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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 festival
The annual Christmas festival transforms the city into a magical place and celebrates the spirit of Christmas in true Melbourne style.
Image of Moonlight Cinema
Thu 08 Dec 2016 to Sun 02 Apr 2017
Summer is set to sizzle as the biggest blockbusters heat up the silver screen at Moonlight Cinema.
Image of The Art of Banksy
Fri 07 Oct 2016 to Sun 22 Jan 2017
Inspired by the streets of London, this exhibition takes visitors on an artistic adventure, exploring the mind of Banksy and his satirical street art.
Image of Kinky Boots
Wed 12 Oct 2016 to Sun 26 Feb 2017
Kinky Boots is the hilarious and heart-warming new musical now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a strictly limited season!
Image of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists
Fri 21 Oct 2016 to Sun 26 Feb 2017
The spectacular and avant-garde creations of international luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf, is showcased in this world-first exhibition.
Image of David Hockney
Fri 11 Nov 2016 to Mon 13 Mar 2017
The NGV presents a major solo exhibition of one of the most influential living artists, David Hockney.
Image of Lee Mingwei:The Moving Garden
Sat 15 Oct 2016 to Sun 29 Jan 2017
The NGV presents Lee Mingwei's The Moving Garden 2009-present, an artwork that creates new, unexpected encounters in the city.
Image of Summer Night Market
Wed 16 Nov 2016 to Wed 08 Mar 2017
Fill those summer nights with Melbourne's largest array of global street food, curated bars, artisan and vintage stall holders and quirky activations.
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 Mapping Melbourne 2016
Thu 01 Dec 2016 to Sat 17 Dec 2016
Multicultural Arts Victoria presents the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne, a festival of free multi-artform events exploring the theme of Asia.
Image of Docklands Forest of Trees
Thu 01 Dec 2016 to Fri 23 Dec 2016
Explore a forest of Christmas trees on the Docklands waterfront.
Image of One Day International - Australia v New Zealand
Fri 09 Dec 2016, 2:20pm – till late
Melbourne's summer of cricket starts early when Australia meets New Zealand at the MCG for the Victoria Bitter One Day International.
Image of African Music and Cultural Festival
Sat 10 Dec 2016, 11am – 9pm
Australia's largest annual African festival proudly returns to Federation Square for the third consecutive year.
Image of Sovereignty
Sat 17 Dec 2016 to Sun 26 Mar 2017
Sovereignty focuses on the art of the First Nation's peoples of South East Australia, and the issues of self-determination, identity and resistance.
Image of Commonwealth Bank Test Series: Australia v Pakistan
Mon 26 Dec 2016 to Fri 30 Dec 2016
Few Australian sporting events evoke as much passion as Test cricket and the rivalry will reach fever pitch when Australia take on Pakistan.
Image of New Year's Eve Melbourne
Sat 31 Dec 2016, 9pm – 1am
City of Melbourne illuminates the city with a spectacular midnight fireworks display, as well as free entertainment at four official live sites.
Image of Circus 1903 - The Golden Age of Circus
Tue 03 Jan 2017 to Thu 12 Jan 2017
The producers of the best-selling magic show in the world have teamed up with award-winning puppeteers from War Horse for this circus spectacular.
Image of Melbourne Latin Summer Festival 2017
Sat 07 Jan 2017, noon – 1am
The flavours, music, culture and passion of Latin America will be taking over the city once again in January 2017.
Image of Midsumma Festival
Sun 15 Jan 2017 to Sun 05 Feb 2017
Experience Midsumma Festival, Victoria's premier queer arts and cultural festival, for and by LGBTQIA+ communities.
Image of Australian Open 2017
Mon 16 Jan 2017 to Sun 29 Jan 2017
The biggest sporting and entertainment event on this summer's social calendar is the Australian Open 2017.
Image of The Book of Mormon
Wed 18 Jan 2017 to Sun 30 Apr 2017
The Broadway musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez, comes to Melbourne!
Image of RACV Australia Day Festival
Thu 26 Jan 2017, 11am – 4pm
Enjoy free family activities, a multicultural food truck park, and a showcase of vintage and classic cars in Melbourne's beautiful city gardens.
Image of Cirque du Soleil - Kooza
Fri 20 Jan 2017 to Sun 12 Mar 2017
Presented under the air-conditioned Big Top at Flemington Racecourse, Kooza by Cirque du Soleil combines death-defying acrobatics with clowning.
Image of Zoo Twilights
Fri 27 Jan 2017 to Sat 11 Mar 2017
Set amongst the historic Melbourne Zoo, Zoo Twilights is the perfect destination to relax and enjoy the best the city has to offer.
Image of Sustainable Living Festival
Sat 04 Feb 2017 to Tue 28 Feb 2017
The Sustainable Living Festival raises awareness and provides tools for change by showcasing leading environmental solutions.
Image of 2017 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix
Thu 23 Mar 2017 to Sun 26 Mar 2017
Melbourne will again play host to the opening round of the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship in March.
Image of Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wed 29 Mar 2017 to Sun 23 Apr 2017
Australia's largest comedy festival will be bringing the local and international laughs back to Melbourne between 29 March and 23 April 2017!
Image of Disney's Aladdin
Wed 26 Apr 2017 to Sun 04 Jun 2017
The beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in Disney's bold new musical comedy.
Image of My Fair Lady
Fri 12 May 2017 to Sun 30 Jul 2017
Ground-breaking, glorious and grand, Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, directed by Julie Andrews, comes to the Regent Theatre in May 2017.
Image of Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Thu 16 Mar 2017 to Mon 27 Mar 2017
See what's showing at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, screening 130+ LGBTIQ themed films, alongside panels, parties and awards.

 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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