Design Exchange Market
When: Sunday, 10am-4pm
Where: Mining Exchange, 8 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat
Details: Bringing together more than 60 emerging designers and contemporary artists from across the region, selling their gorgeous wares, with delicious food also available as well as local musicians. For more details, phone 0409 350 931 or go to www.thedesignexchange.com.au.
Evening with Margi Orr
When: Saturday, 8pm
Where: Minerva Space, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute, 117 Sturt Street, Ballarat.
Details: Listen to soprano Margi Orr who has enjoyed a diverse and enriching career from the Scottish Highlands to the Royal Highland Balls. Entry is $30. For more details, phone 5320 5798 or go to www.ballaratmi.com.au.
Vincent St Makers Market
When: Sunday, 10am-4pm
Where: Daylesford Town Hall, 76 Vincent Street, Daylesford
Details: Showcasing high quality, unique and boutique handmade products by talented local and regional designers and artists. Free entry. For more details on the market, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melbourne Queer Film Festival at M.A.D.E
When: Saturday and Sunday, various screening times
Where: M.A.D.E, 102 Stawell Street South, Ballarat
Details: For the first time, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival will be presenting selected films in Ballarat, including the opening and the closing movies from the recent Melbourne festival - which is the oldest queer film festival in Australia and the largest queer film festival in the southern hemisphere. The film screenings include Any Day Now (2014) directed by Travis Fine, Reaching for the Moon (2014) directed by Bruno Barreto and a special shorts film compilation. The movies are all rated 18 +. For more details or ticket bookings, phone 5333 0333 or visit www.made.org/whatson/events.
Ararat Boot Camp Weekend with The Biggest Loser trainer Shannan Ponton
When: Friday, June 6 to Sunday, June 8
Where: Richardson Oval, Golf Links Road, Ararat
Details: Ararat achieved recent public weight loss TV glory and now residents and visitors can part in the very first Ararat Boot Camp Weekend. Participants of all ages and fitness levels can attend. The Boot Camp Weekend experience will include physical challenges, healthy meals, relaxation sessions, plus a day trip to the scenic Grampians region to visit the picturesque Mt William. Participants will receive official Ararat Boot Camp team gear (including t-shirt, cap and drink bottle) and healthy meals. Cost is $80. Places are strictly limited, for more details and bookings, go to www.ararat.vic.gov.au.
19th annual Ballarat Choral Festival
When: Sunday, 1.30-3.30pm
Where: St Patrick's Cathedral, corner of Sturt and Dawson streets, Ballarat
Details: The Choral Festival offers a non-competitive program of singing by all ages for all ages, for those who find joy in music and song. The program this year includes 10 choirs; a children's and adult choir from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, St Patrick's Cathedral Choir, St Patrick's College boys' choir, the St Cecilia Singers and Golden Voices Choir, Phoenix College choir, Loreto College Las Estralles singers, Clarendon College Chamber Choir, and St Columba's PS choir; which all promise to offer a wonderful afternoon's entertainment. Free entry. For more details, phone Margaret on 0400 650 234.