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

    BOOK NOW

    Last year sold out, so bookings are essential.

    Call 03 9667 5800 or email events.novotelmelbourneoncollins@accor.com

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  • The European Night Market

    5 - 26 Jul 2019

    The European Night Market returns to Madame Brussels Lane 5pm - 10pm every Friday night this July with more stalls than ever!

    The laneway comes alive with retro disco beats, tipples from a local distillery and a range of delicious European treats inclduing bretzels, crepes, gözleme, raclette and cannoli.

    The European Night Market is the ultimate way to say goodbye to the working week and hello to the weekend this July.

  • Bring It On The Musical

    11 - 28 Jul 2019

    The Broadway hit Bring It On The Muscial is returning to Melbourne this July for three weeks only at the Athenaeum Theatre

    Inspired by the sassy 1990s movie starring Kirsten Dunst, David Venn has produced a muscial filled with creativity, death-defying stunts and spectacular lyrical numbers.  

    "With a colourful assortment of characters and an exciting fresh sound, this universal story is sure to be everything you hope for and nothing like you expect!"

  • Open House Melbourne

    27 - 28 Jul 2019

    Have you ever seen the outside of Melbourne's buildings and wondered what they look like on the inside?  

    The 12th annual Open House Melbourne weekend will fling open the doors to hundreds of our city’s most loved buildings. It’s set to be one of the biggest programs yet, with 200+ buildings open to the public. Learn what happens behind the scenes, experience a guided tour and celebrate your city and its architecture. 

  • Melbourne International Film Festival
    1 - 18 Aug 2019

    The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is an iconic annual Melbourne event and film-lover's paradise, showcasing the biggest and most highly anticipated films and cultural experiences across the City of Melbourne!

    MIFF is a not-for-profit organisation that has been continuously running since 1952, making it the leading film festival in Australia and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, alongside Cannes and Berlin. Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike.


    See the MIFF website for the full program and start planning your classic Melbourne winter experience.

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    8 Aug - 9 Sep 2019

    Step inside a world of pure imagination and enjoy Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory showing at Her Majesty's Theatre in August and September.

    Willy Wonka is opening his marvellous and mysterious chocolate factory to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams. 

    Now is your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka. Get ready for the Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, costumes and sets, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper.

  • White Night Reimagined

    22 - 24 Aug 2019

    This year for the first time, over three consecutive nights, Melbourne will undergo a transformation to host White Night Reimagined. Watch the city come to life with elements of art, performance and an extended food and music program.

    Enter a different realm and be transported into another world as you explore each of three locations: Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr.

  • Basketball: Boomers v USA

    22 - 24 Aug 2019

    Melbourne will stage the biggest sporting event of the year, when the Australian Boomers host USA Basketball at Marvel Stadium on Thursday 22 and Saturday 24 August 2019.

    Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness these two basketball powerhouses battle it out in this important pre-FIBA World Cup series.

  • Revolutions: Records and Rebels
    27 Apr - 25 Aug 2019

    Revolutions: Records and Rebels is an exciting exhibition at Melbourne Museum that explores the explosive years of 1966-1970.

    Developed by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, the exhibition features over 500 objects on display.  Highlights include John Lennon's signature glasses, hand written lyrics for the Beatles hit 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds', iconic mini dresses worn by Twiggy and protest materials that defined the anti-Vietnam War movement, this is an exhibition not to be missed.

  • Melbourne Fashion Week

    28 Aug - 5 Sep 2019

    The hallmark consumer fashion event of the season, Melbourne Fashion Week presents the spring & summer ready-to-wear collections and creatively showcases Melbourne as an iconic destination for fashion, retail, design and hospitality. 

    The diverse program features everything from runways and VIP experiences to pop-up fashion moments and talks with industry leaders.

  • The Winter Village at Fed Square
    3 May - 1 Sep 2019

    The Winter Village is a euro-style winter wonderland atop the Skyline Terrace at Federation Square.  Head to Melbourne’s landmark destination this winter to enjoy a Sip bar and Feast menu in the Mega Igloo and Drinking Hall.  Go for a skate on the ice rink or cosy up in the Igloo Village.  Entry is free and the village is open 7 days a week for coffee, lunch, dinner or drinks. 

  • Winter Night Market

    5 Jun - 28 Aug 2019

    Every Wednesday evening unil the end of August, you can enjoy street food from across the globe, roaring fires, specialty shopping, quirky entertainers, deliciously spiced mulled wine and free live music at the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market.

    Wander the Market sheds and delight in the smells, sounds and tastes of winter, then top off the feasting and shopping with a boogie at the silent disco! 

  • Come From Away

    3 Jul - 29 Sep 2019

    Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

    Don't miss the breathtaking musical, now playing at the Comedy Theatre.

    On September 11, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

  • The Australian Ballet: The Nutcracker
    17 - 28 Sep 2019

    There’s nothing like a traditional Nutcracker to get you in the mood for the festive season. And there’s no traditional Nutcracker as magical as Peter Wright’s. 

    The Australian Ballet brings to you a gold-standard production of this beloved party piece, remaining faithful to the feel of the 19th-century original.

    Performing at the Arts Centre Melbourne in September, rediscover the childlike joys of the festive season with this spectacular ballet.

  • Terracotta Warriors and
    Cai Guo-Qiang
    24 May - 13 Oct 2019

    Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor's Terracotta Warriors, which was discovered in 1974 in China's Shaanxi province and widely described as the eighth wonder of the world.

    In a dual presentation of Chinese art and culture past and present, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series at the National Gallery of Victoria presents China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside an exhibition of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.

  • Metallica | WorldWired Tour

    22 - 24 Oct 2019

    Metallica, after an overwhelming sell out for the concert on 22 October, have announced a second & final Melbourne show on 24 October 2019.

    Headlining at Marvel Stadium, supported by special guest Slipknot, Metallica's WorldWired Tour tickets include a copy of the band's 10th and current album Harwired...To Self-Destruct.

    Tickets are selling fast, so book quickly to avoid disappointment.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.