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!


    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...


    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.