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Melbourne Events

Melbourne is the city of festivals. Every year, this vibrant and creative city plays host to a huge range of exciting and colourful events.

Take part in one of the major events and festivals we have listed below, all easily accessible from your central city apartment, or simply explore the elegant streets and secret laneways on your doorstep and discover your own magical surprises.

There is always something going on so be sure to check with the Visitors Centre and make the most of your Melbourne stay.

Australian Tennis Open

Every January, tennis fever hits the streets of Melbourne when one of the world's four grand slams is played out in the summer heat. See the big names in action and take part in all the excitement.

Formula 1 Grand Prix

The Australian Grand Prix is one of the world's premier Formula 1 motor racing events, set in the picturesque Albert Park.



Melbourne International Jazz Festival

The International Jazz Festival, the largest of its kind in Australia, brings some of the world's best modern jazz musicians to Melbourne for a 10 day music extravaganza.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Taste Victoria’s best fresh local produce put together by talented chefs. Every spring, crowds gather to taste the range of gourmet delights and premium wines on offer.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

One of the largest comedy festivals in the world, for three and a half weeks every year Melbourne becomes the laughter capital of the world. 

Spring Racing Carnival and Melbourne Cup

A carnival atmosphere sweeps through Melbourne for three months every spring, with Melbourne Cup Day the highlight of this racing, fashion and social scene.