Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 February: Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival

The Ballarat Beat Rockabilly Festival takes over the streets of the Ballarat CBD and celebrates all things rockabilly and incorporates art, fashion and nostalgia. Day events will be family friendly and offer a market, music and car show. In the evening, music and dance events will be held at various venues around Camp and Lydiard sts. Cost: Day Entry $10, Single Entry Pass $60, Weekend Pass $120. Time: Various, refer website. Location: Various, refer website. Visit: 

Friday 14 February: Ballarat and District Trotting Club

Choose a dining package and view spectacular racing. Cost: (Gate Entry Only) Adult $8, Child $4. Time: 6.30pm. Location: Ballarat and District Trotting Club, Cnr Bell & Sutton sts, Redan. Ph: 5335 9041 or visit 

Friday 14 February: Cinema In The Vineyard

A special Valentine’s Day celebration to help raise funds for the Tristar Avoca Medical Centre. Come along for a great evening of cocktail petanque followed by a screening of Midnight in Paris in the wonderful outdoor setting of the Blue Pyrenees. Wine, beer, cider and picnic packs available for purchase on the night. BYO fold up chair. Cost: By donation. Time: 7pm. Location: Blue Pyrenees Estate, Vinoca Rd, Percydale. Ph: 5465 1111

Saturday 15 February: John Waters – Looking through a Glass Onion

For the audience this is either an emotional trip down memory lane or a wonderful introduction to the life and times of one of the most fascinating icons of our time, John Lennon. With 31 songs performed including to name a few ‘A Day in the Life’, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds’. Cost: Adult $55, Conc $50. Time: 8pm. Location: Wendouree Performing Arts Centre, 1220 Howitt St, Ballarat. Ph: 5338 0980 or visit 

Saturday 15 February: The Ballarat Cup

The annual Ballarat Cup, is Yaloak Polo Clubs largest tournament for the season. With hundreds of spectators, marquees, local food and wine, games, hunt hounds on parade, kid’s activities and more it’s a day not to be missed! Cost: General Admission $20 per car, Tailgate Parking $125.00 per car, Marquee (Up to 12 people) $1,250. Time: 11am -6pm. Location: The Yaloak Equestrian Centre, Geelong Road, Ballarat. Ph: 0400 081 188

Saturday 15 February: AFL NAB Cup – Carlton Vs North Melbourne

North Melbourne and Carlton will go head-to-head in their pre-season clash in Ballarat, presenting a rare and exciting opportunity to watch an AFL game live in Ballarat. Cost: Adult $18, Child $4. Time: 4.40pm. Location: Eureka Stadium, Creswick Rd, Ballarat. Ph: 5330 5555 or 

Saturday 15 February: Pyrenees Music Festival presents an evening with Katie Noonan

The team behind the Pyrenees Music Festival is hosting an evening with Australia’s celebrated songstress Katie Noonan. The evening is BYO and tickets can be booked for singles, couples or tables of 10. This exciting evening will provide you with a taste of what is to come from this exciting new festival. Cost: $35. Time: 8pm. Location: Landsborough Hall, 29 Burke Street Landsborough. Ph: 0439 309 327

Sunday 16 February: Ballarat Cycle Classic

Take part in an iconic community event along with the infamous Australian National Road Cycling course. This an event for all fitness levels and cycling abilities, there is a 50km, 60km, 85km and 100km course or take part in the family relay ride around Lake Wendouree, do as many or as few laps in the two and a half time limit. Cost: Various refer to website. Time: Various refer to website. Location: Lake Wendouree, Windmill Drive, Ballarat. Ph: 5320 2037 or visit 

Sunday 16 February: Ballarat Open Mic Comedy

A regular open mic comedy night featuring comedians from Ballarat and beyond! Come for a laugh, it's free!

If you've ever wanted to have a crack at stand-up comedy then contact us on Facebook to book your 5min spot. Cost: Free (Gold coin donation appreciated) Time: 8pm-10pm. Location: Babushka Lounge, 55 Humffray St Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5331 8459 or visit


Wednesday 19 February – Saturday 22 February: Badminton Australia Junior International

This is the third time Ballarat will host the Australian Junior International, having hosted the event in 2011 and 2013. The Australian Junior International in a BWF Junior World Ranking Tournament. Cost: Spectators Free. Time: Various refer to website. Location: Ken Kay Badminton Stadium, Dowling St, Wendouree. Ph: 5339 4601 or visit

Wednesday 19 February – Saturday 15 March: SCOPE 14

The Post Office Gallery’s annual survey exhibition showcases the current work of practicing contemporary artists who are either lecturers or Research Associates at the Arts Academy. In 2014, for the first time, we welcome Visual Arts staff from the Gippsland campus into the mix! Cost: Free. Time: Wed – Sun 1pm - 4pm. Location: Post Office Gallery, Cnr Sturt & Lydiard sts, Ballarat. 5327 8615

Friday 21 February: Crime and Genealogy

Trace your ancestor’s criminal pasts from Great Britain to Australia and find out how to discover whether or not there’s Australian nobility (a convict!) in your bloodline. Cost: Free. Time: 2pm – 3pm. Location: Ballarat Library Meeting Room, Doveton St Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5338 6820

Friday 21 February: Live Music @ The George

Friday night drinks with live acoustic music. Cost: Free. Time: 9.30pm. Location: The Lane, The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard Street Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5327 2745 or visit

Friday 21 February – Sunday 23 February: Ballarat Swap Meet

The Ballarat Swap Meet is Australia’s largest Swap Meet. The car park will be open from 6am and site access from 7am. Cost: $10 per day, Children U/14 Free. Time: Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 7am-12noon. Location: Ballarat Airport, Airport Road, Ballarat. Ph: 0487 175 996 or visit 

Saturday 22 February: Live Music @ The George

Come enjoy some tunes from Shaun McKeegan. Cost: Free. Time: 9.30pm. Location: The Lane, The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard Street Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5327 2745 or visit

Saturday 22 February – Sunday 9 March: Phantom of the Opera

For the first time, local audiences will experience Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most acclaimed work in the historic surrounds of Her Majesty’s. With a hugely talented cast of 34 actors and a 24-piece orchestra, it is a spectacular production designed to delight the senses. Cost: Various refer to website. Time: Various refer to website. Location: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard St Sth, Ballarat. Ph: 5333 5888 or visit 

Sunday 23 February: Wightwick Wines Summer of Music

Bring your own chair or picnic rug and relax with some great food, wine and music. Featuring music from “Kev ‘n’ Rolf”, cheese platters available but feel welcome to BYO nibbles. Pizza de Wheels will attend plus the Coffee van. A great range of wines, beers & soft drinks available. Cost: $10. Time: 2pm-6pm. Location: Wightwick Wines, 323 Slatey Creek Rd, Invermay. Ph: 0402 102 421 or visit 

Sunday 23 February: Smart Building and Living Expo

Smart Building and Living Expo is the first expo of its kind to be held in Buninyong. It is a local event in February 2014 that forms part of the greater Sustainable Living Festival raising awareness and providing tools for change by showcasing leading solutions to the ecological and social challenges we face. Activities, products and services must be in keeping with the theme of the day - sustainable building and lifestyle. Your smarter lifestyle starts here! Cost: Free. Time: 10am – 3pm. Location: Royal Park, Buninyong cnr Hedrick and Warrenheip sts, Buninyong. Ph: 0427338482

Sunday 23 February: Ron Andrew’s Dixie Street

The Ballarat Jazz Club presents Ron Andrew’s Dixie Street. Cost: Non-members $15, Members $10. Time: 1pm – 4pm. Location: The Ballarat Golf Club, 1800 Sturt St, Ballarat. Ph: 0439 700 219

Friday 28 February: A Night Of Medieval Merriment And Mayhem At Kryal Castle

Enjoy a medieval royal feast with great entertainment included. Cost: $79. Time: 8pm. Location: Kryal Castle, 121 Forbes Rd, Leigh Creek. Ph:5334 8555 or visit

Friday 28 February: Live Music @ The George

Get your groove on with live music from Matt Richardson. Cost: Free. Time: 9.30pm. Location: The Lane, The George Hotel, 27 Lydiard Street Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5327 2745 or visit 

Friday 28 February: Head of the Lake Regatta

The excitement, passion and rivalry of school rowing will return to Lake Wendouree once again for the Head of the Lake Regatta. Ballarat schools have participated in the Head of the Lake regatta since 1912. Except for war years, and years without water, the race takes place on Lake Wendouree. School rowing has had a significant following in Ballarat, having produced many Victorian and Australian representatives, coaches and administrators. Cost: Spectators Free. Time: 1pm – 4pm. Location: Wendouree Pde, Lake Wendouree. Ph: 0421 052 969

Friday 28 February – Sunday 2 March: The Ballarat Great Outdoor Expo

The Great Outdoor Expo is the place to find inspiration for all things outdoors. Whether you’re an experienced caravan/camper looking to upgrade, or a novice wanting expert information, The Great Outdoor Expo has something for everyone. There are bargains galore from the many exhibitors displaying the latest and innovative products. Cost: Adults $10, Concession $8, Child U/15 Free. Time: Fri 11am – 5pm, Sat 10am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 5pm. Location: Ballarat Show Grounds, Cnr Creswick Rd & Howitt St. Ph: 5794 1418 or visit 

Saturday 1 March: Shorrock and Cadd

Take a journey over the past five decades with Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd, two of Australia’s most successful and internationally renowned music legends. After 40 years of friendship, music and laughter Glenn Shorrock and Brian Cadd are finally reuniting on stage. This is a show full of comedy and laughs – looking back at what Brian & Glenn see as ‘the best of times’ and forward with humour at ‘growing older’ for themselves and the audience! Cost: $54.90. Time: 8pm. Location: Regent Cinemas, Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5330 5555 or

Tuesday 4 March: Class Clowns

Each year hundreds of secondary school students from Years 9-12 participate in the Class Clowns competition across the country – discovering or refining their skills in writing and performing comedy and taking it outside the classroom to a wider audience. Cost: Adult $10. Time: 7pm. Location: The Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5333 5888


Until Sunday 23 February: Double Century: The Lives and Work of Edward Heffernan and Geoffrey Mainwaring

This exhibition is a major retrospective of the work of two renowned Ballarat artists and educators, Edward Heffernan and Geoffrey Mainwaring. It features more than 100 framed artworks from private collections, in addition to a selection from Mainwaring’s time as an Official War Artist, on loan from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. The exhibition includes the works of Vida Pearson, Wendy Whitford and Margaret Voterakis, three local artists who were taught by Heffernan and Mainwaring. Cost: Adult $11.20, Conc $8.90, Child $5.90, Family (2A+2C) $29.50. Time: 9.30am – 6pm. Location: Gold Museum, Bradshaw St, Ballarat. Ph: 5337 1107 or visit 

Until Sunday 16 March: U.S. Marines in Wartime Victoria, 1943

This exhibition examines the little-known story of the ‘friendly invasion’ of Victoria by the U.S. Marines during World War II. Cost: Adult $11.20, Conc $8.90, Child $5.90. Time: 9.30am – 5.30pm. Location: Gold Museum, Bradshaw St, Ballarat. Ph: 5337 1107 or visit: 

Until Sunday 23 March: Rick Amor Drawing Prize 2014

The Rick Amor Drawing Prize was established in 2010 by one of Australia’s most eminent living artists. The award is worth $10,000 and is acquisitive for the Gallery collection. Cost: Free. Time: 10am – 5pm. Location: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5320 5858 or visit 

Until Sunday 23 March: Next Gen 2014

This will be the nineteenth year that the Art Gallery of Ballarat has presented Next Gen. The exhibition is about excellence and innovation in contemporary art and design practice as seen by students who have just completed year 12 VCE studies in Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design and Media. Cost: Free. Time: 10am – 5pm. Location: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St Nth, Ballarat. Ph: 5320 5858 or visit 

Until Sunday 15 June: The Spirit of China in Creswick

An exhibition portraying the contribution the Chinese had on our area, in particular the Chinese at Black Lead. The Chinese came to the area they called ‘The New Gold Mountain’ searching for gold. In many cases their fare to Australia was paid by their village as it was expected that when they made their fortune it would be for the good of their homeland. Often they left behind their families and in many cases never returned. Chinese were in the area from circa 1854 onwards. The exhibition will be a mixture of artefacts, storyboards, and artworks either from Creswick Museum, Bendigo Golden Dragon Museum, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Melbourne Museum, Chinese Museum, Gold Museum, Wesley College and private collections. Cost: Adult $5, Conc $4. Time: Saturday - Sunday and Public Holidays 11am – 3:30pm. Location: Creswick Museum, 70 Albert St, Creswick. Ph: 5345 2845 or visit

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