Melbourne Festivals in the First Half of 2024

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Posted 2023-06-22 by Geoff Edlundfollow
Melbourne is a city brimming with events and festivals. Here's your guide to the very best experiences already announced, to ensure your weekends are filled with fun through the scorching Summer and cosy Autumn ahead in 2024.


Juicy Fest comes to Melbourne on January 12th 2024 and features influential R&B and hip-hop stars of the 90s and 2000s.

The Melbourne Gin Festival will run from January 15th to 17th 2024. It will be held in Port Melbourne with gin tastings, classes, and food trucks.

Midsumma is Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival, and will return from January 21st to February 11th 2024.


Melbourne Art Fair will be held from February 22nd to 25th 2024. This event is a major art and exhibition event that features contemporary artists.

The Waterfront Festival will be held in Frankston on the weekend of February 10th and 11th 2024. The festival offers live music, market stalls, rides, and entertainment for the kids.


Photo 2024 is Australia's largest and most prestigious photography event, presented in collaboration with over 50 cultural, education, and government partners. The event runs from March 1st to 24th 2024.

Big Picture Fest runs from March 18th to March 24th 2024. Ten internationally renowned artists will take over Frankston with paintings and digital projections. There will also be live bands, street tours, and a Block Party.

Rumbia Festival is from March 22nd to March 25th 2024. This festival is designed to teach and celebrate Latin dance and music.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show will be held from March 20th to 24th 2024. This premier event is a delight for garden lovers and is held at the Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens.


Supanova will be held from April 6th to 7th 2024 at the Melbourne Showgrounds. The festivals features many Comic Con & Gaming events and exhibitors.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival runs from March 27th 2024 to April 21st 2024. The page about festival updates is here , and features a range of entertaining shows and events across the month.


Melbourne Writers Festival runs from May 9th to May 12th 2024, and holds many literary and educational events across several locations in inner Melbourne.

The Cat Lovers Festival is the weekend of May 11th and 12th 2024, at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Most of the websites above have newsletters or pages that announce the date when tickets are available for events in the program, or you can save this article, and set a reminder in your calendar to never miss your favourite shows and festivals again.

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