Regional Tourism Guide for Goldfields Region
Victoria , Australia  
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Mon 1st Apr 2019
Meraki - Doing something with soul, creativity and love. When you put yourself into whatever you are doing, whatever it may be.

Belinda established The Tea Tree Gallery in Portland in 2009 beginning an indulgence in all that is art. Belinda shares an affinity with Gallery 127 and as it very much echoes her own ethos towards supporting regional artists in presenting their art for public view - this is why she chose this beautiful space to launch her first solo exhibition.

First and foremost as an artist in the medium of Assembulage. Belinda’s Meraki exhibition predominantly features works in her journey with a new passion in watercolour and journals her eclectic organic style which hasemerged within this self-taught medium over the past 12 months.

Belinda’s feature piece is from her recent marriage in February. The bridal bouquet was fashioned from pear tree strappings from their orchard and incorporates a hand tanned kelp rose with heirloom jewels belonging to grandmothers past. Finished off with glass bead trinkets paying homeage to her relationship of the years with her husband ‘Kelvin’. Hence affectionately titled exhibition Meraki.
Talking Shop
Date Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sat 27th Apr 2019
Against the backdrop of the historic Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, explore historic photographs, ephemera, and advertisements exploring the shops and businesses of Ballarat’s past, and contemporary photographs from The Ballarat Life.

Engage with artist-in-residence Pauline O'Shannessy Dowling and enjoy on of the many events. Bring your photos, memories and stories to share and add to the BMI collection, enjoy art activities for all ages with artist in residence Pauline O'Shannessy Dowling, hear guests Max Harris and John Kerr will be there to talk all things Ballarat and take home some bookish treasures.

Exhibition closing celebrations and special programming on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27. See website for more details.
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.
Wonderful Things Exhibition
Date Thu 14th Mar 2019 to Wed 10th Jul 2019
Strange things, eclectic things, random things—all wonderful things. As Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary, an exhibition ‘Wonderful Things: Celebrating 40 Years of the Gold Museum’, pays homage to its vast collections, showcasing everything from taxidermy, fashion and art, to pharmacology and weaponry.

On now until 10 June 2019, Wonderful Things is a mix of the wonderful, historical and downright strange.

The exhibition also features a special partnership with the Ballarat Arts Foundation and composer Daniel Tusjak who produced a whimsical and quirky soundtrack inspired by the museum’s eclectic collection, which can be heard in the exhibition galleries.
Wonderful Things
Date Fri 15th Mar 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
Strange things, eclectic things, random things - all wonderful things. As Sovereign Hill’s Gold Museum celebrates its 40th Anniversary, an exhibition ‘Wonderful Things: Celebrating 40 Years of the Gold Museum’, pays homage to its vast collections, showcasing everything from taxidermy, fashion and art, to pharmacology and weaponry.

On now until 10 June 2019, Wonderful Things is a mix of the wonderful, historical and downright strange.

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
Regionally based, globally connected, contemporary and communal, the Castlemaine State Festival is a biennial, ten day multi-arts festival held in Castlemaine, Victoria. The Castlemaine State Festival is the longest running Victorian multi-arts festival and Australia’s flagship regional arts festival.

The festival's influence is demonstrated in the region's reputation as a creative, vibrant and connected place to visit and live. The festival showcases works from the region’s finest artists and performing arts companies, alongside those by national and international artists.

With over 70 artists from around the globe featured across contemporary, classical and family fun performances there is something for everyone. Tickets to many events sell out, so get in early to avoid disappointment.

Pyramid Hill Fiesta
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
You are invited to enjoy what the community does really well. Connect, communicate and celebrate diversity at the Pyramid Hill Festa.

This year some things will be the same but there is so many new things too. With a line-up of exciting activities, entertainment and competitions, you will be sure to have a fantastic time. No bring your own. Food and drinks sold separately.
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 are 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
Immerse yourself with unlimited yoga and mindfulness.

You are invited to join this gathering of spiritual seekers and yogis for their third annual Bendigo Yoga Festival on 23 and 24 March.

Take this time out to go on your own personal journey of awakening, mindfulness and transformation. The remarkable community of yoga and meditation instructors, speakers and musicians, brings together an experience that will transcend daily life and activate new beginnings for you.

Throughout the Bendigo Yoga Festival weekend you have access to multiple Yoga classes and workshops in the beautiful setting of historical Bendigo art precinct. The perfect place to experience a variety of different forms of yoga including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yoga Nidra, Yin, Kundalini and more. If your new to yoga or an experienced yogi you can enjoy this opportunity to go deeper into your personal practice and take the time to indulge and discover.

Transformation awaits you.
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.

Avoca's Autumn Race Day
Date Sat 23rd Mar 2019
Set against a backdrop of the picturesque Pyrenees ranges, join the Avoca Shire Turf Club as they celebrate autumn racing in the country. Swap your fascinator for a sunhat or your suit and tie for shorts and shirt and relax with country thoroughbred racing, local wines, roving entertainment plus more.

Campsites are once again available at the Avoca Racecourse for just $15 per night.
Swim to the Rings
Date Sun 24th Mar 2019
Swim to the Rings is a truly unique experience of swimming the 2000 metres straight-line swim down the entire length of the iconic Lake Wendouree, 1956 Olympic Rowing Course. Great for elite and beginner swimmers looking for a challenge or spectators to watch live on the big screen.
Ballarat Expo - Vision Australia
Date Thu 28th Mar 2019
Come and learn about the range of services and products available to support people who are blind or have low vision, to live more independently and to continue doing the things they love.

Enjoy a barbeque, and find out about the specialised library, social and support groups. You will get to meet experts from Humanware, Pacific Vision and Quantum.

Learn about support available to assist you with employment, and explore various specialised retail items designed to make life easier for people with low vision or blindness.

Guest speakers from 11:00am include: Renowned Orthoptist Irene Lim from the Ballarat Eye Clinic, and Vision Australia’s Orthoptist Katrina Lee, who specialises in blindness and low vision.

See a cooking demonstration, and discover expert strategies to help you around your home. Learn about the latest adaptive technology available to make life easier for people who are blind or have low vision.

Hear from experts in NDIS and My Aged care, to learn about how to plan and get the most out of your funding.

Free event, but bookings are recommended.

Please call or email to book.

Motor City Sounds
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019
Motor City Sounds will be playing a night of Motown and Soul at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute.

Motor City Sounds pay tribute to the classic era of Motown and Soul music.

Packing dance floors wherever they play, MCS bring an energy that can only be created by a live 10-piece band.

Performing songs from artists such as Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.

Not just another cover band, "Motor City Sounds" recreates the sound and atmosphere of Motown and Soul from the 60s and early 70s, with authentic arrangements and instrumentation.​

Featuring top-class musicians from around Victoria, including an X-Factor finalist, a former member of the John Butler Trio, and sessions with top Australian artists such as Geoff Achison, John McNamara, Brett Garsed and Neil Murray.

Motown music was forged from the idea that African-American artists could and should be heard on the same radio stations as any other musical act. The label and the music brought black and white together.

Motown played an important role in the racial integration of popular music as an African American-owned record label that achieved significant crossover success.

The Soul Movers
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019
You want a word to describe The Soul Movers? How about electric. Earning their stripes as one of Australia’s hardest working bands, The Soul Movers have taken their brand of soul to the USA and back again with the imminent release of their new album Bona Fide—cut in a series of iconic studios including: Fame, Muscle Shoals, Royal and Sun Studios where the band laid down some of the finest grooves you’re likely to hear in 2019.

Buckle up, the Soul Movers are coming.
Bended Knee Music Festival
Date Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sat 30th Mar 2019
The inaugural 2019 Bended Knee Music Festival is an exciting new celebration of roots music and community.

The Festival is being developed as a total community event – celebrating some of the best regional established well known acts to emerging artists as well as local musical community groups and young performers.

From traditional and upbeat to the offbeat and the imaginative, it features music and performance that draw audiences from everywhere to be a part of it. The Festival is all about people getting together to celebrate, play and listen to good music, to dance and maybe learn a new skill.

With a Bush Dance on the Friday night, outdoor stages, community stage in the Buninyong Town Hall, workshops and concerts featuring talented regional performers are all on offer. Meander through market stalls and enjoy great food at the many food trucks.

The Bush Dance will be held on Friday 29 March from 6:30pm in the Buninyong Town Hall. With the Bended Knee Music Festival starting at 11:00am on Saturday 30 March 2019.
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.
Second Great Southern Cigar Box Guitar Festival at The Cabaret Club
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The Cigar Box Guitar revolution has been gathering momentum with an increase in cigar box guitar builders and performers. The current revival can be attributed to many musicians’ desire for a more primal sound. Blues guitarists, in particular, have picked up the cigar box guitar in an attempt to play Delta Blues in its purest form.

Festival Director Steve Plater, is a multi award winning player of stringed instruments, has been building, perfecting, and playing Cigar Box Guitars for two decades or so with many of his instruments proudly owned and played by Cigar Box Guitar lovers.

The festival will have on board, Cigar Box Guitar builders Stalls and a workshop hosted by Steve Plater. There will also be two open mic sessions.

For lineup and tickets, please see website.
Bendigo Pre Season Blockbuster
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019
The Melbourne Vixens will host West Coast Fever, Collingwood Magpies and Queensland Firebirds in the Bendigo pre-season blockbuster at Bendigo Stadium on the weekend of 30 and 31 March.

Last season’s runners-up West Coast Fever, Victorian rivals Collingwood Magpies and the Queensland Firebirds – who the Vixens will take on in Round One of the Suncorp Super Netball season – will travel to the gold rush town in regional Victoria, with four games across the weekend.

With the support of Ozito, City of Greater Bendigo and the Victorian Government, Netball Victoria will host the practice matches, while also coordinating community activities to add to the blockbuster weekend.
GNAP19 - Guirguis New Art Prize
Date Sat 30th Mar 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019
Reflecting a myriad of historical and contemporary influences, artists explore ideas ranging from Australian cultural and social history, self-portraiture, identity and transformation, to a humorous perspective on skullduggery and office culture, and theories surrounding the fourth dimension expressed through diverse media including sculpture, video, painting, textiles, ceramics and installation.

Administered by Federation University Australia, in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat the Guirguis New Art Prize (GNAP) is generously sponsored by local surgeon and philanthropist, Mr Mark Guirguis.

In its fourth iteration, GNAP19 promises to inspire and surprise audiences with a bold mix and unique snapshot of Australian art created by artists selected from the Northern Territory, Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

2019 finalists are Benjamin Armstrong (VIC), Amanda Davies (TAS), Janet Fieldhouse (QLD), Caroline Garcia (NSW), Marie Hagerty (ACT), Matt Hinkley (VIC), Naomi Hobson (QLD), Laresa Kosloff (VIC), Grace Lillian Lee (QLD), Shirley Macnamara (QLD), Karen Mills (NT), Claudia Moodoonuthi (QLD), Raquel Ormella (ACT) , Nicola Smith (NSW), Neridah Stockley (NT), Tricky Walsh (TAS).
Festival of Small Halls - Goornong
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
Festival of Small Halls has launched the largest tour in its history in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

The Autumn Tour 2019 features award-winning Canadian trio The Once (CAN) and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan (AUS). The group are bound for 25 regional towns across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales from March 8 to April 22.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
Sunday Session: GraceJean
Date Sun 31st Mar 2019
GraceJean is a folk duo whose warm, honest sound and heartfelt storytelling creates a cathartic space, safe for emotional exploration.

Abundant in rich harmonies, intricate instrumentation and compelling lyrics, the music serves as a source of soulful nourishment for audiences.

Off the back of a sold out EP launch in January 2019 at The Wesley Anne in Melbourne, Darebin Music Feast Songwriting Competition second place winners GraceJean are swiftly moving in to the new year with a year of successes under their belts and new music to share.
Build The Perfect Chair
Date Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Fri 5th Apr 2019
Spend five days learning traditional woodworking techniques and hand tools to create your very own Sovereign Chair – designed specifically for this class at Sovereign Hill by Master Chairmaker Glen Rundell and Pete Trott.

Participants will be taken through traditional woodworking and joinery processes, while learning to use traditional tools like draw knives, spokeshaves and travishers. The end result? Your very own handcrafted masterpiece, ready to be passed on for generations. Over 16 years only.
High Tea with Wedgwood
Date Tue 2nd Apr 2019 to Thu 27th Jun 2019
In celebration of everything British, enjoy Tudors to Windsors followed by a sumptuous High Tea in the Sculpture Annexe.

Served on exquisite Wedgwood teaware, guests will enjoy a glass of something sparkling along with a traditional high tea. Cost includes single adult ticket to Tudors to Windsors and High Tea.

Bookings are essential. High teas occur every Tuesday and Thursday, 2 April to 27 June.

Due to the set menu and logistics of catering for these events, dietary requirements cannot cater for.

If you are looking for dining experiences during the exhibition the Gallery Café features a selection of gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options for your enjoyment. Please contact the Gallery Cafe to make a reservation.

These events are proudly presented by Wedgwood.

Festival of Small Halls - Sedgwick
Date Thu 4th Apr 2019
Festival of Small Halls has launched the largest tour in its history in partnership with major Australian festivals Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival.

The Autumn Tour 2019 features award-winning Canadian trio The Once (CAN) and master Australian folk collaborator John Flanagan (AUS). The group are bound for 25 regional towns across South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales from March 8 to April 22.

Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of the country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia.
Close to Home - Kerrie White
Date Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Mon 29th Apr 2019
Melbourne born, Kerrie White showed a keen interest in art which was well supported in her early years.

Encouraged to enter a state-wide competition in 1995 for The International Year of Tolerance run by Soroptomist International, she was awarded first prize. Her success continued at The Royal Melbourne Show with a Commendation for drawing and third prize for painting in 1996 and where, in 1997, her first painting was sold.

Kerrie has also exhibited at The National Gallery of Victoria’s group exhibition 'Seize’, the Brunswick Street Gallery-solo exhibition ‘Inside Out’, Dunolly Courthouse ‘Landscapes’, Tiny Towns Arts Trail, and Gallery 127, Avoca. Her artwork is held in many private collections both near and far.

While exploring various mediums and styles over 25 years, Kerrie began painting landscapes following her relocation to Central Victoria. Feeling a great affinity and connection with the environment around her, Kerrie is witness to the changes that occur throughout the seasons, from springtime growth to drought, the colours that vary throughout the day’s light, the aftermath of rain and peeling of bark. Its ever changing and a constant source of inspiration.
Pyrenees Unearthed Wine + Food Festival
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Pyrenees Unearthed will showcase the award-winning wines that the Pyrenees region has to offer. A day of wine, food and music.

Taking place on Saturday 6 April 2019 along the banks of the Avoca River, the event will be held between 11:00am and 5:00pm.

A fun filled day for all, couples, singles and families are very welcome to come along to enjoy an afternoon of fabulous local produce, live music and wines by the glass, as well as free kids activities and masterclasses for purchase.

The Pyrenees has a growing reputation as one of the great regions for Cabernet Sauvignon in the world, and you will have the chance to taste and purchase.

Local artisan food producers will also be showcased.

No animals permitted. Guide and hearing animals are permitted.

The Eagles Story at Buninyong Golf Club
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Dinner and show events are back at the Buninyong Golf Club featuring some of this country's greatest tribute shows. The Eagles Story will be bringing you all the hits from the iconic 70's band The Eagles.

Through their scintillating harmonies, that recreates to perfection the vocal arrangements created by the band, to the purity of the musicianship, The Eagles Story takes this tribute to a new level, rarely seen.

In a musical landscape littered with close enough is good enough, the commitment to replicating the true west coast, Eagles sound, live on stage by the five members of The Eagles Story is never ending. The respect for the original by members Pete McCarthy, Gary Young, Ash Osgood, Cres Crisp and Steve Wells is the driving force that continues to ensure that each in their own right continue to take it to the limit.

Hit after hit comes flooding from the stage as musical memories are relived in this not to be missed salute to a legendary treasure.

Dinner and show or show only, two course main and sweet. Doors open: 6:30pm. Dinner from: 7:00pm, showtime 8:30pm.

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

On Saturday 6 April, local winemakers will showcase over 60 different wines that you can indulge in while enjoying the city’s biggest alfresco wine garden. There will be plenty of food stalls, lawn games and competitions. There will be live music all day 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 private marquees.

Tickets include entry, complimentary wine tastings, music and souvenir wine glass.

For more information and to purchase tickets go to the website.

Bendigo is a 90 minute drive from Melbourne Airport with plenty of accommodation options and things to do. On from 16 March is the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
The Secret Life of Bees
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019
Where would we be without the humble honeybee? In this exclusive open hive experience, Amanda Collins and Scott Denno of Backyard Beekeeping, will guide you through and intimate exploration of a live honeybee hive.

See, hear and smell the aromas of the hive at work as Amanda and Scott talk you through the fascinating machinations of the colony – the captivating world of the most industrious insect in the world, the European Honeybee. And of course, we’ll taste some of the sweet stuff too.

Please wear long trousers, long sleeved and legged clothing and closed toe shoes. Protective equipment (beekeeping jacket or suit, veil and gloves) will be provided on the day. Participants will have the opportunity to taste raw honey directly from Backyard Beekeeping apiary hives, followed by honey tasting of single origin Eucalypt honeys from the region.
The Hunt for Lost Trades
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019
At Sovereign Hill these school holidays they need all hands on deck. There are ropes to make, wheels to fix, and the blacksmith needs an apprentice. So put ‘em to work at Sovereign Hill this Easter with a range of workshops for the whole family.

Workshops include: Become a Blacksmith, Leather Belt Making, Make your own rope, Pour your own candle, Where did photography come from and more.
1000 Doors
Date Sat 6th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
When we open a door and cross the threshold, we move from one world to another in an instant. What will our hearts find in the unknown spaces beyond? Joy, grief, resentment or contentment may be awaiting us, memories or desires stirred, and buried feelings re-surface. Whatever happens, as we move through this doorway, we risk entering an altered state.

Created by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, the team behind the wildly popular House of Mirrors, 1000 doors invites us to explore a labyrinthine world that exists in a sort of temporal and spatial embolism beyond our material reality. Once we cross the threshold at the external entrance, through a door whose ordinary sense of domestic solidity offers a sense of security, our bearings are lost. Will we emerge? Of course we will. But will we emerge with our psyche altered?

Tickets available only at the on-site box office.
Spoon Carving Workshop
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019
Want an excuse to escape Melbourne for a day and learn something new working with your hands? You cannot go past Paul Ryle’s therapeutic and meditative one day spoon carving workshops. Set on his idyllic country property in Buninyong, just outside of Ballarat, Paul will teach you how to carve a spoon from a solid piece of timber using nothing but his awesome collection of axes, chisels and knives. And at the end of the day, you will leave with your very own unique handcrafted spoon.

Paul runs spoon carving and other green woodworking courses throughout the year in Buninyong, just outside of Ballarat. Students work with freshly cut timber and a few simple hand tools. Classes are conducted in Paul’s carefree outdoor workshop, or in the shed with its wood fired stove during the colder seasons.

All tools and materials will be supplied. Participants will need to bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee are included. Dress appropriately. Canvas aprons provided. All timber is locally salvaged from arborists. You will leave with your handcrafted spoon and an information sheet including tips on tools, books and resources to continue your woodworking ways.
Sunday Session: Michael Westlake Trio
Date Sun 7th Apr 2019
Head to the Lost Ones Gallery for a fun afternoon of jazz. Michael Westlake Trio with Michael on keyboards and vocals, Denis Toner on double bass and Michael Evans-Barker on drums and percussion.
Become a Blacksmith
Date Tue 9th Apr 2019 to Tue 16th Apr 2019
Ever wanted to learn to build tools, forge metal and use an anvil? Join talented Blacksmith as they take you through some of the basics of blacksmithing and give you a glimpse into life as a blacksmith on the Ballarat goldfields. Over 16 years only.
A Taste Of Ireland - Bendigo
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 per cent 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.
Leather Belt Making Workshop
Date Thu 11th Apr 2019 to Thu 18th Apr 2019
Back in the 1800s, everything was made by hand and even the simplest piece of clothing had a story to tell. Go back in time and join to craft your own belt using traditional methods at Sovereign Hill’s leather harness workshop. Over 16 years only.
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 floats in the O’Brien Electrical Bendigo Torchlight Procession, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display over the city.

Join thousands as they line the streets on Easter Sunday to watch the gorgeous display of colour and excitement in the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Watch our new Imperial Dragon, Dai Gum Loong, make his debut. The amazing Sun Loong, the world’s longest Chinese Imperial Dragon, will show Dai Gum Loong the way and make his final journey through the streets of central Bendigo.
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.
Two's A Party – The Old Married Couple Duo Tour - Heathcote
Date Sat 20th Apr 2019
Following a successful show-stealing run of performances at some major festivals, The Old Married Couple are hitting the road for an up-close-and-personal duo tour ‘Two’s a Party’. Armed with bright costumes, party blowers and bubbles, The young duo will be creating a party atmosphere that’s fueled by their ever-charming kazoo-laden Novelty Folk music at stages, corners and backyards around Australia from April to July.

The Old Married Couple are the faces of new vintage, playing Dixieland style Folk music with a vaudevillian twist that would be at home as much in the Music Halls of the 19th century as they are in the 21st century. Vintage in style and sound, The Old Married Couple combine a witty songwriting style with a distinctive kazoo filled music. Taking cues from Musical comedy and cabaret legends like George Formby, Bette Midler, Marie Lloyd and Cole Porter, The Old Married Couple are spreading Toots and Hoots around the World.
Rheola Charity Carnival
Date Mon 22nd Apr 2019
This year's Rheola Charity Carnival will be held on Easter Monday at Rheola Pioneers Park.

It will be a mixed sports gathering for all the family including tractor pull, sheep dog trials, clay target shooting, Miss Rheola Carnival Girl, Bealiba Pony Club events, Wimmera Axeman's Association wood chopping, small stationary engines display, Wedderburn Patchwork display, historical vehicles and motorbikes display, novelty events, unregistered foot running events and boys and girls footraces.

Events kick off from 10:30am onwards.

Sheep dog trials start at 8:00am. Full catering on grounds.

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.
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.

Run the marathon, half marathon, 10 kilometre, five kilometre or mile, or get a team of seven together to tackle the 42.2 kilometre Ekiden Relay.

Bike riding more your thing? Experience the O'Keefe Rail Trail by your own light (or moonlight if you're lucky) with the Light The Trail social night ride from Axedale to Heathcote.

The O'Keefe Challenge is more than just a race - it celebrates fitness, nature and the community spirit of the Heathcote region. Your friends and family will enjoy the event village and family activities at the finish line, too.

So bring your friends, family or club, and spend a weekend experiencing the best of Heathcote.
Avoca Art Show and Sale
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019
The fourth annual Avoca Art Show and Sale is held at the Avoca Town Hall and is one of five art and culture events being held in and around Avoca as part of the Pyrenees Unearthed Arts Festival.

The art show will feature over 150 works of art by local and regional artists on Saturday and Sunday. The official opening and Avoca Art Show award presentations will take place in the Avoca Town Hall on Friday evening with local wines and finger food being served.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Gallery 127 at the Avoca Railway Station. With prize money totalling $4,500, artists are encouraged to submit their entry form by contacting the Secretary via email.

There will also be a section for secondary school students aged 12 to 15 years and 16 to 18 years, and students from the local and neighboring primary schools will submit their art work for display.
Create a Piece of History with The Pitcha Makin Fellas
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
From colonial times through to the 1930s, white authorities had Aboriginal leaders wear breastplates or kingplates in a bid to represent their status. But many indigenous communities did not believe in the existence of kings. It was a concept enforced by the white authorities.

Explore the rich history and significance of breastplates, before creating your very own under the guidance of renowned Ballarat indigenous arts collective Pitcha Makin Fellas. Passionate about culture and community, this deadly mob has had its work showcased around Australia since its very first gathering in 2013.

Participants are encouraged to wear old clothes. This event is open to adults only that are over 18 years of age.
Introduction to Green Woodworking
Date Sat 27th Apr 2019
Immerse yourself in the art of woodworking, as Ballarat woodsmith Paul Ryle takes you on a journey through the techniques used by the bodgers of yesteryear. Nestle yourself amidst Paul’s stunning country property in Buninyong, and learn all the basics of working with unseasoned wood. Use a drawknife on a shaving horse, operate a foot-powered (pole) lathe, and forge your own beautiful piece of woodwork for your home. This is a one-day introductory course with all materials provided. The course is held in the Green Woodsmith purpose-built outdoor workshop (or indoors depending on weather).

Additional Information: Paul runs green woodworking courses throughout the year in Buninyong, just outside of Ballarat. Students work with freshly cut timber and a few simple hand tools. Classes are conducted in Paul’s carefree outdoor workshop, or in the shed with its wood fired stove during the colder seasons. All tools and materials will be supplied. Participants will need to bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee is included. Dress appropriately. Canvas aprons provided. All timber is locally salvaged from arborists. You will leave with your handcrafted spoon and an information sheet including tips on tools, books and resources to continue your woodworking ways.
Plate Up Ballarat
Date Wed 1st May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019
Plate Up Ballarat is an exciting month-long event celebrating Ballarat’s wonderful food offerings, craft beers, boutique wines and a whole lot more. Taking place throughout the month of May 2019, Plate Up Ballarat will showcase local producers whilst also promoting successful and supportive connections between producers, restaurants and cafes.

Continuing the theme of sustainability, this year they are introducing Plant Up Ballarat focusing on plant based eating, and the indelible link between nutrition and wellness.

Sometimes though, food is just about comfort, and there is nothing more comforting than a classic toastie. But be prepared for some creative spins on old classics as part of Toast of Ballarat.

With more than 50 events spanning the 31 days of May, your biggest choice will be not which events to go to, but which ones you have to leave out of your culinary calendar for May.

You also get the chance to sample something different every day, through Lunch Ltd menus.

Plate Up Ballarat is proud to once again partner with the Ballarat Foundation in support of their Feed Ballarat initiative.

Get set to take an even bigger bite of Ballarat – The Culinary Capital of the West.
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.

The Wizards Book Fair
Date Sat 4th May 2019 to Sun 5th May 2019
The Wizards Book will be held at Messengers Hall with thousands of books, magazines, comics, 33, 45 and 78 records. You will also find items of ephemera to suit all price ranges and tastes including first editions of Horrie the wog dog headhunters of the coral sea; and early Disney.

The paraphernalia will include some football related items, valve radios, a Victorian mahogany metamorphic card table, a Victorian mahogany tilt-top wine table,period hall-stands,display case/bookshelf/cupboards,a 1902 model k27 singer leather work sewing machine with original cast base, gramophones, portable record players, posters, prints and some paintings.

In conjunction with Lydiard Furniture and Antiques.
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.
Ours - Ballarat
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Ours is an intimate evening of contemporary dance, featuring eight original dance works choreographed by members of the Impact Ensemble. With live music, lots of fairy lights and the audience seated in-the-round, Ours explores the the themes: belonging, ownership and community.

Experience a night of beautiful music and dance, featuring the ADC Impact Ensemble: Aj Armstrong, Megan Breguet, Sarah Glynne, Victoria Hadfield, Elyssa Mahr, Abbey O'Donnell, Tara O'Donnell, Monique Powe, Xavier Robertson and Ellen Robinson.

Ours is the second major original dance theatre work for the ADC Impact Ensemble after their successful debut production of Transience: a Triple-Bill.

Directed by Xavier McGettigan. Choreographed by the ADC Impact Ensemble.
Plate Up: Made of Ballarat Marketplace
Date Sat 4th May 2019
Ballarat’s undercurrent of creativity, productivity and craftsmanship will be showcased at the inaugural Made of Ballarat Marketplace.

The market will feature a unique blend of local artisans and producers selling their wares
under one roof at the historic Ballarat Mining Exchange.

This is your opportunity to witness their passion up close and gain an intimate understanding of how and why they do what they do in a series of workshops throughout the day, including Tuki Trout Farm, Salt Kitchen Charcuterie, 1816 Bakery and Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat.

Local producers showcased include The Mushroom Connection, Sally’s Paddock, Best’s Wines, Del Rios, Tuki Trout Farm, Salt Kitchen Charcuterie, 1816 Bakery, Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat, Millbrook Free Range, and many more.

Presented in conjunction with Eat Drink West.
Larrikin Gin Masterclass
Date Sat 11th May 2019
In 2016, a brewer called Scott with a passion for craft beer and spirits, met a Scot called Chris with a lifelong interest in distilling. The pair decided it was time to fulfill their ambitions, and so the Kilderkin Distillery was born.

The first distillery in the region since the 1930s, Kilderkin Distillery produces high-quality spirits enjoyed by everyone, including the crowd favourite Larrikin Gin. This masterclass covers a history of distilling in Ballarat and Victoria, while delving into the history of gin from its Dutch origins through to modern-day craft distilling. Participants will get insights into the gin-making process, and even have the chance to taste, sample and create their own cocktail masterpiece.

Within the workshop, participants will receive five 15 millilitre tastings of gin, one gin cocktail, a cheese platter to share, as well as a 200 millilitre take-home bottle of gin of their choice. A tour of the distillery is also provided, and participants are advised not to wear open-toed shoes for safety purposes.
ILLUMIN8 - Festival of Light and Peace
Date Fri 17th May 2019 to Sat 18th May 2019
Held annually in May, ILLUMIN8 is a two-day event that celebrates peace and harmony inspired by Buddha’s life.

ILLUMIN8 is a family friendly event celebrating peace and harmony through different light installations, multicultural performances, food and market stalls, family entertainment and a spectacular animated light and fireworks show on The Great Stupa.

With different activities across the weekend, immerse yourself in all the experiences the festival has to offer. Wander the Peace Park and interact with different light sculptures, be amazed by the on-stage and roaming performances, take a selfie with the Stupa, enjoy delicious vegetarian and vegan food, join in on activities with the kids in the family zone and browse market stalls.

Do not miss the highlight of the event – on Friday and Saturday nights view an incredible animated light projection on The Great Stupa telling the story of Buddha’s life, finished with an amazing show of fireworks.
Pint of Science - Bendigo
Date Mon 20th May 2019 to Wed 22nd May 2019
Pint of Science is a three day festival bringing the latest in science research to pubs across Australia - and the world.

In 2019 the festival will run on May 20, 21 and 22. Visit the Pint of Science Australia website for all updates regarding venues.
Ballarat Heritage Weekend
Date Sat 25th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019
Showcasing the rich heritage history of Ballarat – think horse and carriages, grand old buildings, steam trains, vintage fashion and much more – Ballarat Heritage Weekend will give you a glimpse of yesteryear and explore the stories and tales of this iconic city.

Key events include a fashion show showcasing one of the largest private collections of fashion history, a vintage bicycle ride in your best tweed and a competition for the best beard and stache going round.

As night time descends upon the streets, more stories come to life, exploring the darker side of Ballarat's heritage with ghost tours, "camp fire" conversations and plenty more.
The Best of Times - The Worst of Times Charles Dickens Women
Date Wed 29th May 2019 to Tue 4th Jun 2019
Charles Dickens' women represent the best and the worst of his character and his fraught relationships with the fairer sex. The over four hundred women represented in his novels represent the best, the most endearing, the most hilarious, the most intriguing, the most malevolent.

They represent the contradictions in human character, from the icily glittering star Estella in Great Expectations to the resilient Sissy Jupe in Hard times.

The Best of Times - The Worst of Times Charles Dickens Women exhibition brings over a dozen of his female characters to life in original clothing of the era, spanning several decades of the 19th century.

A special exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the passing of the immortal novelist in 1870.

The exhibition is curated by Dressing Australia whose Jane Austen - Be Persuaded and Women of Empire exhibitions have been seen by hundreds of thousands of people in Australia as well as overseas.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow - Ballarat
Date Thu 30th May 2019
Looking for a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to Ballarat. Forget I-Spy, spotto and stale servo snacks, this road trip is jam-packed with a crew of fantastically funny comedians, specially selected to bring the fun of the Festival to towns and cities nationwide. With a line-up of artists sure to tickle anyone’s funny bone, the Roadshow has something for everyone. Grab a mate, grab a date, grab a ticket to the Roadshow.

Show running time is approximately two hours 15 minutes including 20 minute interval. Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 15 years or older. Smoke Machine/Hazer may be used during this performance.
Ramble Tamble - The Australian Creedence Show at Buninyong Golf Club
Date Sat 1st Jun 2019
Dinner and Show events are back at the Buninyong Golf Club featuring some of this country's greatest tribute shows.

Ramble Tamble - The Australian Creedence Show will be bringing you all the hits from the iconic 70's band Creedence Clearwater Revival.

The hit songs of Creedence Clearwater Revival are as popular today as when they were first released. Songs like Proud Mary, Down on the Corner, Who’ll Stop the Rain and Green River populate the show like lifelong neighbours, old friends that you know so well, visitors that could never out-stay their welcome.

Ramble Tamble are as close as you will ever get to seeing and hearing the real thing, live on stage. The authenticity of the performance and musical production has left audience members in awe with it being said that if you closed your eyes, you could be listening to the original band. Their attention to detail is outstanding and their passion for this music is inescapable.

Dinner and Show - two course main and sweet or show only tickets available.

Doors open 6:30pm, dinner from: 7:00pm, showtime 8:30pm. Tickets are only available online.
Pyrenees Art Exhibition and Sale
Date Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Mon 10th Jun 2019
The Pyrenees Art Exhibition and Sale is on in Beaufort over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend in June each year.

The four-day annual event is an opportunity to view work of the region's artists. The event is on at the Beaufort Shire Hall each year. A wide range of art styles will be presented at the Exhibition with something for everyone's taste.
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.

Royal South Street Eisteddfod
Date Mon 29th Jul 2019 to Sat 2nd Nov 2019
From their humble beginnings in 1879 as the Young Men’s General Debating Society, Royal South Street has grown to become one of the largest and the longest running performing arts eisteddfods in Australia.

The inaugural Grand Annual Eisteddfod of Australasia was held in 1891 in Ballarat, attracting some 260 entrants who performed across 10 days of competition.

In 2019 they invite you to join them for a fabulous calendar of events across three locations over 100 days. The competitions, which run from July to November, offer thirteen different theatrical disciplines to young performers including speech and drama, singing, music, dance, calisthenics and many more.

They also have a section for people living with a disability to compete and share their passion for voice, dance, music and theatre called The Arts for All.
Ultimate American Rock Show at Buninyong Golf Club
Date Sat 3rd Aug 2019
Dinner and Show events are back at the Buninyong Golf Club featuring some of this country's greatest tribute shows.

If you love heartland rock, folk, pop, blues, roots and good old rock and roll, you will love this, the Ultimate American Rock Show will feature hits from some of the greatest rock artists the USA has produced, performed by some of Australia’s highest calibre musicians, this show will have it all.

The Ultimate American Rock Show is an exciting new venture brought to you by Scarecrow-The Mellencamp Show.

The show will take you on a classic rock journey around the States anywhere from New Jersey with Bruce, down to Florida with Tom, across the midwest of Indiana with John, through the heartland and back across to the West Coast with Glenn, Don, Stevie and the Doobies. So pull on your Levis and join us at Buninyong Golf Club in a salute to the iconic artists from the land of the red, white and blue.

Dinner and Show - two course main and sweet or show only tickets available.

Doors open 6:30pm, dinner from: 7:00pm, showtime 8:30pm. Tickets are only available online.
Celebrating Chopin - The Margaret Schofield Memorial Prize
Date Sun 4th Aug 2019
Celebrating Chopin is one of Australia's most prestigious piano competitions. It is part of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod and is held at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

The competition attracts the best young pianists (16 to 32 years) from around the country who compete for a prize pool of $9,000.
The Herald Sun Aria at the Royal South Street Eisteddfod
Date Fri 13th Sep 2019 to Sat 14th Sep 2019
The Herald Sun Aria, now in its 95th year, features Australia’s best young opera singers. Each year the heats and semi finals are held as part of the Royal South Street Eisteddfod on stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Ballarat. Competitors vie for prize money totaling more than $56,000.
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.