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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 Docklands Winter Glow
In winter, Docklands doesn’t hibernate - it glows. It glows with amazing artwork that lights up the street, progressive dinners at favourite local restaurants, inspiring discussions from iconic Melburnians and wondrous workshops.
Image of The Book of Mormon
Wed 18 Jan 2017 to Sat 04 Nov 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 Disney's Aladdin - The Musical
Sat 15 Apr 2017 to Sun 03 Dec 2017
The beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in Disney's bold new musical comedy.
Image of Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
Wed 07 Jun 2017 to Wed 04 Oct 2017
This year's Winter Night Market is themed around fire and lights - 30 food stalls, 50 market stalls, open fires and warm drinks.
Image of Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman
Thu 29 Jun 2017 to Sun 29 Oct 2017
Journey into the magical world of Aardman, the acclaimed studio behind Wallace & Gromit.
Image of Craft Cubed Festival
Tue 01 Aug 2017 to Thu 31 Aug 2017
Experience exhibitions, workshops, markets, talks, open studios – if you're into ceramics, textiles, jewellery, glass or papercraft, come along!
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 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
Thu 10 Aug 2017 to Tue 22 Aug 2017
The 2017 Indian Film Festival of Melbourne explores the theme of diversity and features 60 films in 20 languages.
Image of Supersense: Festival of the Ecstatic
Fri 18 Aug 2017 to Sun 20 Aug 2017
Supersense, a contemporary performing arts festival exploring ecstatic experience, will return to Arts Centre Melbourne.
Image of Melbourne Writers Festival
Fri 25 Aug 2017 to Sun 03 Sep 2017
The festival 'for everyone who reads', Melbourne Writers Festival brings together the talent and ideas of the best writers from Australia and abroad.
Image of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture
Sun 27 Aug 2017 to Tue 07 Nov 2017
Exclusive to Melbourne, this exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, showcasing more than 140 garments.
Image of Socceroos v Thailand
Tue 05 Sep 2017, 8pm – till late
Cheer on Australia's Socceroos in this must-win game if they want to automatically qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
Image of Pop-Up Globe
Thu 21 Sep 2017 to Sun 12 Nov 2017
Shakespeare's theatre, the second Globe, will pop up next to Sidney Myer Music Bowl, bringing with it four acclaimed productions!
Image of Melbourne Fashion Week
Fri 01 Sep 2017 to Fri 08 Sep 2017
Melbourne Fashion Week '17 presents over 150 events across the city – including runways, workshops, exhibitions, parties, films, music and more.
Image of Royal Melbourne Oktoberfest
Sat 23 Sep 2017, noon – 5pm
After months of planning, Oktoberfest, the world's largest festival, is coming to Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building.
Image of Melbourne Festival
Wed 04 Oct 2017 to Sun 22 Oct 2017
Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's leading international arts festivals in the fields of dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and free events.
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.
Image of Cirque du Soleil Toruk – The First Flight
Thu 02 Nov 2017 to Sun 12 Nov 2017
Inspired by James Cameron's record-breaking film Avatar, Toruk – The First Flight by Cirque du Soleil transports you to the world of Pandora.
Image of Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
Tue 07 Nov 2017, all day
As the world looks on, Australia's signature raceday explodes with colour, action, excitement and celebration on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day.
Image of Paul McCartney – One On One Tour
Tue 05 Dec 2017, all day
Sir Paul McCartney brings his acclaimed long-running One On One Tour to Melbourne this December.
Image of Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical
Fri 29 Dec 2017 to Sun 21 Jan 2018
Dream Lover reveals the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin.
Image of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert
Sun 21 Jan 2018 to Sun 25 Feb 2018
Get ready to shake your groove thing as Australia’s most successful homegrown musical rocks in to Melbourne.
Image of Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour
Wed 07 Mar 2018 to Thu 08 Mar 2018
Bruno Mars returns to New Zealand and Australia as part of his 24K Magic World Tour.

 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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