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What's On in January

Live performance at the Australian Open Festival.
Find out what's on in Melbourne in January, from open-air cinemas to summer festivals and of course the Australian Open.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

January overview

The summer school holidays are in full swing and visitors flock to Melbourne in January for sun, culture and the Australian Open.

Make the most of the long summer days with Moonlight Cinema screenings, Zoo Twilights concerts, or a celebration of diversity and inclusion at Midsumma Festival.

Australia Day takes places on 26 January, with fireworks in Docklands and a festival in King's Domain. As Australia Day falls on a Sunday in 2020, the public holiday will be on Monday 27 January instead.


January events highlights

Image of Australian Open
Mon 20 Jan 2020 to Sun 02 Feb 2020
Be open to anything at Australian Open 2020. Watch, cheer and play your way through fourteen days of on and off court action and entertainment.
Image of Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
Fri 10 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Over two big weekends enjoy all the offerings from the Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival - a highlight of Melbourne's summer event calendar.
Image of Midsumma Festival
Sun 19 Jan 2020 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier three-week LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Image of Turning Points: Contemporary Photography From China
Sat 22 Jun 2019 to Mon 27 Jan 2020
Turning Points explores the work of established and emerging Chinese photo-artists during a time of rapid social and economic change.
Image of AO Live Stage
Sun 19 Jan 2020 to Sun 02 Feb 2020
A stellar line-up of artists perform at the AO Live Stage offering 15 days of music at Australian Open 2020.
Image of Chicago
Sat 14 Dec 2019 to Sun 23 Feb 2020
A universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, Chicago has one show-stopping song after another and the slickest dancing in town.
Image of War Horse
Fri 10 Jan 2020 to Sat 08 Feb 2020
War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event from the National Theatre of Great Britain, is returning to Melbourne in February 2020.
Image of Moonlight Cinema
Thu 28 Nov 2019 to Sun 29 Mar 2020
Picturesque parklands, sparkling summer starlight and fantastic food – gather your loved ones and treat yourself to a night of cinematic splendour.
Image of Summer Night Market
Wed 20 Nov 2019 to Wed 11 Mar 2020
Melbourne’s original and favourite night market returns to Queen Vic Market for its biggest summer yet.
Image of Australia Day at Docklands
Sun 26 Jan 2020, 6pm – 9:30pm
Don’t miss the evening fun at Docklands with live music and multicultural entertainment from 6pm.
Image of Australia Day Parade
Sun 26 Jan 2020, 11am – noon
Cheer on participants from a range of multicultural dancing and music groups, sporting and cultural associations, cosplayers and more!
Image of NGV Friday Nights
Fri 06 Dec 2019 to Fri 10 Apr 2020
NGV Friday Nights returns this summer during the Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines exhibition.
Image of Vegetable and Herb Installation
Wed 08 Jan 2020 to Sat 15 Feb 2020
Check out a stunning display of herbs and vegetables including zucchini, corn, eggplant and chillies along with rosemary, mint, parsley and more.
Image of Hamlet - The Australian Shakespeare Company
Fri 20 Dec 2019 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
The Australian Shakespeare Company's 'Under the Stars' program presents Hamlet, arguably the greatest tragedy in English theatre.
Image of Summer of Dance
Mon 02 Dec 2019 to Sat 29 Feb 2020
Shimmy into the Immigration Museum this summer as it celebrates dance with participatory dance experiences, residencies and performances.
Image of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the biggest event on Melbourne's Chinese calendar, featuring several weeks of celebration and festivities.
Image of Come From Away
Wed 03 Jul 2019 to Sun 08 Mar 2020
Don't miss this new Broadway musical that tells the true 9/11 story of thousands of stranded passengers and the Newfoundland town that welcomed them.
Image of Legends in Concert
Thu 09 Jan 2020 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Come to an evening of tributes to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Village People, Dusty Springfield, Diana Ross and Lady Gaga.
Image of Zoo Twilights
Fri 24 Jan 2020 to Sat 07 Mar 2020
Zoo Twilights invites concert-goers to pick a spot under the stars on Melbourne Zoo's lawns for an unforgettable night of music.
Image of Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival
Fri 24 Jan 2020 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
Vibrant festivities emblazon the city this January as the Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival celebrates the Year of the Rat.
Image of Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
Fri 20 Sep 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
Explore a comprehensive survey of 25 years of the oeuvre of the New York artist known as Kaws, full of humour, hope and humanity.
Image of The District Slip and Slide
Mon 06 Jan 2020 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
A giant 25-metre water slide is the perfect way to cool down on the hottest days of the summer holidays!
Image of Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines
Sun 01 Dec 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
In this world premiere exhibition, explore the work of two of the most significant and influential artists of the late 20th century.
Image of Summertime Social
Fri 03 Jan 2020 to Sun 05 Apr 2020
Summertime Social is transforming Federation Square’s Skyline Terrace into Melbourne’s biggest rooftop playground.
Image of Dogs in the Park
Sun 19 Jan 2020, 10am – 12:30pm
Help keep your dog safe while enhancing its experience in dogs parks and minimise the risk of dog attacks in the community.
Image of Branch Out: Harp Meditations
Thu 30 Jan 2020, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Unwind with a live harp performance and guided meditation, set on the cusp of Fern Gully.
Image of Mini Mega Model Museum
Sat 07 Dec 2019 to Tue 30 Jun 2020
Discover more than 200 astounding models from the museum's own collection: zoomed-in, miniature, life-sized and everything in between.
Image of Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks
Fri 24 May 2019 to Sun 05 Apr 2020
Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks is a suite of exhibitions and experiences exploring the art of tattoo.

January for families

Image of School holidays
Find ways to entertain the whole family over the school holidays. There's so much happening in Melbourne, including plenty of free and low cost kids' activities.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
Image of The District Slip and Slide
Mon 06 Jan 2020 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
A giant 25-metre water slide is the perfect way to cool down on the hottest days of the summer holidays!
Image of NGV Kids Summer Festival
Sat 11 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Get creative this January at the annual NGV Kids Summer Festival.
Image of Mini Mega Model Museum
Sat 07 Dec 2019 to Tue 30 Jun 2020
Discover more than 200 astounding models from the museum's own collection: zoomed-in, miniature, life-sized and everything in between.
Image of Peppa Pig High Tea
Fri 27 Dec 2019 to Fri 24 Jan 2020
Come along to the high tea and be prepared to say 'I’m Peppa Pig', with your favourite Peppa Pig-inspired outfit.
Image of Family Market Riverside
Sun 08 Dec 2019 to Sun 23 Feb 2020
Experience riverside's new Sunday Market and Family Day this summer.
Image of The Wind in the Willows
Tue 24 Dec 2019 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Full of laughs and surprises for kids and adults alike, 'The Wind in the Willows' is interactive theatre at its best.
Image of Cool Summer Holiday Fun at O’Brien Icehouse
Mon 30 Dec 2019 to Mon 27 Jan 2020
Children aged under eight can join the Ice Ambassadors for fun and games in the snow play area.
Image of Stick By Me
Tue 14 Jan 2020 to Sat 18 Jan 2020
A beautifully crafted production about friendship and the importance of treasuring little things.
Image of Brickvention
Sat 18 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Brickvention is Australia's premier Lego fan convention, featuring hundreds of fan-built models at the Royal Exhibition Building.
Image of Summer family guide
Download the ultimate family summer guide to awesome events, activities, kid-friendly restaurants, dessert spots and superhero shopping expeditions.

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