Major events

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

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition

Dreamworks Animation – The Exhibition

10 Apr - 26 Oct 2014

Take the journey from sketch to screen and see rarely seen drawings, models, original artworks and more from DreamWorks' much-loved animated classics.

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Jemma Rix as Elphaba and Lucy Durack as Glinda

Wicked

7 May - 7 Sep 2014

See the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good work their magic and find out what happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy and Toto dropped in.

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Les Misérables

Les Misérables

4 Jul - 21 Sep 2014

See Valjean, Fantine and Cosette take to the stage in Victor Hugo's classic story. It's one of the world's most popular musicals. Don't miss out.

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AFL final

AFL Finals Series

5 - 27 Sep 2014

Choose a team, scoff a meat pie and barrack hard with passionate Melburnians at this spectacular crescendo of 22 weeks of the Aussie Rules season.

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2012 Melbourne Cup victory

Spring Racing Carnival

22 Sep - 25 Nov 2014

Soak up the buzz on and off the track as glamourous punters and champion thoroughbreds descend on Melbourne for six weeks of Spring Carnival action.

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Once

Once

1 Oct - 9 Nov 2014

Discover the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and the singer who inspires him as Once makes its Australian debut.

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DESH

Melbourne Festival

10 - 26 Oct 2014

Cram a year's worth of high art into two weeks and see the cream of Australian and international theatre, dance, visual arts, opera and music.

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Fiorente wins the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup Carnival

1 - 8 Nov 2014

Dress to impress and raise the stakes on the home straight of the Spring Racing Carnival, featuring well-known race days and the iconic Melbourne Cup.

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Dressage competition

EQUITANA Melbourne 2014

20 - 23 Nov 2014

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

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Sail Melbourne

ISAF Sailing World Cup

7 - 14 Dec 2014

Kick off the 2014 Sailing World Cup when the flag is raised at Sandringham and get set for super sailing from Olympic athletes and sailing elite.

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Boxing Day Test

Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test

26 Dec 2014

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.

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Asian Cup

AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015

9 - 31 Jan 2015

Make sure you're at AAMI Park for tough tousles between regional rivals when Australia hosts its biggest ever football tournament, the AFC Asian Cup.

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Australian Open Tennis

19 Jan - 1 Feb 2015

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.

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THE LION KING

The Lion King

20 Feb - 10 May 2015

Seen by over 70 million people, Disney's landmark musical event The Lion King opens February at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne for a strictly limited...

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2012 IGA World's Longest Lunch

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

27 Feb - 15 Mar 2015

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.

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Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 Grand Prix

12 - 15 Mar 2015

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.

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VAMFF

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

16 - 22 Mar 2015 (dates to be confirmed)

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

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The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

Flower and garden show

25 - 29 Mar 2015

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.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup

14 Feb 2015, 22 Feb 2015, 26 Feb 2015, 19 Mar 2015

Be part of the biggest international sporting event of 2015 when the world's cricketing nations contest the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Melbourne.

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Crowds at Federation Square

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

29 May - 7 Jun 2015 (dates to be confirmed)

Hear something new in Melbourne's jazz bars and clubs this Queens Birthday weekend. Catch exclusive international acts and local newcomers.

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MIFF red carpet

Melbourne International Film Festival

30 Jul - 16 Aug 2015 (dates to be confirmed)

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

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Regional Victoria

Lake Wendouree - the home of the 1956 Olympic rowing events

World Rowing Masters Regatta

9 - 12 Oct 2014

Soak up the festive atmosphere in Ballarat when the World Rowing Masters descend, bringing rowing excitement and fun-filled events to Lake Wendouree.

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2013 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Motorcycle Grand Prix

17 - 19 Oct 2014

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.

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Sail Melbourne

ISAF Sailing World Cup

7 - 14 Dec 2014

Kick off the 2014 Sailing World Cup when the flag is raised at Sandringham and get set for super sailing from Olympic athletes and sailing elite.

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Festival of Sails Geelong

Festival of Sails

22 - 26 Jan 2015

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.

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Superbike World Championship

Superbike World Championship

20 - 22 Feb 2015

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.

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Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

24 Feb - 1 Mar 2015

Bring the family, meet the pilots and celebrate the power of flight with stunning aerial displays of vintage, commercial and military aircraft.

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Fanning, in his quarterfinal against Jordy

Rip Curl Pro

15 - 26 Apr 2015 (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.

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