Two of Ballarat's most popular events extended

Both the Ballarat Begonia Festival and Ballarat Heritage Festival (formerly Ballarat Heritage Weekend) will be celebrated over three weeks this year. 

The Ballarat Begonia Festival will be held from Saturday 6 March until Sunday 28 March, while the Ballarat Heritage Festival will now be celebrated from Friday 7 May until Sunday 30 May.

Both festivals have changed from their traditional weekend timeslots to three weeks, including four weekends of festival activation.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is no longer viable to have 60,000 people at the Ballarat Begonia Festival over the March long weekend.

Extending the city’s signature events will provide people with more opportunity to attend, disperse crowds over a larger footprint and deliver event content in a way that provides greater benefit for local businesses.

The City of Ballarat’s decision to increase the festivals’ timeframe is to ensure COVID-safe principles can be adhered to, whilst providing greater opportunity for local businesses to capitalise on increased visitation in the city. 

Most of the Ballarat Begonia Festival's events and activities will be programmed centrally, outside of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

Both festivals will feature new installations and exciting content to support festival favourites including the begonia display (pictured above) at the Robert Clark Conservatory and the Ballarat Heritage Festival's Tweed Ride (pictured below).

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Ballarat Heritage Weekend Tweed Ride