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The best festivals happening this month

Splendour in the Grass lineup
Words by Ben Lamb and CHESTER OGILVIE

Your Melbourne events and festivals calendar, with all the live events, parties, celebrations and cultural gatherings happening across Victoria updated every month.

Here’s your Melbourne events and festivals guide, featuring all the live events happening across Melbourne each month: that means international music festivals, food festivals, cultural gatherings, street and block parties, and much more. For all the live music and gigs happening in Melbourne every day, you can also check out our Gig Guide here – there are thousands of gigs across every Melbourne live music venue, pub, bar and club uploaded to this guide each month.

As we quickly make out way through the year, there are more and more festivals and major events popping up on the horizon, making us realise we’re actually pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to not just Melbourne festivals, but events across the entirety of Victoria. No matter what you’re into, there is bound to be a celebration for it coming up soon. We’ve also been noticing festival curators have been changing their formats in interesting ways after the last few years of very few, if any, public events to get excited about.

This month, we have heaps of impressive events and festivals lighting up our monthly calendar, so let’s dive in.

Check out the gig guide here, theatre guide here, art guide here, streaming guide here, restaurant and bar guide here, or our calendar of Melbourne events and festivals here.

Melbourne events and festivals in July

Splendour in the Grass

The Splendour in the Grass 2023 lineup features Lizzo joined by Australian exclusive shows from Flume and Mumford & Sons, plus Lewis Capaldi, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, J Balvin and more.

Splendour in the Grass is happening at North Byron Parklands from July 19 to 23.

Replay Festival

Missed out on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival? Don’t fret, the Replay Festival is bringing the best of the fest for one last run. Happening at Comedy Republic, you’ll have the chance to see Hannah Camilleri, Greg Larsen, Guy Montgomery, Guy Williams, Michelle Brasier, Lizzy Hoo, and others.

Replay Festival is happening at the Comedy Republic throughout July

Melbourne Tartan Festival

Brought to Melbourne by the Victorian Scottish Heritage Cultural Foundation and Scots of Victoria Co-ordinating Group, the Melbourne Tartan Festival celebrates the best of Scottish culture. There’s a variety of events on offer, including a Pipe Band Parade, Gala Dinner and concert, as well as a Ceilidh Dance.

The Melbourne Tartan Festival is happening across Melbourne throughout July

Metro Comic-Con

Yet another Comic-Con is making its way to Melbourne shores this month. Metro Comic-Con is a new event, featuring all the usual Comic-Con fun, like cosplay, signings, and more comic books than you can shake a lightsaber at. On top of all that, there’s set to be appearances from actors like Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy), Dee Wallace (ET), and Jamie Campbell Bower (Stranger Things).

Metro Comic-Con is taking place at the Melbourne Showgrounds on July 8 and July 9

Melbourne Magic Festival

A celebration of the mystic arts is on its way to Melbourne this July, with the Melbourne Magic Festival. It’s taking place across Melbourne until July 8, and features a bevy of talented sleight of hand masters and illusionists, such as Mario Lopez, Tim Credible, and Nicholas Johnson. There’s also set to be lectures, so you can learn the craft and have your own show for next year’s Melbourne Magic Festival.

The Melbourne Magic Festival is taking place across Melbourne until July 8 

African Festival Melbourne 

Melbourne’s a wonderful melting pot of different cultures, there’s never a week without a festival inspired by another country. A new one’s happening this July, with the African Festival, a two day journey of African food, music, and shopping. Best of all, in this time of rising costs, you can enjoy most of the festival for free.

The African Festival Melbourne is happening from July 15 until July 16 

Leaps and Bounds Festival

Just because its winter, doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of music festivals happening. Leaps and Bounds festival returns this year with a bang, with Melbourne lighting up with a variety of interesting events. There’s an industry day, a showing of the hit Gurrumul documentary, performances from Emma Donovan, The Maggie Pills, and Tony Allen, as well as Record Store Fairs.

Leaps and Bounds Festival is happening across Melbourne from July 13 until July 16

Melbourne Elvis Festival

It seems like we can get enough of The King lately, you’d be hard pressed to find a month without a celebration of Elvis. A new one is heading to the Thornbury Theatre late this July, a bevy of events inspired by each of The King’s eras, everything from the ‘73 sessions to his Vegas residency. Four internationals will be performing; Bill Cherry, Jay Dupus, Dwight Icenhower and Emilio Santora.

The Melbourne Elvis Festival is happening at the Thornbury Theatre from July 28 until July 30

Blobfish Beer Festival

It can’t be a Melbourne festival list without a beer celebration. Happening at the Meat Market, the Blobfish Festival features the best sour, weird, and wonderful beers. Your all-inclusive ticket gets you tasters of all beers on offer, free glass, and a beer guide. There’s also set to be DJs soundtracking the day, and a bunch of food trucks perfect for pairing.

The Blobfish Beer Festival is happening at the Meat Market on July 22

Melbourne events and festivals in June

Music Festivals

Rising Festival

Contemporary art, ice skating and kazoo concertos: RISING graces Melbourne this June

It’s back, the festival that brings the new and interesting to our stages returns in 2023, kicking off this June 7. There’s set to be a plethora of different event on offer, with gigs from artists such as Ethel Cain, Thundercat and Weyes Blood happening throughout the month. You can check out the hundreds of events taking place over on Rising’s website here.

Subculture Festival

The Subculture Festival brings a bevy of trance and electronic acts to Melbourne, hitting the Grand Pavilion showgrounds, there’ll be music from internationals such as Billy Gillies, Bryan Kearney, Craig Connelly, and Mark Sherry, among many more.

Easylover – One Day Mini Festival

Easylover: One Day Mini Festival

Coming to us thanks to the legends in Slowly Slowly, this mini festival is taking over the Northcote Theatre. The day kicks off at 4:40, and provides attendees with a number of the best rock music this side of the equator. In order of play, you can catch Ok Hotel, Friends of Friends, Bakers Eddy, Press Club, Between You and Me, Yours Truly, and of course Slowly Slowly in the headlining spot.

Melbourne International Singers Festival

The Melbourne International Singers Festival features a bevy of talented vocalists and choirs, including Paul Jarman, Women’s Festival Choir, The Velvetones, and many more. The festival will take place over the King’s Birthday weekend. More information on the Melbourne International Singers Festival can be found here.

Festival of Chamber Music

Now for something outside of the city centre, the Festival of Chamber Music is taking place at St John’s in Camberwell. Seven concerts will take place, and be performed by The Fidelio Quartet, one of our most in demand performers. More information about the Festival of Chamber Music can be found here.

Mornington Winter Music Festival

As the weather starts to cool down over these Winter months, it’s time to get indoors and catch live music. There’s too many gigs happening at the Mornington Winter Music Festival to list, but a number of the favourites include Taylah Carroll, CC Goons, Lilly Clancy Duo, and Coco Michelle, among many more. Check out these gigs plus the rest of the program over on the Mornington Winters Music Festival website here.

Food and Drink Festivals

Donut Festival

Yes, a festival celebrating the round dough balls that have given many of us delight. If you’re a fan, this is the festival for you.

Winter Wine Fest 2023

It wouldn’t be a festival list without a celebration of grape juice. Taking over the beautiful Mornington Peninsula Wine region, you’ll be able to try a variety of different wines, and maybe even find your new favourite. For the ticket price, you get three entrees, wine tastings, a tasting book, and a glass.

Arts and Culture Festivals

Winter Night Market

Who said that cold weather means there’s nothing happening? Many of our local landmarks are leaning into the cooler weather, with seasonal events that garner a lot of attention from locals and tourists alike. One is happening at the Queen Vic Market, the Winter Night Market brings a new life to the space.

Spanish Film Festival

Yet another international film festival is taking place on our screens this June, the Spanish Film Festival bringing us a selection of 32 films from their country. A few local cinemas are taking place, including the Palace in Balwyn, The Astor in St Kilda, and The Palace Cinema Como in South Yarra, among many more.

Williamstown Literary Festival

This festival celebrates all things books, authors, and readers, and gives attendees a further look into the books that made an impact on them. There’s due to be a number of guests in attendance, including Amelia Mellor, Anne Casey Hardy, and  Paul Dalgarno, among many more which you can check out here.

East Gippsland Winter Festival

There’s a huge art and culture festival coming to East Gippsland this winter

Taking over the stunning Gippsland region, the East Gippsland Winter Festival is back for 2023. You’ll be able to experience a month long celebration of what makes the region special, there’s a bit of everything on offer, from local art, to food vendors, and nature. Within the festival there’s a bevy of smaller events taking place, more information can bef found here.

Oz Comicon

It’s getting to that time of year, there’s a variety of niche exhibitions and festivals happening around our grounds, you’re bound to find something up your alley. The Oz Comicon hits the MCEC this June, where you’ll get to hear from stars like Caity Lotz, John Noble and Juliana Harkavy, as well as comic illustrators/writers from Australia and abroad. There’s much more happening across the few days, including cosplay events, find more information about how you can get involved here.

World Bachata Festival

Bachata is a popular type of Dominican dance, and Melbourne is celebrating it with a festival this June. The World Bachata Festival features local and international DJs, workshops, and much more. You can dive into the rest of the program and more information about tickets over on the World Bachata Festival website here.

Glow Winter Arts Festival

Found in Central Park, Malvern, the Flow Festival brings stunning artwork to the suburbs. The commissioned works will illuminate each night, there’ll be monsters, trees, moons, and more. It’s perfect for the whole family too.  Get your Instagram ready and head to the festival between Thursday June 15 and Sunday June 18.

Melbourne Magic Festival

Yet another niche festival making its way to Melbourne this month, as the name suggests, the Melbourne Magic Festival dives into all things sleight of hand, illusions, and more. A featured performer is Mario Lopez, who was one of few magicians to fool Penn and Teller on the hit show Penn and Teller Fool Us.

St Kilda Film Festival

St Kilda Film Festival kicked off with a bang last night, here are the must-see films showing this weekend

It’s everyone’s favourite film festival, and it’s happening right now. The St Kilda Film Festival returns for 2023, and will feature premieres, special events, showcases, and more. The highlighted events include the Award Winners Screening, the Made in VIC, the Galup VR Experience, and the music based movie, Gravel Road.

Newport Folk Festival

Folk fans unite! There’s a festival celebrating your favourite genre happening this June. There’s more performers than you can shake a stick at, such as Dave Wright & The Midnight Ramblers, Queens of the West, Newport Folk and Fiddle Group Beginners Playalong, and The Drongo and The Crow, among many more.

Kite Flying Festival

It’s not a joke, that’s actually a festival dedicated to kite flying. Tickets are only $3, and the event will feature merchandise, food, drinks, music, jumping castles, and much more. You can check out additional info on the Kite Flying Festival here.

Woodend Winter Arts Festival

Now celebrating almost 20 years, the Woodend Winter Arts Festival is back for 2023. Hitting the Macedon Ranges, there’s going to be music in the classical, jazz, and world genres, as well as educational programs, events, around 30 events will be taking place over the long weekend.

Mind Body Spirit Festival

Everyone’s favourite wellbeing expo is back – taking over the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this June, there’ll be around 200 exhibitions, and interactive experiences like meditations centres and psychic readings. It hits the MCEC from Friday June 9 until Monday June 12.

Dragon Boat Festival

Australia and Melbourne are melting pots of different backgrounds, each month there’s a celebration of a specific area of culture. One is coming to Melbourne this June, with the Dragon Boat Festival. The festival is set to teach attendees how to make sticky rice cakes, and teach about the Dragon Boat Festival.

More information about the Dragon Boat Festival can be found here.




Melbourne festivals and events in April

Music Festivals

The World is A Vampire

Smashing Pumpkins World Is A Vampire Festival set times are here

Happening on both Saturday April 22 and Thursday April 27, The World is A Vampire festival will be making its debut at Port Melbourne’s PICA. There’ll be wrestling taking place, alongside music from Amyl and The Sniffers, Jane’s Addiction, and of course The Smashing Pumpkins. It’s set to be a massive day of music and activities, make sure you grab your tickets now.

Boogie Festival

Boogie Festival 2023 announce set times, new artists, bonus events and more

This year, the Boogie Festival will be happening from April 7 until April 9. Yet another iconic Victorian festival is happening this April. The family friendly festival has something for everyone. 2023’s festival will feature the Private Function, The Counterfeits’ Wild West Show Featuring Freya Josephine Hollick, among many more.

Bluesfest Melbourne

More artists added to Melbourne Bluesfest lineup

We’re getting our own version of the popular festival that takes over Byron Bay each Easter, happening at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this weekend, you’ll be able to experience music from artists including The Doobie Brothers, John Butler, Buddy Guy, Paolo Nutini, and many others.

Pure Festival

Happening this year on April 23, the Pure Festival brings much missed Summer vibes to the Timber Yard, with a selection of our best electronic music performers. You can catch tunes from Carl Cox, Joris Voorn, Ida Engberg, Luigi Madonna, and many others. You can find additional info and a full lineup for the Pure festival over on their website here.

Sunset Sounds

Taking place this Saturday, April 8, on Easter Weekend in Torquay,  Sunset Sounds  is back with a bang, featuring music from icons from across our country, such as Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows, Russel Morris, Richard Clapton, Ross Wilson, , and many more. On top of that, it’s a stones throw from the beach, so you’ll be able to make a weekend out of it.

Ultra Australia

Hardwell, Darren Styles, Timmy Trumpet lead Ultra Australia 2023

Yet another huge electronic music festival is happening in Melbourne this April. Happening on the 15th at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, there’ll be music from massive acts such as Darren Styles, Timmy Trumpet, Deborah De Luca, Hardwell and Sub Zero Project, among plenty of others that are more local, check out the entire lineup over on their website here.

Daydream Festival

Modest Mouse, Slowdive are headlining new indie Daydream festival this April

There are not too many huge festivals out there any more, with touring companies favouring niche festivals, as seen with the upcoming Daydream Festival, taking place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this April 22, before hitting the road across Australia. There’ll be music from Majak Door, Cloud Nothings, Beach Fossils, Tropical Fuck Storm, Slowdive, and will be headlined by the popular Modest Mouse. Some tickets still remain, check out more info on the Daydream Festival here.

Gippsland Country Music Festival

If you’re keen for a bit of a drive, head to the Gippsland Country Music Festival and see music from Australian icons like Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar Daley, Adam Brand, Beccy Cole, and plenty more. The Gippsland Country Music Festival is happening on Saturday April 22 in Lardner Park, Gippsland, an easy 90 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

Far East Music Festival

Things of Stone and Wood, MpathSoul and more join Far East Music Festival lineup

This festival was erected out of the “ashes of a black summer”, and is set to breathe life back into the town of Mallacoota, Victoria. Happening over this Easter weekend (April 7 until April 9), this festival will focus more on an intimate experience, you won’t find a festival like this out there. There’ll be a selection of incredibly talented musicians on offer, such as Bones and Jones, Tomasi, The Grogans, Kutcha Edwards, Things of Stone and Wood, Delsinki, and many more. On top of that, there’s set to be activities for the while family to enjoy, such as drama games, yoga, and face painting. More info about this awesome festival can be found over on the Far East Music Festival website here.

Newport Jazz Festival

If there’s been nothing on this list up your alley so far, the Newport Jazz festival is the choice for you. Taking over various venues across the Newport region, you’ll be able to catch music from local jazz legends such as Bop Till Ya Drop, Port Phillip Show Band, and plenty more.

Dreamstate Festival

If you’re a techno fan, April is the month for you, yet another electronic music is taking place in Melbourne this April 22 at the Flemington Racecourse. There’ll be music from artists such as Ben Nicky, Blastoyz, Ciaran Mcauley, Cosmic Gate, Infected Mushroom, Maddix, and plenty more. You can find more information and book in your tickets to the Dreamstate festival here.

Healesville Music Festival

As the name suggests, the Healesville Music Festival will be gracing the little town of Healesville this April 14 until April 16. You can enjoy the weekend by pitching a tent, diving into a selection of the region’s tastiest wine and beer, and check out music from artists like Soulsville, Nigel Wearne, Girl Friday and The Sepia Tones, Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes, and will be headlined Hannah Aldridge, who will be coming from the US.

Groovin the Moo

Groovin the Moo 2023 adds over 90 acts to lineup

After returning for the first time in two years last year, hitting up Maitland, Canberra and Bendigo, Groovin The Moo (GTM) returns for 2023, taking to six regions across the country, visiting Wayville, Maitland, Canberra, Bendigo, Warana and Bunbury. The one-day festival will head to Bendigo in Victoria on April 29.

Inner Varnika

After 10 years of DIY, community building and carefully curated lineups, the beloved dance party is hanging up its boots. We hate goodbyes. And when it comes to saying goodbye to local festivals, especially those with a reputation as raucous as Inner Varnika… well, we hate that even more. The independent music festival, located three hours out of Melbourne in Booker, Victoria, has been an Easter Weekend highlight for the past nine years. This April, when the party celebrates its 10th anniversary, it’ll also be its last.

Arts and Film Festivals


Flickerfest is bringing its Best Of Melbourne shorts home to Kino Palace cinemas for one night only

Kino Palace cinemas are set to come alive as Flickerfest returns for the 17th year with their Best of Melbourne Shorts on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm. This BAFTA and Oscar-qualifying festival is celebrating its 32nd year in 2023, presenting A-list short films selected from over 3200 entries.

German Film Festival

From Christiane F to B-Movie, the 2023 German Film Festival is packed with classics

In collaboration with German Films, Palace presents the 2023 German Film Festival with a stunning film lineup including key selections direct from the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival (The Berlinale), a music-themed retrospective, a focus on female filmmakers and the family sidebar Kino for Kids.

The South African Film Festival

The South African Film Festival is returning this May

The South African Film Festival returns to the Ritz for Classic Cinemas this May 4 -11. The festival is a not-for-profit event organised by passionate volunteers to celebrate the diversity, complexity and creativity of contemporary South African cinema and identity. The net proceeds from the festival support Education without Borders (EwB), which provides educational opportunities for disadvantaged young people in South Africa.

Alliance Francaise Film Festival

The Alliance Française Film Festival has revealed its glorious 2023 program

Calling all film fanatics: the Alliance Française French Film Festival has answered our pleas by revealing their full 2023 program. Screening a whopping 39 feature films across seven participating Melbourne cinemas, this year’s iteration of the festival is shaping up to be a real treat. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the festival that will take over various cinemas across Melbourne from March 8 until April 5.

Fantastic Film Festival

The Fantastic Film Festival program has been revealed

Taking place from April 14 until April 30, the popular Fantastic Film Festival will be hitting Hawthorn’s Lido Cinema. There’s set to be a selection of interesting films on offer, including movies such as Polite Society, Holy Shit!, and Evil Dead Rise, among many more.

The ReelGood Film Festival

It’s the perfect time to be local to Hawthorn, with yet another film festival taking place at the popular Lido Cinema. Happening on April 22, the ReelGood film festival includes short films, with breaks in between, where audiences are invited onto the Lido Rooftop to chat about film, get to know each other and enjoy killer snacks and drinks alongside DJ music. More info on The ReelGood festival can be dived into here.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

The best Comedy Festival shows to see in 2023

Kicking off from March 29. one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals is here. Each year, thousands of comedy fans head to our many stages, bars, and pubs, to check out the best up and comers and icons in the world of comedy, there’ll be stars from the best UK panel shows and stand-up comedy specials.

Cultural Festivals

Sri Lankan New Year Festival

Melbourne’s a great melting pot of a variety of different cultures and backgrounds, each bleeding into our nightlife, and making Melbourne one of the most enjoyable cities to get out and experience things. Quite often there’s a celebration of one of these cultures, with one taking place this April, the Sri Lankan New Year festival happening at Queen Vic Market.

Food and Drink Festivals

April Food Festival

This festival couldn’t be more suited for this section of the list. Happening at the Peter Scullin Reservation in Mordiallic this Sunday, April 9, attendees will be able to enjoy a significant amount of food from food trucks, shops, and easter games for the entire family to enjoy.

Little Food Festival

There are set to be school holidays coming up in Melbourne very soon, meaning there’ll be events happening across Melbourne for the entire family to enjoy. There’s one taking place on April 19, the Little Food Festival will teach about the future of food – hoping we can move into a time where we leave the kids better off.

55th Finnish Festival Dinner Dance

Happening in Altona this Saturday, April 8, the Finnish Festival Dinner Dance will include tasty local cuisines, dancing, live music, and plenty more, if you’ve got Finnish heritage, it’s the festival for you. Tickets start from $45, and will feature an incredible 3 course meal.

More information on the 55th Finnish Festival Dinner Dance can be found here.





Melbourne festivals and events in March

Music Festivals

Brunswick Music Festival

Brunswick Music Festival’s first week will bring two huge, free shows to the north


Happening from March 9 until March 13, the Brunswick Music Festival brings the best lesser-known performers to our shores. This year, you can catch performers like Startjenn, Crumb, David M Western, and many more. It’s one of those festivals that’ll let you catch bands before they become the next big thing, so make sure you get on this one.

Port Fairy Folk Festival

The Port Fairy Folk Festival reveals its third round of artists


This year, the Port Fairy Folk Festival is happening from March 10 until March 13. Yet another iconic Victorian festival is happening this March. The family friendly festival has something for everyone. 2023’s festival will feature the Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, the Blue Moon Marquee, Dani Larkin, Eastbound Buzz, and Eric Bibb, among many more.

Coastal Jam 2023

Coastal Jam festival returns to Warrnambool in summer 2023

Happening in the popular meccas of Geelong and Mornington, this is a fun festival to enjoy while they weather is still a little bit warm. There’ll be music from artists such as Ziggy Alberts, Hockey Dad, Latifa Tee, Dean Turnley, and plenty more. It’s set to take over Rosebud’s Village Green and Geelong’s Cunningham Pier over Labour Day weekend.

Dreamland Theme Park

Happening on March 12, Dreamland Theme Park will be one of the last festivals with summer vibes before the weather cools down. There’s nothing fancier than a festival that takes place in a location you wouldn’t expect, like a theme park. Dreamland Theme Park Music Festival returns to Luna Park, and will feature artists such as Lockdown, Kaos, and Bread Gang.

Pitch Music and Arts

Pitch music festival 2023 lineup led by Four Tet, Moderat, Nightmares on Wax

Taking place from March 10 until March 14 in Moyston, Pitch Music and Arts is back with a bang, featuring music from icons from across the world, such as Bradley Zero, BIG WETT, Four Tet, Interplanetary Criminal, Mano Le Tough, and many more. On top of that, there’ll be many other events and installations on the site, so there’s more than music.

Ability Fest

Hilltop Hoods, Broods, SHOUSE, DZ Deathrays and more join Ability Fest lineup

Ability Fest is the brainchild of local legend Dylan Alcott and his Dylan Alcott Foundation, who made this one of the most accessible festivals across the country. Happening at Birrarung Marr, this year’s festival will include music from Alex Lahey, The Journey, Sampa The Great, Hilltop Hoods, Daine, and many more, check out the full line-up here.

Wildflower Festival

Unfortunately, still in 2023, women make up a surprisingly low number of festival line-ups, so it’s good to see a festival like Wildflower pop up, featuring the most talented women in the world of local music. The lineup includes Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sarah Blasko, Vikki Thorn, Deborah Conway and Alice Skye. Wildflower Festival is happening in the Yarra Valley on March 12

Tent Pole Festival

Tent Pole expands 2023 lineup with international acts and local heroes

A massive rock celebration is happening at Mt Duneed Estate, featuring music from Pavement, Black Lips, CLAMM, Magic Dirt, Sirens, Spiderbait, The Schizophonics, The Prize, MOD CON, Floodlights, Charley Crockett, and Jerikye Williams. Tent Pole Festival is happening on March 12.

Yackandandah Folk Festival

If you’re keen for a bit of a drive, head to the Yackandandah Folk Festival and see music from John Smith, The Burning Hall, and plenty more. Yackandandah Folk Festival is happening from March 24 until March 26 in Yackandandah, an easy 3 and a half hour drive from Melbourne’s CBD.

Meadow Festival

Meadow Festival: A beautiful, intimate and BYO weekend of live music and camping

If you’re not a fan of those festivals with many massive stages, Meadow is the festival for you, featuring music from artists like Black Midi and Jen Cloher, and the  Meadow Festival is happening from March 31 in Bambra, which is around 90 minutes South of Melbourne. To top it off, Meadow is a festival that runs ith no commercial food trucks, everything on offer at Meadow supports the broader community and businesses.

Live at Warrawee

Live music and outdoor vibes: Live at Warrawee is bringing a huge concert to the suburbs

Now one for all the suburbanites, Live at Warrawee is happening in Oakleigh on March 18, and will feature amazing live music, food trucks, bars, and lots more. This year’s incarnation will feature a collection of our most recognised acts, the Pierce Brothers, Thndo, D’Arcy Spiller, Pirritu, Women of Soul and Busted Chops.

Palm Tree Music Festival

International one-day event Palm Tree Music Festival is coming to Australia in 2023

Hitting the Melbourne Showgrounds this Labour Day Long Weekend is the Palm Tree Music Festival, the perfect event to enjoy while it’s still warm out there and people are still in holiday mode. Palm Tree Music Festival is one of many heading to the grounds in coming months, and will feature Tiesto, Kygo, Lost Frequencies, Sam Feldt, and Frank Walker.


Australia doesn’t have too many international metal festivals any more, so it’s exciting to see a brand new one make its way to our shores this March. The popular festival has sold out grounds across the world, and now it’s Melbourne’s turn. It’ll feature music from artists like Slipknot, Megadeth and Trivium. Knotfest is happening on March 24.

Golden Plains

Golden Plains adds more acts to the sold out 2023 festival lineup

It’s the festival that has featured music from the industry’s biggest names – Ween, Mogwai, Dinosaur Jr, and Public enemy, and it’s back for a 2023 edition. Happening at the popular Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Golden Plains returns for a massive 2023 show, where you’ll see music from Bikini Kill and Carly Rae Jepsen among many more. Golden Plains is happening from March 11 until March 13.

Arts Festivals


Five full days of fun: This year’s Moomba Festival is set to be bigger than ever

Taking place from March 9 until March 13, everyone’s favourite free Melbourne festival returns for a 5-day celebration of food, drinks, fun, and lots more. This year’s king and queen of Moomba are stars of stage and screen, they’re set to be Rob Mills and Rhonda Burchmore.

Ocean Film Festival

The world of cinematography has moved into many interesting areas over the last few years, new and distinct ways of thinking have moved into the industry. As the name suggests, this festival dives into all things oceans, and will showcase why we need to look after all the different bodies of water across the globe. This festival is also taking place in the US, UK, Spain, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, and Italy.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Get ready: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival kicks off next month


Kicking off from March 29, one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals is here. Each year, thousands of comedy fans head to our many stages, bars, and pubs, to check out the best up and comers and icons in the world of comedy, there’ll be stars from the best UK panel shows and stand-up comedy specials.

Chillout Festival

‘Maximum joy without burnout’: Celebrate queer country pride with ChillOut’s biggest program yet


One of 2022’s most popular festivals returns in 2023, Chillout Festival is a celebration of “queer country pride,” and there’ll be something for all types of people. Chillout Festival is happening in Daylesford from March 9 until March 13.

Food and Drink Festivals

Melbourne Gin Festival

The popular Timber Yard venue will be home to one of Melbourne’s hippest festivals this March, the Melbourne Gin Festival. Lasting over a weekend, there’ll be a selection of Australia’s nicest distilleries on display, and you’ll get to try them all.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: Why Melbourne’s hospitality culture ‘makes the city so exciting’


There’s no questioning that Melbourne does food and drinks unlike many other cities out there. So much so, there’s a festival celebrating it, showcasing the best produce this side of the equator. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s website is one of the best to peruse too, allowing you to find something in your price range and food tastes.

Thorpdale Potato Festival

Is there anything better than a potato? Whatever form they come in, this festival celebrates it all. There’s a lot of fun for the entire family, including market stalls, rides, and lots of delicious food and drink. Thorpdale Potato Festival is happening on March 12 in the Strzlecki Ranges, nestled away in the beautiful Gippsland.

More information on the Thorpdale Potato Festival can be found here.






Melbourne festivals and events in February

Music Festivals

Hello Sunshine


While it’s still warm out there, the grounds of Melbourne are home to many a killer music festival. Hello Sunshine is a brand-new festival happening in the suburbs of Melbourne, at the site of the former Caribbean Gardens. It’ll feature a collection of the best music in Australia at the moment, involved artists are 360, Amy Shark, The Cat Empire, and many more. Check out the rest of the line-up here.

Piknic Electronik

Piknic Électronik #9


It’s that time of the year again when the best performers in the world of electronic music grace the iconic Sidney Myer Music Bowl for a months long celebration of the genre. February’s incarnation will feature music from Reinier Zonneveld, Kiki Solvej, Rory Marshall, Paul Abad, Lisa May, Emanni, Dagu, and Acid Baby. It’s taking place on Sunday February 19.


Birdz, The Grogans lead beachside festival NinchFest 2023


While it’s still beaching weather, why not head down to the stunning Mornington Peninsula for the popular Ninchfest? It’s going to feature awesome names too, you’ll be able to catch music from such performers as Freya Josephine Hollick, the Double Agents, and William Creighton, among many more.

Live At The Bowl

Live At The Bowl is back for summer 2023 with their biggest lineup reveal yet


Summertime always brings out the best in live music, festivals and showcases featuring an amazing selection of bands who want to spend an Australian summer on the live stage. The Live at The Bowl festival is a collection of gigs taking place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, 2023’s incarnation including Arctic Monkeys, Bon Iver, Boris Brejcha, Darren Hayes, Kehlani, Lorde, Sorbaes, Teeny Tiny Stevies, Piknic Electronik, Share the Spirit, and many more. Live at the Bowl is taking place throughout February at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Summer Sounds


Alongside the Live At The Bowl festival series comes the Summer Sounds festival, a collection of the biggest names in Australian music, alongside up and comers that are set to be household names in the future. February’s incarnation will feature music from King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, Tropical Fuck Storm, and The Murlocs as well as another performance featuring Bernard fanning, Something For Kate, Didirri, and Mia Wray.

Down South Festival

Bad//Dreems, C.O.F.F.I.N lead one-day Port Fairy festival Down South 2023


As the name suggests, attendance to this festival requires a trip down south. Taking place in Port Fairy’s Star of The West Hotel, the Down South Festival is in its second year, with last year’s show being headlined by the iconic Amyl and The Sniffers. This years will live up to that, featuring music from a selection of Victorian artists, like CIVIC, So.Crates, and Queenie to name a few. The Down South Festival is taking place in Port Fairy’s Star of the West Hotel on Saturday February 25.

Now and Again

Now & Again reveals 2023 lineup


Much like menus at restaurants, less is more when it comes to music festivals. Now and Again features 14 performers, across two stages, representing the best in local music. There’s music from legends like Becca Hatch, Peach PRC, and Casey Leaver, and on the other end, there’s music from Tones and I, Gang of Youths, and headliners Empire of The Sun.

Laneway Festival

Laneway Festival 2023 adds unearthed acts to lineup


One of Australia’s most popular festivals is back, and it’s coming in big. Laneway Festival will feature a selection of the best artists both in contemporary and indie scenes, involved artists include Haim, Phoebe Bridgers, Finneas, Fred Again, The Beths, and plenty more, traversing many different genres. On top of that, there’ll be tasty food, drinks, and merch all available, to make sure it’s a fun experience. Laneway Festival is taking place at the The Park in Flemington on Saturday February 11. 

St Kilda Festival


One of Melbourne’s festival staples is the St Kilda Festival, hitting Melbourne many times of the years. It’s a free event, showcasing a selection of our most talented artists. You’ll be able to experience music from Peptalk, Guthrie, Emma Volard, Hoodoo Gurus, Confidence Man, and many many more. Of course the fun doesn’t end there, you can dice into food, market stalls, dancing, activations, and lots more. The St Kilda Festival is taking place in St Kilda on Saturday February 18 until Sunday February 19. 

Nightjar Festival


A month after taking place in Torquay, the Nightjar festival will be taking place in Geelong this month. If you haven’t heard of it, the Nightjar festival is set to appeal to all types of entertainment lovers, with food, music, stalls, and much more. 2023’s Geelong incarnation of the festival will include music from such artists as The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, The Old Married Couple, Rach Brennan and The Pines, and many more.

Riverboats Music Festival

Marlon Williams, Spiderbait lead Riverboats Music Festival 2023 lineup


Happening in Echuca – Moama this February is the Riverboats Music Festival, a collection of the best in Australian music. There are newer incredible must-see acts like Alice Skye, Bones and Jones and WILSN< alongside household names like Felix Riebl, Marlon Williams, Spiderbait and The Rolling Stones Review, which’ll feature Adalita, Phil Jamieson, and Tex Perkins. 

Food and Drink Festivals

Meeniyan Garlic Festival


Are you a lover of garlic? Or do you not care how your breath smells? Then the Meeniyan Garlic Festival is the rvent for you. There’ll be a number of the best name in the world of garlic, including chefs, farmers, and restaurants. To top off what’s already bound to be a fun day out, there’s be a number of killer bands performing too. The Meeniyan Garlic Festival will be happening on Saturday February 18.

Melbourne Beerfest

Keen to have a pint? Look no further than the Melbourne Beerfest, coming to the Catani Gardens in St Kilda this February. There’ll be lots to do, you can dive into delicious craft beer, wine, cider and cocktails, learn more about beer with masterclasses and food pairing, and even top it all off with live music and comedy from Luke McGregor, Alex Ward, Brett Blake, and Emma Holland. Melbourne Beerfest is taking place at the Catani Gardens on Saturday, February 25.

Cultural Festivals

Lonsdale St Festival / Antipodes Festival


If you’re a local to Lonsdale St and its surrounds, there’s no doubt you would’ve come across this festival, perhaps known as the Antipodes Festival. The festival will feature enjoyable Greek inspired additions, there’ll be everything from kids activities, food, drinks, and plenty more.

Dragon Boat Festival

A celebration of culture is coming to Melbourne this February, this time celebrating all things Chinese. 2023’s incarnation of the popular Dragon Boat Festival will feature food trucks, lion dancing, and plenty more, you’re bound to find something up your alley. The Dragon Boat is taking place at the Harbour Esplanade on Sunday, February 19.


If you haven’t come across Midsumma before, they are Australia’s most well-known queer arts organisations, putting on shows of all different shapes and sizes over the years. It’s coming back to Melbourne this February, with many events, spanning plays, musicals, parties, drag, comedy, and plenty more. If you’re not keen to spend too much money on a Midsumma event, there’s also free performances too. Midsumma is taking places throughout Melbourne until February 12.

National Sustainable Living Festival

We’re getting to a good point in the world, where many are trying to help out the environment, changing little things in their lives to make sure things will get better for future generations. This festival will dive into the sustainable living world, and will do that through spreading the word about social and ecological sustainability. It also will reference current technological advancements in the world, and how sustainability can keep up. The National Sustainable Living Festival is taking place in Melbourne throughout February.

More information on the National Sustainable Living Festival can be found here.

Melbourne events and festivals in December

Falls Festival

Falls Festival 2022/23 guide: Full lineup, dates, locations, ticket prices and more

Usually held in the regional music mecca of Lorne, this year’s incarnation of the Falls festival will be making its way into Melbourne city this year. Besides camping, expect all your favourite things about Falls, but just a little bit toned down. International artists include Arctic Monkeys, Lil Nas X, and Jamie XX, and the strong local line-up features Beddy Rays, King Stingray and Telenova, among many more.

Good Things

More acts join Good Things lineup, set times revealed

It’s been a minute since we’ve had a full blown international heavy metal festival hit our shores. Good Things is a new music extravaganza hitting the Flemington Racecourse. There’ll be a spread of genres with artists like Deftones, TISM, Gojira, and Regurgitator appearing, among many more.

Knight and Day Festival

Parkway Drive, Polaris, Alex Lahey headline new Knight and Day Festival

Another huge rock and metal festival will be coming to the region this December, the Knight and Day festival taking place at the Kryal Castle in Ballarat. You can catch music from local legends like The Chats, Alex Lahey, Thy Art is Murder, and many more.

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight announces 2022 lineup


It’s hard to believe we’re already well and truly in December, it’s less than three weeks before Christmas comes around. To bring in the day of gift giving, the Carols by Candlelight festival has been a staple of Melbourne for decades. You can catch this in person on December 24 at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, or on Channel 9, airing live

Bluestone Blues Festival

If you’ve never been able to find an NYE festival that has music to your liking, the Bluestone Blues Festival may be your cup of tea. There’ll be music from a collection of the most renowned local blues performers, like Sammy Owen and Geoff Achison to name a few. 

LUFT Festival


Another music festival is making its way to Melbourne this December, the LUFT Festival brings a different sort of experience, immersing audiences in the music. Involved artists include Alex Stein, Kuniyuki Takahashi, Township Rebellion, and many more.

Keep It Together Festival

If you haven’t got plans for NYE yet, look no further than the Keep It Together Festival, making its way to the Port Melbourne Yacht Club this December. There’ll be a lot of music on offer – Needs No Sleep, Deniz Varel, Rewind, Brendan Cooper, and many more.

Nowadays NYE – Riva St Kilda


Yet another music festival is happening in Melbourne this December, the Nowadays Festival hitting Riva St Kilda on the 31st. There’ll be music from a number of international performers, such as Travis Grech, Erica Dal, Simon Milan, and many more.

NYE 2022 – 2023 | Paraíso

There’s no shortage of music festivals coming to Melbourne this New Years Eve, no matter what type of music you’re into, there’s bound to be a festival this December celebrating it. It’s going down at the Trak Lounge Bar in Toorak, and will feature music from artists such as Dj JVP, Dj Horizon, DJ Jesus Guzman, Henrique Santos, and many more.

Grinchfest ‘22

As the year draws to a close, there’s end of year festivals and wrap-up events happening across Melbourne’s stages. Grinchfest featuring awesome music from artist such as CLAMM, bar by Gim, and Eggy, among many more. On top of all that, there’ll also be food from Good Gnocchi, and drinks from Moon Dog, each making sure it’s a fun night out.

NYE On the Hill

NYE On The Hill drops full 2022 lineup

It’s time to start organising your NYE, and why not spend it in Gippsland? NYE on the Hill brings the region music from Hockey Dad, Slowly Slowly, Ruby Fields and Birdz, and more.

Meredith Music Festival

Meredith Music Festival is officially sold-out for 2022

One of Australia’s favourite music festivals is coming this December, the Meredith Music Festival returns after a few years out of action. It’ll feature bands of past and present; such as Yothu Yindi, Caribou, Private Function, Babe Rainbow and Dry Cleaning.

Beyond The Valley

Beyond The Valley has dropped its daily artist lineup

After a toned-down 2021 version renamed Beyond The City, Beyond The Valley is back in full swing at Barunah Plains. You can catch artists such as Denzel Curry, Nelly Furtado, Benee, Yeat, and many more.

Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk 2022 set times are here

Another music festival will be hitting Victoria this month; Spilt Milk will be returning after a few years out of action for obvious reasons. This year’s incarnation will feature music from internationals like Steve Lacy, and locals like Telenova, Genesis Owusu and G Flip.

Mornington Country Music Festival


Australia is home to the greatest country music, many of our performers have gone on to find fans across the world. A celebration of the genre will be coming to The Briars this month, the Mornington Country Music Festival will be headlined by The Wolfe Brothers.

Ocean Sounds Music Festival

Tash Sultana to headline Ocean Sounds Festival in Phillip Island

As the weather (hopefully) warms up over the next little bit, there’s a bunch of outdoor festivals on the horizon, one of which is taking place in Phillip Island this December, Ocean Sounds is an all-Australian affair, headlined by Tash Sultana.

Sounds on The Terrace

Taking place at the surrounds of the Gasworks theatre in Melbourne, this is a series of shows kicking off in December, lasting throughout Summer. There’ll be talented performers involved, keep an eye on Gasworks socials for any updates. Best of all, it’s a free event, with no registration needed, so you can just turn up every Friday.

Wild Horses

Victorian bush doof Wild Horses Festival drops full lineup

Hitting stages in Carapooee West this December is the Wild Horses Festival, a celebration of music, arts and nature. It’s a three-day festival set to be an experience – with tickets only limited to 2000 people, you’ll be sure you can get up close and personal to the music. There’ll be music from artists like Atia, Martian Arts, and Synthtik Chaos, among many more.

Melbourne arts events and festivals

Christmas Festival

As we rocket our way into December, there are a number of fun Christmas events happening in Melbourne and its surrounds. One of those is the aptly titled Christmas festival, which includes a number of fun events across the city. A selection of the events includes Santa’s workshop, a pop-up playground, and even a Christmas-themed maze.

Other Melbourne festivals and events

Eview Chelsea Dogathon

The love for pets is truly in full swing this December, with a festival dedicated to man’s best friend taking place in Chelsea. There’ll be all the festival favourites, things like Food Trucks, Market Stalls, Kids activities, Live Entertainment and even prizes. On top of that, there’ll be lots of fun for your pooch.

Summer of Love – NYE

An old-school inspired festival is coming to Collingwood this month, all set to welcome in the new year. There’ll be DJs slinging music from earlier times, tasty drinks, and food, all included in the ticket price!

Jamaican Music and Food Festival

Jamaican Music and Food Festival is a groundbreaking celebration of an abundant culture

Melbourne is a melting pot for different cultures, thousands of people from hundreds of different backgrounds head to our shores and share their amazing stories, food, and customs with us. A celebration of culture is coming to Melbourne this December, this time celebrating all things Jamaica. There’ll be music, food, and plenty more.

Multicultural Wellness Festival

Each and every month, Melbourne is home to many amazing festivals that aim to better the world. The Multicultural Wellness Festival introducing attendees to new ways about making sure they’re well. This family friendly festival is one of many of happening this December, the Multicultural Wellness festival will feature a lot of tasty food, interesting activities, and plenty more. Check out more info on the Multicultural Wellness Festival here.





Melbourne events and festivals in November

Festival X

Festival X expands its 2022 lineup with additional international and homegrown talent

Summer festivals are coming back with a bang in 2022, kicking off with Festival X, featuring a number of the best artists who have graced the hip hop and dance worlds over the last decade. Featured artists include Calvin Harris, Megan Thee Stallion, and Luude, among many more talented rappers and electronic music performers. Festival X is taking place at Flemington Racecourse on November 26.

Chapterfest 30 2022

Hitting the brand-new Northcote Theatre is Chapterfest30, celebrating the music of Chapter Music, one of Australia’s most popular record labels. They are celebrating their 30th birthday with this festival, which will feature music from artists new and old from the Chapter Music Family, all the involved artists are; Laura Jean, The Cannanes, Essendon Airport (who will be reuniting at this festival), Sweet Whirl, The Native Cats, Gregor, Teether and Kuyar Neil and No Zu.

Euroa Festival


This festival will require a bit of a journey outside of the city circle, but once you see the lineup, you’ll be planning your trip to Euroa. You’ll be able to catch music from stars such as Angie Mcmahon, Dallas Woods, Bad Pony, and Teenage Dads, among many more. On top of that, there’ll be a lot of other things happening on the festival grounds that’ll make the trip worth it. 

Backyard Fest 2022 

New music and arts festival Backyard Fest brings Babe Rainbow, Alice Skye and more to Castlemaine

Castlemaine’s Backyard Fest returns for 2022, there’ll be music from such Australian talents as Babe Rainbow, Alice Skye, and Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird, among many more. There’s a lot more happening at the Backyard Fest, more info can be found here.

Woodstock Relived


If you’re one of those music fans who feel like they’ve been born into the wrong generation, this is the festival for you. A selection of Australia’s most renowned artists will be hitting the stage and be playing the music of Jimi Hendrix, Creedance Clearwater Revival, and plenty more. Woodstock Relived is taking place at Morris Moor on November 26.

Queenscliff Music Festival

The QMF is finally back, bringing back good music and good vibes to the region. The QMF will feature music from artists such as Baker Boy, Fanny Lumsden, Isabella Manfredi and Maz Green, among many more. The Queenscliff Music Festival is taking place in Queenscliff from November 25 until November 27


There’s a one day music festival taking over Abbotsford in November

As the name suggests, Luliepalooza is taking place at the popular Lulie Tavern in the heart of Abbotsford. There’ll be killer rock bands in attendance, RVG, Pist Idiots, and Children Collide, among many more. Tickets start from $85.49, and can be purchased here.

Melbourne arts events and festivals

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Lasting 12 days this November, the Melbourne Queer Film festival features a selection of the world’s greatest LGBTQI+ content. It’s taking place at ACMI, and will feature events, premieres, and lots more, A number of cinemas are taking part, check out if there’s one near you here. The Melbourne Queer Film Festival will be taking place at ACMI from November 10 until November 20

Carlton Brewhouse Record Fair

The popular Carlton Brewhouse will come alive with all things music this November, with a record fair. This is their final record fair of 2022, and will feature thousands of records of all types from across the globe, you may just find a bargain or two. The Carlton Brewhouse Record Fair is taking place at the Carlton Brewhouse on November 13.

Melbourne cultural events and festivals

East Malvern Food and Wine Festival

Now in its fifth year, the East Malvern Food and Wine Festival returns to the region that has featured a deal of the world’s nicest wineries and food vendors. It’s a free event, but there’ll be extended Premium tickets for a cost, including branded wine glasses and tastings. On top of that, there’ll be a selection of performances from local talent. East Malvern Food and Wine Festival is taking place at Central Park on November 20.

African Music and Cultural Festival 2022

Melbourne’s an amazing melting pot of cultures of all different types, each month, there are many celebrations of backgrounds across the state. One of them is coming to Melbourne this November, the African Music and Cultural Festival. It’s now in its ninth year, and will feature music, food, fashion, film, and much more, with involvement from a selection of the most important names in African culture down under. The African Music and Cultural Festival is taking place at Fed Square from November 18 until November 20.

Peninsula Vinehop Festival

As the weather starts to (sort-of) warm up, the time to get out and enjoy the outdoors is here. The Vinehop festival taking place in the Mornington Peninsula, where you can enjoy tasty food trucks, awesome music, and of course drinks. To go alongside the mouth-watering delicacies on offer, you can enjoy music from talented Australians, the artists involved include The Bamboos and Ash Grunwald, among many more.

Willamstown Heritage Beer and Cider Festival 2022

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who dislikes both Beer and Cider, so this festival has something for everyone. The Williamstown Beer and Cider Festival features around 100 beers and ciders from a number of local independent breweries, including The Mill, Bonehead, Bentspoke Brewing Co, Bathtub Gin Co Distillery, and many more.

Other Melbourne festivals and events 

Sense Festival

The Sense Festival explores the space of sexuality in this day and age, while also diving into the world of intimacy and sensuality. The Sense Festival is said to help you find the tools to get a better understanding of not just sex, but your life as a whole. It’s coming to Brunswick courtesy of experienced sex educators, Elisa Ricordi and Luna Darling. The Sense Festival is taking place at the Moss Studios in Brunswick on November 5 until November 6.

Compello Festival of Cars

As the name suggests, this festival is dedicated to all things cars. There’ll be around 150 vehicles on show at this year’s festival, alongside a bunch of exhibitors and stalls where you can purchase merch. When the festival ends, attendees will get to see their favourite cars on the road as the vehicles leave the showroom. Of course, there’ll be tasty food and drink on site too, so you can make a day out of it. It’s happening on November 20.

Mind Body Spirit Festival

This festival is one of Melbourne’s most popular festivals, having taken over the Melbourne Exhibition Centre for many years now. There’ll be around 200 vendors of health and wellbeing-related items and services, so you’ll be able to find something that’ll be up your alley. The Mind Body Spirit Festival is taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from November 11 until November 13.

Mountain Writers Festival


This two-day festival will focus on authors of mountain-related materials, specifically those fiction and non-fiction writers of all things in the regional world, environments, nature, and plenty more. There’ll be storytelling, speeches, and much more, all held in the region they talk about. The Mountain Writers Festival is taking place in Macedon from November 4 until November 6.

Rotary Eltham Festival

The popular community festival returns to Eltham in 2022 and will feature fun for the whole family to enjoy, things like music and entertainment, food and drink, and even an animal farm, among much more. The Rotary Eltham Festival is happening on November 12 until November 13.

Montague Festival

Spring has finally sprung, and you can get in the swing of it through celebrating at the Montague Festival this November. There’ll be a farmers’ market, live music, food trucks, food tastings, kids games, classes, tours, and more.

More info on the Montague festival can be found here.

Melbourne events and festivals in October

Melbourne music events and festivals

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

It’s finally back, and in full swing. Jazz stars from Australia and abroad will be hitting our stages with their unique virtuosic talents and original music. A selection of the highlighted performers include Lalah Hathaway (performing music of her father, Donny Hathaway), Mononeon and local performers like Emma Donovan and Ex-Olympian. More information and tickets can be found here.

Grapevine Gathering

If you’re after a premium festival experience, look no further than Grapevine Gathering, a festival taking place inside a winery. Melbourne’s incarnation will be at the popular Rochford Wines, so you can enjoy a glass of their award winning Cab Sauv while you enjoy music from groups such as The Kooks, Peking Duk, Ball Park Music, and plenty more. It’s happening on October 8, grab tickets here.


Metal’s newest festival is headbanging into Melbourne this October, and it’s called CVLTfest. There’ll be talented local and international groups on offer, to name a few, Alpha Wolf, DEEZ Nuts and Currents. It’ll be happening at the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington, check out the full lineup and book in your tickets here.

Pull Up Selector Festival

Another interesting music festival is coming to Melbourne this October, this time taking influence from reggae music. There’ll be music from Cecile and Dynamq, among many more that you can check out here. It’ll be taking place at The Thorn on October 29, and tickets start from $59.11, and there are VIP options available.

Free The Noise

Hitting The Industrique this October is the Free the Noise festival, focusing on electronic and techno music from local and international musos. The artists involved include Clockwork Orange, Cosmic Energy, Durs, and Satori, among a yet to be announced local contingent too. Free the Noise will be happening on October 9, book in your tickets and find out more info here.


As the name suggests, Luliepalooza is taking place at the popular Lulie Tavern in the heart of Abbotsford. There’ll be killer rock bands in attendance, RVG, Pist Idiots, and Children Collide, among many more. Tickets start from $85.49, and can be purchased here.

West Set Festival

If you’re not looking to spend any money, but still want to get a taste of festivals, West Set festival is a free celebration of music. Coming to stages across Melbourne thanks to the ‘On the Road Again’ initiative, there’s an awesome array of music covering genres like jazz, rock, pop, and many more. It’s happening from October 14 until October 30; more info can be found here.

Melbourne arts events and festivals

Melbourne Fringe Festival

It’s time again for the wacky and wonderful to be gracing our stages courtesy of the Melbourne Fringe Festival. There will be around 400 shows across the almost 3-week festival, and it may be a little hard to know where to start, but the Fringe festival will help you out, check out more info on that here.

Alter State

Taking place across the wonderful Arts Centre is Alter State, a festival inspired by disability. There’s a number of events crossing genres, dancing, talks, workshops, and plenty more. You can find the full program over on the Arts Centre’s website here.

Melbourne film events and festivals

Czech and Slovak Film Festival

Quality cinema isn’t limited to Hollywood, there are quality flicks from all corners of the non-English speaking globe coming to Melbourne events and festivals this month. ACMI, Lido and Classic Cinemas will be involved in putting on a selection of the featured films, you can find more info about the Czech and Slovak Film festival here.

Melbourne cultural events and festivals

Antipodes Festival

Celebrating all things Greek culture, Antipodes Festival will be transforming Lonsdale St into a mecca of food, entertainment and shopping. There’s something for all the family to enjoy, including kids rides and music. Check out more info on the Antipodes Festival here.

Arriba Melbourne Mexican Festival

Melbourne is a wonderful melting pot of different cultures, each celebrating their backgrounds in different ways.  One of those celebrations is coming up this October, Mexican culture being at the forefront. There’ll be tacos, music, and lots of Mexican entertainment. You can find more info on the Arriba here.

International Dumpling Festival

Everyone’s favourite snack is getting its own festival in Melbourne this October.  Every incarnation of the Asian pastry will be on offer, gyoza’s, momos, matzah balls, and plenty more. You can reserve your free spot and check out more info here.

Victorian Festival of Diwali

Yet another international-inspired festival is hitting Melbourne this October, this time celebrating the Indian festival of Diwali. It’s been a staple of Fed Square since it’s incarnation back in 2005. Check out more info on this festival here.



Germany is coming to Melbourne, with an Oktoberfest celebration hitting the Stomping Ground brewery. Alongside your $51.39 ticket, you get a stein and a meal voucher. Book in your tickets for Stomping Ground’s Oktoberfest here.

Kiwi Fest 2022

Yes, a celebration of our Oceanic neighbours is happening this October in Melbourne. You’ll get to catch talented NZ musos; like House of Shein, Pania and Miss Fee to name a few. It’s taking place on October 29 at the Footscray Community Arts Centre, tickets start from $58.64 and can be bought here.

Melbourne design events and festivals

Melbourne Craft Fair / CRFT*WRK


Taking place at the Rose St Market, this fair / festival celebrates locally made craft. It’ll be October 29, find more info CRFT*WRK here. If you’ve got something to offer this festival, you can get a stall, applications are still open.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to see around 1 million tulips, you’ll feel right at home with the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. On top of flowers, attendees will be able to enjoy live entertainment, quality food, and much more. It’s taking place in the Suburb of Silvan, just past the Dandenong Ranges, perfect for a scenic drive. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is happening in Silvan this October. Tickets start at $28.50, check out more info and grab your tickets here.


If you enjoy a drop of gin every now and then, this is a festival you need to check out. Australia’s most popular distilleries will be in attendance at The Timberyard, and for $58.82, you’ll get to try a selection of them. It’s happening on October 21, book in your tickets and find more info on Junipalooza here.

Melbourne Fashion Week


Melbourne Fashion Week returns this October, shining a spotlight onto many of the greatest designers across the country. There’ll be a number of different things on offer, runways, parties, exhibitions, and plenty more that you can check out on MFW’s website here. It’s taking place across Melbourne from October 10 until October 16.

Random Melbourne events and festivals

Dog Lovers Show

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in this day and age who isn’t a fan of all things dog. The Dog Lovers Show returns to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre this October, complete with games, workshops, and of course a plethora of pretty pooches. It’s happening from October 14 until October 16, book in your tickets here.

Stringybark Festival

If you don’t feel like heading into the city to answer all your festival needs, there’s a fun festival happening in the suburbs that’ll be worth checking out. The Stringybark festival is hitting the suburb of Rowville and will focus on sustainability and ethically produced items, plus feature a bunch of local musos and food. Check out more info here.

Halloweenfest Melbourne 2022

It might be an American holiday, but over the last few years, it’s been getting bigger and bigger here in Melbourne. This festival is “Melbourne’s biggest Halloween party”, and it’ll be happening at 170 Russell October 28.  It’s happening thanks to Hands Up Entertainment, check out what’s happening at Halloweenfest here.

Honourable Mention: The Victorian Salami Festival


It may require a little bit of a venture outside of the Melbourne city circle, but this festival is an honourable mention. Everyone’s favourite cold meat works on anything – sandwiches, pizza, omelettes, and much more. Taking place at Dal Zotto Estate, many of Australia’s salami makers will be in attendance.

Find more info and book in your tickets here.





Melbourne events and festivals in September

Music festivals

Listen Out


International festivals have well and truly made their return to Australia, with Listen Out happening this September. There are some great internationals and locals involved, to name a few, the lineup features internationals like AJ Tracey, Doechii and Tove Lo, on top of a stacked local lineup with legends like Stace Cadet and The Jungle Giants.  Listen Out is happening at Catani Gardens on September 23. You can check out some more info, the rest of the lineup and grab your tickets here.

On Demand Winter Festival


Winter may be over, but the cold weather is still here, people are looking for reasons to head in. The Toff in Town will be home to a cool festival this September, called the On Demand Winter Festival, featuring some of the coolest up-and-comers within the Melbourne music world. Some of the artists involved include Babyface Mal, OGM, and Boy Ace, among many more. Check out more info and grab your tickets here.

Transmission Festival


If you’re an electronic fan, this is the festival for you. The world of electronica is mixed with special effects, great equipment, and much more. There’ll also be some mind-boggling audio-visual shows that will likely be the highlight of the night. Some of the great acts involved include Marlo, Rank 1, Vini Vinci, and plenty more. The Transmission Festival is happening at the Flemington Racecourse on the 17th of September. Tickets start from $187.45, check out more info here.

Boroondara Ukulele Festival

Yes, a whole series of Melbourne events and festivals dedicated to the little brother of the guitar is happening this month. Located in the Melbourne suburbs, the Boroondara Ukulele Festival will have performances, classes, and much more. Some of the people involved include Dan MacEoin, Chantelle Riordan, and Margaret Crichton.  You can even go in the running to win a whiz bang ukulele worth over $300. It’s taking place on September 18, check out more info on the Boroondara Ukulele Festival here.

Australian Tap Dance Festival

The Australian Tap Dance Festival brings all the elements of the style into a week-long celebration of everything tap dance across the Melbourne events and festivals landscape. Talented professional dancers from Australia and New Zealand will be in attendance, sharing their expertise with adoring Aussie crowds, leading talks and classes. Some of the stars involved are Peta Anderson, Jack Egan, and Jessie Cram, among many more. The Australian Tap Dance Festival will be taking place in Melbourne from September 24. Check out more info and grab your tickets here.

Cultural events and festivals

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

If you’ve ever wanted to see around 1 million tulips, you’ll feel right at home with the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. On top of flowers, attendees will be able to enjoy live entertainment, quality food, and much more. It’s taking place in the Suburb of Silvan, just past the Dandenong Ranges, perfect for a scenic drive. The Tesselaar Tulip Festival is happening in Silvan from September 10. Tickets start at $28.50, check out more info and grab your tickets here.

Melbourne Belly Dance Festival

Yet another dance festival is making its way to Melbourne this month, this time celebrating all things Belly Dance. Teachers and students from Melbourne and wider Australia will be in attendance showing why they’re experts in the field. Opening night will take place on Friday September 9, and will include some great nibbles and drinks. The Melbourne Belly Dance Festival is taking place across Brunswick from Friday September 9 until Sunday September 11. Check out what it’s all about and grab your tickets here.

Melbourne Writers Festival

Another massive festival is making its way to Melbourne’s shores this month, the Melbourne Writers Festival. Some of the greatest minds from across the world will be live and beamed into many Melbourne venues, sharing their knowledge, and giving a deeper look at their books. Some of the writers involve include Dennis Altman, Brian Cox, and Anita Hill. The Melbourne Writers Festival will be happening across Melbourne from September 8 until September 11. Check out what else is on and grab your tickets here.

IKEA Festival


Everyone’s biggest dream has come true, a festival celebrating everyone’s favourite Swedish furniture manufacturer. The IKEA Festival is taking place at all the Ikea’s across Melbourne, and some of the events include food sampling, a dance party, a bear hunt, and a lot more. Check out some more info and what’s happening at your local Ikea here.

Wanderlust True North Festival


If you want to get away from the stress and anxiety of the world, Melbourne’s never short of events to help you. The event will calm you down and “reignite your wellbeing”. There’s a star-studded group there ready to assist you, Nick Littlemore from Pnau, Tahl Rinsky, Adam Goodes, Sarah Todd, and plenty more. It’s happening on Friday September 23 at the Royal Exhibition Building. Check out more info and book in your tickets to Wanderlust here.

Asian Fun Festival

Melbourne events and festivals are a great melting pot for a variety of different backgrounds, each having some great opportunities to share their amazing history with Aussie locals. The Asian Fun Festival is said to transport you back to ancient times, through food, performances, and people. Some of the events will include a dress-up show, K-Pop show, and a drum performance too. The Asian Fun festival is taking place at the Meat Market from September 10 until September 11.

Zero Waste Festival

There’s no question that disposing of things in a good way is a big story at the moment. We’ve heard a lot about the world and its need for recycling. Zero Waste Festival makes it a big thing and tries to cut out waste completely. There’ll be a clothes swap, so you don’t chuck out your clothes, a repair café, to stop any disposal of items that may still have a life, and much more. Check out more info on the Zero Waste Festival here.

Film Festivals

Youth Justice Film Festival

If you’re the type of person who wants to see the world change, this is the type of film festival for you. The Youth Justice Film Festival will celebrate what it means to be young or young at heart. There’ll be some great short films on display, with amazing talks, food, guest speakers, and lots more. It’s happening as this month is Youth Festival month in Victoria and the Australian Red Cross’ Youth Justice Advisory Group is working to put this event on. It’ll be taking place at the beautiful Kino Cinema, check out some more info and book in your free ticket here.

Food & Drink Festivals

Tequila and Mezcal Festival


As the weather starts to warm up, the time for some great tequila is here. There’ll be presenters on show, sharing their extensive knowledge of the world of tequila and mezcal. With tastings taking place in an old tram, it’s an experience that doesn’t come along too often. If you’re a tequila expert, be prepared to be blown away with the rare finds that will be available. Yes, there’ll be some great Mexican-inspired food on offer too, so you won’t go hungry. The Tequila and Mezcal Melbourne events and festivals will be happening at Retropolis on Sunday September 17. Grab your tickets here.

Malaysian Hawker Festival

If you’ve ever been to Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand, you’ll be well versed in the world of Hawker food. Now you can get a little bit of a taste of it at home, with the Malaysian Hawker Festival. Queen Vic Market will be transformed into a Hawker centre, complete with hawker food, entertainment, lanterns, mooncakes, and plenty more cool things. The Malaysian Hawker Festival be taking place from Saturday September 10 until Sunday September 11 at the Queen Vic Market, check out more info on Queen Vic’s website here.

Wine & Vine Festival

We’re pretty lucky here in Australia, we’ve got some of the greatest wine regions across the world. This festival celebrates exactly that, bringing together some of Australia’s greatest winemakers under one roof. There’s said to be around 30 wineries on display, and there’ll be around 150 wines ready for you to taste. It’s taking place on Saturday September 10, grab your tickets here.





Melbourne festivals and live events in August

Your Melbourne events and festivals guide for August, featuring all the music festivals, food festivals, film festivals (including the mighty MIFF) and cultural goings-on.

As we hurtle and hurdle through the year, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to Victorian and Melbourne festivals. While our friends up north have had some music festival joy with Splendour in The Grass, we’ve got some cool different things down here in the Big V. From film festivals to celebrations of young entrepreneurs, we’ve got a list of the best events to experience this August.

Food, wine and beer festivals

Winter Night Market

It’s hard to believe we’ve only got one more month of winter, but that means we get one more month of Queen Vic’s Winter Night Market. It’s been one of the most popular spots over the last few months, with attendees loving the great food and entertainment.

The fun will continue into August with some silent discos, magic shows, and lots more. Check out what else is happening here.


This is the perfect type of festival for these warmer months, some of Melbourne’s best breweries are banding together for an event unlike any other. Beer makers from Bodriggy, Hop Nation, Molly Rose and many more will each be on show, presenting some of the coolest and warmest new brews.

On top of that, you’ll get to hear music from some of Anti Fade Records’ best, groups like Foggy Nation and Mightiest of Guns. Check out some more info and booking details over on Bodriggy’s website here.

Film festivals

Scandinavian Film Festival

The wider Nordic region is renowned for some high-quality cinema, and we’ll be able to catch the best new flicks when the Scandinavian Film Festival takes place in Melbourne this August.

The region isn’t afraid to get a little different with its on-screen efforts, often pushing the boundaries of what is expected, and creating some really memorable works. Cinemas such as the Palace, Kino, and Pentridge will all be involved. Check out what’s on and book your tickets here.

Melbourne Cineverse Film Festival

August is a great month to be a movie fan in Melbourne, we’ve got the Scandinavian Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and the Melbourne Cinaverse Film Festival.

This festival will be taking place at the great Backlot Studios in South Melbourne, where attendees will get to catch comes of the greatest features and short films. Best of all, tickets start at an easy $5 for students. Check out some more info and book in your tickets here.

Melbourne International Film Festival

The premier Melbourne events and festivals for all things movies make their triumphant return to Melbourne this year, and it’s got a stacked program that’ll be one to remember for years to come. 2022’s incarnation marks the 70th year of the festival, and to celebrate there’ll be even more things to dive into, talks, masterclasses, premieres, and a whole lot more. There’s bound to be something up your alley. Some of the key movies to keep an eye on are Seriously Red, Three Thousand Years of Longing and Before Now & Then.

There’ll also be a bunch of interesting talks, Mark Coles Smith will dive into the world of acting, Katie Milwright will chat about Cinematography, and Katie Flaxman will bring you behind the curtain of editing, among much more. The festival is happening across select cinemas in Melbourne. It runs from August 4 until August 21. Check out the rest of the program and book it in here.

Fashion festivals

Melbourne Retail Festival

Are you a designer or wholesaler? This is the event for you. The Exhibition Building will be jam-packed with some of the world’s coolest up-and-coming brands that want to feature in your shop. You’ll be able to chat with them and see their works displayed on the runway.

Like all good festivals out there, the Melbourne Retail Festival will feature talks, workshops, and a whole lot more. This festival is taking place at Royal Exhibition Building on August 24 and August 25. Dive into more information and grab your tickets here.

Music festivals


These cooler months make a lot of us stay in, but every now and then, an event comes along that leans into that, and makes coming out sound great. The Winterwild festival will light up the Apollo Bay region this August, with events that’ll definitely warm you up.

Ahead of their successful US run, you can catch Aussie rockers Amyl and The Sniffers, an outdoor Wildfeast with some outdoor barbecues, or even some horror-themed events. This festival will be taking place across a number of locations across Apollo Bay. It runs from August 12 until August 28. Check out more info and grab your tickets here.

Crossroads Guitar Festival

No, it’s not the annual Eric Clapton festival, but an amazing offering among these Melbourne events and festivals of the same name. There’ll be some of our best guitarists on show, Kathleen Halloran, who performed with Kate Ceberano, Daniel Spencer, who played with Jimmy Barnes, and Dai Jones, among many more.

There are some ticket options, first-tier tickets involving a three-course meal, and the second-tier as a general admission ticket. It’s happening on Thursday, August 18 at the Transit Rooftop. Check out some more info and book your tickets here.

Monolith Festival

Border closures saw a bunch of Aussie-only line-ups, it was a great time for local musos. After things have been open for a few months, we’ve seen international headliners come back, and Aussie fill supporting roles.

But Monolith is bringing that back with an all-Aussie affair, Karnivool, Cog, and Ocean Grove will be hard rocking their way into Melburnian ears when Monolith hits Melbourne this August. Supporting these bands will be up-and-comers Plini, sleepmakeswaves, Reliqa & Yomi Ship, you can’t get more metal than this. The Monolith Festival is taking place at Port Melbourne Industrial Centre for the Arts on August 27, tickets are selling fast, grab them here.

General festivals


This August sees Lightscape, a journey through all things lights. The Royal Botanic Gardens will be literally lit up during the festival, attendees will get to experience a 1.8km trail of beautiful installations.

There’s said to be around 500,000 lights featured within the festival, giving a fresh and original vibe to the region, making it perfect for some great Insta-worthy pics. Check out some more information and book in your tickets to Lightscape here.

Re-Generation Youth Festival

If you’re a younger reader of Beat and looking to get out there in the world, this festival is the one for you. The Re-Generation Youth Festival allows our most business-minded youth to have a platform to share their interesting ideas and ways of thinking.

There’ll be film pitch competitions, concerts, and a whole heap more. It’s happening Friday August 12, check out some more information here. 

Melbourne Houseplant Festival

You probably can’t get anything more Melbourne sounding than this. A festival dedicated to houseplants. In this day and age, plants are becoming children, people are caring for them with their lives, so why not celebrate that?

The Melbourne Houseplant Festival will feature talks, workshops, and lots more, you’ll leave knowing a whole lot more about your green friends. Tickets start from an easy $9, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t head to this.

If you’re a plant lover, there’s even a VIP option, for $199, you can grab a premium ticket, which’ll get you a discount at stalls, workshop access, and much more. This show is taking place at Brunswick’s The Wool Mill on August 21. Grab your tickets here.

Boho Luxe Market

It mightn’t seem like one, but this could definitely be considered a festival, over some dates this August, Melbourne will transform into a little Byron Bay. Attendees can grab some beautiful clothing, jewellery, homewares, and lots more, it’s truly like you’re walking in a Byron Bay shopping centre.

On top of that, you’ll also get to experience an enjoyable sound healing session, so you can relax and get into the moment.  This show is taking place at the Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson St and Carlton, running from August 26 until August 28 respectively. Check out some more info here.

MS Melbourne Run + Ride Festival

The Melbourne Run and Ride festival is open for athletes of all talents, there’s options from a 2.5km family ride to a whopping 50km ride, and everything in between. You can sign up over on their website and raise some money for MS, the great cause that this festival goes towards to.

For certain goals in the fundraising space, you’ll go into the running for some great prizes, including a holiday, a bike, or a visit to a brewery. It’s taking place on August 28, dive into some more info here.

Teej Festival

The Didi Bahini Samaj Victoria (DBSV) is a group of independent Nepalese women who work to get better opportunities and a better world for women. They’ll be putting on the TEEJ Festival, which will have food, dancing, talks, interactive experiences, and a whole lot more.

Tickets are only $20, grab them and check out some more information here.

Moama Lights

Echuca Moama – Until August 21

Let them light up your life

Red gum bushland and the Murray River provide a gorgeous backdrop for Moama Lights, one of the most beautiful outer Melbourne events and festivals on this list. Production and lighting company Mandylights are the brains behind the immersive experience, which takes place in Horseshoe Lagoon. Follow the trail of lit-up red gums and venture into the bushland towards a triumphant finale.

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Borealis on the Lake

Daylesford – throughout August

Northern lights filled our skies, empty nights synchronised

The northern lights are illumining Daylesford throughout August and early September. The creation of Switzerland-based artivist Dan Acher, art and technology meet when laser beams and theatrical auroras are beamed across Lake Daylesford. Set to a tranquil soundtrack, Borealis on the Lake is a place for strangers to connect.

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Hot Chocolate Festival

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, Bellbrae – August 1-31

Drink ’em while they’re hot

With hot chocolates so decadent you will need to go to confessional, the Hot Chocolate Festival is serving up a month-long festival of deliciousness. Choose from 31 different flavours, including boozy creations. You can also enjoy tasting sessions, or purchase DIY kits for sipping at home in your PJs.

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Unheard Stories Film Festival

Cameo Cinema, Belgrave – August 4 & WPACC, Wangaratta – August 17 Stories that deserves to be heard. Presented by Soundfair, the Unheard Stories Film Festival spotlights deaf and hard-of-hearing storytellers. Films include Hear Me Out, We Hear You, Deafying Gravity and Amplify This!

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Melbourne International Film Festival

In the City – August 4-21; In the Suburbs – August 12-21; In the Regions – August 12-21

Let’s go to the movies

MIFF returns for its platinum anniversary, forever striving to build an enlightened and engaged society through film. Already selling fast is Hear My Eyes: Chopper x Springtime & Mick Harvey which features Melbourne supergroup Springtime joining forces with Mick Harvey to create a new score for the classic 2000 Australian film, Chopper.

Other films include Berlinale’s Golden Bear for Best Film winner Alcarràs, the Aubrey Plaza vehicle Emily the Criminal, the activist-driven Franklin, an ode to the New York aughts rock renaissance Meet Me in the Bathroom, horror-comedy Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon, coming-of-age road movie Sweet As, an animated retelling of Anne Frank’s story Where is Anne Frank and Riley Stearns’ Dual.

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Bodriggy Brewpub, Abbotsford – August 5-7

A toast to independent beers

The “moon to summer’s Electric KoolAid Festival”, LUNAVERSE is a three-day festival that aims to dissolve the lines between sound, space, craft and taste. Performers include Alien Nose Job, Mikey Young, Parsnip, Pious Faults, Cale Sexton, Golden Hour, Foggy Notion, Milo Eastwood, San of the Rambutan, Mightiest of Guns, Mitch Dillon and the Compulsive Ramblers and more.

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Burning of the Canes

Austin’s Winery, Sutherlands Creek – August 6

A fine time to enjoy a wine

The Burning of the Canes celebrates the end of pruning and the rebirth of vines. Opened to the public for the first time, Nama Please will be cooking up a feast while DJ Edd Fisher will be spinning tunes. Stay toasty warm next to the bonfire of the canes and fire pits.

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Surf Coast Arts Trail

Surf Coast – August 6 & 7

A picture paints a thousand words

Art lovers have the opportunity to chew the fat about the artistic process at a series of Melbourne events and festivals with artists across Aireys Inlet, Lorne, Anglesea, Torquay and more at the 10th Surf Coast Arts Trail.

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Ego Expo x District Docklands

The Throwback Lounge – August 6-28

For the hustlers and the homies

Ego Expo is having a winter pop-up throughout August, with two venues set to be transformed into throwback lounges dripping with the ’90s. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be a mix of performances, cereal bar, arcade zone, pop-up stalls, prizes and more. A key event is Westside Apparel’s EgoFest music festival, which will take place on August 27. This is a free, all-ages event – but RSVP is compulsory.

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39 South Wharf Promenade, South Wharf – August 12

Full force feminine power

FemmeCon’s aim is to inspire women to embrace their full force feminie power with “zero fucks”. Ten high-profile female speakers, boutique pop-ups, gift bags and interactive experiences will all feature. DJ Claudia Allegro will provide tunes, while the day includes full catering (including breakfast snacks on arrival).

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Apollo Bay – August 12-14 & 26-28

Take a walk on the wild side

Victoria’s answer to Dark Mofo, Apollo Bay’s WinterWild was launched in 2017 in response to the 2015 Colac Otway bushfires. Two weekends play host to music, performance, comedy and food, wrapping you up in a big warm blanket of the familiar and unusual. Performers include Amyl & the Sniffers, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Emma Donovan & the Putbacks, Leah Senior, Sid O’Neil and Kee’ahn.

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Melbourne Houseplant Festival

The Wool Mill, Brunswick East – August 21

Spruce up your room with a houseplant

Based on the successful London Houseplant Festival, the Melbourne Houseplant Festival features a line-up of some of the country’s finest plant experts. Learn from the likes of Lauren and Sophia (authors of Leaf Supply & Plantopedia) and Dom (co-founder of Plant Runner, featured in The Block).

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RMIT Pride Week

RMIT University – August 22-26

Hope will never be silent

Teachers, students and alumni come together for RMIT Pride Week, with a series of Melbourne events and festivals aimed to raise awareness of issues and barriers to inclusion for the LGBTIQA+ community. A highlight is the RMIT Pride Film Festival on August 23 (City Campus) and August 24 (Bundoora Campus) which will showcase five short films – Infinito Enquanto Dure (Infinite While it Lasts) Tell-By Date, The Best Men, Falling for Caroline and Congo Cabaret.

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Melbourne Retail Festival

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton – August 24 & 25

Find a bargain for everyone

Established and emerging local and international brands will display their goods in categories that include apparel, jewellery, footwear, beauty, home, active, sleep, baby and more. Runway shows and seminar series will also feature.

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Monolith Festival

Pica, Melbourne – August 27

An explosion of prog, rock and metal

A big and chunky seven-band line-up, where best of all there is no clashing. The rescheduled date features Karnivool, COG, Ocean Grove, Plini, sleepmakeswaves, Reliqa and Yomi Ship.

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