MELBOURNE EVENTS DECEMBER 2019 TO MARCH 2020
African Music and Cultural Festival
Transport yourself to Africa at the African Music and Cultural Festival at Federation Square, right in the heart of the city.This free, family-friendly event showcases the vibrant music, diverse arts, cultural performances and authentic foods of Africa.Come along for an unforgettable experience this summer.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Sat: 10am – 10pm
03 9016 3391
14/12/2019 to 09/02/2020
Don’t miss Chicago at the Arts Centre Melbourne this December. Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all tha jazz, one show-stopping song after another and the slickest dancing in town. No wonder Chicago has been honoured with six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.
It would be a crime to miss it.
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road
1300 889 278
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. Includes a digital experience that is highly interactive allowing visitors to listen to interviews with musicians, promoters and behind-the-scenes people sharing their stories within the engagement zones.The Amplifier 360-degree immersive experience allows punters to feel, see, hear and interact with a rich tapestry of Australian music.
Arts Centre Melbourne 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
1300 182 183
the remarkable true story of thousands of stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland, Canada that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships written by Tony and Grammy nominees Irene Sankoff and David Hein,
On September 11, the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.
Comedy Theatre 240 Exhibition Street Melbourne
1300 795 267
26/12/2019 to 30/12/2019
Domain Boxing Day Test: Australia vs New Zealand
The iconic Domain Boxing Day Test is full of great experiences, and watching the match is just one of them! This year, it will be the first time in 32 years since Australia played a Test against New Zealand at the MCG. Don’t miss this historic Test match!
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) 120 Brunton Avenue Jolimont
03 9653 9999
New Year’s Eve
Melbourne skyline filled with fireworks on New Year’s Eve. See them from afar, or head to one of four live sites featuring music and entertainment.
9.30pm fireworks, a family-friendly fireworks show in Yarra Park or Enjoy free stage entertainment, films and an impressive fireworks display without the late night out.
If you decide to come into the city this New Year’s Eve, plan ahead and decide on one of four official live sites to visit. The live sites offer the best inner city views of the fireworks, a multimedia countdown, amenities and music. Check back in December when the locations are announced.
06/01/2020 to 26/01/2020
The District Slip and Slide
Thrill seekers – get ready, as District Docklands is bringing something cool these summer holidays! A giant 25-metre water slide is the perfect way to cool down on the hottest days of the holidays – it’s free and suitable for all ages. To make it a full-day affair, join in the garden games or watch from the picnic tables. And if you’re not brave enough to take on the giant slide, the water mist zone is the perfect way to cool down.
The District Docklands 440 Docklands Drive Docklands Entertainment Piazza
03 9328 8600
09/01/2020 to 26/01/2020
Legends in Concert
Returning by popular demand for a fourth season will be Elvis Presley, along with Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Elton John, Village People, Dusty Springfield, Diana Ross and Lady Gaga, all for their first time in Legends in Concert performances on the Palms Stage. Legends in Concert is the longest running and most popular show in Las Vegas and Melbourne audiences are showing they love the show as much as its Vegas fans.
Crown Entertainment Complex 8 Whiteman Street Southbank The Palms
10/01/2020 to 02/02/2020
The winner of more than 25 international awards, War Horse is a remarkable story of courage, loyalty and friendship tells the story of a young boy called Albert and his horse Joey, set against the backdrop of WWI. This powerfully moving and imaginative drama is a show of phenomenal inventiveness, filled with stirring music and songs, featuring ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing, galloping horses to life on stage.
Regent Theatre 191-197 Collins Street
10/01/2020 to 19/01/2020
Vida Melbourne Latin Summer Festival
Enjoy two weekends of amazing food, music, and culture. Who wouldn’t love to eat an authentic paella, drink a margarita and dance to Latin rhythms? Over 40,000 people attended last year, enjoying the authentic cuisine, music, performances, art, the kids area, a massive Latin beer garden and more. Counties represented include Chile, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, and Spain. Vida is a free multicultural-themed festival that focuses on Latin America’s environmental, economic and social issues that impact Australia and the world.
Kings Domain Alexandra Avenue Melbourne Tom’s Block
11/01/2020 to 19/01/2020
NGV Kids Summer Festival
Get creative this January at the annual NGV Kids Summer Festival.Come along with your family, friends, parents, or grandparents, for free hands-on activities, performances and workshops.This event is open to all ages with parent or carer supervision.
NGV International 180 St Kilda Road Melbourne
16/01/2019 to 31/05/2020
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Prepare to experience a thrilling new adventure that the Herald Sun Melbourne calls ‘Spellbinding – Like nothing on earth’.The Princess Theatre has been transformed to immerse you in this spectacular world where epic duels, extraordinary spells and beloved characters come to life. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the most awarded production in the history of Britain’s Olivier Awards, The Princess Theatre is the Australian home to Harry Potter and The Cursed Child – Parts One and Two which is exclusively playing in Melbourne.
Princess Theatre 163-181 Spring Street
1300 111 011
19/01/2020 to 09/02/2020
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 outdoor event with two stages of entertainment, kicks off the festival at Alexandra Gardens on Sunday 19 January Carnival is one of the biggest highlights in the LGBTIQA+ annual calendar.
St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004
Multiple venues – check the event website for details.
24/01/2020 to 07/03/2020
Melbourne Zoo has unveiled its full Zoo Twilights 2020 lineup, with the iconic outdoor concert series once again set to showcase a diverse mix of top local and international acts in the breathtaking open-air surrounds. Melbourne’s must-see summer music with all proceeds from this year’s series going towards Zoos Victoria’s efforts to save the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum from extinction. Taste of Twilights, a huddle of some of the city’s best food trucks and pop-up bars, neighbours the stage and serves up brews, snacks and street food. Zoo Twilights is an all-ages event.
Melbourne Zoo Elliott Avenue Parkville
1300 966 784
A beacon of multiculturalism in Melbourne, the Fusion Festival celebrates Australian and Asian cultures.Queen Vic Market is transformed into a big street party, with food from across the continents, live music, interactive kid’s activities and even a thong-throwing competition!
Queen Victoria Market Cnr Elizabeth and Victoria streets Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9320 5822
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. Venues times and dates pleasefollo this link.
NBL: Melbourne United v Brisbane Bullets
The 2019-20 NBL season is here and you’re going to want to be there every step of the way in what promises to be an action-packed season of basketball.
Melbourne United has re-loaded this season and boast local superstars in Chris Goulding and Mitch McCarron, while excitement machines Melo Trimble and Shawn Long have joined the crew and Casey Prather returns after helping United claim the 2018 NBL Championship.
Melbourne Arena Melbourne Park Olympic Boulevard Melbourne
1 to 29 /2/2020.
The Sustainable Living Festival
Brings the vital message of sustainability to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness. Now in its 20th year, the Festival is Australia’s largest event of its type running throughout the entire month of February 2020.It’s ‘climate crunch time’ and everything we care about is now under threat. In 2020, the Festival is making it a mission to present the very best discoveries to restore a safe climate as fast as humanly possible.
Opera for the People
Opera for the People is a free performance at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, bringing together some of Australia’s best singers with accompaniment by Orchestra Victoria.
Starring alongside them will be a secret special guest, for an evening of exhilarating performances of opera’s best known arias from Carmen, Turandot, My Fair Lady and more.
Sidney Myer Music Bowl Alexandra Avenue
Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Festival
Melbourne Chinatown’s Chinese New Year celebrates cultural diversity, Melbourne’s historic and contemporary Asian community and migration.The program of events continues the tradition of cultural celebrations with a range of activities that reflect Melbourne’s multiculturalism and unique characteristics. Starting in the heart of Chinatown, Dai Loong, Melbourne’s Big Dragon, provides the cultural narrative as it weaves and connects the CBD with modern Chinese culture.
Melbourne Chinatown Little Bourke and Russell Street Melbourne
0418 589 778
05/02/2020 to 07/02/2020
An independent, industry-driven movement to bring diverse intelligence together to fuel the next generation. Pause Fest provides an environment in which you can learn how to be more innovative and then apply those learnings to your everyday business, no matter the industry you’re in – pause to learn, network and grow.
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 1 Convention Centre PlaceSouth Wharf
05/02/2020 to 14/02/2020
MSO Sidney Myer Free Concerts
Join the MSO in Melbourne’s favourite outdoor music venue over three big nights and experience the wonder of a live symphony orchestra under the stars.
Admission is free and entry is on a first-in basis. From a world premiere Australian piece, to Dvorák’s ever-popular Ninth Symphony, this performance will take you around the world!
03 9929 9600
20/02/2020 to 30/05/2020
Billy Elliot the Musical
Billy Elliot the Musical returns to Australian stages for its highly anticipated 10th Anniversary Tour. Set in a northern town during the miners’ strike of 1984-1985, the show follows Billy’s journey from boxing ring to ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that unites his family, inspires his community and changes his life forever.
Regent Theatre 191-197 Collins Street Melbourne
Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival
The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival honours the tradition of the Obon, a festival to give thanks to one’s ancestors, which includes the Bon Dance.There will be arts and crafts, as well as traditional acts such as Taiko drumming and Okinawan folk music. There will be best dressed awards, and a raffle of traditional festival games such as yo-yo and toy-fishing, with economy tickets to Tokyo on offer. Experience the vibrancy of Japanese culture which is sure to entertain the whole family.
Federation Square Cnr Flinders and Swanston streets Melbourne
03 8658 5862
29/02/2020 to 01/03/2020
Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
The 33rd Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, Melbourne’s largest celebration of Greek culture, arts, food and entertainment takes over Lonsdale street.
Australia’s longest-running Greek festival returns featuring some of the country’s most talented performers, musicians, dancers, chefs, cooks and competitors for a weekend of Greek-flavoured fun!
Lonsdale Street between Exhibition Street and Swanston Street
03 9662 2722
04/03/2020 to 14/03/2020
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival is an annual celebration of fashion, arts, ideas and creative endeavour for everyone to enjoy.
Australia’s largest fashion event is all-encompassing with a curated program of premium runways, workshops, industry seminars, forums, live entertainment and much more.
Royal Exhibition Building 9 Nicholson Street Carlton
03 9654 5599
06/03/2020 to 09/03/2020
Australia’s largest community festival returns with a huge program of free events and activities over four jam-packed days.Get ready to be treated to carnival rides and games, kids’ activities, fireworks, water sports and more. And don’t miss the wacky and wonderful Birdman Rally or the iconic Moomba Parade.
Alexandra GardensSt Kilda Road Melbourne Festival also located at Birrarung Marr
Ultra Australia Fesstival
Ultra Australia 2020 will feature an unforgettable experience with multiple stages, brand activations and a large variety of food options tailored for everyone.
Flemington Racecourse Flemington Drive 428-550 Epsom Road Flemington VIC 3031
ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final
Head to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on International Women’s Day, when Melbourne will see a series of blockbuster matches for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2020.
The final at the MCG on 8 March 2020, International Women’s Day, presents Australia with the ground breaking opportunity to set a new world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event.
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) 120 Brunton Avenue Jolimont VIC 3002
12/03/2020 to 13/04/2020
Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios
Kurios will premiere under their signature Big Top on 12 March 2020 in Melbourne at Flemington Racecourse.Kurios is a tale in which time comes to a complete stop, transporting the audience inside a fantasy world where everything is possible. In this realm, set in the latter half of the 19th century, reality is quite relative indeed as your perception of it is utterly transformed.
Flemington RacecourseFlemington Drive 428-550 Epsom Road Flemington
1800 036 685
Talk & Taste at Pilgrim
Talk & Taste is a monthly series of intimate and informative sessions where guests embark on a journey of discovery with Australia’s best distillers and winemakers. Get to know the product and the craftsmanship first-hand throughout a fun and interactive 90 minute session of sampling and tasting.
The beverage menu is matched with mini bites from the Pilgrim kitchen, carefully developed by Head Chef Mike Richards who uses only locally and ethically sourced produce.
Talk & Taste is hosted in Pilgrim’s new and unique events space, The Vaults – where the history of the old Princes Walk Vaults is brought to life in Melbourne’s drinking and dining scene.Check the website for more details.
Vaults 15-19 Federation Wharf
Melbourne VIC 3000
03 9654 9575
Tasmanian Farmers’ Sunday Roast Lunch
How does a Michelin-starred chef cook a winter Sunday roast? By celebrating the produce of Tasmania. Get your friends and family together for a spectacular Sunday roast that celebrated the produce and the producers of the Apple Isle.
Pure South Dining 3 Southgate Avenue MGR2, River Level, Southgate Precinct Melbourne
03 9699 4600
Asian Beer Cafe
Asian Beer Cafe atmosphere is modern, but the furniture is in a worn Asian style, including the iron wood from an old cargo ship that was sunk by pirates off the coast of Indonesia.
Discover traditional East Asian flavours in the cuisine – the dishes are prepared with an Asian Beer Cafe twist. Bento boxes are available for lunch, with a good and affordable menu available till late.
The Asian Beer Cafe has different zones ideal for a variety of functions or just a drink after work. The balcony space is a Melbourne icon, featuring spectacular views over Swanston Street and the State Library.
Melbourne Central Level 3 Corner La Trobe & Swanston streets Melbourne
Phone: 9825 8989
Bomba Tapas Bar And Rooftop
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Formerly The Aylesbury, this venue has been revamped as Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop. Bomba is a Spanish workers bar where the simple and affordable tapas menu is designed to share. Ejoy fresh, festive, punchy food. Bookings are taken for the dining area, leaving the bar area for walk-ins.
The wine list focuses on indigenous Spanish varieties from small artesian producers. Many of these wines are new to the market in Australia. Cocktails, sherry and vermouth are also available.The rooftop offers tasty cocktails, beer, wine and tapas plus summer rooftop parties.
103 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
Phone: 9650 5778
At Cookie, French doors and tiny Juliet balconies separate you from the Swanston Street crowd below. Restaurant, bar, disco: Cookie does them all to perfection.The divided space creates cosiness while an appropriately dim cocktail bar leads you away from the crowds. There are 15 beers on tap and 85 imported beers and the wine list reads like a novel on grapes. The food is modern with a distinctly hot Thai flavour throughout. Relax with tapas and drinks in a group or alone and enjoy the buzz of the friendly, classy atmosphere.
Unit S2, Level 1 252 Swanston Street Melbourne
Phone: 9663 7660
Dan O’Connell Hotel
The Dan O’Connell is one of Carlton’s oldest local pubs, dating back to 1884. The distinctive gothic building, complete with turret, is host to a great old authentic Irish pub.
The Dan’s friendly, down-to-earth vibe attracts regulars that include uni students and locals. A family friendly policy enables the little ones to enjoy the Dan’s charm also. A variety of bands play in both the front bar and the bigger, back band room.The 14 rotating taps showcase some of the best craft beer and cider that Australian microbreweries have to offer. Or how about a parma and pot? The Dan features pub food, live music, happy hours, open fire places, a large beer garden, pool table, sports across 4 screens and a selection of spirits and liquors. The Dan also has a function room available with no hire fee.
225 Canning Street Carlton North VIC 3053
Phone: 9347 1502
Heroes is a hawker-style barbecue, karaoke and rooftop bar.
Located on the edge of Chinatown, Heroes is a multilevel South-East Asian charcoal wood-fired barbecue bar. The venue splits across four levels with karaoke rooms and private dining rooms in the basement and level 1, the barbecue bar on level 2 and the ‘weatherproof’ rooftop bar on level 3.
Level 1-3, 188 Bourke Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 8639 0630
Melina on the Rooftop
Melina on the Rooftop has amazing views, friendly staff and an architecturally designed interior. Unwind, with a drink in hand. Enjoy delicious meze, with a Greek/Mediterranean menu.
Rooftop 168 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 9662 2629