Leisure Arts and Entertainment


Annual Events

Ballarat is home to a wonderful calendar of events for our community to enjoy

Community Events Calendar

Ballarat hosts a huge number of events and festivals throughout the year which celebrate the best of the region. View the calendar or submit your event.


The City of Ballarat has some incredible attractions


Council is host to many ceremonies and award functions including Citizenship ceremonies, Heritage, Community Safety, Seniors and Youth Awards.

Busking in Ballarat

The City of Ballarat is committed to supporting a lively street culture and welcomes a diversity of entertainment in public areas.

Parks & Playgrounds

Play is important for people of all ages!

Sports, Grounds & Groups

Council is the largest provider of sport and recreation venues in Ballarat managing parks, sports grounds, swimming pools and more.


With boating, rowing, fishing, hiking, and surrounding recreational areas Ballarat lakes are a hub of activity for community and visitors alike.

Gardens and Reserves

The City of Ballarat has amazing gardens. From the history rich and famous Ballarat Botanical Gardens to the Buninyong Botanical Gardens, The Gong and incredible street gardens

Arts and Galleries

Ballarat has a rich culture of the arts and is home of the oldest regional art gallery in Australia.

Bookings and Maintenance

The City of Ballarat has a variety of open spaces available for use by the community for recreation activities

Public Holdiays

Live Music Strategic Plan

Public Holidays Top of document.

Holiday2016  2017
New Year's Day Fri 1 Jan        

Sun 1 Jan and Mon 2 Jan (additional day)  

Australia Day Tues 26 Jan Thurs 26 Jan
Labour Day Mon 14 Mar Mon 13 Mar
Good Friday* Fri 25 Mar Fri 14 Apr
Saturday before
Easter Sunday
Sat 26 Mar Sat 15 Apr
Easter Sunday Sun 27 Mar Sun 16 Apr
Easter Monday Mon 28 Mar  Mon 17 Apr
ANZAC Day* Mon 25 Apr  Tues 25 Apr
Queen's Birthday Mon 13 Jun Mon 12 Jun
Friday before the AFL Grand Final Fri 30 Sep Date TBC
Ballarat Show Day     
Christmas Day

Tue 27 Dec 
(Substitute for Sun 25 Dec) 

 Mon 25 Dec

Boxing Day

 Mon 26 Dec

 Tues 26 Dec

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