Virtual Reality

Head up to the first floor of the Town Hall, slip on some VR goggles and be transported to the spaces below the footpaths of Ballarat, and to the rooftops and towers above. VR and touchscreen viewers will be available to use, and you can even take a special Heritage Weekend cardboard viewer away with you to use with your own phone while you're out and about! (Limited numbers available). Speak to the creators of the tours and see what's possible with modern technology. Contribute your own stories of underground Ballarat spaces!


BTV6 / WINTV have been broadcasting locally-made content from their Ballarat studio since 1962. Join us as we look back on some of the highlights and memories from this treasure-trove, with long-unseen footage, live music and variety shows and discussion panels with guests from the network!

100 Years of Music

Over two big nights, one song from every year since 1918 will be played live by local performers. Witness the evolution of instruments, music styles, amplification and trends in live music over the past century, from the ragtime sounds of the 1920s, to rock'n'roll, disco, pop, grunge and more. With a fully-stocked bar and plenty of room for dancing, this is an event not to be missed. Doors/Bar open from 6pm.

Robot Workshop

Head in to the Heritage Expo to visit the Robot Workshop! Robots have been a hallmark of human innovation for a long time. Learn a little more about their origins and history, while the kids (of all ages) craft a robot of their own! Look out for a visit by real-life robot - Tubby!

Heritage Expo

Head up the stairs (or lift) to the first floor of the Ballarat Town Hall to discover an exciting range of activities, talks, displays and a chance to meet the passionate people keeping history alive. Including virtual reality, a robot workshop, green screen photography, morse code stations and much much more. Click here for the full schedule!

Beard Comp

Put down the razor and let the face rug grow. That's the message from the Ballarat Beard and Moustache Union who in conjuction with Ballarat Heritage Weekend, are bringing back some of the best beards in the country for Ballarat's Beard and Stache Competition.
Register your beard!


Dress in your best dapper and elegant tweed for a ride through Ballarat's beautiful Streets.
Where: Departs Fed Uni Arts Academy. Camp Street.
When: 11am, Sunday
Register Here

Gaol Tour

See inside the old Ballarat Gaol on a guided tour. Including a virtual look at the inaccessible underground gaol cells. Uncover the colourful history of the building and its inmates through artefacts, records, blueprints and more.
Where: FedUni SMB Campus, Lydiard Street South
When: Every hour from 11am - 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Cost: Free


Goosechase is a mobile phone scavenger hunt app, and Ballarat Heritage Weekend has created a game within it which turns our city into a playground. Learn fascinating facts about Ballarat’s history while completing a series of missions, taking photos or videos, attempting challenges and answering trivia questions to earn points and have a chance at winning the big prize!

Once you have the app on your phone, create an account and form a team with your family or friends, you can play! We’re giving away a state-of-the-art VR experience in Melbourne, including a session at VIRI VR Arcade, and a 3D-printed, 18 cm replica of you! This Goosechase is going to be wild. Let’s play!


This year's fashion feature will be brought to life by Tableaux Vivants (Engligh translation: living pictures), a popular Victorian theatrical performance of storytelling. The story of 100 years of technology in fashion will also be told through narrated catwalk parades and music of the era, as well as a showcase of innovative and elegant clothing and accessories from The Charlotte Smith Fashion Collection (formerly known as The Darnell Collection). Sportswear, party dresses, knitted and woven casual wear, printed fabrics, eye-popping colour, striking silhouettes, covetable fabrics, and other iconic fashion moments will feature on the stage at The Mining Exchange throughout the weekend.