Mad March In The Yarra River Precinct

Home > Blog

March is the month of big events in the Yarra River Precinct, so plan ahead to get the most out of it!

The Australian Grand Prix is not held in the precinct, but you can certainly hear it, and Crown Promenade always comes alive with Grand prix related entertainment for the days leading up to it and during the race weekend. Enjoy the riverside entertainment and then jump on a Clarendon Street tram to take the 15 minute ride to Albert Park.

Since 1953, Moomba has been the peoples’ festival for Melbourne and 67 years later it still packs tens of thousands of people onto the riverbanks, in Alexandra Gardens and in Birrarung Marr for the three day event, 6-9 March.  The most traditional event is the Moomba Masters Waterskiing. The wackiest event is certainly the Birdman Rally, held on the waters edge at Birrarung Marr, and, while the Moomba Parade may not have the grand corporate floats of the past, it’s still a very colourful cavalcade of multi-cultural Melbourne.

Asia TOPA is the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts. In its second year iteration, Asia TOPA has returned to Arts Centre Melbourne to celebrate the creative imagination of artists and cultures in the Asia-Pacific region. It started in January, gathered momentum during February and will reach a crescendo during March. If you buy tickets to 3 or more eligible Asia TOPA shows in the same transaction you’ll receive 15% off all adult tickets.

Check out the program at

Another event returning to the precinct this year is Melbourne Design Week, headquartered at the NGV between 12 and 22 March and featuring more than 300 events (exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, talks and tours) which showcase the work of local and international design superstars during its 11 days. One highlight is the Melbourne Art Book Fair, held under the Leonard French Great Hall ceiling at the NGV from Friday, March 13 to Sunday, March 15. General entry is free, and tickets to selected workshops can be bought online on the NGV's website.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival starts late March and while the Yarra River Precinct can’t lay claim to the event, we do lay claim to having the famous Spiegeltent; surely the most iconic venue of the festival. Every evening and night for a few weeks, the beautiful outdoor venue is host to a variety of outrageous talent, including Paul McDermott, Peter Hellier and the Haus of Hans Disco Spektakular – a night of disco, dance and drama with the international award-winning comedy and cabaret star.

Something new on the March calendar is SEASONs in Blak Box, being staged in a specially constructed sound pavilion in the Royal Botanic Gardens. SEASONS is a listening experience in which the audience can experience music, spoken word and song from First Nations artists and curated by respected Aboriginal broadcaster and radio journalist Daniel Browning. It’s the first time Blak Box has been presented outside New South Wales.