From hidden laneway markets to pop-up ice skating, 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

25 Feb - 27 May

Testing Nights

Once a month and for one night only Testing Grounds hosts a free public work-in-development event.

8 May

BARRING YANABUL

An all-day celebration of Blak culture, sprinkling the city with YIRRAMBOI artists.

26 May - 6 Jun

Wandering Stars

Find the sky’s stories mirrored by a glowing eel and hundreds of lanterns.

2 Jun - 25 Aug

Winter Night Market

Wednesdays in winter at Queen Victoria Market, with food, shopping and entertainment.

18 Mar - 16 Sep

Raise The Bar Comedy Night

A one-of-a-kind night featuring Melbourne's funniest women and non-binary comedians.

After dark events to book right now

23 Mar - 26 Jun

Because the Night

An immersive theatre adventure of epic storytelling.

13 May - 29 Aug

The Winter Village

Discover family-friendly activities, food trucks and bars at this magical winter wonderland.

26 May - 6 Jun

The Wilds

RISING transforms the Sidney Myer Music Bowl into a supernatural forest, complete with ice skating.

26 May - 5 Jun

Seasons in Blak Box

Local First Peoples artist and elders share their experience and knowledge of the landscape.

26 May - 6 Jun

Golden Square

RISING's spiraling Chinatown art car park, with sculptures, cocktails and moon parades.

13 Aug - 2 Jan

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

This August, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is coming to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre.

30 Apr - 5 Jun

The Wedding Singer

Come join the party at the most joyful, romantic musical in years.

26 May - 6 Jun

Rinky Dink

Let loose on a frozen lake at Rising’s moonlit ice-skating rink.

Late night drinking and dining

1 May - 31 May

Australian Cocktail Month

Like cocktails? Love good times? Australian Cocktail Month is coming this May.

Gimlet at Cavendish House

An elegant cocktail bar and dining room from renowned chef Andrew McConnell.

Nick & Nora's Melbourne

A cocktail and champagne bar with a decadent menu that includes oysters and caviar.

The Toff in Town

A boutique bar and bandroom offering late-night dining in train carriage booths.

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