Springfest kicked off last night at Lake Wendouree and continues today. Unfortunately the weather is going to be partly cloudy, with a few showers and a top of just 12 degrees.
However, the UV index is still high so make sure you put on your sunscreen if you are heading to Lake Wendouree.
Tomorrow is also going to be partly cloudy with a top of 13 degrees before warming up again mid-week.
Ballarat police reported a very quiet Saturday night. However, a 92-year-old female pedestrian hit by a car on Creswick Road on Thursday died in a Melbourne Hospital yesterday. No charges are expected to be laid over the incident.
Operation Furlong is also continuing today, focusing on speeding, drink and drug driving, fatigue and other irresponsible driver behaviours as Melbourne residents take a long Melbourne Cup weekend. Police will be out in force on major highways and holiday destination routes until Tuesday.
The Ballarat Fire Brigade attended a skip bin fire near Norman Street overnight and were also kept busy going to burn-offs reported by members of the public. However, all the burn-offs were under control and had been registered with the Burn-Off Notification Hotline.
Ambulance Victoria also recorded a very quiet night with no incidents reported in the Ballarat region.
All train services are running on time and the Bacchus Marsh Station office, which was due to be closed today, is now open.
V/Line train and bus services will also run to a special timetable on Tuesday for Melbourne Cup Day. Trains will operate to a Saturday timetable, however, some coach services will have alterations. Please check times using the Plan a Journey tool or call 1800 800 007 before travelling.
This weekend's Ballarat Extra feature story is about Sadiki Musaka, a Year 11 student at Phoenix P-12 who recently won a City of Ballarat Youth of the Year award. Sadiki's family fled war-torn Congo before coming to Australia. Read about his amazing journey here.
On Friday, Ballarat Regional Tourism invited bloggers and journalists from around Australia to enjoy the best of the city in spring. Our reporter Fiona Henderson went along and enjoyed a cake decorated as the Eureka Stockade and a catch-up with Pickles the wombat.
Also, the tale of a family dog adopted out by the RSPCA after it ran away while its owner was overseas is still attracting lots of debate. Nearly 80 comments have been left on it so far. Read it here.
Springfest and the Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally are just some of the events on this weekend. Here's our full list of event highlights.