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!



    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 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 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...


    Melbourne Comedy Festival is running until 22 April with some hilarious comedians just a minute walk away from a range of venues within Melbourne's CBD. An annual event, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival literally takes over Australia's comedy capital, Melbourne, each autumn with an enormous program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts. See HERE for a choice of locations and times.

    For a more relaxing day, join one of Melbourne's many fabulous walking tours and explore all of the hidden gems and history of the city.

    Running through April there are street art tours available; these tours are run by street artists with extensive knowledge of the local art scene. Visist for more information.

    Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. See HERE for information regarding the ANZAC day tradition 

  • 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.