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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 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 Masterpieces from the Hermitage
Fri 31 Jul 2015 to Sun 08 Nov 2015
The Masterpieces from the Hermitage exhibition features over 400 works from the personal collection of Catherine the Great.
Image of The Lion King
Fri 20 Feb 2015 to Sun 01 Nov 2015
Seen by over 80 million people, Disney's landmark musical event The Lion King is now playing at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne. Must close October!
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 Royal Melbourne Show
Sat 19 Sep 2015 to Tue 29 Sep 2015
The 2015 Royal Melbourne Show, Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event will be held at Melbourne Showgrounds in September.
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 Emirates Melbourne Cup Day
Tue 03 Nov 2015, all day
Emirates Melbourne Cup Day sits at the pinnacle of the Australian racing calendar and is the focal point of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
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.
Image of Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei
Fri 11 Dec 2015 to Wed 24 Aug 2016
A major international exhibition featuring two of the most significant artists of the 20th and 21st centuries – Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei.

 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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