The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair has been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The decision follows today’s recommendation from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer that all non-essential mass gatherings over 500 people should be cancelled from Monday to limit the spread of the virus.
We plan to pull out all the stops next year and celebrate 150 years in 2021. Can’t wait to see you all then!
The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair promises to be filled with fun and entertainment for the whole family. Commencing in 1871, the Bendigo Easter Fair is Australia’s oldest ongoing community event, which will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020. To recognise the significance of the 150th anniversary, it is only fitting that the celebrations be extended to a one-off four day program in 2021.
The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair is not to be missed. Over the four-day Easter long weekend, Bendigo’s beautiful Rosalind Park and surrounding streets will be transformed into a vibrant precinct bursting with family-friendly entertainment. Live stage shows, hands-on activities, carnival rides, live music, roving performers and more!
Be in the hunt for over 170,000 Easter eggs on Good Friday and Easter Saturday at Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt, and enjoy loads of fun family friendly activities and great entertainment at Rosalind Park.
Dance, drums, Lion Teams and 100,000 crackers are all part of the Chinese Spring Festival and Awakening of the Dragon as Bendigo celebrates its Chinese heritage in the Dai Gum San Precinct. As the sun sets, find your place along the road to cheer on the convoy of illuminated floats in the Fosterville Gold Torchlight Procession, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display over the city.
Join thousands as the line the streets on Easter Monday to watch the gorgeous display of colour in the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Experience the excitement as Dai Gum Loong, the world’s longest golden dragon, weaves his way through the historic streetscapes of Bendigo.
To celebrate this huge occasion, there will be over 100 events over the four day weekend and some of your favourite events might have changed their time and date. Please make sure you plan this year's visit with the latest information.
The Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade is moving to Easter Monday , and it will start at 12.30pm.
The ever-popular Awakening of the Dragon will be on Sunday afternoon.
The Fosterville Gold Torchlight procession is happening on Sunday at 7pm.
If you are a fan of markets, The Rotary Art and Craft Market will be on Hazeldenes Good Friday and Easter Monday.
And to mark the 150th anniversary, the Bendigo Easter Fair society is bringing you extra events, including light projection of the Easter History, Teddy Bears Picnic, the Cavalcade Transport and more.
History of Bendigo Easter Festival
The first Bendigo Easter Fair, as it was known then, was held in 1871 by Messrs. Aspinal and Burnside to raise funds for the Sandhurst Benevolent Asylum and Hospital raising over £1000 for this charitable cause. The fair was considered such a success that it has been held every year since, making it Australia's longest ongoing community festival!
Various locations in Bendigo
|April 10 - 13, 2020|