There is always something to do in Melbourne, no matter what time of the year it is. Here are some highlights for each month you can check out if you are in town.
The 26th of January commemorates Australia Day, where every Aussie celebrates the founding of the nation. There are barbeques everywhere with plenty of food and drinks to enjoy with friends and family. A lot of people flock to the beach as it is at the peak of summer and a great time to enjoy a day out.
If you want to help support the Australian music industry then the St Kilda Festival is for you. There are loads of local bands of all types performing throughout the festival. Explore the city and enjoy the festivities with the community.
There are a lot of festivals held in March including the international Comedy Festival, the Melbourne Fashion Festival and The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival at the Queen Victoria Markets.
One of the more sombre events in Melbourne is the ANZAC day dawn service on April 25th to commemorate fallen Australian and New Zealand soldiers. Worth going to pay your respects to the people that helped protect the Australian nation.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with high tea and scones at one of the many venues around the city. There are some cozy places up in the Dandenong Ranges which are perfect for this.
The Rutherglen Wine Festival has been going on in June since 1974 and is a fantastic time to get your woollies on and get out to the high country for this winter event.
The Melbourne Winter Festival has been an annual event since 2011 and continues to be popular for all winter lovers in Melbourne. Check out the performances by Ice Skating Australia, and maybe strap on some skates yourself and get out on the rink.
The Melbourne International Film Festival is a not-for-profit organization that showcases films from around the world. It has been successfully running since 1952.
The AFL Grand Final is the culmination of the football sporting year with the two best teams vying it out for the Premiership flag. The ambience is amazing, with people flocking to see the game at the iconic MCG.
The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is a place to come down and get funky with the music. There is a vast array of performers to click your fingers to. So get on down there and support the scene.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is Australia’s most prestigious horseracing event. Carnival week consists of Melbourne Cup Day, which is followed by Oaks Day. The Carnival is then wrapped up with the Mackinnon Stakes Day. Anyone with some Mackinnon Stakes betting knowledge will tell you that this is not a race to be missed.
‘Tis the season to be jolly but December 26th is the time for the Boxing Day test match. Aussies love a good game of cricket and the Boxing Day test is a staple for anyone with an interest in the game. The match is played annually at the MCG and is a good way to enjoy the post-Christmas day.
So, there you have it. A list of great things to do in Melbourne throughout the entire year.