Victoria’s festival of summer

Victoria will play host to a number of festivals and events this summer, so read our preview to find out what’s on offer.

Sport

Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs India

26 December 2018

Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs India. Spectators in colourful shirts watching the gameThe annual Boxing Day Test is one of the biggest dates on the Australian Test Cricket calendar. This year Australia takes on the world’s number-one ranked team, India, in what is set to be a blockbuster match from 26 December.

For more information visit the Cricket Australia website.

Indian Summer Festival

23 & 26-27 December 2018

Indian Summer Festival - Free 3 day festivalThe Indian Summer Festival takes place outside the gates of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Built upon five shared cultural pillars that unite modern India and modern Melbourne - food, music, art, film and you guessed it, cricket - this free event is open to anyone who wants to experience modern Indian culture.

Australian Open

13-26 January 2019

Australian openThe Australian Open (AO) celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is set to be the biggest yet as the world’s best players compete for a total prize pool of $60.5 million. Not all the action is on the court, with the surrounding precinct also hosting entertainment. There will be 15 days of live music, with performances scheduled from Angus and Julia Stone, Craig David, Birds of Tokyo and You Am I – among many more.

For more information visit the Australian Open website.

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

24-27 January 2019

cyclist at the finish lineSince the first race in 2015, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race has grown to become one of Australia’s premier summer cycling events. The action takes place in one of the most-visited coastal locations in Victoria and occurs over the Australia Day long-weekend.

Details available from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race website.

Six Day Cycling

7-9 February 2019

Cycling at the stadiumThe international Six Day Cycling event – part competition, part music-thumping party – is heading to Australia for the first time. Hot on the footsteps of London, Berlin and Copenhagen, Melbourne Arena will host the fast and furious race series which will include a spectacular light show and sounds supplied by a world-class DJ line-up.

Tickets available from the Melbourne Arena website.

Festival of Sails

26-28 January 2019

Sailing boat in the bayThe annual Festival of Sails, the largest keelboat regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, will be held in Geelong at the end of January. As well as all the sailing action on the water, there will be plenty of family-friendly entertainment on shore with live music, kids’ activities, workshops, food trucks and markets, with the much-anticipated Australia Day Fireworks display capping off a jam-packed weekend.

More information available from the Festival of Sails website.

Music

Grampians Music Festival

15-17 February 2019

Grampians Music Festival - Big Mountains Huge SoundsLocated within the beautiful Grampians National Park, this festival will feature 20 up-and-coming Australian artists across a range of genres. Festival-goers will also get a taste of regional Victoria with the best of local wine, craft beer and artisan produce on offer throughout the weekend.

See the Grampians Music Festival website for the line-up.

Riverboats Music Festival

15-17 February 2019

Grampians Music Festival - Big Mountains Huge SoundsHeld on the same weekend as the much-loved Grampians Music Festival, the Riverboats Music Festival is returning to the banks of the Murray River for its fifth year. 2.5-hours away from Melbourne, it will be worth the drive to see The Waifs, Tex Perkins, Augie March, Mark Seymour and The Undertow, Jen Cloher, Don Walker and many more top Australian acts. While there, be sure to take a cruise on the historic paddle steamer, join in the annual Riverboats breakfast and explore the historic streetscapes of twin towns, Echuca-Moama.

Visit the Riverboats Music Festival website for more information.

Photo credits: Visit Melbourne