Submitted by: Bruno Torres

A Guide to What’s On at Melbourne’s Best Venues

shutterstock_164022383With so many great venues and sites in Melbourne, the city is always a hub of activity. Be it watching a footy game, learning about the latest technologies, or dancing the night away to live music, there is always fun to be had in this very vibrant city.
Here’s a quick look at some of the events happening at Melbourne’s premier venues this spring:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has been recognised as Australasia’s Leading Meetings and Conference Centre two years in a row, and offers a range of incredible spaces, leading technology, awesome food, iconic architecture, and skillful staff.

Owned by the Victorian State Government, MCEC’s core purpose is to connect the community via incredible experiences, and to support non-for-profits and other charity events. As well as the Starlight Foundation 5 Chefs Dinner, the Variety Children’s Christmas Party and Lord Mayor’s Christmas in July, a number of event organisers choose the MCEC as their premier location.

What’s on at the MCEC

15-18 September, Fine Food 2014
fine-foodOver four big days, Fine Food Australia welcomes guests to view more than 1,000 exhibitors, from retail and  hospitality professionals to the latest products and innovations. Offering demonstrations, master classes, and a range of fantastic competitions, if you love
15-16 October, All-Energy Australia Conference & Exhibition 2014
Australia’s Sustainability in Business Conference and Exhibition
Inter-Water Australia 2014
Waste Expo 2014
If sustainability, renewable energy and reduction in waste and water is high on your radar, the 15th and 16th of October should be locked in dates on your diary. For the sixth year, All-Energy Australia is hosting a free-to-delegate, business-to-business, multi-stream conference and networking forum. This event showcases everything you need to know about the latest renewable energy technology and effects.
For business professionals looking to integrate sustainable practices and improve social awareness, Australia’s Sustainability in Business Conference and Exhibition is to be held alongside the All-Energy Conference. Now in its third year, the conference explores what it means to invest in natural capital, stakeholder engagement in practice, the link between sustainability and business goals and more.
On top of this, the MCEC will also play host to the Inter-Water Australia conference and exhibition, as well as the Waste Expo 2014. Designed for industry, government, mining and agriculture, Inter-Water Australia will focus on water quality, monitoring, and efficiency. Highlights will include a look into urban planning, and the use of ultrasound to control algae growth in water.
The Waste Expo gives great insight into the latest technologies, services and solutions in waste management, and is the perfect place to discuss how reducing your waste can improve efficiency and costs for businesses using initiative.
Each of these events is free to attend, and timetables are available on the MCEC website.
17-19 October,Grand Designs Live
5Whether you are a builder, renovator or simply a lover of interiors and decor, you will love Grand Designs Live. Meet inspirational interior designers, shop at more than 200 stalls, and learn all about the latest design trends. General admission costs $29.50.

Melbourne Showgrounds

The Melbourne Showgrounds is conveniently located just 7km out of the CBD, and is managed by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, a non-for-profit organisation that’s dedicated to supporting Victorian agriculture.

What’s On at the Melbourne Showgrounds

20th September-1st October, Royal Melbourne Show
Fun for all the family, the Royal Melbourne Show offers so much to do you won’t know where to start. Kids can enjoy an animal nursery, cattle and alpacas, thrill-seeking rides and of course the showbags. Other attractions for adults include gourmet food demonstrations and displays, live music, woodchopping, and sheep shearing.
18-19 October, Armageddon Expo 2014
Combining comics, sci-fi, fantasy, cartoon, TV and movie stars, the Armageddon Expo is the ultimate expo for dedicated fans. Four non-stop event stages showcase celebrity panels, contests and screenings, and guests will also find amusement rides, collectable and entertainment stores, and comic dealers. General admission is $25 for adults, and $12 for children over 5.

Royal Exhibition Building 

One of the oldest remaining exhibition pavilions, The Royal Exhibition Building is World Heritage listed and architecturally magnificent. The Great Hall makes for a spectacular backdrop for trade shows and other community events.

What’s On at the Royal Exhibition Building

27-28 September, Animaga Expo
The Animaga Expo brings world-class anime and manga, the hottest games, and latest Japanese fashion and pop culture to Melbourne’s most iconic convention centre. Activities include cosplay competition, karaoke, video gaming, drawing tuition, concerts and more. General admission is $25 for an adult.
24-26 October, Motorclassica
If you’re a fan of prestigious international cars, the Motorclassica exhibition showcases more than $100 million worth of rare, desirable, and collectable classic cars and motorcycles. This year celebrates 100 years of Maserati and 50 years of Mustang. General admission is $30 for an adult.

Melbourne Park Function Centre

One of the best things about Melbourne’s first class Function Centre is the large open-air balcony that provides spectacular views of the Melbourne skyline. The centre offers flexible facilities, meaning many hosts choose it as their favourite venue for events, such as gala balls, cocktail parties and trade shows.

What’s On at Melbourne Park Function Centre

4th October, Utopia Women’s Wellness
6A one-day event, Utopia Women’s Wellness showcases information, products and services that can help steer women towards a healthier life. Hear from industry leaders and health professionals, or join one of the fun fitness challenges.

Federation Square

Federation Square is a non-stop party-zone, and there is always excitement in the air no matter the event. Regular events include morning Tai Chi, hobby and craft exercises, multicultural festivals and school holiday fun.

What’s On at Federation Square

22-27 September, Toyota AFL Grand Final Week
Be in the heart of footy fever when fans take over Federation Square to enjoy a jam-packed program of activities, music, performances and live broadcasts. If you can’t make it to the AFL Grand Final itself, this is the next best thing.
28th September, Vietnamese Children’s Lantern Festival
Celebrate the full moon in style with dancing, singing, storytelling, lantern workshops and a spectacular lantern display to top it off. The Lantern Festival coincides with the Mid-Autumn Festival, a popular East Asian celebration dating back 3,000 years. A beautiful way to see the moon rise.

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