The annual Picnic in the Park returns to Ballarat for its third year 

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The annual Picnic in the Park returns to Ballarat for its third year 

Words by Staff Writer

The City of Ballarat’s third annual Picnic in the Park event will feature 15 food and drink vendors, mini golf, face painting, lawn games and a bean bag lounge area.

As Australia Day approaches, Ballarat is set to paint Victoria Park with vibrant festivities at the City’s third annual Picnic in the Park event.

Headlining the city’s Australia Day celebrations, this family-friendly affair promises a laid-back atmosphere, great food, and an afternoon of entertainment on Friday, 26 January 2024, from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm.

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Located next to the Inclusive Play Space on Oak Avenue, Picnic in the Park has become a staple in Ballarat’s event calendar, drawing thousands in 2022 and 2023.

Deputy Mayor, Cr Peter Eddy, expressed excitement about the event, stating, “Picnic in the Park is a family-friendly event in one of our city’s greatest locations – the beautiful Victoria Park.”

The free community event boasts a diverse lineup of activities, ensuring there’s something for everyone. More than 15 food and drink vendors will offer an array of delicious treats. For those in a competitive mood, there’s mini-golf and various lawn games to indulge in. The younger crowd can enjoy face painting and a dedicated kids’ area. Music enthusiasts can groove to the beats of a DJ and acoustic artists, adding a rhythmic vibe to the afternoon.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own picnic baskets for a leisurely day out in the park. However, it’s important to note that the event is alcohol-free, and the barbecues near the play space will not be operational. Furry friends are welcome, but dogs must be kept on a lead.

Australia Day in Ballarat kicks off earlier in the day with a special citizenship ceremony, where over 60 community members from 20 countries, including South Africa, India, Netherlands, UK, and USA, will become new Australian citizens.

On the eve of Australia Day, Thursday, 25 January, the City of Ballarat will host the Australia Day Community Awards 2024, celebrating outstanding contributors in three categories – Ballarat Citizen of the Year, Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Activity of the Year.

While acknowledging differing views on Australia Day’s date, Cr Eddy emphasised the importance of respect for diverse opinions, stating, “We acknowledge there are differing views around Australia Day being on 26 January, but we ask that people be respectful of other’s opinions – that is what makes our country such a great country to live.”

Prepare your picnic blankets and join in the fun at Picnic in the Park for a day of community, entertainment, and celebration in the heart of Ballarat.

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