From hidden laneway events to epic pop-ups, Melbourne gets lit once the lights go out. Put these events and adventures in your diary for the ultimate night out.

Free night-time fun

29 Oct

Victorian Festival of Diwali

Celebrate India's annual festival with music and dance, a bazaar, food stalls and more.

2 Sep - 4 Nov

Friday Night Social at Science Gallery

Enjoy live entertainment, activities, plus food and drink, at these monthly Friday night socials.

28 Oct - 30 Oct

Arriba Melbourne Mexican Festival

Enjoy all things Mexican themed at this outdoor festival.

22 Oct

Queensberry Cup

A billycart race and street party for the family and a fun night out for the grown-ups.

6 Oct - 23 Oct

Groundswell

Feel the earth move under your feet (literally) with this immersive sonic installation.

26 Oct

A Score for Fed Square

A world premiere orchestral performance to celebrate Fed Square's 20th birthday.

18 Aug - 27 Oct

Sea Shanties and Folk Songs

This celebration of rollicking and spirited singing is back.

17 Sep - 29 Oct

Oktoberfest at Hofbräuhaus

The wait is over – Melbourne’s most iconic Oktoberfest is back!

After-dark at Fringe Festival

15 Oct

Fringe Parade and Lygon St Block Party

Get ready to party with the iconic Fringe parade and Lygon St block party.

5 Oct - 23 Oct

Pendulum

A performance installation inspired by the ebb and flow of time.

6 Oct - 27 Oct

Club Fringe

Fringe Festival's late night offering at Trades Hall

6 Oct - 30 Oct

Runaway Festival Park

Melbourne Fringe’s new boutique playground of cabaret, comedy and circus.

6 Oct - 30 Oct

Bernie Dieter’s Club Kabarett

Award winning, boundary-pushing Spiegeltent spectacular hosted by cabaret icon Bernie Dieter.

17 Oct - 23 Oct

Noir Unscripted at Melbourne Fringe

A glamorous, dangerous improvised detective noir.

17 Sep - 26 Nov

Tony King's Video Disco

A live mash-up of beats and visuals that’s guaranteed to get the dance floor popping.

6 Oct - 30 Oct

The Rest Is Up To You

Step inside the world of Melbourne Fringe and experience 40 years of festival history.

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30 Jul - 17 Dec

Saturday Sessions

Kick into the evening with these monthly Saturday-night sessions at Melbourne Museum.

22 Jul - 29 Jan

Tyama: A Multisensory Experience of Nature

Discover senses beyond human perception, alongside the animals that use them.

17 Jun - 12 Nov

Light: Late Night Access

Experience ACMI’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition Light: Works from the Tate Collection after hours.

10 Jun - 7 Oct

NGV Friday Nights

NGV Friday Nights returns with local music, outdoor dining, food and bespoke bars.

16 Mar - 18 Dec

Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

12 Nov - 29 Dec

A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens classic starring David Wenham comes to Melbourne this holiday season.

7 Aug - 28 Oct

Hairspray

The multi award-winning Broadway musical opens at the Regent Theatre in August.

4 Nov - 6 Nov

Titanic The Musical: In Concert

A stunning concert celebrating the 110th anniversary of the legacy of the Titanic.

17 May - 29 Jan

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The brand-new production can now be enjoyed in one magical afternoon or evening.

16 Sep - 9 Oct

Oktoberfest at Munich Brauhaus

Pretend you're in the beer-soaked streets of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest festival.

5 Oct - 9 Oct

Escalate

An explosive hour of entertainment, pushing the boundaries of the art of juggling.

11 Aug - 31 Dec

Tavern Trivia

Join the Monday-night pop culture and gaming quiz quest at Fortress Melbourne.

18 May - 28 Dec

Board Game Wednesday

Put your skills to the test and meet new people at this social games night.

11 Aug - 31 Dec

Dungeons and Flagons

Bring your fantasy to life at this weekly beginner-friendly Dungeons and Dragons event.

3 Jan - 19 Dec

Comedy at Spleen: Mondays

Come along to the city's longest-running comedy night.

14 Oct - 23 Oct

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Showcasing the best of international and local jazz culture over 10 days this October.

11 Aug - 30 Dec

Old Melbourne Ghost Tour

Take a spine-chilling journey back in time and explore the rich paranormal realm of Old Melbourne.

17 Oct

Ears Wide Open: Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

Enjoy a guiding listening tour of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Where to eat and drink after hours

After dark dessert bars

Discover Melbourne's best cakes, cocktails and sweet treats after the lights go down.

Melbourne's best cafes that open late

These Melbourne cafes are open late for evening coffee runs.

The ultimate guide to late-night dining in Melbourne

These late-night venues and iconic restaurants are best visited well after dark.

The best dining pop-ups in Melbourne

Find secret bars, basement hideaways and exclusive dining experiences.

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10 Oct - 16 Oct

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