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.
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.
St Kilda Road
Festival is also located at Birrarung Marr and the Parade is located at Kings Domain.
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
11:00am - 1:00pm
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.
29th February - 1st March
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!
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.
Upper and Lower Terrace of Birrarung Marr
Set along the North Bank of the Yarra River, the Festival will light up Melbourne with
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.
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.
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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.
12th March - 15th March
Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit
12 Aughtie Drive
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.
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.
10:00am - 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.