What’s On In Melbourne: the best events in Melbourne

Perfectly located in the heart of the East Melbourne sports and entertainment district, Pullman Melbourne On The Park is the ideal destination for an unforgettable stay. It is convenient to all the most important spots, venues and attractions in Melbourne where you can be part of the thrilling activities that this city has to offer, all year round.

If you are planning to attend an event in Melbourne, Pullman Melbourne on the Park has everything you are looking for. 

No matter what you like to do, there is a diverse range of attractions, activities and things to do throughout the city. Below, you will find a list of what’s on in and around Melbourne. For more recommendations or assistance with arranging tours, tickets or transportation, please visit the Pullman Melbourne On The Park Concierge team.

  • Moomba Festival

    Australia's largest community festival returns with a huge program of…

    Australia's largest community festival returns with a huge program of free events and activities over four jam-packed days.

    Get ready to be treated to carnival rides and games, kids' activities, fireworks, watersports and more. And don't miss the wacky and wonderful Birdman Rally or the iconic Moomba Parade.

    Presented by City of Melbourne.

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  • Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    The city will light up with laughs when the Melbourne International Comedy…

    The city will light up with laughs when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over town For three and a half weeks from 25 March to 19 April, Melbourne will be the nation’s hive of happiness, injecting all-day, all-night infectious fun to the city. Be it family fun at Fed Square, glittering gala events or late-night laughs at Festival Club, there is a comedy thrill to fit everyone’s bill.

    Comedians of all shapes and sizes take to theatres, pubs, clubs and broom cupboards citywide during Festival, shining a spotlight on the silly, the serious, the heart-breaking and the hilarious. Humour is what brings us together and what sets us apart. Celebrate it all at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

    Click here for more information

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  • Queen Victoria Night Market

    Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market opens its doors after dark for…

    Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market opens its doors after dark for a bustling bazaar of food, drink, live entertainment and more.


    Spend your Wednesday at the Summer Night Market exploring food stalls, art, fashion, homewares and general knick-knack merchandise traders.

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  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    The magic has begun in Melbourne's East End Theatre District. Harry Potter…

    The magic has begun in Melbourne's East End Theatre District.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a 'wildly imaginative continuation of J.K. Rowling's wizardry saga' (The Hollywood Reporter). Prepare to experience a thrilling new adventure that the Herald Sun Melbourne calls 'Spellbinding - Like nothing on earth'.

    The Princess Theatre has been transformed to immerse you in this spectacular world where epic duels, extraordinary spells and beloved characters come to life.

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded production in the history of Britain's Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play and Best Director. Following its New York opening in April 2018, the play won six Tony Awards on Broadway, including best play.

    The Princess Theatre is the Australian home to Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two which is exclusively playing in Melbourne.

    Get your tickets here

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  • Shrek the Musical

    The lavish and fun multi-million dollar musical comedy Shrek the Musical…

    The lavish and fun multi-million dollar musical comedy Shrek the Musical plays Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre.

    Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone's favourite ogre to life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a short temper, a cookie with attitude, and over a dozen other fairytale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.

    The fairytale cast is led by Ben Mingay as Shrek, Lucy Durack as Princess Fiona, Todd McKenney as Lord Farquaad (in Sydney and Melbourne until 30 March), Nat Jobe as Donkey and Marcia Hines as the Dragon (Sydney and Brisbane seasons, plus Melbourne season from 18 March).

    Book your tickets here

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  • Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

    Melbourne’s biggest gastronomic celebration, the Melbourne Food and Wine…

    Melbourne’s biggest gastronomic celebration, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, marks its 28th year in 2020. The Queen Victoria Market will be the home of the Festival in March 2020 where MFWF will stage parties, talks, demonstrations and events within Melbourne's much-loved marketplace.

    Over the 10 days of the Festival, 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, just to name a few.

    The program will take place from 19 - 29 March exclusively in Melbourne, with a dedicated festival in regional Victoria set to launch in spring 2020, showcasing more of the state's abundance of great food and drink than ever before.

    Some of Accor's top restaurants will take part in the festival.

    Discover the events and book your accommodation here

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  • Wild Sunday Roast

    The Cliveden Bar & Dining's traditional Sunday Roast takes on a new…

    The Cliveden Bar & Dining's traditional Sunday Roast takes on a new game for the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival with a one off feast serving up slow roasted venison and wild boar. Both meats will be paired with wines from our event partner Fowles Wines from the Strathbogie Ranges.

    Some consider wild boar as a cross between beef and pork, a darker meat with a rich and nutty flavour. Venison is lean, tender with a subtle game flavour, both meats standing up well to a glass of red.

    The event will be communal dining, with shared plates of these roast game meats and sides, finishing with local cheeses. Each person will also enjoy a wine flight by Fowles Wine to pair with their roast.

    Tickets from $78 per person + booking fee (includes roast, sides, cheese to finish and a wine flight from Fowles Wines).

    Click here to book

    Date: Sunday, 22nd March

    Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

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