From stunning art exhibits to vibrant festivals and adrenaline-pumping sports, Melbourne’s spring events calendar is hotter than ever. Grab the diary – you’ll want to lock in every one of these major events.

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Always Live

11 Oct - 10 Dec

There's a massive state-wide music festival kicking off around Victoria this month, and it's set to be the biggest in Aussie history. Joining the line-up is Islands in the Sky, a series of intimate gigs taking over iconic Melbourne rooftops. Expect unmissable performances set against stunning city views. Soar up to see stellar sets from Big Freedia and homegrown legends Thelma Plum and The Veronicas.

People standing in immersive light experience with glimmering red and purple effects.

Tyama: A Multisensory Experience of Nature

22 Jul - 29 Jan

This immersive, intergalactic experience is an unmissable new addition to Melbourne Museum. Experience six different digital environments, created with 360-degree projections and striking soundscapes. Stop to snap photos against kaleidoscopic backdrops lose yourself in a colourful new world.

The inside of a theatre

Unmissable theatre and performance

These award-winning productions are set to take over the city with iconic songs, dazzling set design and world-class performances. Catch the revitalised one-night production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, see history like never before at Hamilton, then tease your beehive for Hairspray. Or lose yourself in a stunning season from the Australian Ballet.

Women in white holding umbrellas in a digital art gallery featuring Monet.

THE LUME Melbourne

11 Aug - 9 Oct

There’s a dazzling new exhibit floating into THE LUME this October. Monet & Friends Alive is a love letter to the French Impressionists, bringing their iconic masterpieces back to life. Explore the 3,000 square metre projection art gallery, swirling with floor-to-ceiling digital displays. Stroll through Monet’s Water Lilies and reflect on Renoir’s renowned works in an immersive experience.

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Melbourne Fashion Week

10 Oct - 16 Oct

Seeking new season style inspo? Melbourne Fashion Week is taking over the city this October with stunning events in unexpected locations. See shows in some of Melbourne's most beautiful buildings. Spot sub-culture fashion under the Bolte Bridge. Catch free roving runways and creative installations. And enjoy a special performance from Thelma Plum to close out the week.

A crowded spiegeltent lit pink.

Melbourne Fringe Festival

6 Oct - 23 Oct

Embrace the rebellious artists that epitomise Melbourne when the Fringe kicks off in October. The iconic Fringe parade and block party is returning for the first time in 20 years, with roving performers taking over Lygon Street. Also on the lineup is a gin-soaked cabaret in a giant spiegeltent at the Vic Market. Plus more electrifying performances that traverse juggling, aerial tricks, fire breathing and live music.

A woman looking up at an art installation with two giant glowing orbs.

Light: Works from Tate’s Collection

16 Jun - 13 Nov

An illuminating collection of art will arrive at ACMI this winter, curated by the Tate and drawn from their prestigious collection. Historical paintings by artistic heavyweights are set to be transformed by ground-breaking light works. Think Claude Monet, Yayoi Kusama, Wassily Kandinsky and more.

A painting by Picasso.

The Picasso Century

10 Jun - 9 Oct

See the masterpieces that tipped the art world on its head at the NGV's world premiere of The Picasso Century. Follow Pablo Picasso's career through all its eras, including his iconic cubism period. The exhibition features over 70 works by the avant-garde artist. Alongside more than 100 works by his contemporaries including Salvador Dalí and Henri Matisse.

Models wearing brightly patterned dresses.

Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

11 Dec - 16 Apr

Mind, Mythos, Muse is the first major Australian exhibition to explore the life, art and influence of legendary designer Alexander McQueen. Coming to the NGV this December, the exhibit features over 100 garments and accessories from the king of creativity. Journey into McQueen’s design process through subversive storytelling and controversial collections.

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17 Jun - 12 Nov

Light: Late Night Access

Experience ACMI’s Winter Masterpieces exhibition Light: Works from the Tate Collection after hours.

10 Jun - 7 Oct

NGV Friday Nights

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

30 Jul - 17 Dec

Saturday Sessions

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

4 Nov - 6 Nov

Titanic The Musical: In Concert

A stunning concert celebrating the 110th anniversary of the legacy of the Titanic.

Coming soon

16 Oct - 13 Nov

ICC Men's T20 World Cup

Don't miss the biggest global sporting event being held in Australia in 2022.

14 Oct - 23 Oct

Melbourne International Jazz Festival

Showcasing the best of international and local jazz culture over 10 days this October.

Last updated on Thu 6 Oct 2022

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Handmade Universe: From Craft to Code and the Spaces Between

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7 Oct - 29 Jan

Rigg Design Prize

The Rigg Design Prize is the first exhibition of communication design in the NGV’s history.

19 Sep - 16 Oct

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6 Oct - 23 Oct

Groundswell

Feel the earth move under your feet (literally) with this immersive sonic installation.