Types of events

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An event is any organised activity held on public land where an open area, facility, venue, road or temporary structure is to be used by more people than are usually found in that location. Please see definitions of our variety of events below.

Hallmark events

Internationally recognised and unique to the region hallmark events attract people to our destination from outside of the region.

Examples include: Groovin’ the Moo and the Australia vs England Netball Test Match.

Major events

Require a minimum of 500 forecast participants and may be nationally and/or internationally recognised.

Have an agreed sponsorship package with the City of Greater Bendigo.

Require event management, risk assessment and/or traffic management plans.

Examples include: The Bendigo Easter Festival, Herald Sun Tour, or the Mother’s Day Classic.

Business and conferencing events

Are supported by an external event company, committee or event coordinator, with participants from outside the region.

Have an agreed sponsorship package with the City of Greater Bendigo.

Require event management, risk assessment and/or traffic management plans.

Examples include: Rotary conferences, industry expos, car clubs and rallies.

Significant community events

A celebratory event that signifies an aspect of community life.

Require event management, risk assessment and/or traffic management plans.

Examples include: Australia Day and ANZAC Day celebrations, Dahlia & Arts Festival, Summer in the Parks, etc.

Community events

Targeted mainly at local audiences and staged primarily for social, fun and entertainment value for the local community.

Require event management, risk assessment and/or traffic management plans.

Please make a community event/gathering enquiry if you are planning to host a community event. 

Examples include: A community fun run or walk, community awareness days and community celebrations.

Civic and ceremonial events

These are official events for celebratory, ritual or commemorative purposes where our Mayor may be present.

Examples include: Citizenship ceremony, a significant state or national day, individual and community achievements, or the launch of a City major capital works project.

Minor events, gatherings and public space bookings

These are held on or affect council owned or managed land or civic spaces in the CBD. They do not require event management plans or processes and are commonly run by groups for private family days or fundraising opportunities. 

Please make a community event/gathering enquiry if you are planning to host a minor event or gathering on council owned or managed land.

Examples include: Weddings, birthdays, raffles, reunions and lamington-drives.

Contact us

For more information about organising and holding your event in Bendigo contact us on 03 5434 6000.


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