Events in the Macedon Ranges
The Macedon Ranges is home to a diverse lineup of events throughout the year. From one week to the next you could be strolling through a sculpture exhibition in the vines with views of Hanging Rock. Chilling out with cider and live music at a heritage apple orchard and Cider House. Meeting the winemaker at a wine-matched degustation dinner in a local pub. Or chatting with artists at an open art studio event on Mount Macedon.
Our What’s On page showcases upcoming events to plan a day trip or getaway around.
Key events to plan a trip around
While there are always fantastic events on offer, we’ve outlined some key events below you may want to plan a visit around.
Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival
Nine Villages, One Festival – Unearth autumn in the Macedon Ranges from 1 – 30 April. Enjoy a month-long program of vibrant farmers markets, curated trails and itineraries, open gardens, foodie experiences, artisan workshops and events across nine colourful, historic villages.
The perfect excuse to book an autumn retreat to the countryside and dive into a variety of free and ticketed events. Choose from curated itineraries and scenic drives. Visit a beautiful open garden. Discover country pubs on our Tipple Trails. Or tantalise your tastebuds on the popular Autumn Pie & Tart Trail.
Hanging Rock events
Hanging Rock is home to a variety of events throughout the year, including major concerts with star attractions. Singers such as Elton John and Bruce Springsteen have played on stage at the reserve. In November 2022, Hanging Rock Reserve is hosting the inaugural Spring Bliss Festival, plus Frontier Touring’s Nick Cave & Warren Ellis (sold out) and the First & Forever Concert – A Celebration of Blak Excellence.
Keep an eye on our What’s On page for popular annual events such as:
- Hanging Rock Craft Markets (March, October & December)
- Picnic at Hanging Rock Classic Car Show (February)
- Ranger-Guided Night Walks (Late October to early March)
- Run the Rock (April)
- Macedon Ranges Music Festival (March)
Held each November, Budburst is held across multiple cellar doors in the region. Meet the winemaker, enjoy local food and entertainment, plus have a grand adventure winding your way along scenic backcountry roads. You can even book tickets to board the hop-on-hop-off Budburst Hoppa Bus to visit multiple cellar doors without having to drive.
Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival
The Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival is all about wholesome, good ol’ fashioned country fun. The festival program features everything from One Act Plays, Open Gardens, a Spring Flower Show, Antique Fair, Art, Craft and Photography Exhibitions, Dog Dash and a town Scarecrow Competition.
The festival is held over 11 days in early September and ends with a grand parade down the main street of town.
Macedon Ranges Music Festival
Held at the iconic Hanging Rock Reserve in March, the Macedon Ranges Music Festival is a place where people come together for a day of music, dancing, food, drinks, friends, family and community. One hundred percent of profits are donated to the Cambodian Kids Foundation.
Garden Lovers’ Fair
The Garden Lovers’ Fair has grown to be one of the most popular garden fairs’ in Victoria. With some 40 specialist and unique stall holders, the Mount Macedon & District Horticulture Societies Garden Lovers’ Fair is held on the historic garden estate of Bolobek each October.
Woodend Winter Arts Festival
The Woodend Winter Arts Festival is an annual celebration held over the King’s Birthday long weekend. It showcases the very best of classical music from Australia and internationally, along with a lively literary and visual arts program. The event takes place across various venues in the charming village of Woodend in the Macedon Ranges. Accommodation over this weekend books out early so make sure to plan in advance!
Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial
Held every three years in March, the Kyneton Contemporary Art Triennial (KCAT) is a nine-day event featuring contemporary artists from across Australia, in multiple sites throughout Kyneton.
The last KCAT event was held in 2022.