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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 Wicked
Tue 06 May 2014 to Sun 07 Sep 2014
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz.
Image of Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court
Fri 16 May 2014 to Sun 31 Aug 2014
Italian Masterpieces from Spain's Royal Court Museo del Prado presents the finest collection of Italian masterpieces ever to come to Australia.
Image of Mid–Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design
Fri 30 May 2014 to Sun 19 Oct 2014
Explore the first major exhibition dedicated to Australian furniture of the 1940s to the 1970s showcasing more than 100 iconic pieces.
Image of The Light in Winter
Mon 01 Jun 2015 to Tue 30 Jun 2015
Experience art, music and performance from dusk with Federation Square's annual winter program, The Light in Winter.
Image of The King and I
Tue 10 Jun 2014 to Sun 03 Aug 2014
The much-loved Rodgers and Hammerstein masterpiece The King and I returns to Melbourne for a season at the Princess Theatre.
Image of Les Misérables
Sun 22 Jun 2014 to Sun 26 Oct 2014
The Australian premiere of Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed new production of Les Misérables is now playing at Her Majesty's Theatre.
Image of Docklands Winter Fireworks
Fri 04 Jul 2014 to Fri 29 Aug 2014
Brighten up your winter with free Friday night fireworks at Docklands during July and August.
Image of Mother and Son
Fri 18 Jul 2014 to Sun 24 Aug 2014
See Australian TV classic Mother and Son, starring Noeline Brown, Darren Gilshenan and Shane Jacobson, live on stage at the Comedy Theatre.
Image of Melbourne International Film Festival
Thu 31 Jul 2014 to Sun 17 Aug 2014
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 21 Aug 2014 to Sun 31 Aug 2014
The 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival will again bring together the world’s leading writers and thinkers to celebrate the power of great literature.
Image of ACO – Tognetti’s Beethoven
Sun 26 Oct 2014 to Mon 27 Oct 2014
Richard Tognetti directs Beethoven's Symphony No.1, Coriolan–Overture and Triple Concerto plus new work, Water, by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.
Image of Melbourne Cup Carnival
Sat 01 Nov 2014 to Sat 08 Nov 2014
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a world-class event that encompasses the finest racing, entertainment, fashion, culture, food and wine at Flemington.
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.

 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 list
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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