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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 Winter in our city
When the temperature drops, Melbourne heats up with a season packed full of events, boutique shopping and cosy dining – your city winter journey starts here.
Image of MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art
Sat 09 Jun 2018 to Sun 07 Oct 2018
NGV presents a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York's iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Image of Vikings: Beyond the Legend
Fri 23 Mar 2018 to Sun 26 Aug 2018
Vikings: Beyond the Legend brings the rich, often-misunderstood culture of Vikings to life, debunking stereotypes and providing fascinating insights.
Image of Wonderland
Thu 05 Apr 2018 to Sun 07 Oct 2018
Wonderland celebrates the screen history of Lewis Carroll's timeless stories.
Image of AFL Sunday Funday
Sun 08 Apr 2018 to Sun 26 Aug 2018
Sunday Funday returns with a bang in 2018 where kids general admission to the MCG and Etihad Stadium will once again be free on Sundays.
Image of We Protest!
Fri 11 May 2018 to Sat 11 Aug 2018
Come along to an exhibition celebrating the streets of Melbourne as a democratic domain.
Image of The Wizard of Oz
Sat 12 May 2018 to Sun 29 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 Firelight Festival Long Table Dinners
Tue 03 Jul 2018 to Tue 31 Jul 2018
Experience the entertainment, culture and community of food enthusiasts at the ultimate dining experience hosted by Chiara at Collins Square.
Image of Mamma Mia! The Musical
Tue 10 Jul 2018 to Sun 30 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 Firelight Festival Speakeasy Series
Tue 10 Jul 2018 to Thu 26 Jul 2018
Experience the best in entertainment this winter with Docklands' Firelight Festival's Speakeasy Series.
Image of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
Thu 12 Jul 2018 to Sun 26 Aug 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 Open House Melbourne Weekend
Sat 28 Jul 2018 to Sun 29 Jul 2018
Explore over 200 buildings, homes and venues around Melbourne as they open their doors for the 11th Open House Melbourne weekend.
Image of Irish Celtic
Tue 31 Jul 2018 to Sun 05 Aug 2018
An unforgettable night of music, storytelling and dance
Image of Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)
Thu 02 Aug 2018 to Sun 19 Aug 2018
MIFF is a film-lover's paradise – see international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best local, national and international cinema.
Image of Melbourne Art Fair
Wed 01 Aug 2018 to Sun 05 Aug 2018
Melbourne Art Fair returns and showcases the region's newest and most exciting contemporary artists this winter.
Image of Melbourne Fashion Week
Fri 31 Aug 2018 to Fri 07 Sep 2018
MFW is the hallmark consumer fashion event of the season, presenting ready-to-wear collections and a diverse program of ticketed and free events.
Image of Madiba the Musical
Wed 03 Oct 2018 to Sun 21 Oct 2018
Madiba the Musical is a powerful and inspiring celebration of the visionary South African leader, Nelson Mandela.
Image of Field of Women
Sun 12 Aug 2018, 11am – 3pm
Be a part of Australia's biggest stand against breast cancer at Breast Cancer Network Australia's Field of Women at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
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 Melbourne Writers Festival
Fri 24 Aug 2018 to Sun 02 Sep 2018
Melbourne Writers Festival brings together the best writers, thinkers and performers from Australia and around the world.
Image of Equitana Melbourne
Thu 15 Nov 2018 to Sun 18 Nov 2018
Australia's equine spectacular showcases four days of entertainment, education, elite competition and shopping.
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.
Image of Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo
Sun 02 Dec 2018 to Sun 07 Apr 2019
The world-premiere exhibition Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo is the centrepiece of the NGV's Spring/Summer 2018/19 season.
Image of Moomba Festival 2019
Fri 08 Mar 2019 to Mon 11 Mar 2019
Moomba Festival is back in full swing, with a chock-a-block program of free events for the entire family.
 

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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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