Events in Melbourne

Wondering what’s on in Melbourne? Book your accommodation at Novotel Melbourne on Collins and you’ll find yourself near the top event venues in the city, including the Regent Theatre, Princess Theatre, Etihad Stadium, Rod Laver Arena and more. From sporting events and holiday celebrations to concerts, waterfront festivals, sailing regattas and more, there’s something for everyone. Here is a guide map of Melbourne's CBD. 


  • OCTOBER 2017

    It’s starting to warm up and Melbourne continues to be in demand for travellers. While you are here make sure you take advantage of all Melbourne has to offer.

    From the producer of The Lion King, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy featuring exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects.

    There's always something going on at Federation Square, with an impressive calendar of events and activities taking place throughout the year.

    • Annual Melbourne Festival is going to be hold in October all around Melbourne. Enjoy feast of theatre, dance, visual art, music and events from Australia and all over the world.

    • Alter your perception with befuddling walk-though installation. Created by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney this  disorienting labyrinth already have been presented in Sydney, Adelaide and event Bendigo and now Melburnians will have the chance to visit House of Marrows.

    • Don’t miss a chance to taste some gin produced by the best in business. This year over 25 gin makers will be showing off their best products at North Melbourne's Meat Market in October.

    • Head to ACMI to enjoy all the major exhibitions relating to movie culture or just watch a movie in one of its cinemas.

    • Don’t miss out on the exhibition The House of Dior held in celebration of its seventieth anniversary. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior.

  • NOVEMBER 2017

    Amongst the fashion, food and social experience, the Spring Racing Carnival is the ultimate racing in Australia. The event draws in the best from the international racing scene. Experience all the food, fashion and entertainment the Spring Racing Carnival has on offer.

    MindBodySpirit Festival at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre: don't miss Australia's largest health, well-being and natural therapies event. Learn from over 200 exhibitors, attend free inspirational seminars, book yourself a psychic reading, try some body pampering, watch the free stage performances, join a free meditation session and taste some delicious health foods.

  • DECEMBER 2017

    Finally Summer has arrived and we are on the downhill to Christmas. Melbourne is buzzing with end of year excitement, warmer weather & christmas shopping. See our highlights for the month of December below;

    Myer Christmas Windows - Located only 5 mins walk from hotel at Bourke Street Mall, an iconic Melbourne tradition and always a family favourite

    Boxing Day Test, a must do if you have the chance - this year it's Australia v Pakistan, be part of the action live at the MCG and experience the passion of test cricket - RESERVE YOUR SEAT

    New Year's Eve in the event's capital of Australia, celebrate with loads of free events and activities including firework displays, looking for something that suit's you- READ MORE

  • JANUARY 2018

    Get ready for temperatures to start rising. The Australian Open Tennis is going to keep us on our toes for breathtaking two weeks, while Dream Lover showing in Arts Centre will help us to hide from the sun. Make sure to visit Summer Night Market and enjoy one of the best street foods in Melbourne. To escape the cities’ hit make a trip to Geelong's Festival of Sails and the Murray River International Music Festival.

    New Years Day Races at Hanging Rock 1 of January. Located near natural amphitheatre of Hanging Rock, this is an ideal place to relax after a big New Years Eve. Enjoy plenty of racing, wine, food, activities for the kids accompanied by the live music.

    Australia Day - every year on the 26th of January we celebrate Australia Day with a range of fun activities and free events that Victorian Government brings to locals and guest of the city alike. You can celebrate it by hosting a barbecue with family and friends  or head to the city and join People’s March that goes on Swanston Street.

    Australian Open The Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific 15-28 January. Don’t miss the world’s greatest athletes compete and test each other’s endurance, determination, skill and courage on the courts at Melbourne Park. Visit the Australian Open website for the latest updates and offers.

    Festival of Sails 26-28 January- annually, the Festival of Sails in Geelong brings us a world-class sailing action and amazing free waterfront entertainment. Enjoy an spectacular regatta and enjoy the atmosphere, with live music, astonishing waterski and flyboard shows, market stalls, food trucks, and famous Australia Day fireworks display.

  • FEBRUARY 2018

    February is the month to be out and about with the events happening all over Melbourne. Head to the Great Ocean road or enjoy St Kilda festival closer to the City, it’s for you to decide.

    For the Love of Mrs. Brown was written by Brendan O’Carroll who also stars in this latest production of the hilarious series. The fans will love this side-splitting show for bringing back their favourite characters. For these who haven’t watched Mrs Brown’s Boys live, it’s a must see!

    St Kilda Festival is being held annually on the second Sunday in February and attracts over 400,000 people. The streets of St Kilda are closed and the best Australia’s musicians play over multiple stages, while attendees are entertained with a great variety of performances, sports, carnival rides, dance, workshops and whole lot more.  

    One night only, all-night - White Night Melbourne will return to the streets, laneways and gardens of the CBD from dusk 'til dawn on Saturday 17 February 2018. A one night only, all-night event of creativity and culture, this celebration includes exhibitions, illuminations, music, film screening, street performances, installations, dance and interactive events throughout the CBD and provides a rare opportunity to experience Melbourne in a different light.

    Priscilla - Queen of the Desert - this spectacular musical is based on the Oscar-winning film, Priscilla and tells a story of three friends who head to Alice Springs to put on the show of a lifetime. Their adventure is a breathtaking story of sassiness, self-discovery and acceptance. 

  • MARCH 2018

    March is one of our peak events month with so many international events which ensures that the Melbourne Buzz does not slow down. Plan your trip and enjoy the best of Melbourne this month

    The Moomba is held annually in Melbourne. Run by the City of Melbourne, it is Australia's largest free community festival, and a Melbournian tradition dating back half a century. Taking place this labour day weekend (9-12 March 2018) long the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River.

    The Summer night market at Queen Victoria Markets is also another great option, where you can see the market transform into a lively social atmosphere, full of street food, shopping and live enternment. OPEN 5-10PM EVERY WEDNESDAY from 15 November 2017 to 11 April 2018. Find out more HERE

    2018 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is back on the circuit of Albert Park 22-25 March (TBC). This is an event not to be missed and is the perfect place to begin a new and exciting season of Formula 1. 

    Celebrating 25 years, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will be held 16-25 March 2018. Food and wine lovers will indulge in a range of events that fill Melbourne's restaurant, network, rooftops...