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.

Please take into account any official advice around public and private events and gatherings. Many events will be cancelled or postponed at this time.

Check individual event websites or organisers for details of the event.

Thank you

Regular Events

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

Tours

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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Wild Mindfulness Australia – Forest Tour
Daylesford

Judy Griffiths takes you on a half day hiking experience through the magnificent Wombat State Forest, stopping along the way for activities and meditations as she introduces you to the ideas of mindfulness in a fun, relaxed and engaging setting. Includes a light picnic.

Thur, Sat, Sun. $89per person – approx. 3.5 hours

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November

Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival
Sat 5 – Woodend

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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A’Qto Cycling And Gourmet Escape

Fri 20 – Sun 23 – Daylesford

Challenge your body, relax your mind and satisfy your taste buds on a 4 day guided cycling tour ‘off the beaten track’ in the Daylesford & Hepburn Springs region. Challenging climbs, volcanic rolling hills on quiet, back country roads with Italian style, regional food all weekend. Non riding partners are welcome.
$1595 per person, Accommodation included at Lakes Edge – Daylesford

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December

GOLD RUSH TRAIL RUN
SAT 12 – Daylesford & HEPBURN

This regular trail run event features the middle section of the Goldfields Track, a 220km trail linking Bendigo and Ballarat. There is a 24km, 13km and 6km course each starting at Lake Daylesford and Finishing at Saiolars Falls. A perfect weekend running getaway.

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New Years Eve Parade & Gala
Tue 31- Daylesford Town Centre

A fantastic community event for the whole family. Come along to Vincent St Daylesford and join in the fun. Parade, wood chopping demonstration, music, activities and more!

Dont miss the fireworks display over Lake Daylesford at midnight to ring in the New Year with a bang!

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.

Australia Day Races
TUE 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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Australia Day Holiday – Tue 26

February

A’Qto Cycling And Gourmet Escape

Fri 12 – Sun 15 – Daylesford

Challenge your body, relax your mind and satisfy your taste buds on a 4 day guided cycling tour ‘off the beaten track’ in the Daylesford & Hepburn Springs region. Challenging climbs, volcanic rolling hills on quiet, back country roads with Italian style, regional food all weekend. Non riding partners are welcome.
$1595 per person, Accommodation included at Lakes Edge – Daylesford

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St Valentines Day – Sun 14

March

Labour Day Holiday (Vic) – Mon 8

Chillout
DAYLESFORD

ChillOut, Australia’s number one Queer Country Pride festival, is in its 24nd year in 2021.

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A’Qto Cycling And Gourmet Escape

Fri 25 – Sun 28 – Daylesford

Challenge your body, relax your mind and satisfy your taste buds on a 4 day guided cycling tour ‘off the beaten track’ in the Daylesford & Hepburn Springs region. Challenging climbs, volcanic rolling hills on quiet, back country roads with Italian style, regional food all weekend. Non riding partners are welcome.
$1595 per person, Accommodation included at Lakes Edge – Daylesford

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Daylesford Polo

Daylesford Polo
Dates TBD – Drummond

Annual charity event

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Lost Trades Fair – Bendigo Race Course
Bendigo

Celebrating the art of skilled manual work, ancient crafts and rare trades, the Lost Trades Fair, will be moving to Bendigo, but will 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
Fri 19 to Sun 28 – Castlemaine

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 2 to Mon 5

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 – Sun 25

May

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Booktown Festival
First Weekend of the Month – 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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Great Trentham Spudfest
TBA – 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 9

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Lavandula Autumn Harvest Festival
TBA – 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.

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Dirty Pig & Whistle – Gravel Bike Ride
15-16 – Creswick

A great weekend of cycling with CX races and gravel riding in Victoria’s beautiful Goldfields. Race  Saturday afternoon and Sunday ride the gravel course options through the picturesque fields, farms and forests of the Goldfields of central Victoria. Great times, great coffee and great food. Together. Supports the charity Big Brother Big Sister Australia.

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June

Woodend Winter Arts Festival
Woodend

The 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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Queens Birthday Holiday – Mon 8

July

Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival
Castlemaine

Posponed to 2021.

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. A curated program featuring best of feature-length documentary films globally and showcases Australian film makers.

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August

Words in Winter
DATES TBC – Daylesford and District

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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Antique and Vintage Fair – Kyneton town Hall
DATES TBC – Kyneton

Antique and Vintage Fair held annually on the first weekend in September, Friends of the Kyneton Museum will host this special fundraising event. Many well-known dealers will be there. The Kyneton Antique and Vintage Fair is the major fundraiser for the Friends of the Kyneton Museum, and partnering with the Rotary Club each year makes it a great community event.

September

Fathers Day – Sun 6

October

A’Qto Cycling And Gourmet Escape

Fri 23 – Sun 26 – Daylesford

Challenge your body, relax your mind and satisfy your taste buds on a 4 day guided cycling tour ‘off the beaten track’ in the Daylesford & Hepburn Springs region. Challenging climbs, volcanic rolling hills on quiet, back country roads with Italian style, regional food all weekend. Non riding partners are welcome.
$1595 per person, Accommodation included at Lakes Edge – Daylesford

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AFL Grand Final Holiday (Vic) – Fri 23

Craft Market
sat 31 – Hanging Rock

Visitors can expect to find an excellent variety of both local and regional stalls offering quality Australian Made products, delicious gourmet foods and fresh home grown produce.

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