What's On: Melbourne in September

Here is what's on in Melbourne in September. This is the month Melbourne is warming up with a series of exciting events to the non-stop celebrations of the rest of the year. Here are the highlights.

It is springtime in Melbourne, which more so than other time of year means four seasons in one day: cold days, warm days, cold nights, sun, hail, wind, rain T-shirts, shorts and winter coats!

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week

The Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is an annual celebration of fashion at the Melbourne Townhall. You can admire the work of the best Australian fashion designers, labels, styles and retailers in runway shows, fashion parades, exhibitions and film screenings. You also get to take part in workshops, celebrations and plenty of parties, or mingle with the who-is-who of the Melbourne Fashionista.

Darebin Music Festival

The Darebin Music Festival is a community festival celebrating local and very talented community artists. There are lots of free and low priced performances in venues around Northcote and Darebin, great places to soak up the Melbourne community spirit. Check their website to find out what's on in the Darebin Festival in September.

The Classic Series

For younger kids, the Classic series of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is presenting Movement Makes Music in collaboration with The Australian Ballet Dance Education Ensemble. An opportunity to soak up great music making for up to 7 year olds and their families! You will need to book tickets with the MSO.

Juggling Convention

For something different, the Melbourne Juggling Convention, the largest juggling event in Australia, is in its 5th year in Melbourne. It attracts around a thousand participants from all over the world in performances, public and professional workshops, forums and games. The Juggling Convention is held in Collingwood.

Monsalvat Jazz Festival

In the tradition of cool jazz, in a range of many styles, this festival features some of the finest Australian jazz performers, creating a pleasant Sunday afternoon and evening in the picturesque artist colony of Monsalvat. Great place to relax: New Orleans tunes, contemporary music making, spontaneous Jazz, old school, new school, hip and classy beat and riff8, at Montsalvat in Eltham.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Held on a tulip farm in Silvan in the Dandenongs, just an hour from Melbourne with an unbelievable display of over half a million tulips, live entertainment, market stalls, a sculpture competition, jazz, food and wine, and kids activities. Tulip Festival

Melbourne Fringe Festival

The Melbourne Fringe Festival is an unconventional quirky Melbourne arts festival, a city-wide celebration of independent creativity and the thriving, vibrant and diverse Melbourne arts scene. to find out what's on during their Melbourne shows, check their blog and website.

There will be hundreds of shows with thousands of artists, presenting vibrant theatre and music, eccentric cabaret and comedy, avant-garde dance, visual and digital arts and circus performances. Around 90 percent of the work presented is from Melbourne, which makes the Melbourne Fringe Festival one of a kind.

The Royal Melbourne Show

A day of high-octane fun and action at the Melbourne Show is not cheap and not for everyone. But without doubt the kids love it: horses, alpacas, cattle, dogs, goats, sheep, poultry, sheep-shearing, milking, blacksmiths, the Wood-chop, arts and crafts, food and wine, and RIDES, Grand Arena entertainment and live stage shows, games, competitions and displays. It is bringing, if you are not exhausted yet, the country extravaganza to the Melbourne Showground.

The Melbourne International Festival of Brass

The Melbourne International Festival of Brass: A week of Jazz, trumpets, tubas, trombones, horns and more. This festival aims to inspire and renew explorations into Brass music making. The Festival of Brass is in its 9th year and brings a high caliber of local and international artists with a unique range of instruments, styles, educational programs and concerts to Melbourne.

The AFL Footy Finals and the legendary Grand Final

The Australian Football League finals are upon us during September, with the first eight teams having emerged out of the 24 rounds of footy games, competing for a place in and the cup of the grand final.

The Grand Final is held on October 1st at the MCG and amounts to something like a public holiday in Melbourne, eg. The streets will be empty that Saturday afternoon with people gathered all in all sorts of places all over town to watch THE game. It is preceded by the lunchtime AFL parade on the Friday before the game.

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