Described as mad, magnificent, marvellous and manic, the third month of year delivers an opportunity to embrace Victoria’s outstanding major events calendar each and every day.
From food, wine and fashion, to football, art and the theatre, there’s an experience to suit every taste and budget as summer draws to a close and locals and visitors alike embrace excitement alongside the more than 1.5 million ticket holders annually.
Evita, Arts Centre Melbourne
Set to depart Melbourne on 3 March after an extended run due to continued demand, the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita had its Australian premiere in September last year, directed by legendary Broadway director Hal Prince and starring Tina Arena.
Opening Night, Jersey Boys
Opening in Melbourne again in early March, Jersey Boys tells the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who were one of the most successful bands in pop music history.
A high voltage array of combat aircraft takes centre stage on the final day of Airshow 2019. See the most potent assets in the air defence arsenal strut their stuff at Australia’s world-famous aviation spectacular.
David Jones Gala Runway, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Synonymous with elegance and style, the Gala Runway, presented by David Jones and VOGUE Australia, showcases the ultimate experience for self-confessed fashion devotees.
Against the backdrop of Melbourne’s iconic Royal Exhibition Building, the department store will unveil a curated collection of new seasonal looks by prominent Australian and international designers.
EAT. DRINK. FASHION, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Visitors can discover a specially curated program aligning festival events with Melbourne’s top bars and restaurants, creating a perfect fashion night out in the city of Melbourne. City dwellers can choose from an array of recommended bars and restaurant offering exclusive specials available from March 1-10 only.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One & Two
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is exclusive to Melbourne.
Runway 4 feat. Ashley Graham, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Fabric fiends rejoice, this is a show that will excite. Focusing on the finest materials, vibrant patterns, and the most interesting details sewn together in cutting edge design. Designer line-up Misha Collection, LEO & LIN, Thurley, JASONGRECH, Keepsake, Elliatt, Yeojin Bae ASILIO.
Australian Fashion Summit, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
The inaugural Australian Fashion Summit has been created for the industry, by the industry to offer an all-day schedule of business discussions on Friday 8 March, International Women’s Day.
Participants will be empowered to dream, explore innovative thinking, accelerate design abundance, prepare for technology impacts, unpack retail challenges, understand neighbouring trading market opportunities in Asia and take a stand on sustainability practices.
Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch, Melboune Food & Wine Festival
Karen Martini will lead an all-female chef line up at the Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch on March 8 to celebrate International Women’s Day.
More than 1600 diners will gather along 500 metres of table in Prahran’s charming Victoria Gardens in the City of Stonnington. Established in 1885, Victoria Gardens is a gated park with lush, manicured gardens just steps from Prahran’s bustling High Street.
Super Saturday, Victoria Racing Club
Get ready for a feast of the senses with exhilarating racing, delectable fare, tempting beverages and plenty of fun on the biggest day of group one racing this Autumn.
AFLW Double Header, Marvel Stadium
Sports fans rejoice as Collingwood duel between North Melbourne before the Western Bulldogs battle it out with Melbourne, as back-to-back matches of the premier women’s competition of Australian rules football descends on Marvel Stadium.
Proudly presented by the City of Melbourne, Moomba Festival is Australia's largest community festival with a uniquely Melbourne program of activities and events running. Each year the city's beloved festival attracts fun-loving crowds of all ages to Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens on the banks of the iconic Yarra River to enjoy its bustling carnival and family-friendly program.
Curtis Stone @ House of Food & Wine, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
Melbourne’s very own Curtis Stone returns from LA to cook a good old-fashioned barbecue, as well as taking the masterclass stage for a double session moderated by Pat Nourse. Elsewhere, hear top chefs talk about staying creative, participate in a rosé tasting, or try the bespoke food creations from Sundae School Ice Creamery, Belles Hot Chicken and Mamasita.
Love, Immigration Museum
Developed in partnership with Heide Museum of Modern art, Love combines visual art, historic and contemporary artefacts, and personal reflections from the community and visitors to explore love in all its joyous, illogical, heart-breaking and tender glory.
Formula 1® Season Launch, Federation Square
To mark the start of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Melbourne will play host to the inaugural season launch event.
Hosted by Formula 1®, Federation Square will come alive with the free extravaganza as all 20 drivers, 10 Team Principals and with legends of the sport participate in the live stage show, bringing the heroes of Formula 1® to the public for the first time in the sport’s history.
Opening Night, Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Film lovers united for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, with Matt Bomer to star in opening film, Papi Chulo.
Director John Butler (Handsome Devil, MQFF 2016) has created a funny, tender and surprising comedy that brims with compassion and empathy, providing a much-needed anecdote to the division and hate that is so prevalent in the current political landscape.
Mornington Peninsula World’s Longest Lunch, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
At the Mornington Peninsula Regional World’s Longest Lunch, guests will wine and dine amongst the vines of Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove with a long lunch presented by Montalto chef Gerald Phelan and Jackalope Hotel's executive chef Guy Stanaway.
Enjoy a sensational three-course menu showcasing the best of the Peninsula's produce, with canapés on arrival and matched wines from Montalto Estate and Willow Creek Vineyard.
The Village Feast, Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
The perfect dose of fun, The Village Feast is the day trip of dreams. A day pass delivers entry to The Village Feast, where multiple pop-up stalls will line the streets offering exceptional food, drink and produce (for purchase) complemented by entertainment including a town fair for kids, competitions and live music.
Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix
It’s the ultimate playground for the world's biggest stars. Watch as the fastest cars in the world tear up the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit at the 2019 season opener. Lewis Hamilton will start his world championship defence in Melbourne, as Australia's very own Daniel Ricciardo vies for a podium spot in his hotly anticipated first race for Renault Sport.
Tudors to Windsor, Bendigo Art Gallery
Tudors to Windsors traces the history of the British monarchy through the outstanding collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London. This exhibition highlights major events in British (and world) history from the sixteenth century to the present, examining the ways in which royal portraits were impacted by both the personalities of individual monarchs and wider historical change.
The Krystyna Campbell-Pretty Fashion Gift, National Gallery of Victoria
Featuring designers from Charles Frederick Worth, the celebrated father of haute couture, to the iconoclastic Alexander McQueen, the exhibition includes over 200 garments and archive works from the extensive fashion research collection comprising hundreds of designers’ sketches; workbooks; photographs; and fashion magazines, journals and periodicals from the early nineteenth century onwards.
Empire Rone, Burnham Beeches
Empire is Australia’s internationally renowned artist Rone’s most ambitious takeover yet.
Set amongst the decaying glory of art deco mansion, Burnham Beeches in Victoria’s stunning Yarra Ranges, it is a multi-sensory experience — part exhibition, part installation, part Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality experience that combines art, vision, sound, light, botanical design and scent.
Richmond v Carlton, Melbourne Cricket Ground
More than 95,000 fans are set to descend on the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground as Australian rules football returns to its spiritual home for yet another huge season that culminates with the Grand Final on that one day in September.
Collingwood v Geelong, Melbourne Cricket Ground
The road to redemption after a heartbreaking Grand Final loss begins for Collingwood at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the black and white take on the Geelong Cats.
Opening Night, Muriel’s Wedding
One of Australia’s most iconic films comes to the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre, as moving on from Porpoise Spit becomes a big, brash and cheeky musical.
Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival, Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Set in the stunning surrounds of Werribee Park Mansion on the final day of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival will take visitors from farm gate to picnic blanket, with the best in artisan cheese and local produce.
Made especially for The Australian Ballet by Alexei Ratmansky, the world’s most in-demand choreographer, this Cinderella has all the elements of the story we know and love – a feisty heroine, a dashing prince, a kindly godmother and a deliciously wicked stepmother – with some fantastical additions.
Sidney Nolan Ned Kelly Series, Geelong Gallery
For the first time in 15 years, the National Gallery of Australia’s collection of Sidney Nolan’s ‘Ned Kelly’ paintings is touring Australia in its entirety. The national tour gives Australians across the country the chance to experience some of the most famous and poignant masterpieces of 20th century Australian art.
Opening Gala, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The city will light up with laughs when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over town! For three and a half weeks, Melbourne will be the nation’s hive of happiness, injecting all-day, all-night infectious fun to the city.
Hannah Gadsby: Douglas, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Hannah Gadsby thinks Douglas is the only one who can help her follow up on the trail blazed by her last show: Nanette. But before she takes the mysterious offering for a trot around the world, the Australian comedienne is coming home to take him off leash for a world premiere.
The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show returns with new Presenting Sponsor Lawn Solutions Australia, the country’s largest network of turf specialists.
This year, visitors will experience the 2019 Welcome Garden by Mark Browning, Landscape Design Show Gardens from Australia’s biggest names and a hub of activity in the Royal Exhibition Building’s Gallery Precinct.
Escher x Nendo - Between Two Worlds, National Gallery of Victoria
Escher x Nendo, Between Two Worlds, is a ground-breaking exhibition that features the work of Dutch artist M. C. Escher in dialogue with the work of acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo.
Darren Sylvester, Ian Potter Centre at NGV Australia
Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something is the Melbourne-based contemporary artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution.
Bringing together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career, this exhibition is a timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester’s practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.
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