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Eight Of The Best Events To Get To This Autumn

Autumn is here and it’s an amazing time to get out and explore the leafy streets of Bendigo.  We’ve turned up an extra notch in 2019, with an array of arts, cultural and foodie events and festival to keep you coming back for more.


Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits

16 March – 14 July

Showcasing more than 250 extraordinary pieces, Bendigo Art Gallery’s Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits explores the five royal dynasties of the Tudors, the Stuarts, the Georgians, the Victorians, and the Windsors.  Expect to see larger than life scale paintings, important historical moments captured, art pieces by Peter Lely to Andy Warhol, a dress worn by Princess Diana when she last toured Bendigo, royal armour, jewels and more. 

And if that’s not enough, explore the city.  There’s a plethora of royal-themed experiences inspired by the exhibition dotted all over the CBD and beyond. We’re talking high teas, royal themed cocktails and menus, tours, a pop up tram, the Royal Train, shop windows dressed in British memorabilia and décor, plus laneway paste up art of Queenie and more!


Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival

23 March

If crafty boozy beverages are your thing, be sure to get along to Bendigo Craft Beer & Cider Festival.  The 2019 lineup includes local brewers Tooborac Brewery and Cornella Real, amongst more than 100 different beers and ciders from all over Victoria and beyond.  There’ll be live music, food trucks and festival games to keep you going all day long.  And for those of you looking for a little bit more, why not score yourself a VIP marquee for you and your mates to relax while sipping some seriously good brews.  


Golden Mile Race Day

30 March

We love a relaxed social setting, especially when all the hard work is already done for you.  Join us at Golden Mile Race Day and chill out at an awesome country races meet.  We’ll paint the picture for you.  Soak up the sun on the lush lawns and throw out a rug under the shade of an old gum tree.  The kids will be entertained with plenty of free on-course entertainment, plus there’s live music, world class racing, food and drinks.  What’s not to love at this family friendly event!   


Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival

6 April

For all the wine lovers out there, Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival is back and celebrating the region’s delicious food and wine.  Local winemakers will be taking over the leafy greens of Rosalind Park for five hours of alfresco fun.  Over 60 different wines will be available to sample, so grab a glass, chat to the makers and make a day of it.


1000 Doors

6-28 April

With the success of House of Mirrors in 2017, Australian installation artists Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney are back with 1000 DoorsAnd in April, it’s popping up in Bendigo’s Rosalind Park.  Visitors can choose their own adventure, cutting a path through an endless labyrinth of doors, screens, portals and gateways.  No two people will experience the work in quite the same way once they step across the threshold.  We expect you’ll need to have your wits about you for this one.


The Ultimate Wagyu Experience

13 April and 11 May

Leave your detox behind, it’s The Ultimate Wagyu Experience, a monthly dinner hosted at Bendigo’s award-winning steakhouse, The Woodhouse.  Run by chef Paul Pitcher, the experience starts with welcome drinks and canapés by an open fire, moving into a private dining area where you’ll be treated to four courses of Australia’s finest wagyu meat, finishing with a signature dessert. Yum!


Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Easter Festival

19-22 April

Bendigo's favourite community-based festival is back! Join us for Australia's longest running cultural festival, the Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Easter Festival. Meet Bendigo's new dragon, Dai Gum Loong, as he joins Sunday's Gala Parade for the first time alongside the world's longest Imperial Chinese dragon, Sun Loong.    


Leaving A Legacy: Seven Incredible Women of Central Victoria

16 May

Treat yourself to a two day luxury tour full of girl power! Leaving a Legacy is designed by the owner of award winning restaurant, Masons of Bendigo, Sonia Anthony. The tour will introduce you to the stories of an inspiring bunch of women who are kicking goals in the local community.

You'll start with lunch at Oak Forest in Harcourt, take part in a workshop on indigenous plants, sample baked treats, enjoy wine tasting at Sutton Grange Winery and be treated to a Slovenian dinner prepared by Sonia herself.  After spending the night at The Residence of MacKenzie Quarters, you'll nab an exclusive tour of Bendigo Art Gallery the next morning, hosted by Curatorial Manager Tansy Curtin.


Illumin8 2019

17-18 May

Looking for a little more peace and harmony in your life?  The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion (which also happens to be the largest stupa in the Southern Hemisphere) will be celebrating the life of Buddha, with Illumin8, 17 - 18 May.  Illumin8 2019 will incorporate light sculptures, roaming performances, vegetarian and vegan food and market stalls. Be sure to visit the giant Jade Buddha while you’re there, too (it’s his day after all).  Be sure to get a seat for the light projection show each night telling the story of Buddha’s life, topped off by fireworks.


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