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Winter & Spring Events in Melbourne

Nachiket Behera
February 21, 2020

When it comes to events in the world’s second most liveable city, which was recently dethroned by Vienna this year, there is never a dull moment. The city being the cultural capital of Australia, is packed with events throughout the year and come this winter & spring, the cosmopolis is gearing up to host some of the biggest events of the year.


Firelight Festival (28th – 30th June)

A festival of fun and fire (Picture courtesy: melbourne.vic.gov.au)

June is given a wonderful farewell with the Firelight Festival, from 28th June to 30th June. It is a celebration of the winter solstice and the basic premise is that of lighting up the darkest night of the year. This event brings together over 40 street performers from different parts of the globe. Celebrate over performances: form Bollywood dancing to Mariachi band, food: Malaysian rice bowl to Limp Briksit and of course fireworks. If it sounds like your kind of event then head over to the Docklands and enjoy this free to attend event.

Winter Night Market (5th June – 28th August)

Lighting up the winters (Picture courtesy: White Night Market)

Winters in Melbourne are looked forward to by many of the locals thanks to the Winter Night Market, every Wednesday. This is no ordinary market as you can taste the multiculturalism of Melbourne through the many food options. Shop your hearts out and then if you are in the mood for it, join the Silent Disco!


Run Melbourne (28th July 2019)

For the love of running! (Picture courtesy: Sole Motive)

Currently in its 12th year, Run Melbourne which is powered by Sole Motive has three distances to offer: half marathon, 10K and 5K events. Participants from all age, genders and abilities are welcome to participate in this publicly fundraised event. The run would take you across the iconic sporting landmarks like the MCG and Rod Laver Arena. All the participants get a medal as well. This one is not to be missed.


Melbourne International Film Festival (1st – 18th August)

Taking Melbourne to the world (Picture courtesy: MIFF)

The biggest, oldest and the most revered film festival of Australia is back. This event just keeps on getting grander with each passing year and nothing short of that could be expected for this year as well. Attracting filmmakers and supporters of arts from all over the world, this event is at par with the film festivals like that of Cannes and Berlin.

White Night Reimagined (22nd - 24th August)

Flinders Street station on White Night (Picture courtesy: White Night Facebook)

The annual signature winter celebration, White Night is coming this year in August and renamed as White Night Reimagined. Just in the time of winter to spring transition. This year is also going to see performers from all over the world coming over to celebrate this festival of arts with the suburbs of Carlton Gardens, Treasury Gardens and Birrarung Marr are going to get all decked up this August. The iconic buildings like National Gallery of Victoria are also expected to put up a show.


Melbourne Fashion Week (28th August – 5th September)

The fashion police on duty (Picture courtesy: Melbourne Fashion Week)

The week long event will cover more than 150 events this year taking place at some of the unique & exotic locations all around Melbourne. More than 100,000 people take part in this event every year with many world-renowned fashion houses and designers also in attendance. Ready to wear Spring/Summer collections are showcased more prominently in this event which aims to put Melbourne as one of the Fashion capitals of the world.

AFL Grand Final (28th September)

The cup awaits! (Picture courtesy: AFL Website)

This date needs no reminder to an Aussie or to even that matter to anybody who follows Australian Football League. The final Saturday of September is the first circled date in many locals' diary - it's AFL Grand Final day. A one of a kind sporting event which witnesses not just maddening crowds at the stadium but also tops the TV viewership in Australia. The West Coast Eagles came out triumphant in the last season, let’s see who grabs the coveted trophy home this year.


Melbourne Marathon (13th October)

Runners at St. Kilda Beach (Picture courtesy: Melbourne Marathon)

The marquee event for all the running enthusiasts is coming back in the spring this year. Dubbed as the Australia’s Largest Marathon, this event has different distances to offer; marathon, half marathon, 10 Km, 5 Km and 3 Km. The run would start from MCG Concourse for most of the distances barring the Marathon which would start from Brunton Avenue. It would take the runners across Albert Park Lake, Flinders Street Station, pass the St Kilda beach. Not just that but you also get a chance to run along with the legends of the game.


Four Vines Running Festival (3rd November)

We didn't need to say 'Cheese', they could see it! (Picture courtesy: Four Vines Running Festival)

Taking place in the picturesque Nagambie, about 90 minutes from Melbourne, this event in the sense that the participants get to take a run through the beautiful vineyards of Tahbilk, Fowles, Box Grove and Mitchelton wineries. Not just that, but the participants also get a change from running in the city landscape as a run in this event would take you down the beautiful country roads. For this is not just another marathon event but an experience in its own filled with oversized, heavy medals, food, wine and live music to the brim. This one is not to be missed.

Melbourne Music Week (14th – 23rd November)

Never a dull moment (Picture courtesy: MMW Facebook)

This 9-day celebration of Melbourne’s thriving music culture and scene is not to be missed if you are in Melbourne at this time. The event is a testament of the love that Melburnians have for arts and culture. The creative music industry of Melbourne is world renowned and finest of them would be in attendance. The event would take place at various locations across Melbourne, so keep your dates cleared for this one.

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