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!


    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 
    • 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 21 November 2018 to 20 March 2019. MORE INFO   
    • 2019 is the Year of the Pig and we are bringing in the Chinese New Year on Tuesday 5 February 2019. 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
    • 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 is the month to be out and about with the events happening all over Melbourne. Head to the Great Ocean road or enjoy St Kilda festival closer to the City, it’s for you to decide.

    Mandela My Life: the official exhibition is a new world-class collections rich exhibition on the inspirational life of Nelson Mandela. Currently showing at the prestigious Melbourne Museum, this is one not to be missed. 

    Summer Night market is on at the Queen Victoria Market for its biggest Summer yet. 

    St Kilda Festival is being held annually on the second Sunday in February and attracts over 400,000 people. The streets of St Kilda are closed and the best Australia’s musicians play over multiple stages, while attendees are entertained with a great variety of performances, sports, carnival rides, dance, workshops and whole lot more.  

    School of Rock - Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit, School of Rock.


    March is one of our peak events month with so many international events which ensures that the Melbourne Buzz does not slow down. Plan your trip and enjoy the best of Melbourne this month

    The Moomba is held annually in Melbourne. Run by the City of Melbourne, it is Australia's largest free community festival, and a Melbournian tradition dating back half a century. Taking place this labour day weekend (8-11 March 2019) long the banks of Melbourne's Yarra River.

    The Summer night market at Queen Victoria Markets is also another great option, 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 21 November 2018 to 20 Mar 2019. Find out more HERE

    2019 Formula 1  Australian Grand Prix is back on the circuit of Albert Park 14-17 March 2019. This is an event not to be missed and is the perfect place to begin a new and exciting season of Formula 1. 

    One of the world's top food and wine events, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival will be held 8-24 March 2019. Food and wine lovers will indulge in a range of events that fill Melbourne's restaurant, network, rooftops...