Local Events

There are many local events happening in Daylesford, Hepburn and Hepburn Springs and the surrounding area. 

Promote your event on 'Daylesford Delight's for free.

Free to list - email us with the details and an image if available.

The events will be listed in date order.

If you have a local event you would like to promote here Contact Us

List of local Markets, Festivals and Shows


Daylesford Spa Country Railway

Heritage Train Rides - Every Sunday

Come and ride a train straight out of the good old days, when life was simpler and train services were an essential part of rural life.

Our restored heritage trains "take you for a ride" through the beautiful scenic countryside and forest of the Central Highlands, to the highest operating railway station in Victoria.

More info www.dscr.com.au

Daylesford Community Cinema

Watch a great movie at the Daylesford Community Cinema.
The Rex Arcade, Vincent Street, Daylesford.
Check what movies are on and at what times at the link below.


The Daylesford Sunday Market 

The Daylesford Sunday Market operates each Sunday from 8.00 am to 3.00 or 4.00pm at Daylesford Station (rain, hail, shine or snow).

A wide variety of stalls selling everything from books to spare parts for the car, fresh local produce, clothing and collectables are located at the market.

The Daylesford Sunday Market is located at 18 Raglan Street (Midland Highway) and plenty of FREE car parking is available. Dogs on a leash are welcome at the Daylesford Sunday Market. More Information

Daylesford Farmers Market - 1st Sat each Month

On the first Saturday of the month Daylesford's local farmers, producers and vignerons gather on the oval of the Daylesford Primary School to sell their very fresh produce and products.

You will find everything from cheese, olives, olive oil, eggs, fresh meats, fresh veg and fruit, local honey, jams & preserves, bread, truffles and all your weekly staples to seedlings, plants and chooks for the backyard.

Remember they are seasonal so monthly there are a few changes with the farmers and producers but that is the exciting thing about seasonal it challenges your cooking, keeps food fresh, real and interesting. For the latest list of producers and any other updates visit the operator Facebook page.


Clunes Farmers Market 

Held every second Sunday of each month. From 9am to 1pm in the main street.

Have a beautiful Sunday Drive.
Only 45 kilometres from Daylesford.

Within an hour and a half from Melbourne you can do your organic produce shopping at Clunes Farmers' Marketbefore fossicking in the local bookstores and antique stores.

Stay for a fabulous lunch or snack at the many Clunes eateries before moving on - or not - to other fabulous destinations around Clunes. http://www.clunesfarmersmarket.com.au/

The Creswick Market - 3rd Saturday each month

The Creswick Market is held the third Saturday of every month. Bring the kids and your four-footed friends, all are welcome. 

Located in the picturesque and historic township of Creswick, just 20 minutes to either Ballarat or Daylesford the Creswick Market a great day out for the whole family. 

Free live music and over 90 specialist boutique sites, offering a variety of unique handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies, something for everyone. Talk directly to producers and designers, learn about the ingredients and processes that brought the item to you. 

The market features: gourmet take away food and great coffee; live music; kids entertainment and playground; beautiful gardens to relax in; historic township to explore; hand made arts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, home grown fruit, vegetables, plants and other produce. 

Creswick Market is a much-loved monthly event, with the true relaxed feel of a regional craft market. A must see for all residents and visitors of the Goldfield region.



Electric Guitar Making Courses

Wildwood Instruments offers a two-day Electric Guitar Making Course, where, over a weekend, you will complete an awesome electric guitar or bass.

 7 Jul 2018, 4 Aug 2018, 1 Sep 2018, 6 Oct 2018, 3 Nov 2018, 1 Dec 2018

You can choose from their range of popular electric and bass guitar kits and be guided through the building process in their fully equipped workshop. The two day guitar building courses run each and every month, so you can attend when it suits you.

Located on 20 Acres of natural bushland in the beautiful Daylesford region, it is truly a unique weekend experience.

The course is open to those aged 16 years and above. And best of all, you get to take home to show off your custom made guitar.

Visit the website for details and to book in your course.

Content: WILDWOOD INSTRUMENTS  https://wildwoodinstruments.com.au/

Words In Winter Festival - 4th to 26th August

Words in Winter is an annual literary and arts festival held in August each year in the Hepburn Shire and surrounding districts. Words in Winter is a celebration of words, stories and ideas in all their forms shared by locals and visiting presenters through readings, poetry, theatre, music, talks, workshops, visiting authors, and exhibitions.

Words In Winter is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

More Information https://wordsinwinter.com/

Clunes Comedy Gold - 4 Shows on 4 Dates

Clunes 'Comedy Gold' Throughout August

At the The National Hotel

Dinner and Show – 7PM - $55

35 Fraser Street Clunes – 5345 3005

Monica Dullard & Evan Hocking

Elliot Goblet with Simon Rogers

An evening with Mike McColl Jones

Dave O'Neil with Brad Oakes

Mark Jackson and Peter Bosustow in the front bar

More Information http://clunesbooktown.com.au/Clunes-Comedy-Gold

Learn With Diggers@The Garden of St Erth 


Grafting Fruit Trees with Steve Burns

Aug 12, 11am-12.30pm

Creating a Food Forest with Steve Burns

Aug 12, 2-3.30pm

Worms, Composting and Bokashi with Shayne Rodgers

Aug 26, 11am-12.30pm

Creating Sensory Therapy Gardens with Rani Blake

Aug 26, 2-3.30pm

Basketry with Natural Fibres – Masterclass with Elma Young

Sept 2, 11am-3pm

See DIGGERS.COM.AU for details.

We have a range of fabulous workshops happening at The Garden of St Erth in Blackwood this month, starting with two great ones on edible ornamentals and grafting this Sunday - https://www.facebook.com/events/228395684671596/ 

Our extensive education program from September-December will be announced shortly with lots of exciting workshops and masterclasses happening at St Erth. Please get in touch if you’d like some hardcopy flyers of this program or if you’re interested in finding out more about the Learn with Diggers program.

The Victorian Goldfields Railway - August 15 

The Victorian Goldfields Railway; the authentic steam heritage train linking the historic gold mining towns of Castlemaine and Maldon in Central Victoria.

Enjoy a family day out or treat yourself and travel in our elegant first-class carriages as you travel through the central Victorian Goldfields.

From Maldon: We leave Maldon at 10.30am and 2.45 pm.
*The 10.30am train spends 45 minutes at Castlemaine to turn the engine and returns you to Maldon at 12.45pm. Or you may choose to stay on in Castlemaine for the afternoon and catch the later 4.00 pm train back to Maldon arriving at 4.45pm.
*The 2.45pm train gives half an hour at Castlemaine and returns you to Maldon at 4.45 pm

From Castlemaine: We leave Castlemaine at 12.00 pm.
*You have 2 hours to explore Maldon and have lunch and we return you to Castlemaine by 3.30pm.
*VGR trains connect with V/Line fast trains to and from Melbourne at Castlemaine station. View V/line timetables
*Castlemaine is less than 1 1/2 hours from Melbourne by road up the Calder Freeway.

Travel Suggestion: To enjoy a great day out, drive or catch the V/line train to Castlemaine to connect with our late morning (12.00 pm) train to Maldon where you have 2 hours to enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the cafes or pubs and explore the lovely little goldfields town. Then relax on the 2.45 pm departure from Maldon, maybe enjoying a drink from the bar in first class, before arriving back at Castlemaine in the mid-afternoon (3.30pm) connecting with V/line services.


Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival - starts 30th Aug

The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival held during the first two weeks in September announces that Spring has arrived. Gorgeous daffodils welcome visitors to Kyneton.

Be entertained by the Festival of One Act Plays, the Antique and Vintage Fair, ferret racing, buskers, a Wine and Food Festival at the iconic Degraves Mill, concert performances and literary events. 

Now established the Kyneton Dog Dash delights everyone with a great fun event.

Many local gardens open to visitors and the Spring Flower Show presents the signature blooms of the festival.

In 2018 the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Gala Dance will attract dancers from everywhere to dance the night away with excellent music, fine sashes and a delicious supper.

The Daffodil Art Prize and Art Photography and arts trail of many local galleries displaying artists'work will please art lovers. 

The district is on display in the Grand Parade on the last day of the Festival with bands, dancers, floats, cars and vintage vehicles.

After the Parade the festivities close with a fair, performances and activities in Kyneton's main streets.

All of Kyneton's legendary and award-winning culinary establishments will be ready to provide their famous hospitality.

More info http://www.kynetondaffodilarts.org.au/

A Feast of Music – September 14 - 16th

Daylesford Chamber Music Festival with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra

Five incredible chamber music events including an orchestral performance with Swiss guitar virtuoso Christoph Denoth and a musical dinner at Lake House. Friday 14 September 6pm Arpeggione Saturday 15 September 11am Phantasy, 2.30pm From Venice to Madrid, 6pm Musical Dinner at Lake House Sunday 16 September 12.30pm Archduke Tickets available for individual events from $39 each Full festival ticket $379 Tickets available on line www.mco.org.au/daylesford Tickets also available at eCasa 89 Vincent Street Daylesford | 03 5348 1802

September 14 to September 16th

Anglican Church, Central Springs Rd Daylesford, 3460

Spring Tea Dance 2018 - 30th September

Daylesford Town Hall

September 30th 2018   @4:00 pm-8:30 pm 

Music – Adrian Holmes Trio plus 1.

Great classic dance band music with vocal.

Entry: $10, including a great country supper.

Raffle and prizes – supporting Daylesford Riding for Disabled.

Presented by the Daylesford U3A Dance Group.

DetailsDate: September 30Time:4:00 pm-8:30 pm

Organiser Cynthia Heider  Phone:0408 078 323

Venue Daylesford Town Hall 76 Vincent Street 
Daylesford, Victoria 3460 Australia+ Google Map

'Stonefields' Garden Private Tours - Sept & Oct

Experience the garden at Stonefields in each season through the eyes and words of its creator Paul Bangay. Each garden tour will be conducted by Paul personally, with tour numbers around 24 people to personalize the tour.

Book as a single or small group. Following each tour, Paul’s current ‘in print’ books will be available for purchase and signing, and morning tea will be provided, where you can mingle and chat with Paul on a more informal basis.

This is a special opportunity for passionate garden lovers to enjoy the garden in the company of the designer. Your own transport to the garden will be required.

Dates - Friday 28th September 2018   Friday 5th October 2018

More Information

Castlemaine Billy Cart Challenge - 14th October

Castlemaine is known as the Home of the Hot Rod.

Billy cart races are not new to Castlemaine. Founded in 1949 as the Apex Soap Box Derby these races were organised to raise funds for the local kindergarten.

These events were a serious affair with the famous cyclist Hubert Opperman (later Sir Hubert) being involved as the official starter. This spirit continued in Castlemaine through the 50’s and 60’s until the passion passed. Let’s blame the birth of TV for this.

In the 90’s the race was on again with fresh legs and a love for all things billy cart. These events were held and loved by the community until the last race in 2003. Let’s blame reality TV for this. People still share the stories of these races like they happened yesterday.

In 2018, Carts will be racing down Monument Hill on Mosytn St with a lot of colour and movement surrounding the whole show. See you there…..


Triumph Cars - Clunes Farmers Market - 14 Oct

If you love a Triumph… and who doesn’t, then come along to the Clunes Farmers’ Market on Sunday the 14th of October, where you’ll see a display of beautiful Triumphs from the 60’s and 70’s.

On show from 11.00am until 1.00pm, there’ll be around 40 cars to view, and their proud owners to talk to.

Make a day of it, visit the iconic township of Clunes, go market shopping and see a wonderful array of much loved Triumphs.


Lancefield Agricultural Show - 21st October

Experience all the spectacle, excitement and fun of a country show including cattle competitions, horse events, art and craft competitions, dog high jump, tractor pull, woodchop, poultry, sheep, motorcycle riding competitions, rides, stalls, food, petting zoo, entertainment.

FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY! More Info at http://lancefieldshow.org.au/

Swiss Italian Festa - 18th to 22nd October

Over a five day period the people of Hepburn Springs and Daylesford show off to their neighbours and the wider community of Victoria, their pride in the strong links to the Swiss and Italian settlers of the district in the 1850’s.

The Festa also highlights the wide-ranging skills and diversity of the present community and the areas unique environment, still closely linked to “taking the waters” at the numerous mineral springs.


Ride Daylesford - Saturday 27th October

A recreational ride for everyone

Being on a Saturday this recreation cycling event, now in it’s second year, allows you to have a weekend away into Spa Country and visit all the attractions that this region has to offer.

Join over 2,000 cyclists who will ride through the beautiful countryside of Hepburn, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shires. The ride will pass the towns of Kyneton, Malmsbury, Elphinston, Faraday, Taradale, Harcourt, Walmer, Maldon, Newstead, Franklinford, and Hepburn Springs before returning to Daylesford.

The course will have reduced speed limits and traffic management on intersections to create a safe course for both cyclists and cars. Suggested detours will be in place to keep through traffic off the course.


Creswick Annual Garden Lovers Weekend - Nov

Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend is a garden lovers delight in the Victorian Central Highlands.  10th - 11th November

The weekend features a range of private and commercial gardens, the delightful Annual Garden Club flower show in the Town hall, plant sales, basket weaving, glass and ceramic decorations, a floral exhibition and more.

The seven private gardens vary from a compact suburban garden in town to rural acreages not far away. All have a diverse range of beauty and creativity, hidden gems often not previously seen by the general public but guaranteed to impress. 

The commercial gardens include Lambley Gardens and Nursery in Ascot, Overwrought Sculpture Garden and Gallery at Blampied, Brenlissa Nursery at Mount Rowan, Newlyn Antiques and Cottage Garden and Bells Water Gardens in Newlyn, plus the newly opened Maze House also near Newlyn.

The Neighbourhood Centre at 19 Victoria Street Creswick will be the point of contact for ticket sales, maps and general information. Please do not go directly to the gardens, but follow the signs from the Information Centre in Albert Street (Midland Hwy) Creswick.


BudBurst Festival - 17th & 18th November

Head out of town to discover the hidden treasures set in the maze of laneways that weave around the Macedon Ranges. On November 17 + 18 November, the region’s vignerons throw open their doors to everyone to celebrate Budburst, the buds bursting on a new vintage.

You will find lots to surprise you around the secret laneways – the beating heart of our region. There will be live entertainment, country hospitality, wine tastings, dinners, lunches and so much more! Each venue is open between 10am and 5pm on both days of the festival.

More Info     http://www.macedonrangeswineandfoodfest.com.au/

Live...Love...Life...Festival - 14th to 18th Nov

Come to Daylesford from Wednesday to Sunday 14th -18th November.

Too immerse yourself in five days of wellness activities, regional food and wine, music and art.


Kyneton Agricultural Show - 16th & 17th Nov

Come to an authentic country show, just one hour from Melbourne.

Kyneton Agricultural Show has all of your farm favourites: tiny ponies, magnificent stallions and work horses with their wagons competing for best in show; stud bulls, champion chooks and more than 700 dogs of every breed imaginable.

In the pavilion, see the best of country cooking, craft, farm produce, flowers, photography and the clever transformation of farm junk into agricultural art. 

The show is famous for free activities: cuddle the cutest menagerie at Farmer Darryl's animal nursery or get up close and learn about native wildlife. In the Farm Shed, watch sheep shearing and a horse's hooves being expertly trimmed. Kids can make their own Trash Puppet, a wind chime or a toy ute in the woodwork tent - all free. 

Try farm-inspired parkour with one obstacle course for juniors and a fast track for older kids and adults to test themselves racing over the agricultural obstacles.

Try laser tag in the hay bales at the Friday night carnival aimed at teens. The Meltdown wipeout challenge is free for all, plus there is side show alley, the dodgems and all the rides as well as fabulous fireworks at 9:00pm.

Content: Kyneton Agricultural Society  http://www.kynetonshow.org.au/

2018 Daylesford Annual Ag Show- 24th Nov

The Daylesford & District Agricultural Society Incorporated are celebrating their 145th Annual Show. The Daylesford Ag Show is a great country show, featuring dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits, poultry, and pigeons. Exhibitions include art, craft, flowers and cookery competitions. It has a fun carnival spirit!

In the year 1865, the first show was held in the Jamieson Hotel Yard, and was called “The Grain Show’. Later on, it became known as the “Agricultural Show’, and for some considerable time was held in the old show grounds at the corner of Malmsbury Road and Knox Street, and later at the grounds known as Middleton Park. The show grounds are now established at Victoria Park, and its annual show is one of the State’s best exhibitions.

The Daylesford Show is held annually on the 4th Saturday in November at Victoria Park, Daylesford.  Time - 9am to 5pm.


The 5K Foam Fest, Myrniong- Saturday 1st Dec

The 5K Foam Fest is a one of kind obstacle course based fun run. Held at St Anne's Vineyards on Saturday 1 December 2018, there will be more than 22 obstacles including the world's largest inflatable waterslide, mud pits and 2.5 million cubic feet of foam. 

Rock out all day to 12,000 watts of awesome music, enjoy a free kids zone for kids 7 and under, delicious food, great vendors and a beer garden. With a variety obstacles and a ton of foam the run is an exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike. The 5K Foam Fest is not a hardcore run it is a FunCore run. 

What is included? Every participant receives a runner's bib, tattoo, finishers medal, beach towel, free professional photos for download and many, many laughs all while supporting a great cause.

Ticket prices jump based on capacity so the earlier you register the more you save. There are family pass ticket options and discounted rates available for corporate groups, Military and all First Responders. 

Check out the website for more information on this event you will not want to miss out on.    https://the5kfoamfest.com/australia/

daylesford accommodation