Must see

NGV Triennial

National Gallery of Victoria

Until 15 April 2018

Exploring art and design across cultures and continents, this comprehensive exhibition features a diverse range of work – from paintings to sculptures and animations – by over 100 artists and designers from over 30 countries. There is also a rich array of programs and talks visitors can enjoy. Entry to the Triennial is free.

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival

Various venues

1 to 18 March 2018

In its 21st year, this annual celebration of fashion, beauty, business and creative endeavour not only showcases the best and the emerging within the Australian fashion industry, but is also a great platform for networking and professional development opportunities for fashion, beauty, design, creative, marketing and retail industry professionals.

Moomba Festival

Birrarung Marr

9 to 12 March 2018

Each year, on the Labour Day long weekend, the iconic Moomba Festival attracts crowds of all ages to Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens for a celebration of everything Melbourne. Famous for its traditional Monday street parade, Moomba also boasts nightly fireworks, the Birdman Rally on the Yarra River and the bustling carnival in Alexandra Gardens.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Various venues

16 to 25 March 2018

Celebrating its 25th year, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, presented by Bank of Melbourne, is back this year for 10 days with innovative experiences and sessions from over 200 businesses in the Victorian food and wine industry. There will be satellite events at various pop-up venues across the city, as well as at notable restaurants, wineries, galleries and more; however, the key highlights include the Regional World’s Longest Lunches, the International Chef Dinners and the River Graze that takes place during the opening weekend.

White Night Ballarat


17 March 2018

White Night Ballarat is back following a successful debut last year. From 7pm to 2am, experience the city of Ballarat as it transforms with a spectacular display of colour, light projections, awe-inspiring installations and more. The program offers a mix of free and ticketed events that also include art, music, film and theatre.

2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit

22 to 25 March 2018

One of the most exhilarating and glamorous events in Melbourne’s sporting and social calendar, the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is unlike any other. Go along to Albert Park, where you can experience the thrill and speed, as the sport’s international juggernauts battle for victory on the track.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend

Melbourne Museum

22 March to 26 August 2018

The Viking culture captures imaginations far and wide. This exhibition brings together the largest collection of cultural artefacts, including more than 500 from the Swedish History Museum. On display will be the skeletal remains of a ship, as well as ancient swords and one of the rarest of Thor’s hammer pendants. Vikings: Beyond the Legend gives a fascinating insight into the rich life, rituals and beliefs of the Vikings.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Various venues

28 March to 22 April 2018

Featuring hundreds of local and international comedians, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival will make Melbourne laugh hard for three and a half weeks. There’s an event for everyone, including free family entertainment during the school holidays. Expect a great line-up of stellar shows every evening and, if you want to keep going, the late-night Festival Club will provide even more laughs.

Fed in French – French food and wine market

Federation Square

6 to 8 April 2018

Grab a picnic basket and enjoy the smells, sights and tastes of food and wine from Vieux Port of Marseille, Brittany, Rhone Alpes and Bordeaux as French street food comes to Federation Square. Enjoy a nibble or two in the open-air French food and wine market, or lie under the sun on the ‘Pique-Nique’ lawns sipping some French wine. But if it’s a seated lunch or dinner you’re after, head over to Bon Ap’s pop-up, which also has a champagne and oyster bar.

Antony and Cleopatra

Arts Centre Melbourne

26 April to 13 May 2018

He, a hero torn between love and duty. She, a charismatic and fierce queen. Together, they made one of the most powerful couples in history. Shakespeare paints their story – dramatic, passionate and all-consuming. Bell Shakespeare artistic director Peter Evans sits at the helm of this production as Catherine McClements takes on the complex character of Queen Cleopatra and Johnny Carr plays Mark Antony.

Ballet Revolución

Arts Centre Melbourne

17 to 19 May 2018

Direct from Cuba, Ballet Revolución returns to Australia for a national tour in April and May recharged, rebooted and ready for its Australian fans once again. Expect boundless and raw energy, breathtaking moves, and an overall explosive performance.