Ballarat Begonia Festival

A free event held over the Labour Day long weekend in March

Join us this March for an exciting line up of entertainment, activities, talks, culinary delights and celebrity guests.

Returning this year is popular television personality Costa Georgiadis who sets to bring his energy to the Garden Stage.

Popular children's TV character DIRTGIRL from Get Grubby TV will also be at the event to present an exciting and fun schedule of live performances with Costa the Gnome!"

There is something for everyone at this year's Ballarat Begonia Festival, from children’s activities, gardening tips and displays, to live comedy, craft and garden markets, a brewers, distillers and wine garden, floral demonstrations and displays, and more.

Welcome from the Mayor

Madam Mayor

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Festival.

This year marks the 66th year of our annual award-winning festival, and what a way to celebrate its continuing popularity and success than with a new program of events for the entire family to enjoy.

We, as a city, are very fortunate to be able to hold events such as the Ballarat Begonia Festival among such a beautiful backdrop – our 160-year-old Botanical Gardens. Developed from the old Police paddock site, the public gardens now feature a remarkable collection of mature trees and marble statues, set among colourful garden bed displays.

This Ballarat Begonia Festival you will be one of the thousands of visitors who have the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the Gardens, and I encourage you to do so as you enjoy the many activities, performances and displays this March.

A team of very dedicated gardeners have also been busy growing 2500 tuberous begonias for this year’s Begonia Display, so don’t forget to visit the Conservatory to see this outstanding feature of the Ballarat Begonia Festival.

This year we welcome back gardening guru Costa Georgiadis who we know was hugely popular the last time he was in Ballarat. Come and explore the Gardens, be inspired by one of the expert talks and take part in the free live entertainment at the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Festival.

The City of Ballarat is proud to present the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Festival, and I’d like to thank and acknowledge our festival partners who help make this happen. Together, we wish you and your family an enjoyable weekend in Ballarat. Test

Cr Samantha McIntosh
Mayor of Ballarat

Begonia Festival gratefully acknowledges the contribution of our partners: