Events in Buninyong
2024 Road Cycling National Championships
3-7 January 2024: Ballarat and Buninyong will celebrate 21 years of Road Nationals
Australia’s road cycling national championships will be back for the last time after 21 years of exciting competitions on the mighty Mount Buninyong circuit. This will be the 18th consecutive year that Ballarat and Buninyong have hosted the championships, and the 21st year since it was first held here in 2002.
Buninyong will be the focus on January 6 and 7 as Australia’s champion riders vie to take out the 2024 road race titles. The fan-favourite live site on Mount Buninyong will be in action with food trucks, music and a big screen making the iconic climb the place to be on the weekend.
See www.roadnationals.org.au for news, road closure information, and full program details
Markets, elves, carols - lots of Christmas fun in Buninyong
Buninyong Village Winter Market
Saturday 22 July, 1-5pm, Buninyong Town Hall
19-20 May 2023, Buninyong Town Hall
19 & 20 May 2023
Buninyong Autumn Village Market
Free skateboarding sessions in Buninyong!
1-3pm, Sunday 19th March 2023, Buninyong skate park, 208 Forest St, Buninyong
Equipment provided, all ages and abilities welcome. Come along to learn and build skills in skateboarding.
For more info and to register visit: www.skatepark.ymca.org.au/all-aboard
Buninyong Village Eco Market
Sunday 26 Feb, 10am - 3.30pm, Royal Park, Buninyong
Be part of the solution!
Visit 2023 Smart Living Expo for more info.
The Bard returns to the beautiful Buninyong Gardens!
Afternoon and evening performances, 10-19 February, in the Buninyong Gardens
It's a very entertaining show, performed with much gusto, depicting the gods toying with the lives of hapless humans for their own amusement.
Don't miss it!
Visit the Bard on Facebook for photos of the performance and comments: The Bard in Buninyong
2023 Road Cycling National Championships
Road Races in Buninyong: Sat 7 and Sun 8 January 2023
See Road Nationals for event details.
Free community Movie Night, De Soza Park, Saturday 7th January
Cycling information Session
Thursday 8 December, 5-6:30pm , Buninyong RSL Hall
Buninyong Pop-up Shop
Buninyong Town Hall, 2-9 December
Buninyong Carols by Candlelight
Saturday 10 December, 6:30pm, De Soza Park
Saturday 10 December, 3-7pm, Buninyong Town Hall
Open Gardens, Buninyong
Sat 29 and Sun 30 October, 10am-4pm,
5 beautiful Buninyong gardens will be open to the public over the weekend.
Tickets onsale from 25 September on Trybooking
Buninyong Village Markets
Christmas Market: Saturday 10 December, 3-7pm, Buninyong Town Hall
Spring Market: Sunday 30 October, 10am-3pm, Buninyong Town Hall
Winter Market: Saturday 23 July Autumn Market: Saturday 2 April, 2-6pm
The Film Festival staged a welcome return on 20-21 May, after a pandemic-enforced absence of two years.
Sunday 20 March 2022, 10am-3:30pm, Royal Park, Buninyong
Electric vehicles, sustainable building, e-waste, lifestyle
Australian Road National Elite Cycling races
The Road Nationals were held in Ballarat and Buninyong in January, with the elite men and women's races attracting crowds to Buninyong on the weekend of 15-26 January. See details of the championships at: www.roadnationals.org.au
Regular Events in Buninyong
Buninyong hosts a range of popular events for cultural, food and sporting enthusiasts. As well as its seasonal markets and annual festivals, big crowds gather in January to watch top-class cycling tournaments. Other interesting events, such as the Writers' Festival, are occasionally held here too.
The Bard in Buninyong
A usually annual production in the Buninyong Botanic Gardens of a well-loved Shakespearean play, performed by the local theatre troupe, The Bard in Buninyong, directed by Susan Pilbeam.
See more on the Bard's Facebook page: The Bard in Buninyong on Facebook
Bended Knee Music Festival
Held biannually across Buninyong
Held biannually – all over Buninyong
Website: Buninyong Artpreneurs
Held biennially in October, at De Soza Park and other venues in Buninyong.
The Festival will return on the last weekend of October, 2023
Website: Buninyong Festival
The Buninyong Festival has been a vibrant community-driven event since 1975.
Held annually in May, in the Buninyong Town Hall.
An annual feast of fine films interspersed with yummy food. Enjoy it on the big screen!
Website – Buninyong Film Festival
To see the Buninyong Film Festival programs and audience photos from 2002 to 2017, click Buninyong Film Festival Archives.
Buninyong Village Market
Held seasonally four times a year – usually in Buninyong Town Hall precinct
Website – Buninyong Village Market
Carols by Candlelight
Held mid-December in Desoza Park, starting around 6.30pm. A popular family event with massed choir, sausage sizzle, and a visit by Santa. BYO candles or torch.
Christmas in Buninyong
Held annually in December – all over Buninyong
Website: Christmas in Buninyong
January: Australian Open Road Cycling Championships
Smart Building and Living Expo
Held annually in March at Royal Park, this local event is part of Australia’s biggest Sustainable Living Festival. Smart Building and Living Ballarat showcases local sustainable building and lifestyle services and products for those planning to build or retrofit sustainable home solutions, and those interested in sustainable lifestyle and food choices.
Website: Smart Building & Living Expo
Springtime in Buninyong
Held annually in October – all over Buninyong
Website: Springtime in Buninyong
Some Special Events
Avenue of Honour Restoration - Community March
A large crowd turned out to watch and participate in the Community March along Buninyong's restored Avenue of Honour in Learmonth Street on 1 July 2017. Commemorative ceremonies, with a flyover by the RAAF, took place outside the Town Hall and the Avenue was rededicated to honour the 167 men of the former Buninyong Shire who died in World War I.
Inaugural production by the Bard of Buninyong
The Tempest in the Buninyong Botanic Gardens
Shakespeare's much-loved comedy brought magic to the Buninyong Botanic Gardens in February 2017. Directed by Susan Pilbeam, the play was a delight from start to end, as it moved through the Gardens, from the rotunda to the lily pond to the walled garden.
Visit The Bard in Buninyong's Facebook page
Beautiful Buninyong Exhibition
Artist Bruce Hargrave's lovely exhibition of Buninyong water colours was a delight for all who visited it in May 2013. Bruce subsequently painted a series of commissioned works around the district and can be contacted via his website Bruce Hargrave, artist if you are interested in commissioning a painting of this district:
Ballarat Begonia Festival
Held annually over the Victorian Labour Day long weekend, the Ballarat Begonia Festival has gardening and lifestyle displays, horticultural exhibits, food and wine vendors, children's activities and entertainment.