Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

melbourne cup

The Emirates Melbourne Cup is a truly spectacular event: each year on the first Tuesday of November at 3pm, the greatest thoroughbreds from around the world gather at Flemington and battle it out for a stake of the $6.2-million prize money and to cement their names in history.

Emirates Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. There’s nothing like being there amongst the 100,000 plus crowd to experience the day that puts Australia firmly in the international sporting spotlight.

Location

Flemington Racecourse
Flemington Drive
428-550 Epsom Road Flemington VIC 3031

Dates and times

03/11/2015

Tue: all day

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Melbourne Festival

 

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival is one of the world’s leading arts festivals and Australia’s premier celebration of art and culture from around the world.

Each festival brings an unparalleled feast of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events from renowned and upcoming Australian and international companies and artists to the city.

Melbourne Festival is quintessentially Melbourne: physically by reaching out into the topography and geography of the city itself; artistically by presenting Melbourne’s finest artists in new works and collaborations; and demographically by engaging with as many people in Melbourne as possible, giving them ownership of their international festival.

Through excellence, diversity and accessibility, Melbourne Festival presents the best possible artistic experience to as many people as possible. It proudly offers a wide variety of venues and ticket prices, plus many free events.

Location

Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

Dates and times

08/10/2015 to 25/10/2015

Monday to Sunday:  all day

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Royal Melbourne Show

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The 2015 Royal Melbourne Show, Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds in September.

Conducted annually by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Royal Melbourne Show celebrates and showcases excellence in agriculture, attracting close to 500,000 people over eleven spectacular days.

The Royal Melbourne Show offers a huge variety of unique memorable agricultural experiences that are entertaining, interactive, educational and fun for young and old alike.

With an expanded and enhanced animal precinct, visitors can get up close to thousands of animals, including cows, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, cats and dogs.

Food-lovers will enjoy tantalising tastes and mouth-watering aromas at the Royal Melbourne Show with the event featuring award-winning food and drink from top producers, rotating pop-up restaurants and intimate masterclasses and cooking demonstrations from Australia’s finest chefs and industry experts.

Location

Melbourne Showgrounds
276-318 Epsom Road
Flemington VIC 3032

Dates and times

19/09/2015 to 29/09/2015

Monday to Sunday open  10am to  9pm  

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Multiculturalism in Australian Football

PETER DAICOS

Australian football has the extraordinary power to bring people together, so the Immigration Museum has teamed up with the AFL to present a photographic exhibition celebrating cultural diversity in Australian Rules Football.

See rare photos of players from both private and official AFL collections that show how multicultural communities have contributed to the history of this great Australian game.

Present your ticket to any AFL Multicultural Round to receive two-for-one entry to the Immigration Museum.

Location

Immigration Museum
400-424 Flinders Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Dates and times

13/08/2015 to 31/10/2015

Monday to Sunday:   all day

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Masterpieces from the Hermitage

MASTERPIECES FROM THE  HERMITAGE

The Masterpieces from the Hermitage exhibition features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great.

Catherine the Great’s reign from 1762 to 1796 was known as the golden age and is remembered for her exceptional patronage of the arts, literature and education.

See outstanding works by artists such as Rembrandt, Velasquez, Rubens and Titian. Exemplary works by Van Dyck, Snyders, Teniers and Hals will also be featured, collectively offering some of the finest Dutch and Flemish art to come to Australia.

The exhibition, presented by the Hermitage Museum, National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia, is exclusive to Melbourne as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

Location

NGV International
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

Dates and times

31/07/2015 to 08/11/2015

Mon: 10am – 5pm

Tue: 10am – 5pm

Wed: 10am – 5pm

Thu: 10am – 5pm

Fri: 10am – 5pm

Sat: 10am – 5pm

Sun: 10am – 5pm

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Docklands Winter Festival Fireworks

Melb Winter fireworks

Start your weekend with a bang during July and August and take the family to free Friday night fireworks at Docklands.

Bring family and friends and come early to enjoy the winter entertainment and get front row seats at one of the waterfront restaurants or bars. Alternatively, rug up and enjoy the show from New Quay Promenade.

Location

New Quay Piazza
429-437 Docklands Drive
Docklands VIC 3008

Dates and times

03/07/2015 to 28/08/2015

Fri: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Entertainment from 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. Check Facebook for last minute cancellations due to weather.

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Madame Brussels Lane – European Night Market

Madame Brussels Lane

Madame Brussels Lane will embrace the magic of winter at night when it transforms into a charming European Night Market complete with all of the associated culinary delights and treats.

Wrap yourself in your cosy, winter woollies, grab your friends and drop in after work for a classic European-flavoured night, with offerings including German beer and sausages, Italian bomboloni and sweets, mulled wine, and freshly baked pretzels.

Indulge in an ale, enjoy live music and entertainment or browse the pop-up stalls from some of Melbourne’s quintessential retailers.

Location

Madame Brussels Lane
36-38 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Dates and times

24/07/2015 to 14/08/2015

Fri: 5pm – late

Market will be held on Friday July 24 & 31 and August 7 & 14.

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Roast Collection

roast collection

The Roast Collection will spice up your winter, celebrating seasonal Victorian produce at more than 80 soul-warming events across the state.

This year, a very special winter Crawl ‘n’ Bite series will see knowledgeable local farmers, vignerons and producers leading a trail of regional discover on the city streets.

Presented as part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival.

Location

Various venues
Melbourne VIC 3000

Dates and times

01/06/2015 to 30/06/2015

Mon: all day

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The WW1 Centenary Exhibition

Centenary exhibition

The WW1 Centenary Exhibition, to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War is the most historical and significant exhibition from the Imperial War Museum to ever leave Great Britain.

Told through over 350 precious artifacts, The WW1 Centenary Exhibition will enable visitors to encounter the story of the War as never before. This multi-sensory, collections-rich journey will bring visitors face-to-face with objects and stories that illuminate the experience and personal stories of war, and show how it was fought on such an enormous,industrial and worldwide scale.

Location

Melbourne Museum
11 Nicholson Street
Carlton VIC 3053

Dates and times

17/04/2015 to 04/10/2015

Mon: all day, Tue: all day, Wed: all day, Thu: all day, Fri: all day,  Sat: all day,  Sun: all day

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Downtown Vaudeville

Downtown Vaudeville

Unlike any other venue in the country, Speakeasy HQ is Australia’s only vaudeville theatre and bar, bringing you the biggest line-up of circus, burlesque, stand-up, jazz, cabaret, tap, acrobats, prop comics and boylesque stars, all on the same program.

Downtown Vaudeville showcases Speakeasy HQ’s most vast and varied acts in a fast-paced program.

VIP and premium packages are available

Location

Speakeasy HQ

377 Little Bourke  Street,  Level 1 Melbourne VIC 3000

Enter via Racing Club Lane.

Dates and times

27/03/2015 to 30/04/2015
Wed: 6pm – late , Thu: 6pm – late,  Fri: 6pm – late

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