Cr. Samantha McIntosh, Mayor of Ballarat


It’s a great pleasure to welcome you to the 65th annual, award winning Ballarat Begonia Festival.

Madam Mayor

This year celebrity gardener Jason Hodges returns to the Begonia Stage to share his horticultural and landscaping expertise in an inspiring series of garden talks and DIY demonstrations. A Festival favourite will no doubt be The Alkazar – a comedy and circus show tent featuring some seriously hilarious talent.

Come and explore the creations at the Creative Designer’s Market, marvel at the arborsculpture, or purchase plants and an array of garden items for your own backyard at the Gardener’s Market. Children will be entertained in the Super Sandpit and can take part in the pot-a-plant and paint-an-umbrella activities.

Festival-goers can indulge at six food and beverage zones, each featuring live entertainment. Whether you’re in need of a single-origin coffee, slow-cooked pork roll, a glass of wine or a sweet treat, we’ve got you covered. Wander through the Tunnel of Floral Delights or visit The Conservatory and enjoy the vibrancy and colour of our city’s famous Begonias.

The City of Ballarat is proud to present the 2017 Ballarat Begonia Festival. I’d like to thank and acknowledge our Festival partners, who help to make this happen, especially Central Highlands Water, our Community Partner

Together, we wish you and your family a happy and enjoyable weekend in Ballarat.

Begonia Festival gratefully acknowledges the contribution of our partners