Events in Buninyong


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

Spring Market: Sunday 30 October, 10am-3pm

Winter Market: Saturday 23 July

Autumn Market: Saturday 2 April, 2-6pm

autumn market 2022

Craft, food, art, music - Buninyong Town Hall

Buninyong Film Festival

The Film Festival staged a welcome return on 20-21 May, after a pandemic-enforced absence of two years. See their website: for details.

Buninyong 2022 Smart Building &amp: Living Expo

Sunday 20 March 2022, 10am-3:30pm, Royal Park, Buninyong

2022 sustainability expo

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:


Life gradually returned to normal over the summer months after the pandemic restrictions of 2020 and all was looking good until a resurgence of covid and another lockdown threw several much-loved events into turmoil once more.

The annual Road Nationals cycling races drew big crowds in February and the Buninyong Village Market was held on 27th March and 31st July but the organisers decided not to hold it again that year due to covid-19 restrictions. They promise it will be back in 2022!

Buninyong Film Festival organisers were planning to hold this year's film festival later in the year on  27-28 August 2021, but unfortunately it had to be cancelled at the last minute due to another lockdown.
See their website: for details.

Sadly, neither the popular Sustainable Living Festival nor The Bard in Buninyong's annual performance could be held in 2021 but both hope to be back in 2022.


The Buninyong Festival has been held over until the last weekend in October 2023.


Annual Events in Buninyong

Buninyong hosts a range of popular events for cultural, food and sporting enthusiasts. As well as its regular monthly 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

An 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

Buninyong Festival

Buninyong Festival logoNow held biennially in October, the Buninyong Festival has been a vibrant community driven event since 1975.

Good news: The Festival will return on the last weekend of October, 2023

See Buninyong Festival or call 0408 116 202 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to contact the organisers or visit the Buninyong Festival website for more information.


Buninyong Film Festival

bff logo newHeld on the fourth weekend in May, in the Buninyong Town Hall.
An annual feast of fine films interspersed with yummy food. Enjoy it on the big screen!
See Buninyong Film Festival or visit the Buninyong Film Festival website for more information.

To see all the Buninyong Film Festival programs and audience photos from 2002 to 2017, click Buninyong Film Festival Archives. (These archives have been restored from the former Buninyong Film Festival website.)


Buninyong Village Market

Buninyong village market logoHeld every few months, usually in the Town Hall precinct.

See Buninyong Village Market or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit Buninyong village market's Facebook page for more information.


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.

Smart Building and Living Expo

Smart Building and Living Expo

Held annually 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. For more information visit: Smart Building and Living Expo or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cycling Tournaments

January: Australian Open Road Cycling Championships

See Cycling

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.

Buninyong Avenue of Honour

Inaugural production by the Bard of Buninyong

The Tempest in the Buninyong Botanic Gardens
The Tempest The Tempest
See more images in News and 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:

Further afield

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.