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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 Christmas Projections
Fri 29 Nov 2019 to Wed 25 Dec 2019
Melbourne comes alive with glittering light projections again this Christmas, over three locations in the city.
Image of Gingerbread Village
Sat 30 Nov 2019 to Tue 24 Dec 2019
See iconic Melbourne landmarks built entirely out of gingerbread in this magical event for the whole family.
Image of Christmas in Melbourne
Celebrate Christmas in Melbourne with stunning projections, christmas carols, festive markets and a visit from Santa.
Image of Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines
Sun 01 Dec 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
In this world premiere exhibition, explore the work of two of the most significant and influential artists of the late 20th century.
Image of Christmas Square at Federation Square
Fri 29 Nov 2019 to Tue 24 Dec 2019
Visit Santa and marvel at the nightly Christmas Tree Light shows at Christmas Square.
Image of Myer Christmas Windows
Sun 10 Nov 2019 to Sun 05 Jan 2020
One of Melbourne's most anticipated Christmas traditions, Myer Christmas Windows, has finally launched, revealing May Gibbs' The Gumnut Babies theme.
Image of Moonlight Cinema
Thu 28 Nov 2019 to Sun 29 Mar 2020
Picturesque parklands, sparkling summer starlight and fantastic food – gather your loved ones and treat yourself to a night of cinematic splendour.
Image of Summer of Dance
Mon 02 Dec 2019 to Sat 29 Feb 2020
Shimmy into the Immigration Museum this summer as it celebrates dance with participatory dance experiences, residencies and performances.
Image of MPavilion
Thu 14 Nov 2019 to Sun 22 Mar 2020
MPavilion 2019, deigned by Glenn Murcutt AO, reopens in November for its sixth annual season.
Image of NGV Friday Nights
Fri 06 Dec 2019 to Fri 10 Apr 2020
NGV Friday Nights returns this summer during the Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines exhibition.
Image of Mini Mega Model Museum
Sat 07 Dec 2019 to Tue 30 Jun 2020
Discover more than 200 astounding models from the museum's own collection: zoomed-in, miniature, life-sized and everything in between.
Image of Chicago
Sat 14 Dec 2019 to Fri 21 Feb 2020
A universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, Chicago has one show-stopping song after another and the slickest dancing in town.
Image of Summer Night Market
Wed 20 Nov 2019 to Wed 11 Mar 2020
Melbourne’s original and favourite night market returns to Queen Vic Market for its biggest summer yet.
Image of Hamlet - The Australian Shakespeare Company
Fri 20 Dec 2019 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
The Australian Shakespeare Company's 'Under the Stars' program presents Hamlet, arguably the greatest tragedy in English theatre.
Image of The Wind in the Willows
Tue 24 Dec 2019 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Full of laughs and surprises for kids and adults alike, 'The Wind in the Willows' is interactive theatre at its best.
Image of Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs New Zealand
Thu 26 Dec 2019 to Mon 30 Dec 2019
The iconic Domain Boxing Day Test is full of great experiences, and watching the match is just one of them!
Image of New Year's Eve
See the spectacular fireworks show on New Year's Eve from anywhere in greater Melbourne or a celebration zone in the central city.
Image of Cirque Stratosphere
Fri 03 Jan 2020 to Sat 11 Jan 2020
This summer’s smash hit spectacular, Cirque Stratosphere, will turn Hamer Hall into a space age utopia for 8 days only in January.
Image of Legends in Concert
Thu 09 Jan 2020 to Sun 26 Jan 2020
Come to an evening of tributes to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Village People, Dusty Springfield, Diana Ross and Lady Gaga.
Image of War Horse
Fri 10 Jan 2020 to Fri 07 Feb 2020
War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event from the National Theatre of Great Britain, is returning to Melbourne in February 2020.
Image of Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
Fri 10 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Over two big weekends enjoy all the offerings from the Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival - a highlight of Melbourne's summer event calendar.
Image of NGV Kids Summer Festival
Sat 11 Jan 2020 to Sun 19 Jan 2020
Get creative this January at the annual NGV Kids Summer Festival.
Image of Midsumma Festival
Sun 19 Jan 2020 to Sun 09 Feb 2020
Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier three-week LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival celebrating diversity and inclusion.
Image of Midsumma Carnival
Sun 19 Jan 2020, 11am – 10pm
Kick-starting the 22-day Midsumma Festival, the Midsumma Carnival features an array of artists and performers, things to do, eat, see and experience.
Image of Australian Open
Mon 20 Jan 2020 to Sun 02 Feb 2020
Be open to anything at Australian Open 2020. Watch, cheer and play your way through fourteen days of on and off court action and entertainment.
Image of Velvet, Iron, Ashes
Thu 24 Oct 2019 to Sun 12 Jul 2020
Discover surprising connections between extraordinary people, events and icons from Victoria's history.
Image of Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness
Fri 20 Sep 2019 to Mon 13 Apr 2020
Explore a comprehensive survey of 25 years of the oeuvre of the New York artist known as Kaws, full of humour, hope and humanity.
Image of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Fri 09 Aug 2019 to Sun 02 Feb 2020
Roald Dahl’s delicious tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is a delectable treat featuring songs from the original film.
Image of Come From Away
Wed 03 Jul 2019 to Sun 16 Feb 2020
Don't miss this new Broadway musical that tells the true 9/11 story of thousands of stranded passengers and the Newfoundland town that welcomed them.
Image of Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks
Fri 24 May 2019 to Sun 05 Apr 2020
Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks is a suite of exhibitions and experiences exploring the art of tattoo.
Image of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Wed 16 Jan 2019 to Sun 12 Jul 2020
Experience the magic of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two.
Image of Zoo Twilights
Fri 24 Jan 2020 to Sat 07 Mar 2020
Zoo Twilights invites concert-goers to pick a spot under the stars on Melbourne Zoo's lawns for an unforgettable night of music.
Image of Opera for the People
Sat 01 Feb 2020, 8pm – till late
Opera for the People is a free performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
Image of Chinatown's Chinese New Year Festival 
Sun 02 Feb 2020, 10am – 9pm
Chinatown's Chinese New Year Festival is a celebration of Chinese culture, culminating in the famous Dai Loong Big Dragon Parade.
Image of Pause Fest
Wed 05 Feb 2020 to Fri 07 Feb 2020
Pause Fest is designed for progress – everyone eager to develop, network, grow their businesses and explore innovative ways of thinking and doing.
Image of MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts
Wed 05 Feb 2020 to Fri 14 Feb 2020
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's beloved summer tradition returns in 2020!
Image of Billy Elliot the Musical
Thu 20 Feb 2020 to Sat 30 May 2020
Be inspired. Be electrified. Billy Elliot the Musical is coming to Melbourne's Regent Theatre!
Image of Elton John – Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Sat 22 Feb 2020, 4pm – till late
Music icon Elton John visits Australia on his epic Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, delivering his famed songbook on his very last tour.
Image of Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
Sat 29 Feb 2020 to Sun 01 Mar 2020
Come along to the Lonsdale Street Greek Festival for a weekend of Greek food, fun and festivities!
Image of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Wed 04 Mar 2020 to Sat 14 Mar 2020
Experience Australia's largest fashion event - an annual celebration of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.
Image of Moomba Festival
Fri 06 Mar 2020 to Mon 09 Mar 2020
Moomba Festival is back in full swing, with a chock-a-block program of free events for the entire family.
Image of Turkish Pazar Festival
Sat 07 Mar 2020 to Sun 08 Mar 2020
This traditional Turkish street bazaar at the iconic Queen Victoria Market is free, family friendly and fun for everyone!
Image of ICC Women's T20 World Cup Final
Sun 08 Mar 2020, all day
Head to the MCG on International Women's Day, when Melbourne will see a series of blockbuster matches for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup in 2020.
Image of Cirque du Soleil's Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities
Thu 12 Mar 2020 to Sun 26 Apr 2020
Cirque du Soleil's brand new show, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities is set to tour Melbourne from March 2020 under the new grey and white Big Top.
Image of Senior Moments 2
Wed 18 Mar 2020 to Sat 21 Mar 2020
Senior Moments 2, another seriously funny comedy revue with sketches, songs and fun from performers old enough to know better!
Image of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Thu 19 Mar 2020 to Sun 29 Mar 2020
Celebrate everything that makes our city delicious with 10 days of dinners, parties, talks, demonstrations and free events for the whole family.
Image of Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wed 25 Mar 2020 to Sun 19 Apr 2020
The lights of Melbourne shine a little bit brighter when the Melbourne International Comedy Festival takes over town!
Image of Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
Wed 25 Mar 2020 to Sun 29 Mar 2020
The 25th anniversary of the southern hemisphere's largest flower and garden event!
Image of Melbourne Home Show
Thu 16 Apr 2020 to Sun 19 Apr 2020
See, try and buy all the latest products and services for your next home renovation or build.
Image of SIX the Musical
Thu 23 Apr 2020 to Sun 07 Jun 2020
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the microphone to tell their tales.
Image of Melbourne Knowledge Week
Mon 11 May 2020 to Sun 17 May 2020
Discover bold ideas, inspiring creativity and smart technologies in a week of future-focused events for curious minds of all ages.
Image of Pierre Bonnard
Fri 05 Jun 2020 to Sun 04 Oct 2020
Pierre Bonnard is a presentation of the celebrated French artist's works. Award-winning Paris-based designer India Mahdavi will design the exhibition.
Image of Lightscape
Fri 19 Jun 2020 to Sun 19 Jul 2020
See Melbourne Gardens in a new light next winter. Journey through glowing landscapes and walk beneath tree canopies drenched in colour.
Image of DragExpo
Fri 07 Aug 2020 to Sun 09 Aug 2020
The nation's foremost celebration of everything drag, kitsch and pop-culture is coming as DragExpo makes its inaugural sashay into Melbourne!
Image of Australian Music Vault
Tue 19 Dec 2017 to Thu 31 Dec 2020
The Australian Music Vault is a celebration of the Australian contemporary music story.
Image of ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final
Sun 15 Nov 2020, all day
The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will feature premium matches in Melbourne that includes hosts Australia taking on New Zealand on a Friday night.

 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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