Events in Melbourne

Wondering what’s on in Melbourne? Reserve 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. 

  • JANUARY 2017

    Visiting in January? With the sun out until late and warmer weather Melbourne is buzzing with New Year excitment See our highlights for the month of January below;

    • Australian Open Tennis is the first Grand Slam Tennis events of the year with 2 weeks of jam packed action. It is iconic to Melbourne so make sure to soak up the summer sun and get courtside to see all your favourites in action. BOOK NOW 
    • Art of Banksy Exhibition, with more than 80 satirical street art inspired by the streets of London. The works will be shown at Federation Square, only 5 min walk from hotel. CLICK HERE for more info.
    • Need mid week entertainment then Summer Night Market at Queen Vic Markets, 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 16 November 2016 to 8 March 2017. MORE INFO   
    • 2017 is the Year of the Rooster and we are bringing in the Chinese New Year on Saturday 28 January 2017. With Melbourne's large Chinese community, who love to celebrate with festivals and events, there will be 15 days of festivities, keep up to date with one while you are in Melbourne MORE INFO
    • The National Gallery Victoria presents a major solo exhibition of one the most influencial living artists, David Hockney. Featuring more than 700 works from the past decade and some new and many never before seen in Australia. MORE INFO
    • Every year Melbourne comes to life with a diverse and exciting range of events and activities full of National Pride to celebrate Australia Day on January 26th. As always there will be a flag raising ceremony, Australia Day Parade and Fireworks at Docklands. MORE INFO
  • FEBRUARY 2017

    February is one of Melbourne's warmest months and brings a month full of festive celebrations. For more information on what to do in February visit www.thatsmelbourne.com.au or see our top picks. 

    • The most popular event in February is White Night taking place on February 18th. The city comes alive with incredible light projections, entertainment and events at every corner. 
    • Midsumma Festival is celebrating 30 years of diversity with 3 jam packed weeks of over 130 events including visual arts, performance, film, parties, sports, talks & social events.
    • Need mid week entertainment then Summer Night Market at Queen Vic Markets, 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 16 November 2016 to 8 March 2017. MORE INFO   
    • Although Chinese New Year takes place in January, we continue the celebration until 12th February with a full festival of activity in Melbourne. Happy Year of the Rooster.  
    • Valentine's Day is always the ideal opportunity for a romantic getaway and get reacquainted with your loved one. Why not book an AccorHotel to relax and enjoy. 
    • CitiOpera is returning with II Trovatore at Anthenaeum Theatre from 25 February to 4 March 2017
  • MARCH 2017

    2017 FORMULA 1® ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

    Witness the evolution of Formula One and be the first to see the new F1 cars tear up the track at the season opener in Melbourne as they look to break records in 2017 with lap times of up to 5 seconds faster.

    Thursday 24th - Sunday 26th March 2017

    For more information, CLICK HERE 

  • APRIL 2017

    Melbourne Comedy Festival is running until 23rd 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 melbournestreettours.com 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