5 October - 12 October 2016




Bendigo Heritage Uncorked

Saturday 8 October
Where: Bendigo CBD

This movable wine festival showcases Bendigo wines, inspired food and grand gold rush architecture. Conveniently located in central Bendigo, this event allows wine lovers to stroll from one historic venue to the next sampling the great wines of the region matched with gourmet food.

The SOLD OUT Bendigo Heritage After Dark on the night before is a casual affair that celebrates wine, food and architecture and will be held at the historic and alluring Fortuna Villa.


Bendigo Fashion Festival

Friday 7 October - Saturday 8 October
Where: Various locations

Headlined by the 10th Anniversary Runway Show, the festival also includes the SOLD OUT Designer at work: Toni Maticevski in the Gallery and two fashion markets.

Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

Saturday 8 October - Sunday 9 October
Where: Heathcote Showgrounds, Heathcote

Where else can you taste Heathcote wines as well as regional foods and produce in one location over one great weekend? In Heathcote, Victoria's Heartland.


Maticevski: Dark Wonderland

Until Sunday 20 November
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

A collection of stunning creations by designer Toni Maticevski is taking centre stage at Bendigo Art Gallery.

Sourced from the designer's personal archive, this exhibition includes items from his early days through to his most recent creations. 

Bendigo Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm including public holidays (closed Christmas)




Arts, Culture & Music


SOS ABBA Tribute Show

Friday 7 October, 8.30pm
Where: All Season's Quality Resort, Bendigo

Join SOS as they take a wild ride back to a time when ABBA ruled the dance floor, complete with groovy costumes, incredible vocals and crazy dance moves.


Blues Tram

Saturday 8 October, 2pm
Where: Departing Central Deborah Gold Mine, Bendigo
Ph: 1800 813 153

This exciting concept combines two of Bendigo’s best attractions, its historic trams and sublime music talent.


Buskers in the Mall

Saturday 8 October, 10.30am-1.30pm
Where: Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo

Come and show your support for local, talented musicians in a variety of genres from Blues to Balkan Funk to the Golden City Pipe Band, there is something for everyone!




Provenance Does Matter: Living with Contemporary Art II

Until Saturday 8 October
Where: Gallery 369, Bendigo

The second iteration of this curated thematic exhibition presents artworks with impeccable provance in the true meaning of the word.


Heathcote Quilt Exhibition

Saturday 8 October - Sunday 9 October
Where: Heathcote RSL Hall, Heathcote

Showcasing local quilters and tactile artists plus exhibits and sales from weavers, sculptors, knitters and quilters.


Spring Art Exhibition

Until Sunday 9 October
Where: Heathcote Winery, Heathcote

Featuring works by Helen Miles and Margaret Morgan, this exhibition includes paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, silk painting, mixed media and watercolours.


Paul Guest Prize 2016

Until Sunday 16 October
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

An exhibition featuring finalists from this year's Paul Guest Prize will be presented alongside works from Paul Guest's own private collection.


Meet Graham

Until Sunday 30 October
 Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo

The only person to survive on our roads, Graham is a reminder of just how vulnerable our bodies really are. Brought to you by the Victorian Transport Accident Commission.


2016 Len Fox Painting Award

Sunday 9 October - Saturday 31 December
Where: Castlemaine Art Museum, Castlemaine

Works by finalists from the 2016 Len Fox Painting Award will be on display during this exhibition.


Flamingo Park and Beyond

Until Sunday 6 November
Where: Living Arts Space at the Bendigo Visitor Centre

This exhibition celebrates the exuberant and sensational fashion and textile designs of Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson from the 1970s and 1980s, and includes a component of their more recent work.


La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre exhibitions

Until Sunday 6 November
Where: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre, Bendigo

Claudia Terstappen: A Language of the Vanishing - presenting a series of photographs of dead animals, killed by passing cars in the Australian bush.

In God's Eye - works by students in La Trobe University’s Visual Arts programs and explores what it means to live in the digital age.

Join the official opening of these exhibitions on Saturday 8 October at 2pm.


Australia Will Be There -Victorians in the First World War (1914-1919)

Until 26 November
Where: Dudley House, Bendigo

Through historical photographs and personal stories, this exhibition will present the chronology of the First World War with particular reference to the contribution of Victorians.


Menagerie: Animals in Bendigo history

Until Sunday 12 February 2017
Where: Post Office Gallery at the Bendigo Visitor Centre

This exhibition surveys relationships between humans and animals that have shaped the region observing the animal as guide, commodity, sustenance, nuisance, entertainment, companion and objet d’art.

Food and Beverage


Heathcote Craft Beer Showcase 2016

Friday 7 October - Sunday 9 October
Where: Union Hotel, Heathcote

You’re invited to come and sample some of the best brews from the Heathcote region while chilling out in the beer garden.


Bendigo Community Farmer's Market

Saturday 8 October, 9am-1pm
Where: Sidney Myer Place, Bendigo

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



Saturday 8 October - Sunday 9 October
Where: The Rifle Brigade Hotel, Bendigo

This 2nd annual festival brings a day full of German and Eurpoean styled brews, food and entertainment!


High Tea at Bendigo RSL

Sunday 9 October, 3pm
Where: Bendigo District RSL, Bendigo
Ph: 03 5442 2950

Enjoy a delicious High Tea at the Bendigo District RSL. Includes a glass of bubbly, ribbon sandwiches, mini cakes, scones, tea and coffee. Bookings essential.


Bendigo Fashion Festival


10th Annual Runway Show

Friday 7 October, 7.00pm
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Come and experience the best of fashion in Bendigo showcasing local brands and upcoming designers.


Pre-loved Fashion Market

Saturday 8 October, 10am-2pm
Where: St Paul's Cathedral, Bendigo

Rummage through some pre-loved fashion at this free market, right here in Bendigo.


The Fashion Market

Saturday 8 October, 10am-6pm
Where: Bendigo Trades Hall Council, Bendigo

Fashion lovers gather at this twice-yearly event to shop pre-loved and vintage fashion and discover local independent designers' clothing and accessories.


Family Friendly


Bendigo Orchid Club Spring Show

Friday 7 October - Sunday 9 October
Where: Truscott Reserve, California Gully

Come along to this annual show and see stunning orchid displays plus a photography exhibition, information sessions and more.


Crop & Create

Saturday 8 October, 10am-12pm
Where: Long Gully Community Centre, Long Gully

Come and learn about scrapbooking, card making, art journaling, travel journals, mini books, planners and off the page projects.


The Handmade Market Bendigo

Saturday 8 October, 10am-2pm
Where: Where: Rotary Gateway Park Centre, Kangaroo Flat
Ph: 0466 725 352

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


Crack the Code

Until Sunday 16 October
Where: Along the Vintage Tram route, Bendigo

Has your family got what it takes to Crack the Code? Follow the trail, solve the clues, crack the code and go into the draw to WIN!


The Zone Fun Park entertainment

Where: The Zone Fun Park, East Bendigo
Ph: 03 5441 7046

There so much fun to be had at The Zone including the 4-hour Friday Spring Party and the Ultimate All Day Pass.


Bendigo Bowling Centre entertainment

Where: Bendigo Bowling Centre, Bendigo
Ph: 03 5443 9944

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




Elmore Field Days

Until Thursday 6 October
Where: Elmore Events Centre, Elmore

An exhibition where farmers look for good ideas - showcasing the latest machinery, innovation and techniques used in the agricultural industry. 'Ag Art Wear' is also a must-see at the field days.


Seniors Raceday

Thursday 6 October
Where: Bendigo Jockey Club, White Hills

Make the most of the Victorian Seniors Festival and enjoy a day out at the races.


Boort Sculpture by the Lake Competition

Saturday 8 October, 9.30am-5.30pm
Where: Little Lake Boort, Boort

With sculptures of any form made predominantly from metal, this competition now forms an important part and fabulous attraction at the Boort Show.


Bendigo Tulip Display

Until early October
Where: Pall Mall, Bendigo

Bendigo is currently home to an impressive tulip display along Pall Mall which features more than 30,000 tulips in an assortment of colours and sizes. Check out the #BendigoTulips competition for your chance to win!



Food Fossicking Tour

Every Saturday, 10am-12.45pm
Where: Various food venues in the CBD
Ph: 1800 813 153

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-3pm) and Sunday (11am-12pm)
Where: Bendigo Town Hall
Ph: 1800 813 153

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


Progressively Delicious Dessert Tour

Monday-Saturday, 2pm-5pm
Where: Various locations in View Street, Bendigo
Ph: 1800 813 153

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


The Hotel Shamrock Tours

Every Sunday, 2pm-3pm
Where: The Hotel Shamrock, Bendigo
Ph: 03 5443 0333

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


Manager's Tour at The Capital

Saturday 8 October, 9.45am
Where: The Capital, Bendigo

Take a behind-the-scenes look at The Capital and learn about the Masonic history and explore the inner workings of the theatre complex. Bookings essential.


Bendigo Craft Beer Tour

Saturday 15 October
Where: Tours depart from Sidney Myer Place (next to the Bendigo Visitor Centre)

Explore Bendigo's thriving craft beer scene on this pub and brewery tour. If you enjoy a cheeky drink with mates, this tour is for you!

Sandhurst Gaol Tours

Every Sunday (2pm-3pm) and Tuesday (11am-12pm)
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo
Ph: 1800 813 153

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


Historic Post Office Tour

Every Wednesday (11am) and Saturday (2pm)
Where: Bendigo Visitor Centre
Ph: 1800 813 153

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


Fortuna Villa Tour & High Tea

Saturday 29 October & Sunday 30 October (afternoon only)
Where: Fortuna Villa, Bendigo
Ph: 1800 813 153

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


Bendigo Pottery

Where: Bendigo Pottery, Epsom
Ph: 1800 813 153

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


Bendigo Walking Tours

Thursday to Sunday, various times
Where: Tours start from the Conservatory adjoining Pall Mall, Bendigo
Ph: 1800 813 153

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


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.


Click here for more local tours.



Todd McKenney sings Peter Allen - The Piano Sessions

Saturday 8 October, 8pm
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

In his new show, Todd McKenney invites you to get up close and personal in an intimate, relaxed setting: just him, Michael Rohanek on grand piano and Allen’s fantastic songs.


Tribute to the Masters

Sunday 9 October, 2pm
Where: The Capital, Bendigo

Back by popular demand, the band will pay tribute to many great entertainers who have recently passed away by presenting music from their lives.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday 11 October, 8pm
Where: Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

Appearing on a stage that now matches the grandeur of this fine orchestra, audiences will enjoy an evening of music to remember.


Darkness & Light

Tuesday 11 October, 8pm
Where: The Capital, Bendigo

A combination of hilarious stand-up and stunning storytelling, Darkness and Light features stories about the light, and shade, of being human, with tales of resilience and recovery in the face of adversity. 


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 Markers' Market
Third Sunday of the month
The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Cafe, Bendigo

Moonlight Market
Saturday 22 October, 26 November, 17 December, 21 January, 11 February, 11 March, 1 April. Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo

Bendigo Agricultural Show
Friday 21 October - Saturday 22 October

Jayco Bendigo Cup
Wednesday 26 October

Belvoir Park Estate Food & Wine Festival
Saturday 29 October

Bendigo Bank 2016 Bendigo Fun Run
Sunday 30 October

Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival
Thursday 3 November - Sunday 6 November

Bendigo National Swap Meet
Saturday 12 November - Sunday 13 November

Summer in the Parks
Thursday 1 December - Tuesday 28 February




Maticevski: Dark Wonderland - Image credit:
Toni Maticevski Doona Dress AW 07/08. Photographer: Justin Edward John Smith Image: Australian paper campaign by 3 Deep.

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Bendigo Visitor Centre

City of Greater Bendigo Cnr Myers and Mundy Streets Bendigo, Victoria 3550 Australia

Phone: 1800 813 153

Email: tourism@bendigo.vic.gov.au