Do summer right with open-air dining, free outdoor festivals, breezy walks and epic pop-ups.

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15 Jan - 5 Feb

Summer Nights Drone Show: Docklands

A spectacular drone show lights up Docklands this summer.

5 Jan - 25 Apr

Live at the Bowl

An open-air program of music, dance, circus, community-led and family-friendly events.

3 Jan - 30 Jan

NGV Summer Nights

Late-night art, music, film, bars and dining at the NGV during January.

17 Jan - 30 Jan

Australian Open

Two weeks of world-class action on and off the court.

7 Dec - 17 Apr

Malthouse Outdoor Stage

Experience the best of live outdoor entertainment at Malthouse Outdoor Stage.

5 Jan - 6 Apr

Summer Night Market

Returning to the Queen Vic Market with street food, cocktails, shopping and live music.

The best pop-up and outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Find the best summer cinema, pop-up theatres and free movies.

2 Dec - 24 Apr

MPavilion

Australia’s leading architecture and design event returns to Melbourne.

29 Apr - 28 Feb

Flash Forward

Explore 40 city laneways that are being transformed by over 80 creatives.

3 Feb - 12 Mar

Summer Cinema at Melbourne Zoo

Outdoor movie-viewing at Melbourne Zoo's Summer Cinema.

14 Jan - 31 Mar

Kaleidosquare

This summer, prepare to see Fed Square through a different lens – a new colourful world to explore.

14 Jan - 14 Apr

Fed Live

Enjoy the hottest in live music with free gigs at Fed Square all through summer.

15 Jan - 26 Jan

Fed Summer Films

Relax at Fed Square this summer and enjoy free classic films up on the famous big screen.

6 Dec - 28 Aug

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

The ultimate guide to Melbourne's best markets

The best weekend markets, foodie markets, book markets and more.

The best waterfront restaurants in Melbourne

Take in sparkling views at these beautiful city spots.

Melbourne's best rooftop bars

Melbourne's best rooftop bars are back open - and some are now taking bookings.

The best outdoor dining pop-ups in Melbourne

Find mini green parklets and laneway-wide takeovers for your next night out.

Melbourne's best beer gardens

Soak up the sunshine with riverside cocktails and ales among historic architecture.

2 Dec - 25 Apr

Melbourne Street Eatz

Melbourne’s favourite food truck event is back with weekly rotating trucks, bars and live music.

Pétanque Social

Pétanque Social returns with a new look and updated food and beverage menus to match.

Arbory Afloat Turquoise Coast

Melbourne’s largest outdoor floating bar and restaurant reopens this October.

29 Oct - 31 Mar

South Wharf Summer Garden

A pop-up cocktail garden reminiscent of beach days and the Amalfi coast.

Five free must-do Melbourne walks

It’s time to get out and about in the city. Have a wander with these free guides.

Melbourne’s secret gardens and green spaces

Within 10km? Get some fresh air in these secluded city nooks.

The best outdoor exercise parks in Melbourne

Find gorgeous parks and gardens for group fitness, basketball courts, tennis and more

The best picnic spots in Melbourne

Try these beautiful parks and gardens for your next Melbourne picnic.

Melbourne River Cruises

Sit back and relax as your captain details the history of Melbourne on a river cruise.

Melbourne Zoo

Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne.

15 Dec - 31 Jan

Fitzroy Gardens: Outdoor Adventure

Follow a map around Fitzroy Gardens to find 12 locations, answer a question and collect a prize.

22 Jan - 3 Mar

Open Arcade: Gaming for Everyone

This summer, come and play digital games outdoors on a big screen.

18 Dec - 30 Jan

Wind in the Willows

This must-do outdoor family theatre experience delivers music, songs, and plenty of laughs.

29 Jun - 31 Dec

Shrine Kids

A fantastic opportunity for indoor and outdoor play.

10 Nov - 28 Feb

Xplore Melbourne

Xplore Melbourne is an augmented reality treasure hunt which brings Melbourne city to life.

14 Jan - 25 Feb

Disney+ Drive-In

Open Air Cinemas present the return of the hugely popular Disney+ Drive-In.

The best playgrounds in Melbourne

We've rounded up the best adventure parks and playgrounds.

Last updated on Fri 21 Jan 2022

Get to the city or get FOMO

We’ve got every FOMO-worthy Melbourne event and experience in one place.

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The ultimate guide to Firelight Festival

Melbourne's epic winter festival is back – and it's free!

Melbourne’s best pools

Pack your togs and cool off at these urban oases.

3 Nov - 27 Mar

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

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What's free and what's open on the long weekend

Everything you need to see and experience during the long weekend.

11 Mar - 14 Mar

Moomba

An annual free festival held along the banks of the Yarra River.

1 Dec - 31 Dec

Christmas in the city

See the city light up with dazzling displays, festive events and activities for the whole family.

28 Jan - 30 Jan

State Library Bricktoria: Treasure Hunt

Roam the Library using clues on a treasure map and collect LEGO bricks for a take-home model.