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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 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 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 Chicago
Sat 14 Dec 2019 to Sun 23 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 War Horse
Fri 10 Jan 2020 to Sat 08 Feb 2020
War Horse, the unforgettable theatrical event from the National Theatre of Great Britain, is returning to Melbourne in February 2020.
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 AO Live Stage
Sun 19 Jan 2020 to Sun 02 Feb 2020
A stellar line-up of artists perform at the AO Live Stage offering 15 days of music at Australian Open 2020.
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 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 Cinema at the 'G
Fri 14 Feb 2020 to Sat 15 Feb 2020
Don't miss your chance to attend Melbourne's most spectacular open-air cinema!
Image of Australia v Victorian All-Stars – Ice Hockey Challenge
Sat 15 Feb 2020 to Sun 16 Feb 2020
After seven years, Australia’s Men’s National Ice Hockey team, the Mighty Roos, are back in Melbourne for the Ice Hockey Challenge 2020.
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 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 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 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 MPavilion
MPavilion is an ongoing series of architecture commissions initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation and supported by City of Melbourne, State Government of Victoria through Creative Victoria, and ANZ.
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 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 Come From Away
Wed 03 Jul 2019 to Sun 08 Mar 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 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 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 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 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 National Sustainable Living Festival
Sat 01 Feb 2020 to Sat 29 Feb 2020
The Sustainable Living Festival aims to inspire and provide solutions to the sustainability and climate challenges we face.
Image of Shrek the Musical
Sun 16 Feb 2020 to Sun 03 May 2020
The lavish and fun multi-million dollar musical comedy Shrek the Musical plays Melbourne's Her Majesty's Theatre.
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 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 Opera in the Market
Mon 17 Feb 2020, 7:45pm – 10:30pm
Opera in the Market returns to Queen Vic Market for one special night!
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 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 Japanese Summer Festival
Sun 23 Feb 2020, 11:30am – 5:30pm
The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival is a family-friendly event with spectacular cultural demonstrations.
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 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 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 Victoria's Multicultural Festival
Sun 29 Mar 2020, 10am – 4pm
This event showcases Victoria’s vibrant cultural traditions through a free program featuring music, dance, sport, film and food for all ages.
Image of Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Thu 12 Mar 2020 to Mon 23 Mar 2020
The Melbourne Queer Film Festival heads into its 30th year to showcase the finest, contemporary queer cinema from Australia and beyond.
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 Boho Luxe Market
Sun 03 May 2020, 10am – 4pm
Join the Tribe for a huge one-day shopping extravaganza, one week before Mother's Day, with cool tunes, great food and beautiful market stalls.
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 Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival
Fri 28 Aug 2020 to Sun 30 Aug 2020
The third annual Boho Luxe Market and Glamping Festival brings that Byron Bay vibe to Melbourne.
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 Hamlet
Thu 23 Apr 2020 to Sun 10 May 2020
Ordered to kill. Tempted to resist. Live or die. Bell Shakespeare's presents one of Shakespeare's most iconic and tragic works.
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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