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March Events

Events in Melbourne

March 2017

Highlight events:
2017 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix
Australian International Airshow 2017
2017 AFL Season

Grand Prix in Melbourne

March 23 to 26, 2017

Melbourne is home to the annual Australian grand prix and is once again the opening round for the Formula 1 season.

The excitement starts on Thursday March 23rd with support races and F1 engines will start revving for the first time for two practice sessions on the Friday. The final practice session will take place on Saturday afternoon but the real test starts at 5pm with qualifying. The race starts with lights out at 4pm on Sunday where 20 drivers in 10 teams have 58 laps to prove their greatness.

The first grand prix in Melbourne was held in 1996 after the location of the Australian grand prix moved from Adelaide. The event is always a highlight on the Melbourne sporting calendar for car racing lovers and novice attendees alike due to the range of thrilling events on and off the track.

In addition to Formula 1, across the weekend spectators can also view support races in the Porsche Carrera Cup and Supercars Challenge championships. Other fun on track events are the Ultimate Speed Comparison where they pit a Mercedes Benz AMG road car, Mercedes Benz AMG race car and a two-seater Formula 1 car against each other. The faster cars are given a time handicap and then let loose to chase each other down. Also, the Shannons Historic Demonstration takes place on each of the four days and sees a diverse collection of classic and historic race cars hit the Albert Park track.

The Australian grand prix is not just for those who are fans of Formula 1 or motorsport, there is a variety of off track entertainment. Visit M-Lane to enjoy a very Melbourne experience and recharge with a collection of food trucks, street art and live music. Make sure to check out the Industry and Innovation Precinct, Australian Defence Force Ground Display, and don’t forget to look up for the RAAF Aerial displays.

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Australian International Airshow 2017.

March 3 to 5, 2017

AIRSHOW 2017’s main theme is Air Power in Action. The event will focus on the might and power of modern military aviation, jet fighters, bombers and battlefield heavy lift aircraft from home and abroad. A spectacular flying display will feature the thrust and grunt of air force heavy metal and the roar of attack helicopters. Also taking part will be a gaggle of vintage warbirds and a number of world class aerobatic daredevils.

For more details about the Australian International Airshow 2017, click the links below:

AFL Season 2017

March 23 to September 30

Victoria is the spiritual home of AFL and Thursday 23 March marks the start of the first round of the AFL season for 2017. The first two games of the year, Carlton V Richmond and Collingwood V Western Bulldogs respectively, will both be played at the MCG and will see fans flock to the hallowed grounds in their team scarves. The AFL fixture for the year has been announced and teams are now striving to be the ones holding the cup at the end of the year. This year, the grand final is back to its traditional time-slot of the last weekend in September after the premiership decider ventured into October last year. Rounds 1 to 23 will be played across five months between March and August and then the finals series will kick off at the beginning of September.

Attending the AFL is an iconic Victorian tradition and getting along to at least one game this AFL season is something you should certainly aim to do if you are travelling to the city during the cooler months. Rug up in your teams’ colours, grab a meat pie with sauce and cheer your boys to glory.

March AFL Fixture:

  • 23 March – Carlton V Richmond – MCG
  • 24 March – Collingwood V Western Bulldogs – MCG
  • 25 March – St Kilda V Melbourne – Etihad Stadium
  • 25 March – Essendon V Hawthorn – MCG
  • 26 March – North Melbourne V West Coast Eagles – Etihad Stadium
  • 30 March – Richmond V Collingwood – MCG
  • 31 March – Western Bulldogs V Sydney Swans – Etihad Stadium

Click here for more information about the AFL fixture for the year and plan your AFL getaway now.

Other March Events

Justin Bieber Purpose World Tour
March 10

Justin is back for the first time since 2013 to tour his 2015 album Purpose. The album features three number one singles What Do You Mean?, Sorry and Love Yourself. For one night only in Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, experience JB in the tour that has already wowed fans in America, Canada, Japan and throughout Europe.

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2017 Arnold Classic Australian Multi-Sport Festival
March 17 to 19

For three days, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre welcomes sports and fitness fans. The event features live sports, workshop and activities as well as the opportunity to try new products.

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Adele Live 2017 
March 18 & 19

See the vocal powerhouse that is Adele live in concert at Etihad Stadium. In support of her third studio album 25, the tour has already thrilled audiences across the globe before landing on our shores.

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The Book of Mormon
January to June

Written by the creators of South Park, this comedic and irreverent musical continues it’s run throughout March at the Princess Theatre.

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