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 for a selection of things to explore and do in the heart of Melbourne. 

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

  • SEPTEMBER

    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.

    • MoMA is currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria  featuring 130 years of modern and contemporary art from the museum of modern art, New York. 

  • OCTOBER

    The weather is warming up and the evenings are getting longer - it must be October!  The Spring Racing Carnival is upon us and there's a buzz in the air as everyone's social calendars begin to fill with all the upcoming events that October has to offer.

    Spring Racing Carnival: Experience the Spring Racing Carnival from the heart of Melbourne - explore St Collins Lane, Collins Street Precinct and Bourke Street Mall, not to mention all the boutique stores in the surrounding laneways & arcardes, for the must have fashions to wear at this year's race days. 

    Melbourne International Arts Festival: At the heart of Melbourne's culture of creativity, Australia's leading international arts festivals has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor entertainment.

    Maliba, The Musical: The powerful and uplifting show pays tribute to the charismatic icon and activist whilst exploring the struggles, racial conflicts and divisions behind his unyielding crusade for reconciliation in South Africa.  This epic musical is playing at the Comedy Theatre in October.    

    Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival: Melbourne's largest runing event will attract over 30,000 participants, as they hit the streets of Melbourne running past Flinders Street Station, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Albert Park Lake, before finishing with a lap of the MCG.

    The musical version of Jack Black’s hit 2003 movie School of Rock is playing at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, fresh from successful seasons on Broadway and the West End, where it’s still running.

    Have you been to the Children's Garden at the Royal Botanical Garden? The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is the perfect place for kids who love getting their hands dirty in the garden. 

  • NOVEMBER

    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.

    Have you considered Screen Worlds at ACMI? Explore historical and cutting edge moving image forms in the interactive and immersive permanent exhibition 

    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.

    The musical version of Jack Black’s hit 2003 movie School of Rock is playing at the Her Majesty’s Theatre, fresh from successful seasons on Broadway and the West End, where it’s still running.

    Have you been to the Children's Garden at the Royal Botanical Garden? The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is the perfect place for kids who love getting their hands dirty in the garden.