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The Buninyong Festival is a biennial event featuring in the Springtime in Buninyong weekend.
It is is a free community focused event held biennially in late October - located in the gorgeous
village of Buninyong, just 11 kms south of a free family-friendly day out celebrating our
local community.
It's a safe, fun and exciting day for the whole family with music, amusement rides, animal farm,
stalls, food trucks and local community group information stalls, with thousands of locals and
visitors come to the Festival which is accessible to all walks of life.
The Buninyong Festival is a fantastic opportunity for local artists, community groups, traders and other organisations to be seen and heard as well as meet and interact with the local community.

The Buninyong Festival is a celebration of the local community, of its diversity, interests, passions, ideas,

and the expression of the ‘Good Life’.

The Festival aims to provide:

  • A fun and low cost day of entertainment for the whole family

  • Activities and competitions where the kids can express themselves

  • A platform for Community Groups to reach out to the wider Buninyong and Ballarat communities

There is much to see and do on Festival Day! Enjoy a large array of yummy taste sensations from all around the world from the food trucks and stalls, grab and a glass of local wine or beer and sit back and enjoy the main stage entertainment - or get involved in some of the awesome activities. Make sure you catch the roving performers and buskers spotted around the park. This vibrant festival offers you the experience of a market, foodie event, and music festival all rolled into one!


The Buninyong Festival endeavours to include a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:

  • Free entry to the Festival grounds

  • Amusement activities such as jumping castles, bungee runs, animal farms etc

  • Original and unique craft stalls

  • Yummy food stalls and food trucks

  • Educational and information stalls

  • Stage entertainment

Festival History

The Buninyong Festival is the reinvention of the long established Buninyong Gold King Festival that ran between 1975 and 2009. In 2009, a new committee envisaged The Good Life Festival which rang for five festivals from 2009 to 2015. In 2016, the committee voted to run the Festival biannually.


The Buninyong Festival seeks to retain the core values of the original Gold King Festival, while also looking towards the future. The main purpose of the reinvention was to reinvigorate the festival, its committee, and the community.

Dog Policy

We love dogs! But we just want to make sure that your little doggie is comfortable in a large park with up to 4,000 people around them. We have many small children running around the Festival grounds and kids can be unpredictable - so can dogs. If you think your doggie will be anxious in this environment, we do ask that that you leave your lovely doggie at home. We want to ensure that everyone has a great day and that we have no mishaps on the day. If you deem your doggie will be ok in that environment, please ensure that they are on their leash at all times. And bring your doggie doo doo bags! Cos nobody wants to walk in anything but lovely green grass on the day! This way everyone can enjoy the fun and have a safe day.

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