There’s nothing like summer in Melbourne. With an endless amount of things to see and do, it can be hard to know where to start. If you love watching the pros compete in tennis, grooving at a festival or shopping, here are the best events in Melbourne this summer you won’t want to miss.
1. Australian Open
Spend an afternoon with your family and friends and enjoy the best of tennis at the Australian Open. The popular pageant takes place in Melbourne during the summer every year, so you and your friends can make it an annual tradition to attend the event. Kick back, relax and share a cool drink while cheering on your favorite player in the heart of Melbourne this summer.
When: January 20 to February 2, 2020
Time: Varied schedules
Where: melbourne park
Cost: Varied prices and ticket packages. Adults from $59 and children from $5
TOUR: Australian Open
2. Storytime Ballet: The Nutcracker by Australian Ballet
The magical story of The Nutcracker comes to life this summer with the Australian Ballet. This performance is made not just for adults but explicitly for children aged three and up to watch, learn and enjoy this engaging spectacle. This interactive production allows the public to interact with the dancers and follow the spellbinding story. Take the kids to this fun and educational ballet performance to create unforgettable summer memories.
When: December 11 to December 15, 2019
Time: Varied schedules
Where: Melbourne Arts Center
Cost: From $44
3. NGV Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat Crossing the Lines
If you’re looking for something to immerse your mind in, look no further than the National Gallery of Victoria. NGV is hosting an exclusive art exhibition called Lines of pedestrian crossings by two iconic 20th century artists – Keith Haring and Jean-Michael Basquiat. Prepare to be enlightened by examples of their inspirational works such as pieces from New York’s subway stations and acclaimed works of art such as ‘Radiant Baby’. This pop culture-inspired exhibit is not to be missed.
When: December 1, 2019 – April 11, 2020
Time: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Where: National Gallery of Victoria
Cost: Adult tickets from $24. Children $8
VISIT: NGV Keith Haring
4. St Kilda’s Day
Gather the crew and get ready for a full day of fun, live music and carnival rides this summer. The St Kilda Festival is held annually on the first Sunday in February to showcase local talent and artists to the Melbourne community. There will be several live musical performances, workshops for children and sports activities for the family. This event averages 400,000 attendees, so register early to secure the best seats.
When: February 9, 2020
Time: All day
Where: Foreshore of St Kilda
VISIT: St Kilda Festival
5. Rainbow Serpent Festival
Rainbow Serpent is an internationally recognized weekend of dance, color, expression and celebration. Art and culture are what inspired this festival to become what it is today, with additional inspiration drawn from Indigenous Australians. Take this summer weekend as an excuse for a mini-vacation and dance to your heart’s content.
When: January 24 to January 27, 2020
Time: All day all weekend
Where: Lexton, Victoria
Cost: From $350 + booking fee
VISIT: Rainbow Serpent Festival
6. Sidney Myer Free Concert Series
Head to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this summer and enjoy a night full of live orchestra performances. If you are a fan of electrifying and inspiring music, then this free event will be a must. As it spans three days, there will be even more opportunities to stop and soak up the atmosphere. This annual event will feature three talented performances, such as “Around the World with MSO”, “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “La Dolce Vita”. Add a calendar reminder to your phone as soon as possible.
When: February 5 – 14, 2020
Time: from 4:30 p.m.
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl
TOUR: Sydney Myer Free Concert
7. Australia Day Parade
Australia Day Parade is the perfect event to come together and celebrate the diversity of the community in which we live. Spend the day with locals who will support, clap and dance down Swanston Street in celebration of the land we live on. This dynamic public display of culture and diversity will be entertaining for everyone.
When: January 26, 2020
Time: from 11 a.m.
Where: Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD
VISIT: Australian Day Parade
8. Chinese New Year in Melbourne
This summer, kick off the Chinese New Year in Melbourne’s Chinatown. There will be a variety of events on offer, such as a New Year’s Eve countdown, a street bazaar and an open-air cinema. This event will allow you to immerse yourself in Chinese culture, whether by trying a new meal or participating in a traditional activity. There is something fun for everyone to eat, see and enjoy.
When: February 2 – 10, 2020
Time: Varied schedules
Where: Various locations
Cost: Different rates depending on the event
VISIT: Chinese New Year in Melbourne
9. Queen Victoria Night Market
Head to Melbourne’s CBD and soak up the bustling atmosphere of Queen Victoria Markets. QVM will trade all night during the summer, providing us with fun and energetic activities. In particular, there will be a pop-up night volleyball court, a Gin Springs bar and plenty of live entertainment. On top of that, there will be delicious street food stalls and fabulous shopping experiences for everyone.
When: Wednesday evenings from November 20, 2019 to March 11, 2020
Time: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Where: Queen Victoria Markets
Cost: FREE ENTRANCE
VISIT: Queen Victoria Night Market
10. Boho Luxe Market
Head to Melbourne’s CBD and spend a sunny Sunday in the heart of the Boho Luxe Market. This popular event will host its Christmas edition, which means all your Christmas shopping can be done in one go. You will have the opportunity to see the work of some of Melbourne’s most talented jewellers, fashion designers and illustrators. If that’s not tempting enough, there will also be a fashion show and psychic readings.
When: December 1, 2019
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: The Atrium, Place de la Fédération
VISIT: Boho Luxe Market
11. South Melbourne Night Market
Take advantage of those warm summer nights and spend them at the South Melbourne Night Market. Similar to the Queen Victoria Markets, this event will take place every Wednesday, offering free live music, cooking demonstrations and activities for all to enjoy. It’s the perfect spot for a summer afternoon of dinner and drinks with friends.
When: January 8 – February 5, 2020
Time: Wednesdays from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Corner of Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne
TOUR: South Melbourne Night Market
12. St. Jerome Alley Festival
Start your February off right and celebrate with your favorite hits at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Musical headliners such as Ruel, Ocean Alley, Charli XCX and The 1975 will entertain crowds all day long. Music festivals are always worth it, so don’t miss your chance to dance all day and all night.
When: February 8, 2020
Time: from 11:30 a.m.
Where: footscray park
Cost: From $129.90
VISIT: Laneway Festival
13. Midsumma Festival
The Midsumma Festival is Australia’s premier queer arts and culture festival held each summer in Melbourne. This event can bring together a wide selection of LGBTQIA artists, performers and audiences. If you like to have fun and laugh, the shows offered by Midsumma Festival will be your next favorite activity. There will be theatrical performances, visual arts, cabarets and social events offered for all to enjoy.
When: January 19 – February 9, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Alexandra Gardens
Cost: Varied prices
VISIT: Midsumma Festival
14. Slim Fatboy
If you like to entertain yourself to the point of no return, Fatboy Slim’s concert will be unforgettable. World-renowned DJ and producer Fatboy Slim makes his way down to showcase his classic hits and infectious energy live. Prepare to be wowed at this event as there will be additional visual entertainment that syncs with the music.
When: January 24, 2020
Time: from 18h
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Cost: From $89.90
VISIT: Fatboy Slim
15. IMAX Melbourne
Fancy an evening at the cinema but you don’t know where to go? IMAX offers the world’s most immersive cinematic experience, where you can be part of the action rather than just watching it. It is achievable through a selection of technical creations. When laser projection technology, screen size, theater geometry, digital remastering and IMAX 3D are all combined, they provide audiences with a movie projection like no other.
When: Various dates
Time: Various times
Where: Rathdowne Street, Carlton
Cost: Adult from $30. Children from $22
VISIT: Imax Melbourne
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