Feline fanciers throughout Victoria are gearing up for the most purr-fect weekend! Curious? Well, the cat’s out of the bag!

Following the roaring success of the 2022 show, Australia’s most beloved event for cat enthusiasts makes it’s long awaited return to the Melbourne, taking over the Melbourne Showgrounds.

It runs on October 26 and 27 and will be heaven for cat lovers of all ages with an array of feline-inspired entertainment, education and inspiration! And in even more paw-some news the Melbourne Dog Lovers Festival will be running alongside on the same day, and you will receive FREE entry with your Melbourne Cat Lovers Festival ticket.

Here’s what to expect  when you enter the Festival;

  • Meet and mingle with 200+ exquisite, rare, and popular felines in the Pat-A-Cat zone and Breed Showcase, then expand your kitty-knowledge with information-packed talks on the Breed Info Stage.
  • Leading cat associations and expert breeders will be on-paw throughout the event to answer all your questions about behaviour, training, solving common cat conundrums and feline health, as well as providing personality and medical insights you may not know about the breeds represented at the event.
  • Discover everything you need to know to be the ultimate cat parent with talks from some of the world’s finest feline experts on the WHISKAS® Stage including top-notch vets, trainers and cat behaviour experts!
  • A massive expo as it showcases litters of the latest and greatest cat products and services to spoil your kitty. Including lots of new product launches you won’t find in supermarket aisles, Festival specials to save you money, free samples and new cat start-up businesses. From beds to enclosures, litter to food, doors to accessories, cat-tech to scratching posts, and everything in between, you can shop ‘til you drop at the Festival with pass-outs allowed so you can stock up the car and return!
  • The WHISKAS® Adoption Zone will provide all the information you need on providing a loving home to a cat in need with many leading rescue groups taking part. You can also meet cats ready for adoption now and kick-start the adoption process at the event.
  • Dozens of fantastic tabbies will be competing in a real live Championship Cat Show at the event where you can cheer on your favourite breeds and see who wins Best in Show! Keep the kids entertained with free Feline Face Painting then capture your memorable day in front of our I LOVE CATS sign.
  • Treat yourself to delights from Melbourne’s finest food trucks and don’t miss the adults-only Paws & Prosecco Bar. Enter the Major Door Prize!

Click here to secure your 2024 tickets now—they’re expected to sell out even faster than in 2022!

Final speaker line-up, talk topics and final attractions to be announced soon, revealing all the Breeders, Exhibitors and Sponsors taking part.

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For essential details on getting to and attending the Festival, check out our FAQs section on the website here.

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Remember, no BYO cats allowed – find out why here.


Saturday 26 October: 9:30am – 5pm
Sunday 27 October: 9:30am – 5pm


Melbourne Showgrounds,
Epsom Rd, Ascot Vale

Paws Sincerely,

Jason Humphris

Cat Lovers Festival Creator

Please note: It’s a fact that most cats don’t like being in big noisy places for long. Those that do are a rare breed! That said, you will find a healthy cast of beautiful cats at the Show, just not hundreds and hundreds – unlike the 800-strong throng at our Dog Lovers Festival! We always put cat welfare first so your understanding here is much appreciated, as is your assistance in taking direction from the cat handlers at the Show. Thanks in advance and we can’t wait to welcome you to the Festival!