Expect an abundance of choice from more than 300 events over 20 days. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is also celebrating 20 years. This is your chance to sample high quality foods from top Melbourne chefs, and some quality wine. Foodie films are also screening and remember to bag yourself a goodie bag of food and cooking treats. I enjoyed the action at Swanston Street and down at South Wharf in particular last year. There are many free events in Melbourne to attend as part of this festival.
2. Sydney Road Street Party
This annual street party kicks off the Brunswick Music Festival on Sunday the 4th of March. This is a day of trying out food from different cultures and enjoying live music performances. The actual Brunswick Music Festival kicks off from the 14th of March. Treat this event like a 'pre-celebration' if you must. Sydney Road will get busy, so be prepared as much as possible.
3. L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
The L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week is a week long celebration that Melbourne has to offer in promoting fashion and design excellence both in Melbourne and nationwide. Runway shows are on offer, and some of the top magazines like Marie Claire are offering make up and beauty demonstrations at certain locations, such as the Sofitel on Collins with refreshments and goodie bags on offer, and are included in the ticket price. Tickets to such events that form part of this festival are available at Ticketek.
It could be so true that Melbourne is not Melbourne without the Moomba Festival. The Yarra attracts families and other Melburnians who want to be part of the weekend action with fireworks, rides, music and other entertainment. There is something for everyone at this free annual event right here in Melbourne.
5. Tastes of Rutherglen
The Tastes of Rutherglen is a chance for us Melburnians to get out of the city and explore the very best that North-East Victoria has to offer. If you immersed yourself in the wine tastings at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival earlier this month, you will also be in heaven at this food and wine festival. This is your chance to meet the winemakers and their families behind Rutherglen's world class wines, while sampling the best in local produce over two different weekends in March.
6. FitX Sports and Fitness Expo
You can easily say that Melbourne is also the city of health and fitness as we are also a sports loving city. Definitely the best of many worlds right here. Your chance to discover the latest health and fitness trends at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre at South Wharf. A variety of health, sport and fitness activities will be on show on two different entertainment stages, and if your lucky you might meet a world class athlete or two. Held on the St Patrick's Day weekend.
7. Melbourne Holiday & Travel Show
While you are at the above exhibition, on the very same weekend at the same locale is an opportunity to chat to many tourism and holiday exhibitors under the same roof to plan your next getaway. Get the best of worlds this St Patrick's Day weekend in March.
8. Grand Prix
Between the 15th to the 18th of March 2012, Melbourne is also the host of the annual Grand Prix held at Albert Park. Watch Mark Webber do his magic. Free entertainment and treats are usually on near Freshwater Place in Southbank, with a chance to watch the event on the live screen.
9. Camberwell Rotary Art Show
The Camberwell Rotary Art Show is now in its 46th year right here in Melbourne. The show will be held at Hawthorn Town Hall from the 23 March 2012 to the 1 April 2012. This event is one of Australia's well known art exhibitions, and many art enthusiasts from interstate will make their way to Melbourne. More than 1500 paintings are for sale in order to raise much needed funds for Rotary International.
10. Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
This world renowned annual gardening event right here in Melbourne (at Carlton Gardens and the world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building) is definitely one of the largest and most successful garden shows in the southern hemisphere. Expect the best floral talents on show and tell with the opportunity to purchase those much needed garden supplies. If you love Better Homes and Gardens in particular, you will be in heaven at this show. Further information on this event can be found by clicking here.
11. Melbourne International Comedy Festival
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has brought a lot of laughter to Melbourne for over 25 years and continues to flourish. We are talking about tasteful comedy that matches the standards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreal Just For Laughs festivals respectively. This festival attracts the highest quality comedians who will put on a great show at many venues around Melbourne including Federation Square. Three and a half weeks of laughs.
12. The Baby and Toddler Show
The Baby and Toddler Show will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on the last weekend of March. Pregnancy and parenting advice will be on offer, together with a combination of seminars, Q&A sessions as well as live entertainment.
As Melbourne welcomes in the major annual events in March, unfortunately the Rooftop Cinema season comes to an end. There are absolutely no excuses to spend too much time at home this month, as April will be more low key in comparison to the best free and low cost events in March. Go ahead and enjoy.
Watch this space for the top things to do in April real soon.