What’s on in Ballarat – Autumn
Welcome to Autumn and to our new once a season blog post… What’s on in Ballarat! Stop by at the start of Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer to find out all that’s happening in Ballarat. If you live in Ballarat or are moving here you can read through the list of events and add them to your diary. Be ready for a busy calendar because there’s always something to enjoy!
Jenine and Michael Harris
Owners at Advanced Self Storage
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What’s on in Ballarat in Autumn
BALLARAT’S BEGONIA FESTIVAL
10-11 March / 10am to 5pm
Gillies Street Nth Ballarat
“The Ballarat Begonia Festival is a free event held over the Labour Day long weekend in March.
Join us this March for an exciting line up of entertainment, activities, talks, culinary delights and celebrity guests.
This year Costa Georgiadis will bring his energy to the Garden Stage. Families will love joining in the daily fun with the stars from dirtgirlworld and Get Grubby TV, DIRTGIRL and Costa the Garden Gnome LIVE at the Main Stage.
There is something for everyone at this year’s Ballarat Begonia Festival, from children’s activities, gardening tips and displays, to a comedy tent, live entertainment, culinary delights, craft and garden markets, brewers, distillers and wine gardens, floral demonstrations and displays, ‘granny skills’ talks on home made products, and more.”
WHITE NIGHT BALLARAT
17 March / 7pm to 2am
White Night Ballarat will reimagine the city when it returns to the streets and laneways of this beautiful regional city on Saturday 17 March 2018 from 7pm to 2am.
Dozens of free events and hours of art installations, exhibitions, films, lighting, projection, music and performance: White Night is a nonstop adventure that gives the city of Ballarat over to artists local, national and global … and to you!
PLATE UP BALLARAT
Running the whole month of May 2018
Plate Up Ballarat showcases the region & provides vital support to the local tourism industry- boosting revenue, creating jobs, driving visitation & promoting overall awareness.
Ballarat boasts friendly, A+ service and incredibly talented chefs, creating exceptional culinary experiences & a burgeoning food scene that will put Plate Up Ballarat on the map, literally. There has never been a better time to promote the sophisticated regional dining alternatives on offer.
Plate Up Ballarat has been developed to boost community spirit & attract tourists while raising the profile of Ballarat and surrounds. On the doorstep of the Grampians and Pyrenees wine regions, and in the heart of fertile volcanic soil farmland, Ballarat is uniquely placed to be the culinary heart of Victoria.
Plate Up Ballarat also provides a platform to link restaurant and café owners with local producers. Furthermore, foodies will be able to access resources to purchase regional produce.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
1 – 11 March
Wendouree Performing Arts Centre
1220 Howitt Street Wendouree
Jesus Christ Superstar is a 1970 rock opera with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept album before its Broadway debut in 1971. The musical is sung-through, with no spoken dialogue. The story is loosely based on the Gospels’ accounts of the last week of Jesus’s life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It depicts political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus that are not present in the Bible.
BALLARAT’S BIGGEST PLAYGROUP
27 March / 10am–12pm
Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)
Get ready to play
Ballarat’s Biggest Playgroup is back for this one-day event featuring music, storytime, art and craft, sensory play, baby play, and much more, held
at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E).
Come along for this much-loved annual event that helps babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their carers become connected with each other and their community, grow important developmental skills, and have loads of fun.
HARMONY FEST 2018
Promoting the theme All of Us, Harmony Fest 2018 will explode across the city in a celebration of rich cultural diversity. This 10-day community extravaganza of fun, flavour, music and special events will take centre stage from 16-25 March.
After attracting more than 12,000 people last year, thousands are once again expected to get involved in this year’s Ballarat Harmony Fest. Now in its eighth year, Harmony Fest celebrates the diversity that makes our city stronger, and a more dynamic and vibrant place to live.
The City of Ballarat’s popular annual Harmony Fest Parade of Cultures leads into the celebrations, as part of the Ballarat Begonia Parade on Monday, 12 March.
Harmony Fest 2018 celebrations are a chance to learn more about Ballarat’s multicultural community.
Championed by both the community and corporate sectors, the event will feature local restaurants plating up a range of cultural cuisine, as part of the Tastes of the World food trail.
The festival will culminate with the inaugural Rock the Block youth-led culture event in the CBD on Sunday 25 March.
This party will feature four hours of continuous stage performances from headline acts Indigenous Hip Hop Projects, Bortier Okoe plus local talent Rhiannon Simpson, EMBE and Butterfunked, at Federation University’s Lydiard Street campus, from 3-7pm. The event will also include a range of activities, creative workshops, delicious food offerings and a chill-out space.
NEXT GEN 2018
10 February – 12 March / 10am – 5pm
Art Gallery of Ballarat
Next GEN 2018 showcases the work of students from Government, Catholic and Independent schools mainly from the Ballarat and Grampians region, who have just completed VCE studies in Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design and Media.
The Art Gallery of Ballarat has been exhibiting some of the best work produced by students from across the western Victorian region for twenty years. Next GEN 2018 continues to be an important part of the Gallery’s exhibition program and both provides industry training to its participants, acts as an inspiring introduction to VCE art for current students, and gives Gallery visitors insights into the world of young people today.
Credit: Above event copy and image via artgalleryofballarat.com.au
And so much more…
Ballarat Heritage Weekend
26 – 27 May
More information at ballaratheritageweekend.com.au
AFL Game Western Bulldogs V Gold Coast Mars Stadium
5 May / Creswick Road, Wendouree, VIC 3350
Ticket Bookings / Online: ticketmaster.com.au / Phone: 136 100 / In person: Ticketmaster – find an outlet near you
Bridge Mall Farmers Market
1st Saturday of every month
More information at bridgemallmarket.com.au
Ballarat Farmers Market
2nd and 4th Saturday each month