5 Summertime Events to Attend in Melbourne
It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement of summertime in Melbourne. From indulging in regional fare at food and wine festivals to attending world-class sporting events, there’s always something to do during the hottest months of the year.
We’ve got the lowdown on which events to attend in Melbourne this summer – just make sure you’ve got plenty of sunscreen on standby (and maybe an umbrella, just in case).
The Australian Open
As one of Melbourne’s most prestigious sporting events, the Australian Open is always a big summertime drawcard. Held annually during the last 2 weeks of January, it’s routinely attended by the biggest names in tennis and attracts sell-out crowds.
You don’t need to be an expert on tennis to enjoy yourself at the Australian Open. The high-energy atmosphere is enough to turn anyone into a diehard tennis fan (at least temporarily).
Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
This gastronomic celebration captures the best of Victoria’s famous food and wine industry. Entering its 26th year, it’s one of the biggest events on Melbourne’s social calendar. In addition to fostering a sense of community, the 2018 Melbourne Food & Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne builds on the city’s international standing as one of the great dining and major event destinations in the world. Promoting locally sourced and sustainable food systems, it comprises a range of curated dining experiences and special events.
No matter what kind of delicacies you’re looking to try, the festival’s program caters to every palette. Running from 16-25 March 2018, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival takes place throughout various locations in Melbourne and greater Victoria, including a “House of Food & Wine Hotel” at The Hotel Lindrum MGallery by Sofitel.
Make the most of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival by checking out the 2018 program and booking your tickets. AccorHotels is proudly the official accommodation partner of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Book your accommodation here.
The Ashes Test Cricket (Australia v England at the MCG)
With Australia set to host the Ashes this year, now’s your chance to attend this iconic sporting event. Whether you love cricket or know next to nothing about the game, the traditional rivalry between the Aussies and England always makes for great entertainment.
Cricket might not be considered the most exhilarating sport, but attending a test match like the Ashes is still a great way to spend a summer’s day out in Melbourne. You can dress up in your team’s colours, cheer for your favourite players, or simply sit back and soak up the glorious weather.
The Ashes test match at the MCG will run from 26-30 December 2017. Get your tickets before they run out.
Volvo Ocean Race
Strengthening Melbourne’s reputation as a sporting and cultural capital, the Volvo Ocean Race will return to the city’s waterways in December 2017. Covering treacherous spans of ocean, this decades-old yacht race involves teams of sailors competing against each other in a round-the-world expedition.
The race should arrive in Melbourne around Christmas, giving spectators the chance to see some of the world’s most talented seafarers in action.
Get regular updates on the Volvo Ocean Race’s expected arrival in Melbourne by checking out the event’s official website.
Lighting up Melbourne’s parklands and laneways with art installations, exhibitions, live music and street performances, White Night is a celebration of culture and creativity. Running from dusk until dawn on 17 February 2018, it was inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement. French for “to have a night with no sleep”, the Nuit Blanche movement is synonymous with night-time festivals held all over the world.
If you’re on a budget, rejoice! Almost every aspect of White Night is free.
Beat the summer rush by booking your accommodation in Melbourne today.