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What's On In Melbourne In September

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Melbourne has a spring in its step this September with several metro and regional festivals including the Melbourne Fringe Festival, outdoor markets, theatrical events and a comedy show. Select a showbag at the Royal Melbourne Show and gather the girls for the first Melbourne Cup Carnival event. Walk the plank into a pirate market, submerge yourself in Japanese culture and devour as many delicious donuts as humanly possible.


FESTIVAL | Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival

📅 September 1– 11, 2016

City folks are invited to flock to the country town of Kyneton for an arts, crafts and flower festival full of traditional charm. There’s the Festival of One Act Plays, the Wine and Food Festival, the Spring Flower Show, the Daffodil Old Time Ball, the Daffodil Art Prize and of course the Grand Parade.

📍Kyneton VIC

CONCERT | Tribute Mania

📅September 3, 2016

See five of Australia’s best tribute bands recreate your favourite hits at the Palais Theatre this September in Tribute Mania. Björn Again will turn you into a Dancing Queen and The Beatnix will have you reliving Beatlemania while Elton Jack and Queen: The Australian Tribute Show promise to take the house down with classic stadium anthems. The Spicy Girls will Spice Up Your Life. Just say you’ll be there, and never give up on the good times.

📍Palais Theatre Lower Esplanade, St Kilda, VIC

FESTIVAL | Madman Anime Festival

📅September 3 – 4, 2016

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will transform into a forum of Japanese culture as the Madman Amine Festival takes over with special guests, cosplay stars, panel events, a voice workshop with Yuko Miyamura and the 2016 Bushiroad World Championships.

📍Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf, VIC

FOOD | Dandee Donut Eating Competition

📅September 4, 2016

This September take your love for jam donuts up a level or three in the Dandee Donut Eating Competition. Participants are invited to devour as many delicious donuts a possible within two minutes and after five rounds the top five contestants will compete for a voucher and ultimate bragging rights.

📍Market Square, Dandenong Market, Corner Clow and Cleeland Streets, Dandenong, VIC

FESTIVAL | Tesselaar Tulip Festival

📅September 8 – October 4, 2016

The 63rd annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival will unveil almost a million tulips across 120 varieties in a kaleidoscope of colours, set within the picturesque Dandenong Ranges. There will also be live music, market stalls and snacks on offer.

📍The Tulip Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan, VIC


DANCE | Nijinsky: Inside The Mind of a Ballet Legend

📅September 7 – 17, 2016

John Neumeier, one of the world’s most distinguished choreographers, will tell the story of Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky who leapt into history books as one of the 20th century’s greatest dancers in Nijinsky: Inside The Mind of a Ballet Legend.

📍The State Theatre 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC

THEATRE | Imagined Touch: The Deafblind Live Art Experience

📅 September 7 – October 11, 2016

Deafblind artists Heather Lawson and Michelle Stevens are inviting Melbourne residents to surrender their sight and sound for a truly immersive performance art experience which will leave you with a newfound respect for those with restricted communications abilities.

📍Arts House Town Hall 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne VIC

THEATRE | The Leah Goldberg Variations

📅September 8 – 10, 2016

For three nights only performance-maker Deborah Leiser-Moore and musician Adi Sappir will join artistic forces in The Leah Goldberg Variations, celebrating the life and work of revolutionary Hebrew poet Leah Goldberg through the wonder of the spoken word, movement, film and music.

📍The Butterfly Club Carson Place, off Little Collins Street, VIC

FESTIVAL | AstroLight Festival

📅September 10, 2016

Scienceworks is hosting a special event focusing on light and astronomy with hands-on optic experiences, illuminating art installations and workshops. Meet former NASA astronaut Marsha Ivins, stargaze with experts and build your own LED wearable creation.

📍Scienceworks 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, VIC

CHARITY | Bully Zero Charity Ball 2016

📅September 10, 2016

The Bully Zero Australia Foundation recognises that not all heroes wear a cape and to honour the ordinary individuals who stand against bullies they are once again hosting the annual Bully Zero Charity Ball with special guests Anthony Callea and Johnny Ruffo.

📍shed 14 docklands

FESTIVAL | Sofitel Girls Day Out

📅September 10, 2016

Kicking off the Melbourne Cup Carnival is the Sofitel Girls Day Out at Flemington Race Course featuring four group races including the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes. Gather the girls for a day of frocks and fascinators and enjoy the fashionable Paris Lane precinct.

📍Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Rd, Flemington, VIC

CONCERT | The Victorian State Schools Spectacular 2016

📅September 10, 2016

Over 3,000 young performers including a troop of 1,200 dancers, a chorus of 1,300 voices, 22 roller skaters, 10 puppeteers and even a magician will join forces for the non-competitive annual performance of The Victorian State Schools Spectacular. Showcasing the talents of Victorian state school students the show will include songs from Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars and Hans Zimmer.

📍Hisense Arena


COMEDY | Margaret Cho – The Psycho Tour

📅September 12, 2016

Margaret Cho will dish up her typically transgressive humor in a new stand-up show The Psycho Tour. There is no “I” in team but there is a “CHO” is psycho! Hear her tackle everything from singlehood to Bruce Jenner empowering alterations in a night of side-splitting humour.

📍Athenaeum Theatre 188 Collins St, Melbourne VIC

FESTIVAL | Melbourne Fringe Festival

📅September 15 – October 2, 2016

Providing an all-inclusive platform for self-expression, the Melbourne Fringe Festival embraces diversity across various artistic and performance mediums. This year’s event will see thousands of artists in hundreds of events catering to both metro and regional audiences.

📍Various locations

FESTIVAL | Royal Melbourne Show

📅September 17 – 27 September, 2016

Celebrating its 168th birthday The Royal Melbourne Show is back with 11 days of agricultural amusement, showbags, thrill rides, blue ribbon competitions, pop up restaurants, pavilions and more and with crowds expecting to reach half a million it’s best to catch an early train to the showgrounds.

📍Melbourne Showgrounds Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale VIC


MARKET | The Pirate Tavern and Market

📅September 19, 2016

Pirates ye be welcome to celebrate the international Talk Like A Pirate Day at The Pirate Tavern and Market. Dress up like a scallywag, browse and shop through a treasure trove of loot and drink up me hearties yo ho.

📍The Bull and Bear Tavern 347 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC

FESTIVAL | Mildura Country Music Festival

📅September 23 – October 2, 2016

Put on your boots and stomp on over to Australia’s largest independent country music event the Mildura Country Music Festival. Over 80 artists will perform over ten days, across 26 venues and the event will coincide with the 20th Southern Stars— The Australian Independent Country Music Awards.

📍Various locations

FESTIVAL | September Latin Festival

📅September 24 – 25, 2016

Through exotic rhythms and beats the Latin American community will celebrate their culture by embracing the core values of respect, equality and diversity at the September Latin Festival. The vibrant festival will also include traditional food and family-friendly entertainment.

📍Sandown Racecourse 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale VIC

FESTIVAL | Listen Out 2016

📅September 24, 2016

Fuzzy, the organisers behind Harbourlife and Parklife, are bringing back the Listen Out festival this September and it’s set to be twice as loud as last year with an impressive lineup including RÜFÜS, A$AP FERG and Travis Scott.

📍Catari Gardens, VIC

CONVERSATION | Louis Theroux Live On Stage

📅September 25, 2016

Get ready for an evening of controversial revelations with BBC filmmaker Louis Theroux as he speaks with Julia Zemiro. Theroux will reveal previously unseen footage while explaining his personal processes and the emotional impact the Weird Weekends investigations have had on him.

📍Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC


FESTIVAL | Great Southern Beer & Cider Festival

📅September 30, 2016

Beer enthusiasts and families are invited to celebrate the AFL Grand Final public holiday at the picturesque Yarra Glen Racecourse for the first ever Great Southern Beer & Cider Festival. Sport your favourite footy colours, taste a variety of craft beers and ciders and take in the sounds of local band The Three Kings as the sun sets.

📍Yarra Glen Racecourse, Armstrong Grove, Yarra Glen VIC

CONCERT | Voices in the Wilderness

📅September 27, 2016

Distinguished violist and conductor of Sydney Symphony Orchestra Roger Benedict joins pianist Timothy Young for a recital of their Melba performance Voices in the Wilderness at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The pair will also perform two pieces by Brahms.

📍Melbourne Recital Centre 31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC