Ararat Community Events
- Ararat Farmers Market: A weekly event that happens every Sunday morning at the Alexandra Oval Precinct, where local farmers, producers, and makers sell fresh produce and handmade goods.
- Ararat Musical Comedy Society productions: A local theater group that puts on several shows a year, from musicals to plays, at the Ararat Performing Arts Centre.
- Goldrush Film Festival: An annual film festival that celebrates Australian cinema and showcases international films. The festival is held at the Odeon Cinema and Ararat Performing Arts Centre.
- Ararat Show: A traditional agricultural show that has been held for over 140 years. The show features animal competitions, rides, entertainment, and food stalls, and is held in late October at the Ararat Showgrounds.
- Ararat Street Art Festival: A celebration of street art and graffiti that happens every two years, where artists from around the world come to paint murals and create installations around the city.
- Ararat Legacy Market: A community market held twice a year that raises money for the local Legacy branch, which supports the families of veterans. The market features crafts, baked goods, and second-hand items.
- Stawell Gift: A world-famous foot race held annually on Easter weekend at the nearby town of Stawell. The event attracts athletes from around Australia and the world, and includes a range of other events such as carnival rides, food stalls, and music.