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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David Bowie is

David Bowie is

16 Jul - 1 Nov 2015

Put on your red shoes and immerse yourself in a celebration 50 years of one of the era's most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance.

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Frans Snyders  Flemish 1579–1657  A concert of bird's 1630–40 oil on canvas 136.5 х 240.0 cm  The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg  Acquired from the collection of Sir Robert Walpole, 1779 (Inv. № ГЭ-607)

Masterpieces from the Hermitage

31 Jul - 8 Nov 2015

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Masterpieces from the Hermitage: The Legacy of Catherine The Great features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine The Great.

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Melbourne Cup Carnival

Melbourne Cup Carnival

12 Sep - 7 Nov 2015

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

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Admire Ratki winning the 2014 Caulfield Cup

Spring Racing Carnival

19 Sep - 21 Nov 2015

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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TANDERRUM, 2014 Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival

8 - 25 Oct 2015

Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world, in terms of...

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Ai Weiwei - At the Museum of Modern Art

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

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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Commonwealth Bank Boxing Day Test

Boxing Day Test

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.

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Spectacular view and amazing crowd at T-Dance 2011. Bimbo Jones plays to the setting sun.

Midsumma Festival

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.

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Australian Open Tennis

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.

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2012 IGA World's Longest Lunch

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

4 - 13 Mar 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

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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Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

7 - 13 Mar 2016

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

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.

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2016 Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 Grand Prix

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.

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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.

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Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

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...

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Melbourne International Film Festival Gala

Melbourne International Film Festival

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.

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Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival

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.

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Dressage competition

EQUITANA Melbourne

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....

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Regional Victoria

Nigel Milsom, Judo house pt 6 (the white bird), (detail). Oil on linen, 232 x 190 cm

Archibald Prize 2015

2 Oct - 15 Nov 2015

The Archibald Prize is an extraordinary art event, bringing together images of some of the country's leading celebrities, as seen by Australia's...

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Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Motorcycle Grand Prix

16 - 18 Oct 2015

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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Beth Patteson

Maldon Folk Festival

30 Oct - 2 Nov 2015

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

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V8 Supercars Phillip Island SuperSprint

V8 Supercars Phillip Island

20 - 22 Nov 2015

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.

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QMF 2014

Queenscliff Music Festival

27 - 29 Nov 2015

The Queenscliff Music Festival (QMF) hits the shores of Queenscliff this November 27 to 29. An array of music guests to be announced in the coming...

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Festival of Sails Geelong

Festival of Sails

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.

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Great Ocean rd cycle

Great Ocean Road Cycle

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...

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Superbike World Championship

Superbike World Championship

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.

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IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne

20 Mar 2016

Gasp in awe at the endeavours of some seriously tough athletes as they embark on the challenging race through Melbourne's beautiful bayside suburbs.

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Fanning, in his quarterfinal against Jordy

Rip Curl Pro

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.

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Clunes Booktown Festival

Clunes Booktown Festival

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.

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Winter Blues Fest

Winter Blues Festival

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...

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Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

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.

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