The weather is getting better and Melbourne’s event calendar is heating up. Grab the diary – you’ll want to lock in every one of these major events. Looking for a money-saving tip? Learn how to score $15 weekday parking.

Drones form the shape of a dolphin and small starbursts, in the dusk sky above Docklands' Victoria Harbour. The Bolte Bridge is visible in the background.

Summer Nights Drone Show: Docklands

15 Jan - 5 Feb

See the night sky sparkle as 350 drones light up Docklands and trace stories in the air. This dazzling free show runs twice nightly at Victor Harbour. First up, watch a love letter to Melbourne, featuring a poem about rediscovering our city. Then from 25 January, see the Wurundjeri creation story of how the platypus was made.

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Australian Open

17 Jan - 30 Jan

Two weeks of ace action awaits at the Aus Open. Catch sporting stars all over Melbourne Park, and get in early (or stay late!) for a luxe champagne bar, epic foodie laneways, live music and a pop-up beach house oasis. Little mates will love the AO Ballpark, complete with rides, adventure equipment and stage shows. Better yet? Kids ground passes are only five bucks!

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

THE LUME Melbourne

1 Nov - 30 Jun

Get ready to Van Gogh-off Melbourne: this 3,000 square metre projection art gallery is finally open! Explore endless rooms swirling with floor-to-ceiling digital displays based on iconic artworks by Vincent van Gogh. Then snap the ultimate selfie in a mirrored sunflower wonderland.

A few people standing ankle deep and talking to each other in the pink pond at NGV garden.

NGV Summer Nights

3 Jan - 30 Jan

Knock offs never looked better than with the NGV's extended summer sessions. Visit after-hours to explore the pink pond, then wander through the full roster of free gallery exhibits. Thirsty? The pop-up Four Pillars gin bar has you covered. There's even an entire season of French-themed movies on in the Great Hall.

People picnicking outdoors in groups at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

Live at the Bowl

5 Jan - 25 Apr

Live music is back in a big way at this iconic annual outdoor event. See Shaun the Sheep in circus form, catch Flight Facilities and Crowded House or kick on for all-day festivals like Ultra and Piknik Electronik. Stay tuned for updates on the beloved MSO free concert series, set to take the stage in February.

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14 Jan - 31 Mar

More than 160 free activities will take over Fed Square this summer, starting with the mesmerising Cupid's Koi Garden. Created by ENESS, the sea of inflatable fountain fish will be an unmissable photo spot in Melbourne. Don't miss the Urban Art Silo trail, live music pop-ups, free films, candlelight concerts and more as the program unfolds.

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Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

4 Dec - 25 Apr

Fresh from Paris, this exclusive exhibition makes it's national premiere at the NGV in December. Curated by resident Chanel experts, a stunning display of designs, along with pieces from public and private collections, will take over the gallery for more than four months. Never-before-seen acquisitions include evening dresses and silk capes from the 1920s and 1930s.

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A Miracle Constantly Repeated, by Patricia Piccinini

8 Nov - 12 Jun

After years in the dark, the mysterious Flinders Street Station ballroom has finally reopened to visitors. Inside you'll find an epic exhibition by renowned artist Patricia Piccinini. Wander endless rooms filled with eerie creatures, towering installations and hauntingly beautiful displays.

A giant LEGO T Rex head coming through a wall.

Jurassic World by Brickman

2 Dec - 30 Jan

Brickman is back for dinosaur lovers young and old. Visit the blockbuster exhibit for a Jurassic World themed journey. The display features more than 50 models, made from over 6 million individual bricks by LEGO artist Ryan McNaught. From the towering T-Rex to rambunctious raptors, prepare to be amazed.

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Epic theatre productions

Can-can your way out of lockdown at Moulin Rouge! The Musical, see history like never before at Hamilton and release your inner child inside the world of Frozen. These award-winning productions are set to take over the city with iconic songs, dazzling set design and more.

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Flash Forward

29 Apr - 28 Feb

This epic creative program is off and racing with heaps of new laneway pieces to explore. While some events are on pause, you can still see these stunning new street art pieces on your city walk. Tick off lesser known laneways like Lang's Lane, Rainbow Alley, Lee's Place, Finlay Alley and more. Check out our guide to the completed works so far.

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2 Dec - 24 Apr


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

7 Dec - 17 Apr

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Experience the best of live outdoor entertainment at Malthouse Outdoor Stage.

Last updated on Fri 21 Jan 2022

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