Melbourne is heating up. Add these pop-ups, parties and free festivals to your diary.

Music and gigs

Falls Melbourne

The summer music festival is relocating to Melbourne, featuring Arctic Monkeys and more.

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Always Live

Enjoy a brand-new Victoria-wide celebration of live contemporary music.

Live at the Bowl

Enjoy a festival of music, dance, community-led and family-friendly events for everyone.

John Foreman's Aussie Pops Orchestra Gala Concert

Celebrate the end of 2022 with some of Australia's favourite performers.

Khruangbin

Texan three-piece Khruangbin play a second show at 170 Russell.

Billy Joel

The legend will perform for one night only in Australia at the iconic MCG.

Caribou

The Canadian dance cornucopia makes his return to Australia.

Arctic Monkeys

Live on stage, Arctic Monkeys are truly second to none.

Darren Hayes

Enjoy a live concert from singer and songwriter Darren Hayes.

Synthony

Returning to Melbourne this summer with a brand-new live show, Synthony no. 3.

Blockbuster events

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Don't miss out on cult classics, blockbusters and family favourites under the stars.

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THE LUME Melbourne

Enter the world of Monet and Friends – an epic adventure into French Impressionism.

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TIME • RONE

An immersive, multi-sensory installation adorned with Rone’s haunting signature murals.

Australian Open

Two weeks of world-class tennis action on and off the court.

Royal Exhibition Building Dome Promenade

The Royal Exhibition Building opens its doors to a unique view unseen for 100 years.

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Saturday Sessions

Kick into the evening with these monthly Saturday-night sessions at Melbourne Museum.

Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

The first major Australian exhibition to explore the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Nocturnal

Nocturnal returns to transform Melbourne Museum with pop-up bars, gallery access and Tkay Maidza.

Theatre

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Hamilton

The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.

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The Phantom of the Opera

Experience the phenomenon when the spectacular new production comes to Melbourne.

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Friends! The Musical Parody

Celebrate the misadventures of our favourite 20-something pals in life, work and love in 1990s NYC.

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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The dazzling new production is guaranteed to make your heart sing.

Madagascar the Musical

A family musical based on the smash-hit movie.

& Juliet

The award-winning musical of the greatest love story ever remixed opens in Melbourne in February.

Alice in Wonderland

Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice on her captivating and magical adventure.

The Mousetrap

Come and see the world's longest running play.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The brand-new production can now be enjoyed in one magical afternoon or evening.

Mary Poppins

The world’s favourite nanny comes to life in a spectacular and unforgettable production.

Best free summer events

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NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom

An outdoor installation in the NGV garden inspired by the The Parthenon.

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Summer Night Market

Come along on Wednesday nights for shopping, eating, drinking, live music and sunset vibes.

Red Bull Billy Cart Race

Watch the ultimate billy cart race in the middle of Melbourne.

MPavilion

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

A Tchaikovsky Spectacular

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performs a free concert of Tchaikovsky.

Vida: Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

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

Mosaics

A free musical concert that celebrates the breadth and diversity of Melbourne.

Carmina Burana

Enjoy a free concert with the MSO and guests performing Prokofiev and Orff.

Last updated on Wed 23 Nov 2022

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Completely unscripted comedy performed by talented actors.

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