Events to check out in Melbourne this Spring

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It is now the time of year when we all start yearning for warmer weather, ready to escape the cold of the winter months and enjoy some sunshine and warmer temperatures. Now that springtime is finally here, it’s time to get excited about the upcoming spring festivals and events that fill up the calendar.

Springtime is an exciting time of the year for Melbourne, with lots of excellent events to check out in Melbourne this Spring, that take place to celebrate the transition from Winter to Summer. From sporting events to fashion shows and concerts, there is an event for everyone. Spring is also a fantastic time to visit Melbourne as the weather is starting to get warmer and there is just a real buzz going around the city. Book yourself a flight and find the best places to stay in Melbourne while checking out these wonderful events this Spring. These hotels are a short stroll to all the major events, make sure you get in fast before the best ones are booked out.

Events to check out in Melbourne this Spring

Spring Racing Carnival

There is probably no larger event in Melbourne each year than the Spring Racing Carnival. Spread out across all of Spring, from the 1st of September until the 23rd of November, the Spring Racing Carnival is a season of horse racing, fashion and socialising. People flock here from all over the country and the world to attend the must visit events that fill up the carnival’s schedule. Put on your best frock or suit and back a winner at one of Australia’s top horse races. The most grandeur events are the Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and finally, the biggest race in Australia, the Melbourne Cup on November 7th.

Race 4, 2013 Melbourne Cup,Events to check out in Melbourne this Spring
Race 4, 2013 Melbourne Cup: Photo on Flickr by Chris Phutully / CC BY 2.0

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

The event that really kicks off the Spring festivities is Melbourne’s Spring Fashion Week. Starting on the 1st of September with a massive fashion party on Little Bourke Street, the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is the premier fashion event in Australia, and an absolute must attend event for fashion lovers. Australia’s best up and coming designers showcase the latest fashion with models and catwalks and everything that goes with it. The opening fashion party is totally free to attend with a big fashion parade, music and free flowing bubbly all around, while shops and boutiques have special events of their own going on throughout the week.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week,Events to check out in Melbourne this Spring
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week: Photo on Flickr by Mohit D / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Melbourne Fringe Festival

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is the largest art festival in Australia, and this year is looking to be the biggest one yet. Melbourne is a huge art city and is home to many talented and explorative artists. This year’s Fringe Festival will host over 400 events from the 14th of September until the 1st of October, where artists from all kinds of disciplines will showcase their work, with events ranging from visual arts to performing arts and art inspired social events.

AFL Grand Final

Melbourne is the home of Australian Football and the finals for the AFL (Australian Football League) happen throughout the month of September, with the huge climax being the grand final which is scheduled for the 30th of September at the MCG. The AFL Grand Final is always a huge sporting event in Australia and a massive celebration in Melbourne. On the 29th of September, the AFL Grand Final Parade will make its way through the streets of the city.

Melbourne Cricket Ground
Melbourne Cricket Ground: Photo on Flickr by Matt Sarah / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Melbourne Festival

Running from the 4th – 22nd of October, The Melbourne Festival is all about theatre, with dozens of fantastic shows on offer from musicals and dance performances to dramatic plays and comedies. The events take place at venues all over the city, and there are plenty of free events to check out.

Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne Show is always one of the most popular events on the Spring calendar. Running from the 23rd of September until the 3rd of October, this year’s show hosts all the usual favourite events, with all the animals, exhibits, food, fun rides and sideshows that everyone loves, plus, of course, showbags. The Royal Melbourne Show is always action packed with special events to check out, making for a full day of fun.

Royal Melbourne Show
2013 Royal Melbourne Show: Photo on Flickr by Chris Phutully / CC BY 2.0

Octoberfest – St Kilda Foreshore

Octoberfest may be a German festival, but being such a beer loving nation, we love to celebrate Octoberfest here in Australia too. One of the biggest Octoberfest events in Melbourne this year is happening along the picturesque foreshore in the beachside suburb of St Kilda, on the 14th and 15th of October. The event will be one big party filled with bratwurst, pretzels and huge steins of German beer, along with music and dancing. Dress up in your best traditional costume and enjoy a day of celebrating beer.

Socceroos World Cup Qualifier

The mighty Socceroos (Australian men’s soccer team) has an important match coming up on the 5th September at AAMI Park. The Socceroos will be versing Thailand to attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. If they can win this game they will automatically qualify for the biggest sports event in the world.

Australia versus Kuwait at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium
Australia versus Kuwait at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium: Photo on Flickr by Tourism Victoria / CC BY 2.0

Toruk – The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil

The famous Cirque du Soleil is returning to Melbourne this November with their brand new show: Toruk – The First Flight. This new show is quite different to the previous shows they have done and has been inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar. The show is more of a story than just a circus performance and is set as a kind of distant prelude to James Cameron’s movie. The show will be visually breathtaking with the spectacular performances that only Cirque du Soleil can provide. Check out Toruk – The First Flight from the 2nd – 15th November at Rod Laver Arena.

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

It may be located an hour and a half out of Melbourne, but the racetrack at Phillip Island is one of the most important in Australia. The Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix is happening from the 20th until the 22nd of October and will see the world’s best motorcycle racers compete on the scenic Phillip Island circuit. This is a must if you love motorcycle racing.

Nicky Hayden Phillip Island MotoGP
Nicky Hayden Phillip Island MotoGP: Photo on Flickr by Andrew / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Spring is such a happening time of the year in Melbourne, with festivals and events filling up just about every day of the season. Whether you’re a huge sports fan, a lover of art and theatre or just like to party and have a good time, there is a springtime event in Melbourne for you.

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