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Major Melbourne events 
Major events take centre stage in Melbourne throughout the year, from the Australian Open in January to the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November..
Image of Next Wave Festival
Wed 16 Apr 2014 to Sun 11 May 2014
The Next Wave Festival is 28 days of arts around the theme – New Grand Narrative.
Image of ANZAC Day
Fri 25 Apr 2014, 6am – 1pm
Join millions of Australians across the world to honour service and sacrifice at the ANZAC Day dawn service and march.
Image of Wigglesworth Conducts Rachmaninov
Thu 01 May 2014 to Fri 02 May 2014
Sensational musical talent, Saleem Abboud Ashkarmakes, makes his MSO debut with favourite guest conductor Mark Wigglesworth.
Image of Korea Festival
Sat 17 May 2014, all day
The first ever Korea Festival brings the sights, sounds and tastes of Korea to Federation Square.
Image of Good Food and Wine Show
Fri 30 May 2014 to Sun 01 Jun 2014
Celebrate Australia's regional producers, wineries and top class chefs at the Good Food and Wine Show.
Image of Mother's Day Classic
Sun 11 May 2014, 6am – noon
It's time for the Mother's Day Classic, so walk or run for breast cancer research on Sunday 11th May.
Image of Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Fri 30 May 2014 to Sun 08 Jun 2014
Hear Melbourne come alive in winter as the world’s modern masters of jazz perform in some of the city’s most iconic venues.
Image of Melbourne International Singers Festival and Eisteddfod
Wed 04 Jun 2014 to Mon 09 Jun 2014
The School of Hard Knocks Institute presents Australia's most exciting International Singers Festival and Choral Eisteddfod.
Image of Organic Lunch with Isabelle Demers
Wed 11 Jun 2014, 1pm – 2pm
Canadian organist Isabelle Demers is taking the organ world by storm. Hear her Australian debut on the impressive Melbourne Town Hall Grand Organ.
Image of Mother & Son
Fri 18 Jul 2014 to Sun 10 Aug 2014
See Australian TV classic Mother & Son, starring Noeline Brown, Darren Gilshenan and Shane Jacobsen, live on stage at the Comedy Theatre.
Image of The Age Run Melbourne
Sun 27 Jul 2014, 6am – noon
Soak up the thrill of achievement, from your first training milestone to that incredible feeling of crossing the finish line.
Image of Melbourne International Film Festival
Thu 31 Jul 2014 to Sun 17 Aug 2014
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema.
Image of Melbourne Writers Festival
Thu 21 Aug 2014 to Sun 31 Aug 2014
The 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival will again bring together the world’s leading writers and thinkers to celebrate the power of great literature.
Image of ACO – Tognetti’s Beethoven
Sun 26 Oct 2014 to Mon 27 Oct 2014
Richard Tognetti directs Beethoven's Symphony No.1, Coriolan–Overture and Triple Concerto plus new work, Water, by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.
Image of ACO – Paganini Tognetti
Wed 10 Dec 2014, 8pm – 10pm
Experience Italian showpieces written by some of the earliest violin virtuosos and high octane 20th-century string works.

 More to explore

Image of Federation Square - What's on
There's always something going on at Fed Square, with an impressive calendar of events and activities taking place throughout the year.
Image of Festivals
There's always a festival going on in Melbourne, whether it’s film, comedy, arts, music or design. International artists often top the bill, along with home-grown talent.
Image of Festival list
Whenever you visit Melbourne, you are sure to be swept up in one of the city's fantastic festivals or major events that are on throughout the year.


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