What’s On in Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

Find out what's on in Daylesford and Macedon Ranges with our regularly updated events calendar bursting with events all year round. From annual food and wine festivals to weekly local farmers markets, art fairs, open studios, music gigs and family events, there is something for everyone.

June

Woodend Winter Arts Festival
Fri 7 to mon 10 Woodend

The 15th annual Woodend Winter Arts Festival brings together Australian and international artists, performers, authors and commentators for the Macedon Ranges’ premier arts festival.

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Boogie Nights Dance Party – The Palais
Sat 8 – Hepburn Springs

Boogie your way into winter with some deep disco and dark funk provided by Kylie Auldist  (live) and DJ Nico on the Queens Birthday long weekend.

$35

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Queens Birthday Holiday – Mon 10

Moroccan Souq Feast – Cliffy’s
Sat 15 – Daylesford

Moroccan cuisine is the most exquisite of Northern Africa, famous for its flavourful tagines, exotic seasonings and delicious meat and fruit combinations. Cliffy’s Moroccan Souq Feast will offer rich and flavourful Moroccan fare served in the cosy dining room of Cliffy’s

$80

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Daylesford Wine Tours – Classic Day Tour
Region Wide

Join wine guide Clay Watson for a whole day tour of local wineries. Tours kick off and return to Daylesford (or your accommodation) and includes all tastings at 5 locations plus lunch at the Farmers Arms.

$220 per person – approx. 6 hours

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Hot Air Ballooning
Daylesford Spa Country

Experience our fabulous region from the air and discover the diversity of the landscape with its rolling hills, rock formations, farm land, forests and waterways. Throw in a champagne breakfast for god measure.

$420 – $460 per adult

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Creative Stitching – Red Door Gallery
Mon 25 – Clunes

Not a workshop but facilitated in a mentored format by Christine Lethlean. Suited to people developing their textile art practice and consolidating contemporary stitching techniques.

$35/55

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A Taste of Truffles – Black Cat Truffles
Sat & Sun All Month – Wattle Flat

Join Black Cat Truffles throughout June, July and August for A Taste of Truffles – an invitation to find out more about this earthy, aromatic delicacy. Talk to the truffle growers, see their truffle dogs in action, harvest truffles and sample a range of truffle infused treats with tips on how to get the best from your truffle. Truffle will be available for purchase on the day.

Bookings essential

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Regular Local Markets

Every Week
Saturday: Wesley Hill Market (Castlemaine) – 149 Pyrenees Hwy, 7.30am – 1pm
Sunday: Daylesford  Market: Old Daylesford Railway Station, Raglan St, 8am – 1.30pm
Sunday: Daylesford Farmers’ Market, The Woodshed, 21A Raglan St, 8am – 4pm

1st Saturday of the Month
Daylesford Farmers’ Market: Daylesford Primary School Vincent St, 9am – 1pm
Woodend Farmers’ Market: High and Forest St, 9am – 1pm

2nd Saturday of the Month
Kyneton Farmers’ Market: St Paul Park, 8.30am – 1pm

2nd Sunday of the Month
Maldon Market: Fountain St, 9am – 2pm
Clunes Farmers’ Market: Collins Place and Fraser St – 9am to 1pm

3rd Saturday of the Month
Trentham Farmers’ Market: Trentham Town Square, 9am – 1pm
Creswick Market: Creswick Neighbourhood Centre, 9am – 1pm

3rd Sunday of the Month
Glenlyon Village Market: Glenlyon Shire Hall,  9am – 1pm
Woodend Village Market: Forest Street, 9am – 1pm

4th Sunday of the Month
Trentham Station Trash and Treasure Market: Victoria Street, 9am – 2pm

Live Music

Blue Bean Love Cafe – Hepburn Springs
Music all through the week. Check their Facebook page for details.

The Palais – Hepburn Springs
Beautifully renovated and well loved entertainment venue and bar. Visit The Palais website for details.

Daylesford Cider Co – Musk
Monthly daytime live performances at the cidery. Check the calendar here.

July

BABBA – The Palais
Sat 6 – Hepburn Springs

With 24 years of experience behind them, legendary ABBA tribute band, BABBA, will rock you with the timeless, unmistakable sounds and visions of the Swedish super group. Super fun and guaranteed to entertain no matter what your age.

$40

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Moroccan Souq Feast – Cliffy’s
Sat 20 – Daylesford

Moroccan cuisine is the most exquisite of Northern Africa, famous for its flavourful tagines, exotic seasonings and delicious meat and fruit combinations. Cliffy’s Moroccan Souq Feast will offer rich and flavourful Moroccan fare served in the cosy dining room of Cliffy’s

$80

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Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
Fri 19 t0 Sun 21 – Castlemaine

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival (C-Doc) is an annual three day event held featuring a world class program of films showcasing a series of fascinating worlds populated by even more fascinating characters. Curated by dual Emmy Award-winning director, Geoffrey Smith, C-Doc draws its program from the best of feature-length documentary films globally and showcases Australian film makers.

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August

Words in Winter
Daylesford and District

Usually a full months program. Dates announced closer to event.

Founded in 2002 Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in Daylesford, the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts.

It is a celebration of words, stories and ideas in all their forms shared by locals and visiting presenters through readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks, workshops, visiting authors, and exhibitions.

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Lino Printing Workshop – Red Door Gallery
Mon 5 – Clunes

A 2 day course with Susan Clarke that will take you through the basic lino printing skills and learn the 3 colour process to produce your own artwork.

$180 for the 2 days

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September

Fathers Day – Sun 1

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival
Kyneton

Generally the first week of the month.

The includes favorites such as Kyneton’s Festival of One Act Plays, the Antique and Vintage Fair, Ferret Racing, Buskers, Open Gardens, Scarecrow displays, the Spring Flower Show and the continuation of the recently added Kyneton Dog Dash.

The Daffodil Art Prize and the Art Photography Prize will be exhibited throughout the Festival and a host of local galleries and studios will open their doors to display the work and practice of our diverse local artists.

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October

Paul Bangay Stonefields Private Tour – Early Spring
Fri 4 – Denver

Experience the garden at Stonefields in each season through the eyes and words of its creator.
Tour will be conducted by Paul personally, with tour numbers around 24 people to personalize the tour. This is a special opportunity for passionate garden lovers to enjoy the garden in the company of the designer.

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Clunes Ceramic Award
Sat Sep 28 to Sun 13

The Clunes Ceramic Award is an initiative of Creative Clunes Inc. and is in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.

The winning artist’s work will attract the total prize money of $10,000 contributed by the Hugh Williamson Foundation and the winning work will be acquired by the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

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Paul Bangay Stonefields Private Tour – Early Spring
Fri 11 – Denver

Experience the garden at Stonefields in each season through the eyes and words of its creator.
Tour will be conducted by Paul personally, with tour numbers around 24 people to personalize the tour. This is a special opportunity for passionate garden lovers to enjoy the garden in the company of the designer.

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Everything In It’s Right Place – Wine Festival
Sun 13 – Daylesford Town Hall

A showcase of small lo-fi wine producers from around Australia and the world.
An opportunity to find new and innovative producers of a variety of wine styles.

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Kyneton Music Festival
Kyneton

Kyneton Music Festival is an annual, locally conceived festival featuring a great line up of Australian music. Not to be missed if you love your Australian indi music.

Dates published closer to the event

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Ride Daylesford Fundraiser
Spa Country

Annual fund raiser with over 2,000 cyclists who will ride through the beautiful countryside of Hepburn, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shires. The ride will pass the towns of Kyneton, Malmsbury, Elphinston, Faraday, Taradale, Harcourt, Walmer, Maldon, Newstead, Franklinford, and Hepburn Springs before returning to Daylesford.

Date published closer to the event

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November

Garden of St Erth - Blackwood

St Erth Spring Garden Fair
Blackwood

Come and enjoy this historic garden nestled in the hills of Blackwood and take in a free tour or mini-workshop while the kids enjoy garden art activities.

Melbourne Cup – Tue 5

Castlemaine Festival of Gardens
Castlemaine and Region

Every two years, in Melbourne Cup Week, a selection of gardens are opened for your enjoyment. As always there is a variety of gardens, from grand and historical gardens to small cottage plots and gardens which will intrigue and inspire.

Next scheduled event 2020

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Kyneton Cup
Kyneton

A Marquee event and public holiday in Kyneton, forming part of Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival. This event day attracts people from all over Australia and other parts of the world, who now attend this day each year as part of their Melbourne Cup Week activities.

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Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend
Creswick

This annual community event, now in it’s fifth year, is organised by Business & Tourism Creswick Inc. All profits are used for local Creswick projects. We invite you to visit the scenic, historic Central Goldfields Region of Victoria and see an array of diverse private gardens, iconic commercial gardens and nurseries, and more.

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Kyneton Agricultural Show
Kyneton

Carnival Friday Night 5.30 – 10.30 and Show Day Saturday

A classic country show with rides, pets, farm animals, craft tent, show bags and all the regional produce, art and cooking prizes. There is a ute muster, Friday night fireworks and plenty of entertainment.

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Budburst Food and Wine Festival
Macedon ranges

Budburst is the regions number one food and wine festival where mainly small and family owned wineries open their doors. Explore and experience the diversity of wine styles grown and vinified across this outstanding winemaking region.

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Paul Bangay Stonefields Private Tour – Late Spring
Fri 15 – Denver

Experience the garden at Stonefields in each season through the eyes and words of its creator.
Tour will be conducted by Paul personally, with tour numbers around 24 people to personalize the tour. This is a special opportunity for passionate garden lovers to enjoy the garden in the company of the designer.

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Clunes Agricultural Show
Sat 16 – Clunes

In its 159th year. Horses, utes, homecrafts and a grand parade. One of the turn-out events in Clunes.

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Paul Bangay Stonefields Private Tour – Late Spring
Fri 22 – Denver

Experience the garden at Stonefields in each season through the eyes and words of its creator.
Tour will be conducted by Paul personally, with tour numbers around 24 people to personalize the tour. This is a special opportunity for passionate garden lovers to enjoy the garden in the company of the designer.

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Malmsbury Village Fayre
Malmsbury

The annual Malmsbury Village Fayre, a fun day full of festivities in the lush Malmsbury Botanic Gardens.  This year’s theme is “Magic in the Gardens”: fairies, fortune tellers, medieval actors and magic will feature across the day with something for everyone to surprise and delight.

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Daylesford Show
Daylesford

Billed as ‘one of the states best exhibitions’ expect a classic country show day with entertainment, animals, food and of course the show of the regions best produce.

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December

New Years Eve Parade
31- Daylesford

Annual free event for the whole family to enjoy.

January

New Years Day Races
New Years Day – Hanging Rock

This event attracts over 3,000 each year. Racing at the Rock is considered by most people as a very unique experience, the best that Country Racing can offer, a true Aussie Day Out and a must for the “Bucket List”.

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Glenlyon Mixed Sports day
New Years Day – Glenlyon

Join in a long tradition of fun and games at the Glenlyon Sports Day on New Year’s Day. Since 1857 locals have battled it out on the racetrack, in the wood chop arena, delicate women have competed throwing gumboots (not very PC – is it?), sculling mineral water, scoffing bullboars …. From 10am at the Glenlyon Reserve.  All proceeds go to local charities and organisations.

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Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm – Harvest Festival
Shepherds Flat

Celebrate Lavandula Swiss Italian Farms lavender harvest. Visitors are welcome to learn about the lavender process from cutting in the field to watching the flowers being distilled for their precious essential oil. Hundreds of bunches will hang beneath every available verandah and, of course, our fresh lavender will be available for sale. 10am-5pm

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Elton John

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour
25 + 26 January 2020 Hanging Rock

Sir Elton John, recently crowned by Billboard as the most successful performing male solo artist of all time, today revealed that a Hanging Rock concert for Saturday 25 January 2020 will be included in the epic 15-date Australian leg of his global Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Elton perform one last time at one of the most unique venues in Australia.

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Australia Day Races
Sat 26 – Hanging Rock

This event attracts over 3,000 each year. Racing at the Rock is considered by most people as a very unique experience, the best that Country Racing can offer, a true Aussie Day Out and a must for the “Bucket List”.

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February

Australia Day Holiday – Mon 27

St Valentines Day – Friday 14

March

Labour Day Holiday (Vic) – Mon 6

Chillout
DAYLESFORD

Labour Day Weekend – Dates announced closer to event.

ChillOut, Australia’s number one Queer Country Pride festival, is in its 23nd year in 2020.

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Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival
Woodend

Dates announced closer to event.

The Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival is a vibrant showcase of the region’s premier environmental programs, projects, products and services. Located in the scenic Macedon Ranges, festival visitors will be inspired by an engaging and diverse event format that features an exciting line-up of innovative exhibitors, free eco-workshops, guest speakers, film screenings, and kid’s activities.

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Lost Trades Fair
Kyneton

Dates announced closer to event.

Celebrating the art of skilled manual work, ancient crafts and rare trades, the Lost Trades Fair, returning to Kyneton is once again giving career artisans and traditional tradespeople a platform to showcase their life’s work and share their knowledge with festival goers. There will be a range of local food makers serving fresh traditional food & drinks.

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Castlemaine State Festival
Castlemaine

Dates announced closer to event.

One of the major regional festivals in Victoria. A full program of music, film, discussions, performance, visual art, festival club and events. Not to be missed.

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April

Easter – Fri 10 to Mon 13

DMR Open Studios
Throughout Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Dates published closer to the event

For 2 weekends in April you are invited visit a range of diverse working studios, bring together professional visual artists and you the public, in the beautiful surrounds of the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges (DMR) region.

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ANZAC DAY – Sat 25

May

Plate Up Ballarat
1 to 31 – Ballarat

A new annual food festival for Ballarat. A celebration of local produce, food and wine.
A full months program of food related events are scheduled throughout May from composting workshops to gin tastings, kids in the kitchen to blokes who bake.

All the details are on the website.

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Booktown Festival
Sat 4 and Sun 5 – Clunes

Each year the Clunes Booktown Festival attracts 18,000 people who enjoy the most amazing whole town bookshop in the world. Think author talks, workshops, live entertainment, a kids village, and good food.

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Australian Chamber Choir – JS Bach’s St John Passion
Sun 5 – St Paul’s Anglican Church – Clunes

Australian Chamber Choir with the Melbourne Baroque Orchestra, directed by Douglas Lawrence, present the shorter, punchier St John with an orchestra of period instruments. Many of the instruments chosen for this work were rarely heard even in Bach’s time creating an exciting and authentic sound.

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Great Trentham Spudfest
Sat 4 – Trentham

The annual Great Trentham Spudfest attracting around 6,000 people will again bring all the fun and games to take over the town. This festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of the community and recognise Trentham’s potato-growing heritage. With games, tours, produce, stalls, music, food, displays and of course spuds!

10am-4pm, free

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Mothers Day – Sun 12

My French Table – Cooking Classes
Every Sat – MAISON MALDON – Maldon

Melbourne chef and restaurateur Denis Hagger hosts a series of cooking classes throughout the year. Denis teaches French *Bistronomique food techniques in an approachable, fully hands-on way.

Classes are  limited to 4 people and conducted in a convivial culinary environment.

10am to 2pm

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Lavandula Autumn Harvest Festival
Sun 19 – Shepherds Flat

Lavandula’s Autumn Harvest festival is a celebration of the land, the people who work with it and, of course, the bountiful harvest.

In true festival spirit there will be music, rural demonstrations, artisan stallholders, activities for the kids, tours of the original stone farmhouse, great food (wood-fired oven, BBQ and festival-sized paella) and acres of gardens and grounds to explore. A great day for the whole family.

$2-$6. Dogs welcome on leash.

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Beccy Cole with Libby O’Donovan – The Palais
Sun 26 – Hepburn Springs

Spend your Sunday afternoon with 9 times Golden Guitar award winner Beccy Cole and guests.

$35, show starts 3pm

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