Here are autumn’s highlight events around Melbourne
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. gourmetcinema.com.au. Thu-sun 6pm. $22$35. Mar 1-11.
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. qvm.com.au. 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. vamff.com.au. Mar 1-18.
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. gov.au/. 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. melbournefoodandwine.com.au. 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. melbflowershow.com.au. Wed,thu, Sat & Sun 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-9pm. $24-$29.90. Mar 21-25.
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. museumsvictoria.com.au. $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. facebook.com/fromageatroisfestival. 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. supanova.com. 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. bongosbingo.co.uk. 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. goodbeerweek.com.au. 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. greatoceanroadrunfest.com.au. $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. bigveganmarket.com.au. Sat, Sun 10am-6pm. $2. May 12-13.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival