Moomba's back, the sun is out and Melbourne's got a tidy three-day weekend on the cards. Kick off the Labour Day long weekend with awesome events, free pop-up cinemas, street art walks and more. Check individual events and venues for exact opening hours.

Free events


An annual free festival held along the banks of the Yarra River.

11 Feb - 31 Jan

The Story of the Moving Image

An ongoing exhibition that journeys through the past, present and future of the moving image.

10 Jan - 27 Jun

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

Discover wares by local makers and artisans at this weekly market.

20 Feb - 20 Dec

Tai Chi Class

Take part in a free outdoor tai chi class.


11 Jan - 31 Dec

Worlds Immersive at Melbourne Museum

Art and science collide with mesmerising imagery and soundscapes in this 5-minute film.

2 Feb - 23 May


An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

6 Jan - 30 Apr

Punting on the Lake

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

Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Attraction in Docklands providing panoramic views of Melbourne.

Ticketed events and exhibitions

25 Feb - 3 Oct

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

8 Jan - 30 Apr

Live at the Bowl

Spend summer days and autumn nights revelling in Australia's best acts.

30 Jan - 2 May

Embla Rooftop Bar and Cinema

Watch a movie after sunset on a Melbourne rooftop.

7 Jan - 25 Apr

Moonlight Cinema

Kick back with a film under the stars at Melbourne’s most spectacular open-air cinema.

4 Jan - 31 Dec

Becoming You: An incomplete Guide

An exhibition of Australian coming-of-age stories.

Drinking and dining

Cafe Lafayette

Specialises in Japanese-inspired brunch dishes to entertain your senses and tickle your fancy.

Common Man

The vibe is laid back and their staff friendly and welcoming!

Arbory Afloat Beach House

Experience Melbourne’s largest outdoor floating bar and restaurant.

Garden State Hotel

Multiple dining zones in one four-level building, including a pub, bistro and beer garden.

JiYu Thai Hot Pot

JiYu brings together Thai soup dishes and the modern Chinese hot pot concept.


Marameo is a fun, easy-going Italian eatery offering a range of pasta and mains.

Chin Chin

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

Il Bacaro Cucina e Bar

A fine dining experience, offering modern Italian cuisine in an intimate and relaxed setting.


Spicy, numbing Sichuan, stir-fried to order.


An Italian wine bar, bottle shop and cellar attached to King and Godfree on Lygon Street, Carlton.

Chef David

Chef David fire up the barbecue with their Sichuan BBQ grill menu.

Johnny's Green Room

Rooftop bar above Carlton's King & Godfree.

King & Godfree

Catch up for coffee or a meal, or shop for delicious deli items and wine.

Pretzel Melbourne Central

Pretzel aim to spread the doughy joy of freshly-baked pretzels, with tasty toppings of choice.

See what else is on in March

28 Feb - 27 Jun

Makers Market at The District

This dog-friendly market at Docklands features craft, gifts, fashion and food.

What's free in Melbourne this month

Everything to see, do and enjoy in Melbourne for free this month.

Free parking this Moomba long weekend

Make your Moomba adventure even easier with free parking from Friday 5 March 2021 to 11.59pm on Monday 8 March 2021, and free public transport from 5pm Friday 5 March to 11.59pm Monday 8 March 2021. Although there's no need to pay for parking, you do need to adhere to the time restrictions shown on street signs as these still apply. Be sure to download a travel voucher if you're taking advantage of free public transport.

Last updated on Tue 9 Mar 2021

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22 Apr - 20 May

Euro Summer at Melbourne Quarter

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30 Apr

Billecart-Salmon Champagne Dinner

Enjoy an exceptional champagne dinner at Matilda, hosted by Kyla Kirkpatrick.

28 Apr

Jazz and Shiraz at La Camera

Enjoy wine, jazz, Italian food and fun activities at this special event.

25 Apr

ANZAC Day Race Day

A day of celebration and acknowledgement at Flemington Racecourse.