Ahhh…Melbourne. More laneways, coffee and dumplings than you can shake a stick at. But it’s also home to some of the greatest sports, festivals, shows and music in the country. Read on for your guide to the best Melbourne events. See you on the court! Melbourne Sports Melbourne is often referred to as the ‘sporting capital of the world’ and it’s not hard to see why. With world-class venues such as the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Etihad Stadium, Rod Laver Arena, Flemington Racecourse and the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre, Melbourne is host to some of the biggest sporting events. Top Melbourne sporting events: AFL Grand Final 2018, MCG: 29 September 2018 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival - Melbourne Cup and Cup Week, Flemington Racecourse: 3-10 November 2018 Melbourne Cricket - Boxing Day Test, MCG: 26-30 December 2018 Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne Park: 14-27 January 2019 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit: 14-17 March 2019 It’s show time! Melbourne Theatre If you’re into musical theatre (or even if you’re not!), Melbourne is the place to go for a show. With some of the world’s most popular productions in some of the most beautiful buildings such as the Princess Theatre, Capitol Theatre and Regent Theatre or contemporary settings such as the Arts Centre Melbourne, you’ll be guaranteed a showstopper in Melbourne. Our top picks of shows in Melbourne: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Her Majesty’s Theatre: Now until 26 August 2018 Mamma Mia!, Princess Theatre: Now until 30 September 2018 School of Rock, Her Majesty’s Theatre: From 31 October 2018 Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Princess Theatre: From 16 January 2019 Credit: Visit Victoria Get festive. Melbourne Festivals No matter what time of year you’re visiting, there are plenty of festivals in Melbourne to make your stay a memorable one. Whether it’s food, fashion, flowers or film, Melbourne’s got it covered! Upcoming festivals in Melbourne: Melbourne International Film Festival, multiple city locations: 2-19 August 2018 Melbourne Fashion Week, multiple city locations: 31 August – 7 September 2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival, multiple city locations: 13-30 September 2018 Royal Melbourne Show, Melbourne Showgrounds: 22 September – 2 October 2018 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens: 27-31 March 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, multiple city locations: 27 March – 21 April 2019 Dates TBC: Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Good Food and Wine Show Credit: Visit Victoria Gigs galore! Music in Melbourne From intimate shows in small pubs and clubs to sell-out performances at venues like Rod Laver Arena, the MCG and the Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne has an ever-revolving music scene that won’t disappoint. Upcoming gigs: Vance Joy, Rod Laver Arena: 8 September 2018 Cher, Rod Laver Arena: 3 & 5 October 2018 Bon Jovi, MCG: 1 December 2018 Florence + The Machine, Arts Centre Melbourne: 18 January 2019 Credit: Visit Victoria Melbourne Accommodation Looking for a Melbourne hotel? Check out some great deals on Melbourne accommodation here .