From exclusive exhibitions at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, to cider festivals and neon pop-ups, there’s every opportunity to let your curiosity run riot in Ballarat this August.
So go find your favourite beanie, because there’s no better time to plan your end of winter escape to Ballarat.
Here’s our top five picks…
Book a ticket to a comedy show
Get your comedy fix on a night out in Ballarat.
A legend of the Australian comedy scene, Denise Scott headlines BallaratCat Comedy on Friday 6 August. Later in the month, funnyman Ross Noble will take to the stage at Civic Hall.
Snap a selfie in Ballarat’s free neon playground
Until 19 August
There’s something magical about the darkness of winter. Throw in some neon and you’ve found yourself the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post.
This winter, Melbourne creative Carla O’Brien – whose work you might remember from White Night, is bringing her neon art installations to Ballarat.
Learmonth Cider Festival
A short drive up the Western Highway you’ll find the very quaint village of Learmonth, the region’s cider capital
Home to Learmonth Cider, Learmonth is also hosting its first Cider Festival this August.
The festival is presented by Café Sidra, the cellar door for Learmonth Cider and home to Little Sid – a very cool airstream bar.
This event has now sold out.
25 August – 3 October
Art installation 1000 Doors– Door Within A Door is coming to Ballarat. Described as a haunting, claustrophobic maze, we’ve been told that every entrance into this house of possibility will begin at the same door, but no two visitors will leave the same as they entered.
1000 Doors was sold out at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Brisbane Festival, and the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Tickets are $10, under 5 & over 75 FREE.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
28 August – 24 October
Headlined by exclusive never-before-seen photographs, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale is the only chance you will have to see works by American photographer Linda McCartney.
Linda McCartney: Retrospective showcases some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s music scene alongside intimate family portraits, including a series of prints from the McCartney’s time to Australia between 1975 and 1993.
Known for her portraits of Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, among many others, she was the first female photographer whose work was featured as the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1968, with a portrait of Eric Clapton.