Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

Melbourne's International Flower & Garden Show, is still ranked in the top five flower shows in the world!
The world renowned flower and garden Show will be entering its 20th year in 2015 and is regarded as the largest and most successful horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

The International Flower & Garden Show is listed as a must see event and high on the list of things to do in Melbourne.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building
When:: 25 Mar - 29 Mar 2015
Melbourne Magic Festival

Melbourne Magic Festival will be held June 29 to 11 July and will take place at Northcote Town Hall.

The Melbourne Magic Festival is back for 2015 with more shows, classes, workshops, competitions and FREE EVENTS than ever before!

This year the Festival has spread over five locations across Melbourne, with the Northcote Town Hall being the main hub with Studios 1, 2, 3 and the brand new MAGIC CENTRAL which will become Australia’s own Magic Castle from June 29 to July 11. MAGIC CENTRAL will feature free performances, games, art installations, food, drink, magic tricks and souvenirs.

Where: Northcote Town Hall
When: 29/06/2015 - 11/07/2015

Melbourne Midsumma Gay & Lesbian Festival

It is celebrated in 60 different venues and 6 municipalities and is a federation of innumerable cultural events and arts.

The festival program is made up of a wide range of events and activities including visual art, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, live music, sport and social and political forums and debates.

2014 Festival Dates:
18 Jan - 8 Feb- 2015
° Carnival: Sun 15 Jan
° Dance: Sunday 15 Jan
° Pride March: Sunday 1 Feb
Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix
One of the major tourist events to see in Melbourne is the Formula 1 Grand Prix at Albert Park Lake.

The surrounding business's run specials and major events are run throughout Melbourne to make this a major tourist event.
This year will see the V8's competing over three races.
Where: Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
When: March 2015
Vietnamese Childrens Lantern Festival
The Vietnamese Lantern Festival is a widely celebrated cultural event in Vietnam. The event brings families together to celebrate the full moon.

According to the Eastern Calendar the moon is brightest in August, (ie. September in the Western Calendar) and enhances community cohesiveness.
Melbourne International Arts Festival

Melbourne's Annual International Art Festival is well known for wonderful performances and the presence of popular artistic directors.
Melbourne International Festival of Brass

One of the popular Melbourne festivals and events that celebrates the contribution of all the brass players to the Australian society.

German Brass have already been confirmed as guests.

Friday night will feature the Melbourne Staff Band of the Salvation Army who are celebrating their 120th year. One of the finest brass bands in the country, this concert will also feature euphonium soloist Adam Frey and trombonist Scott Kinmont.

Saturday night will be our finale concert with headline acts Leroy Jones and Ross Irwin all-star youth bigband.
Where: Various venues throughout Melbourne.
When: 30 Dec 2013 - 1 Jan 2014

Information about major festivals and multicultural events in Federation Square and throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

A brief description of Melbourne's Federation Square

Melbourne's Federation Square is known to host countless annual festivals and major multicultural events throughtout the year and amongst Melbourne's many titles is known as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Melbourne could easily be known as 'Melbourne The Festival City'.

Melbourne has such a diverse culture it is the perfect backdrop for multicultural events and annualfestivals and almost on any weekend there is a Festival of one sort or another in 'Melbourne's Federation Square'.

Waatson has a comprehensive list of annual events and annual festivals and contains valuable information on sightseeing in Melbourne and has a comprehensive guide which covers these annual events, festivals and tourist destinations in Melbourne and Victoria. You will find many of these annual festivals and annual events listed below.
Melbourne's Latin Festival

Melbourne's Latin Summer Festival 2016 lights up the River Terrace at Federation Square and Birrarung Marr (Along the Yarra River) with live music, food stalls, Latin arts and crafts and much more!

The Latin Summer Festival showcases all kinds of entertainment from Latin America, including food from different regions, art, live music and family entertainment. There will also be circus-inspired roving performances as well as handcrafts, fashion, jewellery, education and much more.

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
When: 9 January 2016
Pako Festa, Geelong

Pako Festa a very popular festival in Geelong is the largest free celebration of cultural diversity in Australia!

Every year, since 1982, it has attracted thousands of people from ourlocal and cultural communities, professional performers, community groups, schools, businesses, street traders and artists from all walks of life.
Coming together in harmony, up to 100,000 people meet to enjoy a smorgasbord of cultural food, folk dancing, the famous Pako Parade, workshops, art exhibitions, films, craft displays, free activities for children and an amazing day of non-stop entertainment.

Where:Pakington Street, Geelong West
When: Sat 28 Feb 2015
Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2015

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival 2015 The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is a family-friendly event to bring a vibrant taste of Japan to Melbourne with spectacular cultural demonstration.

Held each February the Summer Festival honours the tradition of the 'Bon Festival', a festival held in Japan to give thanks to one's ancestors. The summer festival here also doubles as the perfect way to spend the day outdoors under the Melbourne sunshine and immerse yourself in a jam packed day of all things Japanese.

Where: Federation Square
When: 8nd March 2015
Cost: Free
Time: Open to public Fri 2pm-9pm; Sat & Sun 1pm-5pm
Thai Culture & Food Festival

Federation Square and the Riverside Terrace on Sunday 16 March 2014.
The Thai Culture & Food Festival is scheduled to start at 10am with the colourful traditional Buddhist blessing with Thai monks from local temples.

This was followed by the Annual traditional Thai long drum parade through Federation Square, along the River Yarra and in and around the CBD and an opening ceremony at 11.45am till noon.

Melbourne's Federation Square will be transformed into a haven of Thai culture with a number of tents showcasing Thai arts and crafts, Thai tourism, traditional Thai massage, fruit carving, handicrafts and information from sponsors and supporters.

When: Sunday 15 March 2015.
Where: Melbourne's Federation Square
Festival Indonesia

Festival Indonesia Melbourne 2010 Another of Melbourne's festivals/event which is growing year by year.Festival Indonesia is an annual festival held at Melbourne's Federation Square.

Festival Indonesia 2014 is Australia’s premier Indonesian-Australian exhibition and will take place at the new Federation Square location.

Recognised by many in the business sector as a trade mission without leaving town, this is an imperative annual event, now in its seventh year, for anyone considering business growth and investment into the rapidly growing and very viable market that is Indonesia.

Festival Indonesia’s Trade & Tourism Exhibition will give both the general public and business community the chance to gain more knowledge about Indonesian products and services set at competitive negotiable prices.

Where: Federation Square
When: Oct 2015
Festival Malaysia

Festival Malaysia Melbourne 20104 Melbourne's Queensbridge Square, Southbank is the backdrop for another multicultural event. Melbourne's Festival Malaysia is a non-profit event showcasing the many colours of Malaysian culture through performances, art and music.

Where: Queensbridge Square, Southbank
When: 3rd October 2015
Times: 10am to 5pm, Sunday
Cost: Free
Melbourne's Chinese New Year Festival in Federation Square

The attractions are wide and of appeal to both young and old and Chinese New Year 2015 includes Chinese opera and singing, karaoke competition, numerous stalls of culinary delights, arts and crafts, Chinese chess competitions, lion dances, dragon parades, calligraphy and children's events.

In recent years the Chinese New Years Festival has been one of Melbourne's most celebrated festivals and is great event for the tourist backpacker, locla or family.

In line with Chinese tradition, there will be numerous displays of lions dances punctuated by beating drums and fire-crackers. During the day, the stages will showcase many cultural performances by Melbourne's great multicultural local communities and visiting Performance Arts Group from China.

When: Sun 28 Feb - 1 March 20145

Chinese New Year at Docklands

When: 19 Feb 2015, Victoria Harbour
Time: 5.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Enjoy Chinese New Year at Victoria Harbour, with the 100m-long Docklands Dragon, floating lanterns, dragon boats, tai chi and lion dances.
Melbourne's Nepalese Festival

The aim of this festival/event is to promote Nepalese culture, heritage, tourism and trade amongst the Nepalese residing in Australia and the wider Australian Community.

To enhance the flavor of the day, there will be family and children's fun programs, Nepalese Food Stalls, Handicraft Stalls, Business Information Stalls, Nepalese Cultural and Musical Concert and other several fun programs.

Nepalese festival, Federation Square, When: 6th of Sept 2014.
Melbourne's Polish Festival

The Polish Festival will be bringing a taste of Poland to Melbourne on Sunday 18th November, 2012 at Federation Square.
Stalls at this year's festival will feature delicacies such as pierogi which many translate as filled dumplings or ravioli but neither term really does the pierogi justice - you just have to try it. Or you can try some bigos, Poland's true national dish.

But don't miss out on the placki ziemniaczane (Potato Pancakes) think of them as the Polish version of hash browns, but far tastier and even more tantalising when had with sour cream and sugar.

No Polish Festival would be complete without polish sausages (kielbasa), made even more splendid when washed down with a glass of beer or a shot of vodka.
When: Sunday 18th November, 2015
Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
Time: 10am to 5pm
Cost: Free
Fashion @ Federation Square Showcase Series

Federation Square fashion showcase series This Fashion showcase series is one of the important Melbourne festivals and events to see in Melbourne and it encourages new talents revealing their ability to mix fashion with accessories.

Where: BMW Edge, Federation Square
When: Last Thurs of month
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $15 includes a glass of wine
Australian International Air Show 2014

Australian International Air Show 2014 - Point Cook 2014 Held annualy at Melbourne's Avalon Airfield this is a very popular event for tourists and locals.
The Friday Night Alight is a particular highlight, when the airshow concludes with a dazzling pyrotechnic and firework display.

Where: Avalon Airport
When: 1st - 6th March 2014
Cost: A$50; concessions A$40; 5-14s A$25; under 5s free
Time: Open to public Fri 2pm-9pm; Sat & Sun 8am-6pm
Trade only Tue 9am-Fri 2pm

Melbournes Moomba Festival 2014

2015 is Moomba's 60th birthday!
Fri 7th - Mon 10th March 2015

The Moomba Festival an annual event is one of those Melbourne festivals and events that has been celebrated for a very long time and is also one of the largest in the city. Part of the Moomba Festival is a carnival on the banks of the Yarra River.

Melbourne's Moomba Festival also is the host to the Moomba Masters International Water Ski Championship and the flying machines of the Birdman Rally, where competitors try to fly across the Yarra River in weird and wonderful flying machines.
9.30PM - SAT, SUN, MON
Enjoy three great nights of fireworks as Moomba lights up the Yarra River
There is a weekend of free Live Music as well as DJ's and in the amusement section plenty of different rides for that will satisfy anyone who loves a good carnival.

Where: Various venues
When: Fri 7 - Mon 10 March 2014
Melbourne's International Comedy Festival 2015

Melbournes International Comedy Festival is one of Melbournes annual events that tourists and locals flock to see and is held in April and consists of countless shows by world famous comedians and the events are staged in venues all over Melbourne.

Where: Various venues
When: 29th March - 19th April 2015
Antipodes Festival Melbourne 2014

Antipodes is the Greek Community of Melbourne's year-long cultural program of art, literary, theatre, music and film events. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Antipodes, and this milestone will be celebrated with newly added events including the Antipodes Writers Festival (15-17 June) together with favourites such as Flavours of Greece (August-September) and the Greek Film Festival (17 Oct-4 Nov).

A festival celebrating Greek independance day with over 150,000 people attending.

The Melbourne Greek Antipodes Festival takes place in Lonsdale Street’s Greek Precinct and allows locals and tourists to join in and celibrate all things Greek.

A fun event at the Antipodes Festival is the Zorba ‘til You drop dancing competition'.
When: Feb 8 - 9 2014
Where: Lonsdale Street
Enquires: (03) 9662 3307
Indian Cultural Diwali Fair

Melbourne's Indian community has a very special event held at Sandown Park. Best described as a cultural fair with Diwali celebrations and fireworks rides and food stalls.The events have been a great success with an attendance of up 15000 people from all over Melbourne converging at Sandown for the 12 hour mega event. Dates to be announced for 2015.

This annual event of the Australian Indian Innovations Inc. includes a grand Cultural Programme, Vegetarian Food, Snacks & Indian sweets, Disco Dance with D.J Richi Madan, Children’s Rides, Various variety stalls comprising Music CDS & DVDS, Indian Jewellery, Clothes and Handicrafts.
The event captures and captivates the Indian and the wider community’s interest whilst showcasing the social, cultural and religious aspects of Diwali.

Sandown Entertainment Centre, Princes Highway, Noble Park
Information: 0403 337 142   Read the PDF flyer

Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne 2014 This event, the major event in the Melbourne dragon boating calendar, will be held at Docklands on the Labour Day long weekend as a part of Melbourne's Moomba celebrations.

The Melbourne International Dragon Boat Festival has become one of the most important and internationally renowned events of its kind. The rich multicultural flavour of the event brings enormous excitement and interest to all Melburnians.

EASTER FESTIVAL 2015- Chinese Spring Festival

The Chinese Spring Festival presents unique cultural experiences provided by authentic Asian performers to Bendigo as well as highlighting amazing local cultural performers.
Date: Saturday 7th April 2015
Time: 10am - 12pm
Venue: Dai Gum San precinct
1-11 Bridge St Bendigo
Cost: Free

The Awakening of the Dragon

This is a two-hour show begins with the Clan McLeod Highland Pipe Band and includes spectacular lion dancing, dragon dancing and performances by our dancing team.

Performances are by our local teams and visiting teams. All of this is a wonderful display of colour, movement and many strings of 10,000 firecrackers!! A prelude to the main Monday Easter Procession.
The Awakening of the Dragon ceremony in 2012 will be showcasing talent from around Australia.

Daring stunts performed by Hung Gar Yar Shu (Melbourne), Chinese Youth Society (Melbourne),Cairns and District Chinese Association (Cairns), Prosperous Mountain Lion Dance (Canberra) and the Bendigo Chinese Association (Bendigo). Performances include Chinese dancing, dragon dancing, lion dancing, Chinese drummers and martial arts demonstrations. This event is a highlight of the entire Bendigo Easter Festival.

Date: Saturday 7th April 2013
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Dai Gum San precinct
1-11 Bridge St Bendigo
Cost: Free

Chinese New Year Festival Melbourne 2014 The Bendigo Easter Festival Torchlight Parade

The Annual Torchlight procession exhibits various community groups and schools from around central Victoria. At the rear of the parade see the Bendigo Chinese Association bring out lion dancers, Chinese drummers and gongs, Ming Loong, Ping Loong, Xiao Le Loong, Gansu Loong and the luminous Choi Loong.
Date: Saturday 7th April 20123
Time: TBC by the Bendigo Easter Festival
Parade Route: TBC by the Bendigo Easter Festival
Cost: Free

The Bendigo Easter Festival Gala Parade

The Easter Gala Procession is the main parade of the festival comprising of community groups and schools together with the Chinese Association section at the rear of the procession. On this day costumes and exhibits housed in the Golden Dragon Museum come out on display to the public alongside the famous Sun Loong. Sun Loong is the longest Imperial dragon in the world and only parades in the public once a year.
Date: Sunday 8th April 2012
Time: 1pm
Parade Route: TBC by the Bendigo Easter Festival
Cost: Free
Taste of Melbourne 2015
The Royal Exhibition Building will again play host to Melbourne’s Premier Food and Wine event, Taste of Melbourne.
The event runs from 27 Feb—15 Mar 2015.

Now established as a ‘must attend event’ by food and wine lovers from Australia and beyond, Taste of Melbourne allows attendees to sample up to 40 signature dishes prepared by chefs from Melbourne’s best and hatted restaurants.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building

Anzac Day March Melbourne

ANZAC Day is the Day Australia pays homage to its fallen brave killed in war. The day commemorates the bravery of Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the First, Second and Vietnam Wars.

There is an Anzac Day March in the city of Melbourne and there is a dawn service at the Shrine of Remberance in Melbourne.
Asian Food Festival
The Asian Food festival is presented by the Chinese Restaurateurs Association of Victoria and is in its 22nd year.

With over 30-plus restaurants participating and special events across Melbourne the program is becoming bigger and more popular year by year.
For more information on Melbourne's Asian Food Festival click here.

Frankston Waterfront Festival 2016

The Frankston Sea Festival is one of the City's major community events and is held annually at the Frankston Waterfront.
There are free come and try activities, a stage of entertainment, a food and wine area, and the very popular Tibetan Monks.

And this year, for the first time, the Australian Sand sculpting will be part of the Sea Festival, with the theme Fairytales and Fables.

Don’t miss the fireworks at 9:45pm on Saturday night. When: Sat 16 - 17 Jan 2016
Time:11:00 AM
Where: Frankston Foreshore
Melbourne Fringe Festival

16 Sep - 4 Oct 2015 The Melbourne Fringe Festival is presented by The Age between September and October annually.

This event is held over a 3 week period at various venues around Melbourne. Content is in the form of music, comedy, theatre and almost anything to with the arts.
The Royal Melbourne Show

Another Melbourne favourite annual event to visit and is held in September at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and feautures produce displays, animal shows and all sorts of attractions.
Melbourne International Film Festival

The melbourne Film Festival showcases a huge collection of films from all over the world.
Melbourne Spring Racing Festival 2015

One of Melbourne's major annual events to see is the Spring Racing Festival which is a must see during your visit to Melbourne.
Visitors from all over Australia flock to see all of the events and the fashions on the field see many famous people both local or from overseas in attendance.

This is 6 solid weeks of horse racing and one of the major tourist attractions to Melbourne and Victoria.

The Melbourne Cup Horse Race is named the race "that stops the nation". The Melbourne Cup has been run since 1861 and this famous annual event is held on the first Tuesday of November.
Thai Culture and Food Festival 2015

Melbourne's annual Thai Festival is a showcase of Thai arts and crafts, fruit carving, tourism and food.

The Thai festival provides continuous entertainment on stage with performances of Thai dance, Thai kickboxing and Miss Thailand beauty contest.

Last Year 65,000 attended. Where: Federation Square
When: Sun 16 Mar 2015 10am to 9pm
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Melbournes Annual Flower and Show is held in the Exhibition Buidings in Carlton.

This event is the most successful of horticultural events in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the famous Melbourne festivals and events.
Every year locals and tourists come from everywhere to see this annual event.
Melbourne's International Flower & Garden Show is a celebration of Australian lifestyle and our great outdoors.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
When: Wed 26th - Sun 30 March 2015
The Greek Film Festival Melbourne 2015

13 - 31 October 2015
A list of some of the movies being shown: