Melbourne events keep getting hotter. Add these pop-ups, parties and free festivals to your diary. Driving in? Score $15 weekday parking.

Free events

2 Dec - 24 Apr

MPavilion

Australia’s leading architecture and design event returns to Melbourne.

6 Dec - 28 Aug

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

3 Jan - 30 Jan

NGV Summer Nights

Late-night art, music, film, bars and dining at the NGV during January.

15 Jan - 5 Feb

Summer Nights Drone Show: Docklands

A spectacular drone show lights up Docklands this summer.

15 Apr - 17 Apr

Vida: Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

A weekend festival of art, culture, food and entertainment celebrating Latin America.

14 Jan - 31 Mar

Kaleidosquare

This summer, prepare to see Fed Square through a different lens – a new colourful world to explore.

14 Jan - 14 Apr

Fed Live

Enjoy the hottest in live music with free gigs at Fed Square all through summer.

15 Jan - 26 Jan

Fed Summer Films

Relax at Fed Square this summer and enjoy free classic films up on the famous big screen.

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

An ambitious exhibition of artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology.

23 Jan

Midsumma Carnival

An outdoor get-together celebrating the opening of the three-week Midsumma Festival.

1 Feb - 28 Feb

National Sustainable Living Festival

Showcasing sustainability and climate thought leaders.

29 Apr - 28 Feb

Flash Forward

Explore 40 city laneways that are being transformed by over 80 creatives.

Summer markets

5 Jan - 6 Apr

Summer Night Market

Returning to the Queen Vic Market with street food, cocktails, shopping and live music.

16 Jan - 27 Feb

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover handcrafted treasures made by local artisans.

14 Nov - 24 Apr

Docklands Community Market

A food and craft market held twice a month.

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2 Dec - 27 Mar

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Australia's favourite outdoor cinema returns to Melbourne at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

The best outdoor dining pop-ups in Melbourne

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

1 Nov - 30 Jun

THE LUME Melbourne

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

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.

3 Nov - 27 Mar

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

12 Nov - 29 Apr

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

See the Broadway sensation at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.

4 Dec - 25 Apr

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

A major exhibition focusing on the French couturière.

10 Dec - 22 Apr

NGV Friday Nights

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

Family-friendly fun

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

An ambitious exhibition of artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology.

12 Nov - 26 Jan

Frozen the Musical

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

2 Dec - 30 Jan

Jurassic World by Brickman

Jurassic World by Brickman is an adventure 6 million LEGO bricks in the making.

18 Dec - 30 Jan

Wind in the Willows

This must-do outdoor family theatre experience delivers music, songs, and plenty of laughs.

22 Jan - 3 Mar

Open Arcade: Gaming for Everyone

This summer, come and play digital games outdoors on a big screen.

10 Jan - 6 Feb

State Library Bricktoria: Building the Dome

Watch Brickman’s team build State Library Victoria over a two-week period this summer.

15 Jan - 23 Jan

NGV Kids Summer Festival

Nine days of free activities for children and their families at the NGV.

29 Jun - 31 Dec

Shrine Kids

A fantastic opportunity for indoor and outdoor play.

Last updated on Thu 13 Jan 2022

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21 Jan - 31 Mar

Urban Silo Art Trail

Walk through a homage to Victoria’s iconic Silo Art Trail – in miniature.

6 May - 7 May

We Take Back Our Mother Tongues: Famili

A spellbinding evening of queer Pasifika and First Nations music, installation and connection.

21 Jan - 6 Feb

Cupid's Koi Garden by ENESS

Explore immersive, giant inflatable fountains as part of Fed Square's Kaleidosquare summer program.

28 Apr - 29 Apr

The Water Keeps Running Even After You Turn Your Back On It

Listen to the sounds of the Great Artesian Basin, the world’s largest reservoir of groundwater.