What’s on in the Neighbourhood

Check what’s happening around our hotel near Melbourne central

Melbourne is the events capital of Australia, boasting a range of international and iconic events such as tennis’s Australian Open, Melbourne Cup, AFL Grand Final and the Melbourne Grand Prix. It also plays host to many fantastic arts and cultural events, community markets, family events and of course food and wine events. Whatever you're into, you can guarantee that Melbourne has something for you, The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is right in the heart of it all.

    • medibank marathon
    14th October 2018

    MEDIBANK MELBOURNE MARATHON FESTIVAL

    • Melbourne international Arts Festival
    03 to 21st October 2018

    MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

    • spring racing carnival
    September 2018

    SPRING RACING CARNIVAL

    • modern life
    30 March to 27 January 2019

    A MODERN LIFE - TABLEWARES 1930s–1980s

    • Royal Melbourne Show
    22 September to 2nd October 2018

    Royal Melbourne Show

    • Madiba
    3rd October to 21st October 2018

    Madiba the Musical (October)

    • fire gardens
    Wednesday 10 October – Saturday 13 October

    Fire Gardens

    • MoMA
    09/06/2018 to 07/10/2018

    MoMA

    • Australia Open

    Australia Open

    • Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

    Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

    • L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

    L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

    • Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    Melbourne International Comedy Festival

    • Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

    Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

    • Formula 1 Grand Prix

    Formula 1 Grand Prix

    • Royal Melbourne Show

    Royal Melbourne Show

    • Spring Racing Carnival

    Spring Racing Carnival

    • AFL Grand Final

    AFL Grand Final

    • Melbourne cricket ground

    Boxing Day Test

MEDIBANK MELBOURNE MARATHON FESTIVAL

14th October 2018

Melbourne's largest running event will attract over 30,000 participants, as they hit the streets of Melbourne running past Flinders Street Station, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Albert Park Lake, before finishing with a lap of the MCG.

More information http://bit.ly/MedibankMelbourneMarathonFestival

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL

03 to 21st October 2018

At the heart of Melbourne's culture of creativity, Australia's leading international arts festivals has an outstanding reputation for presenting unique international and Australian events in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, multimedia, free and outdoor entertainment.

More information: http://bit.ly/MELBOURNEINTERNATIONALARTSFESTIVAL

SPRING RACING CARNIVAL

September 2018

Experience the Spring Racing Carnival from the heart of Melbourne - explore Emporium precinct, David Jones and Myer, not to mention all the boutique

stores in the surrounding laneways & arcades, for the must have fashions to wear at this year's race days.

More information: http://bit.ly/SPRINGRACINGCARNIVAL 

A MODERN LIFE - TABLEWARES 1930s–1980s

30 March to 27 January 2019

A Modern Life Tablewares 1930 - 1980s is currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria featuring works from leading manufacturers and designers across Britain, America, Japan and continental Europe. Whilst focusing on ceramics, the exhibition also explores the use of new materials resulting from wartime technological developments, including plastic, aluminium and stainless steel. Graphic design and advertising from the period form a feature of the show.

More information: http://bit.ly/AMODERNLIFE

Royal Melbourne Show

22 September to 2nd October 2018

Victoria’s most iconic community event, the Royal Melbourne Show, is back again during the spring school holidays.

Presenting an extraordinary and vibrant exhibition of animals and agriculture, award-winning food and beverage experiences, art and crafts, along with carnival rides, show bags, live entertainment and much more the Royal Melbourne Show is a unique celebration that is truly unforgettable.

More information: http://bit.ly/Royalmelbourneshow

Madiba the Musical (October)

3rd October to 21st October 2018

Madiba is a powerful and inspiring musical celebrating and honouring the visionary leader, Nelson Mandela.

The show really pays tribute to the charismatic icon and activist whilst exploring the struggles, racial conflicts and division behind his inflexible battle for reconciliation of South Africa.

It is a modern hymn with boundless energy

More information: http://bit.ly/madibathemusical

Fire Gardens

Wednesday 10 October – Saturday 13 October

Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens are already known for four elements: earth, air, water and active wear. But in October they’re adding a new one: fire.

The garden will be transformed into a dream space of mystery and revelation.

Fire Gardens will light Melbourne up like never before.

Date: Wednesday 10 October – Saturday 13 October

Location: Melbourne Botanic Gardens For more info: click here

MoMA

09/06/2018 to 07/10/2018

NGV presents a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York's iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Date: 09/06/2018 to 07/10/2018

Location: NGV International - 180 St Kilda Road - Melbourne VIC 3004

Price: Full $28, concession $24.50, children (5-15) $10, family $65

Australia Open

January

The first Grand Slam of the year is right here in Melbourne, make sure you’re here to see the world’s tennis elite battle it out.

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

March

A festival that celebrates all things good about food and wine, a time when Melbourne’s fabulous chef’s really get to show off their talents.

L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival

March

Immerse yourself in the annual celebration of domestic and international fashion, design, business and creative endeavours.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

March

Every April the city of Melbourne plays host to the world’s funniest comedians, a festival not to be missed.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

March

A hallmark event that showcases quality and leading edge floral and landscape designers.

Formula 1 Grand Prix

March

Watch as the top echelon of motor racing fight for 1st place around picturesque Albert Park.

Royal Melbourne Show

September

An agricultural event that has something fun for everyone, perfect for a family day out.

Spring Racing Carnival

October - November

The world’s premier horse racing carnival; a season full of glitz, glamour and gambling.

AFL Grand Final

September

Far bigger than a usual sporting event, the excitement of the AFL Grand Final sweeps across the entire city.

Boxing Day Test

December

The biggest cricket game of the year is right here at the MCG.