Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival Highlights  

Apr 13, 2023

Autumn leaf in the sunlight.

The Macedon ranges Autumn festival has officially started. Set across nine villages during one of the most picturesque times of the year. Locals and visitors will get to enjoy the best of the Macedon Ranges Shire, from food to scenery.   

The festival is driven by local businesses, community and creatives. It provides a platform to showcase the region’s makers, producers, artisans and attractions. But who could forget the main attraction – the stunning autumn leaves lining the streets, roads and hillsides. 

Held between the 1st-30th of April – we have hand-picked some of our favourite upcoming events in this year’s festival line-up. These free, low cost and family friendly activities are a perfect way to spend a crisp autumn day.  

  1. Art in the Vines at Hanging Rock  

Don’t miss the annual free sculpture exhibition at Hanging Rock Winery. Treat yourself to a glass of wine while you explore the sculpture trail set in the vines. The exhibition includes twenty-six renowned local and national artists. Each presenting unique and mesmerising forms. After you take in the arts – enjoy a cellar door experience or kick back with a picnic on the lawn. 

  1. Autumn Murmering Walk 

Another free and child friendly event is this innovative audio guided tour around Lake sanatorium at Mt Macedon. The experience comprises the Lake Walk and Loop Track, taking roughly an hour to complete. The artists Ria Soemardjo, Sandra Fiona Long and Charlotte Roberts are passionate about inviting audiences to reconnect deeply with natural environments. The audio will reflect the environment, animals and natural rhythms of the lake and forest. You can download the audio for each walk here and enjoy a truly immersive art experience.  

  1. Fungi Town Caravan  

This school holiday event teaches children about the amazing variety of fungi in the Macedon Shire forests. The interactive workshop will be teaching the role of fungi in ecology; children will then make their own fungi sculptures out of paper, tape and oil pastel. Artist Kathy Holowko is hosting this fascinating and creative event at Kyneton Town Hall.  

  1. Kyneton Autumn Farmers Market  

Take a trip down memory lane and grab some fresh local produce while you’re at it. Taking place on the grounds of the historic bluestone church, St Pauls Anglican Church. Kyneton Market is a stalwart attraction for the Macedon ranges. The market boasts artisan products, local produce and a maker’s market, with unique and hand-crafted items. This event is free to enter and dog friendly! So, you can bring the whole family. 

  1. Gisborne Olde Time Market 

Gisborne olde time market showcases everything the Macedon Ranges has to offer, with fresh seasonal produce, local products and wine. Not to mention the huge array of handmade arts and crafts, clothing, jewellery and much more. The family friendly event includes a huge variety of food vendors and free entertainment for kids.  

Find out more 

The Embracia Childcare and Kindergarten centre open date just around the corner- we are so excited to be a part of the thriving community of Kyneton and wider initiatives in the shire. We look forward to attending upcoming events and meeting with more families and locals. And encourage everyone to check out the festival that will run until the end of April. There are also several competitions taking place – you and the family can enjoy some freebies if you win. Find the full program and more information on the festival here