8 March 2017 - 15 March 2017




Collective Vision: 130 Years

Saturday 4 March - Sunday 28 May
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery is celebrating 130 years with a dynamic new exhibition of historic, contemporary, curious, significant and much-loved favourites from the gallery's renowned collection.

Image Credit: Louise Weaver (1966), Auk (In advance of the glacier) (detail) 2010
Image courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery. Photograph Mark Ashkanasy


Bendigo International Madison

Saturday 11 March - Sunday 12 March
Where: Tom Flood Sports Centre, Bendigo

This cycling event returns one again this long weekend. Popular for its exciting changes and sometimes spectacular crashes, the Madison is an event not to be missed.


Eaglehawk Dahlia and Arts Festival

Wednesday 15 March - Friday 24 March
Where: Various locations, Eaglehawk

The Eaglehawk Dahlia & Arts Festival began as an initiative of a group of Eaglehawk citizens intending to promote the then Borough of Eaglehawk by way of a championship Dahlia Flower Show and mass planting of Dahlias in Canterbury Park, Eaglehawk.






Mutable Truths

Wednesday 15 March - Sunday 30 April
La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo

This group exhibition offers different perspectives on Phillippine contemporary art practice. **Join the official opening on Wednesday 15 March from 6pm-8pm.


Justin Wasserman: Burned

Until Saturday 26 March
 Arnold Street Gallery, North Bendigo

This exhibition reflects the Australian summer, the threat of bushfire and the anxiety that follows. ** Join the official launch on Thursday 9 March from 6pm-8pm



Until Monday 17 April
Where: Gallery 369, Bendigo

This group exhibition celebrates local creative talents and showcases contemporary artworks including paintings, photography and ceramics. Image: 'Sense of Place', Triptych, oil on canvas, Ben Winspear.


Ag Art Wear Exhibition

Until Sunday 23 April
Where: Living Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre

This display features a selection of imaginative garments made exclusively from materials used in farming. 


Open Air Military Museum

Until Sunday 30 April
Where: Bendigo District RSL, Bendigo

The Bendigo Story: 100 Years of ANZAC exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the whole community to embrace the centenary in a productive, dignified and respectful way.


Composing Objects

Until Sunday 28 May 
Where: Post Office Gallery at the Bendigo Visitor Centre

Composing Objects will delve into the creative desire to arrange three-dimensional objects.


Outdoor and Sport


Volunteer Fire Brigades Urban State Championships

Saturday 11 March - Monday 13 March
Where: Weroona Oval/Bull Street, Bendigo

Over 800 competitors from Victoria, interstate and New Zealand will compete in a range of events displaying strength, agility, speed and teamwork. Brigades will also march in a parade which is followed by a free music event in the Bendigo CBD on Saturday evening.


Colour Ya World Bendigo

Saturday 11 March, 10am-2pm
Where: Canterbury Park, Eaglehawk

Run, walk, dance and laugh your way through a simple course of family-friendly colour madness.


Redesdale Open Gardens

Saturday 11 March - Sunday 12 March
Where: Various locations, Redesdale

You're invited to visit a trio of stunning gardens this weekend in Redesdale.


Minelab Wedderburn Detector Jamboree

Saturday 11 March - Sunday 12 March
Where: Hard Hill Tourist Reserve, Wedderburn

Bring along the family for a fun-filled prospecting weekend and participate in all the activities to do with gold panning and detecting.


Geelong vs Essendon - 2017 AFL JLT Community Series

Sunday 12 March, 4.10pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Oval, Bendigo

AFL pre-season football is returning to the Queen Elizabeth Oval with Geelong to take on Essendon this Sunday.


Mid Week Racing

Tuesday 14 March, from 12pm
Where: Bendigo Jockey Club, White Hills

Experience the races with a difference. This event is a sure to be a winner with colleagues, friends and family.


Ultimate Triathlon Championships

Sunday 12 March
Where: Crusoe Reservoir, Kangaroo Flat

Ultimate Bendigo will explode into action this weekend with a fast course that triathletes won't want to miss.

Food and Beverage


Bendigo Community Farmers Market

Saturday 11 March, 9am-1pm
Where: Sidney Myer Place, Bendigo

Come and support local farmers and producers who provide fresh, regional and seasonal produce.


Arts, Music & Culture


Artist Talk with Guan Wei

Thursday 9 March, 11.30am-12.30pm
Where: La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo

Guan Wei, a winner of the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize, will speak about his practice and his work Beach 5 featured in the current exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery.


Porcelain Jewellery & Object-Making Workshop

Saturday 11 March, 10am-1pm
Where: Bendigo Visitor Centre, Bendigo

Learn how to design, hand-build and decorate your own piece of porcelain jewellery or small object in this 3-hour workshop with skilled artist and jewellery maker, Katherine Wheeler. 


From Picture to Page and Beyond

Saturday 11 March - Sunday 12 March
Where: Kangaroo Flat Primary School, Kangaroo Flat

If you love card-making, scrapbooking and papercrafts, then this is the show for you!


Family Friendly


Heathcote Night Market

Friday 10 March, 5pm-9.30pm
Where: Barrack Reserve, Heathcote

This market will include local wineries, craft beer, food vans, local produce, bush market stalls and entertainment for the whole family.


Harcourt Applefest

Saturday 11 March, 9am-4.30pm
Where: Stanley Park, Harcourt

The annual Harcourt Applefest is a chance to celebrate local produce and local talent. With a market, kids activities and live entertainment, there's something for everyone.


The Handmade Market Bendigo

Saturday 11 March, 10am-2pm
Where: Rotary Gateway Park Centre, Kangaroo Flat

A market offering handmade, home-grown and handcrafted items plus food, coffee and entertainment!


Moonlight Market

Saturday 11 March, 5pm-9pm
Where: Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo

With live music and art, street performers and a huge range of stalls, this is a great night out!


The Bendigo Record, Comic and Toy Fair

Sunday 12 March, 10am-4pm
Where: Bendigo Exhibition Centre, North Bendigo

The Bendigo Record, Comic and Toy Fair is returning for another fun filled day for collectors, bargain hunters and pop-culture aficionados.


Redesdale Bush Market

Sunday 12 March, 9am-2pm
Where: Agnes Mudford Reserve, Redesdale

The annual Redesdale Bush Market will once again be held again this Sunday offering something of interest for all ages.


The Great Moscow Circus

Until Sunday 12 March
Where: Bendigo Showgrounds, North Bendigo

Roll up, roll up, the Circus is in town! Why not treat yourself and the family to a fun and exciting night out.


Labour Day at The Zone

Monday 13 March, 10am-4pm
Where: The Zone Fun Park, East Bendigo


Bendigo Bowling Centre entertainment

Where: Bendigo Bowling Centre, Bendigo

Cheap Tuesdays $7 games, Ultra Bowling Friday nights from 8.30pm and Moonlight Bowling on Saturday nights from 7pm.



Food Fossicking Tour

Every Saturday, 10am-12.45pm
Where: Various food venues in the CBD

Discover some of Bendigo's foodie secrets, meet passionate foodie heroes, be treated to food and beverage tastings and walk away with your own goodies and tour bag.


Bendigo Town Hall Tour

Every Wednesday 2pm and Sunday 11am
Where: Bendigo Town Hall

Step back into our golden era and experience one of the most remarkable boom time buildings in Victoria.


From Market to Paddock to Plate

Saturday 13 May, 8 July, 9 September, 11 November
Where: Tour begins in the foyer at the Schaller Studio, Bendigo

Join Sonia Anthony, owner of Masons of Bendigo and unearth central Victoria’s food and wine bounty.


Progressively Delicious Dessert Tour

Monday-Saturday, 2pm-5pm
Where: Various locations in View Street, Bendigo

Visit three stunning venues and enjoy three stunning desserts all matched with signature beverages.


Cobb and Co Carriages Tour

Daily in the afternoon and evening
Where: Sidney Myer Place, Bendigo

Tour the Bendigo CBD on a horse drawn carriage and see the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Alexandra Fountain, Hotel Shamrock and many more iconic Bendigo landmarks.

Sandhurst Gaol Tours

Every Sunday 2pm and Tuesday 11am
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Risen majestically from what was once the Sandhurst Gaol, come and learn about Bendigo's Ulumbarra Threatre.


Historic Post Office Tour

Every Wednesday 11am & Saturday 2pm
Where: Bendigo Visitor Centre

Learn about this majestic and lovingly restored landmark which housed the Post Office from 1887 to 1997.


Fortuna Villa Tour & High Tea

Saturday 29 April & Sunday 30 April
Where: Fortuna Villa, Bendigo

Kept secure for many years, the Villa now allows the public to tour this magnificent home.


Bendigo Pottery

Where: Bendigo Pottery, Epsom

Experience the history and craft of Australia's oldest working pottery with demonstrations, hands on activities with clay and interpretive displays.


Bendigo Walking Tours

Friday to Sunday, various times. Other times by request.
Where: Tours start from the Conservatory adjoining Pall Mall, Bendigo

Discover past visionaries, urban legends and pivotal moments that made Bendigo the world's richest city of the 1880s.


Hotel Shamrock Guided Tour

Every Sunday, 2pm-3.30pm
Where: The Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo

The Hotel Shamrock, a grand 19th century hotel and a major landmark of Bendigo is well worth a look. Bookings essential.


The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion Tours

Where: The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Myers Flat

Enjoy a free tour of The Great Stupa and Peace Park while visiting the largest Buddhist monument in the western world.


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The Searchers

Wednesday 8 March, 8pm
Where: The Capital, Bendigo

Experience Liverpool's legendary music group The Searchers live where you’ll hear all the songs you know and love like Needles and Pins, Sweets for my Sweet and more!


The Lost WW1 Diary

Friday 10 March, 7.30pm
Where: Engine Room, Bendigo

Renowned stand-up and character comedian, Damian Callinan, examines the horrors of war through the lens of the larrikin sense of humour.

Van Morrison's Masterpieces

Friday 10 March, 8pm
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Australia’s foremost jazz vocalist Vince Jones leads a celebration of one of rock music’s greatest performers, Van Morrison.


Click here for more stage events or phone 03 5434 6100 for more information.



Bendigo Showgrounds Market
Every Sunday (except major events)
Prince of Wales Showgrounds, North Bendigo

Heathcote Bush Market
First Saturday of the Month
Adjacent to the Heathcote Visitor Information Centre

Bendigo Community Farmers' Market
Second Saturday of the Month
Sidney Myer Place, Bendigo

Bendigo Gravel Hill Community Market
Third Saturday of the month
Old Gravel Hill School, Mundy Street, Bendigo

Trove Makers Market
Third Sunday of the month
The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe, Bendigo

Moonlight Market
Saturday 11 March & 1 April.
Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo

Castlemaine State Festival
Friday 17 March - Sunday 26 March

Bendigo Festival of Cultures
Saturday 18 March - Sunday 26 March

Bendigo Craft Beer & Cider Festival
Saturday 25 March

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival Events - Bendigo
Friday 31 March - Sunday 9 April

Golden Mile Race Day
Saturday 1 April

House of Mirrors
Friday 7 April - Sunday 30 April

Hazeldene's Bendigo Easter Festival
Friday 14 April - Monday 17 April

Bendigo Queer Film Festival
Friday 28 April - Sunday 30 April

Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival
Saturday 29 April



Header image credit: Ewen Bell
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