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Bendigo blooms this Autumn

Make a bee-line to the bright red poppies of the Bendigo Art Gallery. The classic Marimekko print plastered across the facade is welcoming design-lovers to the city for an exclusive Australian exhibition of the Finnish fashion label. 

Marimekko in Bendigo

The iconic poppy design, Unikko, was released in 1964 after Marimekko founder Armi Ratia announced her company would never print a floral pattern, thus living out its own rebel heart. Unikko has endured as a symbol of creativity, courage and faith in oneself. Learn more about it as you indulge in a celebration of colour and fun that showcases more than 65 years of textiles, clothing and homewares fashion. Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 – 2018 is on until June 11.

New take on fashion stakes 

The Golden Mile Race Day at the Bendigo Jockey Club on April 7 ditches the strict dress code in favour of relaxation and picnic rugs on the lawn. With free kids entertainment, live music and lots of dining options, odds are the whole family will love it. As will the punters. With more than $1 million in prizemoney, this premier sporting event draws a host of top horses to the track.

The O'Keefe Challenge

Follow the trail to Heathcote

Set your own rhythm on the O’Keefe Challenge. Run, walk, cycle or roll the historic O’Keefe Rail Trail between Bendigo and Heathcote on April 21 to 22. This 50km journey celebrates fitness, nature and family fun, plus Heathcote’s infectious community spirit. The path of the original 1888 railway takes you through box ironbark bush, scenic farm land, over the Coliban River and past Lake Eppalock. It’s a great way to see the region, plus sets the scene for this great race across the goldfields.

Return to the wine-loving town on June 9 to 11 for Heathcote on Show. Enjoy wine tastings, music, gourmet food, community activities and more at over 30 special locations.

A classical gas ‘n’ glass

Strings, wind, brass and keys combine to create one gorgeous weekend of classical music on April 20 to 22 at the Bendigo Art Gallery and Capital Theatre. Once again the Sanguine Estate Music Festival has broken free from its Heathcote vineyard to take over the city’s arts precinct, such is its popularity. The program of concerts, recitals and masterclasses will be enjoyed with a glass or two of Sanguine wine, just divine.

Bendigo Winemakers Festival

Corks popped in the park

Mark the end of the grape harvest with Bendigo winemakers, as they put down shears for another year and show off the finished product. The annual Strategem Bendigo Winemakers Festival on April 28 is a celebration worth toasting, and with more than 70 wine varieties on show, the only question is, red, white, rose or sparkling? Bring your picnic rug and your besties and settle in Rosalind Park for wine tastings, food, live tunes and fun activities on the lawn. Cheers to that!

Illumin8 Festival of Light

Spirited festival shines bright

Experience the spirit of Buddhism on May 18 to 20. The Illumin8 Festival at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion celebrates peace and harmony through light sculptures, performances and fireworks. Market stalls and wholesome vegan and vegetarian fare makes for a great cultural experience. The 2018 festival will be extra special, as the much-anticipated Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is unveiled. The largest stupa in the western world rises from the bush north of Bendigo and extends a warm welcome to people of all beliefs.

Come for the festivals and events, stay for the warm hospitality, engaging culture and countless treasures to be found in beautiful Bendigo. 

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