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.

    • Formula 1 Grand Prix

    Formula 1 Grand Prix

    • Flower Show

    Melbourne International Flower and Garden show

    • Australia Open

    Australia Open

    • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    • 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

    • Spring Racing Carnival

    Spring Racing Carnival

    • AFL Grand Final

    AFL Grand Final

    • Melbourne cricket ground

    Boxing Day Test

Formula 1 Grand Prix

March

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

Melbourne International Flower and Garden show

March may mark the start of autumn, but at the Royal Exhibition Building activity is blossoming with the return of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) Presented by Lawn Solutions Australia, March 27 – 31, 2019.

The event is predicted to attract over 100, 000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. The annual convergence of the most talented landscape designers, progressive florists, emerging design talent, DIY specialists, well over 200 exhibitors and thousands of flowers provides evergreen inspiration for the year to come.

With new charity partner Beyond Blue aligned with the Show, visitors can expect gardens that are not only visually arresting, but are emotionally stirring as they tap the sense of tranquillity and wellbeing that comes from connecting with nature.

The annual Landscape Design Show Gardens welcome an impressive line-up of local and international talent with confirmed designers including: NZFGS Gold Medallist Bayley LuuTomes, a collaboration between Candeo Design, Jason Hodges for Lawn Solutions and Semken Landscaping, MUSA Landscapes in partnership with Beyond Blue, Inge Jabara, Christian Jenkins, Waddell Landscapes, Ben Hutchinson and TRACT.

City dwellers can enjoy after-work drinks with gourmet foods and live music while getting their floral fix at Gardens by Twilight until 9:00pm on Friday 29 March.

Tickets are now on sale to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show via melbflowershow.com.au

Dates: Wednesday 27 – Sunday 31 March 2019

Times: Open 9am – 5pm daily

Gardens by Twilight: Friday March 29 until 9pm

Venue: Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens, Carlton

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 Symphony Orchestra

Pack your picnic and score a spot on the lawn to enjoy the perfect summer soundtrack to the city this February when the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs its free concert series at Melbourne’s favourite outdoor venue, the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

 The free concerts will take place on Friday 8, Saturday 16 and Wednesday 20 February at 7.30pm. Gates open from 4.30pm. With 10,000 people expected to attend each concert, be early as entry is on a first in, best dressed basis.

Presented in association with the University of Melbourne and Arts Centre Melbourne, supported by the Sidney Myer MSO Trust Fund.

More info : here

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.

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.