Get set to celebrate technology, history and heritage as Ballarat Heritage Weekend returns to the city.
An interactive and engaging experience, this year's two-day festival will celebrate the evolution of technology over the last century, while continuing to pay tribute to the city's unique landscape, streetscape and history.
Here are five of the top things to do during the event.
1. Up and Under Virtual Experience
Ever wondered what mysteries lurk beneath Ballarat's iconic streets, or what marvels await above the heritage buildings? The Ballarat Up and Under experience will give you the chance to explore the spaces above your head and below your feet as you walk through the city streets with a virtual headset. These guided digital tours will take you through the city's underground shopfronts, tunnels and cells, and into some of Ballarat's tallest towers where you can take in the breathtaking views of the historic city.
2. The Smartphone Scavenger Hunt
What's a technology festival without a smartphone? Make sure to download the special Goosechase app during your visit, and form a team as you complete a series of activities and trivia questions throughout the weekend!
3. Beard and Stache Competition
Put down the razor and let the face rug grow! The Ballarat Beard & Moustache Union in conjunction with Ballarat Heritage Weekend is once again bringing you some of the best beards in the country as part of this year's Beard & Stache Competition.
Hosted at the Hop Temple and with four categories to be judged (plus over $1000 in cash and prizes) this is definitely one for the beard enthusiasts! Showcase your fantastic chin wear, or seek support for the upper lip warmer. Everyone is encouraged to register for their chance to win and be forever captured in facial hair folklore.
4. Historical wonders
Horse and carriage tours, a heritage expo and fashion parade, a robot workshop, horse-and-carriage rides, and vintage and classic cars - there's plenty of quirky and intriguing offerings set to enchant and entice all ages!
5. Journey through music
Over two big nights, one song from every year since 1918 will be staged live by Ballarat's own performers. Witness the evolution of instruments, music styles, amplification and trends in live music over the past century, from the ragtime sounds of the 1920s, to rock'n'roll, disco, pop, grunge and more. With a fully-stocked bar and plenty of room for dancing, this is the perfect way to round off your Heritage Weekend experience.