Ballarat to transform into a summer playground for big kids this February

Live music, fine food, craft beer plus elite and extreme sports will be the focus of Ballarat’s bumper line-up of events this February.

In a coup for the city, Mars Stadium will host live action sports spectacular Nitro Circus on Saturday 29 February.

The Ballarat event is already the best-selling regional Australian show in Nitro’s 10-year history.

Ballarat’s summer calendar of events also features Rock Ballarat (7-9 February), Super Sunday of Sport (16 February) and the family-friendly Ballarat Beer Festival (15 February).

And while you’re in Ballarat, entertain the kids at Sovereign Hill, Kryal Castle and the Art Gallery of Ballarat; explore the great outdoors at the Lake Wendouree Adventure Playground; cuddle a koala at the Ballarat Wildlife Park; and indulge in an icy cold treat at Il Piccolo Gelato.

“There’s no better way to spend your summer than in Ballarat,” City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor said.

Find out more about what’s happening in Ballarat this summer at visitballarat.com.au

Ballarat's key events this February
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Rock Ballarat

When: Friday 7 February – Sunday 9 February.

Where: Ballarat CBD.

Details: Step back in time at Rock Ballarat, a three-day tribute to everything rock ’n’ roll and rockabilly. The city will come to life with music, fashion parades, classic cars, burlesque dance demonstrations, pin-up competitions and the return of Ballarat's favourite street party. Find out more about this year’s event here

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Ballarat Beer Festival

Ballarat Beer Festival

When: Sunday 15 February 11.30am-8pm.

Where: North Gardens, Lake Wendouree.

Details: The Ballarat Beer Festival is a celebration of great craft beer and passionate brewers in Australia’s original beer capital. Staged at Lake Wendouree’s North Gardens, the festival features more than 150 Australian brews, award-winning regional wines, an abundance of food trucks, live music, beer education classes, trivia games, and the popular brewers sack race.

Hear from festival director Ric Dexter about what else is in store for this year’s Ballarat Beer Festival here

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Super Sunday of sport

When: Sunday 16 February.

Where: Ballarat.

Details: Whatever sport you’re into, you’ll be covered on 16 February with the A-League's Western United taking on Brisbane Roar at Mars Stadium, Cricket for Causes Super 7s, and the Ballarat Cycle Classic. Ballarat is the first regional Australian town to host a Super Rugby match for premiership points, read more here

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Nitro Circus

When: Saturday 29 February from 5pm.

Where: Mars Stadium, Ballarat.

Details: Think exhilarating action sports, think Nitro Circus at Mars Stadium. The global sports company’s athletes are at the top of their games in FMX, BMX, skating and scootering.