What's on this weekend

There's plenty happening around Ballarat this Australia Day weekend.

Save Civic Hall Art Auction 

WHEN:  Saturday, 9am to 6pm 

WHERE: B1 gallery, Camp Street, Ballarat

Ballarat Pacing Cup

WHEN: Saturday, 6pm

WHERE: Ballarat and District Trotting Club, Corner Bell and Sutton streets, Redan

DETAILS: Race-goers have the option of choosing a dining package to watch the spectacular PETstock Ballarat Pacing Cup. Enjoy the off-track entertainment, including fashions on the fileld and live entertainment. A holiday to the Cook Islands is up for grabs. For more information phone 5335 9041 or visit ballarattrottingclub.com.au

COST: Various. Please refer to website

Australia Day

WHEN: Sunday, 5pm-9pm

WHERE: Lake Wendouree, Windmill Drive (next to the adventure playground) 

DETAILS: Bring the whole family and enjoy a free program of local bands and performers on the stage, and grab a bite from the onsite caterers. The Australia Day celebrations promise to be an energetic introduction to the 3BA Power FM Skyworks Spectacular that will light up the night sky just after dark.

COST: Free

The Spirit of China in Creswick

WHEN: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, June 15, 11am-3.30pm (Saturday-Sunday and public holidays)

WHERE: Creswick Museum, 70 Albert Street

DETAILS: The exhibition portrays the contribution the Chinese had in our area, in particular the Chinese at Black Lead. It will be a mixture of artefacts, storyboards, and artworks either from Creswick Museum, Bendigo Golden Dragon Museum, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Melbourne Museum, Chinese Museum, Gold Museum, Wesley College and private collections. Phone 5345 2845 or visit creswickmuseum.org.au

COST: Adult $5, Concession $4

NEXT GEN 2014

WHEN: Saturday, January 25 to Sunday, March 23, 10am-5pm 

WHERE: Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North

DETAILS: This will be the 19th year the Art Gallery of Ballarat has presented Next Gen. The exhibition is about excellence and innovation in contemporary art and design practice as seen by students who have just completed year 12 VCE studies in art, studio arts, design and technology, visual communication and design and media

COST: Free

Bel Air

WHEN: Saturday, doors open 9pm

WHERE: Karova Lounge, 15 Field Street, Ballarat

DETAILS: The four-piece indie band from Ballarat will perform a bunch of impressive songs. Their dreamy sound and danceable tunes have been attracting attention worldwide. The gig will also feature Embassy Talks and Bnash

COST: $6

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