When is the January public holiday in 2024?

This year, the January public holiday and long weekend falls on Friday 26 January.

The best free events on the long weekend

Makers Market at The District
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Makers Market at The District

This outdoor undercover monthly Sunday market at Docklands features craft, gifts, fashion and food.

Melbourne Craft Fair
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Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness
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Memo Akten: Distributed Consciousness

A digital work merging human and non-human consciousness – via the AI musings of octopus critters.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market
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Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover unique, handcrafted treasures made by local artisans.

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Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition
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Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition

Explore human stories of the Titanic told through 200+ artefacts recovered from the legendary ship.

THE LUME Melbourne

THE LUME Melbourne

Experience art, dining, wellness and more like never before across 3,000sqm of immersive space.

Punting on the Lake
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Punting on the Lake

Glide between the bays and islands of Ornamental Lake on a guided boat cruise.

BBC Earth Experience
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BBC Earth Experience

Travel the natural world in one epic audio visual experience narrated by Sir David Attenborough.

Groundhog Day the Musical
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Groundhog Day the Musical

This brilliant new production, based on the classic movie is now playing exclusively in Melbourne.

House Down Under
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House Down Under

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

What's open on the long weekend

Grossi Florentino

Grossi Florentino

Grossi Florentino has set the bar for Italian fine dining in Melbourne since 1928.

Ombra

Ombra

Guy Grossi's Ombra serves cured meats, Venetian tapas and excellent wines to share.

Ronnie's

Ronnie's

Inspired by family dinners, where friends and family meet to dine, wine and have good times.

Society

Society

A glamourous restaurant and bar with contemporary dining and bespoke cocktails.

Grill Americano

Grill Americano

Offering Italian classics with signature Chris Lucas spin in sophisticated surrounds.

Kisumé

Kisumé

Exquisite sushi and one of the city's finest wine cellars.

Yakimono

Yakimono

Yakimono is a high energy Japanese-inspired eating house.

Chin Chin

Chin Chin

A fast-paced hawker-style dining sensation serving Thai-inspired food.

Morris House

Morris House

A four-level drinks, dining and entertainment destination in the heart of the city.

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Rooftop Bar

Rooftop Bar

Enjoy open-air drinks under the setting sun or a starry sky, with city skyline views to match.

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Melbourne’s best pools

Melbourne’s best pools

Pack your togs and cool off at these urban oases.

Market Square Pop-up Park

Market Square Pop-up Park

Relax on the grass and enjoy a picnic at this pop-up park.

VR World Melbourne - Virtual Reality Arcade

VR World Melbourne - Virtual Reality Arcade

Experience virtual reality in Melbourne. Solve mysteries, fight zombies, explore new worlds.

Hama Film Self Photo Studio

Hama Film Self Photo Studio

A self-photo studio where you can take amazing photos in special concept rooms.