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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 The Age Good Food Month
Sat 01 Nov 2014 to Sun 30 Nov 2014
The Age Good Food Month presented by Citi bolts out of the gates on 1 November with a bumper program of culinary delights.
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 Tosca
Wed 12 Nov 2014 to Sat 13 Dec 2014
See John Bell's production of Tosca, one of the world's most beloved operas, set to Puccini's rousing music.
Image of Mazda Opera in the Bowl
Sat 13 Dec 2014, 8pm – till late
Staged at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this free concert celebrates the magic and memorable moments in opera.
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 Christmas festival
The annual Christmas Festival transforms the city into a magical place with wonderful large-scale decorations, festive events and the best shopping and dining in Melbourne.
Image of The Big Design Market
Fri 05 Dec 2014 to Sun 07 Dec 2014
The Big Design Market brings together the best of Australian and international design for three huge days of shopping all under one roof.
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 ACO – Paganini Tognetti
Wed 10 Dec 2014, 8pm – 10pm
Experience Italian showpieces written by some of the earliest violin virtuosos and high octane 20th-century string works.
Image of Grease
Thu 11 Dec 2014 to Thu 08 Jan 2015
Grease is still the word, as John Frost's new multimillion-dollar production comes to Melbourne, starring Rob Mills, Gretel Scarlett and Bert Newton.
Image of New Year's Eve at Federation Square
Wed 31 Dec 2014, 8pm – till late
New Year's Eve at Federation Square will be a colourful spectacle of African beats, samba dance, circus acts and neon lights.
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 Ride the Night
Sat 31 Jan 2015 to Sun 01 Feb 2015
Australia's first mass, night-time bike riding event is coming to Melbourne.
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 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 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 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 Festival 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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