Just a few of the events and festivals Maldon is famous for:
Maldon Twilight Food and Wine Festival (Sat Jan 12, 2019)
Approximately 1000 people dine under the stars in Main Street, Maldon, sampling local produce and wines of the region to the strains of both opera and contemporary music. Diners can make their own way to the event, or join the Victorian Goldfields Railway on the historic steam train from Castlemaine. This is historically a sell-out event and bookings are essential as no tickets are available at the door. A truly magical evening.
Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair (3rd weekend of February every year)
The Maldon Antique & Collectables Fair has become a must-attend event for both buyers and sellers with the Maldon football ground full of rare and valuable treasures. With 1.5 kilometres of stalls, it is a huge fair, and the reasonable entry price of just $5 (kids free) makes the Fair great value for money. The level, grassed venue also makes it a pleasure to walk around.
Maldon Easter Fair (Easter weekend)
The Maldon Easter Fair is one of the oldest in Australia, established in 1878.The Easter Parade on Easter Monday is a wide-ranging collection of all things Maldonian, from fire trucks to vintage cars to penny farthing bicycles, and floats from all sectors of the community - along with the odd political statement! Afterwards there is much merriment in the shopping areas of the village with an egg-and-spoon race, and all cafes and restaurants are open for business. Maldon Golf Club hosts a 'Hole in One' competition on Easter Saturday, and the Maldon Vintage Machinery Museum holds their annual Easter Machinery Rally across the weekend. There’s a torchlight procession, Dancing in the Streets, a billycart race, a scone bake-off competition, a quilt show, and many other things for everyone to enjoy.There is also a big raffle prize of a wheelbarrow full of goods, and that includes the wheelbarrow!
Maldon & Baringhup Agricultural Show (3rd Sunday in October every year)
Maldon Agricultural Show has been going since 1885, and except during the war years has not ceased operation. The show tries to accommodate interests for all the family. A great family event with loads of things happening.
Maldon Neighbourhood Centre
From Yoga to Art tours a fantastic mix of activities are to be discovered with our Neighbourhood Centre
Maldon Folk Festival (1-4 Nov 2019)
Maldon Folk Festival, located in Central Victoria, has been held annually for more than four decades. Each year we provide a long weekend (Melbourne Cup Weekend) of quality entertainment at affordable prices, to suit all age groups. Experience the unique festival atmosphere, showcasing an abundance of music and dance in our beautiful and historic town.You can enjoy four days of folk music, dance and interactive workshops, complemented by various activities around the Maldon township.
The Maldon Market is held on the Second Sunday of each month (except fire Code Red days) in Fountain Street, Maldon, from 9am until 2pm.
MALDON’S EVENTS FOR HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2019
The 2019 Australian Heritage Festival theme is Connecting People, Places and the Past. The Festival aims to bring to life all chapters of Australian culture and history, telling the diverse stories and experiences that define our communities.
Heritage Festival runs from Thu 18 Apr to Sun 19 May
(includes Easter period - Fri 19 Apr to Mon 22 Apr)
Our program page lists our 4 events and provides details of organiser/where/when/cost.
A short description of each event is also given. On the AHF website each event will have a longer description and an image. A copy of the event texts (short and long versions) is provided below – feel free to use it in your promotion of these events.
The url for the online program is expected to be available early next week.
- Maldon - Notable Town
presented by Maldon Incorporated
Visit historic Maldon, the National Trust’s first Notable Town classification, where the town’s rich past and vibrant present combine to provide a rare and authentic experience. Discover historic gems or immerse yourself in photographer’s heaven - Maldon is totally Instagrammable!
Maldon, the National Trust’s first Notable Town, offers you an incredible opportunity to explore authentic heritage places and landscapes, to imagine past lives, or to reflect on the rural idyll lost to the central Victorian gold rush of the 1850s.
Although it’s more than five decades since this priceless heritage setting was classified, the town’s people continue to embrace heritage conservation and protection so Maldon’s heritage legacy can be shared into the future.
Spend an hour, a day or longer exploring Maldon’s historic streets where local eateries, specialty shops, galleries, and accommodation now occupy the premises of long past enterprises. Go further afield and walk, drive or cycle through the old mining areas and nearby hills. Brochures and a web-based app at tours.maldonmuseum.com.au will help you discover historic gems.
Whatever you do you will be immersed in a photographer’s heaven, so upload your favorite images and spread the word – Maldon lives well with heritage.
- Ephemeral Artworks Reveal Maldon History
presented by Maldon Incorporated
A temporary installation of faux plaques reveals strange, funny, inspiring and intriguing views of Maldon history. Developed by Castlemaine Secondary College students, supervised by renowned local artist Clayton Tremlett.
Experience some of Maldon’s historic places, people and events through fresh eyes. This exciting new view of Maldon’s past is made possible via a temporary art installation of faux commemorative plaques, commissioned by Maldon Inc, and developed by Castlemaine Secondary College art students under the supervision of renowned local artist and teacher, Clayton Tremlett.
Drawing on conversations with local historians and material in the archives, these young artists have produced quirky and imaginative responses to their brief. Their sense of fun, combined with curiosity and contemporary context reveal that there’s more than one way to interpret a story.
Visitors can expect to see glimpses of Maldon’s lesser-known past, while being immersed in the beautifully preserved places where history happened. Pick up a pamphlet and start exploring. Don’t forget to record your adventures and share them on social media. The plaques will only be on display during Heritage Festival so don’t miss out.
3.Maldon Easter Procession: An Enduring Thread
presented by Maldon Museum & Archives Association Inc.
Come and enjoy our annual Easter Procession Pictorial where photographs reveal some of Maldon’s rich social and cultural history. The Maldon Easter Fair Procession has been part of our community since 1878, and each year another quirky, and often humorous, chapter is added to this enduring story.
Visit our annual Easter Procession Pictorial exhibition over Easter weekend and discover some of Maldon’s rich social and cultural history through images of past Processions. If you have photos, memorabilia or stories from past Processions please feel free to share them with us.
The first Maldon Easter Charity Fair in 1878 reportedly brought together a huge crowd of people who were enthralled by a great variety of events, entertainments and a Procession. A tradition was born. From 1912 until the 1970s the Maldon Fraternal Society encouraged former residents to return ‘home’ for Easter. From the beginning the festivities have helped visitors to catch up on local news and reconnect with people and places.
While the participants and the style of entries have changed markedly over time, the Procession continues to bring the community together in celebration. Easter remains a popular time to visit Maldon. For those in town on Easter Monday 2019, the Procession commences at 10:30am.
4.Hidden Stories of Your House
presented by Maldon Focus Incorporated
Every house has its own unique, and sometimes mysterious, stories to tell. Learn from a panel of research experts how to utilise and interpret local archives and resources to uncover the hidden stories of your house and its occupants.
Every house has its own unique, and sometimes mysterious, stories to tell through the built fabric - who built it, when and why, an explanation of odd empty spaces, or walls that don't line up.
These stories are enriched when information about the built fabric is combined with the stories of the occupants. These reveal what daily life was like, the wider community context, and the good times and bad encountered.
Owners of historic homes are in a privileged position. They can touch the past and bring it to life with the stories of those who went before.
Separating fact from fiction can be a challenge, so join our expert team as they reveal how to bring your property's story to life. This session focuses on Maldon since the gold rush of 1853, but the ideas apply anywhere. Learn where to start your search and how to access and interpret the many resources available.
Photographs of Maldon's early homes, from miners' cottages to mansions, will also be on display. Afternoon tea included.