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.

June

World Cider Day at Daylesfrod Cider
Sunday 3 – Daylesford Cider Musk

Daylesford Cider will be show-casing some of their newest ciders, offering free samples and discounts on take-away cider packs for World Cider Day. Book lunch or drop by for a tasting.

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Woodend Winter Arts Festival
Friday 8 to Monday 11 – Woodend

The 14th 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
Sunday 10 – Daylesford Town Hall

The team at Wine and the Country Daylesford bring you a showcase of great wines made with integrity. “Nothing commercial, nothing tinkered with, just real wine made by real great peeps.” as they say.

Over 30 producers, DJ tunes and plenty of food. $35

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Four Seasons Fine Music Festival – Greta Bradman
Sunday 17 – Clunes

The ‘Home’ Tour featuring Greta Bradman in association with Universal Music
5pm. St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes

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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

July

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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August

Four Seasons Fine Music festival – Kavisha Mazella Trio
Saturday 4 – Creswick

An Evening of World Music with the Kavisha Mazzella Trio supported by The Boite
St. John’s Anglican Church, Creswick

$20-$25

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Four Seasons Fine Music festival – The Invictus Quintet
Sunday 5 – CLunes

Chamber String Concert with The Invictus Quintet
2pm: $20-$25
St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Clunes

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Words in Winter
17 to 26 – Around Daylesford and Nearby Villages

Words in Winter is held every August in Daylesford, Trentham, Creswick Clunes and Maryborough.

Founded in 2002 it is an annual literary and arts festival celebrating words, stories and ideas, from readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks and workshops. Created by locals with visiting authors and exhibitors.

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September

Stonefields Private Tours

Stonefields Private Tours – Early Spring
Friday 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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October

Stonefields Private Tours

Stonefields Private Tours – Early Spring
Friday 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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Swiss Italian Festa

Swiss and Italian Festa
Hepburn Springs

Actual dates finalised closer to the event.

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
Kyneton

Actual dates and line up released closer to the festival date.

Kyneton Music Festival is a locally conceived festival featuring a great line up of Australian music.

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November

Budburst Food and Wine Festival
Mid Month – Macedon ranges

Actual dates finalised closer to the event.

Budburst is the regions number one food and wine festival featuring mainly small and family owned wineries. The wineries will open so you can 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.

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
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 – Throughout Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

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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Healing With Horses
Throughout Autumn – Woodend

Based in Woodend and offering a unique equine therapy experience, with horses, which can be combined with a healing treatment on a massage table in a beautiful garden setting.

Autumn special available: $120 for 45 min equine healing session + 45 min body nourishment treatment

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DMR Open Studios
Saturday 5 & Sunday 6 – Throughout Daylesford & Macedon Ranges

Set over 3 weekends 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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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
Sunday 20 – 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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