Melbourne is an international cultural center with cultural endeavors spanning major events and festivals, music, art and architecture. Melbourne hosts and support many events and festival which celebrate through the year. The events and festivals is one of the Melbourne tourist attractions. Here’s few events and festival in Melbourne, Victoria:
1. Australian Open ( January)
Major tennis tournament featuring some of the world’s top players.
2. Big Day Out ( Late January)
Annual music festival held at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.
3. Chinese New Year (January or early February)
The celebrations feature traditional and contemporary Chinese cultural activities and festivities in Melbourne Chinatown. The events include lion dances, dragon parades dances, Chinese opera and etc.
4. White Night Melbourne (Middle February)
The event runs over 12 hours from 7pm to 7am. Enjoy over 80 free or ticketed events celebrating music, food, film, art and light in Melbourne.
5. Grand Prix formula one ( F1) ( Feb or March)
Formula one racing in Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, South Melbourne, Victoria .
For more Information: grandprix.com.au
6. The Thai Culture and Food Festival Inc. (March)
The Events is held at Federation Square with the main attractions such as Thai dances, music, food, martial arts, fashion and more.
7. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March)
Raise a toast to regional producers and savour a meal and a glass of wine at delicious food festival events, including the World’s Longest Lunch. There is also Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir Celebration on February.
8. Moomba Festival & Moomba Parade ( 4 Days in Labour Days long Weekends in March)
The Carnival runs daily from 11am to 11pm and nightly fireworks on the Yarra start 9.30pm Saturday – Monday. The festival features Moomba parade, crowning of Moomba monarchs, fireworks displays, carnivals in the gardens along the river, river activities including waters ports, water floats, the birdman rally, as well as live music and bands. The festival is free and suitable for all ages.
9. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) ( March – April)
It is four weeks Comedy festival in Melbourne. The festival held in Melbourne Town Hall and other venues throughout the city.
10. Anzac Day Commemoration march ( 25 April)
The march of Ex-servicemen and women which held in the intersection of Swanston and Little Bourke streets and proceeds along Swanston Street and St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance.
11. Open House Melbourne ( July)
The open House of buildings which is usually not open to the public are open for free to public tours. The buildings included are historical landmarks, contemporary buildings, galleries, theaters, sporting grounds and places of worship.
12. AFL Grand Final ( September)
The Australian Football League (AFL) grand final match is traditionally held on the final Saturday in September at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
13. Tulip Festival (Middle of Sept – October)
14. The Melbourne Fringe Festival ( September – October)
It is an annual independent arts festival with wide variety of art forms, including theater, comedy, music, performance art, film, cabaret, digital art, and circus performance as well. Events are held in venues throughout the city, from bars, clubs and independent theaters to high-profile locations including Federation Square and the Melbourne Museum.
15. Melbourne Cup (Beginning of November)
The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s major thoroughbred horse race and one of the most popular spectator events in Australia. On the Melbourne Cup, Women and Men dressed in traditional formal race day wear with elegant hats and others in all manner of exotic and amusing costumes, attending the race.
16. Summer Night Market (November until March)
It is held in Queen Victoria Market every Wednesday night on summer.
17. Moonlight Cinema (Beginning Dec – March)
It is summer outdoor cinema in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
18. Christmas Window & Myer Christmas parade ( December)
Myer department store on Bourke street mall will presenting Christmas window display annually and later follow by Myer Christmas Parade.
19. Boxing Day sales (26 December every year)
Everything on sale is heavily discounted until 90% . Shop open 7 am until midnight and top retailers including Myer, David Jones, Doncaster Shopping Town, Highpoint, Northland Shopping Center and more shops. Remember on boxing day, although shopping complex open at 7am but most people had queuing up from 4 or 5 am. So, if you want to get things with discount almost 90% then better come early.
20. New Years Eve ( 31 December)
And many more.
Note: For the accurate date of the events, please check their websites.