Top Choice Food & Drink in Melbourne

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Food lovers travel to Melbourne especially for this festival, which celebrates the city's world-class food and wine scene with more than 200 unique events. From the sell-out Longest Lunch – served on a table that sn…
Top Choice Cultural in City Centre

Chinese New Year

The lunar new year goes off with a bang in Chinatown, where the world's biggest processional dragon makes its way down Little Bourke St, food stalls set up, and events and celebrations continue for a few weeks.
Architecture in City Centre

Open House Weekend Melbourne

Open House Melbourne offers special programs all year, but during the last weekend of July, its Open House Weekend lets people visit sites usually closed to the public, with the aim of building environmental, cultur…
Sports in Richmond & East Melbourne

Australian Open

The world's top tennis players and huge, merry-making crowds descend for Australia's grand-slam tennis championship. Check out the AO Live Stage at Birrarung Marr for international music acts, the mini theme park fo…
Sports in Melbourne

Melbourne Cup

Culminating in the prestigious Melbourne Cup, the Spring Racing Carnival is as much a social event as a sporting one. The Cup, held on the first Tuesday in November, is a public holiday here. Expect to see Melburnia…
Sports in Richmond & East Melbourne

AFL Grand Final

It's easier to kick a goal from the boundary line than to pick up sought-after tickets to the Aussie rules Grand Final, usually held on the final Saturday in September – but it's not hard to get your share of finals…
Film in St Kilda, Elwood & Elsternwick

St Kilda Film Festival

Australia's longest-running short film festival (since '83) is presented by the local council, with submissions able to qualify for the Academy Awards. One hundred short Australian films (running time less than 30 m…
Comedy in Melbourne

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

An enormous range of local and international comic talent hits town with four weeks of laughs in Melbourne venues, whether at Melbourne Town Hall, a spiegeltent or a nightclub. Tickets average $30, but there is free…
Sports in South Melbourne, Port Melbourne & Albert Park

Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix

The 5.3km circuit around the normally tranquil Albert Park Lake is known for its smooth, fast surface. The buzz, both on the streets and in your ears, takes over Melbourne for four days of rev-head action. Listen ou…
Sports in Melbourne

Spring Racing Carnival

Held in six racecourses scattered around Victoria, this horse-racing carnival is best known for its two famous feature races, the Caulfield Cup (Caulfield Racecourse) and the Melbourne Cup (Flemington Racecourse).