There’s plenty happening in our region this week. Check out our list for a few things to put in your diary.
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FESTIVALS AND FAIRS
PRIMARY SCHOOL FAIR
Enjoy some fun for the whole family at the Kennington Primary School Twilight Fair.
The annual fair features food and drinks, Grill'd Burgers, a coffee van, popcorn, fairy floss, animal nursery, rides, showbags, bake stall, Easter raffle, face painting and much more.
Where: Kennington Primary School, Crook Street.
When: Thursay, March 28, 3.30pm-6pm.
BENDIGO RECORD FAIR
With over 25 tables of vinyl and merchandise, this annual fair is set to be a big one.
The event features music and music-related merchandise, a few tables of comics with back issues added in.
Take home a special find at this event. $5 entry from 10am with $10 early bird entry from 9am.
Where: All Seasons Hotel, McIvor Highway, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, March 30, 10am-4pm.
BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL
Once again beer and cider lovers will unite and celebrate the best beers and ciders from all over the country.
Meet the brewers and taste the beers with more than 100 unique beverages, alongside food trucks, live music, plenty of fun and festival games.
There are plenty of activities for children, as well as games foradults and competitions throughout the day.
For the first time, the festival will also have a pirate-themed escape froom from Breakout Bendigo for friends to play with a prize for those who escape the quickest.
For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
Where: Tom Flood Sports Centre, Park Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, March 23, 11am-7pm.
TINY HOUSE FESTIVAL
Have you heard of 'Tiny Houses'? Head along to Australia's first ever Tiny House Festival.
This event is perfect for those who want to know more about the Tiny House movement, would like to purchase a tiny house or are looking to plan a life of their own.
Tiny Homes have taken the world by storm, with various companies providing small, cheaper and more environmentally friendly options of living.
This event is ideal for anyone who is thinking of moving, with experts able to assist you with any query you may have.
There will also be workshops and documentaries at the event.
Where: Bendigo Racecourse, Heinz Street, Ascot.
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, 10am-6pm.
PYRAMID HILL FIESTA
Bringing together the Filipino and Australian cultures, this fiesta celebrates cultural Australia.
This fiesta is packed with entertainment from music to dancing, children's activities, foods and stalls.
There will also be competitions for all to participate in.
Tickets - Adults $5 or family $20.
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Where: Kelly Park, Kelly Street, Pyramid Hill.
When: Saturday, March 23, 2pm-8pm.
CASTLEMAINE STATE FESTIVAL
The Castlemaine State Festival showcases works from the region's artists and performing arts companies, alongside national and international artists.
The biennial 10 day multi-arts event celebrates the culture of the central Victorian goldfields region.
See the full Castlemaine State Festival program at: https://castlemainefestival.com.au
Where: Various locations throughout Castlemaine.
When: Until Sunday, March 31, various times.
This week-long festival celebrates the different cultures that make up the great city of Bendigo
Coinciding with Cultural Diversity Week (March 16 - 24), the festival features events focused on music, dance, food and visual arts.
There will also be workshops exploring themes of cultural diversity.
For more information on the festival, click here, phone 5441 6644 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: Various location in Bendigo.
When: Until Sunday, March 24, various times.
CASTLEMAINE FRINGE FESTIVAL
With a program of local talent, this festival is a celebration of the more adventurous side of life.
Held over 17 days, there will be various artists and performers, plays, music and more.
The festival began about 30 years ago with visual art and in keeping with tradition there will be numerous exhibitions of paintings, collage, jewellery and sculptures.
The festival concludes with a huge garden party in the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens.
For more information on the festival, click here or email: email@example.com.
Where: Various locations in Castlemaine.
When: Until Sunday, March 31, various times.
This two day yoga festival is returning to Bendigo for its third year and will feature over 27 yoga instructors from central Victoria.
The program offers more than 40 classes with participants able to embrace a variety of yoga styles.
The classes are suitable for beginners through to seasoned yogis of any age and ability.
The festival will also include live music, mindfulness, essential oils, massage, stalls and much more.
$35 admission for one day or a two-day pass is $65. Tickets available online or at the door.
For more information and tickets, click here.
Where: Dudley House and the Old Fire Station, View Street, Bendigo.
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 23 and 24, various times.
COMMUNITY EVENTS AND FUNDRAISERS
The Spring Gully Hall Committee is hosting another great dance this week.
The event features music by Rita and Bob, a fun program and delicious home cooked supper.
There will also be a raffle and prizes.
Admission $9. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Keith on 5444 2953.
Where: Spring Gully Hall, Spring Gully Road, Bendigo.
When: Saturday, March 23, from 8pm.
Hosted by Sunshine Bendigo, this event supports new families within the Bendigo community.
This is an opportunity to clean out the cupboards, wardrobes and garages.
Sunshine Bendigo will open it's doors for a donation drive, allowing for you to drop off donations to a good cause.
Some specific needs are: prams, cots, car seats and high chairs.
Where: Sunshine Bendigo, Daly Street, Long Gully.
When: Saturday, March 23, 10am-2pm.
Woodland Wonders is an exhibition of the Castlemaine Branch of the Embroiderers Guild of Victoria.
The group meet on the third Wednesday of the month to enjoy a day stitching and socialising.
"Woodland Wonders" features a selection of traditional and contemporary embroidery.
A highlight of the exhibition will be a display of work done by Margaret Cramond, a foundation member of the Castlemaine branch.
In the tradition of the exhibitions, there will also be a stall featuring embroidered mini works, foods and gifts.
Light lunch and refreshments will be available.
$5, school children free.
For more information, click here.
Where: Mt Alexander Golf Club, Wimble Street, Castlemaine.
When: Saturday, March 23 - Wednesday, March 27, 10am-5pm Saturday to Tuesday, 10am-3pm Wednesday.
TUDORS TO WINDSOR
More than 150 British portraits of royalty will go on display at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
The new major exhibition - Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portrait - features works on loan from London's National Portrait Gallery with some never having been seen outside of the United Kingdom.
Tudors to Windsors highlights major events in British and world history from the 16th century to present day.
The portraits will allow the gallery visitors to study the royal family faces of the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians and the Windsors.
Cost: Adult $25, Concession $22, Bendigo Art Gallery Member $20, PGAV Member $20.
Where: Bendigo Art Gallery, View Street.
When: From Saturday, March 16 - Sunday, July 14, 10am-5pm.
Central Goldfields Art Gallery has selected 18 contemporary art quilters from across Australia for its upcoming Biennial Art Quilt Exhibition.
Curated by international award-winning textile artist and local resident, Jenny Bacon, the exhibition has an prize of $3,000 on offer.
The prize-winning quilt will become part of the gallery's permanent collection.
Groups are welcome at the exhibition. Please contact the gallery on 5460 4588 to book.
Where: Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Neill Street, Maryborough.
When: Until Sunday, March 31, Thursday - Sunday, 10am-4pm.
MELBOURNE WELSH MALE CHOIR
The Melbourne Welsh Male Choir, established in 1984, is delighted to announce its first concert in Bendigo’s Sacred Heart Cathedral.
With the cathedral’s acoustics, the richness and harmonies of the choir will sound perfect.
The choir consists of 50 members and will be joined by Melbourne soprano, Kate Amos, who won the choir’s Singer of the Year Competition in 2016 and now performs with Opera Australia.
The choir has performed all over the world, from Wales to Johannesburg.
To purchase tickets and for more information, click here.
Where: Sacred Heart Cathedral, 66 Short Street, Bendigo.
When: Sunday, March 24, 2pm.
CHILDREN AND FAMILY
SPLASH INTO FUN
Celebrating National Playgroup Week, the City of Greater Bendigo and community groups are hosting a Splash into Fun family day.
The event features free children's activities including a mobile play zone, jumping castle, animal farm, DIY sessions, face painting, more.
Where: Long Gully Recreation Reserve and Splash Park, Creeth Street, Bendigo.
When: Tuesday, March 26, 10am-1pm.
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