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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 Christmas in the city
See the city light up this Christmas. Experience the spirit of the season with dazzling festive displays, decadent meals and iconic shopping destinations. Merry Christmas Melbourne!
Image of NGV Friday Nights
Fri 07 Dec 2018 to Sat 06 Apr 2019
NGV Friday Nights returns this summer with live music, DJs, bars, dining and late-night access to Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds.
Image of School of Rock – The Musical
Wed 31 Oct 2018 to Fri 01 Feb 2019
Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit, School of Rock.
Image of Myer Animated Christmas Windows
Fri 09 Nov 2018 to Mon 24 Dec 2018
The 63rd Myer Christmas Animated Windows are lighting up the Bourke Street Mall once again – don't miss this traditional Christmas event.
Image of MPavilion
MPavilion is an innovative civic space, a cultural laboratory for the community to engage and share, and a bold architecture commission for Australia.
Image of Summer Night Market
Wed 21 Nov 2018 to Wed 20 Mar 2019
Melbourne’s original and favourite night market returns to the iconic Queen Victoria Market for its biggest summer yet.
Image of Gingerbread Village by Epicure
Sat 01 Dec 2018 to Mon 24 Dec 2018
Spot your favourite Melbourne buildings and landmarks in miniature, all made out of gingerbread, at this old-fashioned display of culinary creativity.
Image of Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo
Sun 02 Dec 2018 to Sun 07 Apr 2019
The world-premiere exhibition Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo is the centrepiece of the NGV's Spring/Summer 2018/19 season.
Image of Christmas Projections
Fri 30 Nov 2018 to Tue 25 Dec 2018
Be amazed at this year's Christmas light shows: Christmas Square at Federation Square and Docklands.
Image of Love
Sat 01 Dec 2018 to Sun 28 Apr 2019
We all have a love story, what's yours?
Image of Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition
Sat 22 Sep 2018 to Sun 03 Mar 2019
A new world class exhibition on Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary life, curated from the extensive collections of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Image of Evita
Wed 05 Dec 2018 to Sun 03 Feb 2019
Don't miss the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webbe'’s iconic musical, Evita, starring Tina Arena.
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 Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs India
Wed 26 Dec 2018 to Sun 30 Dec 2018
A new era for Australian Test cricket begins this summer, this is Australia's biggest challenge yet as they take on the world's best, India.
Image of New Year's Eve
Mon 31 Dec 2018, 9pm – 1am
On New Year's Eve, City of Melbourne will be illuminating the city skyline with a world-class display of fireworks.
Image of Vida - Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
Fri 11 Jan 2019 to Sun 13 Jan 2019
Celebrate summer! Vida - Melbourne Latin Summer Festival is a FREE annual event, with over 40.000 people attending every year.
Image of Australian Open
Mon 14 Jan 2019 to Sun 27 Jan 2019
The biggest sports entertainment event on this summer's social calendar is Australian Open 2019.
Image of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Wed 16 Jan 2019 to Sun 03 Nov 2019
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.
Image of Midsumma Festival
Sat 19 Jan 2019 to Sun 10 Feb 2019
Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier three-week LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Image of Brickvention
Sat 19 Jan 2019 to Sun 20 Jan 2019
Join fans from across Australia at Brickvention, Australia's premier LEGO fan convention.
Image of Zoo Twilights
Fri 25 Jan 2019 to Sat 09 Mar 2019
Returning to Melbourne Zoo’s lush lawns in January, Zoo Twilights unites music lovers with world-class musicians.
Image of Cinema at the 'G
Fri 01 Feb 2019 to Sat 02 Feb 2019
Take to the hallowed MCG turf for an open-air cinema experience when Cinema at the ‘G returns in February.
Image of The Lady in the Van
Sat 02 Feb 2019 to Wed 06 Mar 2019
The Lady in the Van is a mostly true story of the fascinating relationship between the award-winning British writer and his long-term guest.
Image of Pause Fest
Wed 06 Feb 2019 to Fri 08 Feb 2019
Pause Fest is the world's leading creativity-infused innovation event and a platform for the future.
Image of Six Day Series Melbourne
Thu 07 Feb 2019 to Sat 09 Feb 2019
A combination of bikes, beats and beers, the Six Day Series takes a traditional form of cycling and mixes it with an exciting party atmosphere.
Image of Sugar Republic
Sun 10 Feb 2019 to Sun 19 May 2019
The sweetest interactive experience relaunches at Myer Melbourne.
Image of Jersey Boys
Sat 23 Feb 2019 to Sun 10 Mar 2019
Jersey Boys tells the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Image of Mozart by Moonlight
Sun 17 Feb 2019, 6pm – 7:30pm
Experience a very special concert under the stars in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, presented in conjunction with Melbourne Opera Company.
Image of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Fri 01 Mar 2019 to Sun 10 Mar 2019
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is an annual celebration of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.
Image of Moomba Festival 2019
Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Mon 11 Mar 2019
Moomba Festival is back in full swing, with a chock-a-block program of free events for the entire family.
Image of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Sun 24 Mar 2019
Dine, drink and discover all that's extraordinary about Melbourne and Victoria with 17 days of foodie events accross the state.
Image of Muriel's Wedding - The Musical
Tue 12 Mar 2019 to Sun 28 Apr 2019
Undateable. Unemployable. Unstoppable. Everybody is talking about Muriel!
Image of Kylie - The Golden Tour
Wed 13 Mar 2019, 6pm – till late
Iconic Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue will bring her Golden Tour to the Myer Music Bowl in March.
Image of Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wed 27 Mar 2019 to Sun 21 Apr 2019
For three and a half weeks, Melbourne will be the nation’s hive of happiness, injecting all-day, all-night infectious fun to the city.
Image of West Side Story
Sat 06 Apr 2019 to Sun 28 Apr 2019
This modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet is hailed as the greatest Broadway musical of all time!
 

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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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