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  • Australian Open

    www.ausopen.com

    January. International tennis stars produce grand slam action as they battle for the coveted Australian Open title - one of only four Grand Slam tournaments played in the world each year. Played at Melbourne Park over 14 days, there is a colourful and vibrant atmosphere with live music and entertainment. There are also exhibition matches, a big screen set up outside for people to watch matches live on the lawns, childrens activities and the banks of the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr will be lined with food stalls and bars.

  • Good Beer Week

    www.goodbeerweek.com.au

    May. Good Beer Week celebrates all that is good about beer. There's hundreds of events during this festival at various venues throughout Melbourne and Victoria, showcasing some of the best local and international brewers. Enjoy fine food, great beers, music and entertainment.

  • Japanese Summer Festival

    www.jcjsm.org.au/fest

    February. This family-friendly event is held at Federation Square and presents a vibrant taste of Japan with spectacular cultural demonstrations. Indulge in food and beverage delights, join origami classes or participate in group dancing. The main stage hosts martial arts demonstrations and live entertainment.

  • Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

    www.greekcentre.com.au/lonsdalestfestival

    February. This annual celebration of Greek culture is held along Lonsdale Street between Swanston Street and Russell Street. Over the weekend there are stages with free entertainment, pop-up bars, Greek street food, cooking demonstrations, craft stalls, dancing lessons and plenty of childrens activities.

  • Melbourne Day

    www.melbourneday.com.au

    August. Celebrate Melbourne's birthday on 30th August which commemorates the landing of settlers on the north bank of the Yarra River aboard the Enterprize in 1835. A range of events are held including an official flag raising ceremony, a rock concert, a regatta at Victoria Harbour and a Melbourne Day lunch.

  • Melbourne Festival

    www.festival.melbourne

    October. As one of Australia's premier arts festivals, it showcases an unparalleled smorgasbord of dance, theatre, music, visual arts and multimedia from both local and international artists and organisations. Events are held at various city venues with many free shows.

  • Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

    www.melbournefoodandwine.com.au

    March. Experience and celebrate a world of gastronomy and wine at hundreds of vibrant events staged in Melbourne and throughout Victoria. Showcasing the best of Australian food and wine, there are outdoor food stalls, wine tasting, high teas, meals prepared by acclaimed chefs, cooking classes, demonstrations, and the signature event The World's Longest Lunch.

  • Melbourne Fringe Festival

    www.melbournefringe.com.au

    September / October. The Melbourne Fringe Festival encompasses performances by independent artists, both emerging and established. Work presented is often original, provocative and imaginative, and ranges from theatre, to comedy, dance, music, cabaret, circus and visual arts. The festival is held across various venues around the city.

  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    www.comedyfestival.com.au

    March / April. This is one of the biggest comedy festivals in the world and takes over Australia's comedy capital of Melbourne. It features a plethora of stand up comedians, theatre and cabaret shows, family-friendly acts, street performances, film and the visual arts. The Melbourne Town Hall is converted into a huge comedy hub and there are also performances held at other city centre and suburban venues.

  • Melbourne International Film Festival

    www.miff.com.au

    July / August. An 18 day festival held at several city venues that showcases some of the best new films from Australia and around the world. There are also movie talks, tributes, discussion programs and acting masterclasses.

  • Melbourne International Jazz Festival

    www.melbournejazz.com

    June. Melbourne's streets, concert halls, clubs, bars and galleries host local and international modern masters of jazz. As well as the headliners, there are plenty of free events and child-friendly shows. The festival's aim is to make Melbourne a world-class destination for jazz.

  • Moomba Festival

    www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Moomba

    March. Moomba has been held across the Labour Day weekend since 1955 and is Australia's largest community festival. Based around Birrarung Marr, Alexandra Gardens and the Yarra River, it includes free entertainment, carnival rides, childrens activities, fireworks, food stalls and water-based events and demonstrations on the river. The iconic Moomba Parade consists of a lively procession of floats and performers as they make their way along St Kilda Road.

  • White Night Melbourne

    www.whitenightmelbourne.com.au

    February. See the city in a totally different light at this annual dusk to dawn celebration of culture and creativity. There are spectacular light displays, exhibitions, street performances, film, music, dance and interactive events throughout Melbourne's city centre streets, laneways, public spaces and parkland.