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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Boxwood Concert – Christ Church

A global collaboration of renowned performers in Celtic traditional music with Catherine McEvoy (Ire), Rob Zielinski (Aus), Chris Norman (Can), Tim Cummings (USA), Shelley Phillips (USA), Denis Walsh (Aus).

7.30-9.30pm. $30-$35

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Labour Day Holiday (Vic) – Mon 6

Thu 5 to Sun 9 – DAYLESFORD

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

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Craft Market
Sat 14 – 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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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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Daylesford Polo

Daylesford Polo
Sat 21 – Drummond

A full day of polo matches featuring some of Australia’s best players and international talent, overlooked by a row of stately pagoda marquees and fashionable crowds. Uniquely, 100 percent of profits from the Daylesford Polo go to TLC for Kids, Australia’s most inclusive children’s charity.

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Lost Trades Fair – Bendigo Race Course
Sat 7 and Sun 8 – 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.

10am – 5pm. Tickets: $5, $17, $20.

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Castlemaine State Festival

2021 is the next year for the festival

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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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.

Palais Hepburn – 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.


Easter – Fri 10 to Mon 13

Run The Rock
SUN 18 – Hanging Rock

Choose a 2km, 5km, 13.5km or the 22km course. Run for your charity then hang out at the event village for some entertainment and great food.

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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


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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clunes booktown

Booktown Festival
Sat 2 and Sun 3 – 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 10

Musk Farm the oval

Open Garden – Musk Farm
SUN 10 and SAT 23 – Musk

Musk Farm is located 6kms from the heart of Daylesford. The gardens were planted and designed by Stuart Rattle and have a beautiful history of transformation. With over 200 rare or difficult to obtain plantings on site the garden is a full time project for the gardeners.

Small groups only, bookings required. $55 per person – includes refreshments.

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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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Woodend Winter Arts Festival

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


Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival

Dates announced closer to event.

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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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.


Fathers Day – Sun 6

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival

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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White Night – Ballarat

White Night Ballarat invites visitors and locals to make their journey around Ballarat’s iconic buildings, cultural institutions and streets, in celebration of reclaiming and reimagining the city through projection, installations, performance and music.

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AFL Grand Final Holiday – TBA


La Primavera Festival – Lavandula
2020 dates tbc – Shepherds Flat

La Primavera Festival is a celebration of spring, and part of a time-honoured tradition of welcoming the new season of bloom. There will be musicians, rural demonstrations, artisan stalls, pony rides, puppet shows, tours of the original 1860s stone farmhouse and plenty of great European-style food including a festival-sized paella, an Italian barbecue and the soon-to-be world famous pizzas straight from the wood-fired oven. Come and say hi to the farm animals or take a relaxing stroll through the gardens.

$2 – $6

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Swiss Italian Festa

Swiss Italian Festa – Hepburn Springs
Next event 2020

Over a five day period the people of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford show off to their neighbours and the wider community of Victoria, their pride in the strong links to the Swiss and Italian settlers of the district in the 1850’s

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Castlemaine Festival of Gardens
Next Event 2020

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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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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Kyneton Cup

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
dates tbc

This annual community event 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.

$5 entry

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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
dates tbc – 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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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!


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.


Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm – Harvest Festival
Shepherds Flat

Date to be announced

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


St Valentines Day – Friday 14