It’s all starting to happen

Show Dad how much you appreciate him with a buffet lunch at Bellinzona Resort! Celebrate the Man of the House in the Grand Dining Room surrounded by family and friends and every Dad who attends will receive a FREE glass of beer! Enjoy a selection of anitpasto, followed by a diverse range of hearty dishes including beef, pork belly and salmon with a finale of decadent desserts. Every Dad also goes into the draw to win an overnight glamping experience at Balgownie Estate Bendigo in a safari tent. Sunday 1st of September 2019 Bookings essential. Call (03) 5348 2271.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale 

This weekend sees the beginning of a two month celebration of art and photography with a plethora of exhibitions and events in a variety of venues around Ballarat. Here are just two:

Liu Bolin

A Conversation with Liu Bolin

Join internationally acclaimed photographer Liu Bolin in this exclusive and intimate talk.  Liu will discuss both his art practice and the relationship between the individual and society in China today.   Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in the Shandong province of eastern China, where he continues to live and work.  Liu’s photographs and sculptures have been exhibited in many museums and institutions worldwide.

Q & A with Ray Martin

Join one of the most respected and influential journalists of our time, Ray Martin, as he discusses how the camera creates as a new horizon for his own story telling.  This is a chance to talk camera, creativity and culture with Ray Martin and examine his most recent work from the Himalayas.  Sunday 1st September – 1pm 

Grapes of Mirth at Avoca in October

You’ll need to get in early for this

We think you’ll need to book early for this one. Since its inaugural event in February 2017, Grapes of Mirth’s ability to match top shelf wine and comedy has proved to be an overwhelming success. Host and founder, comedian Merrick Watts, has championed this winning formula after recognising the value of an afternoon featuring Australia’s best comedians in Australia’s best wine regions. The ‘media-shy’ Dave Hughes headlines a list of fantastic Aussie talent coming to the Pyrenees, including Danielle Walker, Nazeem Hussain, Nath Valvo and GoM debutant Geraldine Hickey! Avoca Turf Club – Sunday 12 noon to 6pm

Bendigo on the Hop

We apologise for dangling this carrot, because the event is totally sold out. Bendigo on the Hop has become a huge event for the city and just keeps growing, so it may be an idea to get in early to make sure you make it in 2020. A collection of boutique breweries from the region and great food vans to keep you satisfied.

Developing your style, your fashion, your fantasy

This workshop gives you the knowledge to interpret fashion and enjoy its expression. Starting with a glimpse into fashion history through to the newest trends, colour, fabrics, trends and timeless styles to dress to impress.  You will get a sketch book, pencil, colour charts … and a surprise present from Ulrike Barbara, founder and designer of RIKE DESIGN fashion in Castlemaine. This is happening Sunday, so you will need to be quick to book

Play Music on the Porch Day

Well folks it’s on again after a successful event last year… This is a real country event and everyone is welcome to come along to play and enjoy music on the porch day – This is part of an international event. African drumming, The Thursday night choir, various singing groups -bring your pooch and enjoy some fun at the Commercial at Kingston Hotel, Kingston – Saturday 31st August

If you have a free Friday

Set in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields, Run the Maine enters its 11th edition. Our new courses, including a half marathon, trail run, 10km, 5km plus the 2km ‘run bird run’ provide unique challenges for participants of all ages and abilities. Make a weekend of it and take in the views & delights that historic Castlemaine and surrounds has to offer.

Kyneton Antique & Vintage Fair 2019

Now in its 23rd year, the annual Kyneton Antique & Vintage Fair, with collections ranging from a thimble to a grandfather clock and everything in between. 30th August to 1st September.

Markets this weekend

Wesley Hill Castlemaine
Ballarat Lakeside Farmers Market Lancefield Farmers Market
Daylesford Railway Market