Events in Buninyong
Buninyong Village Markets
Spring Market: Saturday 29 October
Winter Market: Saturday 23 July
Autumn Market: Saturday 2 April, 2-6pm
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: www.buninyongfilmfestival.com.au for details.
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
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: www.buninyongfilmfestival.com.au 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
Now held biennially in October, the Buninyong Festival has been a vibrant community driven event since 1975.
Held 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
Held every few months, usually in the Town Hall precinct.
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
January: Australian Open Road Cycling Championships
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.