What’s on Melbourne

What's on Melbourne

Melbourne’s event calendar is jam-packed all year round. The different seasons bring different events, so no matter what time of year you come to Melbourne, there will always be something unique and exciting happening. If you’re looking at what’s on, the upcoming events calendar includes plenty of options including multicultural festivals, parades, sporting tournaments and cultural events.

So whether you love sports or indulging in something a little different, Melbourne offers every type of event for its millions of visitors each year.

Whats On Melbourne This Weekend & Upcoming Events Calendar

Australians love watching sport and every year, the city celebrates many major sporting including the famous Australian Open, international cricket matches, the Spring Racing Carnival and the Formula One Grand Prix. The city has a number of excellent cricket and football grounds, stadiums and indoor stadiums.

Melbourne also hosts a range of festivals including food and wine festivals, music festivals and cultural and heritage festivals. Visitors, locals and culinary experts from all over the world come here to participate in the Melbourne Food and Wine festival. This popular event features award-winning vintages from some of Australia’s major wine regions.

Music lovers will be happy to know that Melbourne offers a wide choice of theatre shows, concerts and outdoor entertainment. Every year, the city celebrates the Jazz and Blues festival, the Harvest Picnic at Hanging Rock as well as country music festivals and live concerts.

If you’re wondering what’s on this weekend, just head into the city and you are sure to find a local community event, blockbuster theatre shows, art exhibit or live music concert. The event calendar changes weekly, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Fed Square

Fed Square Live

Federation Square in Melbourne is a hub for a lot of local activities because of its huge central square, many cafes & restaurants, as well as the accessibility to public transport...

Christmas Festival

Each year, the City of Melbourne hosts a free month long festival in the Melbourne CBD known as the Christmas Festival which brings a little bit of magic to Melbourne for the Christmas...

The Art of Banksy

Inspired by the streets of London, The Art of Banksy will take visitors on an artistic adventure, exploring the mind of Banksy and his satirical street art. Hosted in the heart of the...

Royal Exhibition Building

The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market is a huge 3 day design expo which brings customers over 230 stalls of homewares, fashion, furniture and kids products. Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton...

Santa’s Break-Down Under

Get your cork-string Santa hats ready for the most thrilling family circus show to hit Melbourne – Santa’s Break-Down Under! Under the starry night sky, joined by acrobats and...

Carols By Candlelight

If you are in Melbourne around Christmas time, don’t miss the most popular Christmas event known as Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight. This huge event is a massive Christmas...

Christmas Day

Christmas Day is celebrated on the 25th of December and is celebrated all over the world. Christmas in Melbourne is a public holiday and is therefore a wonderful time to stop, reflect and...

Boxing Day

Boxing Day is a massive public holiday in Australia and the best thing about being in Melbourne is that there are so many options for how to spend your day. From sporting events, cinema...

Boxing Day Test

Australia’s annual sports calendar is not just confined to the AFL Grand Final and Australian Open. It also includes motor racing events, marathons and international cricket matches...

New Years Eve

There are only a few events that are celebrated worldwide, with New Year’s being celebrated in every corner of the earth. Whether it’s the fireworks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge or...

New Years Day

New Years Day falls on the 1st of January each year, in the height of the Australian summer. It has been designated as a public holiday which allows many people to have a relaxing day off...

Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon, the 9 time Tony Award Winning Musical, is now coming to Melbourne for a huge Summer / Autumn season in 2017. Showing at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne, The Book of...

Latin Summer Festival

Latin Summer Festival

Every year, the citizens of Melbourne celebrate the Latin Summer Festival. This is a free event that welcomes the Latin communities and Australians to get together and enjoy the Latin...

Midsumma-Festival

Midsumma Festival

Melbourne’s annual celebration of gay and lesbian culture and art is also known as the Midsumma festival. It is the largest cultural festival of its type, celebrated in the city since...

Australian Open

Melbourne’s extensive list of sporting events also includes one of the four major tennis world Grand Slams – the Australian Open. In January every year, Melbourne hosts this tennis...

Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo

The Melbourne Bridal and Honeymoon Expo is a popular exhibition held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre which offers information on everything you will need to plan your...

Australia Day

Australia Day

One of the largest celebrations held throughout the country year after year is Australia Day. Celebrated on January 26th, Australia day is a public holiday that honours the arrival of the...

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival

What started as a tiny indi music event in the laneways of Melbourne, St Jerome’s Laneway Festival has now become one of the most loved music festivals in Australia. The Laneway...

Chinese New Year

As there is a large community of Chinese-Australians living in Victoria, Melbournians love celebrating Chinese New Year year after year. 2017 is the year of the Rooster. Although this...

Herald Sun Tour

The Herald Sun Tour is a professional race for cyclists and the oldest of its kind in Australia. As one of the most popular sporting events in Melbourne, the tour is an integral part of...

Sustainable Living Festival

The Sustainable Living Festival runs for 3 weeks and promotes solutions to global warming by promoting sustainable living practices. Started in 1998, the festival attracts over 150,000...

Tet Lunar New Year Festival

Come and join in the festivities of the 2017 Tet Lunar New Year Festival, now held at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Hosted by the Vietnamese Community in Victoria, over 40,000 visitors have...

St. Kilda Festival

St Kilda Festival

St. Kilda Festival is a nine-day event held in Melbourne and whose culmination is a summer-style celebration of arts and music along the gorgeous St. Kilda foreshore. Part and parcel of...

Go Festival

Go Festival

Every year, there is fabulous festival held especially for women in March, known as the “Girls Only”, or the “GO” Festival. This festival welcomes women of all ages to come...

White Night

White Night

One of Australia’s most invigorating and popular cultural events, White Night is celebrated in Melbourne and brings the city to life in an amazing way. At the core of the event is a...

Antipodes Festival

Lonsdale Street Festival

For the Greek Community living in Australia, the Lonsdale Street Festival (formerly Antipodes Festival) is a must-attend event that celebrates the rich culture and food of Greece. The...

Australian International Airshow

The Australian International Airshow, also known as Avalon Airshow, is the biggest airshow in the southern hemisphere, attracting visitors from all over the world. Held every two years, the...

Sydney Road Street Party

The Sydney Road Street Party is a cultural festival and one of the largest street-based festivals in Melbourne which will be held on the 5th of March 2017. Held as part of the Brunswick...

Moomba Festival

Melbournians come together every year to share, cheer and spread the festive spirit for the Moomba Festival. After all, Moomba has been celebrated in Melbourne for over half a century, and...

Labour Day

Labour Day is a public holiday in Victoria which will next be observed on Monday the 13th of March 2017. Labour Day is observed to reflect on the social and political movement in the...

Irish Festival

Irish Festival

The Irish Festival is one of the most popular Irish events in Australia, gathering both locals and foreigners together to celebrate their Irish roots in a day of family fun. Held on the...

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Melbourne has been hosting the famous Queer Film Festival since 1991; making it one of the oldest queer film festivals in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere. This film...

Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival

Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival

Every year, the citizens of Melbourne celebrate a number of multicultural festivals around the city; including the ever popular Chinese New Year, the Summer Latin Festival and the Viva...

Australian Grand Prix

THE NEW DATES OF THE GRAND PRIX HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED AS 23-26 MARCH 2017 To book your accommodation, click here to visit booking.com for the lowest prices. To book your flights, click...

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

If you love stand-up comedy or just like to laugh, come to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to witness the largest comedy festival in Australia and the third-largest festival in...

Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Coffee paradise beckons visitors to sample, savour and appreciate coffee at Australia’s most spirited event, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. Held at the royal pavilion within...

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Experience an amazing culinary journey, diverse cuisines and contemporary fusion food culture at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. This decade old celebration is one of the best...

Run for the Kids

Herald Sun / Citylink Run For The Kids

The Herald Sun / CityLink Run for the Kids is one of the great local events in Melbourne aimed at fundraising for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. Participants can choose...

Good Friday

Good Friday kicks off the Australian Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Friday the 14th of April 2017. Good Friday is a public holiday which is observed with almost all shops...

Bells Beach Surfing Classic

Bells Beach Surfing Classic

The Bells Beach Surfing Classic held annually in Victoria and is a professional surfing competition that attracts visitors to Bells Beach every Easter. Commonly known as the “Rip Curl...

Easter Saturday

Easter Saturday is part of the Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Saturday the 15th of April 2017. Easter Saturday follows Good Friday and occurs as part of a Christian...

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is part of the Easter celebrations and will next be observed on Sunday the 16th of April 2017. Easter Sunday is the biggest day of this four holiday weekend as it is a public...

Sightseeing

Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a public holiday in Australia and will next be observed on Monday the 17th of April 2017. Easter Monday follows Easter Sunday which is a Christian festival which, according...

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

HIA Home Show

The HIA Home Show is a large exhibition relating to all things home and garden held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The HIA Home Show will introduce patrons to the best...

Melbourne Home Show

The Melbourne Home Show is perhaps one of the best exhibitions for home owners and new home buyers in the country. Whether your plan is to build, renovate or do a bit of home improvements...

Shrine of Remembrance

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is an important special community event celebrated all over Australia on April 25. On this date, millions of Australia commemorate the anniversary of the first significant...

Fitness & Health Expo

The Melbourne Fitness & Health Expo is on again in 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Come down and discover the latest information on health, fitness and overall...

Fed Square

Melbourne Knowledge Week

A vibrant nightlife, diverse restaurant scene and a myriad of cultural attractions are not the only things for you to explore when your arrive in Melbourne. The Melbourne Knowledge Week is...

Royal Exhibition Building

Dog Lovers Show

The Dog Lovers Show is a huge exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens that celebrates all the best things about being a dog owner in Australia. There are so many...

Good Beer Week

Fancy a cold beer the Australian way? Make plans to attend the renowned Good Beer Week, an event that aims to promote and encourage the appreciation of Good Beer to a wider audience. The...

Albert Park

Queen’s Birthday

Australian’s celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with a public holiday (and long weekend) on Monday the 12th of June 2017. Even though there will be limited trading hours for some shops...

Fed Square

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The week-long Melbourne International Jazz Festival week features an excellent line-up with more than 100 unique jazz performances by top artists and performers. Popular venues like the...

Lights in Winter Festival

The Light in Winter Festival

With the popular Light in Winter Festival held in June each year, visitors to Melbourne during the winter months can enjoy this fantastic evening event in Melbourne’s cool winter. The...

Good Food Wine Festival

Good Food & Wine Festival

Experience a journey of good food and wine at Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed Good Food and Wine Festival. Sommeliers, winemakers and chefs from all over Australia come here to...

Batman Market

Winter Nights at the Batman Market

The Batman Markets are ready to launch their new program, Winter Nights. Think freshly cooked street food as well as the hottest performers, artisans and artists. Here, you will find a...

Melbourne International Singers Festival

The Melbourne International Singers Festival is celebrated amid public festivities and features world-class singing, performances and an array of outstanding vocal and musical workshops...

Mind Body And Soul Festival

Mind, Body And Spirit Festival

The Mind, Body and Spirit Festival is one of the few festivals celebrated in Australia that solely focuses on health, wellness and natural therapies. The festival welcomes more than 200...

Melbourne Boat Show

The Melbourne Boat Show is is the largest event for the local marine industry, with thousands of exhibitors gathering in the city to display their latest products and services every...

Williamstown Literary Festival

Williamstown Literary Festival

The Williamstown Literary Festival (aka the Willy Lit Fest) is an event which brings together readers and writers for one of the biggest literary festivals in Victoria. The festival runs...

Your Perfect Day

Your Perfect Day is a popular bridal exhibition held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre which offers information on everything you will need to plan your wedding. As one of...

Melbourne Magic Festival

The Melbourne Magic Festival is one of a kind in Australia, and is easily regarded as the ultimate winter festival in Melbourne. Founded in 2008 by the Australian Institute of Magic, the...

Meguiars MotorEx

Meguiars MotorEx has stepped up a level with a massive expansion to account for the overwhelming support shown at the first Melbourne event in 2014. This year, a pavilion has been added and...

Run Melbourne

Run Melbourne (formerly “The Age Run Melbourne”) is a great running event that encourages participants of all ages to come forward and showcase their athletic skills...

Melbourne International Film Festival

The Melbourne International Film Festival is one of the oldest events in Melbourne and held over three weeks around July and August every year. Founded in 1952, the film festival is one of...

Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne is a free event that offers a chance to explore the city’s most historic and significant buildings, religious structures and architectural monuments. The best part is...

SpotJobs Career Expo

The SpotJobs Career Expo is the largest and most comprehensive careers event in Australia. The event showcases career opportunities from large employers, trades to higher education in an...

Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

The Melbourne Writers Festival is another cultural event catering for writers and readers; that includes a diverse schedule of educational programs, workshops, interactive sessions and...

Melbourne Day

Melbourne Day is an annual celebration which marks the founding of the great city of Melbourne on the 30th of August 1835. Each year, there are a number of fun FREE events held throughout...

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

Fashion models, designers and retailers gather in Melbourne every September to celebrate Spring Fashion Week. This event is one of a kind and includes runway shows, fashion parades...

Melbourne Underground Film Festival

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) is an independent festival which shows films in venues around Melbourne from new and upcoming filmmakers. The MUFF has been running since the...

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival

The residents of Melbourne come together every September to celebrate the famous Melbourne Fringe Festival. This unique event welcomes more than 3400 independent artists to participate and...

Royal Melbourne Show

Royal Melbourne Show

Taking place over the September school holidays, the Royal Melbourne Show is celebrated over 11 wonderful days and includes everything from exciting rides and family entertainment to arts...

Global March for Elephants, Rhino &...

Each year, hundreds of wildlife advocates will be gathering at Melbourne’s Alexandra Gardens to march in support of lions, elephants and rhinos, along with thousands of people around...

AFL Grand Final

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WESTERN BULLDOGS – 2016 PREMIERS! Sydney Swans 10.7.67 Western Bulldogs 13.11.89 Just like the many other sporting events, the Grand Final has become an...

Seniors Week

Victorian Seniors Festival

The Victorian Seniors Festival is an event to honour seniors in Victoria – held in October every year at various locations around the Melbourne CBD. This week-long festival includes...

Melbourne International Festival of the Arts

Melbourne Festival

Anytime you visit Melbourne, you can be sure to catch a festival or two and if visiting in October, visitors will get to enjoy the Melbourne Festival. The Melbourne Festival represents...