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Bright’s calendar is packed with festivals and events all year round. From its famous Autumn and Spring festivals to regular weekend markets, this is Bright at its very best.

Bright is beautiful all year round but it’s most spectacular during one of its festivals. Most months of the year are packed with festivals which range from cycling races to food, wine and music festivals. If you can arrange your Bright holiday to coincide with one of these festivals, you’ll be in for a treat.

Seasonal festivals

Head over to Bright during the months of October and November for the Bright Spring Festival or in April for the Bright Autumn Festival. These two popular festivals celebrate all things bright and beautiful.

Cycling events

Bright is a mecca for cycling trails which come alive in Spring and Summer when the popular cycling races and festivals come to town. For both cycling experts and social riders there are plenty of road cycling races and mountain biking events to choose from. Bright’s cycling festivals make for a great weekend holiday for riders, support crew and their families alike.

Food & wine festivals

With oodles of good local produce and fine wine being grown on its doorsteps, it’s not surprising that many of Bright’s best festivals are centred around food and wine accompanied by music. The Wandiligong Nut Festival and the Harvest ‘n’ Graze are a couple of examples of what’s on offer.

Regular events

Bright also has a regular Sunday market held every third Saturday of the month. Make it, Bake it, Grow it is a produce market selling fresh local and regional produce. Bring a picnic rug or chair and enjoy the delicious fare on offer.

9 January, 2016

Australia’s Biggest Duck Race, Bright

Up to 1,000 numbered plastic ducks are raced across Morses Creek, Centenary Park.

16 January, 2016

Fiesta in the Park, Bright 

A celebration of the Alpine Valley winemakers, brewers & food producers.

23 – 24 January, 2016

Bonjour, Bright

French festival with open air films, live music, food and wine.

24 January, 2016

Audax Alpine Classic, Bright

Covering 320km of terrain and climbing 5,500m, this is Australia’s toughest single day ride.

12-14 February, 2016

Adventure Travel Film Festival, Bright 

Adventure films from local and international filmmakers.

15 February, 2016

Bicycle Superstore Gravity 12 Hour Mountain Bike Enduro, Bright 

12-hour endurance mountain bike race.

20-27 February, 2016

Bright Paragliding Open

8-day cross country paragliding competition based around the Bright Mystic Flight Park.

12-13 March, 2016

Brighter Days

A fun charity bike and car rally, starting in Whittlesea, travelling through Mansfield and Myrtleford and finishing in Bright.

April, 2016

Bright Fun Run

Major fundraiser for Bright P-12 College with a 2km, 5km, 10km & 21km half marathon as well as 7.8km & 14km trail runs.

22 April – 1 May, 2016

Bright Autumn Festival

Celebrating the start of Autumn, the two week festival features brass and highland bands, street stalls, art and craft exhibitions, and local tours.

23 April, 2016

Wandiligong Nut Festival

Cooking demos by leading chefs, tastings and markets featuring locally grown walnuts, chestnuts, hazelnuts and pecans.

30 April, 2016

Bright Autumn Festival Gala Day

The highlight of the two week Bright Autumn Festival with monster market, bands and entertainment in the morning, the grand parade in the afternoon followed by the RAAF concert in the park.

16-17 May, 2015
(no event in 2016)

Bright Rockabily Festival

A music festival featuring some of Bright’s greatest rockabilly bands.

13-22 May, 2016

High Country Harvest, Bright & Surrounds

A 10 day celebration of food, wine and beer in the spectacular High Country.

11-12 October, 2014
(no event in 2015)

Bright High Country Endurance Ride 

Bright & District Pony Club’s major fundraiser, the event includes a 15km social ride, 40km training ride and an 80km race.

17 October – 3 November, 2015

Bright Spring Festival 

Celebrating the beginning of Spring, the festival hosts special food programs including a Spring Festival Feast cooked by renowned local chefs, pasta making class and beer brewing.

October – November, 2015

Cycle Salute, Bright & Surrounds

50+ cycle based events plus food, wine and fun activities over 3 weeks across Bright and the High Country.

30 October – 2 November, 2015

Bright 4 Peaks Alpine Climb

Run or walk the designated tracks to the top of Mystic Hill, Mount Feathertop, Mount Hotham and/ or Mount Buffalo within the set time limits.

28 October, 2015

Harvest ‘n’ Graze, Bright 

A family friendly festival comprising of food, music and wine.

31 October – 1 November, 2015

Bright Oktoberfest

Part of the Bright Spring Festival celebrations, the event emulates the original Oktoberfest of Germany, with traditional Oktoberfest beers.

6-8 November, 2015

Bright’s Iconic Rod Run

A popular hot rods car festival featuring Street Rods, Classic and Custom vehicles.

14-15 November, 2015

Thule 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race, Bright 

A 24-hour mountain bike race catering for everyone; from the elite solo rider to the teams of 6 who are entering for a bit of fun.

29 November, 2015

Alpine Delight, Bright 

A challenging cycling event for experienced cyclists with a “delightful” route thorough the beautiful and scenic alpine region.

November, 2015

Bright Mountain Bike Festival

The festival is full of events for both serious racers and non-serious riders alike, with cross country, gravity enduro and downhill events.

4-6 December, 2015

Tour of Bright 

A 3 day, 3 stage road cycling race, consisting of a Time Trial and 2 road stages.

19 December, 2015

Carols by Candlelight, Bright 

Celebrate Christmas with family and friend by enjoying some carols by candlelight in Bright’s Howitt Park.

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