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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 The Winter Village at Fed Square
Fri 03 May 2019 to Sun 29 Sep 2019
Check out the euro-style winter wonderland at Fed Square this winter, with ice skating, private igloos, vast dining halls and more!
Image of Circus Oz – Aurora
Wed 18 Sep 2019 to Sun 06 Oct 2019
Join Circus Oz under the Big Top these September school holidays for Aurora – an exhilarating 70-minute voyage of astonishment for all ages.
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 Melbourne Fringe Festival
Thu 12 Sep 2019 to Sun 29 Sep 2019
Melbourne Fringe Festival is an open-access festival that brings the city alive with over 450 events, performances and exhibitions.
Image of AFL Footy Festival
Wed 25 Sep 2019 to Sat 28 Sep 2019
The AFL Footy Festival is a free celebration of the Toyota AFL Finals Series and the excitement of September in Melbourne.
Image of Revolutions: Records and Rebels
Sat 27 Apr 2019 to Sun 06 Oct 2019
Revolutions: Records and Rebels is an exciting exhibition that explores the explosive years of 1966-1970.
Image of Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks
Fri 24 May 2019 to Sun 06 Oct 2019
Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks is a suite of exhibitions and experiences exploring the art of tattoo.
Image of Royal Melbourne Show
Sat 21 Sep 2019 to Tue 01 Oct 2019
Experience the all new 2019 Royal Melbourne Show at the Melbourne Showgrounds.
Image of The Australian Burlesque Festival
Thu 26 Sep 2019 to Sat 28 Sep 2019
The Australian Burlesque Festival celebrates ten years with three huge shows in Melbourne!
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 Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang
Fri 24 May 2019 to Sun 13 Oct 2019
The National Gallery of Victoria presents China's ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by Cai Guo-Qiang.
Image of Melbourne International Arts Festival
Wed 02 Oct 2019 to Sun 20 Oct 2019
The 2019 Melbourne International Arts Festival will provoke and inspire with an exciting program of events from 2-20 October 2019.
Image of Melbourne International Dumpling Festival
Mon 04 Nov 2019, noon – 10pm
Get ready to give your taste buds the excitement they deserve because Melbourne International Dumpling Festival is on its way!
Image of World Vegan Day
Sun 10 Nov 2019, 10am – 6pm
Come along to World Vegan Day and celebrate all things vegan with food, entertainment, education, art and a huge range of goods and services.
Image of MPavilion 2019
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 Ragtime
Sat 02 Nov 2019 to Sun 10 Nov 2019
See a musical about a new century, the golden age, and an effervescent era of optimism when anything seemed possible and prospects seemed boundless.
Image of Steve Martin and Martin Short
Fri 15 Nov 2019, 8pm – 10pm
Steve Martin and Martin Short bring their critically acclaimed comedy Now You See Them, Soon You Won’t for the first time to Australia.
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 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 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 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 Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Thu 12 Mar 2020 to Mon 13 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 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 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!
 

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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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