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.


Romancing the Skull – Sat 14 Oct 2017 – Sun 28 Jan 2018

The skull has entranced and fascinated generations of artists. Romancing the skull looks at the depiction of the skull in art and examines why we continue to be so enamoured with this iconic symbol. 
The exhibition explores a range of themes including the skull as a reminder of our mortality, the use of the skull in addressing social and political issues, and the skull and crossbones as a symbol of piracy and rebellion.

72nd Australian Jazz Convention – Tues 26th Dec 2017 – Sun 31st Dec 2017

Ballarat will come alive with the sounds and colours of Jazz between Christmas and New Year, when as many as 1,000 musicians and delegates will attend the 72nd Annual Convention and play and enjoy music in programmed performances in eight venues in Ballarat’s CBD.

Single day passes can be purchased for $30 either online, at Her Majesties Theatre or at the convention main information centre, located at the Mining Exchange, during the Convention.

2018 Cycling Australia Road National Championships – Wed 3rd Jan – Sun 7th Jan 2018

The RoadNats feature an invigorating line up of community events, activities and participation opportunities for all cyclists and cycling fans.

This year the Championships will welcome two new categories with Australia’s best U19 and Para-cyclists set to join the U23 and elite in the battle for the coveted green and gold jersey in January.

Victorian Country Track & Field Championships – Fri 26th Jan – Sun 28th Jan 2018

The 2018 Victorian Country Track & Field Championships make their way to Ballarat over the Australia Day weekend. There are events offered in all age groups from U14 up to 60+ as well as club and individual awards presented across the three-day competition.


Red Hot Summer Tour –  Sat 27th of January 2018

The Red Hot Summer Tour is back for 2018! This years line up includes Suzi Quatro, The Screaming Jets, Baby Animals, The Angels, Chocolate Starfish, & Moving Pictures.

Tickets are available at www.redhotsummertour.com.au


Ballarat Beer Festival 20th of January 2018

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.



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

After the success of the 2017 festival, Rockabilly will return to Ballarat in February 2018.

More details to come soon!


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.