Bright loves to celebrate. Whether you’re interested in food, wine and beer, cycling, seasons, music, nature, cars, sports and fitness, films, snow, harvest time, arts and culture, or the great outdoors, there will be an event to celebrate it!

Please check with the respective websites regarding event dates, whilst the organisers have the ongoing battle with COVID-19, limitations and restrictions.

Please keep in mind that travel restrictions are easing across Victoria. Visit the DHHS website for more information about what you can and cannot do at this time.

DECEMBER

tourofbright.com.au

Held across three days, the Tour of Bright is an annual road cycling event taking in the stunning Alpine scenery of Bright and surrounds. With views that rival the Tour de France, this event is a must do on the cycle enthusiast’s calendar.

DECEMBER

myrtlefordrodeo.com.au

The Myrtleford Golden Spurs Rodeo has been running for more than 65 years, making it one of Australia’s oldest rodeos. Held on Boxing Day each year at the picturesque grounds of the Myrtleford Recreation Reserve, it is a must do family event at Christmas time for visitors and locals alike.

DECEMBER

bmft.com.au

The BMFT is a celebration of mountain culture and those who embrace it. Over several nights and locations, the best adventure films from around the world are showcased amongst the alpine communities of North East Victoria and further afield.

JANUARY

alpineclassic.com.au

The Alpine Classic will see around 2000 riders tackle nine courses ranging from moderate to seriously challenging. This is not a race, just a chance to challenge yourself. Bonjour Bright will once again keep families, support crews and riders entertained in Bright’s Howitt Park. The French-themed festival will feature live music and entertainers, films, kid’s activities, food, wine and beer, and a great atmosphere for cyclists to begin and end their rides.

JANUARY

visitmyrtleford.com

The annual Bush Market has been a fixture on Myrtleford’s calendar for over 30 years. The market takes over the CBD for the day, featuring a huge selection of stalls selling clothing, craft, food, wine and local produce as well as live entertainment and activities for the whole family!

FEBRUARY

adventuretravelfilmfestival.com

Come and get inspired to go on an adventure! Watch the world’s greatest travel films and speakers in the company of adventurers and fellow travellers. It doesn’t matter whether you drive, cycle, walk, swim, ride a horse, motorcycle, sail or fly; the Adventure Travel Film Festival in Bright has you covered!

MARCH

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The Dederang Picnic Races have been held annually since 1865, raising money for local charities and community organisations. Frock or suit up for one of the premier race meets in country Victoria featuring a six-race program, live music, fashions on the field, the famous Madman’s Mile, and tug-o-war challenge.

MARCH

themyrtlefordfestival.com.au

Celebrate everything that makes life in Myrtleford great at the annual Myrtleford Festival. There’s a jam-packed program across the Labour Day long weekend including the Festival Princess Ball, Gala Parade, Street Party in the Piazza, market stalls, live entertainment, food and wine events, kid’s activities, tours, art exhibitions, sports events and much more!

MARCH

brighterdays.org.au

Get set for three days of cars, motorcycles, live music and family fun in beautiful Bright! Don’t miss the free entertainment on the main stage featuring some legendary Australian performers, but leave some time for the Babes Brunch, markets, free kid’s entertainment, the Amazin’ Chase Poker Run and show’n’shine.

APRIL

brightautumnfestival.org.au

The Autumn Festival is a ten-day celebration of the magnificent autumn colours and seasonal produce found in Bright and surrounds. Events include the Wandi Nut Festival, Bright Brewery Bush Dance, Autumn Instameet, Wandi Hall Markets, Bright Art Gallery Autumn Exhibition, open gardens and the main highlight of the festival, Gala Day, featuring a huge Rotary Market, live music in the streets and the grand parade.

APRIL

wandinutfestival.com.au

The Wandi Nut Festival celebrates the end of harvest and showcases the incredible varieties of nuts and other fresh produce available in Bright and surrounds during Autumn. Come and enjoy local stallholders, cooking demonstrations, roasted chestnuts, food and wine, music and activities for the kids.

APRIL

musicfestival.org.au

Featuring an amazing line up of music, dance and spoken word acts, the Mount Beauty Music Festival is a three-day celebration that lights up the town. With live performances across multiple genres and venues including a free outdoor stage, markets, workshops, kid’s activities, art installations and lots more, this festival is about more than just music!

MAY

brightautumnfestival.org.au

The Autumn Festival is a ten-day celebration of the magnificent autumn colours and seasonal produce found in Bright and surrounds. The main highlight of the festival is Gala Day, featuring a huge Rotary Market, live music in the streets and the grand parade.

MAY

highcountryharvest.com.au

Enjoy a feast of events as the High Country celebrates local food, wine and beer with a calendar of delectable events as part of the High Country Harvest Festival.

MAY

lafiera.com.au

Join the Myrtleford community for a special celebration of Italian heritage, culture, food, wine and fun! Enjoy locally produced, authentic food and wine through cooking demonstrations, boutique winery tours and mushroom forages. Celebrate Italian culture through religious ceremonies, heritage displays, live music, dancing, soccer matches and bocce competitions and bring the family for a full day of fun the Italian way at the Food & Wine Festa in the Myrtleford Piazza.

JUNE

visitdinnerplain.com.au

Celebrate the start of the snow season in Dinner Plain during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. From tube slides to live music and start-of-season bargains at local ski retailers, there is plenty to keep you and the family busy. Meet in the village centre to be dazzled by the annual season’s opening fireworks. A great weekend escape to celebrate the start of winter.

JUNE

www.wandicross.com

Wandi Cross is a mountain running challenge set amidst the picturesque valley of Wandiligong, a few minutes from Bright, Victoria.

Suitable for anyone from the elite to the first time mountain enthusiast. Four distances are available:

  • 48 kilometres (3850 m +/-)
  • 21 kilometres (1860 m +/-)
  • 5 kilometres (500 m +/-)
  • Kids Run 2 km (60 m +/-)

Summiting the high points of both Mystic Mountain and Goldmine Ridge, this challenge requires participants to use a combination of endurance, strength and cross-trail abilities to ascend and descend across steep, raw, natural and technical ground. ​All profits are donated to Wandiligong Primary School.

JULY

champagneclubkiewavalley.teamapp.com

The MidWinter SnowBall is a black tie event with a difference held by the Champagne Club Kiewa Valley. Enjoy live music, nibbles and drinks. No need to organise a table or partner – just put on your black tie finery, grab some friends, and come and dance the night away. No dress? No suit? No bling? You can get your outfit sorted from the ‘Frocks of Shame’ op-shop rack and hire an ensemble for the night!

AUGUST

sleddogchallenge.com

Australia’s original and most prestigious sled dog race will see sled dog teams from across Australia competing for victory on the stunning tree lined trails of Dinner Plain. More than 70 Mushers (dog team drivers), and in excess of 350 sled dogs are expected to compete across 5 classes. The race provides a unique experience for competitors and spectators alike to experience the sport of sled dog racing in a pristine alpine environment.

AUGUST

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The annual Pub to Pub is a cross country ski race for skiers of all ages and abilities. Starting at the General Store in Hotham Village, the race follows around 12km of cross country trails before finishing at the Dinner Plain Hotel. Running for almost 30 years, the Pub to Pub is a one-of-a-kind race where you’re likely to see first year skiers lining up with Australian champions for a great day of competitive fun!

AUGUST

hoppet.com.au

Showcasing Australia’s alpine high plains to the world, the Kangaroo Hoppet is Australia’s only international XC skiing marathon and the biggest annual snowsports event in the southern hemisphere. Event distances in 7km, 21km and 42km provide a great experience from beginners to elite international athletes. Over 1,000 skiers from around 25 countries enjoy the best the high plains have to offer.

SEPTEMBER

5zero.com.au

5Zero is a social cycling event in Bright with zero footprint. Enjoy a fun ride from Bright Brewery to Clearspot along a great course for a great cause – to help Alpine Community Plantation maintain recreation in our plantations. Fifty kilometres is the distance / zero is the goal for environmental impact as a result of running the event.

SEPTEMBER

alfred6hour.org.au

Test your endurance and support a great charity at the same time in The Alfred 6 Hour charity mountain bike race. The race challenges individuals, pairs and teams to a three or six hour mountain bike endurance race on a 6.5km course through flowing single track and logging roads in the Mystic MTB Park in Bright, just minutes from the town centre. 100 per cent of profits from the event will be donated to The Alfred Hospital to support critical care services in the Emergency and Trauma Centre.

OCTOBER

brightspringfestival.com.au

See gardens come to life and turn on their natural beauty. Experience the hospitality of enthusiasts from across the region and talk to experts to learn how they care for their gardens all year round. Enjoy the beauty of Bright and surrounding towns in spring, catch one of the exciting Spring Festival food and wine events, enjoy the monthly Make It, Bake It, Grow It market by the river or Rotary’s Monster Street Market, and have fun with the family at the Grand Spectacular Fireworks and concert.

OCTOBER

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The annual Show’n’Shine and Swap Meet is a static display of classic and custom cars in conjunction with stalls selling motoring memorabilia, motoring merchandise and car spares. All show cars, trucks, hot rods and rat rods are welcome. Food stalls, bar, live music, 50s and 60s-themed fashion shows and demonstrations by the Myrtleford Speedway Club will keep you entertained throughout the day.

NOVEMBER

brightsiconicrodrun.com.au

Bright turns into the Hot Rod capital for 3 actionpacked days as hundreds of street rods, classic and custom cars fill the streets for the annual Rod Run. Featuring a monster show’n’shine, classic pin-up competition, swap meet, poker run, cruises, live music and market, this weekend will keep car enthusiasts of any age entertained!

NOVEMBER

spartanrace.com.au

This iconic Spartan event has become a highlight on the international Spartan calendar, attracting racers from around the world to take on Mystic Mountain. Featuring the Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra and Hurricane Heat events, the Trifecta Weekend will challenge you mentally and physically. The kids get to join in the action too, with a Junior Spartan course.