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.

    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. 

  • DECEMBER

    Finally Summer has arrived and we are on the downhill to Christmas. Melbourne is buzzing with end of year excitement, warmer weather & christmas shopping. See our highlights for the month of December below;

    Myer Christmas Windows - Located only 5 mins walk from hotel at Bourke Street Mall, an iconic Melbourne tradition and always a family favourite

    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. 

    New Year's Eve in the event's capital of Australia, celebrate with loads of free events and activities including firework displays, looking for something that suit's you- READ MORE