FOOTBALL, flowers and family fun are all on the cards in Ballarat this Labour Day long weekend.
Ballarat Begonia Festival
When: Saturday, March 9 - Monday, March 11, between 10am and 5pm.
Where: Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Lake Wendouree.
Details: Three days jam-packed with entertainment, activities, talks, culinary delights and celebrity guests awaits at the 2019 Ballarat Begonia Festival. Returning this year are the ever-popular dirtgirl from Get Grubby TV and television personality Costa Georgiadis. For the first time, the free festival will also feature Paul West, the former host of SBS TV series River Cottage Australia.
Western Bulldogs v St Kilda
When: Sunday, March 10, at 4.10pm.
Where: Mars Stadium, Creswick Road, Ballarat.
Details: The Western Bulldogs are returning to Ballarat for the 2019 AFL preseason, taking on St Kilda in the JLT Community Series. The match is part of an agreement between the Bulldogs, the City of Ballarat and the State Government to bring AFL to our great city.
Ballarat Antique Fair
When: Saturday, March 9 (10am-6pm), Sunday, March 10 (10am-5pm), and Monday, March 11 (10am-4pm).
Where: Civic Hall, 300 Mair Street, and St Patrick's Cathedral hall, 3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat.
Details: The 2019 Ballarat Antique Fair will boast some amazing antique finds, one-of-a-kind items and lots of exciting things to see. A free shuttle bus will operate between both venues, car parks and the train station.
Ballarat Begonia Stamp and Coin Fair
When: Monday, March 11, between 9.30am and 3.30pm.
Where: Ballarat Specialist School (Farm Campus), 800 Norman Street, Ballarat.
Details: Enjoy more than 35 dealer and club tables, prizes, giveaways for children and free valuations at this annual free event.
Miners Rest Community Cup
When: Monday, March 11, from 11am.
Where: Ballarat Turf Club, 240 Kennedys Road, Miners Rest.
Details: Make the most of the Labour Day public holiday with a day at the races at the Miners Rest Community Cup. Just a short 10-minute drive from the CBD, the Ballarat Turf Club boasts a country atmosphere with metropolitan quality.
Professional Bull Riders Australia Ballarat Invitational
When: Saturday, March 9, from 6pm (gates open at 4pm).
Where: Ballarat Showgrounds, Creswick Road, Ballarat.
Details: Watch some of the best bull riders in the world battle the sport’s toughest bovine athletes as part of the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour. Choreographed with pyrotechnics, concert sound system, mega screen replays and multiple camera angles that will take you behind the scenes and inside the bucking chutes as riders prepare for the ride of their life whilst delivering you the ultimate live event experience.