2017 Program

Download the full 2017 Daffodil and Arts Program HERE 

You will also find additional information about the events and how you can get involved below. 


FESTIVAL OPENING Thurs Aug 31, 7.30pm Kyneton Mechanics Institute, Mollison St

Gala Event – Daffodil Art Prize, Art Photography Prize and Rotary Youth Art Awards along with Shop Window Awards. Refreshments by the Malmsbury Village Fayre.


Kyneton Antique & Vintage Fair Fri Sept 1, 5-8pm, Sat Sept 2, 10-5pm Sun Sept 3, 10-4pm Town Hall, Mollison St

Historic Kyneton Town Hall is again being transformed into an Antique and Vintage heaven for 3 days on the first weekend in September.  Light lunches provided by Kyneton Rotary Club.


Men’s Breakfast Sat Sept 2, 7.30am Baptist Church, 43 Ebden St

Famous annual Festival breakfast with Guest Speaker Anthony Boots.  Anthony is a truckie with an extraordinary life story. All men welcome.


Springtime Daffodil Display Sept 2-10, 9-4pm Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 53 Ebden St

Delightful exhibitions of daffodil and other flower arrangements presented by the local community.


‘Delicious Daffodil Devonshire Delicacies’ Sat Sept 2, 10-3pm St Mary’s Hall, 24 Hutton St

Devonshire Tea & more conducted by the Combined Parishes Asylum Seekers Support Group. Craft & cake stall.


Ferret Racing Sat Sept 2, 10.30am Mechanics Reserve, Mollison St

Join local ferret owners and the Vic Ferret Assoc at this popular event.  It features the Daffodil Festival Sprint, the Ferret Racing Challenge Shield, trophies, a novelty course and a prize for working ferrets sponsored by local individuals and businesses. Entries Eric Scoble 5422 6454.


Whole town Scarecrow Competition Sat Sept 2, 9.30am-3.30pm in Mechanics Reserve, and all over town throughout the Festival

See the scarecrows in the Reserve, in shops, gardens and public places. Vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice competition. Pick up a map from the Information Centres and make your selection.  Prizes for best scarecrows will be awarded following the Parade on Sept 10.


Friends of Macedon Ranges Libraries Second-hand Bookstall Sat Sept 2, 9.30-12.30pm, outside Library Kyneton Mechanics Reserve

Second-hand bookstall to help raise funds for special events, prizes and equipment for the Macedon Ranges libraries. A great chance to pick up a bargain.


Children’s Craft at Aesop’s Attic Sat Sept 2, 10-11am  70 High St

Children’s craft sessions in the courtyard at Aesop’s Attic. This is a free activity however an adult must remain with the children. Please be aware that these are outside events and cannot proceed should it rain.

Buskers in the Streets Sat Sept 2, 10-1pm

Visit High, Mollison and Piper Streets to shop and hear Buskers perform for cash prizes sponsored by Business Kyneton (KDBATA).  Take in daffodil and window displays and sample great food and coffee.

Kyneton Spring Flower Show Sat Sept 2, 1-5pm & Sun Sept 2, 10-4.30pm Watts Pavilion, Mollison St

In its 124th year Kyneton Horticultural Society is once again hosting its annual Spring Flower Show.   It features many varieties of daffodils, cut flowers, pot plants, floral art and a children’s creative section.

Official Opening by Festival King & Queen with presentations on Sat 3pm, and presentations with announcement of Festival home garden winners. Plant sales and afternoon teas provided.


Open House at Kyneton Historical Society Sats Sept 2 & 9, 10-3pm 75 Piper St

Kyneton Historical Society will be open both Saturdays for research, photography display and there will be pre-loved items for sale and a book trolley for your selection. “Come and see what we do.”


Kyneton Dog Dash Sun Sept 3, registration 1pm, racing 2pm Kyneton Velodrome, 15 Mollison St

Dogs of all kinds will race for cash prizes and bragging rights. This exciting new time trial event is for dogs of all shapes and sizes.  The fastest dog in each category earns the title of ‘Fastest Dog in Town’. Sponsored by Hendersons the Gas People.


Carlsruhe Fire Brigade Wine & Food Festival Sun Sept 3, 11-4pm Degraves Mill, 688 Cobb & Co Rd, Carlsruhe

Local wine, beer and food producers and a range of craft, woodworking and variety stalls. Embrace Art Studio and other artists on display inside, belly dancers & local musicians will also entertain. Brigade members available with fire safety info & lots of activities for children include face painting, jumping castle and a special appearance by Captain Koala.


Kyneton Farmers’ Market Sat Sept 9, 8.30-1pm St Paul’s Park, Piper St

A vibrant market showcasing a great selection of central Victorian produce.


Kyneton Makers’ Market Sat Sept 9, 8.30-1pm Upper St Paul’s Park, Piper St

Arts and Crafts for sale at this market at St Paul’s Church  overlooking the Farmer’s Market in St Paul’s Park, Piper St.


Kyneton Community Market Sat Sept 9, 8.30-1pm outside Duck Duck Goose & Larder, 21 Piper St

Market with handmade items, food, plants, new and vintage clothing and a range of variety stalls.


Author & Children’s event Barry Dickins at Aesops’s Attic Sat Sept 9, 10am 70 High St

Guest author is Barry Dickins and the children’s activity will be based on Barry’s book ‘Barry and the Fairies of Miller Street’. Even if it rains we will be inside and the craft and art activities will follow Barry’s reading of his book.

Barry Dickins at Aesop’s Attic Sat Sept 9, 2pm, 70 High St

Barry Dickins in Kyneton again will speak about and sign his book ‘Last Words: the Hanging of Ronald Ryan’.


CWA Craft Market & Café Sat Sept 9 & Sun 10, 10-4pm Masonic Hall, Yaldwyn St West

Come and experience the CWA culinary legend for yourself at the cafe and craft market. Also features cakes, crafts, books and trash and treasure for sale.  Admission free.


Books & Bites Sat Sept 9, 9-3.30pm Kyneton Uniting Church Hall, Ebden St

Books for sale; a wide variety of books to suit every taste.  Books for all age groups from toddlers picture books to senior classical tomes and wonderful coffee table treasures.  All books in good condition, clean and well priced. Enjoy a delicious slice with tea or coffee as you browse.


Kyneton Daffodil Old Time Ball Sat Sept 9, 8-1am, Kyneton Town Hall, Mollison St

Dance the night away at the Kyneton Town Hall on the second Saturday of the Festival. Sashes and Beau of the Ball awarded.  Delicious supper sponsored by Country Cob Bakery. Great music. Cost only $18 per person.


Super Sunday Savings Sale Sun Sept 10, 9-4pm, Uniting Church Op Shop, 22 Market St

An open day at the Op Shop.  Sale, giveaways – coffee, and much more.


Festival Grand Parade & Fair Sun Sept 10, 12.30pm, Mollison St

Starts Mollison Street at Showgrounds finishing at Simpson Street.  Spectacular costumes, floats, vintage vehicles, stilt walkers, bands and dancers. After the Parade join the street party in High Street and at the Family Fair with activities in the Mechanics precinct. Some rides will commence at 11.45am. Visit Farmer Darryl and his popular Mobile Animal Farm outside the Mechanics Institute.




Kyneton’s Festival of One Act Plays Fri 1 Sept, 7pm, Sat 2 Sept, 1pm & 7pm, Sun 3 Sept, 1pm Bluestone Theatre, 28 Hutton St

This Festival features One Act Plays including Youth One Act Plays. Performances are by players from local theatre companies as well as companies from around Victoria. Sessions commence with a Gala Night Fri, with two Saturday sessions (afternoon and evening) and one Sunday session ending with awards presentation.  Book your tickets here or some will be available at the door.


Combined Schools Beat Concert Thur Sept 7, 12 – 2pm Kyneton Town Hall, Mollison St

Performing Arts extravaganza presented by public, Catholic and private schools of the Macedon Ranges celebrating youth performing arts in the region.


‘Music in the Park’ Fri Sept 8, 12.30-1pm Mechanics Reserve, Mollison St

A celebration of life through music with Kyneton Primary School.


Organ Recital with Rhys Boak at St Paul’s Sat Sept 9, 2.30pm St Paul’s Church, Yaldwyn St West

Rhys Boak, Organist at St Michael’s Independent Church, Collins St will give a recital at historic St Paul’s Church.


Pollyphonics Choir Cabaret Show  Sat Sept 9, 7.30pm for 8pm Bluestone Theatre 28 Hutton St

The much awaited Pollyphonics Choir cabaret night to shake the winter from your bones with full harmonies to warm the soul. Optional cheese platters avail. for two $20 or BYO nibbles. Drinks available at bar. Bookings www.trybookings.com/RAYX


‘ABBAsolutely Fabulous’ with Rhonda Burchmore OAM & Lara Mulcahy  Fri Sept 8, 8pm Kyneton Town Hall, Mollison St

Catch Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy live, for an outrageously funny romp through ABBA’s smash-hits – this is unlike any ABBA show you’ve seen before.  Purchase tickets at Macedon Ranges Service Centres or online kthtickets@mrsc.vic.gov.au


Traditional Highland Dancing Competitions, Sun Sept 10, 1.15pm St Mary’s Hall, Hutton St

See traditional highland dancing. Dances include Highland Fling, Sword dance and many more. Age groups performing will be from under 7 years to adults.


‘Daffodil Parade After-Party’ at Major Tom’s Sun Sept 10, 2pm 57 Piper St

Food with free live music. Contact Major Tom’s 5422 6395.


Resonance String Orchestra presents ‘Soundscapes of our lives’ Sun Sept 10, 3pm Mary Moloney Theatre, Sacred Heart College High St

Resonance String Orchestra looks at the community around them and the role of music in people’s lives. The performance explores music in film from 1940s to the present.


Showcase ‘The Goldfields Girl’ Sun Sept 10, 5pm Bluestone Theatre, 28 Hutton St

Concert performance of songs from a new musical theatre show ‘The Goldfields Girl’ by Geoffrey O’Connell about a corrupt judge, an innocent woman, love destroyed and the miners’ fight on the Victorian Goldfields.



Daffodil Art Prize Exhibition Gala Opening and Awards Presentations Thurs Aug 31, 7.30pm then Daily 10-4pm Kyneton Mechanics Institute, 81 Mollison St

Competition and Exhibition of artwork containing daffodils, continues to surprise with the variety of presentations of this iconic flower. Festival Information & Trail Maps available at this venue.


Rotary Youth Art Awards Exhibition Opening Thurs Aug 31, 7.30pm then Daily 10-4pm Kyneton Mechanics Institute, 81 Mollison St

Imaginative works by young artists aged 16-25 from the local region.  Prizes awarded at Opening.


Art Photography Prize Exhibition and Sale Thurs Aug 31, 7.30pm then Daily 10-4pm Kyneton Mechanics Institute, 81 Mollison St

This year’s subject is ‘Portrait of Friends’ and could include a photograph of one or more people – or even ‘furry friends’.  An opportunity for entrants to hone their portrait skills.


‘Unfinished’ Aug 31-Sept 10, Daily 10am-4.30pm Trio Art Studio & Gallery, 98 Trio Rd

Exhibition of Metal Sculptures, water colour paintings and drawings by Maxine McKee and Chris Flenley.


‘Patto and Louise’ Exhibition Daily Aug 31-Sept 10, 9-5pm weekdays 10-4pm weekends, Main Gallery, The Old Auction House,  52-26 Mollison St

Student and Teacher, Peter Patterson and Louise Otten, have created acrylic works in a combined exhibition which features 2 and 3 dimensional works – including works on mannequins and on tin sheets reclaimed from a bushfire. Ongoing to 18th Sept.


‘Blooming Glass’ Studio Exhibition by Leadlight by Ettore Daily Aug 31-Sept 10, 9-5pm weekdays 10-4pm weekends, Studio Gallery, The Old Auction House,  52-26 Mollison St

Glass arts studio Leadlight By Ettore celebrates glass and spring with a colourful display of flora and fauna. Ongoing to 18th Sept.


‘World to the Unseen’ Exhibition Sept 1-3, Fri 10.30-5.30pm Sat & Sun 10-5pm Stockroom Gallery, 98 Piper St

Don’t miss final days of this exhibition of works by Lionel Bawden, Marion Borgelt, Hossein Valmanesh, Angela Valmanesh and Monica Tichacek.


Life Drawing Exhibition Sept 1- 3 & 8-10, 11-4pm now at Maiaveda,  Upstairs at the Mill, Shop 5, 18 Piper Street

Exhibition of life drawings by Kyneton and surrounding groups with a possible life drawing class during the day (models in Kimonos or costumes) showcasing life drawing groups and works of class members.  Sponsored by Marcus Roberts Architect.


Mosaic and Ceramic Exhibition from Sept 1, Daily 10-4pm 60 Dettmanns Ln

Outdoors and in the studio featuring work by local and interstate artists. Located in the Dettmanns Lane Open Garden.


’‘The Magic of Nature’ Margaret Chandra’s Photography Exhibition Sept 1-3 & Sept 7-10, 11-4pm Gallery 40, 9 Piper St

‘The Magic of Nature’ Margaret Chandra’s photography exhibition, contrasts a richness of images from flowers and wild life to natural gorges. Also personally made cards, glass jewellery and objects on display.


Peter Butterworth’s Bald Hill Sculpture Garden Studio & Gallery, Sept 2 & 3, and Sept 9 & 10, 10-4pm 145 Bald Hill Rd

Visit local artist and sculptor Peter Butterworth’s Sculpture Garden Studio and Gallery during the Festival. Check map for location.


Daniel Butterworth Figurative Artist’s Studio Sun Sept 3 & Sat Sept 9, 10-4pm 53 Hill Dr

Daniel Butterworth is a figurative artist who predominantly paints self portraits.  Daniel’s work featuring identity Annie Smithers was last year short listed for the Archibald Prize.


Handweavers & Spinners Exhibition & Sale Sat Sept 2, 11.30-1.30pm Kyneton Red Brick Hall, Yaldwyn St West

Exhibition and sale of handcrafted accessories made by members of enduring artisan group Kyneton Handweavers & Spinners.  This group will also have a stall for exhibition and sale of handcrafted items at the CWA Craft Market & Café at the Masonic Hall, Yaldwyn St West on Sat and Sun 9 and 10, 10-4pm.


Kyneton Art Group Art and Craft Show, opens Fri Sept 8, 7.30pm Sat & Sun 9 & 10, 10-4pm St Paul’s Church Hall, Yaldwyn St West

Kyneton Art Group’s Annual Exhibition with Moonshine Pottery, in its new venue on the final weekend of the Festival.  All works for sale.


‘Remote Drawings’ Opening of Cameron Robbins  Exhibition, Sat Sept 9, 4.30pm Sun 10-5pm Stockroom Gallery, 98 Piper St

Opening of solo exhibition across three gallery spaces featuring sculpture works by Cameron Robbins who has recently exhibited at the MONA Gallery in Tasmania.  For the launch Cameron Robbins, along with fellow musicians, will perform improvised music in response to the sculptures. Free – all welcome. Exhibition will be ongoing – Stockroom open 10.30-5.30pm Thursday-Monday weekdays , 10-5pm weekends. 

Works of Art Visual Arts Gallery, open from Wed to Sun 10-5pm with many artists exhibiting and selling their diverse range of artwork, 176 Mollison St

Colours of White Collection Tuesdays to Sundays, 10.30-5pm 38 Piper St

Handmade Persian Rugs at the Persian Room Sats & Suns, 11-4pm 54 Piper St

Etchings & Works on Paper Exhibition Lauriston Press Thurs to Mon, 10-5pm, 37B Piper St

Abstract Landscapes at John Lloyd Gallery Sats, Suns, 10-4pm 48 Piper St

Local Artists Exhibition Framesmiths daily 10-5.30pm 24 High Street

the golden dog gallery  Gallery, Shop & Commissions Fri Sept 8 & Sat & Sun Sept 9, 10-4pm 11 High St