Commencing in 1871, the Bendigo Easter Fair is one of Australia’s longest running community events, which was due to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020. Following a two year hiatus due to COVID-19, the event will make a highly anticipated return in 2022 to celebrate 150th Bendigo Easter Fair.
To recognise the significance of the 150th anniversary, it is only fitting that the celebrations be extended to a one-off four day program in 2022.
Over the four-day Easter long weekend, Bendigo’s beautiful Rosalind Park and surrounding streets will be transformed into a vibrant precinct bursting with family-friendly entertainment, stage shows, hands-on activities, live music, roving performers an Easter egg hunt and more!
As the sun sets on Easter Sunday, find your place along the road to cheer on the convoy of illuminated floats in the Sherridon Homes Torchlight Procession, concluding with a spectacular fireworks display over the city.
The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair will culminate when thousands of people line the streets on Easter Monday to watch the gorgeous display of colour in the iconic Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. Experience the excitement as Bendigo’s newest Dragon Dai Gum Loong (the world’s longest Imperial Dragon!), weaves his way through the historic streetscapes of Bendigo in his first solo parade outing.
The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair is filled with fun and excitement the whole family will enjoy, and after visiting this annual event it is sure to become your family’s Easter tradition!
The 150th Bendigo Easter Fair is held throughout the Bendigo CBD. Key locations are Rosalind Park, Easter Fair Way (Bridge Street) and Park Road, Dai Gum San, Bull Street, Sidney Myer Place, William Vahland Place, and Mundy Street.
The majority of activities held during the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair are free to visitors, however there are some activities that have a cost associated (i.e. the amusement rides in Carnival Central, CFA Kids Amusement Rides, Vision Australia Easter Egg Hunt).
If you become separated from your child, please go directly to the lost children tent located in near the rotunda in Rosalind Park, and request assistance. All lost children presented to festival staff will be taken to the first aid / lost children tent. You can also ask event staff or security staff for assistance.
Wrist bands will be available at the Bendigo Visitor Centre and the lost children tent. These can be used to ensure your child has the name and mobile number of their parent/guardian with them at all times. This is very helpful for young children who are not able to verbalise these details, and makes for a quicker reunion.
A fireworks display will follow the conclusion of the Sherridon Homes Torchlight Procession on Sunday April 17. This display will take place between approximately 8.30 – 9pm, however this is subject to the procession finish time.
The display will be set off the Poppet Head in Rosalind Park.
The best viewing locations are Rosalind Park (near the Rotunda), Dai Gum San precinct, the Alexander Fountain, View Street, Queen Elizabeth Oval and Barnard Street.
All livestock and pet owners are recommended to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety and comfort of their animals.
The Marveloo is a portable accessible restroom catering for people with a profound disability and their carer. The facility provides accessible features such as an overhead hoist, adult change table, access ramp and automatic door.
The Changing Place facility provides a secure public toilet featuring a fully accessible toilet with space on either side for carers, moveable ceiling hoist, height adjustable adult size change table, privacy curtain, additional seating and a safe and clean environment for people with severe and profound disabilities another Changing Places is also available at the Bendigo Railway Station). MLAK key is required for access.
This is in addition to existing accessibility toilets, which can be located via this public toilet map.
Yes! A new space at the event this year, the Chill Out Zone welcomes all families that require a space to escape the noise and action of the event.
We ask that patrons using this area are mindful of noise as we would like to keep it a ‘low noise’ zone. This is a welcoming rest area for all children, so we ask that everyone is respectful of others in this area. The Chill Out Zone will include cushions, books and colouring activities to entertain kids.
It will be located in Rosalind Park, at the Park Road end.
First Aid will be on site during the festival and will be located near the rotunda in Rosalind Park. First Aiders will also be actively out and about on foot or bike so give them a wave if you require assistance.
Accessing the Easter Festival is easy with a Bendigo Tramways Park ‘n Ride shuttle ticket! Avoid road closures and parking woes by catching one of Bendigo’s iconic trams from Central Deborah Gold Mine, Lake Weeroona, Tysons Reef Hotel or the Bendigo Joss House Temple.
Tickets are valid all day, allowing you to come and go from the festival as often as you like. $5 per person aged 16 and over, children aged 0-15 are free of charge. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday only. Timetables available at www.bendigotramways.com
Why not jump on your bike, ride to the festival and avoid the hassle of parking a car? We are providing a designated area for bike parking in Rosalind Park (View Street end), allowing you more time to explore the festival precinct.
The bike parking area is available from 10am - 5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This area is unsupervised so remember to bring your bike locks and don't forget your helmet.
The City of Greater Bendigo will follow the Victorian Government COVIDSafe Guidelines at the time of the event.
Under current government guidelines event patrons will not be required to provide proof of vaccination to enter the event precinct including parade areas. However, proof of vaccination may be required to participate in certain activities.
Please note, this information is subject to change and all COVIDSafe information including vaccination requirements will be updated on the event website closer to the event date.
We encourage all visitors to follow our event Facebook page and visit the event website for current COVIDSafe requirements and program information before attending over the Easter weekend.