Discover things to do in Melbourne in January, from free events to exhibitions, attractions and places to visit.

21 Jan - 23 Jan

Drag Expo

The nation's best celebration of everything drag, kitsch and pop-culture is coming to Melbourne.

4 Dec - 25 Apr

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

A major exhibition focusing on the French couturière.

3 Nov - 27 Mar

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The award-winning production playing exclusively in Melbourne.

12 Nov - 30 Jan

Imaginaria

An interactive dreamlike landscape where imagination meets futuristic play.

1 Nov - 1 May

THE LUME Melbourne

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

31 Dec - 1 Jan

New Year's Eve

Say farewell to 2021 and welcome in 2022 as part of New Year's Eve in the city.

25 Jun - 31 Jan

Treasures of the Natural World

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

12 Nov - 23 Jan

Frozen the Musical

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

23 Jul - 26 Feb

Future U

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

2 Dec - 27 Mar

Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Australia's favourite outdoor cinema returns to Melbourne at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

29 Oct - 31 Mar

South Wharf Summer Garden

A pop-up cocktail garden reminiscent of beach days and the Amalfi coast.

20 Jan

Kids’ Takeover at the Library

The Library transforms their spaces into a fun and interactive playground for children.

23 Sep - 1 Aug

Seeing the Invisible

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

6 Dec - 28 Oct

NGV Architecture Commission: Pond[er]

An outdoor installation, complete with a pink pond.

12 Nov - 29 Apr

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

See the Broadway sensation at Melbourne's Regent Theatre.

5 Jan - 25 Apr

Live at the Bowl

An open-air program of music, dance, circus, community-led and family-friendly events.

2 Dec - 25 Apr

Melbourne Street Eatz

Melbourne’s favourite food truck event is back with weekly rotating trucks, bars and live music.

18 Dec - 30 Jan

School holidays

Entertain the whole family over the school holidays with these kid-friendly events and activities.

2 Dec - 30 Jan

Jurassic World by Brickman

Jurassic World by Brickman is an adventure 6 million LEGO bricks in the making.

25 Jun - 6 Feb

Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories

The first major retrospective of the Melbourne-based artist.

31 Jul - 19 Feb

Heritage House Tour: Robin Boyd's Walsh Street

Tour the house Robin Boyd designed for his own family in 1957.

2 Dec - 24 Apr

MPavilion

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

8 Nov - 12 Jun

A Miracle Constantly Repeated, by Patricia Piccinini

Flinders Street Station’s ballroom opens its doors for Australia’s pre-eminent visual artist.

8 Jan

Melbourne Harmony Festival

Presenting the shared music, art, and culture of the people of the Eastern Mediterranean.

30 Oct - 23 Jan

Disney: The Magic of Animation

Discover the creativity and innovation of almost 100 years of Disney Animation.

2 Dec - 30 Jan

Happy Place Melbourne

Experience one-of-a-kind installations and multi-sensory immersive rooms.

10 Nov - 28 Feb

Xplore Melbourne

Xplore Melbourne is an augmented reality treasure hunt which brings Melbourne city to life.

22 Dec - 25 Apr

Bark Ladies

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

28 Jan - 4 Feb

The Big Bounce

The world's largest jumping castle returns to Melbourne this January.

5 Jan - 9 Jan

Shaun the Sheep's Circus Show

Circa’s unbelievable acrobats in a high-flying family adventure based on the hit TV show.

12 Mar - 6 Feb

Big Weather

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

29 Apr - 28 Feb

Flash Forward

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

19 Nov - 31 May

Punting on the Lake

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

17 May - 18 Feb

Dream Factory: GMH Design at Fishermans Bend 1964-2020

This exhibition celebrates the story of GMH design in Melbourne.

3 Dec - 17 Feb

Melbourne Music Week

Emerge from lockdown with the return of live music for this city-wide event.

30 Apr - 26 Jun

Spectrum: An Exploration of Colour

An exhibition exploring colour in works drawn from the NGV.

5 Nov - 9 Jan

Leica Oskar Barnack Award

An exhibition of photographs from the Leica Oskar Barnack Award.

8 Jan

Renée Geyer

Enjoy the gritty, powerful and instantly recognisable voice of Renée Geyer.

18 May - 31 Dec

Shrine Tours

Experience more at the Shrine with a guided tour

5 Dec - 23 Jan

Sketch the City

Rediscover Melbourne’s city centre on a walking tour while sketching the urban environment.

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