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Melbourne Events

Australian Grand Prix (Formula 1)

The Australian Grand Prix kicks off the Formula One season annually. The streets and parklands of Melbourne's suburb of Albert Park are transformed into the challenging 5.3km (3.3 miles) circuit for the greatest drivers in the world competing in this four-day long event.

Date: 22 March 2017 - 25 March 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Website: http://www.grandprix.com.au
Cost:

From A$185 for a four-day pass.


Melbourne International Comedy Festival

One of the three largest comedy festivals in the world, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been encouraging audiences to laugh and just have fun for more than 30 years. The Festival opens with the Gala night and then offers a range of events across the city, many of them free.

Date: 29 March 2017 - 23 April 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.comedyfestival.com.au
Cost:

Various.


Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

With 450 venues, and food and wine businesses delivering over 200 events, the festival has caught the attention of some of the finest culinary and wine connoisseurs from around the globe. A prestigious, pedigree event, it's a must-see for any food or wine lover.

Date: 31 March 2017 - 09 April 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various restaurants in Melbourne.
Website: http://www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au
Cost:

Various.


Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Over the course of the 11-day event, visitors are treated to a great range of music by some of the best local, national and international musicians and bands. The programme goes far further than just jazz and includes everything from blues and gospel to Latin jazz and funk. Performances take place in various different venues and some events are free.

Date: 02 June 2017 - 11 June 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues in Melbourne.
Website: http://www.melbournejazz.com
Cost:

Varied.


Melbourne International Film Festival

For three weeks each winter, Melbourne hosts this major film festival featuring hundreds of films from over 50 countries. One of the oldest film festivals in the world, MIFF (as it's affectionately known) is a vocal champion of emerging and established filmmaking talent from both within Australia and around the globe. A range of events accompanies the films themselves, making this a truly cultural event.

Date: 03 August 2017 - 20 August 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.miff.com.au
Cost:

Various.


Melbourne Fringe Festival

Melbourne Festival showcases independent and emerging arts and artists and connect them with audiences. The festival features an array of alternative art, dance, cabaret, comedy and other performances over three weeks.

Date: 14 September 2017 - 01 October 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.melbournefringe.com.au
Cost:

Various.


AFL Grand Final

A game of footy – Aussie Rules football that is – is as Melbourne as it gets. Melbournians' thirst for a local derby between two rival teams is unmatched, at least in Australia, and perhaps in the world. There's arguably nothing more Australian than a meat pie, beer and a game of footy, especially at "the 'G" (as the Melbourne Cricket Ground is affectionately known). The season runs over Australia's winter. Check out a game any weekend from April to September each year.

Date: 30 September 2017 - 30 September 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Website: http://www.afl.com.au
Cost:

Various.


Melbourne Festival

Enjoy a smorgasbord of music, dance, theatre, opera, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events during this 17-day arts festival. Held annually, this festival ably competes with the world's best arts festivals and literally showcases the very best of Melbourne and local, Australian and global artistic talent.

Date: 05 October 2017 - 22 October 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.melbournefestival.com.au
Cost:

Various.


Melbourne Cup

Billed as the "race that stops a nation", the Melbourne Cup is the country's biggest horse race, occasioning a public holiday in Melbourne and other parts of Victoria. It was first held in 1861, and is now the richest two-mile handicap on the planet.

Date: 07 November 2017 - 07 November 2017
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Flemington Racecourse.
Website: http://www.melbournecup.com
Cost:

From A$35.


Australian Open

The Australian Open attracts the world's best tennis players to Australia's sunny shores. From humble beginnings in 1969, when the prize money was a modest A$5000, the Australian Open has grown to be one of the four grand slam events on the international tennis circuit. Played on hard court at the Rod Laver Arena (named after its first ever winner, Rod Laver), the tournament culminates with the men's final, played on the last Sunday in January. Pick up a single session ticket or a ground pass for all the action.

Date: 15 January 2018 - 28 January 2018
Venue: Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park Grounds.
Website: http://www.ausopen.com
Cost:

Single session tickets start at A$51 and ground passes start at A$30.


Midsumma

Melbourne's premier gay and lesbian annual arts and culture festival has been celebrating diversity for more than 30 years, creating experiences that "flip the status quo." The festival takes place over three weeks during the summer and includes an all-night party, pride march, art exhibitions, film screenings, and sports events for all ages.

Date: 16 January 2018 - 29 January 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.midsumma.org.au

Chinese New Year Celebration

Expect firecrackers, stunning lanterns, a Chinese Lion Dance, traditional folk music and a dragon awakening ceremony across Melbourne streets as Chinatown celebrates Chinese New Year in the days leading up to the holiday in February. Visitors can share the cultural heritage of Melbourne's Chinese community in events that mainly centre around Little Bourke Street.

Date: 22 January 2018 - 28 January 2018
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various locations.
Website: http://www.melbournechinesenewyear.com
Cost:

Free.