What’s on in Melbourne

Melbourne is a vibrant city filled with world-class events, culture and food and dining opportunities. We encourage our conference attendees to extend your visit around the dates of our event and take advantage of all that Melbourne has to offer. See below for a range of events that are running in October along with things to see and do in the city.

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You don’t need to look far to discover a new experience in Melbourne. With more than 2300 cafes and restaurants, Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise. Beyond your palate, there are ample opportunities to shop local and international brands, explore impressive galleries, see blockbuster shows, cheer at sporting events and explore the world-renown street art scene in Melbourne’s laneways and beyond.

For more information visit: whatson.melbourne.vic.gov.au

Major Events in Melbourne in October

Melbourne International Arts Festival

2 – 20 October 2019

Featuring the best international and local artists working in dance, theatre, circus, music and visual arts today, the Melbourne International Arts Festival will once again take over the city this October, celebrating both acclaimed and new work and demonstrating why Melbourne is such a culture hot spot.

United Energy Around the Bay

Sunday 6th October 2019

Choose from nine ride options ranging from 20 to 300 kilometres and explore Melbourne’s iconic Port Phillip Bay by bike. No matter how you ride, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Melbourne Marathon 

 Sunday 13th October 2019

Be a part of Australia’s largest marathon and race alongside marathon legends. Circle around Albert Park Lake, Flinders Street Station, pass the St Kilda beach foreshore and cross the finish line at the MCG to cheers from supporters, family and friends. .

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2019

25-27th October 2019

The Phillip Island race track is a sacred place for any fan of two wheels. Where epic turns are cast against a stunning backdrop. World class athletes race against gravity and mates unite at the track where the piston pounding, adrenaline pumping action is set to return. This is motorcycle racing’s best address.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Various dates, October 2019

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a play by Jack Thorne that is playing exclusively at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre.

Things To Do in Melbourne in October

NGV Friday Nights

Friday Evenings

Warm up this winter at NGV Friday Nights and discover China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Dine at the Hutong Dumpling Bar, enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition and see some of Australia’s best bands and performers play live in NGV’s Great Hall.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Every Sunday

Every Sunday local artisans fill Arts Centre Melbourne’s lawn to showcase their unique, handmade goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies. Everything on offer is produced locally, and it’s just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station, in front of the Arts Centre.

Restaurants and Dining  

Melbourne is recognised around Australia and the world as a foodie destination. From the restaurants of top celebrity chefs, to street food and everything in between, the city will be sure to please your tastebuds and foodie desires. 

Rooftop Bars

Melbourne is renowned for its rooftop bars. Whether they’re hidden down a laneway, above a warehouse or sitting atop a heritage building, a world of views and delicious drink options await.

Laneway Exploring

Is there anything more Melbourne than going exploring in laneways? You never know what you might find, from world-class street art to bars, restaurants and coffee destinations.