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Major events

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Coronavirus

Due to the current situation, events may be cancelled at short notice and businesses may temporarily close. Check with the venue before planning to attend. More information on coronavirus.

 

 Virtual events (online)

 
Image of Enjoy at home
Find out what you can enjoy at home right now, including virtual events, online experiences and streaming performances.
 

 Major events

 
Image of Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wed 25 Mar 2020 to Sun 19 Apr 2020
This festival has been CANCELLED due to coronavirus.
Image of Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Thu 12 Mar 2020 to Sun 10 May 2020
Kurios has been CANCELLED due to coronavirus - visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/faq/covid-19 for more information
Image of Come From Away
Tue 16 Feb 2021 to Sun 28 Feb 2021
Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them.
Image of Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out
Fri 10 Apr 2020, 10am – 5pm
The Kids Day Out has been CANCELLED due to coronavirus, visit the website for more information.
Image of Melbourne Home Show
Thu 16 Apr 2020 to Sun 19 Apr 2020
This event has been POSTPONED due to coronavirus. Visit the website for more details.
Image of South Asian Festival
Sat 18 Apr 2020, 11am – 10pm
This event has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19.
Image of Mother's Day Classic Virtual 2020
Sun 10 May 2020, 6am – 1pm
The Mother's Day Classic Melbourne is going virtual.
Image of Good Food & Wine Show
Fri 25 Sep 2020 to Sun 27 Sep 2020
Postponed from May due to COVID-19, the Good Food & Wine Show presented by Citi will return to Melbourne in September for its 20th year!
Image of Boho Luxe Market
Sun 01 Nov 2020, 10am – 4pm
Join the Tribe for a huge one-day shopping extravaganza, one week before Mother's Day, with cool tunes, great food and beautiful market stalls.
Image of Billy Elliot the Musical
Thu 20 Feb 2020 to Sat 30 May 2020
This event has been CANCELLED due to coronavirus. Visit the website (www.billyelliotthemusical.com.au) for more details.
Image of Shrek the Musical
Sun 16 Feb 2020 to Sun 03 May 2020
Performances have been CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Please visit hmt.com.au for more information.
Image of Melbourne Knowledge Week
Mon 11 May 2020 to Sun 17 May 2020
Melbourne Knowledge Week has been postponed due to COVID-19.
Image of Next Wave Festival
Fri 15 May 2020 to Sun 31 May 2020
Next Wave Festival has been POSTPONED. Please check the website for updates.
Image of Geoffrey Robertson – It's No Longer Hypothetical
Wed 20 May 2020, 7:30pm – 10pm
Experience a provocative, insightful and witty evening with international human rights judge and barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC live on stage.
Image of Bran Nue Dae
Fri 12 Jun 2020 to Sun 12 Jul 2020
Set out on the road trip of a lifetime with a spunky runaway teenager, two hippies, a wily uncle, and a German priest.
Image of Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
Fri 20 Sep 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
Kaws has been CANCELLED due to coronavirus. Visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au for further information.
Image of Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival
Fri 28 Aug 2020 to Sun 30 Aug 2020
The third annual Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival brings that Byron Bay vibe to Melbourne.
Image of Sleep at the 'G
Thu 21 May 2020 to Fri 22 May 2020
The event at the MCG has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Visit the website for more details and information about a different way to Sleep at the ’G.
Image of Birds of Tokyo with MSO
Wed 03 Jun 2020 to Thu 04 Jun 2020
Birds of Tokyo, one of Australia's most successful contemporary rock bands, join forces with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Image of SIX: The Musical
Thu 23 Apr 2020 to Sun 07 Jun 2020
This event has been POSTPONED due to COVID-19. Visit the website for further information: www.sixthemusical.com/australia
Image of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in Concert
Thu 21 May 2020 to Sat 23 May 2020
Relive the magic of year six in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in concert with the MSO.
Image of Pierre Bonnard
Fri 05 Jun 2020 to Sun 04 Oct 2020
Pierre Bonnard is a presentation of the celebrated French artist's works. Award-winning Paris-based designer India Mahdavi will design the exhibition.
Image of Lightscape
Fri 19 Jun 2020 to Sun 19 Jul 2020
This event has been POSTPONED until winter 2021 due to COVID-19. Visit the website for further information: www.rbg.vic.gov.au.
Image of Truffle Melbourne Festival Weekend
Sat 20 Jun 2020 to Sun 21 Jun 2020
Come along to a free celebration of all things truffle – the largest outside Europe.
Image of 9 to 5 the Musical
Sat 25 Jul 2020 to Sun 16 Aug 2020
This event has been POSTPONED due to COVID-19. Visit the website for further information: https://9to5themusical.com.au/tickets/melbourne.
Image of Bastille Day French Festival
Fri 17 Jul 2020 to Sat 18 Jul 2020
This event has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19. Visit the website for further information.
Image of Disney On Ice: Dare to Dream
Thu 02 Jul 2020 to Mon 06 Jul 2020
This event has been CANCELLED due to COVID-19. For further information visit the website.
Image of DragExpo
Fri 07 Aug 2020 to Sun 09 Aug 2020
The nation's foremost celebration of everything drag, kitsch and pop-culture is coming as DragExpo makes its inaugural sashay into Melbourne!
Image of Australian Music Vault
Tue 19 Dec 2017 to Thu 31 Dec 2020
Arts Centre Melbourne is CLOSED until further notice due to COVID-19; for the latest information see the event website.
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.
 

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Melbourne's theatre scene offers a wealth of entertainment, from blockbuster musicals to cutting-edge performances and late-night cabaret shows.
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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.
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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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