With summer on the way out, we often find ourselves in an event dry spell. The rooftop parties have ended, the festivals have gone into hibernation and the dusty Sunday sessions have turned into night-time Netflix binges.
Not so in Melbourne. As summer fades, Australia's events capital kicks on into autumn with a swag of food and fashion festivals, blockbuster art exhibitions and more.
Grab your all-weather wear (you never know what Melbourne’s weather gods will bring) and hit up flights and holidays to Melbourne with Virgin Australia who will kick-start your journey to Melbourne’s art, theatre and entertainment precincts.
What's on in Melbourne in autumn
Running from Friday March 31 until Sunday April 9, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will showcase the very best this delectable city has to offer. Pop-up eateries will plant themselves across the CBD offering anything from sweet treats to French delicacies to fine drops from Victoria’s best wine producers. Wine and dine your way across the city with highlights including the River Graze, which will transform over a kilometre of the Yarra Promenade into a culinary playground with food, drinks and entertainment, and Movida y Moritz, an afternoon laneway party with pinchos, croquetas and tins of ice cold Moritz beer shipped from Barcelona.
The National Gallery of Victoria’s next Winter Masterpieces exhibition is none other than Dutch post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh. Opening on Friday April 28, Van Gogh and the Seasons will feature more than 60 works curated by international Van Gogh expert Sjraar van Heugten, former head of collections at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Get your green thumbs ready: the 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show returns to the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens for its 22nd year. Not just for Melburnians gifted in the landscaping and gardening department, the Flower and Garden Show is a lush interactive experience that’s a sight for sore eyes in Melbourne’s urban jungle.
Earplugs ready? The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix weekend kicks off on Thursday March 23, setting the city alight with fast cars and exhilarating action. International superstars, heavyweight cars and present champions will speed towards victory on the picturesque Albert Park track, with Australia’s own Daniel Ricciardo leading the charge.