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.




Royal South Street Competitions – Ballarat

24 Jul 2017 TO 31 Oct 2017

Come and discover Australia’s rising stars at the 2016 Royal South Street Eisteddfod in Ballarat, Victoria.
The 125th year promises to be special as the competition celebrate 11 years of Chopin and introduces a new section in calisthenics and a completely new discipline called Mi Sound. Expect spirited performances in Instrumental, Vocal and Calisthenics categories as well.
Come to Ballarat and find out why this is still Australia’s foremost Eisteddfod.

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 International Foto Biennale 19th August – 17th September

Spanning 31 days and nights, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale provides a focus for the most exciting and innovative Australian and international photographers through exhibitions held in the Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Mining Exchange and 90 other significant venues across Ballarat.

 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.



White Night Ballarat.

17th March 2018.

White Night Ballarat is the city as you know it, but reimagined 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.