Every Event You Shouldn’t Miss In Melbourne in 2022 and 2023

Melbourne’s annual events calendar is jam packed with some of the country’s best festivals, cultural events, art exhibitions and sporting events of the year. Whether you’re interested in films and music, or sport and wine, there’s an event for you in Melbourne.

From the Spring Racing Carnival to the Grand Prix, Melbourne Fashion Week to the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, here are some events not to be missed in Melbourne in 2022 and 2023.

Melbourne Winter Masterpieces | June – November 2022

Art lovers love the NGV in Melbourne. This winter the world-premiere Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, The Picasso Century, showcases the incredible life and career of Pablo Picasso. See more than 70 pieces by Picasso alongside 100 words by other 20th century artists, poets and intellectuals that Picasso interacted with. Works have been drawn from French national collections and the NGV itself. 

Outside the National Gallery of Victoria

Melbourne Writers Festival | late August–September 2022

Branding itself as Australia’s boldest literary festival, the Melbourne Writers Festival brings together both writers and readers in one space with a diverse program of events designed to inspire, challenge and thrill the audience.

Writers and readers gather in one space with a diverse program of events designed to inspire, challenge and thrill the audience in the Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne International Film Festival | August 2022

One of the oldest film festivals in the world, the Melbourne International Film Festival has been held since 1952 highlighting the best of the big and small screen. Expect a showcase of feature films, arthouse films, documentaries and short films shown at venues scattered across the city.

Spring Racing Carnival | October & November 2022

The Spring Racing Carnival is so much more than racing. From food, fashion and entertainment it is a social event not to be missed. The “race that stops the nation”, the Melbourne Cup, is the highlight event of the carnival, but there’s also other race days like the Victoria Derby Day and Oaks Day.

People enjoy the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne Australia

AFL Grand Final | 24 September 2022 

In late September each year, nearly 100,000 fans fill the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) stands to witness one of Australia’s greatest sporting events of the year. Nothing beats being part of the roaring crowd at the MCG as two teams battle it out for the glory. 

Melbourne Fashion Week | October 2022

Venture to the fashion capital of Australia for the country’s premier consumer fashion event, Melbourne Fashion Week. Attracting 175,000 people each year, more than 150 events showcase fashion in all forms. Catch runway shows with emerging, independent and established designers, visit pop-up stores, catch exhibitions and drop by workshops or see films.

Two girls walk along the streets of Melbourne during the Melbourne Fashion Week

T20 Cricket World Cup | October – November 2022

Watch India take on Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, or see great rivals England and Australia battle it out this October as part of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. Around 45 matches will take place across Australia, with the final being held at the MCG in mid November.

Large playing field inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground with audiences ready to watch the games

Australian Open | January 2023

No Aussie summer is complete without the Australian Open in Melbourne.Watch as the world’s greatest tennis players go head to head to take home the first title of the tennis season. While you’re not watching the game, you can listen to live music at the Australian Open Festival or graze at one of the many food and beverage options including fine dining restaurants. There is even a mini theme park to keep the kids entertained.  

Australian Open Tennis field with Melbourne skyline

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival | March 2023

Melbourne is the sort of city where you can dine around the world in a weekend. Highlighting the diversity of food, wine and produce, MFWF is a world leading celebration of Australia’s rich food and wine landscape. Join chefs, bakers, makers and waiters from nearby and across oceans with a festival of food and fun.

Locals eating out at the world's longest lunch event at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Melbourne International Comedy Festival | April 2023

Get ready to laugh out loud when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival rolls into town. Arriving in late March, over nearly four weeks local, national and international comedians bring their brand of laughter to the streets of Melbourne.

People gathered at the event convention to laugh out loud at Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix | April 2023

Watch the world’s fastest cars take on the iconic Albert Park circuit in Melbourne. Catch a glimpse as they zip by at top speed from your trackside position, and enjoy gourmet food trucks and live music acts at this unmissable event.

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