Festivities, Holidays and Traditions in Melbourne
Royal Melbourne ShowA very traditional festival, since 1900. It is an agricultural show happening at Melbourne Showgrounds usually in September, full of awards, amusement rides and sideshow alley, also with the very unique Showbags.
Boxing Day TestAlso a quite old tradition (1950) it consists basically of a cricket Test match, it takes place on the Boxing Day, the 26th of December and the competition takes place at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Melbourne Fringe FestivalBasically the celebration of the cultural democracy and art for everyone, a multi-art form festival in Australia, a real expression for the artistic (usually in September). In this occasion you can find the weirdest and most unique exhibitions and performances.
MidsummaDuring January and February in Melbourne you can also find the Midsumma Festival, an annual celebration of queer, intersex, transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay culture. It is one of the top 5 gay festivals in the world.
Melbourn Underground Film FestivalThis interesting festival was born out of the disagreements over the content showed at the Melbourne International Film Festival, so a kind of reaction and rejection to it was creating this alternative. It takes place in October-November at various spots in the city.