Ukrainian Festival
An all-day concert program, including dance and choir performances with ofUkrainian food stalls, so you can feast on traditional food and drink.
Queen Victoria Market Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets Melbourne
0413 731 999


13/09/2018 to 30/09/2018
Melbourne Fringe Festival
An open-access event that brings the city alive with over 400 events, performances and exhibitions, as artists from Melbourne and beyond engage the city and spaces we live in with works across every conceivable art form.
Fringe creates a unique space for artistic self-expression linked to the life of this great city.
Arts House North Melbourne Town Hall, 521 Queensberry Street North Melbourne
03 9660 9600


Mozart’s Jupiter and More
Experience neo-classical works alongside masterpieces from the classical period under the masterful baton of Benjamin Northey in this special evening at the Melbourne Town Hall,
After her recent thrilling sell-out Town Hall performances, Australian pianist Andrea Lam returns to the Melbourne stage to perform Mendelssohn’s beautiful First Piano Concerto.
Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9929 9600…


The Capulets and the Montagues.
The ultimate tale of doomed love marks the thrilling finale to Victorian Opera’s Bellini concert series. The rarely-heard masterpiece draws two of Australia’s finest singers home as Romeo and Juliet: internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup and soprano superstar Jessica Pratt.
Hamer Hall 100 St Kilda Road Southbank VIC 3006
1300 182 183…



15/09/2018 to 16/09/2018
Madman Anime Festival
The festival features international guests including Dragon Ball Z’s voice of Vegeta, Christopher Sabat, Australia’s biggest Cosplay competition, exciting exhibitions and premiere screenings of the world’s most popular anime film franchises.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf


21/09/2018 to 23/09/2018
Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival
Celebrate the Mid-Autumn Lantern Festival is back for another year on the picturesque Crown Riverwalk. Asian cooking shows, music from a duet performing classical Shanghai theme songs, children’s lantern-making workshops and a children’s lantern parade joined by the festival’s roving ‘dream bear’.
Crown Riverwalk 8 Whiteman Street Southbank
0411 451 286…


22 Sep 2018 to 3 Mar 2019
Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition
A century on from his birth, this exhibition poetically and emotively explores the personal and public life of Nelson Mandela, one of the most influential men in modern history. A rich selection of rare personal artefacts, film footage and documents, combined with newly created audio-visual pieces form the heart of the exhibition and offer an insight into the world that shaped Mandela’s life and journey.
Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson Street Carlton VIC 3053
13 11 02


Melbourne Moon Lantern Festival
Chinatown Square will host a day of Chinese celebrations including traditional dancing, workshops and musical performances there will be a Lantern Parade featuring children parading their own creations around the Square. There will also be food stalls, market stalls, free moon cakes and lanterns, and workshops to bring the tradition of the Moon Lantern Festival to Melbourne.
Chinatown Square cnr Little Bourke and Cohen Place Melbourne
0418 589 778


22/09/2018 to 02/10/2018
Royal Melbourne Show
With loads of new and exciting things to see and do, the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show at the Melbourne Showgrounds offers a huge variety of unique experiences that are sure to be unforgettable.
Melbourne Showgrounds 276-318 Epsom Road Flemington


23/09/2018 to 29/09/2018
Lou Wall’s Drag Race
Start your engines, because comedy superstar Lou Wall is about to host the fiercest and most fabulous queens in Melbourne for the world premiere of Lou Wall’s Drag Race.
Charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. Do they have what it takes to become Melbourne’s next drag superstar?
Lithuanian Club 44-48 Errol Street North Melbourne


AFL Grand Final Parade
Held on the day prior to that one day in final September, allows footy fans to cheer their support for the two competing AFL Grand Final teams.
Marching bands and roving entertainers will join the cavalcade to the Toyota AFL Grand Final Live Site at Yarra Park at the MCG, the home of the AFL Footy Festival.
Parade commences at The Old Treasury Building and concludes at Yarra Park.
03 9643 1999



03/10/2018 to 26/10/2018
Madiba the Musical
The powerful and uplifting Madiba the Musical is a soul-stirring celebration of the visionary leader, Nelson Mandela.This epic show pays tribute to the charismatic icon and activist whilst exploring the struggles, racial conflicts and divisions behind his unyielding crusade for reconciliation in South Africa. The show about destiny and desire springs to life with vigour and heart, and looks to forgiveness beyond the hate.
Comedy Theatre 240 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 795 267


03/10/2018 to 21/10/2018
Melbourne International Arts Festival
The festival will provide Melbourne with a wide range of shows and special events including Fire Gardens, which will light up the Royal Botanic Gardens like never before.
From the epic dance production of Layla and Majnun to the sonic harmony of 100 Keyboards there will be new experiences for everyone to get involved with.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne
03 9662 4242

07/10/2018 to 14/10/2018
Victorian Seniors Festival
The Melbourne Festival Hub will feature music, displays, entertainment, information sessions and free tea and coffee, and there’ll be lots of fantastic concerts at Deakin Edge in Federation Square, including rockabilly legend Lonnie Lee, the Salvation Army Red Shield Band and pioneering Australian Aboriginal reggae rock band, No Fixed Address.
Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne
1300 797 210…


Lost Picnic Melbourne
Ground-breaking one-woman powerhouse, Tash Sultana, will be joined by Meg Mac, Marlon Williams, Odette, Sons of the East, Big Words and Hot Potato Band for an epic, family-friendly day of live entertainment and great food.
Flemington Racecourse Flemington Drive 428-550 Epsom Road Flemington


to 07/10/2018

ACMI’s newest creation, Wonderland, celebrates the screen history of Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories — Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There — in an entirely original experiential exhibition.
Commencing in Lewis Carroll’s drawing room, visitors are handed their own Lost Map of Wonderland, a physical and digital device unlocking surprising experiences during their exhibition journey and beyond
(ACMI)Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets Melbourne
03 8663 2200


Melbourne Oktoberfest in the Gardens
Oktoberfest in the Gardens features Melbourne’s largest heated beer hall, authentic German food stalls, roving performers, sideshow alley, silent disco and an eclectic mix of entertainment and competitions across multiple stages throughout the afternoon and evening.
Melbourne Showgrounds 276-318 Epsom Road Flemington


Melbourne Marathon
Featuring cleverly curated courses for people of all ages, abilities and athletic stature, everyone and anyone can experience this adrenaline-fuelled and fun-filled fitness festival.
There will be five distances on offer, which will see entrants pass some of Melbourne’s most iconic landmarks including Flinders Street Station, Albert Park Lake, St Kilda Beach, the Shrine of Remembrance and the Royal Botanic Gardens, with all distances finishing with a glorious lap of the hallowed MCG.
Near Melbourne Park Batman Avenue Melbourne
03 9864 1118


25/10/2018 to 27/10/2018
Metamorphosis, the tale of a broken man, exhausted by eternal work and an ungrateful family. Until one morning he awakes, and is not a man at all.
Malthouse Theatre The Coopers Malthouse 113 Sturt Street Southbank
03 9685 3700



31/10/2018 to 25/11/2018
School of Rock – The Musical
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn a few extra bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school.
Her Majesty’s Theatre 219 Exhibition Street Melbourne
132 849



Victorian Festival of Diwali
The Diwali festival takes you on a magical journey through India via a breathtakingly vibrant program of Indian cinema, Bollywood dances, craft and dance workshops, traditional henna painting, the Diwali Wish pavilion, the beat of Indian and African drums, a bustling multicultural bazaar, delectable Indian cuisines and a brilliant fireworks display on the Yarra.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne


Bollywood Meets Carnevale Masquerade Ball
India and Italy are two amazing countries full of artistic and cultural riches, creating a fascinating encounter of music, art and much more at the Carnevale 2018 mixed with this year’s theme of Bollywood.
The Peninsula Docklands 14 161 Harbour Esplanade Docklands
03 9347 8203


07/11/2018 to 24/11/2018
La Bohème
Opera Australia brings one of its most popular productions and one of the world’s all-time favourite operas, Puccini’s La Bohème, back to Melbourne. Set in the chaos of street fairs and burlesque bars of 1930s Berlin, providing the perfect setting for the heart-wrenching love story, filled with the familiar arias of Puccini’s most famous opera.
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
03 9685 3700


08/11/2018 to 25/11/2018
Night Noodle Markets
Get on down to Birrarung Marr for everyone’s favourite Asian hawker markets under the stars. There will be over 20 sizzling Asian food stalls including Hoy Pinoy, Bao Brothers, Waffleland, Teppanyaki Noodles, Donburi Station, N2 Extreme Gelato and more!
Birrarung Marr Batman Avenue Melbourne


13/11/2018 to 22/11/2018
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Opera Australia presents the Australian premiere of a new production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
The mastersingers are holding a high-stakes singing competition, and Walther needs to win. He’s an outsider, an upstart, and he doesn’t know the rules. But to win the hand of his beloved Eva, he must sing the greatest song ever made.
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
03 9685 3700


Christmas with André: André Rieu Live
André Rieu’s career spans more than 30 years. Thousands of fans from across the globe love his eclectic mix of waltz, score music, musical, opera and easy listening – and he sure knows how to stage a grand show including romantic moments and witty twists.
Rod Laver Arena Melbourne Park Batman Avenue Melbourne


17/11/2018 to 25/11/2018
Melbourne Music Week
A nine-day celebration of the city’s thriving, world-renowned music scene. Driven by its vision as a uniquely Melbourne event — it’s the only event of its type in Australia.
From intimate, interactive experiences in non-traditional venues to headline performances at Melbourne Town Hall, the program is a direct result of the depth and diversity of Melbourne’s creative music industry.
Various venues CBD


to 18/11/2018
Body Worlds Vital
Body Worlds, the highly anticipated and internationally acclaimed original exhibition of real human bodies, is arriving in Australia for the very first time, providing a captivating and rare insight into the human anatomy.
The exhibition takes you on an intricate journey of the workings of the human body, through an authentic, visual display of over 150 donated specimens.
Melbourne Showgrounds 276-318 Epsom Road Flemington


Polish Festival
The festival features song and dance, merchandise and culinary delights. A mouth-watering mix of traditional Polish food and drinks will be available on the day, live music and the swirling colours of traditional dancers and folk-inspired art, or take a break and be swept away by beautiful Chopin etudes played by some of Australia’s top musicians.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne




02/12/2018 to 07/04/2019
Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo
Featuring more than 160 extraordinary prints and drawings by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, presented in an immersive environment created by acclaimed Japanese design studio nendo, this exhibition intertwines the worlds of both artist and designer in a masterful and enigmatic visual presentation.
NGV International 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne…


05/12/2018 to 30/12/2018
Evita charts the story of Eva Perón, wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón, from her humble beginnings through to the extraordinary wealth, power and status which ultimately led her to be heralded as the ‘spiritual leader of the nation’ by the Argentine people.
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
1300 723 038


07/12/2018 to 09/12/2018
Melbourne World Rice Festival
Enjoy a culinary world tour showcasing rice dishes, beverages, and products from around the world, including cooking demos and cultural performances.
Birrarung Marr Batman Avenue Melbourne
0455 378 485