The weather may be cooling down, but Melbourne’s calendar is heating up. Grab the diary – you’ll want to lock in every one of these major events.

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NGV Triennial

19 Dec - 18 Apr

The stunning new Triennial exhibition has finally opened its doors to Melbourne. Visit to see the big blockbuster pieces among amazing unexpected works by emerging artists. Free, but you must pre-book.

Princess Theatre illuminated at night for Harry Potter show.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

25 Feb - 25 Aug

After making its debut in New York nearly three years ago, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has taken up residence in Melbourne's own Princess Theatre. Since taking a brief hiatus (because, well, you know) the show will go on once again, running until the end of August.

Groups enjoying the festival outdoor seating.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

12 Mar - 31 Mar

Oh MFWF, how we missed you last year. The fest is back in a big way with the return of the longest lunch, a new longest brunch, a winter festival and more. Stay tuned to their website for more info.

People in a gallery with projections of Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night on the walls.

THE LUME Melbourne

Get ready to Van Gogh-off Melbourne: a 3,000 square metre projection art gallery is landing in the city this year! Explore endless rooms swirling with floor-to-ceiling digital displays based on iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh. The multi-sensory new experience is open for pre-booking now.

Two people standing in front of a neon screen

ACMI's relaunched $40 million space

After a two-year hiatus, ACMI has emerged in the city with a completely transformed look. Play with the stars and walk through animated light beams at their first new exhibit. Linger around to discover films, interactive displays, vintage video games and more. And it’s completely free!

A large screen at an outdoor cinema

Moonlight Cinema

7 Jan - 25 Apr

This ever-popular experience in the Royal Botanic Gardens is back. Get your picnic and rug ready for films like Back to the Future and Promising Young Woman. There’s a licensed bar, candy bar and food trucks on-site too. Even better? You can bring your dog!

More huge events on Melbourne's calendar

8 Jan - 30 Apr

Live at the Bowl

Spend summer days and autumn nights revelling in Australia's best acts.

Melbourne's Lunar New Year Festival events

Featuring lion dances, dragon boat racing, delicious street food and weekend pop-ups.

24 Mar - 18 Apr

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Delivering COVID-safe laughs and comedy good times to Melbourne.

2 Feb - 23 May


An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

20 Jan - 21 Mar

Me and UooUoo: The RCH150 Anniversary Art Trail

One hundred sculptures form walking trails across Melbourne.

18 Feb - 21 Mar

Come From Away

Award-winning musical telling the true story of a small town that welcomed the world.

11 Jan - 31 Dec

Worlds Immersive Learning Lab

Art and science collide with mesmerising imagery and soundscapes in this 5-minute film.

12 Nov - 5 Apr


MPavilion is Australia’s leading architecture and design event.

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30 Jan - 2 May

Embla Rooftop Bar and Cinema

Watch a movie after sunset on a Melbourne rooftop.

Chancery Lane

Reimagining timeless charm this European style bistro is suited for any occasion.

12 Apr

Teeny Tiny Stevies

Smash-hit band Teeny Tiny Stevies brings super fun songs for the whole family.

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26 Feb - 13 Mar

Suburban Isolation

Adrian Doyle's exhibition reflects the intersection between street art and fine art.

26 Mar - 28 Mar

Brave Blooms – Melbourne Design Week Exhibition

Brave Blooms is an immersive exhibition presented by holistic design studio Quertier.

25 Feb - 27 May

Testing Nights

Once a month and for one night only Testing Grounds hosts a free public work-in-development event.

9 Mar - 24 Aug

Objects of My Affection: Stories of Love

An exhibition of objects gathered by William Johnston during his life.