Major events



Christmas in the city

See the city light up with dazzling displays, festive events and activities for the whole family.



An immersive, multi-sensory installation adorned with Rone’s haunting signature murals.


Always Live

Enjoy a brand-new Victoria-wide celebration of live contemporary music.


The ultimate guide to Melbourne’s best Christmas events

Seek out Christmas markets, pop-up street parties, festive laneways and more.

Melbourne's most Instagrammable Christmas experiences

Where to find the best Christmas photo spots in Melbourne

The best free Christmas events in Melbourne

Find free Christmas markets, street parties, family-friendly events and more.

The best hidden Christmas events and laneway pop-ups in Melbourne

Find the best laneway street parties, free workshops, pop-up events and novelty singalongs.


Christmas Square

A Christmas wonderland at Fed Square, featuring the city's giant tree.


Christmas Pop-Up Playground

Giant swings and a light-up dancefloor take over Queensbridge Square this Christmas.

Christmas guides

Discover the best shopping spots, Christmas catch-up ideas and tips for the festive season.

Christmas gift finder

Find the perfect pressie for your special people with gift ideas for all budgets and interests.

Christmas Eve Circus Spectacular

The circus comes to town in this hilarious adventure that kids will love.


Christmas Decorations

Christmas comes to life around the city with sparkly decorations spreading festive cheer.


Elfie Selfie

Create an animated augmented reality Christmas card to share with all your friends.


Melbourne Town Hall Christmas Projections

Let it glow with the city’s famous Christmas projections.

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve in Melbourne

From fireworks to fancy dinners and family fun, Melbourne is the perfect place to celebrate NYE.

New Year's Eve Celebration Zones

Ring in the new year with family-friendly entertainment, food trucks and fireworks.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Cruise

Enjoy a New Year's Eve cruise on board the Lady Cutler.

Arbory Afloat Balearic Beach Club

Melbourne’s original floating bar is back, inspired by the exotic Balearic Islands.

NYE at the Victory Room

A free, all-ages celebration with live music and a view of the fireworks from the balcony.

NYE in The Clouds

Ring in the New Year with Melbourne Skydeck.

Colours of Malaysia Festival

Celebrate the traditions of Malaysia at Queen Vic Market.

Little Korea Christmas Festival

Be transported back to Seoul with the first Little Korea Christmas Festival.

Japan Christmas Festival

A day of creative workshops, market stalls and live music at the Japaneasy studios.

Pillars of Light Festival

Celebrate Melbourne's diverse social fabric with light, and commemorate the Hanukkah holiday.


Monster Fest

Catch a must-see cult movie at Australia's premier genre film festival.


Blender Studios Christmas Lights and Art Festival

The art collective takes over a laneway for a Christmas street party.

National Sustainable Living Festival

Showcasing sustainability and climate thought leaders.

Vida: Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

A weekend festival of art, culture, food and entertainment celebrating Latin America.



The award-winning musical has arrived in Melbourne.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The brand-new production can now be enjoyed in one magical afternoon or evening.

& Juliet

The award-winning musical of the greatest love story ever remixed opens in Melbourne in February.


A Christmas Carol

The Charles Dickens classic starring David Wenham comes to Melbourne this holiday season.

Mary Poppins

The world’s favourite nanny comes to life in a spectacular and unforgettable production.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical returns to Melbourne in 2023.

The Mousetrap

Come and see the world's longest running play.


Friends! The Musical Parody

Celebrate the misadventures of our favourite 20-something pals in life, work and love in 1990s NYC.

Alice in Wonderland

Tumble down the rabbit hole and join Alice on her captivating and magical adventure.


Always Live

Enjoy a brand-new Victoria-wide celebration of live contemporary music.

Blaktivism: Yothu Yindi

Yothu Yindi leads a line-up of living legends and rising voices of First Nations musical activism.

Billy Joel

The legend will perform for one night only in Australia at the iconic MCG.


Nonstop DJs

Catch DJs from all corners of the music scene bring the best beats to the Melbourne Museum plaza.

Falls Melbourne

The summer music festival is relocating to Melbourne, featuring Arctic Monkeys and more.

Live at the Bowl

Enjoy a festival of music, dance, community-led and family-friendly events for everyone.

John Foreman's Aussie Pops Orchestra Gala Concert

Celebrate the end of 2022 with some of Australia's favourite performers.

Handel's Messiah at Melbourne Town Hall

Don't miss the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic's annual performance of the famous oratorio.

Midsumma Extravaganza

Enjoy Australia’s largest pride season ever at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

National Boys Choir of Australia: Sing Christmas

Hear the choir sing Christmas favourites, accompanied by the Town Hall Grand Organ.

The best things to do with your family at Christmas

Rediscover the magic of Melbourne with free events, festive lights and an epic Christmas maze.


Santa's Workshop

Say hello to the big man and pose for a photo as Santa and his elves make toys and presents.


Docklands Christmas Maze

Find your holiday cheer at the giant Christmas maze, with amazing prizes to be won.


Myer Christmas Windows

This festive season, the annual display celebrates Disney's 100 Years of Wonder.

Christmas Carnival

Thrill rides, carnival games and festive food on the banks of the Yarra.


Bricktionary: The Interactive Exhibition

Discover the biggest and best LEGO creations this interactive exhibition.

Madagascar the Musical

A family musical based on the smash-hit movie.


Tyama: A Multisensory Experience of Nature

Discover senses beyond human perception, alongside the animals that use them.


Australia's premier LEGO fan exhibition returns this summer.


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

The ultimate guide to Melbourne's best Christmas lights and decorations

Where to see stunning Christmas trees, the best Christmas lights and more beautiful decorations.



An immersive, multi-sensory installation adorned with Rone’s haunting signature murals.


THE LUME Melbourne

Enter the world of Monet and Friends – an epic adventure into French Impressionism.


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

Melbourne Now

Explore the talents of over 200 Victorian-based creative practioners in Melbourne Now 2023.

Royal Exhibition Building Dome Promenade

The Royal Exhibition Building opens its doors to a unique view unseen for 100 years.


Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection

Discover art that builds on and challenges tradition in Indigenous Art from the NGV Collection.


Naadohbii: To Draw Water

An exhibition of First Peoples contemporary art from Canada, NZ and Australia.


China – The Past is Present

Highlights from the NGV’s collections of Chinese art and design.

Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

The first major Australian exhibition to explore the work of fashion designer Alexander McQueen.


The Global Life of Design

Explore how global trade and supply chains have influenced international design into the modern day.


NGV Architecture Commission: Temple of Boom

An outdoor installation in the NGV garden inspired by the The Parthenon.



Swarm delves into the science and art behind what it means to be part of a pack.


See exhibitions on art, history and design at one of Melbourne's many galleries and museums.

Red Bull Billy Cart Race

Watch the ultimate billy cart race in the middle of Melbourne.

Melbourne Ice Women Ice Hockey Team

See the team in action and meet the players after the game.

Disability Sport and Recreation Festival

Experience accessible and inclusive sport at this fun event.

Australian Open

Two weeks of world-class tennis action on and off the court.


Melbourne Craft Fair

Enjoy a contemporary craft fair at Queen Victoria Market.

Melbourne Bridal and Wedding Expo

Planning a wedding? Meet a variety of wedding suppliers to gain inspiration for your big day.

The Pet Show

Hear from celebrity vets, interact with pets, and meet the breeders and animal experts.

Melbourne Care & Ageing Well Expo

The place for products, services and information to guide you on how to age well.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne’s iconic home of exhibitions, trade shows, meetings and events.

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Only in the City

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What's on in November

Things to do in Melbourne in November, from free events to exhibitions and places to visit.

What's on in December

Things to do in Melbourne in December, from free events to exhibitions and places to visit.

What's on in January

Things to do in Melbourne in January, from free events to exhibitions and places to visit.