Summer is looking hot for events, markets, music festivals and more. Read on to make up for lost time in the city.

Major events and festivals

9 Dec - 28 Feb

Melbourne Music Week – Extended

A three-month program to support the local music industry as it recovers after months of lockdown.

8 Jan - 31 Mar

Live at the Bowl

Spend summer days and nights revelling in Australia's best live acts at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

1 Feb - 28 Feb

National Sustainable Living Festival

A month-long program of cutting-edge sustainability and climate change solutions.

15 Jan - 14 Feb

Triennial Extra

Triennial Extra is a free late-night festival featuring music, food and access to NGV Triennial.

7 Jan - 24 Jan

Melbourne Museum Summer Sessions

Celebrate the return of live music and comedy as well as cult and family cinema classics.

1 Jan - 31 Jan

What's on in January

Things to do in Melbourne in January, from free events to exhibitions and places to visit.

8 Feb - 21 Feb

Australian Open

See the world’s best tennis players at the Australian Open 2021.

8 Jan - 5 Apr

MPavilion Parkade

Revered architecture and design event MPavilion occupies the Parkade car park.

15 Dec - 28 Feb

Uptown Art Exhibition

A free art exhibition transforming the top end of Bourke Street.

19 Dec - 18 Apr

NGV Triennial

Experience a large-scale exhibition of international contemporary art, design and architecture.

20 Jan - 21 Mar

Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

One hundred sculptures form walking trails across Melbourne.

20 Nov - 31 Mar

Becoming You: An incomplete Guide

Explore the coming-of-age stories of well-known and everyday Australians.

Pop-up dining and bars

Arbory Afloat Beach House

Arbory Afloat is Melbourne’s largest outdoor floating bar and restaurant.

Pétanque Social

Pétanque Social is Melbourne’s newest riverfront bar and dining venue, on the Crown Riverwalk.

Summer EXP by Sunda

A summer pop-up by the Sunda team, with alfresco dining and a fun Southeast Asian x Italian menu.

Riverside Quay Al Fresco Dining

Enjoy dining along the Yarra in a series of pop-up al fresco spaces.

Outdoor dining pop ups and parklets

Find mini green parklets and laneway-wide takeovers spilling onto the streets.

Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop

Serving great Spanish tapas and wines like the worker's bars of the Iberian peninsula.

Rooftop Bar

Enjoy open-air drinks under the setting sun or a starry sky, with city skyline views to match.

Palmz Rooftop Bar

Rooftop bar that feels like a secluded tropical island paradise.

Loop Roof

Panoramic views and inventive cocktails in an all-season rooftop garden setting.

Johnny's Green Room

Rooftop bar above Carlton's King & Godfree.

Union Electric

A laneway cocktail bar and rooftop gin garden hidden in Melbourne's Chinatown.

Father's Office

Speakeasy-themed bar and restaurant with a large balcony overlooking the State Library.


10 Jan - 27 Jun

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover wares by local artisans at the Sunday Market

6 Feb

Indian Bazaar Summer Market

The Indian Bazaar showcases market stalls, food trucks, DJs, a fashion show and family-friendly fun.

A visitor's guide to Queen Victoria Market

Discover the many secrets of Melbourne's beloved Queen Victoria Market.

7 Feb

Indie Bev Market

A farmers-style market for locally made independent beer, wine, cider and spirits.

Last updated on Fri 15 Jan 2021

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9 Dec - 28 Feb

Melbourne Music Week – Extended

A three-month program to support the local music industry as it recovers after months of lockdown.

27 Aug - 29 Aug

Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival

The 2021 Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival brings that Byron Bay vibe to Melbourne.