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50 Shades of Yellow
Spring has sprung and one of the earliest bloomers are the beautiful, bright and sunny yellow daffodils. Each year the town of Kyneton celebrates their arrival by holding a festival in their honour.

The Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival is a ten-day event that will be running from Thursday 5 September to Sunday 15 September 2019.

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival

The festival combines stunning open gardens and flower shows with visual art, music, markets and street performances. But the stars of the show are definitely the flowers.

With six open gardens in Kyneton and another 11 in the surrounding areas, it's a feast for the eyes. Full details of the gardens and entry prices can be found here. Several bus tours will be running that you can jump aboard to view the different gardens.

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival
Visit the open gardens

Don't miss the beautiful Kyneton Botanical Garden located by the Campaspe River and the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens where you can view the magnificent 1860 Malmsbury Viaduct.

On Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, there will be several gardens open highlighting edible gardens that you can visit for ideas and inspiration to grow your own veggies in a sustainable, chemical-free way. Click here for full details.

Our Lady of the Rosary Church will be putting on a Springtime Daffodil Display from Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 September and the Kyneton Spring Flower Show will be held on the first weekend of the festival at the Watts Pavilion.

The festival grand opening takes place at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute and will feature art exhibitions and announcements of the Daffodil Art Prize (all works featuring daffodils of course), Photography Prize and Rotary Youth Art Awards along with Shop Window Awards.

Kyneton will come to life with the sound of music and dance including buskers, cabaret performances, choirs, a highland dance competition, a big band concert and the gala daffodil dance.

Now in its 63rd year, the Kyneton Festival of One Act Plays takes place on the first weekend of September as part of the festival and brings plays performed by actors from local theatre companies and companies from around Victoria.

There will also be a wide range of exhibitions including art, photography, mosaic, ceramics, sculpture, arts and crafts on display.

Family fun day is on Sunday 8 September and promises lots of fun for the whole family including a jumping castle, face painting, animal farm, sausage sizzle, fire truck, coffee cart, door prizes and a live band.

Four-legged furry friends haven't been forgotten with 2 fun events planned. Ferret racing on Saturday 7 September will see local ferret owners and the Victorian Ferret Association compete for the Ferret Challenge Shield and Daffodil Festival Sprint Trophy. Then on Sunday 8 September, the Kyneton Dog Dash at the Velodrome, will see dogs of all shapes and sizes race for cash prizes and to see who is the Top Dog.

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival
Ferret Fun!

The festival's big finish is the annual grand parade with daffodil-themed costumes, floats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, musicians, dancers and performers taking over the streets of Kyneton. Starting from the Kyneton Showgrounds, it makes its way along Mollison Street and ends at Simpson Street. Pram and stroller owners are invited to decorate them for the parade and join in the fun.

With so many fun events for the whole family over the festival, check out the program for all the dates and details and join in the festivities.

Kyneton is located in the Macedon Ranges, 87km NW of Melbourne - an easy one hour drive up the Calder Freeway. It also easily reached via trains from Southern Cross Station.
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Why? 10 days celebrating daffodils and Spring
When: Thursday 5 to Sunday 15 September 2019
Phone: (03) 5422 2282
Where: Kyneton
Cost: Most events free, some costs to enter open gardens and partake in other events
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This sound awesome. Would love to see the gardens and ferret racing; I haven't seen that since I was a kid.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9799) 1129 days ago
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