THE 150th Bendigo Easter Festival will become a four-day event in a one-off change to celebrate the history of the local tradition.

Council this week announced it had endorsed a four-day festival for the 2020 edition of the event.

Next year’s festival will remain a three-day event, as has been the case for the past nine years.

Prior to 2008, the festival ran over four days.

The change means the showpiece event of the festival, the gala parade, will be held on a Monday, instead of Easter Sunday.

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said council, along with with the Bendigo Easter Festival Reference Group, believed that the occasion warranted an extra day of celebrations.

“Bendigo Easter Festival is Australia’s longest ongoing community festival and is one of our most iconic and loved events,” Cr O’Rourke said.

“To recognise the significance of the 150th anniversary we thought it was fitting to extend the celebrations and entertainment for residents and visitors alike.”

Council estimates the festival attracts approximately 80,000 people each year.

The 2019 festival will be held from April 19-21.