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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 The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier
Fri 17 Oct 2014 to Sun 08 Feb 2015
The unconventional and playfully irreverent designs of Jean Paul Gaultier will be celebrated in this international exhibition.
Image of MPavilion
Tue 07 Oct 2014 to Sun 01 Feb 2015
MPavilion a new kind of clubhouse - a commissioned space and a meeting place where you can enjoy free talks, workshops and performances.
Image of Summer Night Market
Wed 05 Nov 2014 to Wed 25 Mar 2015
Emerging designers, artists, musicians and foodies showcase their talents at one of Melbourne's favourite summer evening events.
Image of Moonlight Cinema Melbourne
Thu 04 Dec 2014 to Sun 29 Mar 2015
Australia's favourite and biggest outdoor cinema, Moonlight Cinema, shows advance screenings, new releases and cult favourites all summer long.
Image of AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015
Fri 09 Jan 2015 to Sat 31 Jan 2015
Asia's biggest football tournament, the AFC Asia Cup, is coming to Australia for the first time in January 2015 and Melbourne will host seven games.
Image of Australian Open 2015
Mon 19 Jan 2015 to Sun 01 Feb 2015
January in Melbourne means only one thing – the Australian Open is back in town!
Image of SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival 2015
Fri 23 Jan 2015 to Sat 21 Feb 2015
Over five extraordinary summer weekends, the Melbourne Arts Precinct is turned on its head with music, dance, circus, theatre and art.
Image of Australia Day RACV Picnic and Federation Vehicle Display
Mon 26 Jan 2015, 10am – 4pm
Celebrate Australia Day with a family picnic at Kings Domain Gardens.
Image of Star Trek In Concert
Sat 31 Jan 2015 to Sun 01 Feb 2015
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presents Star Trek in Concert, live at the Plenary, screening J.J. Abrams film while the MSO performs the score live.
Image of Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the biggest event on Melbourne's Chinese calendar, bringing with it two weeks of celebration and festivities.
Image of Pause Fest 2015
Mon 09 Feb 2015 to Sun 15 Feb 2015
Pause Fest is Australia’s premier digital event, aimed at supporting and showcasing the best in creative and tech.
Image of Robert Jacks: Order and Variation
Fri 03 Oct 2014 to Sun 15 Feb 2015
The first large-scale retrospective of Robert Jacks, one of Australia’s most significant and accomplished abstract artists.
Image of Strictly Ballroom the Musical
Tue 20 Jan 2015 to Sun 15 Mar 2015
The brand-new production of Strictly Ballroom the Musical has audiences dancing in the aisles in a kaleidoscope of colour and fun.
Image of Totem
Wed 21 Jan 2015 to Sun 29 Mar 2015
Featuring a cast of 45 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers, Totem is an uplifting array of athleticism, comedy and surprising visual effects.
Image of Thriller Live
Wed 28 Jan 2015 to Sun 08 Feb 2015
Direct from London's West End, Thriller Live celebrates the undisputed King of Pop featuring the songs of Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five.
Image of White Night Melbourne
Sat 21 Feb 2015 to Sun 22 Feb 2015
White Night Melbourne, Australia's most celebrated cultural event, returns for one night only, featuring local, national and international artists.
Image of Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Wed 25 Mar 2015 to Sun 19 Apr 2015
Offering a month-long program of stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre, street performance, film, television, radio and visual arts.
Image of The Lion King
Fri 20 Feb 2015 to Sun 10 May 2015
Brilliantly re-imagined by director Julie Taymor, The Lion King has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience.
Image of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
Fri 27 Feb 2015 to Sun 15 Mar 2015
Melbourne Food and Wine Festival will take a journey to new frontiers of flavour with amazing international guests and exciting events over 17 days.
Image of Melbourne International Design Week 2015
Mon 11 May 2015 to Sun 17 May 2015
Melbourne International Design Week is a celebration of design excellence.
Image of Anything Goes
Sun 31 May 2015 to Sat 20 Jun 2015
Helpmann Award-winning Dean Bryan and Andrew Hallsworth stage a brand new production of Cole Porter's de-lightful, de-lovely musical, Anything Goes.

 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 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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