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.



Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival – Thurs 8th Feb – Sun 11th Feb 2018

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival is a four day event in the heart of historic Lydiard Street, Ballarat celebrating all things Rockabilly including the music, the fashion, the cars, the dancing, and the fun!

As well as fabulous music, the festival includes a Tiki bar, dance floors, fashion parades, best dressed competition, and the much loved Ballarat Beat Pin-up Competition.

The free street party is family friendly and includes a classic and hot rod car show, live entertainment, trade stalls, dancing, fashion shows, and so much more.

Ballarat Food Truck Carnival Thurs 15th of Feb – Sun 18th of Feb

The Food Truck Carnival Co is coming back to the Ballarat Showgrounds this February over four huge days: Thursday 15 February to Sunday 18 February 2018.

There will be 25 of Melbourne’s best food trucks, carnival rides, fully licensed bar, music and much, much more.


Ballarat Swap Meet Fri 23rd of Feb – Sat 24th of Feb

The Ballarat Swap Meet is a unique event where enthusiasts come from all over Australia to buy or sell a tremendous range of parts from cars and motor cycles through to car manuals, tools and other collectibles. The swap meet is conducted each year on the last weekend of February with trading occurring on Friday and Saturday.


Ballarat Begonia Festival – Sat 10th Mar – Mon 12th Mar

The Ballarat Begonia Festival is one of Victoria’s largest and most popular regional events.

Held over the Labour Day long-weekend in March within the picturesque Ballarat Botanical Gardens, this award-winning festival (2014 Best Regional Event in Victoria and 2014 Australia’s Favourite Event) celebrates the brilliant begonia, along with all things gardening, outdoor living, and family fun.

White Night Ballarat – Sat 17th of March 2018

White Night Ballarat is the city as you know it, but re-imagined and transformed under the ephemeral cloak of night. From dusk til dawn local, national and international artists, musicians and performers will weave a spell over the city in a celebration of culture and creativity. A night where the surreal seems real, White Night Ballarat is a rare opportunity to experience the city in a different light.

Busking Ballarat National Championships Regional Final – 24 Mar 2018 TO 24 Mar 2018

Ballarat will be hosting a Regional Final of the Australian National Busking Championships on Saturday 24 March 2018 with buskers performing throughout the CBD.

Come and visit Ballarat for fabulous music with performers from all over the country covering all styles from rock to pop, jazz to blues, country to classical, freestyle to folk.


Clunes Booktown Festival – 05 May 2018 TO 06 May 2018

Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectible books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride, try their hand in a scrabble tournament and immerse themselves in the State Library Victoria’s display, which includes one of Samuel Johnson’s original dictionaries from 1755.