Top 10 things to do in Melbourne

We’ve picked the crème de la crème of Melbourne’s upcoming events to help you plan your end of summer activities.

1. Moomba Festival

Every Labour Day long weekend Moomba sets up stumps on the banks of the Yarra to entertain locals and visitors alike. The Birdman Rally is always a highlight as are the spectacular fireworks displays.

March 10 – 13.


2. Late Night Harlem Supper Club

This event brings new meaning to the phrase midnight feast, offering night owls the chance to sit down to a decadent three course meal at 1:30am. The food comes courtesy of Almay Jordaan of Neighbourhood Wine fame and the venue is the suitably moody Nieuw Amsterdam.

March 26, 1:30am. 

WAFFLED MAC & CHEESE! That is all. #nieuwamsterdam #macncheese #waffles

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3. World’s Longest Lunch

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is in town again, bringing with it a record making 600-metre-long table which will be set up on Lygon Street. Eat well and make history.

March 31, 12pm. Buy tickets here.


4. Melbourne International Comedy Festival

This is Australia’s biggest comedy festival and 2017’s line-up sure doesn’t disappoint. Get ready to laugh out loud to the likes of Wil Anderson, Ruby Wax and Nazeem Hussein.

March 29 – April 23. Book tickets here


5. Hot Dub Wine Machine

DJ Tom Loud’s travelling dance party Hot Dub Time Machine has been whipping revellers into dancing frenzies since 2011. This year the DJ’s tweaking his concept slightly to host the party at wineries all around the country. Wine, beautiful vistas and all the best songs since 1954 - need we say more?

March 25, 1pm Rochford Wines Yarra Valley. Buy tickets here.

Someone give me a Time Machine so I can see Hot Dub again! 🎈

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6. Donutfest

Featuring beer, bingo and (of course) donuts, Melbourne’s inaugural donut festival presents the perfect opportunity to gorge yourself silly.

March 12, 2 – 8pm.


7. A Weekend in the Gardens

From the same team who brought us A Day on the Green, this three-day music festival serves up some of the best names in the Australian music business. Friday sees both John Farnham and Darryl Braithwaite grace the stage, Saturday brings more modern vibes with Boy & Bear, and Sunday goes back to Aussie old school with headliner Icehouse.

March 10 – 12. Buy tickets here.


8. Noisy Ritual Vintage 2017

Melbourne’s first urban winery invites you to celebrate all the good things in life with a five-week festival of winemaking, music and food. Bring your best grape stomping technique and please, whatever you do, don’t wear white.

March 4 – April 8.


9. Dance Massive

More than 20 productions will be showcased during this two-week festival of contemporary dance. Talks, workshops and panel discussions will also play a major role, giving you the opportunity to discover the world of dance for the first time or improve your technique.

March 14 – 26. Check out the program here.


10. Turkish Pazar Festival

In it's 10th year of running, Queen Victoria Market will be transformed into a traditional Turkish bazaar, where visitors will experience the vibrant tastes, colours and sounds of Turkey through food, music, arts and crafts and cultural displays. All entertainment is free and suitable for all ages!

March 11 & 12.

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