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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Explore the magic of Disney at ACMI

13 May - 17 Oct

Discover the magic behind almost 100 years of Disney in this Australia-first exhibition. Spot beloved classics and new favourites like Moana and Frozen amongst more than 500 original sketches and rare artworks. You can even step inside a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!

Fake igloos on an ice skating rink

The Winter Village

13 May - 29 Aug

Melbourne's magical winter wonderland returns for a bumper three month season. Embrace the chilly season with igloo dining, ice skating, espresso martinis and more. Tuesdays offer 2-for-1 entry to the rink, and you can book igloo brunches on weekends for early access.

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Winter Night Market

9 Jun - 25 Aug

Melbourne's most iconic night market is back for a bumper 13-week season. Fuel up on BBQ, cheesy pasta, hot chocolate and mulled wine from pop-up food stalls. Shop with the best local makers at stalls selling everything from art to homewares. And don't miss the market's Christmas in July series, complete with eggnog, carollers and Christmas trees!

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Igloo Wonderland at The Wharf Hotel

21 May - 12 Sep

Glittering on the edge of the Yarra, Melbourne's original igloo pop-up is back for another year. Book ahead at The Wharf Hotel and cosy up in your private igloo. Then settle in for mulled wine, boozy hot chocolate, epic foodie platters and more.

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Imaginaria

2 Feb - 11 Jul

A blissful escape from the outside world, this dreamy pop-up projection wonderland is like a maze for the modern era. The fully interactive exhibition takes visitors on a journey that incites all five senses. Head down to explore endless rooms filled with dizzying projections, inflatable light tunnels and neon rainbow displays.

A brightly coloured theatre stage

Unmissable theatre

Witness wizarding magic at Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Book ahead for the upcoming season of Moulin Rouge, or become completely immersed in the eerie masterpiece Because the Night. Kids young and old will love family favourite Frozen, which also lands in Melbourne this June.

A French Impressionist painting of a woman holding a parasol reclining on grass with a child running away from her in the background.

French Impressionism at the NGV

4 Jun - 3 Oct

Dreaming of a trip to Paris? Get one step closer with the NGV's latest exhibition on French Impressionism. This exclusive collection contains 100 masterworks, 79 of which have never been exhibited in Australia before. Featuring the work of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro. 

More unmissable events

25 Feb - 12 Dec

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

4 Jan - 31 Dec

Becoming You: An incomplete Guide

An exhibition of Australian coming-of-age stories.

1 Apr - 11 Jul

Jurassic World by Brickman

An adventure 6 million LEGO® bricks in the making.

1 Sep - 24 Nov

THE LUME Melbourne

Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh at Australia's digital art gallery.

12 Jun - 31 Jan

Treasures of the Natural World

Melbourne Museum's newest exhibition from London's Natural History Museum.

28 Mar - 12 Dec

Dungeons and Flagons

Bring your fantasy to life at this weekly beginner-friendly Dungeons and Dragons event.

Last updated on Wed 2 Jun 2021

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She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism

A large-scale exhibition of more than 250 artworks drawn from collections around Australia,

12 Dec - 14 Jun

Gung: Create, Make, Do, Love

A stunning new exhibition by Wergaia/Wemba Wemba artist Kelly Koumalatsos.

12 Mar - 6 Feb

Big Weather

A timely exhibition that recognises Indigenous cultural knowledge of weather systems.

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1 Jun - 30 Jun

Light the Way

Designer Sener Besim presents his first ever large-scale sculptural work.

4 Jun - 10 Jul

Imaginary Science – Jess Hall

Imaginary Science explores transitional spaces between art, craft and science.

9 Mar - 24 Aug

Objects of My Affection: Stories of Love

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

29 Apr - 31 Jul

Flash Forward

Explore 40 city laneways that are being transformed by over 80 creatives.