and country music, through a hunger for knowledge of how and from where modern music evolved. Freya has followed a path back to a time that holds true to her voice, her songwriting and her story. Hollick's voice has been described as haunting, as both powerful and fragile, truly a voice unlike any other, and one that is of another time.
SpringFest Market Sunday
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
Bring your family and friends to SpringFest Market Sunday. Admire the natural surrounds of Ballarat’s Lake and gardens precinct in the springtime as you explore six unbelievable kilometres of market stalls, events, activities and fun for all the family, set up against the serene backdrop of Lake Wendouree.

There are almost 500 market stalls to browse, offering a wide range of food, art and craft, music, clothing, jewellery, plants and flowers, performers, car displays and activities to suit all interests.
Bendigo Trail Run Festival
Date Sun 25th Nov 2018
The Bendigo Trail Run Festival is hosted in conjunction with the TreX Cross Triathlon Series which together make up an action packed weekend of off road events for the entire family.

Taking in some of the most spectacular bushland trails this all new trail run festival is set to delight, challenge and inspire trail runners of all ages and abilities.

Based in the heart of Victoria’s Gold Rush Country at Crusoe Reservoir in Bendigo the courses challenge runners with a diverse array of terrain and scenery, from the natural beauty of Crusoe Reservoir and No 7 Park, to the challenge of Big Hill within Bendigo Regional Park.

So whether your a hardcore trail runner, a weekend warrior, someone who just loves getting in two the outdoors, or a family and kids, there’s something for everyone.
Inter Dominion - Heat Two - Ballarat
Date Tue 4th Dec 2018
The Inter Dominion is Australasia’s premier trots event, the Inter Dominion Championship, is returning to Victoria after a 10-year hiatus.

The Inter Dominion is an ultimate test of equine speed and strength. This is the first time the championship has been contested in Victoria since 2008 and the Ballarat and District Trotting Club have been fortunate enough to be awarded the second round of heats.
Christmas at Mandurang Valley Wines
Date Sun 9th Dec 2018
Each year, Mandurang Valley Wines and the Rotary Club of Bendigo hold a community Christmas party, and this year it is on Sunday 9 December from 10:00am to 3:00pm

There is wine, retail stalls and food - there' is something for everyone. It is a chance to enjoy a bite to eat, and a drink, and enjoy the community atmosphere.

All money raised from the Christmas party is donated to Rotary projects to help children in need.

This is a free event to attend.
Australian Jazz Convention
Date Thu 27th Dec 2018 to Mon 31st Dec 2018
Ballarat will come alive with the sounds and colours of Jazz between Christmas and New Year, when as many as 1,000 musicians and delegates will attend the 72nd Annual Convention and play and enjoy music in programmed performances in eight venues in Ballarat’s CBD.

The convention commenced in 1946 and is the longest continually run event of its kind in the world. Although primarily a Jazz Musician Convention, visitors and lovers of jazz are welcome and encouraged to come enjoy the vast presentation of Jazz music on offer.

Over the period of the Convention, lovers of Jazz can participate, listen or simply enjoy the many components of the Convention, including the programmed performances, piano recitals, street parade, original tunes competition, workshops as well as a free public concert at Alfred Deakin Place.

Single day passes can be purchased for $30 either online, at Her Majesties Theatre or at the convention main information centre, located at the Mining Exchange, during the Convention.

Day passes are for performances 27 to 31 December.
2019 FedUni Road National Championships
Date Fri 4th Jan 2019 to Tue 8th Jan 2019
The 2019 FedUni Road National Championships is your chance to watch the best Aussie riders battle it out for the ultimate glory of the green and gold jersey.

Held over five days, this ultimate festival of cycling features a criterium, time trial, and a road race.

If you are keen to get involved, 2019 will see the return of the Gran Fondo National Champs.

With heaps of national titles up for grabs and an unforgettable five days of racing, organise the family and make the most of it.
Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits
Date Sat 16th Mar 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019
Tudors to Windsors traces the history of the British monarchy through the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

This exhibition highlights major events in British (and world) history from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the ways in which royal portraits were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change.

Presenting some of the most significant royal portraits, the exhibition will explore five royal dynasties: the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors shedding light on key figures and important historical moments. This exhibition also offers insight into the development of British art including works by the most important artists to have worked in Britain, from Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to Cecil Beaton and Annie Liebovitz.

To bring these royal figures to life, Bendigo Art Gallery has secured key loans of historic fashion, armour and personal effects which will be featured alongside these magnificent and imposing portraits.

Significant additional lenders: Historic Royal Palaces, the Bath Fashion Museum, Royal Armouries, FIDM Museum, LA, National Gallery of Victoria, State Library of Victoria and Art Gallery of South Australia.

Castlemaine State Festival
Date Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The Castlemaine State Festival is a ten day extravaganza of art, music, film, culture and fun.

The program is packed full of captivating events in some of Australia's finest Gold Rush era venues.

Set amongst the artist hamlet of Castlemaine and surrounds, a town of 7,000 swells to over 15,000 during peak festival time.

Audiences congregate from across Victoria for one of Australia's longest running Arts Festivals, now in its 42 year, which makes it Victoria’s key regional arts festival.

Festival goers will no doubt enjoy the unique atmosphere of our Central Victorian community which comes together to celebrate this biennial ten-day multi-arts celebration.

Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019 to Sun 21st Apr 2019
Rushworth Easter Heritage Festival is a two-day event held in the heritage listed High Street of Rushworth.

It incorporates music entertainment, stalls, food and a parade. There is also an art and craft exhibition, steam engine display and the museum will be open as well.

The parade includes all types of horses, old vehicles, an old steam traction engine, CFA and foot entries as well.

Sunday's event is held at Moora and consists of the Moora Working Draft Horse Muster with working horse displays, ploughing, winnowing with associated crafts, blacksmithing, shearing, music and food. There are also cottage crafts demonstrations and lace making.
Metcalfe Tractor Pull and Woodchop
Date Sun 15th Sep 2019
The thirteenth annual Metcalfe Vintage Tractor Pull and Wood Chop will be held on 15 September 2019.

Take a picturesque, rural recreation reserve and add to it thirty vintage tractors being nursed, cursed and encouraged to their limits and you really do have the beginnings of a great day.

Add to it a fiercely competitive wood chop event with axmen from around the state, vintage and classic cars, vintage static engines, children’s entertainment, plus music and plentiful food and drink and you have the recipe for a great, country festival.

All proceeds benefit the local community groups of Metcalfe: the CFA, Tennis Club, Senior Citizens, Landcare and the Hall.