Regional Tourism Guide for Goldfields Region
Victoria , Australia  
'Homecoming' Exhibition byJulianne Holland
Date Fri 4th Jan 2019 to Mon 28th Jan 2019
Raised in Avoca, Julianne has been drawn to painting since her earliest preschool years. Studying Bachelor of Fine Arts at Federation University she honed her talents as a landscape oil painter with the vast Australian Interior being a powerful reoccurring theme through her early work.

While practicing in ceramics, textiles and illustration Julianne always returned to the large scale landscapes she is known so well for.

She has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions across Australia for the past decade and has her work hanging in both public and private collections.

Julianne has extensively travelled Australia and the world working in conservation, the natural world still being the major inspiration behind her artistic and professional work.

The fashion label Bella Terra Firma is another avenue that marries Julianne’s two passions of conservation and art. With eco-conscious messages, Julianne hopes she will inspire others to make conscious choices in their day to day lives and do the right thing by this planet not just for future generations but for the planet herself.
Cave Hill Creek Summer Camp
Date Mon 7th Jan 2019 to Fri 18th Jan 2019
Cave Hill Creek Summer Camp is a five day program for children during the school holidays.

Programs run from 7 to 11 January 2019 and 14 to 18 January 2019.

Have a go at the awesome outdoor activities: splash in a canoe, abseil down the cliff, ride a bike in the forest and shoot some archery.

Stand atop your crate stack tower, climb the giant’s ladder, balance on the low ropes, and build a raft that floats. Go on a night walk, perform in the talent show or watch a movie. It is just like one giant four night sleepover.

Cave Hill Creek are an ATAP accredited and award winning venue with over 30 years experience running fun and safe camps.

Price includes a free t-shirt and camp magazine, fully catered, experienced and qualified staff. Accompanied transport from Melbourne available.

Summer Sundays Ballarat
Date Sun 13th Jan 2019 to Sun 20th Jan 2019
One of Ballarat’s most popular events, Summer Sundays will turn up the volume this January with a fantastic line-up of Australian musical talent.

From jazz to rock’n’roll to folk music, each Sunday will feature four acts from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Held in the beautiful surrounds of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, this free community event is presented by the City of Ballarat.
Ballarat Beer Festival
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
The Ballarat Beer festival is a family friendly festival filled with Australia's leading craft beer brewers, a great range of live bands, children's activities, many gourmet food trucks and craft beer master classes.

Recently voted Australia's most popular regional craft beer festival, Ballarat Beer Festival moves to a new venue in 2019. Situated in the North Gardens near Lake Wendouree, the new site offers plenty of natural shade from the abundant trees, and a relaxing rural picnic style atmosphere.

With shade aplenty from the abundant trees offering respite to the summer heat, this is the perfect day to round up your mates, grab a picnic blanket and take in over 20,000 square metres of garden beer action.

A boulevard of brewers will offer a kaleidoscope of tastes and flavours – take your pick from over 200 different brews from across Australia and regional award winning wines.

The 2019 Ballarat Beer Festival is held on the Saturday, 19 January and is preceded by a degustation dinner on the prior Friday night, with each course matched with beers or a cider, and is hosted by the inimitable Professor Pilsner, Pete Mitcham and Beer Diva, Kirrily Waldhorn.
2019 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
The 2019 PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup promises to showcase the best in Harness racing action and entertainment.

The Terrace Restaurant caters for the whole family. Dining package are priced from $32.00 to $75.00 which include admission, a delicious three course meal, race book and table service. Drinks additional.

If you are after a more casual feel, look no further than the CUB Beer Garden. Located track side, pre-purchased tickets are $20.00 offering you admission, $10.00 food voucher and complimentary drink.

On the night the CUB Beer garden is open to public where food and drinks are available to purchase.
AFLW Practice Match - Western Bulldogs v Collingwood
Date Sat 19th Jan 2019
The Western Bulldogs AFL Women's team are back in Ballarat for their practice match in 2019. Come down to Mars Stadium to watch the reigning AFLW premiers take on Collingwood in what will be a great spectacle of football.

It will be more than just a football match with activities for the kids including footy inflatables, food trucks and appearances from the Bulldogs Mascots.

Merchandise and membership will be in attendance to get you ready for the 2019 season.

Entry is free.
Talbot Farmers Market
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019 to Sun 15th Mar 2020
On the third Sunday every month the streets of Talbot are closed to traffic and the entire town becomes a vibrant village market place.

Soak up the atmosphere as you wander the beautiful heritage streetscape bustling with market stalls.

Explore an evolving display of over 80 regional produce stalls, offering seasonal fruit and organic vegetables, local artisan cheese, fresh bread, local wine, gourmet oils, delicious delicacies and more. In true country farmers' market style you will also find pigs, goats and chooks, stockfeed, cut flowers, plants and seedlings.

The Talbot Farmers Market provides visitors with an authentic farmers market experience with real livestock, real farmers and real community spirit.

Sample fabulous food and wine, enjoy a coffee and a tasty bite to eat while listening to local artists playing live music in the street.

Pick up a ticket for your chance to win the 'Barrow Raffle' overflowing with wonderful produce kindly donated by stall holders.

Remember to bring your shopping bags or grab a gorgeous calico bag from the information marquee.

Talbot is just 40 minutes north of Ballarat or 90 minutes from Melbourne's Westgate Bridge.

Sunday session - Nina Rose
Date Sun 20th Jan 2019
Nina Rose is a Melbourne singer songwriter, whose music combines folk and pop. Her original songs evoke love, loss and hope, drawing you into the journey.

You will find her singing in local bars or on outdoor stages beneath the stars.
Back to school craft
Date Tue 22nd Jan 2019 to Thu 24th Jan 2019
Got the school holiday blues? Come along for some crafty fun and create your own pencil holder or back to school photo frame to take home.

Loads of fun for children five years and older, and little ones with parental help.

Location: North Mall, outside Woolworths and Sportsgirl.
Easy Tow Malibu Australian Masters Water Ski Champianships
Date Fri 25th Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019
Featuring three events water skiing, slalom trick and jump, featuring some of Australia's best water skiers.

Prize money and event medals will be on offer along with the prestigious Glenn Thurlow Trophy for the most outstanding skier.

Sponsors: Easytow Trailers, Malibu Boats, Inglewood & District Community Bank, Loddon Shire, Mick Collicoat Smash Repairs and Bridgewater Bakehouse.
Red Hot Summer Tour
Date Sun 27th Jan 2019
Rock legends Jimmy Barnes and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will take over North Gardens on the 2019 Australia Day weekend.

The concert will also feature The Living End as well as Diesel, Richard Clapton and Chocolate Starfish. Now that is a rocking day if ever you did see one.
Sunday session - Chloe St. Claire
Date Sun 27th Jan 2019
Chloe St. Claire gives her acoustic alt-folk the dream rock treatment, focusing on themes of fragile identity and difficult desire. A central highlands native, she released her debut EP ‘Young Like That’ in January 2018.
A collection of artefacts and photographs by John Quinn
Date Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Mon 4th Mar 2019
“Liklik Samting Long Taim Bifor ” (Pidgin English for ‘Small Things from Times Past’)

John Quinn spent the years 1959-1975 in Papua New Guinea as a Patrol Officer-universally known to all in that country as a “Kiap". A Kiap’s main job was to provide ‘peace, order and good government’ to the local tribes people –some of whom had never seen a white man—in the various Districts which comprised that now independent country.

During his time in what were the Sepik, Gulf and Milne Bay Districts, John travelled widely on patrol, often for weeks at a time, through mountainous, jungle-covered terrain with only native footpads (no roads of course) to travel on, whilst keeping a sharp lookout for crocodiles when wading through rivers.

In Milne Bay, patrols visiting the various isolated villages and islands were carried out on a tiny work-boat– John is not a good sailor.

John purchased all of the articles on display from their owners and makers and has also provided some fascinating photos which help to illustrate those past times. With children not interested in retaining them, he hopes that they may end up in the homes of collectors who appreciate true and authentic works of art.
ALPG Ballarat Icons Pro Am
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019
The Ballarat Golf Club welcomes back the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Association, for a week-long series of golf events including the Ballarat Icons Pro-Am. 2019 will also see the introduction of a three-day Qualifying Tournament over 54-holes for the 2019 ALPG Tour, which will be open to Professionals and Amateurs around the world. The leading eight players from the Qualifying Tournament will secure an exemption in the Vic Open while the winner will earn an exemption into the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.

The ALPG's Next Generation Rookie Camp will return again in 2019 and will run over two days with the focus on mentoring the younger members of the ALPG.

This is part of the ALPG Tour, 2019 Club Car Series and an official Order of Merit event. The Pro-Am on Saturday 2 February will be followed by a seeded Professional-only event on Sunday 3 February offering a great opportunity for spectators to enjoy some world-class Women's golf right here in Ballarat.
Lunar New Year at The Great Stupa
Date Sat 2nd Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
Visit The Great Stupa for Lunar New Year 2019. Come together with family and friends to celebrate the Year of the Earth Pig from the 2 to 10 February.

Participate in a range of activities including: Tour inside The Great Stupa and view the Jade Buddha, place wishes of new beginnings on our Bodhi trees and bathe the Baby Buddha.

Enjoy vegetarian and vegan food from our StupaView Cafe.
Sunday session - Victoriana Gaye
Date Sun 3rd Feb 2019
Husband and wife duo Vicki Gaye Philipp and Jeff Raglus (Bachelors from Prague, Black Sorrows, The Beachniks) describe their sound as a combination of psych-folk with new wave pop, but performed in a singer songwriter style. The couple play a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, trumpet, harmonica and take it in turns to sing lead or harmony.

They have toured and played their original tunes at festivals and venues in Japan, New Caledonia and Australia, the UK and Europe.
Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival
Date Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019
The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is a three day event hosting events off The Lane in and around The George Hotel and in Alfred Deakin Place Ballarat. The Festival celebrates all things Rockabilly including the music, the fashion, the cars, the dancing and the fun.

Ticketed events include Rockabilly and Rock and Roll bands from all over Australia.

As well as fabulous music, the festival includes a Tiki bar, dance floors, Burlesque shows, fashion parades, best dressed competition and the much loved Ballarat Beat Pinup Competition.

The free party held in Alfred Deakin Place is family friendly and includes a classic and hot rod car show, live entertainment, trade stalls, dancing, fashion shows and so much more.

Rockabilly Bar Choir
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
The Lost Ones Basement Bar are partnerting with the Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival to present the first Bar Choir of 2019.

Head on down and have a sing to a classic rockabilly tune. Free event, bookings recommended as space is limited.
Chinese New Year
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
As You Know, Lunar New Year has a history dating back thousands of years and is one of the oldest and most important traditions in Asian culture. It is celebrated widely by Asian communities all over the world. Lunar New Year is the celebration of the beginning of spring (in the northern hemisphere) as well as the New Year.

Festivities mark the beginning of the 15 days’ observing ancient traditions, customs and honouring our rich community culture.

No matter what the country, religion or race, New Year’s Day is a time for family reunions, gatherings and reflection and for reaffirming bonds.

All are welcome and we hope to see you there.
The Creators Market - Bendigo
Date Sat 9th Feb 2019
On February 9, The Creators Market is taking over Bendigo Stadium for an indoor market with good vibes. Setting up shop over Bendigo Stadium's 4th and 5th indoor basketball courts, this is a free entry market that boasts a curated selection of local and interstate handmade artists, designers, crafters and culinary creators.

The market runs from 9:00am to 2:00pm with plenty of free on-site and off street parking available for all. There'll be coffee available onsite and two canteen spaces serving hot and cold food options. Bendigo Stadium also has it's own sports bar and family bistro, so there are food options for everyone.

It's the first Creators Market of the year in Bendigo so come on out and show some support to the creators and creatives involved. Bring your friends, family, even a few random strangers, support some amazing small business creators and make a day of it.

Doors open at 9:00am sharp. Be sure to follow The Creators Market on Instagram for daily stall holder features and updates.
Ballarat Cycle Classic
Date Sun 17th Feb 2019
Ballarat Cycle Classic is the primary fundraiser for Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute. 100 percent of all registration fees go directly to cancer research.

There are a range of races to choose from, including: Road Rides (50km, 60km, 80km or 100km), Mountain Bike (33km or 50km) or Lake Ride (six kilometre) around Lake Wendouree or a Fun Run and Walk (pet friendly), 6kms around Lake Wendouree.
The Audreys
Date Sun 17th Feb 2019
Multiple ARIA award winning folk rockers The Audreys have spent most of the past 18 months traversing the country, and now come into 2019 with some new songs and a brand new show, building towards the release of their much anticipated fifth studio album.

The impetuous pair play sets full of old hits, requests, new songs and unexpected (and sometimes poorly rehearsed) covers that feature Taasha’s gorgeous vocals and Tristan’s six-string mastery, way too many instrument changes, great frocks and plenty of charm. Grab your tickets early.
Date Thu 21st Feb 2019
Explosive duo, Z-STAR DELTA, are hot music property with their intoxicating and modern mix of country blues and desert rock. International artist and producer Zee Gachette on vocals/drums/acoustic guitar and guitar prodigy Sebastien Heintz on Electric/Lapsteel/Bass/Synth/Loops. The unlikely duo thrive on stage, weaving between one another; one moment seductive and poetic, the next wild and furious effortlessly delivering a fascinating cinematic roadtrip of sound.

Doors open 7:30pm
Professional Bull Riders Bendigo Invitational
Date Sat 23rd Feb 2019
The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement back to the Bendigo Showgrounds on Saturday, 2 February 2019.

For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one huge night that you will not want to miss.

Choreographed with pyrotechnics, concert sound system, and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.

This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the PBR.
Lantern Festival
Date Sun 24th Feb 2019
Kung Hei Fat Choy from the Bendigo Joss House Temple.

Gather your family and join the community at the Bendigo Joss House Temple on Sunday 24 February as they celebrate Chinese New Year with a traditional Lantern Festival and begin the Year of the Pig surrounded by beautiful feature lanterns.

Visitors will be treated to performances by the Chinese Association Lion Team and Plum Blossom dancers. Bendigo Joss House Temple tours, tea tastings and Chinese calligraphy will also be available on the evening.

The lanterns, which will be on display throughout the evening, have been specially decorated by children from the Dr Harry Little Preschool and will look spectacular against the red backdrop of the Bendigo Joss House Temple.

Traditionally a visit to a Joss House during Chinese New Year is a special event that involves presenting food and donations to the gods, there is also plenty of incense burnt.

Gates open at 6:30pm and the festivities will take place from 7:00pm onwards, gold coin donations appreciated.
Jekyll & Hyde The Musical
Date Thu 28th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
Jekyll & Hyde is an award-winning musical with hits like “This is the Moment”. Don’t miss the Ballarat premiere.

The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life on stage in the musical phenomenon, “Jekyll & Hyde”. The musical is based on the classic story by Robert Louis Stevenson and features a thrilling score of pop rock hits from multi-Grammy and Tony-nominated Frank Wildhorn and double-Oscar and Grammy-winning Leslie Bricusse.

Jekyll & Hyde has mesmerised audiences the world over and has been described as “The Phanton of the Opera meets Les Miserables". Remember the amazing song: "This Is The Moment"? Well, this is the moment you have been waiting for. Get ready to fall in love with this show.
Draw the Nude Dude
Date Thu 28th Feb 2019
There is a nude guy in the Basement Bar.

Life drawing in the Basement Bar. Never picked up a willow charcoal? Always wanted to draw a nude? Now you can. It is time to Draw the Nude Dude.

Willow charcoal and paper provided. Grab yourself a drink, some courage, and go for it.
Scots Day Out
Date Sat 2nd Mar 2019
Scots Day Out is the celebration of all things Scottish, right in the centre of Bendigo in shady and picturesque Rosalind Park. Scots Day Out is on the first Saturday in March each year and the first two years it attracted over 5000 people into Rosalind Park.

Watch the spectacular parade of pipe bands, dancers and clans down historic View St at 10:00am before soaking up the sights and sounds of Scotland throughout the day with haggis tasting, whisky tasting, delicious shortbread and other Scottish treats, pipe bands, highland and Scottish country dancing, fun events for families and children, Celtic folk music and colourful Clan displays.
Bendigo International Madison
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
The Bendigo International Madison committee is looking to deliver another fantastic event with big crowds expected at the carnival.

Popular for its exciting changes and sometimes, spectacular crashes, the Madison has always been able to attract world class athletes. Over many years cyclists have made their presence felt in events and all have contributed to a cycling history the city can be proud of.

The madison is a race in which 17 pairs of riders race over a hectic 200 laps of the Tom Flood Sports Centre.

Riders firstly try to gain a lap advantage over other teams or score sprint points during the 34 sprints dotted throughout the race. At any one time there are riders sprinting, changing or attacking in this frantic event.

It is an event not to be missed. Once you have seen it you will be back again.

Visit the website for more information.

Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019
The Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree is an annual two day event introducing gold panning and detector demonstrations. Bring along the family for a fun filled prospecting weekend and participate in all the activities to do with detecting and gold panning. Major gold detector draws, and many lucky draw prizes up for grabs.

The weekend activities include Monster town garage sales on Saturday, the Coach House gallery and Museum - open both days, token hunt, detector demonstrations, seniors gold panning knockout, variety of stalls, local attractions, Saturday night entertainment and tea and the Wedderburn Community House Op-shop open Saturday 10:00am to 3:30pm.

Junior First prize Minelab Go-Find 60 detector valued at $399, second prize - Minelab Go-Find 40 detector valued at $299 and third prize - Minelab Go-Find 20 detector valued at $199.

Major draws for senior token hunt sponsored by Minelab. Minelab GPX 5000 value $5999. Coiltek major prizes, Wedderburn Tourism to donate Minelab Go-Find 60 detector valued at $399. Must be on site to win Detectors and Coiltek major prizes.

No bring your own alcohol, No glass is permitted and dogs must be on a leash.
Professional Bull Riders Ballarat Invitational
Date Sat 9th Mar 2019
The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour will bring its thrilling, adrenaline-filled, edge-of-your-seat excitement to the Ballarat Showgrounds on Saturday March 9.

For one-night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes. The thrilling eight second rides and heart-stopping wrecks make the PBR’s Monster Energy Tour the toughest sport on dirt and one huge night that you will not want to miss.

Choreographed with pyrotechnics, concert sound system and mega screen replays, with multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event bull riding experience.

This is a sport where eight seconds can cost you everything. Welcome to the world of the Professional Bull Riding.
Western Bulldogs v. St Kilda JLT AFL Match
Date Sun 10th Mar 2019
The Western Bulldogs are returning to Ballarat for the 2019 preseason when they take on St Kilda in the 2019 AFL JLT Community Series.

Held at 4:10pm on Sunday 10 March at Mars Stadium.

Join avid footy fans from across Victoria and enjoy all the Ballarat has to offer by heading up to Ballarat for the weekend to enjoy the game.
Eaglehawk Dahlia & Arts Festival
Date Wed 13th Mar 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019
A community highlight in Eaglehawk is the annual Dahlia and Arts Festival. The theme for 2019 is: We Are One.

Highlights include: Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary - Street Procession, Empowering Eaglehawk – Sunday Family Day, Literary Competition, Gala Fair, Art Shows, Flower Show, Heritage Displays, Busking competition, Primary Schools foot race Challenge, Debutante Ball, Cycling Criterion, Trivia night, Flack Advisory – Youth scholarship, the Lola Miller Short Film Competition, Photo Booth (Experience the Dragon), Cornish Display, CV Lion Team and Bush Dance.

Held in various locations in Eaglehawk. Please check their website for details on activities.
Regional World's Longest Lunch Bendigo
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019
Dine under the canopy of heritage trees and enjoy the incredible wines from Bendigo’s gold-bearing soils, from rich, ripe reds to elegant whites, all perfectly matched to regional produce by Wine Bank on View chefs.

Regional World's Longest Lunch Bendigo is presented by the Bendigo Winegrowers Association and Wine Bank on view. You will enjoy a six-course degustation menu with matching Bendigo wines. Wines from the region are chosen by a panel of home-grown sommeliers and wine buyers. It is all part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne.

Stories from the Bendigo winemakers at the long lunch will give you a sense of local identity and community as you enjoy the luxe wine and food experience in Bendigo's Rosalind Park.

Lunch is sponsored by Robertson Hyetts Solicitors, and supporter City of Greater Bendigo.
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.

Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Beer and cider lovers unite, and take your place at the Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival.

2019 boasts the best brewer and cidery line up yet, with representation coming from right across the country. Meet the brewers and taste beers from across all states, plus a terrific range of ciders – there is more than 100 unique beverages to tempt you along side food trucks, live music, plenty of fun and festival games.

This event has gone from strength to strength every year, securing a solid place on the calendar of every beer and cider lover.

There are plenty of activities for the little kids, as well as games for the big kids and competitions throughout the day.

Tickets are available from the website. Follow the festival on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.

Bendigo Yoga Festival
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019
The Bendigo Yoga Festival is a unique two-day event focused on promoting physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing to yoga participants of all levels. Taking place in the heritage buildings and laneways of Bendigo against the backdrop of the beautiful northwest Victoria countryside, it is the perfect opportunity to completely immerse in the flow of your personal practice away from your daily life.

The organisers believe Yoga is for everyone and recognising this diversity, have incorporated workshops in a range of styles for the festival, catering for beginner, intermediate and advanced yogis. With workshops delivered across the whole day from some of the countries most prominent instructors, this is the perfect opportunity to hone your practice in a focused and supportive environment.

In addition to workshops there will be market stalls, live music, a chill out tee pee and much more; with ample opportunity to sit back, reflect, and unwind. Take this opportunity to turn your routine to ritual, start with intention, move to purpose and excel with clarity in 2019.
Grace Knight at the Cabaret Club
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Grace Knight is one of the most enduring talents in Australian music. With Aria nominations and chart topping recordings in each of the past three decades, her career spans over thirty five years.

Acclaimed for her live performances, Grace is one of the finest interpreters of popular music in Australia today. Knight’s spellbinding performances touch the soul and lift the heart.

Her magical presence connects with audiences of all ages like few others can.

Golden Mile Race Day
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019
Do you love the races but get sick of the crowds and the strict dress code during Spring? Why not relax at the Country Races at the Golden Mile Raceday.

Swap your fascinator for a sun hat and your suit and tie for an open neck shirt and shorts. Whatever you feel relaxed in; chilling out has never been so exciting.

Soak up the sun on the lush lawns, or throw out a rug under the shade of an old gum tree. Bring your own picnic or pre-purchase one from the club. Kids will be kept entertained with plenty of free on-course kids entertainment, whilst live music, and marquees will be in full swing.

Enjoy exceptional racing, make use of the relaxed picnic setting on the lawns and take advantage of the entertainment and local produce on offer.
Pyrenees Unearthed Wine and Food Festival
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
For those who enjoy a journey of the senses to a destination off the mainstream tourist track, come along to the annual Pyrenees Unearthed Wine and Food festival that brings together the award wining wineries of the Pyrenees in a stunning and relaxed location along the Avoca river banks.

So take a trip down a road less travelled and fall in love with Pyrenees Unearthed.

Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
The Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival is a celebration of Bendigo wine and food is held in Rosalind Park, in the centre of Bendigo.

Local winemakers will showcase over 60 different wines that you can sample and indulge in while enjoying the city’s biggest alfresco wine garden. There will be plenty of food stalls and competitions, and live music from The Deans and The Funk Junkies.

The festive atmosphere, fabulous wine and regional food make for a fantastic day out. Grab your partner, or get a group together, and enjoy the autumn afternoon at this local Bendigo wine and food event.

You can bring a picnic rug to relax in the park or opt for the VIP treatment with one of the VIP marquees.
A Taste Of Ireland
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019
After performing to thousands of audiences nationwide, The Irish music and dance sensation, A Taste of Ireland, is touring Nationally in 2019. Witness the World Champions directly from the West End’s Lord of the Dance, as they tell the tale of the World’s most loved nation in one incredible live performance.

Told through Irish music and dance, A Taste of Ireland reveals the magical tale of two star crossed lovers leaving their Emerald home forever. Produced by Australia’s golden duo, Brent Pace and Ceili Moore, A Taste of Ireland transports the audience to a time and place where tunes, taps and tradition are all the very essence of celebrating the Irish spirit.

Featuring an unparalleled cast of World, All Ireland and National Champion Irish dancers, and musicians from around the globe, A Taste of Ireland is unique for a production in this genre and features music and dance reflected through raw talent, which is impressively 100% live.

Irish accordion, paired with raw guitar and rhythmic banjo, combined ballads and songs from across the counties and provinces as the audience is transported on a journey through the Celtic motherland.
Bendigo Tafe Bendigo Easter Festival
Date Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
The Bendigo Easter Festival promises to be filled with fun and entertainment for the whole family.

Be in the hunt for over 170,000 Easter eggs on Good Friday and Easter Saturday at Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt, and enjoy loads of fun family friendly activities and great entertainment at Rosalind Park.

Dance, drums, Lion Teams and 100,000 crackers are all part of the Chinese Spring Festival and Awakening of the Dragon as Bendigo celebrates its Chinese heritage on Saturday on the Dai Gum San Precinct. As the sun sets, find your place along the road to cheer on the convoy of illuminated fl oats in the Laser Electrical Torchlight Lantern Procession, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display over the city.

Join thousands as the line the streets on Easter Sunday to watch the gorgeous display of colour in the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Experience the excitement as Sun Loong, the world’s longest Imperial Chinese Dragon, weaves his way through the historic streetscapes of Bendigo.

Bendigo's CBD comes alive during this four day festival. There will be family friendly activities and events within walking distance of each other and heaps of parking nearby.
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.
Bendigo Autumn Music Festival
Date Thu 25th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
From the team that has delivered the highly successful Mullum Music Festival and Bello Winter Music in New South Wales, comes an exciting new addition to the Victorian music festival calendar. Bendigo Autumn Music (BAM) will take place over four days in the heart of Bendigo the weekend after Easter.

Kicking off its inaugural year on Anzac Day evening, this boutique family-friendly arts and music festival will be presented by Red Square Music, and will be a coming together of live music venues, pubs, community halls, cafes and other unique and interesting spaces to celebrate music and arts within Bendigo’s arts precinct.

BAM promises to deliver something for everyone, with tickets ranging from full weekend passes to day passes which will allow punters access to all festival venues and events.

Prepare yourself for a musical baptism with over 80 performances in 14 venues over four days. Visit the BAM website to see the current line up.
The O'Keefe Challenge
Date Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
Follow the spectacular O'Keefe Rail Trail from Bendigo to Heathcote, as it weaves its way through bushland, open fields, farms, and past Lake Eppalock.

On offer is a Marathon , Half Marathon , 10 kilometre run/walk, five kilometre run/walk against Dementia, Mile and kids' 500 metre Superhero Dash.

Get your team of seven together for the Ekiden Relay or Light the Trail in the Friday Night Social Ride(26 kilometres).

The O'Keefe Challenge is more than just a race - it celebrates fitness, nature and the community spirit of the Heathcote region.

Bring your friends, family or club, and spend a weekend experiencing the best of Heathcote.
The O'Keefe Challenge is more than just a race - it celebrates fitness, nature and the community spirit of the Heathcote region.

​Bring your friends, family or club, and spend a weekend experiencing the best of Heathcote.
Sanguine Estate Music Festival Bendigo
Date Thu 2nd May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Jonathan Kelly, Principal Oboe of the Berlin Philharmonic, has agreed to join the lineup at the Sanguine Estate Music Festival. He brings works by 20th century luminaries Britten and Dutilleux, both firsts for Sanguine Music Festival.

The other international guest is prize-winning young violinist Benjamin Baker, who is being mentored by the ultra-exclusive Young Classical Artists Trust (London and new York), appearing as soloist at Wigmore Hall, the Kennedy Centre as well as throughout Europe and the US.

Making their Sanguine Music Festival debut are the esteemed Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and well-known chamber musician, Natsuko Yoshimoto, and the remarkable young violist Liz Woolnough.

Sanguine Estate Music Festival will also be welcoming back SEMF family; Ian, Tobi and Sara.

Repertoire includes thrilling works by Beethoven and Dvorak, a little-known trio by Mendelssohn, song cycles by Ravel and de Falla as well as a haunting one by Vaughan Williams. George Onslow makes a return, and is joined by Napravnik and Josef Miroslav Weber, a remarkable Czech composer of the late 19th century. And with Sara and Jonathan together, how could the team not program a Bach cantata to close the festival?

Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
Step back in time to a world of blacksmiths, steam engines and vintage machinery at the Lake Goldsmith Steam and Vintage Rally.

Held twice a year this event attracts people from across the country to view vintage machinery at its finest.

First weekend in May and the first weekend in November, each year.

There are 65 display sheds with steam and oil engines, operational 90-tonne Ruston steam shovel, Buyrus rail-mounted steam shovel, Furphy tank rebarreling, blacksmith, grand parade daily, children's activities, parents' room, second-hand goods sales, stalls, crafts and food.

Groovin the Moo
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Groovin the Moo (GTM) is now taking reservations for the 2019 tour! Checking-in to Bendigo on Saturday 4 May.

GTM’s increasingly recognised trademark is that of a fun and value-packed day complete with a twist of country hospitality and inclusivity. GTM tours acts from all genres which in turn reflects the importance of diversity for the festival.

General on sale starts in early February. Life is better when you are Groovin.
Groovin the Moo Bendigo
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Once again Groovin the Moo is coming to Bendigo in 2019 and is set to be bigger and better than ever.

The line-up will be announced as they become available. Go to the Groovin the Moo website for all the latest.

Please note: Accommodation in Bendigo will be extremely limited for this event, it is advised that you book early.
Heathcote Wine and Food Festival
Date Sat 8th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
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.

Barrel Wine Tasting Weekend
Date Sat 6th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019
Barrel halls are usually guarded treasures but on the weekend of the 6 and 7 July you will get to visit sacred barrel halls throughout the Bendigo region and indulge in wine barrel alchemy. Winemakers will throw open the doors of their barrel halls and take you inside the sacred walls to taste wine straight from the barrel. You will meet the winemakers and uncover the mystery and romance of winemaking.

If you fall in love with a certain drop, be sure to check with the winemaker about a pre-release purchase at a special price. The wineries will be listed here soon so visit us again, and join us on Instagram and Facebook for upcoming event details.
Australian Sheep and Wool Show
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
For three days in July, Bendigo becomes the epicentre of woollen fashion, fine food and beautiful fibre.

Since 1877, the Sheep Show has been showcasing Australia’s top wool growers and prime lamb producers and now attracts thousands of fans of woollen fashion, food and fibre.

The Sheep Show’s ‘Women of Wool’ series encourages all women to take the day off to discover the wonders of wool and celebrate the women of the wool industry. You can enjoy high tea and buy beautiful hand-crafted woollen and other products from more than 250 stallholders.

At the Festival of Lamb site you can catch cooking and carving classes and sample Australia’s best lamb.

The Sheep Show features the ‘best of best’ sheep breeders, shearers and wool handlers in the country. You can watch shearing and wool handling competitors battle it out for top prize and speak to sheepdog trainers, watch sheepdog trials and meet farmyard animals in our animal nursery.

More than 5,000 farmers, the best fleeces in the country and 28 different breeds of sheep, goats and alpacas make their way to Bendigo each year for the Sheep Show.
The Women of Wool
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019
The Women of Wool series of events has grown in popularity each year and continues to attract sold-out luncheon crowds, standing room only at the twice daily fashion parades and a full complement of Woolcraft enthusiasts at the Woolcraft precinct.

This is a must-do event on the Australian Sheep and Wool Show program. Be inspired by our guest speakers, see the very latest wool-craft fashion installments and meet up with old friends and new.

Ticket includes gate entry, two course lunch, selected beverages, guest speakers and an exclusive fashion parade featuring a diverse range of high quality yarns and designs.
Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
Date Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019
The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival (C-Doc) is an annual three day event held across the third weekend in July at the iconic Theatre Royal in Castlemaine, mainland Australia’s longest continuously operating cinema. It features a world class program of films showcasing a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more fascinating characters.

Curated by dual Emmy Award-winning director, Geoffrey Smith, C-Doc draws its program from the best of feature-length documentary films globally and showcases Australian film makers.

C-Doc provides a deep and enriching experience by connecting audiences with many of the film directors and key contributors by way of live in venue and live via Skype Q&A sessions.

It is an immersive and intimate experience, taking place in one venue, providing a platform for a diverse group of people to connect for an extended shared experience in a social setting.

Escape to regional Victoria this winter - festival dates are 19 to 21 July 2019.

Visit the website to sign up for program announcements and other exciting information.

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.
Elmore Field Days
Date Tue 1st Oct 2019 to Thu 3rd Oct 2019
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.
Maldon Folk Festival
Date Thu 31st Oct 2019 to Mon 4th Nov 2019
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.
TreX Cross Triathlon Series - Race Four: TreX Goldfields
Date Sat 23rd Nov 2019
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 with its more than memorable off road trail run course. Stay tuned for some more news for this event.
Bendigo Trail Run Festival
Date Sun 24th Nov 2019
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.