Last year’s music, food and laughs festivals were cancelled. Now we can celebrate as Melbourne’s favourite experiences return in 2021.

The epic LEGO exhibition

Brickman has returned for dinosaur lovers young and old. Visit the blockbuster new exhibit for a Jurassic World themed journey. The display features more than 50 models, made from over 6 million individual bricks, all from iconic LEGO artist Ryan McNaught. From the towering T-Rex to rambunctious raptors, prepare to be amazed.

Pixar Putt pop-up

Melbourne's favourite pop-up mini golf sensation returns for a fresh season of fun. The new and improved course features 18-holes inspired by Disney Pixar films. Think Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Ratatouille and more. Putting with a group of big kids? Saturdays after 7pm are adults only sessions, so you can golf with a spritz in hand from the pop-up bar.

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Pixar Putt

Midsumma

Melbourne’s much-loved LGBTQI cultural festival is back for 2021. Kick off with the iconic Midsumma Festival - 100% free, but you do need to book. The next round of tickets will be available at midday on 9 April. More free, bookable fun includes gigs at the Malthouse Outdoor stagegorgeous art exhibits and a sculpture workshop led by artist Kenny Pittock

Blockbuster exhibitions at ACMI

After closing its doors back in mid-2019, ACMI has reopened following a $40 million revamp. Get to know the new ACMI by visiting the free ground-floor exhibition, The Story of the Moving Image. From shadow puppets to an interactive sound studio, you can witness the birth of film and beyond. Then get set to explore the magic of Disney. The new Magic of Animation exhibit opens on 13 May, but you can pre-book your entry right now.

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ACMI

Melbourne Knowledge Week

MKW returns with an absolutely stacked program of (mostly free) thought provoking events. Peruse the program to visit Venice through soundspy on surveillance cameras, play biometric Dungeons & Dragons and more. There's even a range of walking tours that fuse Melbourne's gorgeous open spaces with super nerdy data talk. Starts 26 April - make sure you book in advance, these spots will sell out!

Yirramboi

Melbourne's biannual celebration of First Nations arts and culture returns to the city in May. Running over 10 massive days at more than 25 different venues, Yirramboi's 2021 program doesn't disappoint. Think free all-day arts celebrations, striking theatre productions and amazing live music events. The Deadly Funny Showcase is also one to book ASAP if you love a lol. Explore it all on the Yirramboi website.

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Yirramboi returns on 6 May

Last updated on Mon 19 Apr 2021

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