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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 2021/2022 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!

Melbourne Career Expo

Melbourne Career Expo

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
23 July 2021 to 25 July 2021

The Melbourne 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 exciting, interactive and...

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Run Melbourne

Run Melbourne

Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
25 July 2021

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. Participants of this event will enjoy...

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Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival

Various theatres around Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
05 August 2021 to 22 August 2021

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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Skepticon

Skepticon

Multiple Locations, Melbourne, VIC
13 August 2021

Skepticon is an annual festival that’s now held back in Melbourne each year, doubling as the national convention of the Australian Skeptics Association. This festival is a sceptics’ paradise where you can...

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Melbourne Day

Melbourne Day

Federation Square, Melbourne, VIC
30 August 2021

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
03 September 2021 to 12 September 2021

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
04 September 2021 to 14 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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Ms Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon

MS Melbourne Cycle & Half Marathon

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
05 September 2021

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 International Coffee Expo

Melbourne International Coffee Expo

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
09 September 2021 to 11 September 2021

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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Royal Melbourne Show

Royal Melbourne Show

Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, VIC
23 September 2021 to 03 October 2021

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, crafts and barnyard animals...

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Afl Grand Final

AFL Grand Final

Melbourne Cricket Ground, Richmond, VIC
24 September 2021

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 Fringe Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival

Trades Hall, Carlton, VIC
30 September 2021 to 17 October 2021

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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Victorian Seniors Festival

Victorian Seniors Festival

Multiple Venues, Melbourne, VIC
01 October 2021 to 31 October 2021

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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Wellness Walk And Research Run

Wellness Walk and Research Run

Palm Lawn ant the Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - October 2021

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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Oktoberfest West

Oktoberfest West

Seaworks Maritime Precinct, Williamstown, VIC
TBA - October 2021

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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Labour Day

Labour Day

All The State, Melbourne, VIC
04 October 2021

Labour Day is a public holiday in Victoria which will next be observed on 4th of October 2021. Labour Day is observed to reflect on the social and political movement in the 1850s to secure an 8-hour working day for all...

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Pax Australia

PAX Australia

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
TBA - October 2021

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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Melbourne Marathon

Melbourne Marathon

Batman Avenue, Melbourne, VIC
10 October 2021

While Melbourne’s list of sporting events includes internationally renowned cricket matches, football games and tennis tournaments, the Melbourne Marathon is considered the most popular marathon held in the city...

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Federation Square

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Various Venues, Melbourne, VIC
15 October 2021 to 24 October 2021

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 Hamer Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre...

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Melbourne Underground Film Festival

Melbourne Underground Film Festival

Cracked Actors Theatre, Albert Park, VIC
15 October 2021 to 22 October 2021

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 year 2000, so 2021 will mark...

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Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest

Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, VIC
TBA - October 2021

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

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, VIC
22 October 2021 to 24 October 2021

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 things to see and do at the...

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Warrandyte Festival

Warrandyte Festival

Stiggants Reserve, Warrandyte, VIC
TBA - October/November 2021

The Warrandyte Festival has been a staple of this country town since 1977 and is celebrating its 42nd year! Come on up to Warrandyte to celebrate this wonderful festival filled with food, drinks, live music, a parade as...

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Barkly Bikes Festival

Barkly Bikes Festival

Barkly Square, Brunswick, VIC
TBA - October 2021

Brunswick’s favourite bike festival returns to Barkly Square again, celebrating all things on two wheels. Transforming the outdoor laneway precinct, the free community event will host a charity breakfast...

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Derby Day

Derby Day

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
30 October 2021

Derby Day is a popular thoroughbred horse race which 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 2021 will...

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Melbourne Cup Parade

Melbourne Cup Parade

Melbourne CBD, Melbourne, VIC
01 November 2021

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
02 November 2021

Every year, Australians come together to celebrate the most popular horse race on the calendar, Melbourne Cup Day. The Melbourne Cup is the premier event of the Spring Racing Carnival and is held on the first Tuesday in...

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Oaks Day

Oaks Day

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
04 November 2021

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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Sexpo

SEXPO

Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf, VIC
05 November 2021 to 07 November 2021

SEXPO is a sexuality, health and lifestyle exhibition which runs most years at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is an adults-only event. SEXPO aims to bring adult products out of adult stores and...

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Stakes Day

Stakes Day

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
06 November 2021

Emirates Stakes Day, also known as ‘Family Day’, is a popular thoroughbred horse race which is held every year as part of the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. There are many race days which...

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Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

Online, Melbourne, VIC
11 November 2021

The citizens of Australia come together every year to observe Remembrance Day. This event always celebrated at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month (11th November) remembers the of the signing...

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Mind, Body And Spirit Festival

Mind, Body And Spirit Festival

Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank, VIC
12 November 2021 to 14 November 2021

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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Carlton Italian Festa

Carlton Italian Festa

Piazza Italia, Carlton, VIC
TBA - November 2021

The Carlton Italian Festa, also known as La Dolce Italia or the Lygon Street Fiesta, is a melting pot that showcases Italy’s diverse culture in Melbourne. The celebration of Italy’s culture brings together...

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Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix

Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Park, VIC
18 November 2021 to 21 November 2021

Formula 1®, the Victorian Government and the Australian Grand Prix Corporation have announced that the 2021 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix has been postponed and will not occur in March 2021. Due to be held at...

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Meguiars Motorex

Meguiars MotorEx

Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, VIC
20 November 2021 to 21 November 2021

Meguiar’s MotorEx is the largest and most prestigious car show of its kind in Australia. Each year Meguiar’s MotorEx attracts Australia’s best custom and modified cars, which travel from all over the...

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Santas Magical Kingdom

Santas Magical Kingdom

Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield East, VIC
TBA - November / December 2021

Santa’s Magical Kingdom has really become a Christmas tradition for many families around Victoria. Now in its 8th year, this much-loved festive family event marks the start of the festive season every year. Santas...

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Colour Run

Colour Run

Flemington Racecourse, Flemington, VIC
TBA - November 2021

Colour Run Melbourne is the most fun 5km run event in Australia where runners can run, skip, walk or dance their way around the course while they get flung with colour. This is an un-timed event where participants of...

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Melbourne Fashion Week

Melbourne Fashion Week

Various Locations Around Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
TBA - Nov 2021

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

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