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. 


  • AUGUST 2017

    Packed with popular attractions, nearby parks, laid-back laneways, libraries and museums, Melbourne extends a multitude of Things to do all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere.

    Melbourne's street art is internationally renowned and offers a feast of colour, ideas and energy. It has become an attraction for local and overseas visitors experiencing Melbourne’s creative ambience.

    • The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema. Discover more at The Forum Theatre this August.

    • AFL Season - Live like a local and head to the closest AFL game, we are halfway between both Etihad and MCG so any Melbourne game is just an easy tram ride away.

    • Visit winter wonderland on Southbank to have some fun time with friends and family skating on the ice rink and treat yourself with a glass (or two) of mulled wine after.

    • Enjoy the iconic Parisian Cabaret that comes to Australia for the first time and high-kicks its show, Forever Crazy, to Melbourne in August 2017. Crazy Horse is famous for its magnificent performances presented by 10 classically-trained dancers, dressed only in textured lighting and projection. And not much else.

    • Rug up and head to the Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market, with food and drinks to warm you up. Located just off Lonsdale Street a short stroll away from the Novotel Melbourne this night market will transform into a European winter hotspot every Friday in August.

    • Discover all the new musical premiers in 19th-century Princess Theatre and head back to Novotel Melbourne to enjoy a nice dinner in our restaurant. 

  • SEPTEMBER 2017

    Spring is here and Melbourne is showing no sign of slowing down as the "Event Capital" of Australia. Take advantage of all Melbourne has to offer and have Novotel Melbourne on Collins as your perfect home base, in the heart of Melbourne.

    • Let's celebrate at the Royal Melbourne Show! Get up close to animals, enjoy tantalising tastes and world-class entertainment and so much more! The Royal Melbourne Show is an agricultural show held at Melbourne Showgrounds every September.

    • AFL Season - Live like a local and head to the closest AFL game, we are halfway between both Etihad and MCG so any Melbourne game is just an easy tram ride away.

    • The Language of Ornament at the National Gallery of Victoria explores the history of ornament in the Western design tradition. It examines a series of motifs, charting their appearance and reappearance in design from antiquity through to the twenty-first century.

    • Don’t miss “Great Wave” and many more famous works of Katsushika Hokusai 19th century Japanese master in National Gallery of Victoria. The exhibition will run until October 15.  

    • Escape the reality with Alice in the new production of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by The Australian Ballet. Enjoy the wit and charm of Lewis Carroll’s story translated into dance this September in Melbourne. 

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

  • 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