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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.
11 Dec 2015 - 24 Apr 2016
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.
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26 - 30 Dec 2015
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.
17 Jan - 7 Feb 2016
Move your feet at Melbourne's annual queer celebration with outdoor parties and city-wide cultural events, and show your pride at the closing march.
18 - 31 Jan 2016
Light up your January with the first tennis Grand Slam of the year. Be there as the biggest names in the game try to start the season off with a bang.
20 - 21 Feb 2016
Dusk til dawn, enjoy over 80 free events celebrating music, food, film, art and light. Discover an all-night wonderland for everyone to explore.
4 - 13 Mar 2016
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.
7 - 13 Mar 2016
Step out with the seriously stylish at Australia's biggest fashion event featuring fabulous entertainment, runway shows and workshops.
16 - 20 Mar 2016
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.
17 - 20 Mar 2016
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.
23 Mar - 17 Apr 2016
Laugh, chortle, giggle and snort at everything from wry young hipsters and slapstick heroes to musical comedy and good ol’ timey cabaret stars.
28 May - 7 Jun 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
The 2016 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) is set to warm up the city in midwinter with an incredible program featuring some of the...
28 Jul - 14 Aug 2016
Ensure your winter's complete by cramming your minipass with every award-winning, big-budget, no-budget, international, local film and event at MIFF.
25 Aug - 4 Sep 2016
Prepare for larger-than-life characters and stories that leap off your page as talented writers descend on Melbourne to celebrate the written word.
10 Sep - 5 Nov 2016
Glamorous, refined and layered with history, Flemington is the beating heart of Australian horse racing. Hosting six incredible racedays comprising...
17 - 20 Nov 2016
Equitana in Australia is the most anticipated annual equine event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere attracting over 50,000 visitors per event....
22 - 26 Jan 2016
Join over 100,000 spectators on Geelong's waterfront this Australia Day weekend for five days of yacht racing, live music, fireworks and lots more.
8 - 10 Feb 2016
The Great Ocean Road cycle is an annual cycle tour that begins in Geelong Victoria and ends in Warrnambool. The Great Ocean Road is world renown for...
26 - 28 Feb 2016
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.
5 Mar - 10 Jul 2016
Immerse yourself in glamour with the original costumes, studio portraits, lobby cards and film posters from some of Marilyn Monroe's greatest films.
23 Mar - 3 Apr 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
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.
30 Apr - 1 May 2016
Indulge in a weekend of book browsing when Clunes becomes a European-styled Booktown, complete with collectable titles, writers talks, and workshops.
29 - 31 Jul 2016
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...
23 Sep - 2 Oct 2016
Mildura becomes country music heaven in spring with over 20 venues celebrating Australia's biggest showcase festival of independent country music.
21 - 23 Oct 2016 (dates to be confirmed)
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.
28 - 30 Oct 2016
Launched in 1990, the annual Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is one of Australia's biggest regional music events and is acclaimed by fans,...
3 - 5 Mar 2017
Bring the family, meet the pilots and celebrate the power of flight with stunning aerial displays of vintage, commercial and military aircraft.
Touch and feel your way through local history; give Phar Lap a nod, explore a rainforest, rest in a rollercoaster car, and discover Koori heritage.
Wilsons Promontory National Park sits at the southernmost tip of the Australian mainland, offering visitors stunning scenery and wildlife.
Watch for waking koalas and peek at a joey in a kangaroo's pouch, meet keepers or observe vets in the animal hospital, all in an Aussie bush setting.
Journey to the stars and beyond at the Melbourne Planetarium, travel through space and time, and have a hair-raising encounter with lighting volts.
Join a wildlife safari, Melbourne style, and spot rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras and monkeys as they roam freely through the grounds of the zoo.
Witness the rugged splendour of the famous 12 Apostles, magnificent rock stacks that rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victoria's dramatic coastline.
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