Friday May 17
Mud and Blood Play
Mud and Blood is a compelling 80-minute WWI play about the sacrifices of men and women a century ago at war and at home. Potent themes of family, duty, loyalty, trauma, betrayal, legacy and grief vividly unfold for the newly declared nation of Australia.
Where: Mechanics Institute
When: 12.30 pm and 7 pm
Tickets: $29 - $39
Luncheon with Paul Roos
Presented by Westvic Academy of Sport in Business, Paul Roos will discuss life, leadership and coaching/
Where: Mechanics Institute
When: 12 - 2pm
Plate Up Ballarat event at Pipers
Showcasing quality seafood within an amazing setting, enjoy a three course meal matched with local wines at Pipers By The Lake.
Where: Pipers By The Lake
When: 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Saturday May 18
Creswick Farmers Market
Free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique locally made 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.
Where: Creswick Neighbourhood Centre
When: 9am to 1pm
Ballarat Community Garden Working Bee
Community garden members are getting together to help keep the garden in good shape.
Where: Ballarat Community Garden, Cnr Queen Street & Dytes Parade
When: 9.30am to 11.30am
Alfredton Hair and Beauty Ovarian Cancer Fundraiser
D&A will be playing live in the salon, there will be a sausage sizzle, Harley rides, raffles and a pie eating competition. 100 per cent of profits will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Research Australia.
Where: 1775 - 1777 Sturt Street Alfredton
When: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
ESPAA- EL VITO - The Spirit of Spain & Tango. Piano & Guitar Recital
Nicholas Young joins internationally renowned 10-string virtuoso Guitarist Matthew Fagan, combining musical passion and virtuosity to celebrate the Spirit of Spain, El Vito and Tango.
Where: The Art Gallery of Ballarat
When: 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Tickets: $10 - $30
The Variety Show With Sasha Starr
A line up of drag, comedy, music, magic and more. Enjoy two side splitting acts of entertainment where nothing will be left to the imagination and anything is possible.
Where: The Cabaret Club,
When: 8.30pm, doors open 6.30pm
Tickets: $24 to $30
Kick Out The Jams Vol.4 at the Eastern
Ramdaddy & The Eastern are proud to announce the return of Ballarat's favourite day fest KICK OUT THE JAMS! Drunk Mums, Mesa Cosa, Bananagun, The Baudelairesm Electric Mud & More
Where: The Eastern Station Hotel
When: From 12pm
Dance talents at Faux Bar Social Club
Upstairs Downstairs/ Midnight Turk / Groove Sweat - show casing some of Melbourne's rising dance talents for one night only.
Where: Faux Bar Social Club, Mair Street
Tickets: $10 - $30
Sunday May 19
The Mallow and House of Malt present a brew day with Peter Aldred from the Federation University Brewing Program. The day will start with a brewer's breakfast, followed by an explanation of the brewing process. The brew day will follow, utilising a medium sized home-brewing setup, and ingredients supplied by House of Malt. Tickets include Brewer's Breakfast, drinks throughout the day and the opportunity to learn from industry experts
Where: The Mallow Hotel
When: 8.30am to 5pm
Lavendula Autumn Harvest Festival
A celebration of the land, the people who work it and the harvest Music, demonstrations, artisan stallholders and kids' activities.
Where: 350 Hepburn - Newstead Road, Shepherd's Flat.
When: 10 am - 5 pm
Tickets: $6 adult, $2 child
Gilbert & Sullivans's "Patience" performed by The Savoy Opera Company
Melbourne's premier Gilbert & Sullivan Company, Savoy Opera Company Inc., are bringing Patience to Ballarat's Mechanic's Institute on the 19th of May. Patience was Gilbert & Sullivan's sixth collaboration, opened in London in 1881, and ran for 578 performances.
Where: The Minerva Space, The Mechanics Insitiute, 117 Sturt St
Tickets: $25 Adults, $10 Child
Talbot Farmers Market
Seasonal and organic fruit and vegetables, artisan cheese, bread, wine, oils, sauces and much more.
Where: Scandinavian Crescent and Camp Street
When: 9 am - 1 pm
RSPCA Million Paws Walk 25th Anniversary
Walk with your pooch to fight animal cruelty.
Where: Oak Ave, Newington VIC 3350
When: 9 am - 1pm
Tickets: Adult $20.70, under 18 $10.80, family $45, concession $15.30
Walk It Off - Ballarat Allied Health
A part of Plate Up Ballarat, a walk through the streets of Ballarat CBD to highlight the benefit of balancing food and exercise. Concludes with free coffee and healthy snacks.
Where: Walk starts at the Civic Hall
When: 9 - 11am