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!

  • Christmas Day Lunch

    25 Dec 2019

    Join us in the heart of Melbourne for your Christmas Day lunch celebration in Lane Restaurant.

    Enjoy a traditional festive buffet lunch with a carvery station, fresh seafood selection, decadent desserts, soft drink and juice. Adults can enjoy a selection of premium wine and beer, with additional beverages available to be purchased on the day.

    There will be live music, children's entertainment and a visit from Santa Claus with presents for kids (12 and under).

    Adult $199 | 6-12y $115 | 3-5y $45 | Under 3 free


    Last year sold out, so bookings are essential.

    Call 03 9667 5800 or email


  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
    16 Jan 2019 - 22 Mar 2020

    Based on the original new story by J.K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the critically acclaimed play currently screening at the Princess Theatre.  The play, which is presented in two parts, follows Harry Potter's life as a now overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and a father of three school-aged children who are struggling under the weight of the family legacy.  This play is exclusive to Melbourne and concludes in March 2020, so book your tickets today.

  • Come From Away

    3 Jul - 22 Dec 2019

    On September 11, the world stopped.  Come From Away is a breathtaking muscial that shares the remarkable true stories of the thousands of passengers stranded in a small town in Canada as they nervously awaited approval to start their journey back to a devastated country.  

    Book your Tickets here to see this heart-warming musical located at the Comedy Theatre.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    9 Aug - 30 Nov 2019

    In a world of pure imagination, Roald Dahl's marvellous tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, come to life in the brand-new Broadway musical.

    The candy man, Willy Wonka, and his Oompa-Loompas are only in Melbourne until the end of November.  Book your Tickets here.

  • Melbourne International Dumpling Festival
    4 Nov 2019

    "The best dumpling is lots of love mixed with laughter and teamwork wrapped in tradition; served with a smile.  This is why it is the ingredient that binds us together."

    Do you love gnochhi, ravioli, gyoza, dim sum and shiu mai?  If the answer is a tastewastering yes, then you need to visit the International Dumpling Festival on Monday 4 November at Queen Victoria Market.

    Register your interest here.

  • Melbourne Cup

    5 Nov 2019

    It's the race that stops the nation!  

    The Melbourne Cup is Australia's most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3200-metre race for horses that are three-years-old and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club at the Flemington Racecourse and is a part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

  • Night Noodle Markets

    7 - 24 Nov 2019

    Returning to Birrarung Marr this November is the delicious and vibrant hawker-style food festival; the Night Noodle Markets.

    Enjoy 18 nights along the Yarra with many Asian-inspired food stalls, live music and DJs. 

    There will also be a Night Poodle Market on Saturday 9 November for you and your pooch, with all proceeds from activities that night going to RSPCA Victoria.

  • Melbourne Music Week

    14 - 23 Nov 2019

    It's the 10th anniversary of Melbourne Music Week and, to celebrate, the City of Melbourne are celebrating with 10 days of music from all genres for everyone to enjoy.

    There will be 300 acts spread across 70 venues in the city. 

    Have a look at the Program here or buy Tickets here.  

  • U2 | The Joshua Tree Tour

    15 Nov 2019

    The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 is coming to Melbourne.  U2, with special guest Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, will be performing at Marvel Stadium on 15 November 2019.

    "It's only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs," said Bono. "And it's great to be able to say that I've finally caught up with the band. Our audience has given The Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour. Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion… From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging… it's quite a ride. And now we get to do it all over again."

    You won't want to miss Bono and the band, so book your tickets before they are sure to sell out.

  • MindBodySpirit Festival

    22 - 24 Nov 2019

    The MindBodySpirit Festival is Australia’s largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event and is returning to MCEC this November.

    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!

  • Jehovah's Witnesses Convention
    22 Nov 2019

    Melbourne is eager to welcome the 2019 Jehovah's Witnesses International Convention in November.  70,000 delegates attended the 2014 International Convention, with an estimated additional 20,000 to attend this year's event being held at Marvel Stadium.  

    For those looking for accommodation, Novotel Melbourne on Collins is situated in the heart of all there is to explore when in Melbourne.  Contact us today for the best specials available across this spcial event period. 

  • The Big Design Market

    6 - 8 Dec 2019

    With Christmas just around the corner, make your way to The Big Design Market  at the Royal Exhibition Building for all your present inspiration!

    Visitors can buy direct from over 250 inspirational designers while enjoying delicious food, cocktails, craft beer and local wines, plus exclusive designer showbags, free kids activities, prizes and a monumental art installation by designer Min Pin.

  • Domain Boxing Day Test

    26 Dec 2019

    This Boxing Day, don't miss Australia playing a Test against New Zealand for the first time in 32 years at the MCG.  

    In addition to the Test, there is plenty of great entertainment for the entire family to enjoy!  Book your tickets here.

  • New Year's Eve

    31 Dec 2019

    Celebrate as we see out 2019 and welcome in 2020 with us in the heart of Melbourne!  Spend New Year's Eve evening with us, situated amongst all the events and fireworks displays that our wonderful city puts on each year.  

    Contact our Reservations Team today on 03 9667 5800 or at for our best rates.  And don't forget to ask about our Junior Suites or add on packages for an extra special stay!!

  • War Horse

    10 Jan - 2 Feb 2020

    War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event from the National Theatre of Great Britain, based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, is returning to Melbourne in 2020. 

    This remarkable story is of courage, loyalty and friendship tells the story of a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of WWI. 

    Book your tickets here to view this powerfully moving and imaginative drama at the Regent Theatre.

  • Australian Open

    20 Jan - 2 Feb 2020

    The Ausralian Open tennis tournament, held in the midst of Melbourne's summer, is set to be another exciting experience for all tennis lovers.  

    Reserve your seat in either Rod Laver Arena or Margaret Court Arena to experience the best of the AO with Stadium Tickets.  Or grab a Ground Pass to get access to all outdoor courts, the AO Live Stage, the AO Ballpark as well as the all-new Practice Village.

    It's not just about the tennis at the AO.  Music fans will be kept happy with Billy Idol confirmed to be part of the line-up for the AO Live Stage.  There are also many delicious dining  & court side experiences to enjoy.

  • Moomba

    6 - 9 Mar 2020

    The iconic Moomba Festival showcases a jam-packed, fun-loving and family-friendly program of events and activities along the banks of the Yarra.

    Release your inner adrenaline junkie on the carnival rides, check out world-class athletes water ski and wakeboard down the river, enjoy performances from talented artists, catch the wacky Birdman Rally and much more at Moomba Long Weekend.

  • Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
    12 Mar - 13 Apr 2020

    Cirque du Soleil will return to Melbourne from March 2020 with its most acclaimed touring show, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities

    Kurios will premiere under their signature Big Top on 12 March 2020 in Melbourne at Flemington Racecourse. Written and directed by Michel Laprise, Kurios is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm, set in the latter half of the 19th century, reality is quite relative indeed as your perception of it is utterly transformed.

    Book your tickets here.

  • ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final

    15 Nov 2020

    The ICC T20 World Cup is cricket’s ultimate prize in the fastest growing format of the game.

    The fixture will be one of six Super 12 stage matches held at the MCG in a schedule that also includes India against 2016 finalists England on 1 November. Defending champions West Indies will also feature twice in Melbourne.

    The final will fittingly be held at the world's biggest cricket stadium, the MCG in the evening of Sunday 15 November 2020.