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A Flutter at the Races or Dancing at Listen Out: What's Up in Melbourne?

The best way to experience Melbourne is like a local, so check out these awesome upcoming events in the city

Melbourne is renowned for being Australia’s cultural capital, and whether it’s music, art, or food you’re looking to enjoy, there is something for you. Before I arrived in Melbourne, I was told it’s a city that’s best experienced like a local, and now I can see why.

Here are some of the best upcoming events you should check out to see why it has been voted ‘The Most Liveable City’ in the world for the fourth year running.

1. The Lion King, Regent Theatre- runs until December 31st 

Relive your childhood at this amazing stage production of the Disney classic. The show has won over 70 major international theatre awards, and I promise, if you love theatre, you will LOVE this show.


2. Royal Melbourne Show, Melbourne Showground-19-29th September

Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event is the best way to experience Melbourne as a ‘local’. The event holds attractions such as, a freestyle motocross stunt show, firework displays, live music, rides, and even a ‘young farmers challenge’ (you may learn a few tips for your regional work at this). There are pop-up restaurants, bars, and a wine-tasting stage, so it’s really a great day out.

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3. Listen Out Music festival, Catani Gardens St Kilda-26th September

This ‘boutique dance and electronic’ music festival returns to Melbourne for its third year. Boasting acts such as, Childish Gambino, Alison Wonderland, and Joey Bada$$, it’s a must for anyone into dance music. It means you can tick ‘Australian music festival’ off your list and the sun should be shining high in the sky by September!


4. Docklands Blues Music Festival, Harbour Town Docklands-5th October

This event features Australian and international bands, and includes carnival rides, southern blues cuisine, and licensed bars. This is an all-day event, which is FREE, so there’s no excuse not to go!


5. Melbourne Festival-8-25th October

This festival is proof of why Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia. It features theatre, dance, circus, and visual arts showcases. I recommend heading to the official event website to find out what’s on at www.festival.melbourne


6. Melbourne Cup, Flemington Race Course-3rd November

If there’s any event not be missed while living in Melbourne this is it! The Melbourne Cup is internationally recognised as a fantastic day out at the races; Victorians love it so much that they have made the event into a public holiday! It may also be the one chance you get to dress up and top it off with a fantastic hat!

If you’re too busy on the 3rd, the spring racing carnival runs at Flemington Race Course from 19th September – 21st November, so you can always attend the races another day.

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7. Taste of Melbourne, Albert Park, 12-15th November

Melbourne stands out as Australia’s best city for foodies. Trust me, I’ve either lived in or visited all of the major cities in Oz, and I guarantee you will not find better food anywhere other than Melbourne.

This event not only features food stalls from some of the finest restaurants in town, there is plenty of cold beer and wine stools, and you’ll also get the chance to improve your culinary skills by partaking in a cookery classes!


This is just a taster of what’s on offer in Melbourne, as I mentioned at the start there is something for everyone, so get out and explore!

About The Author

Daisy Ayres - Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator @ Taxback.com

I began working with Taxback.com in Sydney in November 2014, and since then, the job has enabled me to travel this amazing country. Now I work for Taxback.com in Melbourne. Because I love interacting and meeting new people, this is the perfect job for me!

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