Ballarat is set to become a hive of activity and festivities this summer, thanks to the fabulous line-up of events planned for the season. Whether you're a live music fan, a sporting nut, a culture vulture or just want an excuse to get together with your mates, here are a handful of events to prepare for in the new year.
As one of Ballarat's most popular events, Summer Sundays will be held in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens on January 9, 16, 23 and 30 between 4 - 8pm in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. An exciting new element to Summer Sundays will be the fireworks display over Lake Wendouree on January 16.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
After a couple of false (lockdown-related) starts, popular events from the BIFB have been extended into January, including the headline exhibition, Linda McCartney: Retrospective. Running at the Art Gallery of Ballarat until January 9, this is your chance to see an intimate look at the life of the McCartney family along with photographs of the 1960s music scene.
Road National Championships
This summer's Road National Championships promise to showcase an exciting racing schedule, with old favourites and new inclusions. It all kicks off with the time trial on January 12 and concludes with the famous road race on January 16, with spectators provided top vantage points.
In what's great news for Rock Ballarat fans, this summer's line-up will be spread across two weekends, from February 4 to 13, encompassing a 10-day event. Designed with something for everyone, dance classes will be available for those wanting to learn a few steps before hitting the floor, while hair and make-up artists can assist those wishing to look the part, and classic cars are sure to delight motor enthusiasts.
Ballarat Beer Festival
Beginning on February 19, the Ballarat Beer Festival serves up two family-friendly days that provide everything you could want: wide open spaces bathed in sunshine and shade, a rich variety of craft beers, ciders, wines and mouth-watering food, and the inaugural Funk'N'Fest taking place the following day.
Further information about these events can be found in the summer edition of The Courier's Out and About magazine, which is out now. Click on the link to read all the stories online.