We take a look at the 5 BIGGEST event’s held in Melbourne each year.
#1 – The Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is held throughout Melbourne during October and November with the carnival spear heading on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington racecourse. The feature race of the carnival is run on the first Tuesday in November.
The event is our top selection for things to do and see in Melbourne with the world’s best horses competing as well as the best fashion, wine and food from around the world.
If you are making a trip to Melbourne make sure you go during October and November and head to one of the feature race meetings. Our pick of the race meetings is Emirates Stakes day on the last day of Flemington’s Melbourne Cup week.
Melbourne Cup replay:
Spring Carnival Dates:
#2 – Moomba Festival
The Moomba Festival is held in March every year with the highlight being the parade which is arguably the biggest of its kind in Australia behind the Madigras.
If you haven’t been to the Moomba Festival before it is a must do with plenty of weird and wonderful things happening throughout Melbourne.
Moomba Parade Highlights:
#3 – Australian Open Tennis
The Australian Open tennis tournament is the biggest single sporting event in Melbourne each year. The tournament goes for two weeks with plenty of action on and off the courts. We recommend getting a day pass at the start of week one and take in some great tennis matches with small crowds, just make sure you slip slop slap as it is hot!
Watch this years highlights:
Got to the Aus Open site for more info.
#4 – AFL Grand Final
Many visitors to Melbourne from overseas probably haven’t seen or experienced the AFL. It is a unique sport played in Australia.
We highlight the AFL Grand Final here as it is the biggest one day sporting event in Melbourne and arguably Australia although if you don’t make it to the Grand Final make sure you go to a home and away season match.
Here’s a taste of the game:
#5 – Royal Melbourne Show
The Royal Melbourne Show is held late September into early October every year and it attracts hundreds of thousands of people through the gates.
The show delivers something for everyone with too many events, sights and things to do to list.
Heres a look at some of the rides: