Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2017
If you are after an unforgettable movie experience, make sure you make time for the Melbourne International Film Festival which is held over three weeks in August. A movie buff’s paradise, the festival boasts international premieres, red carpet glitz and the best of world cinema.
Melbourne Cup Carnival, November 2017
Melbourne Cup Carnival has been a part of Melbourne’s history for more than 150 years and is Australia’s most prestigious annual Thoroughbred horse race. Four incredible days that encompasses world class racing, delicious food, high-quality wine, larger than life fashion, culture and colourful people.
Christmas Festival, December 2017
The city of Melbourne celebrates Christmas in style and is transformed into an enchanted place where a giant Christmas tree, Santa’s house, nutcracker soldiers and interactive candy canes can be found.
Don’t miss out on the captivating light projection program that will convert the Town Hall into a colourful representation of the 12 Days of Christmas.
New Year’s Eve, December 2017
Ring in 2018 with pomp and celebration. Melbourne’s got plenty of great parties up its sleeve and spectacular midnight rooftop fireworks display that can be viewed from anywhere in the greater Melbourne area, where the city skyline is visible. Expect free music from local DJs, special effects, delicious food and a multimedia countdown.
Australian Open, January 2018
For two weeks in January, Melbourne offers world-class tennis featuring sporting heroes like Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Serena Williams.
Steeped with over one-hundred years in tennis history, the Australian Open serves up electrifying action on and off the court. Experience the excitement first hand and cheer on your favourites while they battle to win the first Grand Slam trophy of the year.
Chinese New Year, February 2018
Chinese New Year is one of the biggest events on Melbourne’s Chinese calendar. For two weeks, you can enjoy the festivities in the city and various suburbs. Each venue, namely Box Hill, Glen Waverley, Springvale, Richmond and Footscray will offer its own unique take on the celebrations.
Delight your senses with delicious food, lion dances, fireworks, traditional folk music, martial arts, heaps of colourful lanterns.
White Night Melbourne, February 2018
When White Night descends on the city, Melbourne transforms into a magical land, where you will find bright giant jellyfishes floating over trees, rivers transformed into spectacular masterpieces and mind-bending, jaw dropping art projections on buildings and Melbourne’s favourite landmarks. The 12-hour event is a dazzling feast for the senses that will please anyone from the age of seven to 70!
Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, February 2018
The city’s biggest Greek street party! A must-attend event that celebrates the rich culture, entertainment and food in the city’s historic Greek precinct.
Moomba Festival, March 2018
A free community festival, Moomba is celebrated over four days and serves up an exciting program of events and family entertainment, making Melbourne the ideal place to be for the Labour Day long weekend in March.
Melbourne International Jazz Festival, June 2018
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is an annual, world-class jazz festival first held in 1998. The Festival takes place in concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and throughout the streets of Melbourne as the city comes alive with the spirit of jazz.
Each festival program aims to appeal to young and old, to enthusiasts and the uninitiated, to encourage as many people as possible to experience the very personal impact that jazz can have on its listener.
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