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A city constantly buzzing with activity, Melbourne is home to many exciting yearly events well worth attending. Every year, locals and tourists alike come together to enjoy the events that the city is famous for.
Here are a few of Melbourne's not-to-be-missed yearly festivals, sporting events and celebrations.
Annual events in Melbourne
Australian Open Tennis Championships (January)
The Australian Open is one of the biggest sporting events on not only Australia’s calendar but the world’s tennis calendar, too. Sports lovers will be enthralled as some of the biggest names in tennis come to Australia to compete for the coveted title.
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March)
From cooking demonstrations to free samples and gastronomic delights, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is a feast for the senses. This 10-day celebration of Melbourne's food and wine culture is a must for foodies and casual diners alike.
Moomba Festival (March)
The Moomba Festival has been around for decades and attracts millions of attendees a year. Featuring activities such as parades, watersports, fireworks and carnivals, Moomba is one of Melbourne’s biggest and brightest festivals and guarantees visitors plenty of fun in the sun. Best of all, attendance is completely free.
Mother's Day Classic (May)
This fun run and walk takes place all over Australia each year on Mother's Day. Not only is it a healthy excuse to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but it is also for a great cause as proceeds generated from the event are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Melbourne Cup (November)
One of the most popular events on Melbourne’s social calendar, the Melbourne Cup has been going since 1861 and is a prime opportunity to get dressed up and enjoy a day at the races. Each year, the Melbourne Cup sees thousands of visitors flocking to the city from Australia and across the globe.
Carols by Candlelight (December)
The Sidney Myer Music Bowl is the setting of Carols by Candlelight, a festive Christmas eve event attracting large crowds full of Christmas spirit. The carols range from contemporary to traditional, and the proceeds go to Vision Australia.
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