As Melbourne bids farewell to Australian Open 2020, attention now turns to the marvellous array of festivals, events, exhibitions and experiences set to descend on the city in March. Here are ten not to be missed.
4-14 March 2020, Royal Exhibition Building and surrounds
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is an annual celebration of fashion, beauty, business and creative endeavour, with stunning runways set to feature alongside inspired experiences like the Australian Fashion Summit.
A true feast for the senses, VAMFF presents the most stylish program of entertainment on offer including world-class runway shows featuring Australia’s established and emerging designers, state-of-the-art production, beauty workshops, interactive experiences, live entertainment and much more.
The acclaimed Celeste Barber is the guest-of-honour in 2020, with the most influential of influencers set to take to the catwalk and be a keynote speaker on the topic of ‘who really has influence today?’
8 March 2020, MCG
The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup comes to a crescendo at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on International Women’s Day, as the two best nations battle it out for supremacy after a fortnight of blockbuster action across Australia.
The hallowed turf is also set to welcome pop-sensation Katy Perry, with the global superstar to perform before the match and again after the trophy is presented as part of a more than hour-long set of her hits.
A capacity crowd at the MCG would break the world record for women’s sport attendance, providing Melburnians, Victorians and visitors alike with the chance to write history.
12-15 March 2020, Albert Park
It all starts here in 2020 as Melbourne hosts the Formula 1® season opener at the picturesque Albert Park.
This year the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix turns 25, with the milestone to be marked by the best of racing and the best of culture in one melting pot of high-octane experiences unlike anything else on the planet.
A live music series has been added to the program this year, with Peking Duk, Client Liaison, Bag Raiders and many more set to take to the stage.
20-29 March 2020, various locations
The iconic Queen Victoria Market will play host to the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival in 2020, with the gastronomic celebration set to once again deliver a world-leading series of demonstrations, events, talks and of course parties as it marks 28 years.
Boasting a program that spans ten days, Melbourne will welcome some of the world’s hottest talent, including Alison Roman, Fuchsia Dunlop, Ignacio Mattos, Helen Goh, Michael Solomonov and Lee Tiernan along with our local heroes including Josh Niland, Shannon Martinez, Ben Shewry, Andrew McConnell and Pamela Clark.
The annual (and now sold out) World’s Longest Lunch will launch festivities in Treasury Gardens before Victoria’s abundance of outstanding food and drink are showcased at experiences across the city.
25 March – 19 April 2020, various locations
Melbourne becomes a hive of happiness when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival comes to town, injecting all-day, all-night infectious fun on the city across an impressive three and a half weeks.
There is family fun in Fed Square, glittering gala events and late-night laughs at everything from Arts Centre Melbourne and the Comedy Theatre to speakeasys off the beaten path.
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival shines a spotlight on the silly, the serious, the heart-breaking and the hilarious, with humour bringing us together.
25-29 March, Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
The largest (and most loved) horticultural event in the southern hemisphere returns in 2020, as the heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building provides visitors with a chance to immerse their senses at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show.
Landscape design show gardens from Australia’s biggest names and hub of activity will take over the precinct, providing gardeners and gardening enthusiasts alike all the inspiration needed for the stunning of flower and garden creations.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
Thirty-eight diverted planes, 7000 stranded passengers and one small town that welcomed them with open arms. This is your last chance to enjoy the remarkable true story of the small town that welcomed the world, with the Melbourne season to end on 8 March.
After playing to sold out houses and standing ovations night after night, Billy Elliot the Musical is back on stage at the Regent Theatre as part of its highly anticipated 10th anniversary tour.
In an unprecedented, world premiere exhibition, the NGV presents the work of two of the most significant and influential artists of the late twentieth century – Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
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