This year's Castlemaine State Festival will launch with a dance party in Western Reserve on Friday night.
Festival director Glyn Roberts said he expects thousands of people to hit the streets of the town this weekend headed by the Equinox dance party in Western Reserve.
"We have 500 participatory tickets that have sold out but thousands will be able to enjoy food and watch on or join in as people dance toward Nirvana," he said.
Mr Roberts said there was something for everyone on the opening weekend of the 10-day festival with Castlemaine Town Hall hosting South Korean violinist Ye-Eun Choi playing at the town hall on Friday night and Indigenous performer Eric Avery on Sunday.
"For the classically-inclined audience, Ye-Eun Choi is an exclusive talent. It will be a big, bold, beautiful Castlemaine on show," he said.
"I've been really pleased with the number of people keen to see the emerging artist Eric Avery. This is his first major solo concert and people want to see him."
This year's Castlemaine State Festival is the first one Mr Roberts has overseen as festival director.
"It's been an absolute pleasure and privilege to do. We have an amazing team and town that values the arts and wants to do the best for the festival,' he said.
"With the artists starting to arrive, it great to start introducing them to Castlemaine."
"Castlemaine loves this event and it wants share to it with Victoria, the country and the world."
See the full Castlemaine State Festival program at https://castlemainefestival.com.au