NEXT GUIDE: Spring In The City
IT’S NOT JUST FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN SPRING…. MELBOURNE DOES TOO! CUE EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS AND EXPERIENCES TO KEEP YOU ENTERTAINED AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP. ADD THESE IDEAS TO YOUR ITINERARY TO GET THE SPRING PARTY STARTED.
1. MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
20 – 29 OCTOBER
Get ready for finger snapping and toe tapping with some incredible local and international artists on the 2023 program including legends Chaka Khan, Nile Rodgers and Chic on opening night to Cecile McLorin Servant from the US adding to the vibrant local jazz scene filling venues, streets and pop up locations throughout the Festival. Our pick? Celebrating Nina Simone featuring her award-winning daughter, Lisa Simone.
2. MELBOURNE SPRING FASHION WEEK
23 – 29 OCTOBER
Fashionistas, influencers and lovers of style will gather in October at the 2023 Melbourne Fashion Week celebrating and showcasing the city’s fashion designers. Always expect the unexpected with runway shows in the streets, laneways and impressive locations throughout the CBD, expert talks, hands-on workshops, pop-ups, immersive experiences and of course, all the fabulous parties.
Next Tip : Make Next Hotel Melbourne your fashion base and surround yourself with a design aesthetic inspired by the local neighbourhood of Collins Street couturiers. And be sure to see and be seen at La Madonna during Fashion Week – the creative bar tenders will be creating bespoke cocktails inspired by the city’s famed fashion designers, perfect for pre or post event sipping.
More at mfw.melbourne.vic.gov.au
3. CONNECTION AT THE LUME
ON NOW UNTIL 29 OCTOBER
An expansive and immersible tapestry of First Peoples’ art, Connection breathes life into over 650 works from 110 visual and musical artists in the world’s largest digital art gallery right here in Melbourne. We rate this one absolutely unmissable.
Next Tip : Continue your appreciation of Aboriginal culture by heading over the river to the National Gallery of Victoria for free entry into their Indigenous Art display.
More at www.thelumemelbourne.com
4. MELBOURNE CUP CARNIVAL
4 – 11 NOVEMBER
The biggest week on the national racing calendar, the Melbourne Cup Carnival is always the best place to people-spot, sip bubbles, style it up in The Birdcage or cheer on your favourite horse from the stands.
5. CANDLELIGHT CONCERTS
VARIOUS DATES IN SEPTEMBER
From Queen, U2 and Whitney Houston tributes to classic movie soundtracks, Bollywood and a night dedicated to Taylor Swift, these candlelit concerts at the nearby Athenaeum Theatre celebrate musical genius and contemporary pieces with a classical twist.