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.

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August

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

September

Fathers Day – Sun 6

October

AFL Grand Final Holiday – TBA

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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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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Castlemaine Festival of Gardens
sat 31 to Sun Nov 8 – Castlemaine

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.

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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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Budburst Food and Wine Festival
dates tbc – 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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Kyneton Agricultural Show
Fri 20 & Sat 21 – 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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Clunes Agricultural Show
dates tbc – Clunes

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

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Malmsbury Village Fayre
DATES TBC – Malmsbury

The annual Malmsbury Village Fayre, a fun day full of festivities in the lush Malmsbury Botanic Gardens.  This themed day outing attracts fun and family and always manages to surprise and delight with something for everyone.

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Daylesford Show
DATES TBC – Victoria park, 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

Daylesford Highland Gathering
DATE TBC – Victoria Park, Daylesford

Immerse yourself in the culture of Scotland with Highland Dancing, Pipe Bands, Scottish food and stalls and a Gathering of the Clans at the 2019 Daylesford Highland Gathering. The day begins with the Pipe Bands bringing the main shopping precinct to a stand still as they parade through the Main Street of Daylesford. A full day of activities including dancing, piping & drumming will then commence from 9am at Victoria Park.

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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.

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Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm – Harvest Festival
Date TBC – 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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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 – Sunday 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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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

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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June

Queens Birthday Holiday – Mon 8

July