The Ballarat Begonia Festival is fast approaching, and here’s how we think you should spend the weekend.
Here’s where all the festival glory lives. As you enter the conservatory, you’ll be immersed in the beauty and colour of the festival centrepiece – the Begonia Display. Specially curated by the City of Ballarat, the display features a mass of more than 2500 Begonias from the Botanical Garden’s tuberous and non-tuberous collections.
Join Australia’s much-loved Costa Georgiadis aka the Garden Gnome as he brings his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge to this year’s festival. For something extra special, Costa is set to team up with children’s television character Dirtgirl for some live performances as well. A real treat for the younger and older green thumbs alike.
To keep you fuelled throughout the three days, the festival will feature plenty of food and drink options ranging from international eats, sweet treats, specialty crafted coffee and craft beer brews and loads more!
Soul, motown, blues, disco and pop – get set for a weekend smorgasboard of sound as some of the best names in music and performance take to the Begonia Festival stage. With acts including Kailee O’Beirne, Kieren T, Motor City Sounds, Anna Oliphant Wright and street performer Chris Morant, there’s bound to be entertainment for all the groovers and shakers out there. This year’s Festival will also see the Le Petite Grande comedy tent pitched in the garden precinct, featuring comedy, circus and shows all weekend.
There’s plenty to see and do for the little tikes in the family, with the giant sandpit, pot planting, garden games, an obstacle challenge for the older kids, and the woodworking workshops.
The renowned Begonia Parade will take place on Monday, with local businesses, schools and community groups uniting to celebrate the city’s diversity and community spirit. Beginning at 11am, the showcase will be held along Wendouree Parade.