Ballarat Winter Festival


Ballarat is fast-becoming a hub of live music and entertainment, and winter will be filled with the sounds of warming tunes reverberating throughout the city streets. Whether it's smooth jazz, beating DubStep or the magic of Christmas in July that you seek, you'll find it during the Ballarat Winter Festival.


Get set to rock the night as part of the 4th annual Ballarat Winter Festival Laneways Lumieres. This year’s offering is a uniquely Ballarat DubStep immersive light and sound installation igniting all of Alfred Deakin Place and Police Lane. Experience the Lumieres explode to life every hour on the hour, and dance the night away with the beat of some of Ballarat’s favourite musicians.


Take a leisurely morning stroll around the iconic Lake Wendouree and Ballarat Botanical Gardens precinct and admire the natural surrounds and glistening waters by the lake's edge. Meander along the red-stoned pathways in the gardens precinct and see what historical wonders await before settling in at one of the lakeside cafes for your morning coffee and a sweet treat of your choosing.


Make your way back into the city and indulge in the gastronomic delights that await. The winter festival will see the return of the Ballarat Potato Festival (June 30) celebrating the spud in a variety of dishes and forms, as well as the inaugural Salumi and Charcuterie Festival (July 21), with both events showcasing the best produce and freshest ingredients of the region! Local eateries will also be serving up their very own warming pies during winter as part of the Ballarat Pie Competition, so eat your way around the town as you partake in some beautiful pastries during your stay.


Drive to our award-winning tourist attraction Sovereign Hill where you’ll spend the rest of your day. Australia’s number one outdoor museum, the award-winning tourist attraction provides you with a detailed glimpse into 19th century life. Try your luck gold-panning, stroll down the Main Street, take a mine tour, watch live performances or indulge in a bag of iconic Raspberry Drops. The museum will also host its magical Christmas in July: Winter Wonderlights activities during the Winter Festival featuring the mystical Winter Wonderlights. A magical event not to be missed.


Walk to the Art Gallery of Ballarat - Australia’s oldest regional art gallery. Take your time as you admire the permanent collection of historic fine art as well as the indigenous and contemporary art. Afterwards, venture to the temporary French exhibition Into Light, showcasing outstanding 19th- and 20th-century impressionist artworks from the Musée de la Chartreuse. Featuring pieces reflecting the romantic seascapes and tranquil landscapes of northern France through to paintings celebrating pure light, colour and the lives of ordinary people, this show will have you yearning for a Parisian life of calm, romance and delight. 


Hit up one of several live music venues such as Karova Lounge, The Cabaret Club or The Lost Ones Basement Bar to catch some of the country’s biggest music acts or some of Ballarat’s most talented musicians. The Winter Festival program will also feature The Jazz Series events (six days only), bringing the night to life with a diverse range of smooth jazz tunes.

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