March is the perfect month for anyone planning a trip to Melbourne. Summer has just cooled down, Autumn is in its infant stages and there are just so many activities that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy in this wonderful city. If you’re headed to Melbourne in March, here are a few things you definitely must check out. No trip to Melbourne is complete without heading to these fun-filled destinations, so find out what’s in store!
The Moomba festival is an iconic event that happens annually in Melbourne, and you’ll be damned if you miss it this March. Moomba is spread out over four days and offers people of every age something to engage in. From cotton candy, amusement park rides, carnivals along the river, nightly fireworks, food trucks, live entertainment, and water sports – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Moomba is the place to be if you’re traveling with your family, as it will keep both adults and children delighted. Moomba will be held at the Alexandra Gardens (just a stone’s throw away from the main city) from the 9th to the 12th of March. The best part? It is completely free to attend.
For those who love live music, sun and a crowd, the Peninsula Picnic should definitely be on your to-do list. Hosted on the 30th of March on the Mornington Racecourse, the Peninsula Picnic offers you the region’s biggest wine, food and music festival. Be sure to head over with an empty stomach, because chances are you’ll be wanting to make this your cheat day. Aside from an array of culinary delights, enjoy musical entertainment by the likes of the Rubens, Sarah Blasko and a host of other folk and Latin music entertainers who will be there throughout the day to keep the vibes groovy. The Peninsula Picnic is a family friendly event, so don’t forget to book your tickets while you still can!
Racing fans, this one for you. Melbourne plays host to the annual F1 races, and on the 13th of March, racing fanatics will be in for a treat when the first ever Formula 1 Launch Party kicks off at Federation Square. Join all 20 of your drivers and their principals, along with other sporting legends who will take part in competitions and live shows for everyone to watch. This event is completely free and offers you a once in a lifetime experience that you may not find elsewhere in the world. The event will be supported by local talents, so you can ensure that you’ll be kept entertained all day long. Once again, this event is family friendly so bring the entire Brady Bunch along to get involved!
Carnivores rejoice, for the Meatstock Festival is back on on the 23rd and 24th of March. Meatstock will host two of the world’s barbecue legends, Brad Leighninger and Tim Scheer. These royal BBQ’ers will be hosting live demonstrations at Meatstock and are also offering cooking lessons at the Que Club in Fitzroy. If you’re someone who loves to get fancy in the kitchen, we highly recommend you book your spot. Aside from some great food, you’ll also be able to enjoy a day of live entertainment, BBQ competitions and access to as many cold beers as you like. Ready to sink your teeth into some quality meat? Meatstock awaits!
Yes, you read that right. And no, it isn’t 2003. Death Cab For Cutie fans is in for a treat because the world-renowned group will be playing in Melbourne on the 6th of March at the Arts Centre in Melbourne. They’ll be crooning out some of their most famous tunes, to the tune of “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”, “Transatlanticism” and “What Sarah Said”. Don’t forget to bring a pack of tissues along as the nostalgia of your youth hits you like a speeding train. Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to book yours before they sell out (as you know they will!).
Then there is Donut Fest, also known as heaven on earth. Australia’s only Beer and Donut festival is back, so chuck some stretch pants on and get ready to fall into a sweet, sweet coma. Hosted at Gasworks in Albert Park on the 10th of March, you can look forward to an afternoon of 30+ donut varieties, food trucks, a kids entertainment area, donut eating competitions and live music that kids and adults can both immerse themselves in. Entry is simply a gold coin donation to Foodbank Victoria, so don’t fret if you’re not looking to spend too much money on your trip – we got you covered!
There you have it, some of the main things happening in Melbourne over the next month or so. We sure hope that you hit at least one (if not all) of these events up on your trip to Melbourne, and have a groovy time doing so!