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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 Asia TOPA
Sun 08 Jan 2017 to Sun 30 Apr 2017
Enjoy this festival of performing arts that celebrates Australia's connections with contemporary Asia.
Image of Cabaret the Musical
Thu 27 Apr 2017 to Sat 20 May 2017
Cabaret the Musical, starring Paul Capsis and Chelsea Gibb, is a divinely decadent evening in the theatre that you won't want to miss.
Image of The Book of Mormon
Wed 18 Jan 2017 to Sun 03 Sep 2017
The Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, is now playing in Melbourne!
Image of Art + Climate = Change
Wed 19 Apr 2017 to Sun 14 May 2017
This is a festival of climate change-related arts and ideas, including 30 curated exhibitions alongside keynote lectures and public programs.
Image of Disney's Aladdin - The Musical
Sat 15 Apr 2017 to Sun 22 Oct 2017
The beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in Disney's bold new musical comedy.
Image of Van Gogh and the Seasons
Fri 28 Apr 2017 to Sun 09 Jul 2017
See the largest collection of Van Gogh artworks to ever travel to Australia. Van Gogh and the Seasons, only in Melbourne at NGV.
Image of Melbourne Knowledge Week
Mon 01 May 2017 to Sun 07 May 2017
More than 70 new-wave events have been designed merging art, technology, food, design, business and science to explore and co-create our future city.
Image of Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival
Fri 05 May 2017 to Sun 14 May 2017
Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival is a citywide 'blak out', gathering creative visionaries from across Victoria and around the world.
Image of My Fair Lady
Fri 12 May 2017 to Sun 09 Jul 2017
Ground-breaking, glorious and grand, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, comes to the Regent Theatre in May 2017.
Image of Hello, Dolly!
Sat 27 May 2017 to Sun 11 Jun 2017
One of the most enduring musicals of all time, Hello, Dolly! bursts with humour, romance and high-energy dancing.
Image of Chevrolet Brasil Global Tour: Brazil vs Argentina
Fri 09 Jun 2017, 8:05pm – 10pm
Two of the world's elite footballers, Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr, are coming to Melbourne to play a blockbuster international friendly.
Image of The Australian Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty
Fri 16 Jun 2017 to Tue 27 Jun 2017
The Australian Ballet's most lavish production returns for a special encore season.
Image of Circus Oz Model Citizens
Tue 20 Jun 2017 to Sun 16 Jul 2017
Circus Oz explodes back onto stage, audaciously unpacking the myths of modern Australia in their latest high octane show, Model Citizens.
Image of Jesus Christ Superstar
Wed 26 Jul 2017 to Sun 06 Aug 2017
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s opera is based on the last week of Jesus’s life, with hits Everything’s Alright and I Don’t Know How to Love Him.
Image of Melbourne International Film Festival
Thu 03 Aug 2017 to Sun 20 Aug 2017
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema.
Image of The Bodyguard
Thu 24 Aug 2017 to Sun 17 Sep 2017
The international smash-hit musical has arrived!
Image of Brigadoon
Sat 28 Oct 2017 to Sun 05 Nov 2017
Brigadoon is the story of two young American tourists lost in the Highlands of Scotland, who stumble upon a mysterious village called Brigadoon.

 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 offers a wealth of entertainment options. Catch a performance at one of Melbourne's many theatre venues – there are many great shows, musicals and plays to enjoy.
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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