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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 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 Body Worlds Vital
Mon 13 Aug 2018 to Sun 18 Nov 2018
See Body Worlds, the highly anticipated and internationally acclaimed original exhibition of real human bodies, for a rare insight into human anatomy.
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 Madiba the Musical
Wed 03 Oct 2018 to Sun 28 Oct 2018
Madiba the Musical is a powerful and inspiring celebration of the visionary South African leader, Nelson Mandela.
Image of Melbourne International Arts Festival
Wed 03 Oct 2018 to Sun 21 Oct 2018
The 2018 Festival features the best in international and local dance, circus, theatre, music and visual arts.
Image of Fast5 Netball World Series
Sat 27 Oct 2018 to Sun 28 Oct 2018
Fast5 is netball like you've never seen before, featuring dynamic rules changes, five players a side, shorter quarters, power plays and super shots!
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 Victorian Festival of Diwali
Sat 03 Nov 2018, noon – 10pm
Celebrate Diwali, a breathtaking cultural feast of dance, music, films, crafts, henna, food and stunning fireworks on the Yarra.
Image of Melbourne Cup Carnival
Sat 03 Nov 2018 to Sat 10 Nov 2018
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, food and wine – all in one place.
Image of Night Noodle Markets
Thu 08 Nov 2018 to Sun 25 Nov 2018
The Night Noodle Markets are back this November! Get on down to Birrarung Marr for everyone's favourite Asian hawker markets under the stars.
Image of Equitana Melbourne
Thu 15 Nov 2018 to Sun 18 Nov 2018
Australia's equine spectacular showcases four days of entertainment, education, elite competition and shopping.
Image of Christmas with André: André Rieu Live
Sat 17 Nov 2018, 8pm – 10pm
The Dutch 'King of The Waltz' André Rieu and the Johann Strauss Orchestra will bring his Christmas with André Tour to Australia for the first time.
Image of Melbourne Music Week
Fri 16 Nov 2018 to Sat 24 Nov 2018
Melbourne Music Week returns this November for a nine-day celebration of the city's thriving, world-renowned music scene.
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 Evita
Wed 05 Dec 2018 to Sun 27 Jan 2019
Don't miss the original Broadway and West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical Evita.
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 Australian Music Vault
Tue 19 Dec 2017 to Mon 31 Dec 2018
The Australian Music Vault is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story.
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 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 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 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 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!
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 Muriel's Wedding - The Musical
Tue 12 Mar 2019 to Sun 28 Apr 2019
Undateable. Unemployable. Unstoppable. Everybody is talking about Muriel!

 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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