The lunar new year goes off with a bang in Chinatown, where the world's biggest processional dragon rules the streets.
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 in Melbourne.
It got its start at St Jerome's bar in the city centre's Caledonian Lane, but this one-day music fest has lost nothing in its move to the Footscray riverside. Laneway does a brilliant job in scheduling international…
It's easier to kick a goal from the boundary line than to pick up random tickets to the Grand Final, usually held on the final Saturday in September, but it's not hard to get your share of finals fever anywhere in M…
The world's top tennis players and huge, merry-making crowds descend for Australia's grand-slam tennis championship.
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).
The 5.3km street 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.
Melbourne's annual gay and lesbian festival features more than 100 events from mid-January to mid-February, bookended by a carnival in Alexandra Gardens and the Pride March along Fitzroy St, St Kilda.
Held at various venues around the city, this festival features a thought-provoking schedule of Australian and international theatre, opera, dance, visual art and music.
Melbourne's annual all-night event, during which the city is illuminated in colourful projections, forming a backdrop to free art, music and film.