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Major events

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 National Reconciliation Week
Wed 27 May 2015 to Wed 03 Jun 2015
The City of Melbourne celebrates National Reconciliation Week from 27 May to 3 June.
Image of Good Beer Week
Sat 16 May 2015 to Sun 24 May 2015
Good Beer Week is a nine-day celebration of all that's great about beer.
Image of Emerging Writers' Festival
Tue 26 May 2015 to Fri 05 Jun 2015
Hear new voices at the Emerging Writers' Festival, presenting an exciting program of events, panels, performance and workshops.
Image of The WW1 Centenary Exhibition
Fri 17 Apr 2015 to Sun 04 Oct 2015
The WW1 Centenary Exhibition, to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, is the most significant exhibition to leave Great Britain.
Image of National Writers' Conference
Sat 30 May 2015 to Sun 31 May 2015
Two days at Melbourne Town Hall is a great way to spend a weekend, and this year’s conference timetable is packed.
Image of Oz Comic–Con Melbourne
Sat 27 Jun 2015 to Sun 28 Jun 2015
Oz Comic-Con is the ultimate expo for pop culture fans in Australia, with a show floor packed with exhibitors, celebrities and panels.
Image of The Rocky Horror Show
Fri 12 Jun 2015 to Sun 12 Jul 2015
Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this all-new 40th-anniversary production of Richard O'Brien's classic original!
Image of Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Thu 28 May 2015 to Sun 07 Jun 2015
The 2015 Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) presents an incredible program featuring some of the world's leading jazz artists.
Image of Melbourne Cabaret Festival
Thu 18 Jun 2015 to Sun 28 Jun 2015
Experience two weeks of atmospheric, seductive and soul-stirring entertainment.
Image of Masterpieces from the Hermitage
Fri 31 Jul 2015 to Sat 28 Nov 2015
The Masterpieces from the Hermitage exhibition features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great.
Image of Strictly Ballroom the Musical
Tue 20 Jan 2015 to Sun 26 Jul 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 The Lion King
Fri 20 Feb 2015 to Sun 23 Aug 2015
Brilliantly re-imagined by director Julie Taymor, The Lion King has been transformed into a spectacular theatrical experience.
Image of State of Origin Game II
Wed 17 Jun 2015, 8pm – 9:30pm
Rugby League's showpiece event, the Holden State of Origin Series, is returning to Melbourne for the first time in 18 years.
Image of Anything Goes
Wed 27 May 2015 to Sun 05 Jul 2015
Helpmann Award-winning Dean Bryan and Andrew Hallsworth's brand-new production of Cole Porter's de-lightful, de-lovely musical, Anything Goes.
Image of The Australian Ballet presents The Dream
Thu 04 Jun 2015 to Sat 13 Jun 2015
Mischievous sprites, tangled loves and dazzling dance: this sparkling ballet triple bill is an effervescent evening for all the family.
Image of The Australian Ballet presents Cinderella
Fri 19 Jun 2015 to Sat 27 Jun 2015
Witty, vibrant, glamorous and romantic, Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella will sweep you off your feet.
Image of 2015 International Champions Cup
Sat 18 Jul 2015 to Fri 24 Jul 2015
The International Champions Cup Australia, presented by Audi, is coming to Melbourne in 2015.
Image of David Bowie Is
Thu 16 Jul 2015 to Sun 01 Nov 2015
ACMI presents David Bowie Is, the acclaimed exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Image of The Australian Ballet presents 20:21
Thu 27 Aug 2015 to Sat 05 Sep 2015
The best of the 20th century, the freshest of the 21st: this electrifying triple bill showcases ballet giants past and present.
Image of The Age Run Melbourne, Presented by People's Choice
Sun 26 Jul 2015, all day
Take on the streets of Melbourne and its most iconic landmarks in the most exciting running event in the city.
Image of Open House Melbourne
Sat 25 Jul 2015 to Sun 26 Jul 2015
Every building has a story to tell - Open House invites you to spend the weekend exploring Melbourne's special buildings.
Image of Melbourne International Film Festival
Thu 30 Jul 2015 to Sun 16 Aug 2015
Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is a film-lover's paradise. See international premieres, red carpet glamour and the best global cinema.
Image of Melbourne Writers Festival
Thu 20 Aug 2015 to Sun 30 Aug 2015
In 2015 Victoria’s premier annual literary event turns 30, celebrating the world of literature, sharing stories and inspiring readers.
Image of Melbourne Fringe Festival
Wed 16 Sep 2015 to Sun 04 Oct 2015
Melbourne Fringe Festival is an open-access event that brings the city alive with over 400 events, performances and exhibitions.
Image of South East Asia Festival
Sat 03 Oct 2015 to Sun 04 Oct 2015
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Australian and ASEAN relations. This ten nation event hosts the best food, cultural, music and family activities.
Image of Melbourne Festival
Thu 08 Oct 2015 to Sun 25 Oct 2015
Melbourne Festival is one of the world's leading arts festivals and Australia's premier celebration of art and culture from around the world.
Image of CATS
Fri 18 Dec 2015 to Sun 10 Jan 2016
The acclaimed revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's record-breaking musical CATS comes to Melbourne's Regent Theatre from December 18.

 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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