BALLARAT will host a series of festivals and events to keep everyone entertained this Queen's Birthday long weekend.
Ballarat's art galleries and museums will host a range of exhibitions this weekend, so everyone can get their art fix while in town. The Post Office Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Art House Gallery, The Lost Ones, Gallery on Sturt and the Gold Museum are some of the spaces to check out during your visit, bringing a variety of historic and contemporary works to the fore.
Here's a list of three exhibitions to tick off your Ballarat visit list this weekend:
- A Victorian Silhouette: Celebrating the fashion trends from the 19th century through to today, this exhibition gives people a glimpse into the workings of Sovereign Hill's costume department while showcasing some original garments from the goldfields era.
- Dress Code: Every day since 2013, artist Maryanne Coutts has recorded the sentiments behind her outfits by creating a visual representation of what she wore every day. This exhibition explores the relationship between drawing and time, and acts as an extension to the daily ritual of getting dressed every day.
- My Plants and Other Flowers: This is the first Ballarat show for photographer Helen Kleores and will showcase the close, vibrant botanical details that are a hallmark of her work, putting the intricate details of botanicals under the spotlight.
Lover of musicals? Then you won't want to miss Beyond the Barricade - the UK's critically-acclaimed show, bringing all the Broadway and West End classics to the stage at the Wendouree Centre for Performing Arts. Including numbers from the likes of Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar and Chicago (to name a few), the production will feature the former cast members of London’s Les Misérables, who will be accompanied by an ensemble of talented musicians to create an authentic live experience.
If musicals aren't your cup of tea, then check out some of the live music being staged at Ballarat's music spaces including Karova Lounge, The Lost Ones Basement Bar and even the Art Gallery of Ballarat for some Spanish virtuoso melodies.
Don't miss your chance to savour some of the pies created by Ballarat's eateries as part of the citywide Pie Competition. Eat your way around the town and cast your vote for your favourite pie!
Other food-related activities include the High Tea at Creswick Woollen Mills and the truffle hunt and cheese tasting at Black Cat Truffles. The long weekend is also a great time to suss out some of the newer food spaces in Ballarat, including The Pub with Two Names for classic pub dishes with a contemporary twist, The Hydrant Food Hall for wholesome brunch options and Seven Seeds coffee, and Moon and Mountain for modern Asian eats.
Explore the reasons why Ballarat is becoming one of Australia's leading holiday destinations, especially for families. Check out the award-winning attraction Sovereign Hill, get up-close-and-personal with the koalas, kangaroos and wombats at the Ballarat Wildlife Park, watch live jousting demonstrations at Kryal Castle, or take a night under the stars at the Ballarat Observatory.
An annual Queen's Birthday event on Ballarat's calendar, the Ballarat Antiques Collectables and Vintage Bazaar offers a range of antiques and collectables for all budgets and collectors. With around 30 stall holders from across the state, you'll find fine art, porcelain, silver, quality furniture, old wares, glass and crystal. Enjoy the atmosphere of Ballarat's historic Mining Exchange, enjoy browsing, and rest a while to enjoy Devonshire tea or a light lunch.