FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

GENERAL QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE BALLARAT BEGONIA FESTIVAL?

The Ballarat Begonia Festival is a free event held over the Labour Day Long Weekend in March. 

Join us this March for another exciting line up of entertainment, activities, talks, culinary delights, markets and celebrity guests.

WHEN AND WHERE DOES THE FESTIVAL TAKE PLACE?

The Begonia Festival takes place in the Ballarat Botanical Gardens on Saturday 7 March until Monday 9 March 2020, over the Labour Day long weekend. 

The Festival runs from 10am -5pm each day.  

WHO CAN COME TO THE FESTIVAL?

Everyone is welcome. There will be kids’ activities, gardening tips and displays, craft and garden markets, food and beverage, a bar, a pizza courtyard, floral demonstrations, displays and many more fun activities for all to enjoy. 

DO I REQUIRE A TICKET FOR THE EVENT?

No tickets are required for entry to the Ballarat Begonia Festival, this event is FREE entry for the community across all three days.  

CAN I PURCHASE BEGONIAS OVER THE FESTIVAL WEEKEND?

Yes, you can purchase Begonias at the Gardener’s Market from the Victorian Begonia Society or Floral Enterprises.  

HOW LONG SHOULD I PLAN TO STAY AT THE BEGONIA FESTIVAL?

Across the three days the Festival has so much to offer. Why not plan a weekend break and enjoy the offerings across all days? 

Entertainment offerings will be available across all three days; three live music stages and roving entertainment.  

CAN I BRING MY DOG TO THE FESTIVAL?

Pets are permitted at the festival; they must always be on a lead and accompanied by owner.  

WHAT FOOD OFFERINGS CAN I ENJOY AT THE FESTIVAL?

Enjoy a bite to eat across six food lawn offerings throughout the festival. There will be over 20 different food offerings to temp your senses.  

CAN I PURCHASE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT THE FESTIVAL?

Yes, if you are 18+, alcoholic drinks can be purchased in two locations: The Begonia Bar, located in a shady spot in the centre of the gardens, offers local Ballarat beers, gin and wine. The Begonia Courtyard, operated by The Forge Pizzeria, will also offer alcoholic beverages. 

DO I NEED CASH?

There is an ATM onsite and most stall holders do have EFTPOS facilities, however cash is always king. 

CAN I GET A STALL AT THE FESTIVAL?

Applications for the Ballarat Begonia Festival Food Vendors and Stall Holders have closed for 2020. 

Information for the 2021 event will be posted on the Begonia Festival page. Applications for the following year open in September. 

For further information regarding exhibitors, please call the Events Team on (03) 5320 5500 or email events@ballarat.vic.gov.au 

WHERE ARE THE ACCESSIBLE ENTRY POINTS TO THE FESTIVAL?

Accessible entry in and out of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens is available at all gates. To access some of the lawns with higher kerbs, ramps have been installed for easier access.  

WHAT ELSE CAN I DO WHILE IN BALLARAT?

While in Ballarat, discover why it is renowned for its award-winning attractions and unique visitor experiences.  

Shop in our local retail businesses, dine at one of our thriving restaurants or relax in one of our hip and trendy bars and pubs. 

Check out Visit Ballarat for all the weekend getaway ideas!  

BEGONIA DISPLAY

DO I NEED TO PAY TO SEE THE FAMOUS BEGONIAS IN THE CONSERVATORY?

NO! 

Take a FREE walk through the Robert Clark Conservatory to view the Begonia Display. 

CAN I SEE THE BEGONIAS BEFORE OR AFTER THE FESTIVAL?

The Begonias will only be on display from the opening day of the Ballarat Begonia Festival, Saturday 7 March 2020. 

The Begonia Display will then remain in the Conservatory until mid to late April. Please note, this time period is an estimation only and will be dependent on the weather.   

FESTIVAL PARADE

WHEN DOES THE BEGONIA PARADE TAKE PLACE?

The 2020 PowerFM Begonia Parade will be held at 11am on Monday 9 March 2020 on Wendouree Parade. 

DOES THE PARADE PRESENT AWARDS FOR BEST ENTRY?

YES! The following awards are presented  

  • Mayor’s Choice Award 
  • Best Schools Entry 
  • Best Community Entry 
  • Best Business Entry 
  • Best Musical Entry 

HOW DO I ENTER THE PARADE?

Applications for the 2020 PowerFM Begonia Festival Parade are still open until: General Public Applications close: Friday 7th February 2020  

School Applications close 7th February 

Submit an Online Application

PARKING AND TRANSPORT

HOW CAN I GET TO THE FESTIVAL?

Take public transport, walk, bike or drive. 

We offer a free CDC shuttle bus service from the Ballarat Train Station, which will meet every service from Melbourne during the festival hours.  

Take a stroll to the Botanical Gardens. From Wendouree Train Station you reach the gardens in only 900m. 

If you ride your bike to the gardens, you can park it in our Bike Park, located in the North Gardens. 

There is ample parking around the Botanical Gardens along Wendouree Parade or Gillies Street. The Festival Car Park is located in the North Gardens and offers limited car spaces for a gold coin donation. 

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL CARPARK?

The Festival Car Park is located in the North Gardens, entry off Wendouree Parade into Zoo Drive. There is also ample parking around the Botanical Gardens, both along Wendouree Parade and Gillies Street. 

Gold Coin donations will be collected. 

WHERE IS ACCESSIBLE FREE PARKING?

Accessible Parking is located in the North Gardens, entry off Wendouree Parade into Zoo Drive. 

Gold Coin donations will be collected. 

WHERE DOES THE FREE CDC SHUTTLE BUS DROP OFF?

At the existing bus stop on Gillies Street.