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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 Docklands Winter Fireworks
Fri 01 Jul 2016 to Fri 26 Aug 2016
Start your weekend with a spectacular light show during July and August with the free Friday-night fireworks over Docklands.
Image of Our city this winter
Discover winter masterpieces, or watch masters at work with the latest hit musical. Tuck into hearty meals at cosy restaurants, or delight the kids with Friday night fireworks over Docklands. Find your next Melbourne moment this winter.
Image of Queen Victoria Market
Tue 01 Jul 2014 to Sat 31 Dec 2016
Queen Victoria Market is much more than Melbourne's shopping mecca – it's a historic landmark, a tourist attraction and a Melbourne institution.
Image of Matilda the Musical
Sun 13 Mar 2016 to Fri 11 Nov 2016
Don't miss the award-winning Matilda the Musical, a tale of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Image of 200 Years of Australian Fashion
Sat 05 Mar 2016 to Sun 31 Jul 2016
The first major survey of Australian fashion to be undertaken in this country features over 120 works by more than ninety designers.
Image of Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Sat 19 Mar 2016 to Sun 02 Oct 2016
Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition!
Image of The Sound of Music
Fri 13 May 2016 to Sun 31 Jul 2016
Following its record-breaking run at the London Palladium, the world's best-loved musical, The Sound of Music, is coming to Melbourne!
Image of Scorsese
Thu 26 May 2016 to Sun 18 Sep 2016
Featuring over 600 objects and a rich selection of footage, Scorsese explores the director's work.
Image of Degas: A New Vision
Fri 24 Jun 2016 to Sun 18 Sep 2016
An exhibition of one of the world’s most loved artists, Edgar Degas, showcasing the artist's talent in a new light.
Image of International Champions Cup
Sat 23 Jul 2016 to Fri 29 Jul 2016
Europe's best footballers are coming to Melbourne, when Juventus, Atletico and Tottenham Hotspur will take the field with Melbourne Victory.
Image of Melbourne International Film Festival
Thu 28 Jul 2016 to Sun 14 Aug 2016
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema.
Image of Open House Melbourne Weekend 2016
Sat 30 Jul 2016 to Sun 31 Jul 2016
Showcasing buildings of significance in a free and accessible format so everyone can experience the value of good design and architecture.
Image of Melbourne Writers Festival
Fri 26 Aug 2016 to Sun 04 Sep 2016
Melbourne Writers Festival returns to celebrate a world of literature, explore universal ideas and inspire a global community of readers.
Image of Melbourne Day Flag Raising Ceremony
Tue 30 Aug 2016, 9am – 10am
Bring your friends and family along for the official flag-raising ceremony and live entertainment for Melbourne Day 2016 at Enterprize Park.
Image of We Will Rock You
Tue 30 Aug 2016 to Sun 09 Oct 2016
We Will Rock You, the worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton returns to Melbourne!
Image of Melbourne Festival
Thu 06 Oct 2016 to Sun 23 Oct 2016
Melbourne Festival is one of Australia's flagship international arts festivals and one of the major multi-arts festivals of the world.
Image of Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016
Thu 15 Sep 2016 to Sun 02 Oct 2016
The Melbourne Fringe Festival is Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase.
Image of 2016 Royal Melbourne Show
Sat 17 Sep 2016 to Tue 27 Sep 2016
Come along to the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show, Victoria's largest and most iconic annual community event.
Image of Kinky Boots
Wed 12 Oct 2016 to Sun 27 Nov 2016
Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit and it's coming to Melbourne!
Image of Equitana Melbourne
Thu 17 Nov 2016 to Sun 20 Nov 2016
Equitana is the most anticipated equine event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting over 50,000 visitors.
Image of The Ring Cycle
Mon 21 Nov 2016 to Fri 16 Dec 2016
Opera Australia's major production of Wagner's The Ring Cycle returns to Arts Centre Melbourne.
Image of The Book of Mormon
Wed 18 Jan 2017 to Fri 31 Mar 2017
The Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, comes to Melbourne!

 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 offers a wealth of entertainment options. Catch a performance at one of Melbourne's many theatre venues – there are many great shows, musicals and plays to enjoy.
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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