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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 Winter in our city
When the temperature drops, Melbourne heats up with a season packed full of events, boutique shopping and cosy dining – your city winter journey starts here.
Image of Vikings: Beyond the Legend
Fri 23 Mar 2018 to Sun 26 Aug 2018
Vikings: Beyond the Legend brings the rich, often-misunderstood culture of Vikings to life, debunking stereotypes and providing fascinating insights.
Image of Wonderland
Thu 05 Apr 2018 to Sun 07 Oct 2018
Wonderland celebrates the screen history of Lewis Carroll's timeless stories.
Image of AFL Sunday Funday
Sun 08 Apr 2018 to Sun 26 Aug 2018
Sunday Funday returns with a bang in 2018 where kids general admission to the MCG and Etihad Stadium will once again be free on Sundays.
Image of MEL&NYC
Fri 01 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018
Melbourne is set to take a bite out of the Big Apple this winter, with a city-wide festival to celebrate our cultural connection with New York City.
Image of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
Sat 09 Jun 2018 to Sun 07 Oct 2018
NGV presents a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York's iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Image of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
Thu 12 Jul 2018 to Sun 26 Aug 2018
Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show.
Image of Craft Cubed Festival
Wed 01 Aug 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018
Craft's annual celebration of the handmade, and the biggest coming together of the craft and design communities in Australia.
Image of Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)
Thu 02 Aug 2018 to Sun 19 Aug 2018
MIFF is a film-lover's paradise – see international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best local, national and international cinema.
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 Melbourne Writers Festival
Fri 24 Aug 2018 to Sun 02 Sep 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival brings together the best writers, thinkers and performers from Australia and around the world.
Image of Melbourne Fashion Week
Fri 31 Aug 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018
MFW is the hallmark consumer fashion event of the season, presenting ready-to-wear collections and a diverse program of ticketed and free events.
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 Fri 26 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 Victorian Seniors Festival
Sun 07 Oct 2018 to Sun 14 Oct 2018
Victorian seniors can enjoy heaps of free entertainment and activities at Melbourne Town Hall and Federation Square during this week-long festival.
Image of Lost Picnic Melbourne
Sun 07 Oct 2018, 11am – 8pm
Lost Picnic is an epic festival of food, music, art and fun for the whole family, headlined by Tash Sultana.
Image of Melbourne Marathon
Sun 14 Oct 2018, all day
Melburnians are encouraged to tighten their laces and hit the ground running for the 2018 Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival.
Image of Melbourne International Games Week
Sat 20 Oct 2018 to Sun 28 Oct 2018
Melbourne International Games Week is Asia Pacific's largest digital games celebration for the digital games industry, educationalists and the public.
Image of School of Rock – The Musical
Wed 31 Oct 2018 to Sun 25 Nov 2018
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 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
Sat 17 Nov 2018 to Sun 25 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 30 Dec 2018
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 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 Sat 27 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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