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Major Melbourne events
Major events take centre stage in Melbourne throughout the year, from the Australian Open in January to the Melbourne Cup Carnival in November.
Image of Summer in our city
Our city shines in summer. Wander through beautiful parks and gardens, stroll along our vibrant waterfront and enjoy rooftop and alfresco dining. Find your own Melbourne moment this summer.
Image of NGV Triennial
Fri 15 Dec 2017 to Sun 15 Apr 2018
NGV Triennial is a gallery-wide exhibition featuring work by more than 100 artists and designers from 32 countries.
Image of Moomba Festival 2018
Fri 09 Mar 2018 to Mon 12 Mar 2018
Moomba Festival is back in full swing this Labour Day long weekend, with a chock-a-block program of free events for the entire family.
Image of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Thu 21 Dec 2017 to Sat 03 Mar 2018
This summer, the Australian Shakespeare Company presents an exciting new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Image of Dream Lover: The Bobby Darin Musical
Wed 27 Dec 2017 to Sun 04 Mar 2018
Dream Lover reveals the extraordinary story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor, Bobby Darin.
Image of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert
Sun 21 Jan 2018 to Sun 29 Apr 2018
Get ready to shake your groove thing as Australia's most successful homegrown musical rocks into Melbourne.
Image of Zoo Twilights
Fri 26 Jan 2018 to Sat 10 Mar 2018
Twilights has become a summer calendar staple, serving as the ultimate destination for music (and animal) lovers every year for the past 22 years.
Image of NAB AFL Women's Competition
Fri 02 Feb 2018 to Sat 24 Mar 2018
Don't miss your chance to see some of the best AFL Women's players in the country play off at Ikon Park.
Image of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Fri 16 Feb 2018 to Sun 24 Jun 2018
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was an ordinary girl with extraordinary talent.
Image of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the biggest event on Melbourne's Chinese calendar, featuring several weeks of celebration and festivities.
Image of Cinema at the 'G
Fri 23 Feb 2018 to Sat 24 Feb 2018
This summer, Melburnians are invited onto the hallowed turf for an open air cinema experience when Cinema at the ‘G returns over two big nights.
Image of Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
Sun 25 Feb 2018, 11:30am – 5:30pm
The 2018 Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is a family-friendly event with spectacular cultural demonstrations.
Image of Green Day's American Idiot: The Musical
Fri 23 Feb 2018 to Sun 11 Mar 2018
Don't miss the Australian production of Green Day’s American Idiot, the high-octane rock musical.
Image of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Thu 01 Mar 2018 to Sun 18 Mar 2018
Get inspired at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), Australia's largest fashion and industry event.
Image of Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour
Wed 07 Mar 2018 to Thu 08 Mar 2018
Bruno Mars returns to New Zealand and Australia as part of his 24K Magic World Tour.
Image of Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Thu 15 Mar 2018 to Mon 26 Mar 2018
See what's showing at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, screening 130+ LGBTIQ themed films, alongside panels, parties and awards.
Image of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Fri 16 Mar 2018 to Sun 25 Mar 2018
Dive into the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, an annual, state-wide celebration of the Victorian food and wine industry.
Image of River Graze
Fri 16 Mar 2018 to Sun 18 Mar 2018
This free event transforms the banks of the Yarra into a foodie paradise.
Image of Meatstock
Sat 17 Mar 2018 to Sun 18 Mar 2018
Head to the Showgrounds for Meatstock - the music and meat festival. There'll be live bands, barbecue workshops and some of the tastiest smoked meats.
Image of Wine and Cheese Fest
Sat 17 Mar 2018, 10:30am – 2:30pm
The Wine and Cheese Fest will delight your senses with more than 30 quality exhibitors showcasing and sharing their artisanal products.
Image of Herald Sun/City Link Run for the Kids
Sun 18 Mar 2018, 8am – 1pm
Join more than 30,000+ participants in Victoria's most loved fun run to raise much needed funds for the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
Image of Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Wed 21 Mar 2018 to Sun 25 Mar 2018
Immerse your senses when the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show returns in March.
Image of Melbourne International Coffee Expo
Sat 24 Mar 2018, 10am – 5pm
See all the latest and greatest gadgets, machines and supplies, and get your hands on all the coffee you can drink!
Image of Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wed 28 Mar 2018 to Sun 22 Apr 2018
When the Melbourne Town Hall precinct is converted into a giant comedy hub, there is something for every comedy lover.
Image of Good Friday Appeal Kids Day Out
Fri 30 Mar 2018, 10am – 5pm
A fun-filled family day with something for everyone. Entry is free with participation in activities by donation and proceeds to Good Friday Appeal.
Image of Australasian Quilt Convention
Thu 05 Apr 2018 to Sun 08 Apr 2018
The Australasian Quilt Convention is Australia's international quilting event. See the best, learn from the experts and shop for craft supplies.
Image of The HIA Home Show
Thu 05 Apr 2018 to Sun 08 Apr 2018
Building, renovating or making home improvements? This show is packed to the rafters with the best products and new releases from around the world.
Image of Victorian Mosque Open Day
Sun 15 Apr 2018, 10am – 4pm
Various Mosques across Victoria will open their hearts and doors to help drum out Islamophobia and promote social harmony, inviting everybody inside.
Image of Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience
Tue 17 Apr 2018 to Sun 22 Apr 2018
The globetrotting hit returns for its 12th Comedy Festival, but this time to a great new venue in the heart of the city.
Image of Good Beer Week
Fri 11 May 2018 to Sun 20 May 2018
The eighth annual Good Beer Week features guests from around the world, big name chefs, masterclasses, sublime degustations, live music and more.
Image of The Wizard of Oz
Tue 15 May 2018 to Sun 01 Jul 2018
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz.
Image of Good Food and Wine Show
Fri 01 Jun 2018 to Sun 03 Jun 2018
Enjoy a fun day out with friends discovering new foods, new wines and latest products at the Good Food and Wine Show.
Image of MindBodySpirit Festival
Fri 08 Jun 2018 to Mon 11 Jun 2018
Enjoy inspirational seminars, pampering, meditation, psychic readings and more at Australia's largest health, wellbeing and natural therapies event.
Image of Mamma Mia! The Musical
Tue 10 Jul 2018 to Sun 02 Sep 2018
Set on a Greek island and inspired by the story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs, Mamma Mia! The Musical delights audiences of all ages.
Image of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
Fri 13 Jul 2018 to Sun 29 Jul 2018
Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show.
Image of School of Rock – The Musical
Wed 31 Oct 2018 to Sun 25 Nov 2018
Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit, School of Rock.
Image of Carnivores' Trail
Tue 19 Dec 2017 to Mon 31 Dec 2018
Visit Melbourne Zoo's Carnivores' Trail exhibit to see some of the world's most powerful predators like never before.
Image of Australian Music Vault
Tue 19 Dec 2017 to Mon 31 Dec 2018
The Australian Music Vault is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story.

 More to explore

Image of Federation Square - what's on
There's always something going on at Fed Square, with an impressive calendar of events and activities taking place throughout the year.
Image of Theatre & shows
Melbourne's theatre scene offers a wealth of entertainment, from blockbuster musicals to cutting-edge performances and late-night cabaret shows.
Image of Festivals
There's always a festival going on in Melbourne, whether it’s film, comedy, arts, music or design. International artists often top the bill, along with home-grown talent.
Image of Festivals and events calendar
Whenever you visit Melbourne, you are sure to be swept up in one of the city's fantastic festivals or major events that are on throughout the year.


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