Melbourne is a vibrant city known for its eclectic culture, diverse culinary scene, and a calendar brimming with exciting festivals and events.
In 2024, the cultural capital of Australia is gearing up for another year of unforgettable experiences. From music and arts to food and fashion, Melbourne’s festival lineup promises to captivate and inspire travellers from at home and around the world.
Originating in 1955, the Moomba Festival has evolved into one of Australia’s largest and most iconic community festivals. Taking place over the Labour Day long weekend, the festival transforms the banks of the Yarra River into a lively hub of entertainment. Boasting a colourful parade, the thrilling Birdman Rally, and a plethora of family-friendly activities, Moomba attracts locals and visitors alike. From the crowning of the Moomba Monarchs to the spectacular fireworks lighting up the Melbourne skyline, Moomba fosters a sense of community, fun, and shared celebration. This year features the legendary ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again, in homage to ABBA’s 1977 performance at Moomba.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
For foodies and wine connoisseurs, March is the month to savour Melbourne’s culinary delights. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is a 10-day gastronomic celebration that showcases Melbourne’s culinary landscape over 300 delectable events. From street food markets to exclusive chef’s tables to moveable feasts, journey through the city’s food scene. Their signature events the World’s Longest Lunch and World’s Longest Brunch are back again, as is the Global Dining Series, featuring some of the best chefs from around the world with a stellar line-up of one-off dinners and top-tier residencies at Melbourne’s favourite restaurants.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Get ready to giggle. Kicking off the festivities in March and stretching into April, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is a laughter-packed extravaganza that draws in comedians and humour enthusiasts from every corner of the globe. As the host of one of the top three largest comedy festivals in the world, the city comes alive with side-splitting performances: from stand-up shows, cabaret, theatre, improv, sketch comedy and much, much more.
As winter sets in, RISING transforms Melbourne into a cultural wonderland, with cutting-edge art, music, food, performances and more. Launched in 2021, RISING has quickly become a beacon for innovative art, technology and ideas, pushing the boundaries of art and expression. Taking place in Melbourne’s iconic venues, public spaces and unexpected corners, it provides a platform for ground-breaking performances, immersive installations and thought-provoking discussions.
Melbourne International Film Festival
The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a cinematic extravaganza that takes place in August. Showcasing an impressive lineup of local and international films, MIFF is a haven for movie enthusiasts. One of the world’s oldest and leading film festivals – alongside Cannes and Berlin – it is an accessible and iconic cultural event. From fascinating documentaries to avant-garde masterpieces, the festival offers a diverse selection of films that cater to every taste.
Now or Never
For the first time in 2023, Melbourne saw the launch of Now or Never: a festival showcasing the city as a place to discover, learn and play. Combining the success and resources of Melbourne Music Week and Melbourne Knowledge Week, the inaugural program brought together a diverse mix of local and international musicians, artists, thinkers and innovators. This year, expect the same unmissable, cutting-edge events, with programming that explores late-night culture, immersive digital experiences, adventurous performances and more.
Melbourne Fashion Week
Alright fashionistas! Spring in Melbourne heralds the arrival of Melbourne Fashion Week: a dazzling showcase of style and creativity. The city becomes a runway as over 300 designers and retailers from around the world converge to display their collections in a series of glamorous events. From high-end fashion shows to pop-up markets featuring local designers, Melbourne Fashion Week is a celebration of individuality, innovation and the ever-evolving world of fashion.
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