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. 

And there’s so much more to explore in Melbourne and the surrounds – let Visit Victoria be your inspiration and tour guide!


  • MAY

    The big events slow down a bit in May as the weather cools off, but fear not there's always something to keep you occupied! Avoid the crowds at this time of year and enjoy a fabulous shopping experience or visit some of Melbourne's most popular sites.

    If you're looking for shopping then you're in the right place! Take a walk along tree-lined Collins Street and find prestiguous shopping and beautiful displays. Then walk through Melbourne's new fashion flagship and dining destination for Melbourne's most unique St. Collins Lane. The heritage shopping arcade the Block Arcade will impress you with its mosaic-tile flooring, glass canopy and carved stone.  Find yourself immersed in true Melbourne coffee culture on Little Collins Street. Here you'll find a lovely spot to have something to eat and then continue on through the Royal Arcade and enjoy the unique stores including a shop dedicated to Melbourne!

    If it's site seeing you prefer head to Federation Square where there's always something happening! You can even do a tour of Federation Square for free and learn about the unique architecture and engineering of the famous site. For more information on the guided tours click here

    Another fantastic place definitely worth a visit in the colder months is the National Gallery of Victoria. You can explore the gallery for free and marvel at the beautiful pieces of artwork. Located near the Yarra River, enjoy a lovely stroll back to the hotel once you're ready to put your feet up! This season, explore the largest collection of Van Gogh's artwork at the NGV.

  • JUNE 

    Winter in Melbourne is still a buzz with lots of activity day and night, the hotel is a close to all Melbourne has to offer during this time so you don't have to spend too much time out in the cold; 

    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. 

    Hidden Spaces in Melbourne will provide good direction for what to see this season!

    The Winter night market at Queen Victoria Market is themed around fire and lights. 

    The Big Vegan Market is back for 2018, and this time there are some BIG changes about. Firstly, the markets are a lot bigger so you'll have a lot more room to move about and browse all the wonderful stalls without it being too crowded. 

  • JULY

    There’s a choice of events in Melbourne with something to please everyone. Whether it’s a sporting event, a festival, an art exhibition or places to discover, you can find everything you wish for. 

    Wednesdays' Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market is themed around fire and lights. Featuring an exciting new lighting concept by John Fish, a quirky line-up of entertainers, 30 stellar street food stalls, 50 specialty and design stalls, warm drinks, cold beers and raging open fires. 

    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.

    Docklands Winter Fireworks: Start your weekend right and enjoy Friday nights at Docklands with entertainment from 6:30pm and fireworks lighting up the sky around 7:30pm. The Docklands Firelight Festival takes the traditions of a winter solstice and combines this with a modern celebration of arts, music, food, fire and fun.

    Open House Melbourne: Open House Melbourne has been connecting people with good design and architecture in the city. The city invites people to explore outstanding houses, buildings, infrastructure and landscapes that illustrate our rich history, reflect how we live and work, and offer insights into our future city. 

    The Melbourne Magic Festival encompasses several shows a day, presented by dozens of different magicians. Audiences of all ages will be amazed by the various numbers.


    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. 


    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.

    • A Modern Life Tablewares 1930 - 1980s is currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria  featuring works from leading manufacturers and designers across Britain, America, Japan and continental Europe. Whilst focusing on ceramics, the exhibition also explores the use of new materials resulting from wartime technological developments, including plastic, aluminium and stainless steel. Graphic design and advertising from the period form a feature of the show.