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Festivals & Events

Victoria Festivals and Events

 

January – June


Melbourne Grand Prix
Melbourne, Victoria
March

This is the first race of the Formula One season.


The Big Day Out
Throughout Australia
January-February
www.bigdayout.com

This is probably Australia's biggest music festival, with local and international groups from all over the world. Some of there past performers have been Carl Cox, Radiohead, Prodigy, and the Chemical Brothers. The Big Day Out is held in January and February every year in the east and west coasts of Australia.



Australia Day
Throughout Australia
January 26th 

Australia Day is on January 26th and it is celebrated around Australia. There are big parties everywhere, but Perth has a great fireworks show.

The history is that in 1787 British Captain Arthur Philip set sail for Australia with 11 boats of convicts to set up a convict colony in Australia. In these 11 ships there were 759 convicts, of whom 191 were woman and 13 children convicts. It finally landed at Botany Bay on January 18th 1787, but not happy with this as the place for the new settlement, sailed north. On January 26th 1787 they sailed into the Sydney Cove and set up a settlement at what is now known as the Rocks District in Sydney.



Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
January
www.ausopen.com.au

This is a two week Grand Slam tennis tournament that takes place in Melbourne. It attracts over 600,000 people to the city each year for it.



Midsumma
Melbourne, Australia
January – February
www.midsumma.org.au 

This is a gay / lesbian festival that is only second to the one in Sydney.



International Music & Blues Festival
Melbourne, Australia
February
www.musicmelbourne.com 

This is huge three day festival that attracts some big names.



St Kilda Festival
Melbourne, Australia
February

This is the biggest free festival in Australia, as it attracts more than 400,000 people to St Kilda, which is a small beach suburb in Melbourne.



Melbourne Moomba Festival
Melbourne, Australia
March

This is a free four-day festival, which is more of a family event.


Australian Formula One Grand Prix
Melbourne, Australia
March
www.grandprix.com.au

This event is held annually in Melbourne and it attracts thousands of people from all over the world.


Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
March
www.melbournequeerfilm.com.au 

This is a 10-day gay festival that is getting more popular every year.



Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Melbourne, Australia
March



Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Melbourne, Australia
April
www.comedyfestival.com.au

This big International event draws thousands of comedians from around the world to the city annually.



St Kilda Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
May

 

 

 

 

 

July – December


Melbourne International Film Festival
Melbourne, Australia
July
www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au

This is one of the biggest film festivals in the world and it attracts thousands of people from all over the globe to the city.

 


Royal Melbourne Show
Melbourne, Australia
September
www.royalshow.com.au


Melbourne Fringe Festival
Melbourne, Australia
September
www.melbournefringe.com.au


Grand Final
Melbourne, Australia
September
www.afl.com.au

This is the Australian Football League’s final game when the two best teams battle it to see who will be champion. It takes place on the last Saturday of the month.



Melbourne Festival
Melbourne, Australia
October
www.melbournefestival.com.au

 

 

Melbourne Cup
Melbourne
November
www.melbournecup.com

This annual horse racing event is held in Melbourne every November. It is the famous race that stops the nation. It is celebrated all over Australia, both in the bars and at home.

 

 



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