March is one of the best months of the year in Melbourne. We may have said goodbye to summer but we have welcomed autumn with open arms.
Melbourne is showing no signs of slowing down when it comes to fabulous events and festivals to attend!
Two of the biggest and best happening this month are the Moomba Festival and the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). We pick out some highlights from each.
- Friday 10th March – Monday 13th March (Labour Day Long Weekend)
- Various times and events
- Alexandra Gardens and Birrarung Marr
One of Melbourne’s favourite festivals is back and bigger than ever!
Moomba has been running in Melbourne every year since 1955 and this year, we once again will enjoy a long weekend in conjunction with the four-day Moomba festival.
Most of the action, entertainment, and excitement takes places across two Melbourne sites:
- Alexandra Gardens on St Kilda Road (the south side of the Yarra)
- Birrarung Marr (opposite, on the north side of the Yarra, right by Rod Laver Arena)
See the festival map.
- Sunday 12th March
- Birrarung Marr Park
Here you’ll see people of all ages test out their homemade flying devices. Watch and laugh as they launch themselves off the platform, aiming to avoid the murky waters of the Yarra below. It’s a lot of fun and all for a good cause: entrants raise money for their nominated charities.
Annual Moomba Parade
- Monday 13th March
- St Kilda Road
The parade starts its journey through Melbourne near the Shrine of Remembrance and makes its way up St Kilda Road.
This event is totally free but make sure you get there in plenty of time to get a great vantage point! The parade kicks off at 10:45am.
View the parade map here.
See the night sky light up in spectacular fashion on each night of the four-day festival.
From 9:30pm view a night light show on the Yarra between the Princes Bridge (right by Hamer Hall) and the Swan Street Bridge (near Rod Laver Arena). See the two bridges on a map here.
The carnival is set to thrill you from 6pm on Friday 10th March all the way through the festival.
There are rides for kids and adults alike with varying levels of thrill!
Friday 10th March: 6pm-11pm
Saturday 11th March: 11am-11pm
Sunday 12th March: 11am-11pm
Monday 13th March: 11am-10pm
The Moomba King and Queen
Every year, the festival announces the Moomba monarchy.
Over the years, the King and Queen have been represented by footballers, musicians, television personalities, athletes, and comedians.
This year, television personalities, authors, and chefs Guy Grossi and Karen Martini were crowned in early February at a launch led by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.
Guy and Karen want to celebrate food and encourage the people of Melbourne to come together and celebrate!
One million people are expected to attend throughout the four days.
Moomba Parking and Road Closures
Please be aware of certain road closures during the four-day Moomba Festival. These road closures affect only the south side of the Yarra, which will make parking around there extra tricky!
Save yourself the stress of parking by booking your spot in advance at Le Garage. Our clean and safe car park – with dual access from Flinders Street and Flinders Lane – is located just minutes from all the Moomba action at Birramung Marr and Alexandra Gardens.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
VAMFF kicks of this coming Wednesday, 1st March.
Until the 19th, you can attend runway shows featuring famous and up-and-coming Australian designers, and attend beauty workshops, seminars, forums, and more. We’ve picked some of our favourite events to attend this Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Myer Fashion Runway
- Friday 17th March
- Two sessions – 5pm and 7:30pm
- Myer Melbourne – Level 1, 314-335 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Jennifer Hawkins leads the runway in one of the most popular and highly anticipated shows of the entire festival.
The Bourke Street Mall is located just a few minutes by foot from Le Garage so book your spot early and as you make your way to Myer, stop along the way for an afternoon drink.
Premium Runway 5
- Saturday 18th March
- Melbourne Museum – 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
At Premium Runway 5, you can get an exclusive look at the latest collections from these renowned designers:
- Misha Collection
- BY JOHNNY
- White Suede
- Rachel Gilbert
Why not get to the city early for a pre-show dinner and drink? It is Saturday night, after all!
We recommend parking at Le Garage and using the Flinders Lane exit by foot to reach a number of popular restaurants and bars including Garden State, Chin Chin, and Lucy Liu. View our list of Partners here and don’t forget to collect your parking promo code when you make your dinner reservation with our restaurant partners!
National Graduate Showcase
- Sunday 19th March
- Melbourne Museum – 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
This exciting runway show celebrates the next generation of talent in the fashion word. All of the fashion you’ll see is this show is from recent graduates who have been handpicked from design schools all around Australia.
Ladies in Black
- Wednesday 1st March – Sunday 19th March
- Various Times
- Regent Theatre – 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
This new stage show – with music and lyrics from Split Enz’s Tim Finn – is based on the Madeleine St John novel The Woman in Black. Set in 1950s Sydney, it follows the story of a woman who takes on a job in a store and befriends the ladies of the women’s frocks department.
The show is playing for a strictly limited season at the Regent Theatre, so make sure you book your tickets soon!
Fictional characters, fashion icons
- Thursday 2nd March
- The Johnson Collection – 152-154 Hotham Street, East Melbourne
Think of the most iconic and fashionable character in film.
It’s likely Audrey Hepburn’s sleek Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s – in that floor-length black dress, gloves, sunglasses, and jewels – popped into your head.
Movie and fashion lovers rejoice: you can see the best of fashion in film at the Johnson Collection in East Melbourne. This exclusive event is running for just one session only during VAMFF so call now to reserve your spot.
More VAMFF events
International Women’s Day Forum
- Wednesday 8th March
- Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum – 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Get more info (including ticket info) here.
- Tuesday 14th March – Sunday 19th March
- 5:30pm-11pm daily
- Festival Plaza – Melbourne Museum Precinct
Head north from the city to the Festival Plaza at the Melbourne Museum and visit the mirror-lined chamber. You’ll have the chance to win Westfield vouchers and can also enjoy food and drink pop-ups and live entertainment.
Plaza entry is free; more info can be found here.
- Thursday 16th March
- Harrolds – 101 Collins Street, Melbourne
Originally founded on Collins Street in 1985, Harrolds is experiencing a revival as it launches a new womenswear floor and renovated menswear department. Join the special launch on Thursday 16th March.