Food, Fashion, Flowers and Laughs Across Melbourne this March!
Whether you’re heading to Australia’s unofficial cultural capital this month for business or pleasure, marvellous Melbourne offers up a bevy of delights and distractions, from fashion shows to floral displays, comedians to cruise liners. In addition to Melbourne’s usually hip, always happening arts and culture scene, Melbourne’s March social calendar offers a little bit for everyone: the Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival hits the streets in mid-march – painting the town pretty with runway shows and beauty workshops, Melbourne International Comedy Festival rolls in its barrels of laughs toward the end of the month, Etihad Stadium blooms with the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and Melbourne Holiday and Travel Expo tantilises travelers in late March.
Melbourne Fashion Festival
(17 Mar – 23 Mar)
Fashionistas flock from Finland and Fitzroy to be dazzled, delighted and beguiled by latest jaw dropping trends and awe-inspiring collections from both Australia and overseas. While the Runway Events are a core aspect of the Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), the Festival offers much more, including a series of Workshops, Business Events and a comprehensive Cultural Programme. Events are held throughout the city. If you loved Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby this year, immerse yourself in Art Deco glamour at the National Gallery of Victoria’s exhibit Fashion Illustration: 1920s and 1930s. Windows come alive at some of the city’s most iconic stores for the Festival’s Windows by Design – download a map and take a fashion inspired walking tour of Melbourne’s magnificent window displays. You may think you know every inch of Melbourne’s hallowed retail ground but with pop-up shops and upcycling boutiques springing up across the city for the duration of the Festival, be prepared to discover something new on every corner. For a bit of beauty therapy to complement the retail therapy, head backstage to the L’Oreal and SHOP til you Drop Beauty Workshop where you’ll master the season’s latest looks with a flawless finish. With ticketed and free events across the city, VAMFF will be hard to miss!
Melbourne International Comedy Festival
(26 Mar – 20 Apr)
Fancy a laugh? The Melbourne International Comedy Festival will have you laughing down Lygon street as it dishes up comedians and shows from across the globe. The diverse programme offers something for everyone who has ever laughed at least once. From the analogous chic/dog humour of The Bitches’ Box (NZ) to Chad Bradley’s riotous, audience humiliating How to Make a Musical (AU), the Festival shows will leave you gasping between belly laughs. If standup acts are more your style, Wil Anderson is back with his incisive, often discomfiting brand of intellihumour in Wiluminati or for some good ol’ fashioned Aussie larakinism, head to Pointless with Hughesy. Ever clever, the Festival organisers have included the kids too (not just the kids at heart) with over 25 shows and activities to keep the little squirmers entertained during the school holidays. From Seussical to Safety First, Melbourne International Comedy Festival doles out laughs a minute for all ages and stages. Tickets prices vary; visit their website for more information.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
(26 Mar – 30 Mar)
Gardeners and green-thumbs gather for five days in Autumn to celebrate the great Aussie garden. After a long, hot summer, the MIFG show envelopes patrons in a sea of green and a riot of colour. Wander through award-winning displays by the best and brightest Australian gardeners and landscape designers. Explore ‘Fresh’ by Jenny Craig, a display garden of edible treats, showcasing healthy living and eating tips or head to the Urban Container display aimed at activating disused urban spaces – think rooftop gardens and vertical herbs walls. Take a walk through the Garden Sculpture exhibition or join a free Floral Design workshop. If you’ve got a little fairy or pirate in your party, head to The Children’s Garden for face-painting, children’s entertainment and activities. The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show is on at Carlton Gardens between 26 and 30 March, and for those struggling to find a park nearby, you should be lucky enough to find parking at nearby Etihad Stadium. A single day Adult ticket is $27, Children’s tickets are $10 with family and concession prices available; visit their booking site for more details.
Melbourne Holiday & Travel Show
Dreaming of a holiday to a faraway tropical island or mystical escape to Machu Picchu? Be carried away by your wildest travel fantasy at the Melbourne Holiday and Travel Show. Travel the world in a day. With seminars, films and presentations showcasing every corner of the world, you’ll find inspiration for your next holiday, at home or overseas. This year, the Travel Show is offering a cultural sensory experience programme for patrons to enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of exotic destinations. With cooking demonstrations, films and music and dance performances, you’re sure to be bitten by the travel bug. Exhibitors will be offering discounts galore for show patrons; there’s also a 10 day holiday in Cairns up for grabs for one lucky show-goer. For anyone with itchy feet or long-service leave up their sleeve, head to the Melbourne Holiday & Travel Show 29 – 30 March. Tickets are $10 at the door but you can download a ticket coupon from their website to gain free entry.
Feeling keen for a trip to Melbourne this March? Whether you’re tempted by travel, coerced by comedy, floored by flowers or fascinated by fashion, Melbourne in March is the place to be. With so much to do, check out Europcar’s current deals on car hire – you’ll pack more in to your visit and save your aching feet. Travel happy!