Melbourne is a vibrant and culturally rich city, which will play host to a wide range of exciting events throughout this coming autumn. From music and arts festivals, to sporting events and food festivals, Melbourne truly has something for everyone. In this blog we’ll explore some of the top events that take place in this city during this autumn, so whether you’re a local or a visitor, you can plan your calendar accordingly.
Visit the Royal Botanic Gardens: The Royal Botanic Gardens are one of Melbourne’s most beautiful and peaceful places. With over 8,500 species of plants that combine in stunning autumn colours, it’s the perfect place for a picnic or a leisurely stroll. But don’t forget all the other amazing gardens around Melbourne that you can visit.
Go to an AFL game: Melbourne is home of the game they call Aussie Rules and the start of autumn means the season is about to start. Catch a game at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and experience the excitement of Australian Rules Football.
Attend the Melbourne International Comedy Festival: The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one of the largest and most respected comedy festivals in the world. With shows ranging from stand-up to sketch comedy, it’s a great way to enjoy a good laugh.
Moomba: Moomba is the largest community event set on the Yarra River over the Labour Day weekend. The event includes carnival rides, water sports, music and entertainment that all can enjoy during the long weekend.
Melbourne Food And Wine Festival: The 10 day event is held all over Melbourne, bringing all the foods from around the world to one city. With over 150 events, hopefully there will be at least a couple that will tickle your tastes buds.
Take a day trip to the Yarra Valley: The Yarra Valley is a picturesque wine grape growing region located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne’s CBD. Sample some of Australia’s best wines, cheese, chocolate and other locally made produce while taking in some of the stunning autumn scenery in the area.
Visit the National Gallery of Victoria: The National Gallery of Victoria (or the NGV as locals like to call it) is Australia’s oldest and largest art museum. With a collection of over 70,000 works, including contemporary and Indigenous art, it’s a must-see for anyone who can appreciate a piece of art.
Explore the laneways: Melbourne is famous for its laneways, which are full of hidden gems such as street art, boutique shops, bars and cafes. Take a stroll through laneways such as Flinders or Hosier Lanes and discover some of the city’s hidden treasures.
Visit the Melbourne Zoo: The Melbourne Zoo is a world-class attraction located just slightly north of Melbourne’s CBD. It is home to hundreds of animals from around the world and native Australian creatures including Kangaroos, Koalas, and Tasmanian Devils. Go meet them up close and personal, as you might even get to cuddle a koala.
Visit the Melbourne Museum: The Melbourne Museum is a fascinating facility with exhibits that explores Victoria’s natural and cultural history. From the famous Phar Lap exhibit to the Dinosaur Walk, there’s something for everyone to be intrigued by.
Enjoy the food scene: Melbourne is known for its diverse and delicious foodie scene. From Vietnamese Pho to Italian pasta dishes, there’s something to satisfy every person’s taste. Check out one of the city’s famous food markets such as the Queen Victoria Market, Footscray, Preston or South Melbourne Markets.
Take a hot air balloon ride: See Melbourne from a new perspective with a hot air balloon ride over the city. With stunning views of the city skyline and the Yarra River at sunrise, it’s an unforgettable experience that’s sure to impress.
In conclusion, Melbourne is a city that loves to celebrate and there’s no shortage of exciting events, festivals and activities to enjoy this season. Whether you’re interested in comedy, sports, food, or the arts, Melbourne has something for you. So why not plan your next visit to this vibrant city around one or more of these amazing activities?