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29 Jun 2022

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Are you bound for Ballarat to see Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhales take to the skies on Sunday 10 July?

We all know the early bird catches the worm (or the whale!) so given you’ll already be up early for the sunrise launch, why not make a day or weekend out of it?

From Skywhales: Every Heart Sings and Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights to the city’s pop-up ice-skating rink and the first-ever Beyond Dark winter fiesta, Ballarat is celebrating its signature season with a unique line-up of events and experiences.

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Everything you need to know about Skywhales: Every Heart Sings on Sunday 10 July.


What’s on in Ballarat this weekend

Ballarat’s pop-up ice skating rink
When: From 9am daily until 17 July
Where: Armstrong Street South (between the Town Hall and Myer)
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Ballarat Farmers’ Market
When: Saturday 9 July 9am-1pm
Where: Zoo Drive, Lake Wendouree
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Trevor Smith: A Fanciful Feast exhibition
When: Until 28 August
Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat
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Winter Wonderlights at Sovereign Hill
When: 10am-7pm daily until 17 July
Where: Bradshaw Street, Ballarat
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Sovereign Hill’s Winter Wonderlights

Knights of Fire and Snow Queen Neva school holiday program at Kryal Castle
When: 10am-4pm daily until 10 July
Where: Forbes Road, Leigh Creek
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Meet Kai, the Ballarat Wildlife Park’s new tiger
When: 9am-5pm daily
Where: Fussell Street, Ballarat East
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The Design Exchange Market
When: Saturday 9 July (3pm-8pm) and Sunday 10 July (10am-3pm)
Where: Ballarat Mining Exchange, Lydiard Street North
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Beyond Dark winter fiesta
When: Saturday 9 July 3pm-11pm
Where: Alfred Deakin Place and Camp Street, Ballarat
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Eureka Arms and Militaria Fair
When: Saturday 9 July (9am-4.30pm) and Sunday 10 July (9am-3pm)
Where: Ballarat Equestrian Centre, Rose Hill Road, Mount Rowan
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Winter family dinner at Tuki Trout Farm
When: Saturday 9 July from 4pm
Where: Stoney Rises Road, Smeaton
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Join a ghost tour
When: Friday and Saturday nights
Where: Ballarat CBD
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Skywhales: Every Heart Sings
When: Sunday 10 July at sunrise
Where: Eastern Oval, Peel Street North, Ballarat
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Tales and Ales: Beers, Brews and Banter at Aunty Jacks
When: Sunday 10 July at 1.30pm
Where: Mair Street, Ballarat
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NAIDOC Week performance of Extinction: The Ballad of Pirt Koorrook
When: Sunday 10 July at 2pm
Where: Eureka Centre, Stawell Street South, Ballarat
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical
When: Until 16 July
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Lydiard Street South, Ballarat
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Light + Shade: Max Meldrum and His Followers exhibition
When: Until 15 October
Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat
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13 Moons: Honour A Woman exhibition
When: Until 10 July
Where: Art Space Ballarat, 14 Lydiard Street
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Skywhales: Every Heart Sings is a National Gallery Touring Event supported by principal partner The Naomi Milgrom Foundation and Visions Australia.

It is the third instalment of The Balnaves Contemporary Series and a Know My Name project.

Main image: Patricia Piccinini, Skywhale, 2013, National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra, © Patricia Piccinini


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.