What’s Happening in Melbourne This October


Melbourne has always been a bubbling cauldron of excitement and diversity, and October brings a host of new and unique events to get stuck into. We’ve grabbed just a few to stick on the calendar.


Stanley Kubrick Film Festival

Date: 6 – 19 October

Location: Cinema Nova, Carlton

The kind of intense, impossible genius that only comes around every so often, Stanley Kubrick remains the most influential, controversial and borderline-mythological figure in the history of film (phew!). To celebrate the great man’s life, Cinema Nova will be holding special screenings of his entire filmography, from his little-seen debut Fear and Desire to the Spielberg-inherited A.I. Artificial Intelligence throughout October. It’s a great chance to catch timeless classics like A Clockwork Orange, The Shining and the epic Spartacus on the big screen, the way they were meant to be seen. Find out more


Melbourne Festival

Date: 6 – 23 October

Location: Various

Victoria’s ultimate arts extravaganza returns once more, bringing a bountiful feast of music, dance, theatre and more to venues across the city. Catch the National Theatre of Scotland’s critical smash Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour in Melbourne for the first time. Hear Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan breathe new life into the words of W.B. Yeats in Ancient Rain. Transport yourself to the final frontier with Star Trek’s 50th anniversary concert tour The Ultimate Voyage, and marvel at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s unmissable David Bowie tribute, Nothing Has Changed. That’s all barely scratching the surface, of course, so make sure to scour the program. Find out more



Date: 9 October

Location: Burnley Park, Richmond

What’s the only thing better than a music festival? A dog-friendly music festival. Yep! The first and only event of its kind is back for its second year, mixing hipster festival fun with all the colourful canines you could imagine. Join local artists like The Little Stevies, Thelma Plum and Sam Lohs, not to mention all your favourite food trucks (Waffle & Shake and Crepe Expectations, anyone?). There’s also boutique dog merch vendors, washing facilities for your furry pal, and various awards to prove who truly is the coolest pooch in town. Since all the proceeds go towards Melbourne dog rescue groups, everyone’s a winner! Find out more


Seaside Street Food Festival

Date: 12 – 16 October

Location: Frankston waterfront, Frankston

The good old Food Truck Park is proud to present the Seaside Street Festival, where you can happily gorge yourself on all the wine, craft beer and gourmet grub you can handle. The springtime waterfront makes for a wonderful setting, and there’s a great selection of entertainment on offer to keep you occupied while you get some digesting done. You’ll find morsels here to suit every palate, and it’s fairly safe to suggest that nobody will leave unsatisfied. The food truck life is the good life, friends. Find out more


Cake Bake & Sweets Show Melbourne

Date: 21 – 23 October

Location: MCEC

Cake Bake & Sweets Show is the greatest baking, dessert and entertaining show on earth. The ultimate weekend destination for foodies, home bakers and cake decorators. Packed full of tasty baked goods and sweets, tools and equipment, hundreds of inspiring demonstrations and interactive classes – it’s a great day out with family and friends! Find out more


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