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MALDON FOLK FESTIVAL

Maldon is the place to be for an abundance of folk music, dance and theatre. Bask in the legendary festival atmosphere over four days, complete with workshops and various activities around the Maldon township. Friday 3rd November 6pm to Monday 6th November 11pm. www.maldonfolkfestival.com

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THE BIG COHUNA FESTIVAL

The Big Cohuna Festival is on this weekend, celebrating Cohuna and the surrounding district. With a range of food events, art and workshops, and featuring the Farm Yard Frolic Tour, presenting a range of progressive local farms, from greenery, goats and pigs, through to cows and their guardian Maremmas. 3rd November to 7th November. http://www.cohuna.org.au/

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TINY TREES

The creation of Bonsai is an art form. See for yourself this weekend in Castlemaine, at the annual Goldfields Bonsai Society exhibition. You can view a collection of amazing bonsai, as well as purchasing your own bonsai, starter plants, and pots. Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November, 10am – 4.30pm. www.facebook.com/events

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MUSIC AND CIDER IN THE AFTERNOON

If you’d like to get away from Melbourne for a few hours, try Sean Dixon at the Daylesford Cider Company on Tuesday afternoon. The event is free, so book a table, pull up a chair and buy a delicious cider. Also great food! The following weekend the Daylesford Cider Company showcases Mandy Connell Duo. Tuesday 7th November 12.30pm – 3.30pm. / Sunday November 11th 12.30 – 3.30pm. http://daylesfordcider.com.au

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FLOWERS AND SCULPTURES IN THE HILLS

Mica Grange in Sutton Grange is at its best with its Spring Open Garden and Sculpture Exhibition. Gorgeous flowers, a range of sculptures and a beautiful setting, it’s a wonderful long weekend for a drive. Open every weekend until November 19th, including Monday and Tuesday of Melbourne Cup weekend. http://www.micagrange.com/

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HOCKEYROOS AND KOOKABURRAS AND MORE!

If you’re interested in seeing talented men and women race around with hockey sticks and compete against one another, then the International Festival of Hockey is for you. Bendigo 5th and 6th of November, and then Melbourne 8th through 12th November. http://hockey.org.au/festival

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BUTTERFLIES GALORE

With a long weekend for some, how about a trip to ASQ Skydancers, to see the beautiful spring flowers and butterflies, or drink a coffee at the cafe? The butterfly enclosure is open from October to May, just off the highway at Harcourt. Open 7 days. http://www.asq.net.au

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RACE TO YOUR OUTFIT FOR RACE DAY

If you’re going to any of the Cups, Melbourne, Ballarat, etc. and you don’t have your stunning outfit yet, race into The Farmer’s Wife, Creswick. Bec and her staff will make sure you look your sparkling best for race day! Open 7 days. www.facebook.com/thefarmerswife.com.au/

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TO MARKET TO MARKET

Saturday
Bridge Mall Farmers Market, Ballarat
Beaufort Market
Castlemaine Artists Market
Wesley Hill Market, Wesley Hill, Castlemaine

Sunday
Daylesford Market

DIARY DATES:
4th November: Rock in the Vines, Sutton Grange Winery. https://www.suttongrange.com.au/rockinthevines
5th November: Historic Houses Tour Castlemaine. http://www.castlemainehistoricalsociety.com
10th  – 12th November: UnitingCare Book Fair in Ballarat. http://www.unitingcareballarat.com.au
10th – 11th November: Mount Alexander Relay for Life. http://fundraising.cancer.org.au
11th – 12th November: Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend. http://www.creswick.net
18th November: Kingston Open Gardens. www.facebook.com/Kingston-Avenue-of-Honour
24th November: Trentham Twilight Night. www.facebook.com/events
26th November: Patchwork to Pickles – Castlemaine Traditional Arts Fair at Buda http://www.budacastlemaine.org/
2nd to 3rd December: For the horse lovers. Baroque Horse Festival at Kryal Castle. https://www.facebook.com/events

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