Hispanic Latin American Festival (Johnston Street Fiesta)
Sexy and vibrant, Johnson Street’s Fiesta promises more kick than a tequila sunrise. Every year thousands of Melburnians are lured to Fitzroy for a weekend fiesta of food, music and dancing. The street is lined with stalls serving paella, chorizo sausages, sangria, tapas and other taste sensations. A giant stage offers entertainment for all ages.
Melbourne Night Noodle Markets
The Night Noodle Markets are back, with all the sights, sounds and smells
of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor
This event sees the return of some of your favourites: Wonderbao and Hoy
Pinoy, as well as West of Kin and desserts from Gelato Messina and Black
Star Pastry x N2 Extreme Gelato. The Night Noodle Market dragon
dancers illuminate the crowd in a sea of acrobatics, dance and lights. Relax
in the fun seating areas and get up close and personal with the schedule of
chef appearances, or dance the night away to live DJs and music. Times and
other details at
Melbourne Night Noodle Market.
Cruise Ship Crystal Stmphony visiting Melbourne
The Cruise Ship Crystal Symphony visiting Melbourne.
Free Guided Tour of Fitzroy Gardens
A free one hour guided walking tour through this formal garden highlighting
its rich history. Bookings are not required. The tour leaves from the
Information Centre in the gardens.
Gypsy Jazz on the Village Green
Come and jam to the music of Django Reinhart, or just have a listen. If you would like to come along and jam, contact Misja on email@example.com
The Book of Mormon
From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q
co-creator Robert Lopez, it’s The
Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best
The Book of Mormon made its world premiere in
March 2011 at Broadway's Eugene O'Neil Theater. The London production opened
in February 2013 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The show has set house
records at 27 theatres around the US, and broken the house record at New
York's Eugene O'Neill Theatre more than 50 times. The London production
broke box office records for the highest single day of sales in West End
White Hat can thoroughly recommend The Book of Mormon
as one of the best and most entertaining musical productions to be seen in
Melbourne for quite some time
My Fair Lady
a record-breaking premiere at the Sydney Opera House in 2016
Opera Australia's recreation
of the 1956 Broadway production of My
Fair Lady comes to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre and Sydney’s
Capitol Theatre in 2017.
After many years of research this recreation of the 1956 Broadway production
of My Fair Lady with none other than the world-renowned Julie
Andrews as the show’s director. The lady who created and made the
role of Eliza Doolittle so famous for the 1956 production.
This recreation could have opened on any stage around the world, and it is
with great pride that it is being staged across Australia in 2016 and 2017.
Ticket information and bookings from the
Hokusai is the first major presentation in
Australia of one of Japan’s most influential, prolific and everlastingly
popular artists, Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849). An influential master of
Japanese manga and a self-proclaimed ‘drawing maniac’, Hokusai produced a
body of work comprising some of the most recognisable and reproduced images
in the history of Asian art, most notably ‘The great wave’.
Spanning the artist’s entire career, Hokusai includes
more than 170 works by the artist, comprising woodblock prints, rare
paintings on silk never-before-seen in Australia and hand-printed manga
Produced in a landmark international collaboration between the NGV and
the Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (JUM), which houses the world’s largest and oldest
collection of traditional Japanese woodblock prints, the exhibition includes
the complete sets of Hokusai’s five career-defining series – all produced by
the artist during his seventies and rarely on display in their totality –
including Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, 1830–34, which features
his iconic work The great wave off Kanagawa, c. 1830.
The exhibition also features all fifteen editions of The Hokusai Manga,
the artist’s irreverent homage to Japanese humorous illustrations, which had
an indelible impact on the development of contemporary manga in Japan and
positioned Hokusai as a pioneer of the popular form.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival
Commencing in 2007 the Gertrude Street Projection Festival has grown to
become one of inner Melbourne’s most visible and accessible free large
scale arts festival. The festival celebrates projection art and lets us see
familiar spaces and buildings in new, inspired ways. It’s a collaborative,
volunteer effort of artists and traders, residents and community groups all
brought together by The Gertrude Projection Association.
For 10 evenings in July and in over 38 sites, the length of Gertrude
Street in Fitzroy is illuminated by the visions of talented projections
artists for the Gertrude Street Projection Festival. Buildings, laneways,
footpaths and tree trunks light up with site-specific, curated projections.
The Festival’s diverse arts program celebrates and connects our diverse
White Hat can thoroughly recommend the festival as a showcase of the
edgy, arty inner suburbs.
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50+ artists open their doors to the public once a year in the city and
Full information at
The Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet
is one of the few cities that can pin-point the time, date and the people
who first founded it. The Melbourne Regatta was first held on 30 August
1838, making it the first in Australia. In 2016 the Melbourne Passenger
Boating Association will deliver a magnificent waterside spectacle to
celebrate the connection between Melbourne and the sea.
Born out of a river settlement, developed through trade and immigration,
stabilised by gold and farming, the city owes much to the ships who made
that connection. The rivers and the great bay have been bountiful, providing
food, leisure, relaxation and a highway to the rest of the world. Discover
too, the land before it became Melbourne. Learn about the people and the
natural landscape that existed long before, and why this made Melbourne a
perfect place to build a village.
See a spectacle of cruising boats, dressed especially for the occasion.
Hop aboard free ferry cruises around Victoria Harbour, be part of a Welcome
to Country ceremony, and hear Father Bob bless the fleet.
You can also enjoy live entertainment with Normie Rowe, along with
reggae, calypso, and blues bands. Plus there'll be walking tours,
story-telling, roving entertainers, a mass choir and the Sunday market with
many food stalls and local cafes. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and
excitement and celebrate Melbourne's maritime and indigenous history.
La Primavera Swiss Italian Festival
Lavandula's La Primavera festival honours the original Swiss-Italian migrants
who celebrated the coming of spring with song and dance.
Rosa Voto and her
troupe from the Melbourne School of Tarantella will be performing their
intoxicating songs and dances. Salvatore, will share the stories of his
homeland through song. Lina and Tony of Rose Creek Estate will be showcasing
their quality range of Italian-style wines, olive oil and preserved olives.
Mara Ripani of Village Dreaming will be putting on a special performance
called Kitchen Songs. Descendants of the original Swiss-Italian family who
once farmed the property, Faye and Boyd Thompson will give an authentic tour
of the original farmhouse.
In addition, good regional fare will be available from La Trattoria and
its wood-fired oven. Several stallholders will be showcasing their wares and
So Frenchy So Chic - Melbourne
This event seems a wonderful match of venue and entertainment. Our heritage
homes can often be pigeonholed as places for historic re-enactments, but they
are very young in European terms and were usually created as places to entertain
and host cultural activities.
So Frenchy So Chic provides the opportunity to
picnic with choice deli foods, entertain the kids, dance on the grass listen
to French bands and all in civilised surroundings. 30-somthings with
children and a taste for the good life - this is particularly for you.
More info &
Australia Day Races
The popular annual horse racing event.
Government House Open Day
|As part of Australia Day, citizens and visitors are invited to visit
inspect many rooms not normally open to the public and enjoy a picnic on
the lawns. Music and entertainment throughout the day.
White Night Melbourne
White Night Melbourne uses installations, lighting, exhibitions, street
performances, film, music, dance and interactive events in a 12 hour
overnight event that transforms the city into a wonderland.
Sydney Road Street Party
An annual event with stalls, entertainment and refreshments.
The annual Moomba Fireworks running over three nights.
Port Phillip Mussel Festival
White Hat can thoroughly recommend this vibrant seafood festival come
street party. Enjoy mussels and other seafood cooked in a wide variety of
ways all accompanied by one of Melbourne's best free jazz festivals. Street
vendors combine with the market's own restaurants to provide plenty of
variety from the cheap and cheerful through to chef-prepared restaurant
dishes. Sit in the sun with a cold sangria and a hot mussel paella or enjoy
a craft beer with wok cooked drunken mussels.
Phillip Mussell Festival
Parliament House Open Day
Apart from its regular free daily tours, Melbourne's Parliament House has
an annual open day. On this day not only are the interior spaces of
Parliament House open to the public, the grounds and gardens are also
accessible. More details at
House Open Day >>
Melbourne Tomato Festival
This recently established festival his quickly become very popular and
was initiated by the well known Grossi family to celebrate Italian food and
one of its star ingredients - the
White Hat recommends you purchase your tickets ($25/$10)
advance from the festival site as this event usually sells out. More
Tomato Festival >>
Heritage Apple Festival
Join the Diggers Club team for a weekend of heritage
festivities and celebrations.
Taste test and choose the best heritage
apples and pears, sample freshly pressed apple juice and cider, taste
and buy delicious baked apple pies and strudels.
For the green thumbs join garden tours and
learn about the history and making of this beautiful garden and pick-up
gardening tips at the free gardening workshops.
Book into an Apple
Masterclass with the heritage apple experts, Pete the Permie and David
Key and sample cider from local makers. Learn all about cider making at
Listen to live music at the Fork to Fork Café while you enjoy a menu
inspired by the autumn harvest and complimented by wine.
activities on Sunday between 11am-2pm
The Piers Festival
Festival> is held at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne during Victoria’s
Term 1 school holidays. The day will be headlined by singer/songwriter
Archie Roach alongside new global musical collaborations, kids’ activities,
forums, exhibitions and a gourmet foods from Victoria’s artists and cultural
communities. Schedule includes:
- Main Stage will feature one of
Australia’s finest celtic rock bands Claymore, Italian Greek aficionados
Magna Grecia, Orkeztra Glasso Bashalde’s wide spanning repertoire from
Romanian gypsy to Klezmer, Arabic, Macedonian and other Balkan melodies,
powerful mana from Polynesian dance group Nuholani, Melbourne’s favourite
60s Asian/Western garage pop explosion Empat Lima, sensational high energy
collaborators Amaru Tribe & The Lalibelas ft. Oscar Jiminez and Nhatty Man,
headlined by Australia’s iconic and profound Indigenous voice and musician
- The Landing will bring together a collection of some of
Victoria’s most active cultural associations representing their communities
and culture through exhibitions, activities and performances.
- What Happened
at the Pier is curated by Lella Carridi and will feature live poetry
readings, forums and musical responses inside The Gatehouse on Princes Pier
alongside an exhibition of artefacts and moving image illustrating the
narratives from the artists and Memory Keepers who arrived to Melbourne from
- Cultural games, roving activities and performers
stalls and food trucks from local providers
Piers Festival celebrates and reflects on the collective historical and
contemporary migration stories at its site, Princes Pier, the significant
entry point where almost half of Australia’s post World War II refugees
arrived. The Festival brings to life the pivotal role Princes Pier played
from 1915 to 1969 in Victoria’s growth and as a gateway to the diversity of
cultures that enrich our community. With 12,000 attendees in 2015, Piers
Festival has grown to become an annual fixture in Victoria’s cultural
calendar and a significant occasion to acknowledge and bring to light our
Indigenous and multicultural talent.
Toorak Village Festival of Sculpture
For the entire month of may, Toorak Village businesses will display contemporary sculptures in their windows and bolted to the pavements along Toorak Road. Take your time surveying the sculptures as well as the shops. Please enjoy 'a decade of sculpture' and take advantage of the warm hospitality of the traders in the village. Catalogues are available from any of the shops in the village and all sculptures are for sale. Toorak Village is between Wallace Ave and Grange Rd, just east of Williams Rd. Simply catch the no 8 tram from Federation Square, along Toorak Road to stop no 35.