BALLARAT Heritage Weekend is combining shopping, stalls, buildings and history.
Ballarat Apron Festival will be ran as an umbrella event of the weekend and organiser Morgan Wills, owner of The Crafty Squirrel, said the festival was launched last year and plans for it to grow each year.
She said a competition would run across a number of different categories, where many people had submitted entries of their own apron designs.
Ms Wills said she collected aprons and every week swapped the apron she wore, posting on Facebook her ‘vintage apron of the day’.
Customer Heather MacLeod shared her love of aprons, so they put together an event to celebrate aprons, which has become the Apron Festival.
Indie Market organiser Eva Foo said 24 stalls would line Bath Lane with handmade designer goods.
Pop-up Collective co-founder Lisa Cressey said the group had co-ordinated Heritage Market and cafe at the Minerva Room at the Ballaarat Mechanics Institute.
Ballarat City councillor Samantha McIntosh said the weekend was an excuse for families to get together to take their mums out for Mother’s Day and enjoy everything that Ballarat has to offer.
“Ballarat comes alive during Heritage Weekend, with buildings open to the public that are often closed and music on balconies,” Cr McIntosh said.
She said the theme of the weekend was Who Made Ballarat.
“It gives people the opportunity to tell their own stories and talk about their own history with the city.”