BALLARAT BEGONIA FESTIVAL TO MAKE A
'FERN-TASTIC' RETURN NEXT YEAR
Saturday 9 - Monday 11 March
The Ballarat Begonia Festival will make a flourishing return next year over the Labour Day long weekend, Saturday 9 to Monday 11 March 2024.
The three-day event will take place in the iconic Ballarat Botanical Gardens, celebrating the city's rich horticulture heritage and boasting a line-up of demonstrations and talks led by a roster of celebrity presenters and industry experts including:
Showcasing a signature collection of rare begonias, the Conservatory display will return, this year playing homage to the redevelopment of the Ballarat Fernery – one of Australia's oldest ferneries – that is set to open in time for the festival. Visitors can expect to see an exciting display inspired by the spiral shapes of fern fronds.
● Begonia letters: Situated in the Ballarat CBD, next year's big begonia letters will feature the work of Wadawurrung Traditional Owner and artist Billy O'Toole.
● Family entertainment: For the aspiring green thumbs, there will be kids' activities including a giant maze, live butterfly tent and bug exploration zone; arts and crafts; Integra Tiny Town (featuring mini cubbies for families to self-explore); and face painters.
● Roving entertainment: Bright and beautiful bees, butterflies and ladybugs on stilts will be roaming the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. Running throughout the whole festival, catch a photo with one of the spectacular creatures.
● Markets: Browse offerings market stall holders, featuring an assortment of plants, flowers and garden-related gifts.
● Food and drink: Discover Ballarat's rich culinary scene with an assortment of local beers, wines and spirits available at the Begonia Bar as well as two precincts with food trucks.
FAST FACTS: BALLARAT BEGONIA FESTIVAL 2024
● When: Saturday 9 to Monday 11 March 2024
● Time: 10am to 5pm
● Where: Ballarat Botanical Gardens, Ballarat
● Price: Free entry with food, drink, wares and experiences available to purchase
● More info: ballaratbegoniafestival.com