The autumn months are here at last – but as we say goodbye to summer, it doesn’t look like Melbourne’s social calendar will be slowing down anytime soon! With a wide range of activities, events, and festivals happening all around the city, there’s plenty to see and something for everyone enjoy.
Here are some of our top tips for what’s happening in Melbourne this March.
1. Moomba Festival
As one of Melbourne’s most iconic annual events, Moomba Festival returns this March for another weekend of family-friendly fun. Featuring an impressive program of events, rides and activities, this year’s festival will include a wide selection of workshops and street eats, displays from world-class athletes and performances from talented local artists, as well as the famous Moomba parade and the ever-popular Birdman Rally.
Date: 8 - 11 March
Location: Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens
2. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
With more than 250 events across the state, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival celebrates the many different culinary experiences that the city of Melbourne has to offer. Now in its 27th year, the festival is set to feature an impressive line-up of internationally acclaimed chefs, as well as more laid back offerings from local Melbourne eateries.
Date:8 March - 24 March
3. Melbourne Fashion Festival
As Australia’s largest fashion event of the year, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival showcases the finest in Australian fashion from both established and emerging designers. Hosting runway shows from all your famous designers, the festival also features a range of workshops, summits and independent events, as well as the inaugural International Women’s Day Breakfast.
Date: 1 March - 10 March
4. Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Back for its 24th year, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show offers the ultimate inspiration for plant-lovers and garden enthusiasts. Often described as the Southern Hemisphere's premier horticulture event, the event is set to feature a spectacular variety of installations as well as the opportunity to meet key designers and peruse a range of specialist retail products and apartment-friendly plants.
Date: 27 - 31 March
Location: Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens
Entry: $26.35 - $30.42
5. Sugar Republic
Every wondered what candyland would look like in real life? Sugar Republic combines all things sweet in an interactive wonderland that would rival Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Housed within Myer Melbourne, the pop-up event invites you to unleash your inner child as you enjoy a range of fun-filled activities, like splashing about in a giant blue bubblegum ball pit, strolling through giant cookie houses make from Arnott’s biscuits and jumping out of giant birthday cakes – a must for any self-respecting sugar-lover!
Date: 10 Feb - 21 March
Location: Myer Melbourne
Entry: $29 - $39
6. Muriel's Wedding the Musical
Based on one of the most loved Australian films of all time, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical follows the comical journey of socially awkward Muriel Heslop as she flees her small town home for Sydney in search of a better life. The multi-award winning production features music by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall and is expected to be one of the must-see musicals of the year.
Date: 12 March - 9 June
Location: Her Majesty's Theatre
Entry: $60 - $155
7. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
As the third largest comedy festival in the world, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is renowned for attracting some of the best names in comedy from across the globe. Featuring an eclectic mix of entertainers across an extensive range of venues, each event guarantees a great night out and a whole lot of laughs.
Date: 27 March - 21 April