What's not to love about autumn? The pops of colour in deciduous trees turn ordinary streetscapes into autumnal visions and the calendar fills with a kaleidoscope of enticing local events.
It's also the season for festivals, and this autumn is choc-o-block with awesome activities to entertain and delight. Here are just a few to whet your appetite.
ChillOut Festival. Daylesford's annual festival is set to break a colourful record this autumn for the world's largest human rainbow. Taking place across the March long weekend, the ChillOut Festival is Australia's largest and much-loved LGBTIQ event. It promises fabulous parties, a diverse selection of wellbeing activities and much more.
Begonia Festival. While Ballarat's Begonia Festival is naturally synonymous with its botanical namesake, the free, Labour Day weekend program is packed with more than just colourful blooms. There are kid-friendly activities, garden design inspiration from the likes of Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, culinary delights and entertainment in the relaxing surrounds of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
Harmony Festival. Ballarat Harmony Fest 2020 takes centre stage this autumn, with a great range of community events at various locations across the city. Highlights of the March festival include the Holi Festival of Colours, the Colours of World Cultures group exhibition and the spectacular Intercultural City Gala Dinner.
Ballarat Heritage Weekend. On the last weekend in May, Ballarat's past and present is delicately intertwined at Ballarat Heritage Weekend. A highlight of this year's program takes a look at the city's fashion of the 1970s and 80s. The annual Beard and Stache competition will return, along with the Tweed Ride, vintage steam train rides, and a performance from Archie Roach at Her Majesty's Theatre.
Click on the link to find out more about these events and read Out & About magazine online. Keep this edition close by as a handy guide to what's happening in the region, and for road trips to enjoy on a glorious autumn day.