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From colourful racing carnivals to Grand Slam tennis, there's always something exciting happening in Victoria. With food and wine events, jazz, and comedy shows, surfing tournaments, and flower and garden displays – Victoria celebrates with major festivals and special events throughout the year.

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Melbourne

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Exhibitions

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

Pop along to the NGV to see more than 300 works, including major new commissions, from two of the world's most significant contemporary artists.

Until 24 Apr 2016

Art & exhibitions

White Night

Dusk til dawn, enjoy over 80 free events celebrating music, food, film, art and light. Discover an all-night wonderland for everyone to explore.

20 - 21 Feb 2016

Festivals

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Raise a toast to regional producers and savour a meal and a glass of wine at delicious food festival events, including the World's Longest Lunch.

4 - 13 Mar 2016

Design

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Step out with the seriously stylish at Australia's biggest fashion event featuring fabulous entertainment, runway shows and workshops.

7 - 13 Mar 2016

Gardens & agriculture

Flower and garden show

Sprout green thumbs in response to the sensory explosions of colour and design to be dug up at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.

16 - 20 Mar 2016

Motor sport

Formula 1 Grand Prix

Get the motor running and enjoy a long weekend of F1 action on and off the track including motor shows, air displays and of course, the big race.

17 - 20 Mar 2016

Comedy

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Laugh, chortle, giggle and snort at everything from wry young hipsters and slapstick heroes to musical comedy and good ol’ timey cabaret stars.

23 Mar - 17 Apr 2016

Film festivals

Melbourne International Film Festival

Ensure your winter's complete by cramming your minipass with every award-winning, big-budget, no-budget, international, local film and event at MIFF.

28 Jul - 14 Aug 2016

Literature

Melbourne Writers Festival

Prepare for larger-than-life characters and stories that leap off your page as talented writers descend on Melbourne to celebrate the written word.

25 Aug - 4 Sep 2016

Horse racing

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Glamorous, refined and layered with history, Flemington is the beating heart of Australian horse racing. Hosting six incredible racedays comprising...

10 Sep - 5 Nov 2016

Horse racing

EQUITANA Melbourne

Equitana in Australia is the most anticipated annual equine event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere attracting over 50,000 visitors per event....

17 - 20 Nov 2016

Sports

Boxing Day Test

Get out the zinc and the novelty hat and join up to 100,000 cricket fans at the MCG for a sporting event that's become an Australian institution.

26 - 30 Dec 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

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Regional Victoria

Sports

Superbike World Championship

Get pole position in the race to check out the new bikes for 2015 at the first superbike meet of the year, at the spectacular Phillip Island circuit.

26 - 28 Feb 2016

Literature

Clunes Booktown Festival

Indulge in a weekend of book browsing when Clunes becomes a European-styled Booktown, complete with collectable titles, writers talks, and workshops.

30 Apr - 1 May 2016

Sports

Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Surf's up at Bells Beach every Easter, when the world's top ranked surfers carve up the waves and compete for the most sought after trophy in surfing.

24 Mar - 5 Apr 2016

Motor sport

V8 Supercars Phillip Island

Witness Ford, Holden, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG and Volvo battle it out for last minute Championship points on one of Australia's fastest racing tracks.

15 - 17 Apr 2016

Festivals

Winter Blues Festival

Forget the winter blues at Echuca Moama's annual Winter Blues Festival, a weekend not to be missed. The Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival has become...

29 - 31 Jul 2016

Festivals

Mildura Country Music Festival

Mildura becomes country music heaven in spring with over 20 venues celebrating Australia's biggest showcase festival of independent country music.

23 Sep - 2 Oct 2016

Motor sport

Motorcycle Grand Prix

Make the pilgrimage to Australia's home of motorcycle racing with friends and family, meet up with old mates and celebrate on an island full of fans.

21 - 23 Oct 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

Festivals

Maldon Folk Festival

The Maldon Folk Festival is located in Central Victoria and has been held annually for forty three years. Each year a long weekend of quality...

28 - 31 Oct 2016

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