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Ballarat’s festival of bold art, artisan crafts and big beards

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20 Apr 2021

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The ever-popular Ballarat Tweed Ride and Ballarat Beard & Stache Competition will feature as part of next month’s bumper Ballarat Heritage Festival.

For the first time in the event’s history, it has this year been expanded to a 24-day festival of innovative displays, thought-provoking art, hands-on experiences and exciting installations.

Other highlights of the 7-30 May festival will include:

After the 2020 event was held online, this year’s Heritage Festival is set to be not only a celebration of the city’s rich history, but a chance for people to reconnect and celebrate being able to come together and experience what Ballarat is all about. 

Ballarat Beard & Stache Competition

From beer school and Instagrammable public art installations to craft demonstrations and progressive lunches, 2021 sees the return of festival favourites as well as a series of new COVID-safe activations to discover. 

“We know Ballarat is known for its rich heritage, but we are inviting people to delve a bit deeper and find out more about what makes our city special,” City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Daniel Moloney said.

“Stories of our history will be told through new immersive technologies, hands-on experiences, demonstrations and community programs.”

Find out more about the 7-30 May event at


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.