Festivals, markets, theater or sports, whatever you are interested in there is always something happening in Ballarat

Visit the Ballarat Regional Tourism website for more information or see below for upcoming events.


The Doctor Blake Mysteries Exhibition – 11th April to 3rd September

Doctor Blake’s Ballarat offers a glimpse into the world of internationally successful drama series The Doctor Blake Mysteries.

Get up close to the props, costumes, photography, and set sketches that bring Doctor Blake to life, and see the historic Ballarat locations featured in the show.

Be greeted at the door by Doctor Blake’s iconic 1937 Coventry Standard car and take a selfie behind the doctor’s desk. Step into the set of the doctor’s lounge room or relax in Doctor Blake’s waiting room.

A program of events has been organised for the exhibition including panel discussions with Doctor Blake crew.

Ballarat Winter Festival – Saturday 1st to Sunday 30th July

Take a stroll down Sovereign Hill’s Main Street and admire the falling snowflakes over the beautiful Victorian buildings, which will light up at night with an intriguing Winter Wonderlights Christmas in July display. Or, if you are up for an adventure, pull on your skates and take to the ice at the pop-up ice skating rink in the heart of the city. Wander the laneways at night, admiring the intriguing lights, illuminations and live music, and settle in to a delectable feast with the warming winter menus.
Stay overnight to discover more of Ballarat during your visit.
Full program and ticket sales coming soon.

AFL Round 22 Western Bulldogs V Port Adelaide – Saturday 19th August

In what will be a historic first for the City of Ballarat, the Western Bulldogs will play their inaugural AFL game when they take on the Port Adelaide Power for premiership points on Saturday 19 August, 2017.  A home and away season game in Ballarat has long been on the radar for the AFL, with significant investment in the redevelopment of Eureka Stadium bringing the dream to reality in 2017.
In what is expected to be sell out game, what better way to guarantee yourself a ticket to this historic occasion than booking one of our great game and accommodation packages starting from $380.

Ballarat Cabaret Festival – Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th October

The Ballarat Cabaret Festival will return for 2017 with an exciting line up of stars and venues to match.
Melbourne Cabaret identity Fiona Scott-Norman has been announced as the Artistic Director for the 2017 Festival which showcases the best of Australian cabaret in regional Victoria with a range of performances over four days in central Ballarat.

Springfest Market Weekend – November 26th

images With live entertainment on the Saturday night and 400 stalls popping up around Lake Wendouree for the huge market held in November annually.



Ballarat Beer Festival

The Ballarat Beer Festival is an annual event in January. Victoria’s original and favourite craft beer festival is held over the long weekend  Thousands of locals and out-of-towners are expected to descend upon the city to celebrate liquid gold over the January school holidays, at the City Oval, Ballarat.