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Leaf it to Bendigo this autumn

As the stately street trees of Bendigo reveal their autumn grandeur, so too does this golden city. A change in the seasons brings new produce, fresh fashions and renewed energy after the long, slow summer. And it’s all celebrated in the city’s festivals and events this season.

Marimekko Bendigo Art Gallery

Make mine Marimekko

The oh-so-fashionable Bendigo Art Gallery is at it again; celebrating iconic international design. This time, curators are parading Finnish design house Marimekko in an exhibition that promises to be a technicolour dream. “One has to dream,” Armi Ratia once said. “And one must stand out from the rest.” 

Designer Armi founded the enduring textile and fashion label just as post-war modernism was taking hold and this exclusive Australian show honours her legacy, from 1951 to now.

Armi dreamt of freeing women from the old rules of what to wear and as such spear-headed a new era of fashion fun and informality. The Bendigo exhibition 'Marimekko: Design Icon 1951 to 2018' features clothing, fabrics, homewares, sketches and other archival materials from the talented Marimekko designers. It’s on from March 3 until June 11.


Get down-to-earth and dishy

From March 16 to 25 Bendigo gets into the gastronomical spirit of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Explore cocktail culture at a cool-as restaurant, combine the local blues tram with an underground banquet and go rural for a celebration of snags, swags and tucker bags.

Hang with the hipsters on March 24 at the Bendigo Craft Beer and Cider Festival. Think more than 100 bevvies from breweries right across the country combined with food trucks, family fun and live tunes under a perfect autumn sky.

Sun Loong

The sweetest Easter

Be part of an unbroken line of punters to Australia’s longest-running cultural event, the Bendigo Easter Festival. For families there is no better time to visit the city. There’s a giant Easter egg hunt, carnival rides, children’s entertainers, fireworks and one almighty street procession featuring the world’s longest imperial dragon, Sun Loong.

Bendigo’s creative also put on a show with art and photography exhibitions, wood turning displays plus live and local music. The three-day event, from March 30 to April 2, packs the city centre with fun and festivities for all ages.

Grapest 5K Run

Red-hot run and cycling

Pardon the pun, but this one’s a corker! Meet your wine-loving match at Balgownie Estate on March 10 at The Grapest 5km Run. With the catchphrase ‘sip happens’, this unique fun run will have you stopping in your tracks to sample the winery’s wares at tasting stations along the route. The scenic vineyard is seriously beautiful, but that’s where the formalities end. Dress up, have fun, stay for the after party, or maybe even longer in one of the estate’s beautiful bell tents.

Make tracks to the Bendigo International Madison Carnival on March 11, where the local cycling community welcomes world-class athletes. Thrills, spills and serious competition keeps spectators coming back year after year to soak up the atmosphere of one of regional Australia’s premier sporting events.

Want to know more? Go to our events calendar or call 1800 813 153 for tickets, accommodation and more ideas for a memorable stay in Bendigo this autumn.



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