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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.
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Discover your Melbourne moment this summer. Wander through beautiful parks and gardens, stroll along our vibrant waterfront and enjoy alfresco dining at its finest. Our city is a journey waiting to happen.
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Fri 10 Mar 2017 to Mon 13 Mar 2017
Moomba Festival is back in full swing this Labour Day long weekend, 10–13 March, with a chock-a-block program of free events for the entire family.
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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.
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Wed 12 Oct 2016 to Sun 26 Mar 2017
Kinky Boots is the hilarious and heart-warming new musical now playing at Her Majesty's Theatre, but it must leave 26 March!
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.
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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.
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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.
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Wed 30 Nov 2016 to Sun 26 Feb 2017
QV's Outdoor Cinema in QV Square is back and running throughout summer.
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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 Asia TOPA
Sun 08 Jan 2017 to Sun 30 Apr 2017
Enjoy this festival of performing arts that celebrates Australia's connections with contemporary Asia.
Image of The Book of Mormon
Wed 18 Jan 2017 to Thu 04 May 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 Cirque du Soleil - Kooza
Fri 20 Jan 2017 to Sun 26 Mar 2017
Presented under the air-conditioned Big Top at Flemington Racecourse, Kooza by Cirque du Soleil combines death-defying acrobatics with clowning.
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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.
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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 Cinema at the 'G
Fri 24 Feb 2017 to Sat 25 Feb 2017
The hallowed MCG turf will be transformed from a playing surface to a viewing surface with the launch of spectacular open-air cinema this summer.
Image of 30th Lonsdale St Greek Festival
Sat 25 Feb 2017 to Sun 26 Feb 2017
The 30th Lonsdale St Greek Festival will take over the city's historic Greek Precinct in February 2017.
Image of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
Wed 01 Mar 2017 to Sun 19 Mar 2017
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is an annual celebration of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.
Image of Dance Massive at Arts House
Tue 14 Mar 2017 to Sun 26 Mar 2017
As part of the fifth iteration of Dance Massive, Arts House is presenting 10 dance works with over 50 artists across 12 invigorating days.
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.
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 Flower and Garden Show
Wed 29 Mar 2017 to Sun 02 Apr 2017
The Southern Hemisphere's largest and most loved horticultural event, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show returns in March 2017.
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 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2017
Fri 31 Mar 2017 to Sun 09 Apr 2017
Come along to the 25th anniversary of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, showcasing the produce, talent and lifestyle of Melbourne.
Image of Art + Climate = Change
Wed 19 Apr 2017 to Sun 14 May 2017
This is a festival of climate change-related arts and ideas, including 30 curated exhibitions alongside keynote lectures and public programs.
Image of Disney's Aladdin - The Musical
Wed 26 Apr 2017 to Sun 16 Jul 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.

 More to explore

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There's always something going on at Fed Square, with an impressive calendar of events and activities taking place throughout the year.
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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.
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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.
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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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