Australia Day events in Ballarat to feature Picnic in the Park

The City of Ballarat’s Picnic in the Park: A Fun-filled Australia Day Celebration

Get ready to celebrate Australia Day in style at the City of Ballarat’s third annual Picnic in the Park event. Taking place on Friday, January 26, 2024, this free community event promises a day of fun, food, and entertainment for people of all ages.

Join the Festivities

Head over to Victoria Park, located next to the Inclusive Play Space on Oak Avenue, from 11.30am to 3.30pm for a relaxed afternoon of festivities. The event will feature a wide range of activities and attractions, including:

  • Over 15 food and drink vendors offering delicious treats
  • Mini golf for some friendly competition
  • Face painting to unleash your creativity
  • Lawn games for some outdoor fun
  • A bean bag lounge area to relax and unwind
  • Live entertainment by talented DJs and acoustic artists

Additionally, there will be market stalls where you can browse and shop for unique items. Families are also welcome to bring their own picnic food and enjoy a leisurely meal in the beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park.

Please note that this event is alcohol-free, and the barbecues near the play space will not be operational. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead.

A Celebration of Community

The Picnic in the Park event is a testament to the City of Ballarat’s commitment to fostering a strong sense of community. According to City of Ballarat Deputy Mayor, Cr Peter Eddy, the event has gained significant momentum over the past two years, with thousands of people coming together to celebrate.

“Picnic in the Park is a family-friendly event held in one of our city’s most beautiful locations, Victoria Park. It offers a day of relaxation and enjoyment for everyone,” says Cr Eddy. “We received overwhelmingly positive feedback after the first two years, so we encourage families to join us and make it a memorable day.”

With live music, lawn games, food trucks, and market stalls, there will be something to entertain everyone. While acknowledging the differing views surrounding Australia Day being on January 26, Cr Eddy emphasizes the importance of respecting others’ opinions and embracing the diversity that makes Australia a great country to live in.

Community Awards and Citizenship Ceremony

Prior to the Picnic in the Park event, the City of Ballarat will host a special citizenship ceremony on Australia Day morning. Over 60 community members from 20 different countries will become new Australian citizens, representing the multicultural fabric of Ballarat.

On the evening of January 25, the City of Ballarat will also honor outstanding achievers from the past year with the Australia Day Community Awards 2024. These awards celebrate individuals and community activities that have made a significant positive impact on the city.

Provided by the Australia Day Committee (Victoria) and administered by Local Government Authorities throughout Australia, these awards recognize the contributions of Ballarat citizens across three categories: Ballarat Citizen of the Year, Ballarat Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Activity of the Year.

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“Join us at the City of Ballarat’s Picnic in the Park for an unforgettable Australia Day celebration! With a wide range of activities and entertainment, it’s a day filled with fun and excitement for people of all ages. Come and be a part of our vibrant community as we celebrate the spirit of Australia!” – City of Ballarat


The City of Ballarat’s Picnic in the Park event is the perfect way to celebrate Australia Day. With its relaxed atmosphere, delicious food, and exciting entertainment, it offers something for everyone. Join the festivities at Victoria Park and embrace the spirit of community as you enjoy a day filled with laughter and joy. Let’s come together to celebrate what makes Australia such a great country to live in!

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