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!

  • 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.

  • AUGUST

    Packed with popular attractions, nearby parks, laid-back laneways, libraries and museums, Melbourne extends a multitude of Things to do all wrapped up in a vibrant atmosphere.

    Melbourne's street art is internationally renowned and offers a feast of colour, ideas and energy. It has become an attraction for local and overseas visitors experiencing Melbourne’s creative ambience.

    • The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema. Discover more at The Forum Theatre this August.

    • 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.

    • Visit winter wonderland on Southbank to have some fun time with friends and family skating on the ice rink and treat yourself with a glass (or two) of mulled wine after.

    • Enjoy the iconic Parisian Cabaret that comes to Australia for the first time and high-kicks its show, Forever Crazy, to Melbourne in August 2017. Crazy Horse is famous for its magnificent performances presented by 10 classically-trained dancers, dressed only in textured lighting and projection. And not much else.

    • Rug up and head to the Madame Brussels Lane European Night Market, with food and drinks to warm you up. Located just off Lonsdale Street a short stroll away from the Novotel Melbourne this night market will transform into a European winter hotspot every Friday in August.

    • Discover all the new musical premiers in 19th-century Princess Theatre and head back to Novotel Melbourne to enjoy a nice dinner in our restaurant. 

  • 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.

    • A Modern Life Tablewares 1930 - 1980s is currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria  featuring works from leading manufacturers and designers across Britain, America, Japan and continental Europe. Whilst focusing on ceramics, the exhibition also explores the use of new materials resulting from wartime technological developments, including plastic, aluminium and stainless steel. Graphic design and advertising from the period form a feature of the show.