BEF 2019 stage and crowd

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. Unfortunately, due COVID19, the 2020 event was cancelled.

The City of Greater Bendigo is planning a family-friendly program of activities to celebrate Easter in 2021.

The smaller, three-day program will replace the 150th Bendigo Easter Fair celebrations. The recent challenges COVID-19 has presented around having ‘roaming events’ means the Fair is unable to proceed in its traditional format in 2021.

The alternate program will feature timed and ticketed activities that will take place in a number of locations and venues where patron entry and exit can be managed in a COVID-safe way. We are currently working on the program and look forward to providing activities that will safely entertain children and families and encourage people to visit Bendigo. It is hoped a program will be release in late February.

It is hoped the 150th anniversary will be marked in 2022 with the full program, including the Torchlight Procession and Gala Parade.