For guaranteed good times over the coming months, add these to your social calendar.
Melbourne Writers’ Festival
This year more than 70 writers, journalists and illustrators – including Morris Gleitzman, Clementine Ford and Leigh Hobbs - will host panels, talks and workshops covering all facets and genres of the written word. Events are perfect for avid readers and aspiring creatives alike so make sure you book early to secure a seat.
August 25 – September 3 - Check out the website for details
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Mould – A Cheese Festival
Yes, you read that right: Melbourne is getting its first ever cheese festival. It’s set to be a who’s who of Australia’s best handmade cheeses with 80 different types all ripe for the tasting. Enjoy as many as you can, take part in a masterclass and sip on a glass of wine.
September 2 - Click here for details
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Back for its 35th year, Melbourne Fringe is set to be bigger than ever with more than 400 events stretching across 160 venues over 15 days. Expect weird, wacky and wonderful installations and adventurous performances.
September 14 – October 1 - Click here to check out the line-up
This new kid on the block is a celebration of juniper berries in their best form: gin! With talks, tastings and the chance to banter with a stack of ginsmiths about their craft, this is an event which will please even the biggest gin aficionados.
October 21 and 22 - Buy tickets here
Spring racing has officially started and the Cox Plate is one of the season’s biggest and best events. Pull out your Sunday best, get familiar with the form guide and glue yourself to the main event where superstar horse Winx will race for the honours of becoming the second horse in history to take the trophy home three years in a row.
October 28 - Book tickets here