A hub of live music and entertainment, Ballarat in winter is set to be filled with the sounds of warming tunes reverberating throughout the city streets as it comes to life with a series of concerts, events and festivals celebrating the wintertime.
We’ve come up with a three-day itinerary to inspire your winter visit.
Get set to rock the night as part of the fourth annual Ballarat Winter Festival Laneways Lumieres. This year’s offering is a uniquely Ballarat DubStep immersive light and sound installation igniting all of Alfred Deakin Place and the adjoining Police Lane. Experience the Lumieres as they explode to life every hour on the hour, and dance the night away to the beat of some of Ballarat’s favourite musicians.
Drive to Sovereign Hill and be mesmerised by the light, colour and sound of the Christmas in July: Winter Wonderlights experience. You’ll be immersed in a festive experience and magical winter wonderland complete with Christmas treats, faux snow, carols, and grand-scale projections on the Victorian-style buildings.
Hit up one of several live music venues such as Karova Lounge (which will celebrate its 14th birthday in July),The Cabaret Club or The Lost Ones Basement Bar to catch some of the finest music acts from Ballarat and beyond.
The Winter Festival program will also feature The Jazz Series events, bringing the night to life with a diverse range of smooth jazz tunes. Artists on the bill include the Sam Boon Saxophone Legends, Philias Fog Trio, Andrea Keller, Julien Wilson, Paige Duggan, Ade Ishs and eMotion Band, the Georgia Brooks Swingtet and many more! You’ll be excused for thinking you’ve entered the realms of a New Orleans jazz bar.
For all the details, visit ballaratwinterfestival.com.au