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!


    Melbourne Comedy Festival is running until 21 April 2019 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.

  • 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 Marvel Stadium 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. 

    . Have you visited the National Gallery of Victoria recently? A must-see is the Designing Women exhibition currently showing