About the Festival

What is the Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Easter Festival?

The Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Easter Festival is the longest running community cultural festival in Australia.

Over Good Friday, Saturday and Easter Sunday, Bendigo’s beautiful Rosalind Park, along with surrounding streets, will be transformed into a vibrant and colourful space filled with activities, rides, music, food, performances and much more.

The festival also has a rich Chinese history, a tradition that first began in 1879 with the first large scale contribution from the Chinese community. This tradition continues today with Sun Loong, the longest imperial dragon in the world, weaving through the street in the Bendigo Advertiser Gala Parade. 2019 will be Sun Loong's last regular parade appearance, and we will welcome new dragon Dai Gum Loong

Many local community groups also run events throughout Bendigo from Good Friday through to Easter Monday. See the full list of community events here.

The Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Easter Festival is filled with fun and excitement, and after visiting this annual event it is sure to become your family’s Easter tradition!


When is the Bendigo Easter Festival?

The Bendigo Easter Festival is held annually over the Easter Long Weekend.

The 2019 Bendigo TAFE Bendigo Easter Festival will be held Good Friday April 19 – Easter Monday April 22.

Please note, main festival activities are held from Good Friday to Easter Sunday with community events being held on Easter Monday


Where will the Festival be held, exactly?

The Bendigo Easter Festival is held throughout the Bendigo CBD. Key locations are Rosalind Park, Bridge Street/Park Road, Dai Gum San, Bull Street, Sidney Myer Place, William Vahland Place, and Mundy Street.


Is the Bendigo Easter Festival free?

The majority of activities held during the Bendigo Easter Festival are free to visitors, however there are some activities that have a cost associated (i.e. the amusement rides in Carnival Central).

What do I do if my child is lost?

If you become separated from your child, please go directly to the first aid / 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. 

Wrist bands will be available at the Bendigo Visitor Centre. 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.

Can I smoke at the festival?

The Bendigo Easter Festival is a smoke-free event. Please be respectful of others and smoke outside the festival precinct.
This includes the parade route.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?

Dogs are permitted within Rosalind Park, however they must remain on a lead at all times. Please be considerate of other festival patrons and promptly clean up after your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions