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Ballarat Begonia Festival

The Ballarat Begonia Festival has a long and rich history, beginning in 1953 and has now become an innovative garden-based horticultural festival that showcases the city’s natural assets, including its unique and rare collection of Begonias.

This year’s Covid-safe festival will be celebrated differently with an extended period over three weeks, including four weekends, from Saturday 6 to Sunday 28 March 2021. 

Ballarat’s historic streetscapes will bloom with festivities – enjoy creative cutting edge installations before diving into the city’s delicious eat and drink scene. You’ll also spot floral art in many of the Ballarat’s beautiful parks and gardens, profiling the city’s natural assets.

Of course, the iconic display of over 700 Begonias in the Conservatory at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens will continue to be a festival favourite.

New festival highlights include;

A giant Illuminated Garden

Floral Frame Trail


Pop-up Urban Garden (6 to 14 March)

Begonias plus more


06 Mar 2021 - 28 Mar 2021

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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.