Festivals & Events

January

Glenlyon Sports Day – Glenlyon

Held on New Year’s Day, The Glenlyon Sports Day continues the tradition that began in 1857. The meeting is one of the last remaining, old fashioned, country sports days in Victoria and offers events ranging from wood chopping to ladies gumboot throwing. The event is held at the Glenlyon Reserve in a picturesque setting, well shaded by magnificent old oak trees.

March

ChillOut Festival – Daylesford

Spanning the Labour Day long weekend, ChillOut is Australia’s largest and longest running LGBTI regional festival.

Andersons Mill Festival – Smeaton

The venue for this festival is an historic 5 story bluestone mill This long running festival is a celebration of wonderful local foods, wine and live music.

Lost Trades Fair – Kyneton

The fair celebrates artisans and craftspeople who have mastered traditional skills. See coopers, blacksmiths, cane weavers, spoonsmiths, chair makers, whip makers and fletchers creating their goods and wares.

Bullarto Tractor Pull & Vehicle Display – Bullarto

A fantastic community event featuring vintage tractors and beautifully restored vehicles.

May

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm: Autumn Harvest Festival – Shepards Flat.

Celebrate the autumn harvest with tours of the 1860s farmhouse, carriage rides, artisan stalls, music and gourmet food.

Clunes Booktown Festival – Clunes

A huge book fair in historic Clunes, with over 18,000 people attending. Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can: discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride, or sample local food and wine.

June

Woodend Winter Arts Festival – Woodend

Over the Queen’s birthday long weekend, this festival brings together acclaimed Australian and international talent with the music, literary and arts community of the stunning Macedon Ranges. The result is a world-class showcase of vibrant, traditional and thought-provoking performances and events.

August

Daylesford Words in Winter Festival – Hepburn Shire & surrounding districts

This annual literary and arts festival 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 and exhibitions.

September

Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival – Kyneton

In a great proclamation of Spring, daffodils will welcome visitors to Kyneton for one of Victoria’s most colourful festivals. 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 diverse work and practice of local artists.

October

Hepburn Springs Swiss Italian Festa – Daylesford & Hepburn Springs

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.

November

Live.Life.Love Festival – Daylesford

Live.Love.Life. will take over the streets of the Daylesford in November from 14-18th. It’s a 5-day sensory feast of wellness therapies, music, art and regional food and wine. Creative Directors, David Bromley and Kate Ceberano, have curated a program to help you find your own quickening with life again. You won’t want to miss it.

Daylesford Agriculture Show – Daylesford

For over 145 years, the Daylesford Agriculture Show has been show casing the regions equine talent, livestock and produce.

Kyneton Cup – Kyneton

The Kyneton Racecourse is often referred to as the prettiest country racecourse in Victoria, due to the picturesque landscape and the beautiful established elm trees, which line the track. Kyneton Cup Day (held the day after Melbourne Cup) forms part of Victoria’s Spring Racing Carnival.

December

Daylesford Highland Gathering – Daylesford

Come along and enjoy a wee bit of Scotland. The Daylesford Highland Gathering is held annually on the 1st Saturday of December. The Gathering includes a street march in the main street of Daylesford and then a full days drumming, piping and dancing at the picturesque Victoria Park, located at the southern entrance of Daylesford.

New Year’s Eve Gala – Daylesford

A fun community event featuring a street parade of colourful, creative floats and a fair including live music, food vans, a kid’s corner and wood chop. The event culminates in midnight fireworks over the lake.