Bendigo National Events
Important Australian or Globally Famous events that occur around Bendigo Victoria and you are invited.
As one of the largest regional cities in Victoria, Bendigo is a hub of activity all year round. Whether you love art, music, food or sports, there's something for everyone in Bendigo. Here are some nationally or globally recognised annual events that people might observe in and around the city of Bendigo.
1) Bendigo Easter Festival
For over 150 years, the Bendigo Easter Festival has been a highlight of the city's cultural calendar. The festival takes over the city for four days over the Easter long weekend, with a range of events and activities for all ages. From the famous torchlight procession, to the Easter parade, live music, art exhibitions and markets, there's no shortage of fun to be had.
2) Bendigo Writers Festival
Held in August every year, the Bendigo Writers Festival attracts a range of local and international writers, journalists and commentators. With over 100 events across three days, the festival offers something for all literary tastes - from fiction, to politics, to true crime. Whether you're an avid reader or a budding writer, this festival is sure to inspire.
3) Bendigo Art Gallery Exhibitions
Bendigo Art Gallery is one of the oldest and largest regional galleries in Australia, and boasts an impressive collection of Australian and international art. The gallery hosts a range of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, featuring works by some of the world's most acclaimed artists. Recent exhibitions include Marilyn Monroe, Keith Haring and Toulouse-Lautrec.
4) Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival
As the name suggests, the Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival is all about celebrating the best in blues, roots, folk and acoustic music. Held over three days in November, the festival features over 200 artists across multiple venues in Bendigo. With a mix of free and ticketed events, this festival is a great way to discover new musicians whilst enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of Bendigo.
5) Bendigo International Madison
The Bendigo International Madison is a must-see event for cycling enthusiasts. Held in March every year at the historic Bendigo Velodrome, the Madison attracts some of the world's best track cyclists. With intense sprinting, daring attacks and dramatic crashes, the Madison is a thrilling event that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
6) Bendigo Agricultural Show
The Bendigo Agricultural Show is a celebration of the region's agricultural industry and heritage. Held in October every year, the show features a range of events and activities for all ages, including livestock judging, wood chopping, horse riding, carnival rides and farm animal petting zoos. With plenty of food stalls and local produce to sample, the show is a fun way to experience a slice of country life.
7) Bendigo Oktoberfest
If you love beer, bratwurst and traditional German music, the Bendigo Oktoberfest is the event for you. Held in October every year, the festival transforms Bendigo's town centre into a Bavarian wonderland, with multiple beer gardens, German food stalls, live entertainment and even a yodelling competition. Dust off your lederhosen and join in the fun.
8) White Night Bendigo
White Night is a global phenomenon, with events held in cities around the world. Bendigo was the first regional city in Victoria to host a White Night event, and it has quickly become a highlight of the city's cultural calendar. Held in September every year, White Night Bendigo features illuminated installations, projections, live performances and food stalls across multiple venues in the city.
9) Bendigo Cup
The Bendigo Cup is one of the biggest events on the city's sporting calendar. Held in late October every year, the Cup attracts thousands of racegoers to the Bendigo Jockey Club. With multiple races, a fashion on the field competition and plenty of champagne, it's a great excuse to get dressed up and enjoy a day at the races.
10) Bendigo Queer Film Festival
The Bendigo Queer Film Festival is a celebration of LGBTQI+ cinema and culture. Held in April every year, the festival features a range of short and feature-length films, as well as post-screening discussions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers. With a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion, the Bendigo Queer Film Festival is an important event for the local LGBTQI+ community.
Bendigo hosts a wide range of nationally or globally recognised annual events throughout the year. From cultural festivals to sporting events, there's always something to see and do in this vibrant regional city.