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

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Firelight Festival

Melbourne's epic free winter festival is back. Firelight Festival is taking over Docklands for three nights of fiery installations, mesmerising light shows, pop-up foodie feasts and more. From fire sculptures and flame jets to fire twirlers and flaming trumpeters, this is one big event worth heading out for.

A laser light display showing a succession of red arches,

Firelight Labyrinth

Journey underground to see Marvel Stadium transformed into a dazzling labyrinth of sound and light. You'll see Greek legends come to life as you wander through a tangle of over 144,000 glowing lights. Be the first to explore this subterranean space when it lights up Docklands for Firelight Festival this winter.

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Lightscape

See the Royal Botanic Gardens transform into a glowing winter wonderland when Lightscape returns. Wander through illuminated forests. Immerse yourself in giant light sculptures. And experience magical immersive experiences. Plus there'll be a pop-up food hall with all sorts of tasty treats on offer.

Inside a large digital gallery with a projection of Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Explore this 3,000 square metre projection art gallery featuring floor-to-ceiling digital displays. Enter the newest big exhibition at The LUME featuring work by Leonardo da Vinci. See gigantic paintings of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and more iconic works from this legendary artist. Want 20 per cent off tickets? Simply use the code 'WHATSON' when you book before 17 March for sessions up until 30 April.

Upper half of a human-shaped tomb, Egyptian, blue with black painted markings and decorations, approx 1200 BC.

Pharaoh

This year's Winter Masterpieces exhibition is a mesmerising walk through Ancient Egypt. Pharaoh celebrates 3000 years of Egyptian art and culture, unpacking the reality behind the mythology. See ornate jewellery, papyri, coffins and more treasures from this ancient world.

Flinders train station at a busy intersection lit up in blue with the words 'RISING' on the front

RISING

Our favourite winter festival rises again in June. This huge city-wide event features dozens of art exhibitions, live gigs, performances and more. Check out a fun free party in a secret laneway. Get rowdy with a massive choir in an iconic cathedral. Or check out a 24-hour rock show.

An ornate theatre interior with people milling around before a show.

More unmissable theatre

These award-winning productions are set to take over the city with iconic songs, dazzling set design and world-class performances. Relive '90s cult classic movie with Groundhog Day the Musical. Experience the razzle dazzle of Chicago the Musical. Or hear the life story of the Queen of Rock at the Tina Turner Musical.

More of the best events on in 2024

Nocturnal: Museum After Dark
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Nocturnal: Museum After Dark

Step into a world of wonder at an after-hours Melbourne Museum experience just for adults.

Joy
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Joy

Experience an emotive adventure where creativity, colour and storytelling join forces.

House Down Under
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House Down Under

Australia’s favourite inverted house photo experience brings topsy-turvy fun to Melbourne.

Last updated on Fri 17 May 2024

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