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Discover exciting events happening around Melbourne all year round.


Many of these events are within a short 15-20 minute walk or easily accessible via public transports.


Australian Open Tennis


This popular annual sporting event is held over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne. Tickets sell fast with tournaments held at Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Hisense Arena.


Midsumma Festival


Victoria’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival runs over 3 weeks from mid-January each year. The festival brings a diverse mix of artists, performers, communities and audiences together for a celebration and innovative presentation of queer arts and culture.


Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival


Australia’s largest fashion event presenting an annual showcase of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for all to enjoy. World-class runway shows featuring Australia’s established and emerging designers, state-of-the-art production, beauty workshops, retail events, industry seminars, forums, live entertainment and much more.


Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show


Held annually during autumn, the Show is hosted in the exquisite heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens over five glorious days. The Show features the best landscapes and floral talent from Australia and around the world alongside an extensive array of garden retail products. Enjoy high tea in an exclusive lounge area among the blooms for refreshment and a touch of luxury.


Melbourne Food and Wine Festival


Started in 1993, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival has grown to include over 300 events across Victoria. Food and wine lovers in their hundreds and thousands each year indulge in bespoke events that fill Melbourne’s unique network of restaurants, fascinating laneways, lights-turned-down basements, and dizzying rooftops as well as branching into spectacular regional Victoria. The Festival runs annually during March.


Melbourne International Comedy Festival


The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, alongside Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. Taking over Melbourne each autumn, the Festival was launched in 1987 by Barry Humphries and Peter Cook. There is something for every comedy lover, from the very best local and international comedy acts, with well-known and emerging performers including Jimeoin, Kitty Flanagan, Jason Byrne, Joel Creasey, Judith Lucy, Denise Scott, Ross Noble, Tom Gleeson, Wil Anderson and Akmal.


Melbourne International Jazz Festival


Celebrate all things jazz with the world’s leading modern masters and sonic innovators. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is held annually in June with the world-class jazz festival first held in 1998. The Festival takes place in concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and throughout the streets of Melbourne as the city comes alive with the spirit of jazz.


Melbourne Writers Festival


Celebrating Australian literature, the Melbourne Writers Festival is a major international event, providing a forum for political and cultural discussion, sparking controversy and inviting innovative thought. Some of the many writers who have been part of MWF include Nobel Prize winners JM Coetzee and Seamus Heaney; Pulitzer Prize winners John Ashbery, Richard Ford, Frank McCourt and Annie Proulx; and Booker Prize winners Ben Okri and Graham Swift. The festival runs each year from end of August until early September.


Spring Racing Carnival


More than just horse racing, the Spring Racing Carnival brings food, fashion and entertainment together annually with the festival ending with the world famous Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.


Melbourne Festival


Melbourne Festival seeks to connect art forms, people and ideas. Melbourne Festival is one of Australia’s leading international arts festivals and has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events over 17 days each October.


Emirates Melbourne Cup Day


Melbourne Cup Day is by far Australia’s best known horse racing event held on the first Tuesday of November every year. Dubbed as “the race that stops the nation” the race itself is a 3,200 metre course held at Flemington Racecourse which attracts thousands of race-goers as well as the event being watched live by millions around Australia.