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As well as the many tours and attractions, Melbourne provides a jammed packed annual festivals and events calendar. From renowned events such as the international Australian Grand Prix to film festivals, fashion shows to food and wine festivals. If culture is your thing, there are comedy festivals and art shows, but no matter your interest, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Check out some of our listed festivals and events for Melbourne held throughout the year, including activities and events held over public holidays.

Melbourne Events

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bend and snap
• Thousand £ Bend, 361 Lt Lonsdale St, MELBOURNE VIC 3000 • Connect with Facebook
• held the last Sunday of each month
The market will showcase the fine work of local talented creatives such as illustrators, fashion designers, jewellers and textile artists. "Crafternoon Corner" will offer all Bend and Snap shoppers a chance to join in and get gluey, with new crafts every month. With our tasty café out front, artwork adorned walls, natural lighting and fabulous tunes, Bend and Snap makes the perfect recipe for an atmospheric Sunday afternoon – we invite you to join in!
Harvest 'n' Graze
• Ph: 03 9528 5045 • Email Connect with Facebook • (see website for more contact info)
• See website for dates and locations
Held on specific dates throughout the year at varying locations in the Greater Melbourne region and in line with seasonal harvest, the Harvest 'n' Graze is a food, music and wine celebration. There are stalls, the most delicious and mouth watering gourmet and harvest producers, and some of Australia's most outstanding artists. These are wonderful events to be shared with family and friends, in some of the most picturesque settings.
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• January Events
Midsumma - Gay & Lesbian Festival
• Ph: 03 9415 9819 • Email
• January-February
Midsumma Festival, Melbourne’s annual gay and lesbian festival, is a federation of arts and cultural events spread over six municipalities and located in over 60 different venues across Melbourne. Midsumma is presented over three weeks and four weekends from mid January to February, and a significant attraction on the Melbourne festival calendar. Midsumma Festival brings together a diverse mix of artists and performers under a single umbrella for an impassioned celebration and innovative presentation of queer art and culture.
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• February Events
FORMULA 1TM Australian Grand Prix
• Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit • February/March
One of the country’s premier sporting event offering an action-packed extravaganza of on-track and off-track activities for people of all ages. This inner-city party last for 4 days in an array of first-class support categories and a carnival of off-track entertainment for the entire family.
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• March Events
Australian International Airshow
• Avalon Airport • Ph: 03 5282 0500 • Email
• March
The Airshow is an exciting presentation of some amazing aircraft in both flying and static displays. Feel the skies tremble, see the latest military heavy metal, attack helicopters, heavy lift and combat support aircraft as well the latest in defence technology. Check out the vast array of civil and commercial aircraft, antique aircraft, historic replicas, vintage war birds, pioneers of the jet age and other classics. Avalon Airport is located Princes Freeway between Melbourne and Geelong, about 55 km from the Melbourne CBD.
Bright n Sandy Food & Wine Festival
• Brighton Beach Gardens, GREEN POINT / BRIGHTON VIC
Bright n Sandy Food & Wine Festival• Sunday 6 March 2011 - 11 am to 6 pm
The event celebrates the best in food, produce, wine, designer beer, lifestyle activities, farm-friendly entertainment and music, including the Wolfgramm Sisters.

Three Brighton Junior Masterchefs will kick off the food and wine presentations, which will feature industry names, and be hosted by Melbourne writer, tour operator, chef and foodie Allan Campion.

Children are a focus this year, with activities including cheese making, sweet treat decorating and craft.
 
CERES Autumn Harvest Festival
• Cnr Roberts and Stewart Sts, BRUNSWICK EAST VIC 3057 • Ph: 03 9389 0100
• March
The Autumn harvest fete celebrates the abundance of the harvest. The harvest festival is a celebration of the achievements of the CERES organic farm. Come for the food, music and the exchange of ideas.
L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival Ltd
• Ph: 03 9654 5599 • Email
• March
Was established in 1997 as a combined initiative of the Australian fashion and retail industry, the State Government of Victoria and the City of Melbourne. The Festival launches collections of Australia’s leading fashion designers, labels and fashion retailers in a series of sophisticated and spectacular fashions shows. From Sunday to Sunday people flock to the catwalks, parties, exhibitions, business and fashion industry events, all over Melbourne.
Melbourne International Comedy FestivalMelbourne International Comedy Festival
• Ph: 03 9417 7711 • Ph: 1300 660 013 • Email
• March-April
Australia’s most popular and dynamic annual arts festival featuring a high profile line up of cabaret, theatre, stand-up, live radio broadcasts, television, music, a Comedy Short Film Festival, free outdoor entertainment and visual art exhibitions.

In 2003 the Festival attracted an audience of over 383,000 and a Festival program listing an enormous 230 individual shows, staged over 2,800 performances making it one of the three largest comedy festivals in the world together with Montreal and Edinburgh.
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• July Events
Melbourne Film Festival LogoMelbourne Film Festival
• July-August
Welcome to the Melbourne International Film Festival, an iconic event that hosts a feast of cinematic delicacies from over 50 countries over 19 days each winter. Your senses will be stimulated as we traverse the myriad of cinema cultures and their filmmakers.
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• August Events
Melbourne Writers Festival
• Ph: 03 9645 9244 • Fax: 03 9645 9344 • Email
• August
The Melbourne Writers’ Festival is, quite simply, Australia’s largest and highest profile literary event. Taking place in August each year, the festival’s aim is to showcase the art talent of the writer and to expand and enhance the experience of the reader.
Royal Melbourne Wine Show
• Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, ASCOT VALE VIC 3032 • Ph: 03 9281 7428 • Email
• August
Taste, savour and critique Award winning entries from the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Enjoy live jazz and Australian cheese platters or simply relax and enjoy a selection of the 4,600 + reds, whites, sparkling and ports.
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• September Events
Melbourne Fringe Festival
• Ph: 03 8412 8788 • Fax: 03 8412 8787 • Email
• September-October
Uncover the Melbourne Fringe Festival with the quirky mix of art and culture including theatre, dance and visual arts. The Melbourne Fringe Festival exposes the most contemporary, innovative and trend-setting work by independent artists and brings them to the theatres, galleries, dark alleys and nooks and crannies of the city.

Royal Melbourne Show LogoRoyal Melbourne Show
• Royal Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Rd, ASCOT VALE
• Ph: 03 9281 7400 • Fax: 03 9281 7595 • Email
• September
A signature event in Melbourne since 1848, when it started as a ploughing competition in Moonee Ponds, the Royal Melbourne Show is organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RAS). The Show is Victoria’s largest and longest running annual public entertainment event. It is iconic in its own right, attracting around half a million visitors each year, and has been a highlight of Victoria’s event calendar for over 150 years - the last 120 at the Ascot Vale site.


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• October Events
Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix
• Phillip Island (located 120 km southeast of Melbourne) • Ph: 03 9258 7100 • Ph: 131 931 • Email
• October
With its combination of fast straights ­ over 300 km/h on Gardner, going into Doohan Corner at Turn One and sweeping corners, plus such technicalities as two first-gear right-handers, the Island circuit’s four-and-a-half kilometres have a touch of everything. What the world’s other tracks don’t have, though, is the spectacular Bass Strait backdrop against which the world’s best riders make an awesome sight as they soar over Southern Loop as they make their way up to Lukey Heights.
Lygon Street Festa
• October
The annual ‘Lygon Street Festa’ has played a significant role in highlighting and popularising Italian contemporary icons and traditional Italian culture. It is Melbourne’s ‘little Italy’ festival, traditionally a pause in the Italian agricultural year before the summer activities. Today the festival continues to cultivate and celebrate Italian arts and culture, which contribute to enriching the Australian way of life and its reputation as a harmonious multicultural society.
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• November Events
Good Life Fair
• Wattle Park, SURREY HILLS VIC • Ph: 1300 553 235 • Email Connect with Facebook
• November (see website for date)
Welcome to The Good Life - It's all about the things that make us feel good - food and wine, organic fruit & veg, handmade crafts and arts, growers and their plants, musicians and artisans, authors and makers, designers and recylers, yummy food and great coffee - all coming together in the shadow of the historic Wattle Park Chalet within the beautiful environs of one of Melbourne's most iconic parklands.

It's a day for the family, for the kids, for your friends - for you.

Melbourne Cup LogoMelbourne Cup Carnival
• Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, FLEMINGTON VIC 3031
• Ph: 1300 727 575 • Email
• 3-10 November
People from all around Australia celebrate the spring carnival, with the race that stops a nation, the ‘Melbourne Cup’. Held at the Flemington race track in Melbourne and organised by the VRC the Melbourne Cup is definitely a horse racing bookies dream and part of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, four unique days of racing.


Return of the Sacred Kingfisher Festival
• Cnr Roberts and Stewart Sts, BRUNSWICK EAST VIC 3057 • Ph: 03 9389 0100
• November
Come spring, CERES celebrates the Return of the Sacred Kingfisher to its traditional nesting grounds at Merri Creek. For thousands of years the Sacred Kingfisher returns to this part of the Merri creek after its winter migration north. When the land here became degraded, the Kingfisher abandoned its traditional nesting site. After much restoration work to the land by CERES, the Kingfisher has returned. Now our symbol of renewal and hope, everyone is welcomed to celebrate with music, dance and food.
 
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