Popular events in Melbourne

There’s more than just the sights, smells, and tastes to Melbourne that make it so special. It is also a city that knows how to throw one heck of a good festival. There are festivals year round in Melbourne for many different reasons. The majority of them are centred around community and the desire for the city to remember what has brought it together, but the main gist of each festival is fun, which both tourists and locals can have in abundance.

Here are a few of the festivals that this wonderful city hosts throughout the year:

1. Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Very self-explanatory, this festival is a wondrous spread of tastes, sights, and pleasing aromas that can make the senses tingle. You’ll be able to enjoy cooking demonstrations and sample some of the absolute best cuisine to be found. From professional displays to wine tastings this festival is as much a treat for tourists as it is for locals.

2. Moomba

This is a very popular family event in Melbourne. Children are entertained with a wide variety of rides, music, and other forms of entertainment all along the Yarra River. This is one of many festivals in Melbourne that is unlike anything in the world, and is a very defining celebration of the local culture.

3. Melbourne Free Walking Tour

Explore the city’s laneways, alleyways, landmarks and hidden history on the popular walking tour in Melbourne.

4. Mother’s Day Classic

If you hadn’t figured out by the last event Melbournians are always up for a challenge, especially if it goes to fund a much-needed cause. This annual run is held to raise funds for Breast Cancer research and usually gives the choice of a 4km or an 8km run or walk.

5. Melbourne International Film Festival

If you’re a film buff you won’t want to miss out on this fun gathering. Running for more than 60 years, the festival showcases films brought in from 50 different countries for viewing. This often serves as a way for established and emerging directors and filmmakers to get exposure for their craft.