NEW YEARS AND NEW EVENTS

We’ll be taking a break for the next three weeks, so we’ve got a nice big update to keep you entertained – we’ve found all sorts of goodies for you. Thanks for a great year and looking forward to the next!

MERRY SKULLMAS
Get in quick – TONIGHT ONLY! The Art Gallery of Ballarat is celebrating Christmas in style with an event offering free entry to their Romancing the Skull exhibition. Free Blue Pyrenees wine tasting 5 to 7 and a chance to browse the gift shop to find those perfect gifts. 5 – 8 pm TONIGHT! https://artgalleryofballarat.com.au/

A DOOR INTO ART
There’s still time to get your quality Christmas presents from Red Door Gallery in Clunes. Located in the historic Fraser Street in Clunes, its central location makes it the perfect place to look for a unique work of art. https://reddoorgalleryonfraser.com/
CHRISTMAS CAROLS ARE COMING
Carols in the Cathedral is on this Friday evening from 7 – 9pm. It’s a free event, but arrive early to ensure you get a seat! St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat. www.facebook.com/events/

Looking into the new year…

IT’S TIME TO GO A-DANCING
The Maryborough Highland Gathering is a New Year’s Day tradition which started in 1857 and has run every year since, except during World War 2. The event is as popular today as its inception, naturally showcasing highland dancing but with a range of sporting events. http://highlandsociety.com.au/

MUSIC BY THE WATER
Summer Sundays are happening in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens again this January, with free live music performances including Freya Josephine Hollick, Rhiannon Simpson and Didirri, food trucks and great coffee! First three Sundays in January. www.facebook.com/summersundaysballarat/

BE PERSUADED BY JANE AUSTEN
To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, Dressing Australia designed The Be Persuaded Exhibition, a rare and wonderful exhibition bringing together the fashion of Jane Austen’s era, complete with clothing and illustrations. 17 to 23 January at Dudley House in Bendigo. www.janeaustenbepersuaded.com/

HORSES AND FAMOUS PLACES
Experience New Year’s Day and Australia Day somewhere beautiful – at the races at Hanging Rock. Lay down a rug, have a picnic, and enjoy yourself with a great day out at the races. 1 January, 26 January. https://country.racing.com/calendar/

Save your spot by booking now for these three events they may be months away, but the tickets won’t last!

MUSIC TO GLORY IN
Music by the Springs is a new chamber music experience located at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel in Hepburn Springs. With seven performances over three days, a beautiful location and wines and meals to indulge in, this is one to look out for! https://musicbythesprings.com.au/

TOO MANY MIRANDAS
If you’re after some surreal fun, why not join the community dance flashmob at Hanging Rock next February, to celebrate 50 years of Picnic at Hanging Rock. Learn the Miranda dance moves, frock up and bring a picnic – make sure to book early! 24 February. www.mrsc.vic.gov.au/

WINE FOR A GREAT DAY OUT
The Stratagem Bendigo Winemakers Festival tickets will go on sale in January, so keep your eyes peeled – this is one you don’t want to miss. Red, white, rose and sparkling wines for tasting and purchase, live music and tempting food stalls! 28 April. www.bendigowine.org.au/

MARKETS FOR THE WEEKEND
Not many markets this weekend, but enough to keep you busy! Please note also that many markets do not run in January.
Friday Evening:
Maldon Twilight Market
Saturday:
Wesley Hill Market, Castlemaine
Sunday:
Daylesford Market

SOME DIARY DATES FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIKE TO BE PREPARED:
20 January:
Ballarat Beer Festival www.ballaratbeerfestival.com.au/
1 January: Maryborough Highland Gathering http://highlandsociety.com.au/
2 –4 February: Grampians Music Festival https://grampiansmusicfestival.com/
8 – 11 February:
Music by the Springs, Hepburn Springs https://musicbythesprings.com.au/
8 – 11 February:
Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival www.ballaratbeat.com.au/
11 February: Picnic at Hanging Rock (Classic cars) www.picnicathangingrock.com.au/
18 February: Ballarat Cycle Classic https://reach4research.com.au/
8 – 18 March: Daylesford ChillOut Festival http://www.chilloutfestival.com.au/
10 March: Grapefest 5km Run Bendigo www.bendigowine.org.au/events
10 – 12 March: Ballarat Begonia Festival www.ballaratbegoniafestival.com/
11 – 13 March: Ballarat Antique Fair http://ballaratspringantiquefair.com.au/
11 – 13 & 18 – 19 March: Arts Open, Castlemaine www.artsopen.com.au/
16 March: Regional World’s Longest Lunch Bendigo www.bendigowine.org.au/events
17 March: White Night Ballarat www.whitenight.com.au/ballarat/
22 – 31 March: Castlemaine State Festival http://castlemainefestival.com.au/
24 March: Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival http://bendigocraftbeerfestival.com.au/
25 March: Anderson’s Mill Festival, Smeaton www.andersonsmillfest.org.au/
30 March – 2 April: Bendigo Easter Festival www.bendigoeasterfestival.org.au/
28 April: Stratagem Bendigo Winemakers Festival www.bendigowine.org.au/events
4 – 6 May: Clunes Booktown Festival www.clunesbooktown.com.au/
26 – 27 May: Ballarat Heritage Weekend www.ballaratheritageweekend.com/
Winter: Words in Winter Festival, Hepburn Shire and surrounds http://wordsinwinter.com/event/
October: Swiss Italian Festa, Hepburn Springs http://swissitalianfesta.com/
October/November: Festival of Gardens, Castlemaine www.festivalofgardens.org/
8 – 11 June: Castlemaine Jazz Festival www.castlemainejazzfestival.com.au/
8 – 11 June: Woodend Winter Arts Festival http://woodendwinterartsfestival.org.au/
June: Produce Harvest Festival (Daylesford and Macedon regions) https://dmproduce.com.au
June/July: Winterlude (Ballarat Winter Festival) www.visitballarat.com.au/winterlude
August/September: Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival www.kynetondaffodilarts.org.au/
October: Kyneton Music Festival https://kynetonmusicfestival.com.au/
2 – 5 November: Maldon Folk Festival: www.maldonfolkfestival.com/
November 11: Kingston Remembrance Day www.facebook.com/KingstonAvenueofHonour/
November: Ballarat Springfest http://ballaratspringfest.com.au/
November: Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival www.bendigobluesandroots.com.au
November: Budburst Festival, Macedon Ranges www.macedonrangeswineandfoodfest.com.au
November: Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally, Beaufort www.lakegoldsmithsteamrally.org.au/
December: Daylesford Highland Gathering http://daylesfordhighland.com/

Mica Grange