Stay safe, check with individual businesses or event organisers for the latest info and follow advice from the Victorian Government before heading out.
Do summer right with open-air dining, free outdoor festivals, breezy walks and epic pop-ups.
Looking for some money-saving tips? Learn how to score $15 weekday parking. Plus, how to get 25 per cent off three of the best Melbourne attractions.
Summer Nights Drone Show: Docklands
A spectacular drone show lights up Docklands this summer.
Live at the Bowl
An open-air program of music, dance, circus, community-led and family-friendly events.
NGV Summer Nights
Late-night art, music, film, bars and dining at the NGV during January.
Malthouse Outdoor Stage
Experience the best of live outdoor entertainment at Malthouse Outdoor Stage.
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.
Australia’s leading architecture and design event returns to Melbourne.
Explore 40 city laneways that are being transformed by over 80 creatives.
Summer Cinema at Melbourne Zoo
Outdoor movie-viewing at Melbourne Zoo's Summer Cinema.
This summer, prepare to see Fed Square through a different lens – a new colourful world to explore.
Enjoy the hottest in live music with free gigs at Fed Square all through summer.
Fed Summer Films
Relax at Fed Square this summer and enjoy free classic films up on the famous big screen.
NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]
An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.
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.
Melbourne Street Eatz
Melbourne’s favourite food truck event is back with weekly rotating trucks, bars and live music.
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.
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
Melbourne River Cruises
Sit back and relax as your captain details the history of Melbourne on a river cruise.
Journey through a world of wildlife in the heart of Melbourne.
Fitzroy Gardens: Outdoor Adventure
Follow a map around Fitzroy Gardens to find 12 locations, answer a question and collect a prize.
Open Arcade: Gaming for Everyone
This summer, come and play digital games outdoors on a big screen.
Wind in the Willows
This must-do outdoor family theatre experience delivers music, songs, and plenty of laughs.
Xplore Melbourne is an augmented reality treasure hunt which brings Melbourne city to life.
Open Air Cinemas present the return of the hugely popular Disney+ Drive-In.
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