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Melbourne Writers Festival

30 Aug - 8 Sept

Melbourne Writers Festival is an annual, ten-day literary festival held in the Australian city of Melbourne, a UNESCO City of Literature. The Festival runs across late August and early September each year in the cultural heart of the city at Federation Square.

Be inspired through a buzzing program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free.

Federation Square / $22 /

Melbourne Fringe Festival

September 12 - 29

For 2.5 weeks in September, Melbourne Fringe transforms our city into a platform for every kind of artform imaginable, supporting over 3,000 artists to present 450+ works in 170+ venues to more than 360,000 people.

170+ Venues / $ /

Royal Melbourne Show

21 Step - 1 Oct

Celebrating over 160 of years of bringing the country to the city, the Royal Melbourne Show is Victoria’s largest showcase of agriculture and is conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV).

Visitors to the Royal Melbourne Show will be entertained with a huge range of all-inclusive, interactive, and fun activities and attractions.

Melbourne Showgrounds / $ /

Melbourne Marathon

October 13

Australia’s largest marathon. Held every year since 1978.

/ $136 /

Melbourne International Arts Festival

October 02 - 20

Melbourne International Arts Festival is one of Australia’s leading international arts festivals and has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor events over 17 days each October.

All across Melbourne / $Free & Paid options /

Melbourne Cup Carnival

November 2nd - 9th

The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. It is a 3200-metre race for three-year-olds and over, conducted by the Victoria Racing Club on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Flemington Race Course / $45 to $89 /

Melbourne Music Week

15th to 23rd of November

Melbourne Music Week (MMW) is a nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene.

Spread across 200 venues / $Paid and Free Events /

The Big Design Market

Dec 6th to 8th

THE BIG DESIGN MARKET brings together the best independent Australian and international design for 3 inspirational days of shopping. With gourmet food and craft beer, our exclusive designer showbags and free kids activities, this is a truly unmissable event!

Royal Exhibition Building / $Free / 10am to 5pm

Carols by Candlelight – Vision Australia

December 24th 2019

Ever since 1938 Carols by Candlelight has been a Melbourne tradition. Join in for a fun night of sing-alongs and celebrating the Christmas spirit.

Sidney Myer Music Bowl / $47 - $262 / 8pm

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child

Feb 2019 - Feb 2020

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by Thorne, J. K. Rowling and John Tiffany.

Princess Theatre / $300 /