As the Australian Football League (AFL) Final Series, featuring Australian Rules Football, builds toward a crescendo at the AFL Grand Final at the end of September, Melbourne continues preparations for a plethora of highlights in October including the Melbourne Marathon, the 2017 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the opening match of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup featuring Australia and England, the FIM Speedway Grand Prix and the Fast5 Netball World Series.
The glamour and excitement of the Melbourne Cup Carnival leads the action in November, with Flemington Racecourse hosting Melbourne Cup Day, Victoria Derby Day, Oaks Day and Stakes Day.
Melbourne and Bendigo will also welcome Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Japan, Pakistan and the United States of America for the Festival of Hockey before the Rugby League World Cup returns to the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium for its Quarter Final.
Melbourne will celebrate the New Year in December, as Australian and English cricket fanatics converge on the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Boxing Day Test, the penultimate match of the Ashes series.
The Volvo Ocean Race closes out the calendar, with a family friendly atmosphere expected at Docklands as the sailing event returns to the waterfront for the first time in more than a decade. Melbourne is one of 12 host cities for the prestigious event, which sees teams sail 45,000 nautical miles around the world.
SAVE THE DATE: Melbourne's enviable sporting calendar for 2017
Saturday 30 September: AFL Grand Final, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Sunday 15 October: Melbourne Marathon, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Friday 20 - Sunday 22 October: 2017 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island
Friday 27 October: 2017 Rugby League World Cup - Australia v England, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park)
Saturday 28 October: FIM Speedway Grand Prix, Etihad Stadium - Melbourne
Saturday 28 - Sunday 29 October: Fast5 Netball World Series, Hisense Arena - Melbourne
Saturday 4 - Saturday 11 November: Melbourne Cup Carnival, Flemington Racecourse
Sunday 5 - Sunday 12 November: International Festival of Hockey, Melbourne & Bendigo
Sunday 19 November: 2017 Rugby League World Cup - Quarter Final, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium (AAMI Park)
Tuesday 26 - Saturday 30 December: The Ashes Boxing Day Test, Melbourne Cricket Ground
Wednesday 27 December - Tuesday 2 January: Volvo Ocean Race, Docklands
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