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Top 3 Free Events in Ballarat in Spring

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Ballarat blooms in Spring with these top events
Ballarat has a range of festivals, sporting events, and fundraising activities in Spring that are free. These provide a great way to catch up with friends, and get out and about in the community, and enjoy the great Spring weather. September hosts a racing festival, October includes a week-long charity ride, and the SpringFest Weekend in November is likely to attract at least 20000 people.

Ballarat SpringFest

There is a series of events in Ballarat each Spring including a motor show, music festival, and the entertaining tram pull, that culminate in the Ballarat SpringFest weekend. This is a massive weekend featuring crafts, entertainment and events. It is arranged by the Rotary Club of Ballarat, who have run the event for 13 years. Local groups can apply for financial support and money raised at this festival drives a range of community support projects throughout the year.

The event is held on the 2nd and 3rd of November at Lake Wendouree in Ballarat. The lake has ample parking, and a scenic walking trail that leads to the festival.

Enquiries can be made by calling 04 00 148 787. If you are interested in setting up a stall at the market, please email

Ballarat SpringFest
Performer at Ballarat SpringFest, Credits:

Ride for the Kids

This fundraising event covers 1000 kilometres in 8 days. A group of Victorian Police and Woolworths employees take on this challenge to raise money for Cops N Kids camps. These camps bring fun and adventure back into lives of children suffering from cancer.

It is a charity ride through Colac, Warnambool, Portland, Horsham, Ararat, and Maryborough, that starts and ends in Ballarat. There will be stalls, children's activities and an outdoor broadcast at the finish line, creating a fun carnival atmosphere.

The event is held from the 13th to the 20th of October 2013. Enquiries can be directed to 04 13 265 855 or Donations can be made at the Ride for the Kids website

Ballarat, Aerial
Aerial view of Ballarat. Credits:, User: Gervo1865

Thursday Racing at Ballarat

Ballarat is a city rich in racing tradition and Thursday Racing is a chance for locals to try out the club for free and consider the benefits of paid membership. There are over 30 racing days per year with a range of social events held throughout the season. Take this opportunity to spend a day at the races, and mingle with Turf Club members and Industry regulars, and experience the facilities of a 'Members Only' club. This can include special seating, catering, and invitations to premier racing events.

This event will be held on the 12th of September 2013 from 11am at Ballarat Turf Club, 240 Kennedys Road in Miners Rest. Enquiries can be made by calling 5334 6273. Hospitality packages are also available to purchase at an additional cost by calling the Country Racing Customer Service on 1300 139 402.
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Why? Top Free Fun in Ballarat this Spring.
When: Spring 2013
Where: Ballarat
Cost: Free
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