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Festivals & events
Find out what's on in Melbourne with a curated list of unmissable festivals and events.​
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Image of Firelight Festival Opening Weekend
Fri 29 Jun 2018 to Sun 01 Jul 2018
Come feel the warmth and see Docklands in a new light - firelight! It's Melbourne's winter festival celebrating the solstice.
Image of Winter Night Market
Wed 06 Jun 2018 to Wed 29 Aug 2018
Experience the night as the Queen Victoria Market comes alive this winter.
Image of MARVEL Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N
Thu 15 Mar 2018 to Sun 15 Jul 2018
Delve into the history, science, engineering, genetics, technology and profiles of Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man and more.
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 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 Smells Like a Song
Fri 18 May 2018 to Fri 17 Aug 2018
Enjoy a night of musical mayhem that celebrates the very best in improvisation and onstage collaboration.
Image of Beyond Bluestone
Sat 17 Mar 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018
From the Metro City Loop to those infamous housing commission flats, find out more about these important projects which are now taken for granted.
Image of Tolarno Galleries Winter Program
Thu 07 Jun 2018 to Sat 18 Aug 2018
This cutting-edge Melbourne gallery, established in 1967, presents new works from contemporary Australian artists this winter.
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 Emerging Writers' Festival
Tue 19 Jun 2018 to Fri 29 Jun 2018
The festival brings together over 200 emerging storytellers to discuss, debate and connect with audiences, at programmed events held across Melbourne.
Image of Serpent Songs/Windshadows - Gerard Crewdson
Wed 20 Jun 2018 to Sat 07 Jul 2018
For Sound Series 2018, Gerard Crewdson presents site-specific acoustic sound sculptures.
Image of Boutique Winter Marketplace
Sat 23 Jun 2018 to Sun 29 Jul 2018
Craft Markets Australia and Queen Vic Market present a buzzing new temporary marketplace within the market's historic sheds.
Image of MSO's Mid-Season Gala with Anne Sophie-Mutter.
Sat 23 Jun 2018, 7:30pm – 10pm
Experience the colour and drama of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Mid-Season Gala, featuring violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.
Image of Joe Chindamo and Zoë Black at NGV Friday Nights
Fri 29 Jun 2018, 6pm – 10pm
NGV Friday Nights includes after-hours access to the exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 years of Modern and Contemporary art, live jazz, food and bars.
Image of Circus Oz Precarious
Fri 29 Jun 2018 to Sun 15 Jul 2018
Circus Oz tumbles into Melbourne in their 40th year with a brand new show, Precarious, in the Botanic Gardens.
Image of Melbourne Rare Book Week
Fri 29 Jun 2018 to Sun 08 Jul 2018
A celebration of literature and the importance of the printed word in this UNESCO City of Literature.
Image of Orange Silent Disco
Fri 29 Jun 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Dress up in orange and take a silent disco tour of the Dock and Victoria Harbour Promenade with Guru Dudu, as part of Firelight Festival.
Image of Swan Lake on Ice
Tue 03 Jul 2018 to Sun 08 Jul 2018
See world-class ice skating in the intimacy of the theatre as The Imperial Ice Stars present Swan Lake on Ice.
Image of Shibori - Japanese Textile Exhibition
Tue 03 Jul 2018 to Fri 20 Jul 2018
Kimono House Gallery in Melbourne's Nicholas Building presents an exhibition of Shibori - the resist-dyed textiles of Japan.
Image of Forgotten Faces
Thu 05 Jul 2018 to Tue 24 Jul 2018
A solo exhibition by Sydney artist Kristone Capistrano, researching the migrant voices of early colonial Australia.
Image of The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Fri 06 Jul 2018 to Sat 14 Jul 2018
The Melbourne Documentary Film Festival aims to feature the freshest and most innovative documentaries from Australia and around the world.
Image of Boho Luxe Winter Market - Winter Wanderlust
Sun 08 Jul 2018, 10am – 5pm
Boho Luxe Market presents Winter Wanderlust, a huge one-day shopping extravaganza showcasing fashion, glamping and vegan food and wares.
Image of Finders Keepers Market
Fri 13 Jul 2018 to Sun 15 Jul 2018
The Finders Keepers market is a massive three-day event, featuring over 250 independent art and design stalls, live entertainment and food.
Image of Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show
Thu 12 Jul 2018 to Sun 19 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 Bastille Day French Festival
Sat 14 Jul 2018 to Sun 15 Jul 2018
Dive into this two-day festival of all things French!
Image of An Ideal Husband
Mon 16 Jul 2018 to Sat 18 Aug 2018
The incomparable Gina Riley leads a stellar cast in this timeless Oscar Wilde comedy.
Image of Miles Munn - Comedy at Loop
Wed 18 Jul 2018 to Thu 19 Jul 2018
See comedian Miles Munn's new material at the Loop Bar.
Image of Mork and Mind
Sat 21 Jul 2018, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Enjoy a comedy charity show celebrating Robin Williams, on the anniversary of his birthday, with all profits going to Mind Australia.
Image of Andrea Keller’s Five Below at NGV Friday Nights
Fri 20 Jul 2018, 6pm – 10pm
NGV Friday Nights includes after-hours access to the exhibition MoMA at NGV: 130 years of Modern and Contemporary art, live jazz, food and bars.
Image of West Side Story: Performed Live to Film
Fri 27 Jul 2018 to Sat 28 Jul 2018
Experience Leonard Bernstein's toe-tapping score live when Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform it alongside the Academy Award-winning film.
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 Ensemble Density: Structures, Melbourne '66
Tue 31 Jul 2018, 6pm – 7pm
Nine contemporary musicians revisit improvised music from the mid-1960s Melbourne scene.
Image of Melbourne Art Fair
Thu 02 Aug 2018 to Sun 05 Aug 2018
Melbourne Art Fair 2018 showcases some of the region's newest and most exciting contemporary artists this winter.
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 Bernstein Classics
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Unfold the musical legacy of legendary American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, during Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Bernstein Celebration
Image of Bernstein Classics
Wed 15 Aug 2018, 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Unfold the musical legacy of legendary American composer and conductor, Leonard Bernstein, during Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Bernstein Celebration
Image of Simone Young Conducts Brahms
Sun 19 Aug 2018, 5pm – 7pm
Join internationally acclaimed conductor Simone Young as she leads the youthful and energetic ANAM Orchestra in Brahms' Symphony no.3.
Image of Turban Fest
Sun 19 Aug 2018, 11am – 5pm
come and enjoy the vibrant Bhangra dances, turban tying, Sikh martial arts and more at Turban Fest.
Image of Law Oration
Tue 21 Aug 2018, 6pm – 7:30pm
The annual Law Oration is a free community event that explores important legal issues that affect our lives and shape our community.
Image of Law Oration
Tue 21 Aug 2018, 6pm – 7:30pm
The annual Law Oration is a free community event that explores important legal issues that affect our lives and shape our community.
Image of Synthesizers: Sound of the Future
Thu 19 Apr 2018 to Sun 09 Sep 2018
Synthesizers: Sound of the Future tells the story of the Grainger Museum and how it became an incubator for electronic music in the late 1960s.
Image of Son of a Preacher Man – The Dusty Springfield Story
Fri 22 Jun 2018 to Fri 24 Aug 2018
Enjoy the songs and story of Dusty Springfield, brought to life in a stunning cabaret tribute performance by acclaimed cabaret artist, Mel Djuric.
Image of Melbourne Coffee Tour
Wed 06 Dec 2017 to Sat 01 Dec 2018
Take a café cultural trek through Melbourne's specialty coffee trail of laneways, brew houses and hidden history.
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 Docklands Community Yoga Classes
Fri 26 Jan 2018 to Sat 22 Dec 2018
Join Lydia from Roar Spirit Yoga as she guides you through a slow and energetic vinyasa flow every Saturday morning at The Hub in Docklands.
Image of Kings of Comedy
Fri 08 Jun 2018 to Fri 31 Aug 2018
Come and experience the freshest mix of Melbourne's best up-and-coming talent at the city's best new weekly comedy room.
Image of Insomnia Race
Fri 23 Feb 2018 to Mon 31 Dec 2018
Insomnia Race is a unique car-based night-time team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs!
Image of You Can’t Do That
Fri 02 Mar 2018 to Sun 15 Jul 2018
You Can’t Do That celebrates moments in the careers of Melbourne fashion figures who proved their mettle.

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