Lockdown couldn't stop these epic experiences. Make up for lost time and visit the best live shows, art exhibits, free events, pop-up markets and more. We'll keep adding more as new dates are confirmed!

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Free events

Melbourne Book Market

Melbourne Book Market is a curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles.

15 Dec - 16 Dec

Rialto Christmas Creators Market

Get in the festive spirit and shop for gifts by local makers and producers.

19 Nov - 30 Jan

Postal Lane Markets

A curation of makers, creators, performers, delicious bites and celebratory sips.

6 Dec - 28 Oct

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.

Festivals and exhibitions

8 Nov - 12 Jun

A Miracle Constantly Repeated, by Patricia Piccinini

Flinders Street Station’s ballroom opens its doors for Australia’s pre-eminent visual artist.

25 Jun - 31 Jan

Treasures of the Natural World

Melbourne Museum's newest exhibition from London's Natural History Museum.

4 Jan - 31 Dec

Becoming You: An Incomplete Guide

An exhibition of Australian coming-of-age stories.

30 Oct - 23 Jan

Disney: The Magic of Animation

Discover the creativity and innovation of almost 100 years of Disney Animation.

1 Nov - 1 May

THE LUME Melbourne

Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh at Australia's digital art gallery.

4 Dec - 25 Apr

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

A major exhibition focusing on the French couturière.

Theatre and live music

12 Nov - 29 Apr

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

See the Broadway sensation at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.

12 Nov - 23 Jan

Frozen the Musical

See the much-loved film come to life at Her Majesty's Theatre

Outdoor dining pop-ups

Arbory Afloat Turquoise Coast

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

The best outdoor dining pop-ups in Melbourne

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

Secret Garden at QT Melbourne

Brining all the Italianate garden vibes and celebrating the finest produce of the region.

Last updated on Thu 2 Dec 2021

Celebrate Christmas in the City

'tis the season to make merry.

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Christmas events

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Christmas guides

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