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. Driving in? More than 30 city carparks are offering $5 parking, book ahead to score.

Person amidst abstract forms.

A Miracle Constantly Repeated, by Patricia Piccinini

18 Jun - 16 Jan

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. New tickets for the extended season go on sale at 10am Friday 30 July.

Two women walking through a cut out of Mickey Mouse ears

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! Reopening from 30 July.

An art gallery with white walls. Some walls have a blue cloud projected on them, and others have small framed paintings hanging on them.

French Impressionism from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

25 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.

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Treasures of the Natural World

25 Jun - 31 Jan

The Natural History Museum's finest fossilised artefacts are coming to Australia for the first time ever. The massive display features more than 200 pieces of the world's rarest, oldest and biggest treasures. Take a look at Charles Darwin's personal collection, marvel at a 200 million-year-old fossil and more.

Detail of Corrs Lane artwork, In Every Dream Home a Heart Ache, made from recycled rubbish and floodlit in pink and purple lights.

Flash Forward

29 Apr - 31 Oct

This epic creative program is off and racing with heaps of new laneway pieces to explore. Start by checking out Natty Solo's 'In Every Dream Home a Heart Ache', a neon mountain of abandoned dollhouses in Corrs Lane. Walk through Royal Arcade to see Gosia Wlodarczak complete a live drawing performance. Then head on a street art stroll through Drewery Alley, Finlay Alley and Bourke Place to spot towering new murals.

T Rex dinosaur at the LEGO Jurassic World.

Jurassic World by Brickman

24 Sep - 3 Oct

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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Imaginaria

2 Feb - 24 Oct

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

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4 Jun - 1 Oct

NGV Friday Nights

Stay up late at the French Impressionism exhibition, with music, bars and dining.

5 Oct - 27 Feb

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

See the Broadway sensation at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.

1 Sep - 24 Nov

THE LUME Melbourne

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

Back soon - stay tuned for new dates

6 Oct - 17 Oct

Frozen the Musical

See the much-loved film come to life at Her Majesty's Theatre

29 Sep - 20 Feb

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

Last updated on Tue 17 Aug 2021

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Bark Ladies

An exhibition that celebrates the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolngu women artists.

23 Jul - 23 Oct

Future U

An exhibition exploring what it means to be human during a time of technological acceleration.

30 Sep - 17 Oct

Melbourne Fringe Festival

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19 Aug - 21 Nov

Jasmine Grace: Ebb and Flow

A new exhibition by Melbourne-based light artist Jasmine Grace.

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

An ambitious exhibition of artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology.

28 Jun - 3 Oct

Plans for the Planet: Olaf Breuning for Kids

A large-scale participatory exhibition that plays to young people’s universal love of adventure.

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