Events

MELBOURNE EVENTS

DECEMBER 2018 TO MARCH 2019

December 2018

Evita
05/12/2018 to 03/02/2019
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 Melbourne4
1300 723 038
evitathemusical.com.au

19/12/2018
Free Movie Night: It’s a Wonderful Life
Paramount Pictures and Federation Square present this classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, voted by TimeOut as the best Christmas movie ever made!
An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.The film is all about how everyone matters and how much we touch other’s lives without knowing.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets Melbourne
www.fedsquare.com

19/12/2017 to 31/12/2020
Australian Music Vault
The Australian Music Vault features a permanent free 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
www.australianmusicvault.com.au

21/12/2018
Carols at The District
Come along for an evening of FREE festive fun, with live music featuring Tanya and The Sevenths Gospel Choir, Maya and Kate Carols, Red Roses DJ Band, and the Holy House of Horns – fun the whole family can enjoy! Best owl pals Hoot and Hootabelle invite all boys and girls to join in their favourite carols, as they hit the stage to get everyone ready for the most exciting event of the year – Christmas Day! Plus, Bananas in Pyjamas will bring their own Christmas celebration so you can sing along and dance to the festive music watch a spectacular fireworks display and you will have first class views from the stage!
The District Docklands 440 Docklands Drive Docklands Underneath Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
03 9328 8600
www.thedistrictdocklands.com.au

to 25/12/2018
Christmas Projections
Melbourne’s famous Christmas projections are back with free animated shows illuminated on iconic city locations. Catch the feature show at Fed Square and make your mark on the Yarra Building using savvy ‘fingerpaint’ technology to control your own vibrant light projection. This year, the Christmas Projections will be at Docklands for those looking to have a night out beside the water. These colourful creations will be unlike the traditional animations and will create a new way to experience the area. Projected onto the ‘Silence’ sculptures along New Quay Promenade, this interactive experience will bring plenty of festive cheer.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne
03 9658 9658
christmasfestival@melbourne.vic.gov.au

25/12/2018
Melbourne Social Christmas Day Lunch
If you’re not participating in the traditional family Christmas this year, join the Melbourne Social Club and Newcomers Network for a Christmas picnic lunch in Queen Victoria Gardens.
Enjoy Christmas Day in Melbourne at this free event. BYO food, drink, picnic blankets and outdoor games equipment for a leisurely festive picnic on the grass just opposite the National Gallery of Victoria. Look for the Melbourne Social Club and Newcomers Network banners hanging from the trees and meet others in a fun and casual outdoor environment.
Queen Victoria Gardens St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004
www.melbournesocial.com.au

26/12/2018 to 30/12/2018
Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs India
A new look Australian side led by Tim Paine and coached by Justin Langer will be looking to re-build their world standing against number-one ranked India, led by captain Virat Kohli.
The Domain Boxing Day Test is an institution in Melbourne, and an event not to be missed!
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) 120 Brunton Avenue Jolimont
03 9653 9999
www.cricket.com.au

January 2019

1/01/2019 to 07/04/2019
Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo
The world-premiere exhibition Between Two Worlds | Escher X nendo is the centrepiece of the NGV’s Spring/Summer 2018/19 season.
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
www.ngv.vic.gov.au

11/01/2019 to 13/01/2019
Vida – Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
One of the of the most anticipated days in the event calendar for Melbournians. Eeat an authentic paella and drink a margarita while dancing to Despacito?
enjoy the authentic cuisine, music, performances, art, a massive Latin beer garden and more. A free multicultural-themed festival that focuses on Latin America’s environmental, economic and social issues that impact Australia and the world.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 100 Birdwood Avenue Melbourne
www.melbournelatinsummerfestival.com.au

14/01/2019 to 27/01/2019
Australian Open
From dedicated tennis aficionados, to the event seekers, food-lovers, as well as families looking for an action-packed day out, the Australian Open offers something for everyone. The much-loved Ground Pass represents excellent value and gives fans a chance to get amongst the famous Australian Open atmosphere. On top of access to Melbourne Arena and 18 outside courts, ground pass holders are also welcome to soak up the vibes at Grand Slam Oval and AO Live Stage.
Melbourne Park Batman Avenue Melbourne
1300 888 104
www.ausopen.com

19/01/2019 to 10/02/2019
Midsumma Festival
Welcome to Midsumma 2019! Midsumma Festival is Victoria’s premier three-week LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural festival celebrating diversity and inclusion, with 165 events in over 75 venues. Midsumma Carnival, a free event with two stages of entertainment kicks off the festival at Alexandra Gardens on Sunday 20 January and attracts an estimated 100,000 people each year.
Alexandra Gardens St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004
midsumma.org.au

20/01/2019
Sugar Mountain is annual single-day festival in Melbourne showcasing the best in contemporary music, visual art and new media, focusing on the natural meeting points between different mediums.Above all, Sugar Mountain is a place for creativity to be absorbed and celebrated. The festival curators are determined to create an environment that is convivial and interactive, with performances and spaces that will remain with the audience long after the festival finale.
https://sugarmountainfestival.com

03/01/2019 to 28/02/2019
South Wharf Pop-Up Cinema
Head down to South Wharf this summer for the ultimate viewing experience with the arrival of Common Man’s riverside pop-up cinema.
Film buffs can enjoy the newest cinematic experience on Common Man’s green Astroturf and deck chairs, with cocktails from the pop-up bar, popcorn and choc tops from the candy bar, and a 6m x 3m screen made for movie magic. Enjoy a night under the stars with a selection of all-time classics across a range of genres, with twilight sessions running on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sundays, plus a special double screening on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, at 5.30pm and 8.30pm.
Common Man 39 Dukes Walk South Wharf
03 9696 3774
https://www.thecommonman.com.au

08/01/2019 to 02/02/2019
Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu
The Warlukurlangu community, situated in Yuendumu, 300 kms North West of Alice Springs, is renowned for their spectacular use of colour and pattern, depicting traditional Dreamtime stories in an enriched, contemporary way. Warlukurlangu means ‘belonging to fire’ in the local language, Warlpiri, and is named for a fire dreaming site west of Yuendumu. The art centre has a national and international profile and the works that are created under the Warlukurlangu banner have featured in hundreds of exhibitions and publications in Australia and around the world.
Flinders Lane Gallery 137 Flinders Lane Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9654 3332
www.flg.com.au

14/01/2019
Giant Bubble Show at Library at The Dock
Don’t just see the bubbles – be the bubbles! This amazing show has to be seen to be believed.
Bookings open Wednesday 2 January at 8am. Ages: 5+ years.
Library at The Dock 107-117 Victoria Harbour Promenade Docklands
03 9658 9998
www.melbourne.vic.gov.au

16/01/2019 to 19/01/2019
Botanica: A Village Among the Oak Trees
Back by popular demand, this beautiful school holiday event is returning to the Royal Botanic Gardens. Curated by artist Darryl Cordell and inspired by his childhood in the bush, Botanica offers families the opportunity to work together to build their very own special world. Use your imagination and build a new community village with natural materials collected from the Gardens. Build cubbies and creatures and enjoy nature-based creative activities for all ages.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 100 Birdwood Avenue Melbourne
03 9252 2300
www.rbg.vic.gov.au

18/01/2019
Gillette One Day International: Australia v India
Gillette One Day Internationals bring a full day of action on and off the field. Experience world class cricket, with plenty of extra summer entertainment in and around the ground when Australia take on India.See some of the best players in the world compete for glory in one of the most exciting formats of the game. The likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dohni take the field against the Aussies who are looking to launch into the upcoming 2019 Cricket World Cup with confidence.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) 120 Brunton Avenue Jolimont VIC 3002
03 9653 9999
www.cricket.com.au/tickets

25/01/2019 to 09/03/2019
Zoo Twilights
Returning to Melbourne Zoo’s lush lawns and running each weekend from 25 January to 9 March, Zoo Twilights unites music lovers with world-class musicians in a summer music experience like no other, with all proceeds from ticket sales going back into Zoos Victoria’s efforts to fight wildlife extinction.
Melbourne Zoo Elliott Avenue Parkville
https://zootwilights.org.au

26/01/2019
Australia Day
Australia Day is our nation’s largest annual public celebration. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be Australian, and to celebrate all the things we love about our country: our land, sense of a fair go, lifestyle, democracy, the freedoms we enjoy and particularly our people.Se website for event details.
https://www.australiaday.vic.gov.au

February 2019

01/02/2019 -28/02/2019 .
Sustainable Living Festival
The Sustainable Living Festival brings the vital message of sustainability to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness, now in its 20th year. It’s ‘climate crunch time’ and everything we care about is now under threat. In 2019, the Festival is making it a mission to present the very best discoveries to restore a safe climate as fast as humanly possible.The Festival provides a vast platform for leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to activate new audiences and promote their message.
https://www.slf2019.org

ends 01/02/2019
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. There he turns a class of straight A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful but uptight headmistress, helping her rediscover the wild child within.
Her Majesty’s Theatre 219 Exhibition Street Melbourne
132 849
au.schoolofrockthemusical.com

02/02/2019 to 06/03/2019
The Lady in the Van
The Lady in the Van is a mostly true story of the fascinating relationship between the award-winning British writer and his long-term guest. Was she a fugitive on the run? A talented pianist? A nun? Or just an old lady struggling with mental health and homelessness?
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne Playhouse
03 8688 0800
www.mtc.com.au

07/02/2019 to 09/02/2019
Movies Under the Stars at Yarra’s Edge
Invite your family and friends, pack a picnic basket and a blanket, and join the much-loved annual Movies Under the Stars.
Point Park Crescent Docklands VIC
0402 238 218
https://marika.barklamb@mirvac.com

07/02/2019 to 09/02/2019
Six Day Series Melbourne
The world’s best track cyclists descend upon Melbourne in February 2019 when the internationally-renowned Six Day Series comes to Australia.A combination of bikes, beats and beers, the Six Day Series takes a traditional form of cycling and mixes it with an exciting party atmosphere to form the ultimate sporting event.
Hisense Arena Melbourne Park Olympic Boulevard Melbourne
https://sixday.com/melbourne

10/02/2019
Melbourne Chinatown Chinese New Year
In 2019, China Town offers its own unique festival theme, performances and food.In the heart of the CBD, Lunar New Year festivites will light up the city throughout the day and night. Come line up along Chinatown to watch the main performance, featuring amazing Chinese Lion Dance running all throughout Chinatown. As well as, many other performances, stalls and things to do in the city.
Little Bourke Street (Chinatown) , Melbourne VIC
http://www.chinesenewyear.com.au

17/02/2019
Mozart by Moonlight
Enjoy a magnificent evening of arias from Mozart’s best-known operas, presented in conjunction with Melbourne Opera Company and featuring the sumptuous voices of Melbourne’s most accomplished up and coming artists.Pack a picnic and bring a rug (or folding chair if you like!) and enjoy this very, very special event.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria 100 Birdwood Avenue Melbourne
03 8676 7511
https://shakespeareaustralia.com.au

21/02/2019 to 24/02/2019
Melbourne Women in Film Festival
The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is back in 2019 with an array of diverse films and talks by Australian women. The 2019 festival celebrates leadership and empowerment of Australian women’s filmmaking, while revelling in the darkness of horrors, thrillers and sci-fi films. Over four days, Melbourne audiences are treated to screenings of Australian genre films, documentaries, short film, and retrospectives across Melbourne’s CBD.
Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne
mwff.org.au

23/02/2019 to 10/03/2019
Jersey Boys
Jersey Boys tells the true-life story and the rise to stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who were one of the most successful bands in pop music history.
The band sold over 175 million records and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their worldwide hits including Can’t Take My Eyes off You, Walk Like a Man, Bye Bye Baby, Sherry and Big Girls Don’t Cry, which all feature in the musical.
Regent Theatre 191-197 Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000
1300 558 878
https://jerseyboys.com.au/

to 28/02/2019
A Secret Place Melbourne
For those who like a little adventure, A Secret Place Melbourne is presenting one of Melbourne’s best jazz quartets in a new and gorgeous setting. Make it onto Connie’s Guest List, and there is no cover charge.This intimate and elegantly casual room is at the very top of bohemian dining luxury in the heart of the city. You will be sent the secret location when you book!
Enjoy a two-course meal in the dining room or, if you’d like to come in for drinks and dessert only, you will be served in the gorgeous cocktail bar.
A Secret Place Collins Place Melbourne
0408 391 898
www.asecretplace.com.au

March 2019

01/03/2019 to 10/03/2019
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
The Festival presents the country’s largest consumer fashion event including world-class runway shows featuring Australia’s established and emerging designers, state-of-the-art production, beauty workshops, retail events, industry seminars, forums, live entertainment and much more.
Royal Exhibition Building 9 Nicholson Street Carlton
03 9654 5599
vamff.com.au

to 03/03/2019
Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition
The highly anticipated world premiere of Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition opens at the Melbourne Museum in September.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
13 11 02
museumsvictoria.com.au

08/03/2019 to 11/03/2019
Moomba Festival 2019
Moomba Festival is back in full swing with a chock-a-block program of free events and activities celebrating our wonderful city.Get ready to be treated to four jam-packed days of carnival rides and games, kids’ activities, nightly fireworks, water sports, spectacles and much more.Don’t miss the outstanding Moomba Masters Championship, the wacky and wonderful Birdman Rally on Sunday and, of course, the iconic Moomba Parade on the Monday.
Alexandra Gardens St Kilda Road Melbourne VIC 3004 Festival also located at Birrarung Marr
melbourne.vic.gov.au/moomba

13/03/2019
Kylie – The Golden Tour
The Golden Tour marks Kylie’s first shows since 2015’s Kiss Me Once Tour. Cementing her reputation for a unique and captivating live show, each performance on the Golden Tour is a narrative connecting all Kylie’s hits into one glorious story. Support on this tour is from Kylie’s close friend and glam-pop superstar, Jake Shears from Scissor Sisters.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl Alexandra Avenue Melbourne VIC 3004
www.ticketmaster.com.au