What are the best festivals in Melbourne?

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James Ridenour
  • James Ridenour

  • Chief Concierge, InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

Here is a listing of some of the best festivals in Melbourne. Dates and times can change from year to year so please check the programs before making plans!

  • January – Kooyong Classic Tennis Tournament
  • January – Australian Open
  • January – Australia Day
  • January/February – Midsumma Festival
  • February – St Kilda Festival
  • February – MSO Concert Series at Myer Music Bowl
  • February – Philip Island World Superbike Championships
  • February – Melbourne Wooden Boat Festival
  • February – Chinese New Year
  • March – Avalon Air Show
  • March – Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
  • March - Melbourne Food & Wine Festivals
  • March – Moomba Water Festival & Parade
  • March – Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
  • March – Melbourne Latin Festival
  • March – Australian Grand Prix
  • March/April – Melbourne Comedy Festival
  • March/April – Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach
  • April – Melbourne International Comedy Festival
  • April – ANZAC Day
  • April – ANZAC Day Collingwood vs Essendon AFL Match at MCG
  • May – Buddha’s Day
  • May – Melbourne International Jazz Festival
  • June – Melbourne International Boat Show
  • July – Melbourne Motor Show
  • July – Melbourne Boat Show
  • July – Melbourne International Design Festival
  • July – Melbourne Open House
  • July/August – Melbourne International Film Festival
  • August – Taste of Melbourne
  • August – Melbourne Art Fair
  • August – Melbourne Writers Festival
  • August – Melbourne Spring Fashion Week
  • September – Royal Melbourne Show
  • September – AFL Grand Final
  • September – Melbourne Fringe Festival
  • September/October - Tesselaar Tulip Festival
  • October – MotoGP Phillip Island
  • October – Melbourne Arts Festival
  • October – Melbourne Marathon
  • October – Melbourne Cycling Festival
  • October – Melbourne Home & Leisure Show
  • October/November – Spring Racing Carnival
  • December – Boxing Day Test Match
  • December – AFI Awards
  • December – Moonlight Cinema
  • December – Carols by Candlelight

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