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Events & festivals

  • Ballarat Antique Fair

    March. A huge range of quality antiques, collectables and vintage items from all over the world will be on display and for sale at the Mining Exchange building. It is the largest and longest running antique fair held in Australia.

  • Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival

    February. Historic Lydiard Street in Ballarat is turned into a festival zone with classic and hot rod cars, trade stalls, live music and an all day dancefloor. There are also fashion competitions and parades.

  • Ballarat Begonia Festival

    March. A festival celebrating Ballarat's world renowned begonias with their vibrant colours and magnificent blooms. There is an outstanding begonia display at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens as well as live entertainment, childrens activities, vintage tram rides, a gardener's market and great regional food and wine offerings.

  • Ballarat Heritage Weekend

    May. A learning and discovery festival with collections, demonstrations and guided tours that showcase the inventions, architecture and people that shaped our future

  • Ballarat International Foto Biennale

    August / September. Held over one month, this festival of contemporary local and international photography is staged within many of the city's finest heritage buildings and public spaces. View a wide range of exciting photography, get involved in professional workshops or attend presentations by acclaimed photographers.

  • Ballarat Show

    November. This 3 day event held at the showgrounds features live entertainment, heritage displays, animal shows and fireworks

  • Ballarat Winterlude

    June / July. Discover Ballarat during the winter. There are over 50 winter themed events throughout the city including Sovereign Hill's Christmas in July and the Winter Wonderlights show, Knights of Fire at Kryal Castle, a pop-up ice skating rink, movie garden, beer hall, food, live music and childrens activities.

  • Reach 4 Research Cycle Classic

    February. Raising funds for cancer research, this annual cycle classic features a number of organised ride challenges around Lake Wendouree and through Ballarat's beautiful surroundings. Catering for all fitness levels and cycling abilities. Alternatively, there is a lap of the lake celebration walk.

  • SpringFest

    November. A springtime festival with market stalls around Lake Wendouree and exhibition events

  • White Night Ballarat

    March. Ballarat's city centre will be turned into a dusk to dawn celebration of culture and creativity. Enjoy a wonderland of illumination with stunning lighting displays, art, live performances, music, dance and interactive events.