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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.

What’s On Melbourne This Weekend & Upcoming 2022/2023 Events Calendar




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.

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!



Good Beer Week

Good Beer Week

Various venues , Melbourne, VIC
20 May 2022 to 28 May 2022

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 nine-day long event was designed...

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Good Food & Wine Festival

Good Food & Wine Festival

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
03 June 2022 to 05 June 2022

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

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Melbourne Cat Lovers Show

Melbourne Cat Lovers Show

Melbourne Convention & Exhibiton Centre, South Wharf, VIC
04 June 2022 to 05 June 2022

The hotly anticipated Cat Lovers Show returns to Melbourne again at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibiton Centre on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th June, 2022. The Show is a veritable feline festival; containing...

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Mind, Body And Spirit Festival

Mind, Body And Spirit Festival

Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank, VIC
10 June 2022 to 13 June 2022

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

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Melbourne International Singers Festival

Melbourne International Singers Festival

The Dock, Docklands, VIC
TBA - June 2022

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 – held every June and...

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Melbourne Celtic Festival

Melbourne Celtic Festival

Mission to Seafarers, Docklands, VIC
10 June 2022 to 13 June 2022

Melbourne’s historic Mission to Seafarers complex will burst to life with live Celtic rock and traditional music. Melbourne Celtic Festival is a family-friendly event, with all ticket proceeds (every cent) will be...

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Queens Birthday

Queens Birthday

All The State, Melbourne, VIC
13 June 2022

Australian’s celebrate the Queen’s Birthday with a public holiday (and long weekend) on Monday the 13th of June 2022. Even though there will be limited trading hours for some shops and businesses, there are...

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Williamstown Literary Festival

Williamstown Literary Festival

Williamstown Town Hall and Library, Williamstown, VIC
TBA - June 2022

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

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Melbourne Magic Festival

Melbourne Magic Festival

Arrow on Swanston, Carlton, VIC
TBA - June / July 2022

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 festival seeks to bring together...

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Disney On Ice

Disney on Ice

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - July 2022

Each and every year, children are dazzled and amazed by the huge production that comes to Melbourne during winter; Disney on Ice. A huge ice skating extravaganza, each show presents some of your favourite Disney...

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Finders Keepers Market

Finders Keepers Market

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, VIC
08 July 2022 to 10 July 2022

The Finders Keepers market is a massive three-day event that features over 250 independent art and design stalls at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Expect to find loads of lovely local makers from...

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Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Melbourne International Animation Festival

ACMI, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - July 2022

With a sad heart the organisers announced the cancellation of MIAF 2021. The Victoria-wide snap lockdown and potential extension left them with little choice but to cancel. For the many people who already bought tickets...

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Melbourne Career Expo

Melbourne Career Expo

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
TBA - July 2022

Due to the evolving COVID situation around the country, it was not possible for many of the exhibiting organisations to travel to Melbourne. They have now postponed the 2021 Melbourne Career Expo to July 2022 The...

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Open House Melbourne

Open House Melbourne

Various locations around the Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - July 2022

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 you don’t have to pay any...

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Run Melbourne

Run Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - July 2022

In light of the Government announcement of the forced lockdown extension, it is with deep regret that the Run Melbourne can no longer proceed on Sunday 25 July, and will be postponed to 2022 Run Melbourne (formerly...

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Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Various theatres around Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - August 2022

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

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Ms Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon

MS Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
28 August 2022

Ride, run, jog or walk – it’s your choice when it comes to participating in the MS Melbourne Cycle or Half Marathon! Do you prefer the wind on your face and taking in the stunning views of Melbourne city...

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Melbourne Day

Melbourne Day

Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
30 August 2022

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 the Melbourne CBD with a...

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Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

Multiple venues close to the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
02 September 2022 to 11 September 2022

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 entertainment options for all...

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The Spring Racing Carnival

The Spring Racing Carnival

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
03 September 2021 to 13 November 2021

The Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne is a series of thoroughbred horse races held every year in the months of September, October and November. The Melbourne Cup is the premier event of the Spring Racing Carnival and...

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Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Trades Hall, Carlton, VIC
TBA - September 2022

The residents of Melbourne come together every year to celebrate the famous Melbourne Fringe Festival. This unique event welcomes more than 3400 independent artists to participate and display their finest artwork and is...

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Royal Melbourne Show

Royal Melbourne Show

Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, VIC
22 September 2022 to 02 October 2021

The 2021 Royal Melbourne Show has been cancelled due to the ongoing uncertainty and operational constraints, challenges and risks associated with holding major events with large free roaming crowds during the COVID-19...

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Afl Grand Final

AFL Grand Final

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Richmond, VIC
24 September 2022

Just like the many other sporting events, the Grand Final has become an essential part of Australian culture. So much so that the Friday before Grand Final Day has been declared a public holiday in Victoria. AFL Grand...

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Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
27 September 2022 to 30 September 2022

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

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Oktoberfest West

Oktoberfest West

Seaworks Maritime Precinct, Williamstown, VIC
02 October 2022

Oktoberfest West is like a Carnival but with Beer! It’s just about fun and very family-friendly. The event features the biggest Munich style beer hall, authentic German beer, European street food, top-class live...

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Victorian Seniors Festival

Victorian Seniors Festival

Multiple Venues, Melbourne, VIC
03 October 2022

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 an array of events, activities and...

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Pax Australia

PAX Australia

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
07 October 2022 to 09 October 2022

PAX Australia (Penny Arcade Expo) is a gaming event that started in the USA in 2004. The first Australian PAX event was held in 2013 and has now become the biggest gaming event in Australia with thousands of people...

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, VIC
07 October 2022 to 16 October 2022

As thousands travel to Munich for Oktoberfest, Melbourne residents are treated to a huge range of events as they celebrate their own version of Oktoberfest, right in the heart of Melbourne. There are a number of...

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Dog Lovers Show

Dog Lovers Show

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
14 October 2022 to 16 October 2022

The Dog Lovers Show is a huge exhibition held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre that celebrates all the best things about being a dog owner in Australia. There are so many things to see and do at the Dog...

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Melbourne Underground Film Festival

Melbourne Underground Film Festival

TBA, Melbourne, VIC
15 October 2022 to 23 October 2022

The Melbourne Underground Film Festival (MUFF) is an independent festival that shows films in venues around Melbourne from new and upcoming filmmakers. MUFF returns in 2022 for its 22nd edition. Get engaged, get...

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Wellness Walk And Research Run

Wellness Walk and Research Run

Palm Lawn ant the Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - October 2022

Support people with cancer by walking or running with Olivia in Melbourne at Alexandra Gardens. Funds raised will support cancer research breakthroughs and provide access to world-leading wellness and supportive care...

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Melbourne Boat Show

Melbourne Boat Show

Victoria Harbour, Docklands, VIC
20 October 2022 to 23 October 2022

The Melbourne Boat Show 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 year. It is the largest and premier boat...

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Derby Day

Derby Day

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
29 October 2022

Derby Day is a popular thoroughbred horse race that is held every year as part of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. Derby Day is always held on the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup, and in 2022 will...

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Melbourne Cup Parade

Melbourne Cup Parade

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - October 2022

In the lead-up to the ‘race that stops the nation’, the City of Melbourne gets in on the festivities each year by hosting the Melbourne Cup Parade. This year, the procession will start on the corner of...

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Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
01 November 2022

Every year, Australians come together to celebrate the most popular horse race on the calendar, Melbourne Cup Day. Also known as the Lexus Melbourne Cup, the Melbourne Cup is the premier event of the Spring Racing...

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Oaks Day

Oaks Day

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
03 November 2022

Kennedy Oaks Day, also known as ‘Ladies Day’ is a popular thoroughbred horse race which is held every year as part of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. Formerly known as ‘Kennedy...

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State Rose And Garden Show

State Rose and Garden Show

Victoria State Rose Garden, Werribee South, VIC
05 November 2022 to 06 November 2022

The Victoria State Rose Garden is the largest and best-maintained public rose garden in Australia. So make sure to stop by in November to enjoy the State Rose and Garden Show which is hosted in the gardens every year...

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Stakes Day

Stakes Day

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
05 November 2022

Paramount+ Stakes Day, also known as ‘Family Day’, is a popular thoroughbred horse race that is held every year as part of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. The Melbourne Cup is the...

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Equitana Melbourne

Equitana Melbourne

Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, VIC
10 November 2022 to 13 November 2022

Equitana Melbourne is a huge event that showcases the very best of equine competitions and exhibitions and will be next held in Melbourne in November 2022. Originating in 1999, Equitana Melbourne is a fantastic family...

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