The Hepburn Shire is known for its natural beauty and its many showcase events. We seek to work cooperatively with the local community to offer a wide range of local events right throughout the year.

Council offer a number of services to help with events including advice on insurance, marketing and media contacts, health – food handling and health regulations, traffic management and risk and emergency management. We can organise meetings with you and our compliance, health, risk management, tourism, recreation and infrastructure staff and also the local emergency services and any other relevant government department to help with the organisation of your event.

Approval is required from Council for all events held in the Shire in public space. All event organisers must contact the Hepburn Shire Council when planning an event at least 6 – 8 weeks prior for event approval. Large events should be in contact at least 6 months prior to their event for approval. Planning approval may also be required for events held on private land. Approval may be required for events that involve public health, serving of food, traffic diversion, road closure, event car parking, and advertising signs.

Click here to download the Township Gateway Sign Guidelines  – Application Form

If you would like to meet with Council Staff or would like to hold an event in the Hepburn Shire, please contact Council’s Events Coordinator Rebecca Pedretti on 5321 6105 or via e-mail.

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February 2018

Chinese New Year at Trentham Library

February 16@10:00 am-5:00 pm AEDT
Trentham Library, 13 Albert Street
Trentham, 3458
free

Help us celebrate the Lunar New Year at Trentham Library! It's the year of the Dog, so there will be a pop-up canine cafe (outside!), Dog themed storytime, Famous Dog treasure hunt, Tai Chi and a Wallace and Gromit marathon in the afternoon!

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Creswick Market @ Creswick Neighbourhood Centre.

February 17@9:00 am-2:00 pm AEDT
Creswick Market, 19-21 Victoria Street
Creswick, 3363
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The original Creswick Market.  All the best producers, growers, artisans, makers & crafts-folk our region has to offer. Heaps of great kid's activities including free sandpit fun and toys, games and puzzles, monthly craft club run by Lauren, face painting and a sometimes a petting zoo, kid's songs by Earl Leonard and pony rides (coming soon).  We also have great food demonstrations, worm farm & composting workshops, fabulous musicians & awesome people presenting pop-up stalls from local community groups with…

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March 2018

Vanessa Carnevale Author Talk

March 3@11:00 am-12:00 pm AEDT
Daylesford Library, Cnr Albert and Bridport Streets
Daylesford, 3460
Free

Join author Vanessa Carnevale for an author talk about her latest novel, The Memories That Make Us. Set on a fictional flower farm in Daylesford, Victoria, Vanessa will discuss some of the research involved and the inspiration behind the story, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Books will be available for purchase on the day. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Vanessa Carnevale is an author and freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia, who has contributed to The Green Parent, The Huffington…

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21st Queer Country Pride ChillOut Festival

March 8-March 12
Daylesford, Vincent Street
Daylesford, Victoria 3460 Australia
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ChillOut Festival transforms the Hepburn region into the LGBTI capital of Australia. Come celebrate our 21st birthday, carnival weekend 8th- 12th March 2018. ChillOut, Australia’s number one Queer Country Pride festival, ­is held in the gay capital of regional Victoria – Daylesford - in the Hepburn Shire. Book your accommodation early! IMPORTANT DATES: Opening night 80's Disco - Friday 9th March Bush Dance - Saturday 10th March Parade & Carnival Day & Poof Doof - Sunday 11th March

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ChillOut Events at Daylesford Library – Rainbow Storytime

March 10@10:00 am-4:00 pm AEDT
Daylesford Library, Cnr Albert and Bridport Streets
Daylesford, 3460
Free

A full day of Fun and Frivolity at Daylesford Library for ChillOut. Parents are even welcome if they promise to behave!! Rainbow Storytime, Kate Downey Author Talk and our 'Out and Proud' traditional speakers corner.

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Regional World’s Longest Lunch – Daylesford

March 16@12:00 pm-4:00 pm AEDT
Oak and Monkey Puzzle, 1333 Ballan-Daylesford Road
Spargo Creek, Victoria 3461 Australia
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$148

Spend an afternoon in the stunning gardens of Oak and Monkey Puzzle with Daylesford and the region's finest chefs, winemakers and local seasonal artisan producers. Join Natasha Morgan and Megan Elizabeth at Oak and Monkey Puzzle, Natasha's bespoke event, landscape design and artisan focused property, surrounded by its beautifully designed productive landscapes, colonial trees and contemporary formal gardens. This event is in aide of supporting the young people of Daylesford's community. Funds raised will develop a program of special experiences…

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Anderson’s Mill Festival

March 25@10:00 am-4:30 pm AEDT
Anderson’s Mill Smeaton, Victoria 3364 Australia + Google Map

24th Annual Anderson's Mill Festival. The historic 5 storey blue-stone mill situated in Smeaton will again be the venue for the 2018 Anderson's Mill Festival. The festival has been conducted for the past 20 plus years, and is a celebration of local foods, wine and music. The Newlyn Football Netball Club and its many volunteers will be running the festival in conjunction with Parks Victoria and the Hepburn Shire Council. The club celebrates its 13th year as the organiser for…

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Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show

March 29-April 2
Trentham Mechanics Hall, High Street
Trentham, Vic 3458 Australia
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The Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show is a not for profit organisation that operates under the auspices of the Trentham Mechanics Institute. It is managed by a committee of volunteers. Each year the committee stages the Trentham Easter Art & Craft Show which now is regarded as one of the state’s top regional exhibitions of its type. The show is open to amateur and professional artists from the local area and wider afield. The key objective of the show…

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May 2018

Clunes Booktown Festival

May 4-May 6
Clunes

Along with author talks, panel discussions and literary luncheons, festival-goers can discover the largest collection of rare, out-of-print and collectable books in Australia, go inside heritage buildings, listen to live music, watch street performers, take a horse and cart ride and try their hand in a scrabble tournament. The Clunes Booktown Festival is all about celebrating books and the great conversations and big ideas that come from them. The Festival is turning the stereotype of rural towns on its head:…

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The Great Trentham Spudfest

May 5@10:00 am-4:00 pm AEST
Trentham

SPUDTASTIC fun, food, music, games, entertainment and activities galore!You’d never guess potatoes could be this much fun!The annual Great Trentham Spudfest is now in its 11th exciting year and all the fun and games will take over the town. This festival is a wonderful way to celebrate the spirit of the community and recognise Trentham’s potato-growing heritage.Once again, the usually shy, humble and bashful potato bursts free from life underground and basks in the limelight for festivities in its honour.The Great…

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The Brackenbury Challenge

May 12-May 13
Creswick Victoria Australia + Google Map

 The Brackenbury MTB challenge, hosted by the VOGA Cycle club returns in May to the township of Creswick, just 10 minutes north of Ballarat in Victoria’s west. Junior 6km. Senior 20km, 40km and 60km. Free Womens 'Come 'n' Try skills session. Inaugural Saturday CX and Sunday Gravel Grind.  

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Lavandula’s Autumn Harvest Festival

May 20
Shepherds Flat, 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road Victoria 3461 Australia + Google Map

SANTA TARANTAThe unbridled passion of Italy through song.Music and Performers. Demonstrations & Stalls.Dogs welcome on leash. 

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October 2018

Ride Daylesford

October 27
Daylesford Vic Australia + Google Map

Ride Daylesford is a recreational ride offering participants a choice of three distances that all meander around the beautiful countryside of Daylesford. Distances are 33km, 63km and 146km.  

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November 2018

Clunes Show

November 17
Clunes Showgrounds, Ballarat-Maryborough Rd
Clunes, Vic 3370 Australia
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158th Annual Spring Show. Come along and enjoy the Arabians, Shetlands, sheep, cattle, horse riding comps, Grand Parade, dog high jump, mobile zoo, BBQ and more.  A great family day out.

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Daylesford Agricultural Show

November 24
Daylesford Showgrounds, Victoria Park, cnr Ballan Road & Burrall Street
Daylesford, Victoria Australia
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Prosper the Land – Prosper All 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…

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December 2018

Daylesford Highland Gathering

December 1
Victoria Park Daylesford, Ballan-Daylesford Rd & Burrall St, Daylesford VIC 3460
Daylesford,
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Gather your clan and come join us for the Daylesford Highland Gathering! Come along and enjoy a wee bit of Scotland in the picturesque tourist town of Daylesford, Victoria. The Daylesford Highland Gathering is held annually on the 1st Saturday of December and is the first gathering of the season. Our charming gathering includes a captivating street march in the main street of Daylesford and then a full days drumming, piping and dancing in picturesque Victoria Park, located at the…

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