What’s On in the Daylesford and Macedon Ranges

Find out what's on in Daylesford and Macedon Ranges with our 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.

September

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival
Until sun 9 – Kyneton

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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Kyneton Antique and Vintage Fair
Until sun 2 – Kyneton

The 22nd Kyneton Antique & Vintage Fair runsfor the weekend at the Town Hall and is filled from the exquisite to the unusual.

With dealers from Victoria as well as interstate, a doll and doll house exhibition and sales of miniatures. On Saturday the 1 September, there will be a valuation appraisal day at the town Hall. All appraisals will be given as market value. Maximum three items. Please note, no jewellery will be appraised.

Affinity Quartet – Romantic Paradoxes
Sun 9 – Scrub Hill 1869 – Newlyn

Affinity Quartet brings their romanticism inspired program Romantic Paradoxes to Scrub Hill 1869. Playing 19th century composers who embody romanticism in all its dualities: classic and passionate, abstract and personal, human and sublime.

Tickets from $24.99
Food trucks will be serving from 12pm, and the performance starts at 2pm.

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Open Garden – Tugurium
SAT 22 & Sun 23 – Macedon

Come and experience Stephen Ryan’s extraordinary private garden at Macedon.

This garden is filled with a collection of rare and unusual plants, including species on the Plant Trust National Plant Collections Register, amongst which are Acanthus, Sambucus and Osmanthus.

If you love gardens this one is not to be missed.
10.00am – 4.30pm, entry $8  students $5  (Under 18 free)

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Slow Meat Symposium – Daylesford Town Hall
Sun 23 – Tue 25 – Daylesford

The second Slow Meat Symposium will include farm visits, butchery and cooking demos, feasts, and of course stimulating plenaries and debates around how to progress the slow meat and food sovereignty agendas in Australia and globally.

Tickets $90.76 – $475.84

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Stonefields Private Tours

Stonefields Private Tours – Early Spring
Fri 28 – Stonefields, Denver

Experience the garden at Stonefields in each season through the eyes and words of its creator Paul Bangay. Each garden tour will be conducted by Paul personally, with tour numbers around 24 people to personalize the tour. Book as a single or small group. Following each tour, Paul’s current ‘in print’ books will be available for purchase and signing, and morning tea will be provided, where you can mingle and chat with Paul on a more informal basis. This is a special opportunity for passionate garden lovers to enjoy the garden in the company of the designer. Your own transport to the garden will be required.

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TrumpItUp & Drone On – A free concert of pipes and brass
Fri 28 – The Oval, Jubilee Lake Holiday Park, Daylesford

Featuring performances by hundreds of brass and pipe musicians from Central Victoria. The concert will feature music ranging from Love Is In the Air to The Floral Song and Long Way to the Top. Daylesford’s own Daylesford Community Brass Band will be on show along with bands and dancers from Bendigo, Creswick, Maryborough, Maldon and special guests Jessica Hitchcock and Lincoln Hilton. The event culminates in the premiere of a stunning new composition by Louisa Trewartha “The Nature of Sound”.

The participating bands are Bendigo Youth Brass Band, City of Greater Bendigo Brass Band, Creswick Brass Band, Daylesford Community Brass Band, Daylesford & District Pipes & Drums, Maldon Brass Band, Maryborough & District Highland Pipe Band who will be joined by senior and junior members of the Ballarat Highland Dancers.

Award-winning opera singer, actor and songwriter Jessica Hitchcock will also perform.

From: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Food trucks on site or bring a picnic.

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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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Rob Love – Gold Street Studios
until – oct 21 – Trentham

Rob Love is a Melbourne-based award winning photographer who’s images hang in a major Los Angeles medical centre and private collections in the US east Coast. His photographs have also been acquired by collectors locally in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland.

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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.

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

The Old Hepburn Hotel – Hepburn
Mainly Saturday night bands. Check what’s on here.

Spa Bar – Daylesford
Live bands, DJ’s and more, no cover charge. Check what’s on here.

October

Stonefields Private Tours

Stonefields Private Tours – Early Spring
Fri 5 – Stonefields, Denver

Experience the garden at Stonefields in each season through the eyes and words of its creator Paul Bangay. Each garden tour will be conducted by Paul personally, with tour numbers around 24 people to personalize the tour. Book as a single or small group. Following each tour, Paul’s current ‘in print’ books will be available for purchase and signing, and morning tea will be provided, where you can mingle and chat with Paul on a more informal basis. This is a special opportunity for passionate garden lovers to enjoy the garden in the company of the designer. Your own transport to the garden will be required.

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Open Garden – Glenrannoch
Sat 6 – Sun 7 – Mt Macedon

Glenrannoch is the third oldest property in Mt Macedon, dating back to 1873. It is situated between the south-eastern and western ridges of Mt Macedon and was originally designed based on an Indian hillside garden. The name Glenrannoch means fern or bracken which has relevance to its location on the ridge. For the last 20 years the owners have carefully restored and lovingly maintained this true ‘old style’ Mt Macedon garden.

10.00am – 4.30pm. Entry $8,  students $5  (Under 18 free)

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Garden Lovers’ Fair at Bolobek
Sat 6 – Sun 7 – Macedon

Presented by the Mount Macedon & District Horticultural Society Inc, the Garden Lovers Fair features 40 quality stall holders with an amazing range of plant treasures, gardening books, specialist nurseries, artisan garden tools, outdoor furniture and power equipment.

10.00am – 4.30pm. Entry $13

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Swiss Italian Festa

Swiss and Italian Festa
Thu 18 – Mon 22, Hepburn Springs & Daylesford

A festival celebrating the Swiss and Italian heritage of Hepburn Springs. Attractions include food, music, parades, lantern walk, theatre and arts.

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Kyneton Music Festival – Party in the Park
Fri 26 and Sat 27 – Kyneton

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

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November

Budburst Food and Wine Festival
Sat 17 and Sun 18 – Macedon ranges

Weekend pass only $22.50

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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live. Love. Life Festival
Wed 14 to Sun 18 – Daylesford

Inaugural wellness and lifestyle festival set to make a big splash on the Victorian festival calendar.

Creative driectors Kate Cebrano and David Bromley are cooking up a program of events, music, art and food to encourage wellness, rejuvination and community.

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Paul Bangay’S StoneFields Open Garden
Sat 17 and Sun 18 – Denver

The gates to Stonefields will be opened to the public to raise money for the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

Book private tour of the gardens with Paul (get in early places are limited) or come to the vibrant Community Market where rare plants, unique keepsakes books, book signings and fine food and beverages will be on offer.

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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.

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Australia Day Races
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

March

Chillout
DATES TO BE CONFIRMED – DAYLESFORD

ChillOut, Australia’s number one Queer Country Pride festival is in its 22nd year in 2019.

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April

DMR Open Studios
Throughout Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Usually begins on the last weekend in April

Set over 3 wekends the annual Open Studios event highlighting the artists of Daylesford and Macedon Ranges. A chance to  take a peek into the inspiration and creation of the artists and have an enduring arts and culture experience.

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May

Plate Up Ballarat
1 to 31 – Ballarat

A new annual food festival for Ballarat. A celebration of local produce, food and wine.
A program of food related events are scheduled throughout May including the inaugural Federation University pie competition, judged by a panel of experts and a peoples choice award.Local producers

All the details are on the website.

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Booktown
Saturday and Sunday 5 and 6 – 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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Lavandula Autumn Harvest Festival
Shepherds Flat

Enjoy the harvesting of the lavender at Lavandula, a historic stone villa and property just a few minutes from Daylesford.

Demonstrations and stalls and a wood-fired oven producing mouth-watering meals.

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June

Woodend Winter Arts Festival
Woodend

Dates announced closer to the event

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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Everything In It’s Right Place – Wine Festival
Daylesford

Dates yet to be announced

Showcase wines made with integrity. “Nothing commercial, nothing tinkered with, just real wine made by real great peeps.” as they say.

July

Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival

Castlemaine

Dates confirmed closer to the event

The Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival (CDOC) is an annual three day event held in July.

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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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