Springfest Market Weekend
When: Saturday and Sunday.
Where: Lake Wendouree foreshore.
Details: Enjoy an evening of fun, food and fantastic free entertainment today between 1-9pm Saturday at Lake Wendouree with the added star power of The X Factor’s Royce twins and The Voice Australia’s Imogen Brough putting on a special performance on a pontoon just off St Patrick’s Point tonight. Sunday is the popular market day, with more than 480 stalls filling the foreshore with plenty of bargains and early Christmas present ideas on offer and activities for the kids – there will be something for everyone. For more details, phone 0478 435 415 or visit www.ballaratspringfest.com.au.
Food & Wine
Michael Unwin Tapas
When: Sunday from 12.30pm, bookings essential.
Where: Michael Unwin Wines, 2 Racecourse Road and Western Highway, Beaufort.
Details: Ballarat’s Zaragosa bar and restaurant will bring Spanish authenticity to Tapas at Michael Unwin Wines with a delicious six-course menu to compliment the winery’s Umbrella Man signature range and flagship Tattooed Lady Shiraz and Muscat. Zaragosa head chef Scott Anstis will also entertain with a running commentary of how to cook the most amazing paella in the open in front of guests. A terrific chance to chat with a renowned chef and award-winning winemaker. $50 per person, to book, phone 5349 2021.
Ballarat Bonsai Exhibition
When: Saturday between 10am and 5pm and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.
Where: Robert Clark Centre, next to the conservatory at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
Details: Experience the ancient art of Bonsai with displays, demonstrations, trade table and members of the Ballarat Bonsai Society on hand to answer all your questions. Adults cost $4, concession $3 and children admitted free. For more details, phone 0429 939 748.
Halloween Creep Show
When: Saturday between 11am and 4pm, Sunday between 11am and 2pm, Wednesday to Friday between 11am and 5pm. Runs until November 7.
Where: Wolveschildren Art Space, 81a Humffray Street North.
Details: Halloween will be celebrated through art, featuring artists from Ballarat including Brock Sibley (above) and beyond. For more details, go to facebook.com/wolveschildren
Get Your Mo On – Guiness World Record Attempt
When: Sunday at 9.30am for 10.30am record attempt.
Where: Loreto College Oval, Wendouree Pde, opposite the Olympic Rings at Lake Wendouree.
Details: You can make history by participating in a Guinness World Record Attempt for the largest gathering of people wearing false moustaches. Cost is gold coin donation and includes false moustache. For more details, phone 5332 3896 or visit www.ballaratspringfest.com.au.
102nd Lake Goldsmith Steam Rally
When: Saturday and Sunday, between 10am and 4pm.
Where: Lake Goldsmith, Carngham-Lake Goldsmith Road.
Details: Steam and oil engines, operational 90-tonne steam shovel, 1903 Bucyrus rail mounted shovel, steam-fired powerhouse, blacksmith, Furphy tank rebarreling, tractors, motorcycles, cars, trucks and vintage caravans. The grand parade is held at 2.15pm daily. Attractions for ladies and children. Cost is adults $15, children aged under 16 are free. For more details, phone 5349 5512 or visit www.lakegoldsmithsteamrally.org.au.