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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THE LUME Melbourne
See THE LUME's breathtaking new exhibition, showcasing First Peoples’ art, music and culture. Connection tells the stories of the world's oldest culture through paintings, songs and photography from more than 110 artists. Explore the 3,000 square metre projection art gallery, swirling with floor-to-ceiling digital displays. Beautiful music from Yothu Yindi, Baker Boy and more Aussie artists elevates the experience to moving new levels.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Can-can your way down to the Regent Theatre and watch this sparkling spectacular show. Following a sold-out premiere season, the show is back for more glitz and glamour. Join the bohemians and sing along to the iconic soundtrack. Plus listen out for new additions from Adele, Katy Perry, Sia, Beyonce and Rihanna.
Calling all tennis fans. The Australian Open is set to serve an action packed two weeks of tennis this January. Catch the most entertaining matches with some of the best names in the game at Melbourne Park. Book online for as little as $10 and don't forget to pack your sunscreen and hat.
The Friends Experience
Could we BE more excited for this pop-up? District Docklands is hosting the ultimate immersive experience for Friends fans. Snap a pic in Monica's kitchen or re-enact the opening credits in front of the fountain. See costumes from the show and pick up a gigantic Central Perk mug. Then grab a seat on the iconic orange couch and decide once and for all whether Ross and Rachel were on a break.
Experience some of the best local and international sounds at Always Live. From head banging mosh pits to Taylor Swift tributes, and iconic Aussie artists, there's definitely something for everyone. Visit venues like Fed Square, The Forum, NGV and more to witness the best summer concerts. Tickets range from free to $200.
Hour of the Wolf
After a sell-out season of Because the Night, Malthouse Theatre is back with another immersive theatre show. Hour of the Wolf takes place on the longest night of the year, as curious events begin to unfold. It's an epic choose-your-own-adventure experience. Pick which of the eleven characters to follow and unlock the town's chilling secrets.
Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature
Step through a sensory journey beyond your imagination at Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature. Explore human connection to nature through guided meditation, large scale artworks and stunning light projections. Make your experience even more immersive with a VR headset for just $10.
More unmissable theatre
These award-winning productions are set to take over the city with iconic songs, dazzling set design and world-class performances. Come dressed in your '50s finest leather pants and pink jackets for Grease the Musical. Have an ABBA-fuelled night out at Mamma Mia! The Musical. Plan ahead for the razzle Chicago the Musical when it returns to Melbourne next year. Or check out a tribute to 'the king' in Elvis: A Musical Revolution at Athenaeum Theatre.
Robot dogs, animatronic mice, hydraulic press performance art, towering sculptures and massive new commissions. Triennial 2023 is set to make its triumphant debut at NGV International this December. Discover more than 100 works exploring the theme of magic, matter and memory at this entirely free exhibition.
Christmas in the City
There's no better place to feel all the festivities of Christmas than the city. There's pop-up dining, market stalls and interactive events for the whole family. See huge stunning light projections at Town Hall and the State Library. Then check out the massive 17.5 metre high Christmas tree. You can even meet Santa and his elves.
New Year's Eve in Melbourne
Say farewell to 2023 and celebrate New Year's Eve in Melbourne. Make a booking to ring in the new year on a rooftop bar with your favourite people. Or find luxe feasts, family-friendly restaurants, pop-up parties and fireworks. Plan ahead and book a hotel room for the evening. Driving in? Book a convenient spot for your vehicle and enjoy the night stress free.
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