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Sunday, February 19, 2023 - Sunday, February 19, 2023
17:00 - 20:00

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A fabulous community sunset picnic to launch Fringe 2023!


Castlemaine Fringe Festival is happening between 17 March and 2 April, 2023.

They are officially launching their program on 19 February, between 5-8pm.

Join them at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Tearooms for a fabulous community sunset picnic.

The Connected Circus will provide entertainment for the kids, and there will be live music from Mama Ganoush and The Rattlers.

Everyone is warmly welcomed to attend. Bring a plate to share (and a knife and fork) and use this opportunity to meet the artists!

For further information see www.castlemainefringe.org.au

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17 March - 2 April 2023

The Castlemaine Fringe Festival has a long history of success and is one of the longest running fringe festivals in Australia. In 2023 the Fringe is 30!

The Fringe offers art in all forms for patrons as well an opportunity to participate and showcase their art in an important community event. Traditionally the fringe festival provides a forum for new emergent, alternative or underground artists in a manner that is accessible to the broader community.

Join them to launch their 2023 program, featuring a simply incredible array of local and emerging talent. More info here.

Get a sneak peek at what's happening (including the CFF Opening Night party!) in the Mechanics Lane precinct.


Image: Macbeth – Murder on the Dancefloor, Thursday, 30 March 2023 at the Phee Broadway Theatre

The Castlemaine Botanical Gardens is a key events venue, hosting the likes of Castlemaine State Festival and Castlemaine Fringe Festival.

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens was gazetted on 21 February 1860. Its scale reflects Castlemaine’s prosperity during the gold rush and community desire to highlight the success of the town. The gardens are believed to be designed by the first curator, Phillip Doran who held this position for 47 years until his death in 1913.

The impressive cast iron gates were constructed in 1877-78 by local engineering firm Thompson & Co and local monumental mason George Redfearn. The decorative fountain nearby was also erected at that time. Lake Joanna was completed in 1879 and the tearooms were constructed in 1919.

Artworks in the gardens include “Acorns” and “Pinecones”, by Nicholas Dunand and "Dusk" by Zoe Amor.

For a full list of the garden's facilities, to check availability and to make an instant booking click the 'Hire the venue' button below.

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