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March in Melbourne is exciting, full of festivals, food and wine. Plenty of colour and diverse cultural experiences.

The streets come alive with Moomba, Melbourne's major annual festival and the thrilling Australian Formula 1 racing car competition held around the banks of the Albert Park.

There is so much to see and do for you, your friends and family, filling up every weekend with excitement.

Melbourne loves to laugh and the Comedy festival gives everyone the chance to do so. For a full 6 weeks there are local and overseas talent here who will entertain and deligt you.

Melbourne is proud of its diverse cultural heritage and throughout the month, different cultures take the opportunity to share their customs, their food, their wines and themselves with us all.  

And take full advantage of Melbourne's sunny days as Summer is still here with us. Melbourne on a sunny day is glorious. March's weather is great and the perfect month to enjoy picnics in the park, a stroll along theYarra River and the city's beautiful gardens. 

There's even the opportunity to explore some of Melbourne's best garden designers and flower arrangers at the annual Flower and garden show.

What's on in February in Melbourne, Australia

1 - Things To Do In March - MOOMBA FESTIVAL

6th March - 9th March

Moomba returns to the streets of Melbourne with a huge program of free events and activities over four jam-packed days.

Carnival rides and games, kids' activities, fireworks, watersports and more. There's the wacky and wonderful Birdman Rally held each year on the Yarra River and of course the iconic Moomba Parade.

For more information check the Moomba in Melbourne page on the site here.


Alexandra Gardens
St Kilda Road

Festival is also located at Birrarung Marr and the Parade is located at Kings Domain.

Moomba Parade

Don’t miss the iconic Moomba Parade starts at 10.45am on Monday 9 March and features colourful floats, dance troupes, community groups and more.

The crowning of the Moomba Monarchs (Moomba King and Queen) is one of the festival’s most iconic ceremonial traditions

FREE event

moomba clown in carClown at the Melbourne Moomba Parade entertains the crowds
Moomba BMX skate parkBMX Skate Park at Moomba
water ski championships on the Yarra river at moombaAustralian Water Ski Championships on the Yarra River

2 - Things To Do In March - Moomba Festival Birdman Rally

8th March
11:00am - 1:00pm


Birrarung Marr
Batman Avenue

Birdman can be viewed from the Boathouse Drive side of the Yarra River. The spectacular Birdman Rally is a long-held Moomba tradition that is one of the funniest things to see. Some of the contraptions are so wacky!

Birdman competitors are busily raising money in the lead up to their leap into the Yarra. The amount they raise will add extra points to their final score.

birdman rally contestant 2014Moomba 2014 Bird Man Rally - Chris Phutully from Australia / CC BY (

3 - Things To Do In March - Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

29th February - 1st March


Lonsdale Street
between Exhibitionand Swanston Street

Lonsdale Street Greek Festival is Melbourne's largest celebration of Greek culture, arts, food and entertainment. The festival features some of the country's most talented performers, musicians, dancers, chefs, cooks and competitors for a weekend of Greek-flavoured fun!

With over 90 stalls, three free entertainment stages and roving performers, children’s rides and activities, as well as multiple bars and an array of mouthwatering Greek culinary delights, there will be something for the entire family to enjoy!

FREE event

greek flagThe Greek flag flies proudly during the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

4 - Things To Do In March - Melbourne Holi Festival 

7th March


The Paddock
Batman Avenue

Join in the fun of Holi, a traditional Hindu festival celebrating the beginning of spring and the triumph of good over evil. It is best known around the world for the coloured powder that the crowd throws on each other.

This fun filled festival with plenty of delicious food prepared by Melbourne's various most famous food vendors. There are variety stalls, Bollywood dance performances and a huge DJ lineup with non-stop music.

FREE event

colourful holi festivalColourful powder is thrown around at the Holi Festival in Melbourne

5 - Things To Do In March - Light up Melbourne Festival

19th March
6:00pm- 9:00pm

Upper and Lower Terrace of Birrarung Marr

Set along the North Bank of the Yarra River, the Festival will light up Melbourne with 

  • custom built lanterns, 
  • a variety of stalls showcasing Asian culture, 
  • traditions and cuisines
  • full weekend of entertainment

Enjoy a great variety of cultural performances and entertainment at the main stage or test your skills out and win some prizes at the amusement games.

FREE event

6 - Things To Do In March - Melbourne International Flower/Garden Show

25th March - 29th March

Wed: 9am – 5pm
Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 9pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm
Sun: 9am – 5pm


Royal Exhibition Building
9 Nicholson Street

Garden, design and DIY enthusiasts annually gather to admire the landscape designs and floral arrangements that are displayed.

There are ...

  • floral high tea experiences, 
  • gardening and design workshops, 
  • sprawling art and sculpture gardens, 
  • hundreds of plant retailers, 
  • family activities 
  • the after-work event Gardens by Twilight, 
  • complete with botanical gin gardens
  • musical entertainment.

7 - Things To Do In March - Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

19th March - 29th March


Queen Victoria Market
Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets

Melbourne’s home of fresh food, the Queen Victoria Market, plays host to the festival with 10 days of dinners, parties, talks, demonstrations and free events for the whole family.

All day and into the night the Market will attract food lovers and visitors from all over Melbourne.

8 - Things To Do In March - Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

12th March - 15th March


Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
12 Aughtie Drive
Albert Park

The Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix is the season opener for the greatest sporting event and entertainment spectacle in the world.

Experience the best of racing with one of the biggest on track line-ups in the country. You have to be there to experience the electrifying atmosphere and the incredible sound!

Plenty of opportunities to take photos of your fav' racing cars and drivers. Enjoy top music and entertainment. Plenty of food and drink - all right in the heart of the city.

9 - Things To Do In March - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

25th March - 19th April


Melbourne Town Hall
90-130 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

There are other shows at various venues across the city.

Enjoy free family entertainment, world-class special events, trail-blazing solo shows and late-night fun. The city is filled with funny, interesting people from all over the world. 

There is something for everyone. Not every show is free so check here for the full program of events and more information.

10 - Things To Do In March - Victoria's Multicultural Festival

29th March
10:00am - 4:00pm


Queen Victoria Market
Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets

Enjoy free music, dance performances, art, film, cultural cuisines and activities for all ages. With a range of cultural experiences on offer, visitors will have an opportunity to deepen their understanding and appreciation for diversity and help strengthen our community.

Australia's diverse migrant communities have brought with them food, lifestyle and cultural practices, which have been absorbed into mainstream Australian culture.

Celebrate today, there's something for all the family to enjoy

FREE event apart from purchases made on the day.

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