Another five free festivals

Taste, hear, see, touch and be amazed by Melbourne’s many cultures from across the globe at these March celebrations.

Foodie Trails Indian Festival Melbourne

If you like eating – and who doesn’t? – a March must is the Foodie Trails Indian Festival Melbourne. This big weekend is more than curry, chapati, raita and rice though. Discover Indian crafts and get a henna makeover when Queen Victoria Market is transformed into one of Delhi’s oldest, busiest markets. Much of the colour and wonder is free, including entertainment, cooking demonstrations, yoga classes and Bollywood dancing lessons.

An indian feast with curries, naan and rice on a table

Foodie Trails Indian Festival

Cultural Diversity Week

Coinciding with the United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Cultural Diversity Week is a statewide celebration on 17-25 March. From community events to standalone festivals, the program showcases Victoria’s diverse communities.

Highlights in Melbourne include Around the World in 80 Minutes, which reveals a world of food, gardening, music and arts. Grab an event passport at Kensington Neighbourhood House and join in the free activities, each representing a different community. Come meet the neighbours at the Carlton Harmony Day Festival. This inner-city suburb’s long tradition of cultural diversity is revealed through performances, international cuisines and kids activities.

The Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome 2018 is the City of Melbourne’s way of saying hello to new international students. Be there for live music, performances, games, information stalls, competitions, a barbecue and more. Hindi Storytime at Library at The Dock is a great bilingual experience for little kids. Stories, songs, rhymes and craft activities are presented in both English and Hindi. North Melbourne Library’s Traditional Dress of the World display is a gorgeous visual representation of the city’s many cultures. Come along and design your own head wrap!

Women dancing in long costumes

Traditional dresses of the world

One Beat One Love

After launching with great success last year, One Beat One Love is back at the Immigration Museum. A celebration of African cultures cooked up in Melbourne’s multicultural melting pot, this festival has it all. Enjoy music, dance, stories, conversations, art, film, fashion and food from across a continent of 54 countries.

Five African women posing for the camera and smiling

One Beat one Love

Victoria’s Multicultural Festival

A highlight of Cultural Diversity Week, Victoria’s Multicultural Festival 2018 offers a smorgasbord experiences across one big afternoon at Federation Square. Taste a world of food at Culture Bites on River Terrace. Discover wondrous arts, crafts and activities in the Arts Precinct. Feel global good vibes from the musicians and dancers on stage, as well as roving performers.

Two women wearing colourful costumes singing on stage

Victoria’s Multicultural Festival

15th Thai Culture & Food Festival

Melbourne loves Thailand so much that we need a whole weekend to embrace its sights, sounds and flavours. The 15th Thai Culture & Food Festival offers 16 food stalls, cooking demos, a beer garden, even Thai wine tasting. Family friendly cultural workshops include learning to write your name in Thai, and performances range from elegant dancing to Muay Thai boxing.