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Major Melbourne events
Major events take centre stage in Melbourne throughout the year, from the Australian Open in January to the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.​​​​
Image of Melbourne Music Week
Thu 14 Nov 2019 to Sat 23 Nov 2019
Join 10 days of music featuring over 300 acts in over 70 events throughout the city.
Image of Night Noodle Markets
Thu 07 Nov 2019 to Sun 24 Nov 2019
The Night Noodle Markets return to Birrarung Marr, serving up Asian-inspired savoury eats and sweet treats.
Image of MPavilion
Thu 14 Nov 2019 to Sun 22 Mar 2020
MPavilion 2019, deigned by Glenn Murcutt AO, reopens in November for its sixth annual season.
Image of Christmas in Melbourne
Celebrate Christmas in Melbourne with stunning projections, christmas carols, festive markets and a visit from Santa.
Image of Christmas Projections
Fri 29 Nov 2019 to Wed 25 Dec 2019
Melbourne comes alive with glittering light projections again this Christmas, over three locations in the city.
Image of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fri 09 Aug 2019 to Sat 30 Nov 2019
Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film.
Image of Myer Christmas Windows
Sun 10 Nov 2019 to Sun 05 Jan 2020
One of Melbourne's most anticipated Christmas traditions, Myer Christmas Windows, has finally launched, revealing May Gibbs' The Gum Nut Babies theme.
Image of Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines
Sun 01 Dec 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
In this world premiere exhibition, explore the work of two of the most significant and influential artists of the late 20th century.
Image of Midsumma Festival
Sun 19 Jan 2020 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier three-week LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Image of Summer Night Market
Wed 20 Nov 2019 to Wed 11 Mar 2020
Melbourne’s original and favourite night market returns to Queen Vic Market for its biggest summer yet.
Image of Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks
Fri 24 May 2019 to Sun 05 Apr 2020
Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks is a suite of exhibitions and experiences exploring the art of tattoo.
Image of Come From Away
Wed 03 Jul 2019 to Sun 22 Dec 2019
Don't miss this new Broadway musical that tells the true 9/11 story of thousands of stranded passengers and the Newfoundland town that welcomed them.
Image of New Year's Eve
See the city skyline and spectacular fireworks show on New year's Eve from greater Melbourne or a designated live site in the central city.
Image of ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final
Sun 15 Nov 2020, all day
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will feature premium matches in Melbourne that includes hosts Australia taking on New Zealand on a Friday night.
Image of Moonlight Cinema
Thu 28 Nov 2019 to Sun 29 Mar 2020
Picturesque parklands, sparkling summer starlight and fantastic food – gather your loved ones and treat yourself to a night of cinematic splendour.
Image of Flinders Quarter – Festival of Independents Christmas
Fri 29 Nov 2019 to Fri 13 Dec 2019
Experience, celebrate and support local this Christmas at the Flinders Quarter Festival of Independents.
Image of Gingerbread Village
Sat 30 Nov 2019 to Tue 24 Dec 2019
A whole gingerbread village to view - just in time for Christmas.
Image of Opera in the Bowl
Sat 30 Nov 2019, 8pm – till late
Mazda Opera in the Bowl is a free, family friendly evening of some of opera's best known arias performed by some of Australia's best singers.
Image of Melbourne Cat Lovers Show
Sat 30 Nov 2019 to Sun 01 Dec 2019
Join the greatest feline-focused-festival in Australia to celebrate everything that’s cool about cats!
Image of MindBodySpirit Festival
Fri 22 Nov 2019 to Sun 24 Nov 2019
Visit the MindBodySpirit Festival, Australia's largest health and well-being event – it's free to attend and full of inspiring exhibitors.
Image of Boho Luxe Market
Sun 01 Dec 2019, 10am – 4pm
Just in time for all your Christmas shopping! Shop exclusive Boho Luxe brands not readily available at other markets!
Image of The Big Design Market
Fri 06 Dec 2019 to Sun 08 Dec 2019
The Big Design Market brings together the best of independent Australian and international design for three huge days of Christmas shopping.
Image of Australian DanceSport Championship
Fri 06 Dec 2019 to Sun 08 Dec 2019
Come along to Australia's ultimate competitive DanceSport event, the Interflora Australian DanceSport Championship.
Image of Chicago
Sat 14 Dec 2019 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
A universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, Chicago has one show-stopping song after another and the slickest dancing in town.
Image of African Music and Cultural Festival
Sat 14 Dec 2019, 10am – 10pm
Transport yourself to Africa at the African Music and Cultural Festival this summer!
Image of Making Gravy
Thu 12 Dec 2019, 6pm – till late
Paul Kelly's Making Gravy returns for another festive season with a world-class lineup joining the iconic singer.
Image of Home Alone in Concert
Fri 13 Dec 2019 to Sat 14 Dec 2019
Experience one of the most beloved Christmas films of all time, live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra!
Image of Handel's Messiah
Sun 08 Dec 2019, 5pm – 8pm
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic proudly presents Handel's Messiah conducted by Andrew Wailes
Image of Hamlet - The Australian Shakespeare Company
Fri 20 Dec 2019 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
The Australian Shakespeare Company's 'Under the Stars' program presents Hamlet, arguably the greatest tragedy in English theatre.
Image of The Wind in the Willows
Tue 24 Dec 2019 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Kenneth Grahame’s timeless classic comes to life with music, songs and laughter for the whole family at the iconic Royal Botanic Gardens.
Image of Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs New Zealand
Thu 26 Dec 2019 to Mon 30 Dec 2019
The iconic Domain Boxing Day Test is full of great experiences, and watching the match is just one of them!
Image of Legends in Concert
Thu 09 Jan 2020 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Come to an evening of tributes to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Village People, Dusty Springfield, Diana Ross and Lady Gaga.
Image of Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
Fri 20 Sep 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
Explore a comprehensive survey of 25 years of the oeuvre of the New York artist known as Kaws, full of humour, hope and humanity.
Image of War Horse
Fri 10 Jan 2020 to Sun 02 Feb 2020
War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event from the National Theatre of Great Britain, is returning to Melbourne in February 2020.
Image of Cirque Stratosphere
Fri 03 Jan 2020 to Sat 11 Jan 2020
This summer’s smash hit spectacular, Cirque Stratosphere, will turn Hamer Hall into a space age utopia for 8 days only in January.
Image of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Wed 16 Jan 2019 to Sun 31 May 2020
Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two.
Image of Opera for the People
Sat 01 Feb 2020, 8pm – till late
Opera for the People is a free performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Image of Zoo Twilights
Fri 24 Jan 2020 to Sat 07 Mar 2020
Zoo Twilights invites concert-goers to pick a spot under the stars on Melbourne Zoo's lawns for an unforgettable night of music.
Image of NGV Kids Summer Festival
Sat 11 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Get creative this January at the annual NGV Kids Summer Festival.
Image of Chinatown's Chinese New Year Festival 
Sun 02 Feb 2020, 10am – 9pm
Chinatown's Chinese New Year Festival is a celebration of Chinese culture, culminating in the famous Dai Loong Big Dragon Parade.
Image of Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
Fri 10 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Over two big weekends enjoy all the offerings from the Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival - a highlight of Melbourne's summer event calendar.
Image of Midsumma Carnival
Sun 19 Jan 2020, 11am – 10pm
Kick-starting the 22-day Midsumma Festival, the Midsumma Carnival features an array of artists and performers, things to do, eat, see and experience.
Image of Pause Fest
Wed 05 Feb 2020 to Fri 07 Feb 2020
Pause Fest is designed for progress – everyone eager to develop, network, grow their businesses and explore innovative ways of thinking and doing.
Image of MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts
Wed 05 Feb 2020 to Fri 14 Feb 2020
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's beloved summer tradition returns in 2020!
Image of Moomba Festival
Fri 06 Mar 2020 to Mon 09 Mar 2020
Moomba Festival is back in full swing, with a chock-a-block program of free events for the entire family.
Image of Billy Elliot the Musical
Thu 20 Feb 2020 to Sat 30 May 2020
Be inspired. Be electrified. Billy Elliot the Musical is coming to Melbourne's Regent Theatre!
Image of Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
Sat 29 Feb 2020 to Sun 01 Mar 2020
Come along to the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival for a weekend of Greek food, fun and festivities!
Image of ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final
Sun 08 Mar 2020, all day
Head to the MCG on International Women's Day, when Melbourne will see a series of blockbuster matches for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in 2020.
Image of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Wed 04 Mar 2020 to Sat 14 Mar 2020
Experience Australia's largest fashion event - an annual celebration of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.
Image of Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Thu 12 Mar 2020 to Sun 26 Apr 2020
Cirque du Soleil's brand new show, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is set to tour Melbourne from March 2020 under the new grey and white Big Top.
Image of Melbourne Home Show
Thu 16 Apr 2020 to Sun 19 Apr 2020
See, try and buy all the latest products and services for your next home renovation or build.
Image of Senior Moments 2
Wed 18 Mar 2020 to Sat 21 Mar 2020
Senior Moments 2, another seriously funny comedy revue with sketches, songs and fun from performers old enough to know better!
Image of Melbourne Knowledge Week
Mon 11 May 2020 to Sun 17 May 2020
Discover bold ideas, inspiring creativity and smart technologies in a week of future-focused events for curious minds of all ages.
Image of Australian Music Vault
Tue 19 Dec 2017 to Thu 31 Dec 2020
The Australian Music Vault is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story.
Image of DragExpo
Fri 07 Aug 2020 to Sun 09 Aug 2020
The nation's foremost celebration of everything drag, kitsch and pop-culture is coming as DragExpo makes its inaugural sashay into Melbourne!
Image of Pierre Bonnard
Fri 05 Jun 2020 to Sun 04 Oct 2020
Pierre Bonnard is a presentation of the celebrated French artist's works. Award-winning Paris-based designer India Mahdavi will design the exhibition.

 More to explore

Image of Federation Square - what's on
There's always something going on at Fed Square, with an impressive calendar of events and activities taking place throughout the year.
Image of Theatre & shows
Melbourne's theatre scene offers a wealth of entertainment, from blockbuster musicals to cutting-edge performances and late-night cabaret shows.
Image of Festivals
There's always a festival going on in Melbourne, whether it’s film, comedy, arts, music or design. International artists often top the bill, along with home-grown talent.
Image of Festivals and events calendar
Whenever you visit Melbourne, you are sure to be swept up in one of the city's fantastic festivals or major events that are on throughout the year.


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