September - October is Boyn (Bread) & Lawan (Mallee Fowl) Time!

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Special Events

 Courtesy of Thompson Foundry Brass Band

Courtesy of Thompson Foundry Brass Band

September 1
White Night Bendigo - experience a night filled with colourful projections, wondrous installations, music performances and interactive works, including Enlighten @ White Night

September 28
TrumpitUp & DroneOn - a concert by the region's pipe and brass bands on the banks of picturesque Lake Jubilee, including the world premiere of a composition by Louisa Trewartha in collaboration with Lincoln Hilton
Jubilee Lake, Daylesford

October 10 -14
Artlands - Regional Arts Australia conference
Bendigo & Castlemaine

 Circus Oz, Photo: Jessica Jeanfield

Circus Oz, Photo: Jessica Jeanfield

October 14
Circus Oz rolls into town
Starring the kids of Maryborough
Maryborough Station Amphitheatre


 ACT Natimuk, Photo: Michelle McFarlane

ACT Natimuk, Photo: Michelle McFarlane

October 20
Poppet by ACT Natimuk
Projected images interacting with aerial dancers suspended on ropes
7:30pm Poppet Head, Rosalind Park, Bendigo

Performances, Readings

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September 1
Slim Hope and the Lonesome Cowboys
7pm The Guildford Family Hotel 

What if there was PEACE - Bendigo Youth Choir performs beautiful music with the theme of Peace
7:30-8:30pm Bendigo Art Gallery

September 2
Castlemaine Jazz Jam
Free entry, all welcome to sing, play or listen
2-5pm Maurocco Bar, 4a Templeton St, Castlemaine

September 4
Who Am I …? By Russell Cheek
The Capital, Bendigo

September 5
The Big Bike Film Night presented by Bike Bendigo
7pm Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

September 5, 6, 7
Breaking Bread: A Dementia Awareness Café
Official opening at 4pm on September 5
10am-4pm The Good Loaf Sourdough Bakery and Café, 404 Hargreaves Street, Bendigo

September 6
Join author Rachel Leary for a talk about her book Bridget Crack
5:30-6:30pm Castlemaine Library

September 7
Cushion Concert
The Capital, Bendigo

September 8
Castlemaine geology walk with Dr Julian Hollis
10:30-11:30am Meet at Castlemaine Library at 10:20am

Stagecraft workshop in lighting & scenic design with Rob Sowinski, 10am-4pm
Bendigo Theatre Company

Justin Bernasconi and Kelly Brouhaha perform on
The Blues Tram

Legendary guitarist Phil Manning performs @ SteamRoller supported by local duo Sons of the Blues
The Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum
Vincents Road, Maldon

September 10
Becoming a Dementia Friend - in partnership with Dementia Australia, bookings required
12-1pm, Bendigo Library

September 15
Celebrate Mexico's Independence Day with music, food, dancing, pinatas and games, presented by Hispanos Unidos de Victoria
5-10pm St Paul's Cathedral, Myers St, Bendigo

Serenada - great songs from the 30s, 40s & 50s
7 pm, free entry, The Guildford Family Hotel

An Evening with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

September 16
Booktown on Sundays
Mira Robertson, The Unexpected Education of Emily Dean
The Warehouse, Clunes

Planting the Food and Fibre Garden 11am - 4pm. Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. Free but bookings required: 5475 2093,

Workshop on finger picking & songwriting with Lloyd Dodsworth
2 pm The Guildford Family Hotel

September 20
MAINfm Trivia at The Tap Room
8-10pm Shedshaker Brewing, The Mill, 9 Walker St, Castlemaine

September 21
Acoustic Open Folk'n open mic night presented by Bendigo Folk Club
6:30pm The Old Church on the Hill, Bendigo

Women of Wit Stand-up Comedy Vol. 2
8pm The Engine Room, View Street, Bendigo

Spots still available for Open Mic Comedy
6pm The Engine Room, View Street, Bendigo

September 23
Creating the Fire Circle - Learn landscaping techniques and help create a gathering place that celebrates the Dja Dja Wurrung seasons. With sculptor David Waters. 11am-4pm, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. Free but bookings required: 5475 2093,
Knul-Doorong - all come together
Discover Knul-doorong woodland in spring for a family friendly event with members of the Dja Dja Wurrung community and Junortoun Community Action Group. Be Welcomed to Country and learn about local culture, plants and wildlife.
2-5pm Binks Rd, Junortoun

September 25
Australia on Screen - introduced by John Flaus
Beneath Clouds
Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

September 29
Dan Duggan, Sean Orr, Alex Murphy with Dan Simons perform 11am-2pm
Hargreaves Mall, Bendigo

September 30
Habitat for Wildlife Learn about habitat and the theory behind making a successful nest box and healthy habitat, includes site visits in local bushland. 11am - 4pm. Bring lunch, bus travel included, dress for outdoors. Maldon Neighbourhood Centre. Free but bookings required: 5475 2093,

October 3
Ideas Storm. Join the Creative Industries Hub for a brainstorming session for the Hub at The Morley Building. 6-8pm, Zinc Room, Foundry Hotel, Bendigo

October 4
Ideas Storm. Join the Creative Industries Hub for a brainstorming session for the Hub at The Morley Building. 1-3pm, Zinc Room, Foundry Hotel, Bendigo 

October 6

They Played A Tin Shed - Film Premiere
Music documentary about Castlemaine's iconic band founded in 1885 - Thompson's Foundry Band
6pm Goods Shed, Castlemaine

Castlemaine Spring Ball 2018: A Dark Night in Wonderland
Castlemaine Community House presents its legendary annual fundraiser at the Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, 8pm

October 7
Build Your Own Nest Box
11am - 4pm. Bring lunch, all materials provided but please bring a drill or driver. Maldon Neighbourhood Centre corner Edwards and Church Streets Maldon. Bookings required: 5475 2093 or

October 10
Guilty Documentary charting the final 72 hours in the life of Myuran Sukumaran. Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine, 7.30pm

October 11
Discovery Little Kids Bugaloo - dress up for stories, special planetarium screening and lots of hands on activities for ages 0 - 5, bookings essential. Discovery Centre, Bendigo

October 13
White Lightning (Sean McConnell and Benny Gerrard) and Jess Parker perform on
The Blues Tram

October 13
Making Tracks Writing and Zine Workshop with Express Media. For young people aged 14 - 25. Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre, 9am - 1pm

October 14
Enter Sandman. Acclaimed artist JOF is looking for 100 guitarists to play the Metallica hit Enter Sandman live in Maryborough. For more info: ph Shelley 0455 627 610 or email

October 16
Melba Quartet
Bendigo Bank Theatre, Bendigo

The Gruffalo
Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo

October 16-19
Creative Industries Hub Workshop Week in Bendigo. Creative Business Workshops to grow your business. $25 per session.

October 20
Cushion Concert
The Capital, Bendigo

Making Tracks Writing and Zine Workshop with Express Media. For young people aged 14 - 25. Mondo Lounge, Castlemaine, 9am - 1pm

October 21
Booktown on Sundays
Robert Hillman, The Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted
The Warehouse, Clunes

October 23
Australia on Screen - introduced by John Flaus
Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

October 25
Bendigo Creative Industries Hub Community Gathering. 10.30am-12pm. The Morley Building, Bendigo  

October 26
The Hub Celebration. Celebrate the soft launch of the Creative Industries Hub at The Morley Building Bendigo, 5-7pm

Back in the hood: Grumpy Neighbour perform at The Guildford Family Hotel, 7:30-11pm

October 27
Making Tracks Writing and Zine Workshop with Express Media. For young people aged 14 - 25. Maryborough Regional Library,

October 28
Bendigo Sustainable House Day presented by Bendigo Sustainability Group


 This House, My Body

This House, My Body

Throughout September
Retrace Artspace exhibition
Open 2-6pm, Thursday to Sunday
All Saints Church, 14 MacKenzie Street, Bendigo

Throughout September to October 14
In Celebration of the Pudding: 100 Years of The Magic Pudding - exhibition of original illustrations and artefacts related to Norman Lindsay's classic children's book
Creswick Museum

Throughout September and October
Transience - exhibition of works by Sharon Greenaway
Finders Keepers Cafe, 20 Mitchell St, Bendigo

To  September 2
'It takes a child to grow a village' by Ann Ferguson
'Oceanarium: Deep Ocean Other World' by Karen Richards and Sue Ferrari
Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough

September 6 - 30
A Woven Dialogue, a collaboration between Aboriginal weavers from Victoria & the NT
Studio residency from September 6 to 13
Open day for general public: September 12, 12-4pm
Official opening on September 14 at 4pm
Lot19, Castlemaine

To September 8
Collection Focus
LaTrobe Art Institute, Bendigo

Reflections - an exhibition of works by Kain White
Phee Broadway Theatre Foyer, Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine

September 8 - October 14
Jeff Makin - Survey
Exploring the picturesque and sublime elements of nature, this survey exhibition brings together paintings and supporting studies of works from Central Victoria to the Western District
Central Goldfields Art Gallery, Maryborough

To September 9
Paul Guest Prize
Bendigo Art Gallery

September 11 - 29
Romance of the swag - exhibition of work by Linda Jackson
Exhibition launch 2-4pm September 15
Arnold Street Gallery, Bendigo

September 13 - 16
This House My Body
Live art exhibition by Rachael Wenona Guy and Leonie van Eyk
Live poetry readings, discussion, wine & nibbles from 2pm on Saturday September 15
Newstead Railway Arts Hub, 8a Tivey St, Newstead

September 14 - 23
'Never be Scared of the Dark' - works by street artist Mr Dimples
Exhibition opening 6-9pm on September 14
Dudley House, View Street, Bendigo

September 15
Weaving Connections: Basketry and Fibre Arts Forum, 10am - 4pm, free but RSVP required to
Lot 19, Castlemaine

September 16
Eaglehawk Regional Play Space grand opening
11am-2pm Lake Neangar, Eaglehawk

To September 16
Myuran Sukumaran: Another Day in Paradise
Bendigo Art Gallery

September 18 - October 28
Emerging Curator: Brigid Hansen
LaTrobe Art Institute, Bendigo

September 22 & 23
Romance of the Swag - Create Colour Collage
2 day workshop with Linda Jackson presented by Arnold Street Gallery Workshops
Byronsvale Vineyard & Accommodation, Bendigo

September 22 - October 14
Menagerie - an exhibition of birds and beetles, printed, painted and drawn by Tegan Wheeldon and Laura Gibbs
Exhibition opening 2-4pm on September 22
Newstead Railway Arts Hub, 8A Tivey Street, Newstead

September 22 – February 10, 2019
Rupture: Jessie Boylan
Bendigo Art Gallery

To September 29
The Gentleman's Collection: Contemporary Australian Art and Something Old, Something New: Andre Sardone, Metal Work & Sculpture
Gallery 369, Bendigo

October 2
Creative Industries Hub bus tour. Free tour of creative spaces in Geelong and Yarraville. Departing from Bendigo Bus Company Depot, Breen St, 8.30am-6pm

October 5 - 25
Weaving Exhibition Amazing baskets woven by the Maldon weaving group led by Aunty Marilyne Nicholls Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owner & Master Basket Weaver. Exhibit B Window Gallery Bendigo Bank Central, Bendigo (Enter 3 Mitchell Street

October 6 - 20
Never-ending Journey, featuring the work of printmaker and painter Nyrel Saunders & master weaver Aunty Marilyne Nicholls
Tren du Bourg Hall, Maryborough

October 7 - 13
Headspace Bendigo Youth Art Exhibition
Launch 5:30-6:30pm on October 11 - coinciding with Headspace Day and Mental Health Week
Bendigo Library

October 10 - November 28
Chart Form
La Trobe Art Institute, Bendigo

October 13 & 14
Re-Imagining Energy Castlemaine
Launch event on October 9, 5.30-7pm.
Workshop taking place October 7-9. Exhibition of workshop concepts October 13-14, 11am-4pm. The Good Shed Castlemaine

October 19  – November 2
Castlemaine Secondary College Art Exhibition
Castlemaine Market Building

October 20 - 21
Nibble Nibble Little Mouse. Interactive art installation for children. Newstead Arts Railway Hub. 4-8pm

October 20 - 27
The Waller Exhibition
Opening event on October 20
Trades Hall, Bendigo 10am-5pm

October 27 - 28
Nibble Nibble Little Mouse. Interactive art installation for children. Newstead Arts Railway Hub. 4-8pm

October 27
Seasonal Bush Tucker Feast & Exhibition. Seasonal feast with Indigenous ingredients– catered by Myrnong Mammas. 12pm - 4pm   $30 per person. 
Maldon Neighbourhood Centre corner Edwards and Church Streets Maldon.
Bookings required: 5475 2093 or                                        
Makarrata Garden Tarrangower -
Artists Marilyne Nicholls & Forest Keegel collaborate on a sculpture project about Tuan and Powerful Owl habitat
Maldon Neighbourhood Centre, Church St, Maldon

 A Woven Dialogue

A Woven Dialogue

Festivals, Markets

 Courtesy of Bike Bendigo

Courtesy of Bike Bendigo

September 7, 8, 9
Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music

September 8 & 9
Spring Women's Adventure
September 8: Women's Choir Workshop with Wendy Stapleton, 10am-3pm
Flappers Masquerade Women's Ball, 7:30pm
September 9: Topp Twins in Concert 2:30-4pm
Daylesford Town Hall

September 9
Four Seasons Fine Music Festival

Maldon Market: Hand Made, Home Grown

September 15
Newstead CFA Community Market

September 16 & October 21
Trove Makers' Market

September 20
Creswick Lantern Festival
Entertainment, food and fun from 5:30pm
Join in the parade at 6:30pm to celebrate the anniversary of The Magic Pudding
Creswick Skate Park, Water St, Creswick

September 22 & October 27
Moonlight Market Bendigo

September 22 & 23
Central Goldfields Rally & Tractor Pull - Stationary engines, tractors, vintage cars, trucks, antiques and historical memorabilia, presented by the Central Goldfields Historic Machinery Society
Vintage Tractor Pull at 10am on Sunday
10am-4pm Old Dunolly Racecourse,  Dunolly-Timor Rd, Dunolly

September 23
Bendigo Pop Culture Fair 2018 - Record, Comic & Toy Fair
Prince of Wales Showgrounds, Bendigo

September 28 - 30
Weaving a Magic Pudding Cubby -Children's Festival

80s Classics School Holiday Film Festival
Star Cinema, Eaglehawk

Throughout October
Bike Bendigo’s Bike Palooza, all things bike including a Street Festival on October 27

Spring Fling Festival in the Central Goldfields. Free activities and events for the month of October.

October 2 - 4
Elmore Field Days

October 6
This is … Heathcote Bush Market
The RCC presents performances

October 6, 7
Heathcote Wine & Food Festival

October 12
Maldon Market: Hand Made, Home Grown

October 13
Short Flix Festival - What's Your Story?
Premiere Screening
7-9pm, Free but bookings essential
Paramount Theatre, 56 Nolan St, Maryborough

October 19 - 24
BendArts Festival - a week long program of events including: 
Festival Gala Dinner at Bendigo Pottery on October 19
Creating Space: Professional Development Day at La Trobe Art Institute on October 24
The Waller Exhibition at Trades Hall on October 20 - 27
Closing Celebration and announcement of including The Waller Art Prize at La Trobe Art Institute on October 28

October 21
Maldon & Baringhup Agricultural Show

October 26
Bendigo Rotary Spring Twilight Market 4-8pm
Bendigo South East College, Ellis St, Bendigo

October 26 - 30
Bicylce Tourism & Aus Walking and Cycling Conferences

October 26 & 27
Bendigo Agricultural Show

October 27, 28
This is … Mucklefest  
The RCC presents performances on October 27
811 Muckleford-Walmer Rd, Muckleford