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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
Teacher educator and author of many teacher reference books. Amused by random ideas and loves random acts of kindness. Enjoys writing humour...seriously!Please see my Instagram: wilsonjeni
Published December 25th 2013
Put Them In Your Diary Now
Victoria is the place to be in 2014. Your new year's resolution to be more organised so you can enjoy Melbourne's events is now made easier. Start planning to have fun - put them in your diary now. For detailed reviews of each event click on the WeekendNotes articles tagged to the event. Here's some special events to mark in your diary now!

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Source: Midsumma festival press service

Midsumma Festival
12 Jan - 2 Feb
Alexandra Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
This is the annual queer celebration. A suite of arts and cultural events spread over nearly 100 venues throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The festival includes activities including visual art, theatre, cabaret, live music, and public forums.

Australian Open - The Grand Slam Of Asia/Pacific
13 - 26 January
Melbourne Park, Batman Ave, Melbourne
See the world's greatest tennis players on the courts at Melbourne Park. Remember to take a hat, sunscreen, water and protection from the hot summer sun.

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Festival of Sails
23 - 27 January
Royal Geelong Yacht Club & Geelong Waterfront, Eastern Beach Rd, Geelong
Reputed to be the largest annual keel boat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere. The free program includes live entertainment, gourmet food and wine, art and craft markets, and fireworks.

Superbike World Championship
21 - 23 February
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Back Beach Road, Cowes
This has got to be right up alongside the Grand Prix, except this has a trackside camping ground with entertainment! Enjoy the penguins while you are down there.

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Source: Flickr: _TOM1064

White Night Australia
22 - 23 February
Melbourne CBD, Flinders Street, Melbourne
You don't need to go to Paris to experience these dusk til dawn free events. Cultural institutions, theatres, galleries, restaurants and bars will keep their doors open to provide music, food, film and performances all night for those who are up to it.

Melbourne Food And Wine Festival
28 Feb - 16 Mar
Various venues around Melbourne, Swanston Street, Melbourne
This is the most delicious festivals all year. It attracts the world's biggest culinary and wine personalities and features Victoria's own infamous chefs, restaurateurs, winemakers, and producers. This year the festival concludes with 1500 seated World's Longest Lunch.

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Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
13 - 16 March
Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Rd, South Melbourne
Buckle up for the ride of your life. With the world's fastest cars, stunning models and famous celebrities for four days of rip roaring action. 
Even with earmuffs you will still feel the vibrations.

L'oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival
17 - 23 March
Various locations around Melbourne, Central Pier, Docklands
This is the largest fashion event in Australia which invites the public to get involved in fashion and trends.

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Source: Lisa Maree

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
26 - 30 March
Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens South, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton
This is the biggest flower and garden show in the Southern Hemisphere. Top gardeners and landscapers share their ideas. Sustainable and other products, such as outdoor furniture, floral art available to purchase.


Melbourne International Comedy Festival
26 - 20 April
Set to be one of the funniest, cheekiest, boldest events for 2014. Featuring new and experienced talent, deadly indigenous performers and RAW comedy competitions.

Rip Curl Pro
16 - 27 April
Bells Beach Foreshore, Bells Beach Rd, Bells Beach
Even if you are not a surfer the idea of watching the world's best young spunks doing their best in the water certainly appeals.

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May - June
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
30 May 2014 - 8 Jun
Various Venues, Swanston Street, Melbourne,June
Just what's needed on a cold winter's night. Involving hundreds of events and musicians late-night parties, club gigs, film screenings, jazz classes and free concerts. This sounds like fun.

Melbourne International Film Festival
31 Jul - 17 Aug
Festival Hub - Forum Theatre, 154 Flinders St, Melbourne
The red carpet is literally going to be rolled out to showcase a range of new Australian and world talents.

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Melbourne Writers Festival
21 - 31 August 2014
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
This features the world's leading writers, thinkers, illustrators and performers. Get involved in panel discussions, film screenings, workshops, debates and performances. Special sessions are held for children where they can meet authors and be inspired by storytelling.

Australian Football League Finals Series
5 - 27 September
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Brunton Ave, East Melbourne
It doesn't matter if your team got through or not, being rugged up at the AFL finals with a meat pie and hot chocolate is not to be missed. The roar of the crowds can be heard for miles.

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Spring Racing Carnival
20 Sep - 22 Nov (To be confirmed)
Metropolitan courses at Flemington, Moonee Valley, Caulfield and Sandown and country race courses all over Victoria, 400 Epsom Rd, Flemington
Much more than horse racing, this carnival involves social events and a place to flirt and be fashionable.

Melbourne Cup Carnival
2 - 9 November
Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road, Flemington
As they say, it's a world class event that stops a nation, this is considered a major international social and cultural event. If there's one day when a new frock and hat must be bought it's this one.

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Equitana Melbourne
20 - 23 November
Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
Famous throughout the southern hemisphere, this event features horses, Olympic gold medallists, an elite equine competition, hundreds of exhibitors entertainment and Aussie cowboys (and you don't see that everyday!)

There's lots happening in Melbourne in December but you'll just have to wait and see!

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Your Comment
Hi Jenni Thanks for your blog. I have been wanting to photograph the Queer festival for some time but didn't know when it was .I live in East Gippsland and wondered if you could tell me the best day to photograph the parade.and from where,I wonder what else is happening for the rest of that period.
by Ronnie (score: 1|96) 2114 days ago
MICF!!! The Best gig of the year and forgotten??!!
by kboeh (score: 0|8) 2112 days ago
A thoughtful article.
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