This monthly memo is to inspire myself and other Melbourne residents to get out, explore and perhaps experience something different each month in this beautiful city we call home.
I haven’t published a Melbourne Lately post in awhile, thanks to my Summer in Melbourne Bucket List. But we are back for the autumn (sad face) and March is actually an excellent month to be in Melbourne it seems. This is what the Lord Mayor said: “March is perfect for events in Melbourne. Good weather, Christmas is a memory, and we know we are about to take a deep breath before winter. Look, other festivals would love to move to March — but there’s no room!” On that note, check out my round-up of the best Melbourne events in March.
1. Food and Wine Festival
When: 4th to 13th March
Just looking at the Food and Wine Festival’s website is exhausting. There are so many events happening in Melbourne for this festival, but I will probably stick to the free events. Don’t worry, there are plenty of them, including temporary rooftop bars, beer gardens by the river, and a pop-up seafood market. My pick? River Graze.
2. Fashion Festival
When: 7th to 13th March
Any fashion lovers out there? This is definitely your event in March. Sponsored by Virgin Australia, there are heaps of events and runway shows to savour.
3. Moomba Festival
When: 11th to 14th March
So apparently Victoria has a Labour Day long weekend two weeks before Easter, and the weekend belongs to Moomba Festival. It sounds like a lot of fun, with floats, fireworks and people trying to fly across the Yarra? Will definitely have to check it out.
4. Brunswick Music Festival
When: 15th to 20th March
Ah, what a lineup of local and international artists you will find at the Brunswick Music Festival. There are musical acts from Ireland, Scotland, Australia, Canada and Japan, to name just a few countries. The fun begins at the Sydney Road Street Party on 6th March before the main festival event.
5. Flower & Garden Show
When: 16th to 20th March
Held at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, this flower show is a big deal in the garden world. There is Gardens by Twilight, award winning gardens, floral design workshops and entertainment.
6. Formula 1 Grand Prix
When: 17th to 20th March
To be honest, I am not a Grand Prix kind of girl. But for people who are, the cars will be taking over Melbourne on this weekend.
7. Coffee Expo
When: 17th to 19th March
Melbourne’s International Coffee Expo is one of the biggest of its kind in the world. Melbourne residents do love themselves a cuppa (I should know, I am a barista). There will be a baristas competition, an alley brimming with different roasters, coffee awards and training classes.
8. Cake Expo
When: 19th to 20th March
Coffee and cake, anyone? What a perfect match on a March weekend. Or you could do even better with coffee, cake and street food — I won’t judge! There are competitions, giveaways, decoration lessons and much more to entertain everyone at the Melbourne Showground.
9. Street Food Festival
When: 19th to 20th March
This street food festival pops up in St Kilda and although you have to buy a ticket to enter, some of the proceeds are going to beyondblue and the Cancer Council. Apparently there will be lots of food, fashion shows and music to accompany your meal.
10. The Peninsula Picnic
When: 20th March
So technically this takes place on Melbourne’s outskirts at the Mornington Racecourse, but it still looks like a fun day out of the city. Plus, Missy Higgins is performing. She was one of my teenage favourites.
11. International Comedy Festival
When: 23rd March to 17th April
You will find most Aussie comedians are doing nightly shows at this illustrious festival. I think the hardest part is trying to choose who will make you laugh the most, as there are hundreds of performances. My picks would have to be Tripod, Tom Ballard and Felicity Ward.
Then it is Easter. There is an Easter Egg Hunt happening in Werribee, or you can follow many other Melbourne locals and catch the first round of the AFL. Whatever you get up to, enjoy the chocolate and the downtime.
See you in April,