Here are au­tumn’s high­light events around Mel­bourne

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MARCH Gourmet Cin­ema

This open-air cin­ema is tak­ing movie snacks to a whole new level. Each screening will be catered by four restau­rants as well as one ‘hero restau­rant’, mean­ing that you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to pick­ing out your moviego­ing treat. Each item on the menu takes in­spi­ra­tion from the film screening that night. Caulfield Race­course, 1 Sta­tion St, Caulfield East 3145. gourmetcin­ Thu-sun 6pm. $22$35. Mar 1-11.

Turk­ish Pazar

Turkey will take over the Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket for two days of food, en­ter­tain­ment and cul­ture. You’ll be able to grab a cheesy go­zleme, some shiny new cop­per wares and maybe even a handwoven car­pet. The Turk­ish Pazar will also fea­ture live en­ter­tain­ment all day. Queen Vic­to­ria Mar­ket, Cnr El­iz­a­beth & Therry Sts 3000. Sat, Sun 10am-4pm. Free. Mar 10-11.

Vir­gin Aus­tralia Mel­bourne Fash­ion Fes­ti­val

Aus­tralia’s largest fash­ion fes­ti­val will take over the city with run­way shows, art ex­hi­bi­tions, talks and pre­sen­ta­tions. Check out the Di­a­mond Dogs run­way show, fea­tur­ing haute cou­ture dog coats cre­ated by some of Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous de­sign­ers and mod­eled by fash­ion-for­ward furry friends. Around Mel­bourne 3000. Mar 1-18.

Moomba Fes­ti­val

The Moomba Fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Bird­man Rally, wa­ter­sports, live mu­sic and Moomba Pa­rade, is among Mel­bourne’s sil­lier (and most fun) fes­ti­vals. Watch gung-ho wannabe in­ven­tors try to fly over the Yarra in their home­made con­trap­tions or strap wheels to your feet and try out scoot­ing, skat­ing or BMX bik­ing at one of the daily clin­ics.

Bir­rarung Marr (Be­hind Fed­er­a­tion Sq), Bat­man Ave 3000. moomba.mel­bourne.vic. Free. Mar 9-12.

Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val

Culi­nary play­grounds will pop up across the CBD of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from sweet treats to French del­i­ca­cies to fine drops from Vic­to­ria’s best wine pro­duc­ers. Around Mel­bourne 3000. mel­bourne­foodand­ Mar 16-25.

Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Flower and Gar­den Show

Over five days, flo­ral and gar­den­ing ex­perts come to­gether to show­case their knowl­edge on the main stage, while re­tail­ers share ad­vice on the best tools, plants and de­signs for your gar­den.

Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing & Carl­ton Gar­dens, 9 Ni­chol­son St, Carl­ton 3053. melbflow­er­ Wed,thu, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-9pm. $24-$29.90. Mar 21-25.

APRIL Noc­tur­nal

The Mel­bourne Mu­seum be­comes an af­ter-hours adult play­ground on the first Fri­day of ev­ery month.

Pun­ters have ac­cess to the mu­seum long af­ter the last school group has left the build­ing and can ex­pect a lounge bar serv­ing drinks and bar snacks. 11 Ni­chol­son St, Carl­ton 3053. 131 102. mu­se­umsvic­to­ $25-$35. Fri Apr 6.

Fro­mage a Trois

Ex­tra points to this all-day cheese fes­ti­val for its punny name. Visi­tors can sam­ple ar­ti­san cheese, watch cheese­mak­ers and chefs in ac­tion, and pair cheese tast­ings with lo­cal beer, cider or wine. The best part of the day is the ‘build your own pic­nic’ pav­il­ion – it’s kind of like pick ‘n’ mix lol­lies, but for cheese. Or you can let Rich­mond Hill Cheese and Larder make a ham­per for you. Wer­ribee Park, K Rd, Wer­ribee South 3030. face­­mageatro­is­fes­ti­val. 10am-5pm. $35. Sun Apr 8.

Su­panova Comic Con & Gam­ing

Ev­ery year we wait with bated breath to learn who will grace our shores for the cosplay ex­trav­a­ganza and this year’s lineup doesn’t dis­ap­point. Doc­tor

Who’s Peter Ca­paldi, John Barrowman and Pearl Mackie, Bob Mor­ley and Lind­sey Mor­gan from The 100, and Un­canny X-men artist Arthur Adams will all be in at­ten­dance. Mel­bourne Show­grounds, Ep­som Rd, As­cot Vale 3032. su­ au. Fri 5-9pm; Sat, Sun 10am-6pm. $33-$846. Apr 20-22.

Bongo’s Bingo Down Un­der

This is not your grand­mother’s bingo night. There’s very lit­tle ac­tual bingo, and there is way more booze, fake tan, glit­ter, hair spray and out­ra­geous fun. It might also be the only bingo game in the world with a 15-minute “rave break”. St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda 3182. bon­gos­ Thu 6pm. $38-$58. Thu Apr 5.

MAY Good Beer Week

What event has fans flock­ing to a hefty pro­gram of tast­ing par­ties, beer and food match­ing events, work­shops and brew­ery tours? Why, Good Beer Week, of course. The pro­gram is geared to­wards beer lovers, food­ies, beer geeks and sim­ply pun­ters af­ter a good time. Around Mel­bourne 3000. good­beer­ May 11-20.

Great Ocean Road Run­ning Fes­ti­val

The fes­ti­val of­fers ev­ery­thing from a se­date 5km walk to a 60km ul­tra­ma­rathon amid beau­ti­ful scenery. There is prize money for cer­tain races, but most will be thrilled just to strap on their run­ning shoes and en­joy the salt air. Apollo Bay Surf Life Sav­ing Club, Great Ocean Rd, Apollo Bay 3233. greato­cean­road­run­ $20$139. May 19-20.

Big Vegan Mar­ket

This is one mar­ket where you don’t have to ask around – you can be sure that ev­ery prod­uct sold is an­i­mal- and cru­elty-free. In ad­di­tion to plenty of vegan eats you can also pick up vegan skincare, cloth­ing and make-up.

Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing, 9 Ni­chol­son St, Carl­ton 3053. bigve­g­an­mar­ Sat, Sun 10am-6pm. $2. May 12-13.

Gourmet Cin­ema

Moomba Fes­ti­val

Vir­gin Aus­tralia Mel­bourne Fash­ion Fes­ti­val

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