What's On in Melbourne

Your local guide to all things sport, culture, music and more! 

Melbourne International Film Festival


The Melbourne International Film Festival is an annual film festival held over three weeks in Melbourne. It was founded in 1952 and is one of the oldest film festivals in the world, alongside Cannes and Berlin.

Presenting a curated global program of innovative screen experiences and the world’s largest showcase of exceptional Australian filmmaking, MIFF is an accessible, iconic cultural event that provides transformative experiences for audiences and filmmakers alike.

Check out the program for 2017 here.

Winter Night Market - Queen Victoria Market

30August Every Wednesday 5pm - 10pm until 30th August 2017

Some of Melbourne’s hottest foodies, artisans and performers will once again cosy up under the historic sheds of Queen Vic Market for what is now a mid-week winter ritual. Visitors to the Night Market will be welcomed with crackling fires, mulled wine and a revolving line-up of roving entertainers and live music while they explore their way through a global feast of street vendors and some of Melbourne’s best designer and artisan stalls.

ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments is located only a short walking distance to the Queen Victoria Market and the night markets are a must see!

For more information visit their website.

AFL Season


Whether your team is pushing to finish top 4, or hotly contesting the wooden spoon… Make sure you have your AFL accommodation in Melbourne sorted for the weekend. 

ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments has your footy weekend accommodation ready and waiting! Conveniently located near Queen Victoria Market, ibis Melbourne makes getting to Etihad and the MCG a breeze.

Don't miss out on all the action of the AFL Grand Final 2017 on Saturday 30 September 2017. Book your accommodation now.

The National Geographic Photo Ark


This winter in an Australian-first, The National Geographic Photo Ark is coming to Melbourne Zoo. This exclusive photo exhibition is using the power of photography to inspire people to save animals before it’s too late.

For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Species are disappearing at an alarming rate. The National Geographic Photo Ark is pursuing the ambitious goal of photographing every species in the world's zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, to inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation projects.

This multi-year effort with National Geographic Fellow and photographer Joel Sartore will create intimate portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Once completed, the National Geographic Photo Ark will serve as an important record of these animals’ existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.

Joel Sartore has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity and the exhibition features images taken at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. To date, he has completed intimate portraits of more than 6,000 species. Opening in July, Melbourne Zoo will host a curated photographic exhibition showcasing these incredible portraits of animals on the brink.

The photo exhibition will be open from 1 July - 1 October and is included with general admission to Melbourne Zoo.

Find out more information and buy tickets online, here.

Book of Mormon


The Mormons are here!

The much acclaimed musical from the creators of South Park has arrived, and is NOW PLAYING at Princess Theatre Melbourne. Experience the entertainment and laughs that The Book of Mormon has to offer, right here in Melbourne.

Easy to get to from ibis Melbourne Hotel & Apartments, make a night of it and book your Melbourne theatre accommodation today!

Now showing until 15th October 2017. For more information, and Book of Mormon ticket purchase click here.



From the producers of The Lion King and Mary Poppins, another Disney classic has hit Melbourne in 2017!

This childhood favourite is playing at Her Majesty's Theatre from April, 2017.

Get your tickets here.

Our tip: Why not stop for a quick bite at ibis Kitchen on your way to the show? With a new food and drinks menu, there is sure to be something to take your tastebuds on a magic carpet ride!

Spring Racing Carnival


October and November are a lively time of year in Melbourne when the Spring Racing Carnival is in full swing!

The first main race of the season is the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival on Saturday 21 October 2017.

In November, the Melbourne Cup Carnival brings a full 8 days of action in Flemington, with the race that stops the nation right in the middle. Here are the key dates that you must not miss:

Saturday 4 November 2017: AAMI Victoria Derby Day

Tuesday 7 November 2017: Emirates Melbourne Cup Day

Thursday 9 November 2017: VRC Oaks Day

Saturday 11 November 2017: Emirates Stakes Day