What's on in Ballarat this weekend: August 16-17

Creswick Market

When: Saturday, 9am-1pm.

Where: 19 - 21 Victoria Street, Creswick.

Details: A much-loved monthly event with the true relaxed feel of a regional craft market, it’s a must-see with free live music and more than 80 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies, something for everyone. Talk directly to producers and designers, learn about the ingredients and processes that brought the item to you.  For more details, go to www.creswickmarket.com.au

Bray Raceway Breeders Crown Finals, Soccer Shoot Out To Win and Ballarat’s Got Talent

When: Saturday, gates open 5pm.

Where: Ballarat Trotting Club, 703 Bell Street, Redan.

Details: Bray Raceway is hosting three big events including the highly anticipated semi-finals for the Breeders crown. The Breeders Crown semi-finals are the premier juvenile harness racing series in the Southern hemisphere showcasing the best two, three and four year-old pacers and trotters. On the night, players from local soccer clubs will be shoot goals for a chance to win great prizes. In addition, the best local entertainers will be performing in Ballarat’s Got Talent. See 40 fabulous acts from Ballarat and beyond  competing for a share in $5000 cash and prizes. Gold coin donation or $35 entry which includes race book and a three-course dinner. For more details, phone 5334 1744 or visit www.ballarattrottingclub.com.au

Talbot Farmers’ Market

When: Sunday, 9am-1pm. 

Where: Heritage precinct - Scandinavian Crescent and Camp Street, Talbot.

Details: There will be lots of winter warmers to look forward to with more than 100 stallholders, including Kathy of Bliss Blends with hot organic tea available by the cup or in loose leaf packs to take home. Bakeries will be selling yummy sourdough bread, ideal for dipping in a hearty winter soup, Zed & Co will have their free-range pork with packaged pork cuts and Dunluce Lamb will have local lamb available, perfect for a slow cooked winter braise. Pud for All Seasons will be at the market with their range of tasty puddings. As always, the barrow will be making its way around the market filling up with goodies for the Barrow Raffle. Proceeds from raffle ticket sales go towards the running costs of the farmers' market. For more details, phone 5463 2001 or go to  www.talbotfarmersmarket.org.au 

Art & Australia Collection 2003- 2013

When: Saturday, 10am - 5pm.

Where: Ian Potter Foundation Gallery, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.

Details: The Art & Australia Contemporary Art Award was established by the respected art journal of the same name, to promote the work of artists from Australia and New Zealand. This touring exhibition represents not only a diversity of art practice but also cultural perspectives within Australian Art today. Free entry. For more details, phone 5320 5858 or visit www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au

Royal South Street Victorian Brass and Concert Band Championships

When: Saturday and Sunday, various times.

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 17 Lydiard Street South, Ballarat.

Details: Enjoy an entertaining weekend at Her Majesty’s Theatre listening to the top brass bands from across Victoria. The Sunday afternoon will feature a fantastic program of the A Grade brass bands. Cost varies, refer to website. For more details, phone 5333 5888 or visit www.hermaj.com

More Party Pieces

When: Sunday, 2.30pm-3.30pm.

Where: McCain Annexe, Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat.

Details: Following the success of Ballarat National Theatre’s ‘Party Pieces’ last year, BNT performers will present a selection of light and entertaining performances. Cost is by donation. For more details, phone 5320 5858 or visit www.artgalleryofballarat.com.au

BALLARAT GIG GUIDE

SATURDAY

The Grapes Hotel, Ballarat: JJ Swampy, 9pm, free

The Eastern: Underground Hound & Hipster Kill Team from 8.30pm

Peter Lalor Hotel: Swamp Monkey in The Stables & karaoke in The Bar, $5 (Lalor VIPs free), 8.30pm

Karova Lounge: Alison Wonderland, $20+bf

The George Hotel, The Lane: Live music from Shaun McKeegan 9.30pm-late, free

The George Hotel, The Lounge: DJs in The Lounge 11pm-3am, free

The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine: Dead with support from Pissbolt and BJ Morriszonkle, $10, 8.30pm

The Main Bar, 28 Main Road: Alannah & Alicia, $10, doors 7.30pm

Old Hepburn Hotel: Untapped, 9pm, $5

Babushka Bar: The Savages, $6

SUNDAY

The Western: Cameron Oates, 4pm-7pm, free

Battlers Inn: Sally and the Drunken Uncles, 4pm, gold coin donation

Ballarat Mechanics' Institute (Humffray Room): The Saint Cecilia Singers present Broadway Babies of the '80s, 2pm, $20, Conc/pre-paid $15, children free

The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine: Bellwethers, two sets, free entry, 4pm-6pm Stolen Violin, $12 (pre-sales) $15 at the door, doors 8.30pm

The Eastern: A minor (Mark Oswin) from 3pm, free

Old Hepburn Hotel: Alanna & Alicia, 4pm, $10

WEDNESDAY

Peter Lalor Hotel: Karaoke, free, 9pm

To have your entertainment event included in the Gig Guide call Alicia Thomas on 5320 1631 or email features@thecourier.com.au before 4pm on Monday.

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