HELLO MELBOURNE EVENTS December  2017 to March 2018


Featured Event


“One of the best musicals i’ve seen” – Richard Wilkins“Brilliant” – Alan Jones“Beautiful, powerful, this is my family’s story”– Dodd Darin“An outstanding Cast” – SuzyGoesSee“David Campbell is absolutely dazzling” – Daily Review

Dream Lover reveals the extraordinary true story of legendary singer, songwriter and actor Bobby Darin, who together with his movie star wife Sandra Dee, provided the amazing soundtrack to a generation.Starring the incomparable David Campbell as Bobby Darin, stage sensation Marina Prior and Hannah Fredericksen as Sandra Dee, the show features the great hits from the 50s and 60s including Mack The Knife, Beyond the Sea and the multi- million-seller Dream Lover. Directed by Simon Phillips, this musical captures the glamour and passion of the big band era, the Rat Pack in Vegas and the Golden Age of Hollywood – a time of trail-blazing stars, knock-out fashions and life-changing events.A true story stranger than fiction and far beyond the songs!DREAM LOVER – THE BOBBY DARIN MUSICAL is a big show with a big score and a big heart!This summer only. Exclusive to Melbourne State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne

14/12/2017 to 21/12/2017
Santa Photos at Collins Square
The man in red will be visiting Collins Square this season to commemorate your family’s Christmas memories.
Pose for a photo and make a Christmas wish – there may just be some candy canes too.
Collins Square 727 Collins Streetm Melbourne VIC 3008
03 9252 9600

14/12/2017 to 21/12/2017
Festive Live Music at Collins Square
The Salvation Army are spreading Christmas cheer and collecting donations for the Christmas Appeal. Enjoy the joyful sound of Christmas carols from a range of instrumental and choir and carolling groups.
Collins Square 727 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3008
03 9252 9600

15/12/2017 to 24/12/2017
Christmas LED Lightshow Spectacular
Melbourne’s skyline will be transformed at night by a kaleidoscope of colours in this spectacular Christmas-themed LED display at Melbourne Star Observation Wheel.
101 Waterfront Way Docklands VIC 3008
03 8688 9688

15/12/2017 to 05/01/2018
Christmas at the Old Treasury
By the 1920s, there were quite sophisticated Christmas decorations for sale in the shops, but most people could not afford them.. Newspapers of the time printed designs and patterns for cheerful decorations that could be made at home using readily available materials.The Old Treasury Building has used these patterns to recreate a homely Christmas in the caretakers’ basement flat.
Old Treasury Building 20-70 Spring Street East Melbourne VIC 3002
03 9651 2233

Carols by Candlelight
Held in Melbourne at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl and broadcast across the country on Christmas Eve, Vision Australia’s Carols by Candlelight is a musical spectacular that showcases some of the most popular classical and contemporary performers.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl Alexandra Avenue Melbourne
1300 84 74 66

to 24/12/2017
Skate with Santa
Skate along with Santa at O’Brien Group Arena this December and see if you can keep up with the man in the red suit at Australia’s largest ice rink.
O’Brien Group Arena105 Pearl River Road Docklands VIC 3008
1800 756 699

Christmas Day BYO Picnic Lunch
Christmas Day can be a lonely occasion if you are a long way away from family and friends.The Newcomers Network is once again hosting its Christmas picnic lunch, and everyone is welcome – young and old, local and expat, singles and families, and any faith. This event will go ahead, rain hail or shine. It’s free to attend, so just pack your own picnic lunch (as well as frisbees or bats and balls) and wear a name tag.
Queen Victoria Gardens St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004 opposite NGV
0402 243 271
27/12/2017 to 02/01/2018
Volvo Ocean Race
Get down to Docklands to experience the free interactive Race Village with on and off water entertainment and activities for all ages, The 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.
Race Village Harbour Esplanade Docklands VIC 3008
9002 2222

to 29/12/2017
Insomnia Race
A unique car-based night time team competition full of mind-bending puzzles, tricky challenges and crazy flash mobs! Form a team of up to five people ~ one team, one car, two to three hours of action. Crack riddles, drive to secret locations and search for mystery codes competing with other teams – choose your own strategy, with Melbourne your playground and the latest in technology used extensively in the game. Your team will need a mix of lateral thinkers, bold daredevils, local guides, and perceptive clue hounds.
Lion Hotel, Melbourne Central 211 La Trobe Street Melbourne
03 9999 1620

to 31/12/2017
The Changing Face of Victoria
Encounter explorers and early settlers; gain insights into life on the goldfields; and discover moving letters, diaries and photographs from soldiers on the battlefront. Meet historic characters from infamous bushranger Ned Kelly to ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills, and learn about the everyday lives of generations of Victorians.
State Library of Victoria 328 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Dome Galleries
03 8664 7099

to 31/12/2017
Urban Quest
Form a team of four to six people and go on an Urban Quest – an amazing race around the CBD where you’ll solve puzzles, take on crazy challenges and go nuts in flashmobs.
A fun, engaging and social, while still being a little competitive and a little physically and mentally challenging, using your smartphone to spur you on through the race.
goes for approximately roughly 3 hours or a little less, with social drinks afterwards (snacks provided)
Melbourne Central 361 La Trobe Street Melbourne VIC 3000

to 31 Dec
Wonderland Junior
Surprise the little ones with a fun day out and enjoy the excitement of amusement rides including the dodgem cars, carousel, mini swing ride, rockin’ tug, circus train and tea Twiggy the talking tree experience regular interactive programs including live shows, music performances, arts and crafts, animal visits and special holiday celebrations.
101 Waterfront Way Docklands VIC 3008
9602 1311


from 1/1/2018
Australian Music Vault
Created by Arts Centre Melbourne in collaboration with the music industry. A celebration of Australian contemporary music featuring a permanent exhibition showcasing the Australian music story, interactive and digital experiences, iconic objects from the Australian Performing Arts Collection and an ongoing calendar of performances, education and public programs.
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
1300 182 183

01/01/2018 to 31/07/2018
Melbourne Free Walking Tour
Join a tour guide for a walk through Australia’s culture capital and learn what makes this city great: the world class coffee, quirky hook turns, Ned Kelly, the stunning architecture of the Gold Rush, and so much more. The tour concludes near the Old Melbourne Gaol, where you will learn about Australia’s most infamous bush ranger. After your tour is finished, your guide will bring the group to a classic Australian pub where you can experience traditional Aussie food.
Gordon Reserve 99 Spring Street Melbourne VIC 3124
Look for our blue umbrellas at the start point.
0403 647 923

01/01/2018 to 21/10/2018
The Light Horse
The Light Horse has captured the Australian imagination more so than any other campaign in the First World War.This exhibition explores the myths and realities of the Light Horse fighting in the desert wastes of Sinai, Palestine and Syria. Featuring paintings by George Lambert, Sidney Nolan and Susan McMinn and original memorabilia of Lieutenant-General Harry Chauvel.
Shrine of Remembrance St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004 East Gallery
03 9661 8100

01/01/2018 to 28/07/2018
Han Dynasty: Life Everlasting
The Han dynasty (206 BCE-220 CE) founded the Eastern civilisation in China through a period of cultural and technological development, economic wealth and territorial expansion.
This brand new exhibition showcases this significant period of Chinese history through the Han dynasty’s remarkable people, progressive ideas, and great innovations.
Chinese Museum 22 Cohen Place Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9662 2888

to 06/01/2018
Sushi Masterclass
Watch Head Chef Uein Hayashi Lee demonstrate a selection of three different styles of sushi rolls, after which you will be invited to recreate these dishes. He will also demonstrate how to prepare the fish, what cuts to look for and the best local places to source your fish and ingredients giving you the knowledge and skills to confidently prepare sushi at home. Includes a recipe book to take home. Enjoy your creations with a complimentary glass of wine or Sake
33 South Wharf Promenade
South Wharf VIC 3006

Permanent Attraction
4D Cinema
State of the art technology that employs interactive seats and unique special effects built into the theatre itself creating a set of “4D” effects that are synchronized to the film production, the 4D theatre adds another layer of immersive fun for audiences.Feel the wind blowing through your hair as you chair moves you through the crazy rollercoaster ride, swim with sharks or even ride your own formula one experience.
126-128 Russell Street Melbourne
Phone: 9650 0662

15/12/2017 to 16/01/2018
MKids, MMeets – A Stage for New Parenthood
The rotating grandstand of Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten’s amphitheatre-style structure will raise nappy-changing to new cultural heights, and where comfortable seating will support open-air breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. the floor will be given over to babies’ exploits.
MPavilion Queen Victoria Gardens St Kilda Road Melbourne
noon – 3pm Mon 16 Oct, Tue 14 Nov, Tue 12 Dec, Tue 16 Jan 2018

to 15/04/2018
Wild Colonial Boys
From the 1840s gangs of ‘bushrangers’ roamed in search of vulnerable travellers and stock, terrorising remote settlements and creating public panic. Explore the stories of the Plenty Gang, the St Kilda Gang and Victoria’s most famous bushranger Ned Kelly who operated within a stone’s throw of settled towns. You’ll also learn of the other ‘wild colonial boys’ who infested Victoria’s bushlands.
Old Treasury Building 20-70 Spring Street East Melbourne VIC 3002
03 9651 2233

to 25/01/2018
Spiritual Affinity in Chinese Art
This solo exhibition of Chinese Art presents Yiwen Zhu’s Chinese art on fan, calligraphy and landscapes paintings, completed within the past 10 years.
Yiwen Zhu (b. 1950) is a well-known Chinese painting and calligraphy artist from Shanghai. From learning to teaching Chinese calligraphy, Zhu bears the responsibility to inherit and promote the culture of traditional China and create good spiritual affinity with people through Chinese art.
Fo Guang Yuan 141 Queen Street Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9642 2388


01/02/2018 to 28/02/2018
Sustainable Living Festival
Live cleaner, smarter and healthier in 2018 by diving into the Festival’s huge program of art, film, performance, forums and special exhibits hundreds of events staged across the city, the Festival showcases leading environmental solutions.See the website for event locations.
03 9249 1888

to 01/02/2018
Catwalk to Sidewalk
Featuring historic photographs from the Public Record Office Victoria collection, alongside present-day photographs submitted by Melbourne street photographers, the exhibition highlights the unique fashion trends of Melbourne from spring racing get-ups to athletics wear and everything in between. Black of course features prominently, as does the mini skirt!
Victorian Archives Centre 99 Shiel Street North Melbourne

to 04/02/2018
a Bit na Ta
For over a century the Tolai community’s strength and capacity to survive the disruptions of shifting colonial powers, war, volcanic eruptions and independence struggles has been like none other. Blurring the past, present and future through video footage, photographic works and collection objects, a Bit na Ta (Source of the Sea) represents a thirty-year spiritual collaboration between internationally renowned singer George Telek, celebrated local musician David Bridie and historian Gideon Kakabin.
Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson Street Carlton VIC 3053 Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
13 11 02

Burke and Wills Walk
Walk from the Burke & Wills Memorial Cairn in Royal Park Melbourne to Moonee Ponds, continue around the lake in Queens Park and across to Moonee Ponds Creek trail before returning along the waterway, back to Royal Park Nature Play behind the Royal Children’s Hospital. Enjoy a snack and fruit and celebrate the completion of the Burke & Wills to adults and children and covers a 13km loop along footpaths.
Burke & Wills Cairn, Royal Park Macarthur Road corner of The Avenue Parkville VIC 3052
Departs from the Burke & Wills Cairn, (10 metres in from Macarthur Road)
0418 368 717

to 17/02/2018
Ink in the Blood
Ink in the Blood maps the vivid life of Melbourne’s big newspapers and their deep imprint on the city, its culture and collective psyche. Ink in the Blood features work by Ron Tandberg, Angus O’Callaghan, Mark Strizic, Kenny Pittock and Stephen Armstrong.
City Gallery Melbourne Town Hall Ground floor 100 Swanston Street
03 9658 9658

to 23/02/2018
Street Food Heads to The District Docklands
the Food Truck Park summer residency is launching at The District Docklands, with a selection of gourmet foods, from hand-made brioche burgers to decadent doughnuts.
Situated in the heart of Docklands, the Food Truck Park features a dedicated indoor-outdoor dining area and bar, and is surrounded by street art from emerging Melbourne street artists.
The District Docklands Shopping Precinct 440 Docklands Drive Melbourne VIC 3008
03 9328 8600

to 31/03/2019
Progressive Degustation Tour
This Progressive Degustation walk is a gastronomic tour of Melbourne’s best hidden restaurants. You’ll visit three unique venues, with nine wine tastings and nine delicious bites to match. It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in Melbourne’s famous restaurant scene. As you move between venues, you’ll be given insights into the city’s structure and snippets of history. Over 18s only.
Federation Square Cor of Swanston & Flinders Sts Melbourne
03 9663 3358

Ongoing attarction
Family Fun Centres Black Light Mini Golf
The first of its kind in Australia, Glow Golf features 18 holes of fun, in air-conditioned, indoor comfort.Tee off indoors all year round, rain or shine, surrounded by fluorescent glow-in-the-dark murals and mood lighting. Look out for the popular Kingswood ute hole! Also available is Laser Tag3000, Victoria’s newest laser tag centre.
Harbour Town Level 1 Shop 35 Star Crescent Docklands
Phone: 9642 5442

MARCH 2018

The 2018 Rat Run
2018 will be the 3rd year of the annual Rat Run. Starting at Fed square, the ride goes at a slow cruising pace and follows the Yarra River then south towards Station Pier, following the beach finishing at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda. The idea of the event is to find your rustiest, rattiest, most matte black, patina, skull covered parts you can find, then build a wild rat rod themed bicycle out of it! However, feel free to attend the event on whatever bike you choose. All ages welcome.
Federation Square Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets Melbourne VIC 3000 Meet at the stairs on the St Kilda Rd side of Fed Squar

to 02/04/2018
From Robe to Chinese Fortunes
An exhibition from the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka, Chinese Fortunes explores the motivation, spirit, hardships and legacies of the Chinese miners through a historical timeline of key events, storytelling, artefacts and objects. The exhibition will shine a light on the little known aspects of the Chinese diaspora during the high colonial period, providing a fresh view of the Chinese as pioneers and trailblazers of the Australian goldfields.
Immigration Museum 400-424 Flinders Street Melbourne  131 102

to 15/04/2018
British Migrants: Instant Australians?
Between 1947 and 1981, nearly 1.5 million Brits arrived in an Australia that was predominantly white and British – it had worked hard to be so.This exhibition incorporates a rich and diverse range of voices to explore narratives at both a national and personal level, focusing on questions of identity and impact on contemporary Australia includes objects, historical film, images and innovative multimedia experiences to explore the personal stories of British migrants and the contemporary perspectives of migrants and commentators – including some well-known faces.
Immigration Museum 400-424 Flinders Street Melbourne VIC 3000

19/12/2017 to 31/03/2018
Original Lanes and Arcades Walk
Lanes and Arcades walking tour is the ideal way to discover and learn about Melbourne. Experience quirky cafes, independent designers, street art and fascinating architecture, with historical tales of Melbourne along the way. A delicious tea or coffee is included, along with a souvenir bag, map and special offers from local retailers.Meet outside the Time Out cafe
Federation Square Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9663 3358


to 25/12/2017
Flute Private Dining Pop Up
Positioned in the heart of Melbourne CBD, Flute Private Dining will boast street views and sparkle with the lights of Melbourne’s iconic theatre district.
a range of sumptuous fare celebrate the season, with a traditional banquet table or an inspired cocktail setting for lunch or dinner Premium event stylists, The Three Piece Suit have been charged with the dramatic makeover that will ensure every consideration has been given to all the favourites of the season. Think Christmas on Fifth Avenue, champagne and city views!
Flute Private Dining 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9988 5656

01/12/2017 to 28/02/2018
Summer Garden Pop-Up Bar
The Common Man Lawn will be transformed into a Summer Garden pop-up bar, with Heineken 3 rooftop bar and Pimms garden, white picket fence, games, giant Jenga and Connect Four plus an array bar specials cocktails to enjoy.Sip on amazing summer cocktails, cocktail jugs and frozen sav blanc and feast on delicious food specials straight from the Common Man kitchen. T
03 9696 3774

16/03/2018 to 18/03/2018
River Graze
The banks of the Yarra River will be transformed into a foodie’s playground for the opening weekend of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival presented by Bank of Melbourne. Graze all weekend at food and wine zones for all ages.This event is free and accessible, with programming and entertainment for everyone.
Queensbridge Square 1A Queensbridge Street Southbank From Yarra Princes Bridge to Crown Promenade
03 9823 6100

17/03/2018 to 18/03/2018
Head to Meatstock for your smoky fill of bands and barbecues, beards and barbers, butchers, bourbon and plenty of beer.The flaming hot two-day line-up includes competitions such as the Barbecue, Butcher and Barber Wars, as well as demonstrations and workshops. The event is garnished with a backdrop of live bands, BBQ-inspired food trucks and craft beer.
Melbourne Showgrounds 276-318 Epsom Road Flemington VIC 3032

to 31/03/2018
Melbourne Laneway High Tea
Indulge in an assortment of meticulously crafted sweet and savoury bites, homemade scones, traditional finger sandwiches served with a street art twist in an iconic laneway.
Please note: Subject to weather conditions on the day.
Stamford Plaza Melbourne 111 Little Collins Streetm Melbourne
03 9659 1000