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The East Gippsland Winter Festival is set to light up eastern Victoria with over 80 spectacular events over three weeks.

Coinciding with the Winter Solstice and Victorian school holidays, the East Gippsland Winter Festival is a unit of art, culture and food that will run from June 17th to July 10th. Complete with regional art exhibitions and performances, light shows, live music, dining experiences, multimedia events and more, the East Gippsland Winter Festival attracted nearly 20,000 visitors last year alone. From a Laneway Party to fine dining experiences, there are tons of events over the three weeks – including free lantern-making workshops, cultural ceremonies and experiences led by traditional Aboriginal owners, long lunches featuring local produce and nature activities such as bush walks, yoga and meditation.

What do you want to know

  • There’s a huge three-week festival taking place in East Gippsland this winter
  • Discover the treasures of East Gippsland through art, wine, craft beer, local produce and live music
  • It takes place from June 17 to July 10 – coinciding with Victorian school holidays and the winter solstice

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

Don’t miss the F/LAMP exhibition at the Iceworks studio in Lakes Entrance, where local artists display their light lamp creations. On July 2 there is a medieval fire night in Bruthen, with sword fights, costumes and a huge feast. On June 18, explore a Bairnsdale lane for beer, beats and a barbecue at Laneway3875 – an event featuring live musicians as you indulge in culinary delights and are dazzled by projections of spectacular lighting.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival includes a three-day ‘Deep in the Weeds’ long weekend hosted by renowned Orbost brewery, Sailors Grave Brewing. With a selection of live music, wonderful local craft beers and food provided by Meatsmith, this event takes place from July 8th to July 10th and is not to be missed for anyone who loves a good craft beer.

“The festival really brings the community together,” says Adam Bloem, founder and director of the festival. “The collaborative efforts of locals working together to put on spectacular events and exhibitions for their own towns is truly amazing. There is a lot of creative talent in East Gippsland and some really great food, wine and beer artisanal – we invite everyone to come and discover it for themselves this winter!

East Gippsland Winter Festival 2022 runs from June 17 to July 10. For more information, including current program updates, visit here.