Events

Home to some of the world’s best sporting and art events, Melbourne is a premier destination that attracts international competitions and award-winning performances.

October 2018

School of Rock - The Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit, School of Rock.

When: 31 October to 25 November 2018
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre

November 2018

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Glamorous, refined and full of history the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival welcomes everyone from the racing enthusiast to the social set, from families to fashionistas. Nothing beats the exhilaration and excitement of being there amongst the crowd during the celebration that stops a nation™.

When: 6 November 2018
Where: Flemington Racecourse

Sunset Safari

In this new and exclusive after-hours event, spend an incredible night out with some of the world’s most iconic animals. Start the evening with a complimentary drink on arrival at the pop-up bar then set off on one of the night’s three incredible experiences. Adventure onto the Savannah for a guided sunset tour, feast with friends at an intimate dinner of African cuisine, and enjoy an immersive performance that showcases the rhythm and soul of Africa.

When: 1 November 2018 to 31 March 2019
Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo

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! 

When: 8 to 25 November 2018
Where: Birrarung Marr

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Get ready to encounter a Dementor™, ride the Knight Bus™ and discover just who Sirius Black™ really is. Relive the magic of your favourite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ — in Concert. 

When: 8 to 10 November 2018
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Celebrate Christmas at Queen Victoria Market

Visit Melbourne's favourite shopping destination where you can wander the heritage sheds and uncover the diverse and interesting range of gift ideas for your festive needs.

When: 16 November to 24 December 2018
Where: Queen Victoria Market

December 2018

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

The Force will be with the MSO this December as they present Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert under the baton of conductor, Nicholas Buc. 

When: 14 to 16 December 2018
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

January 2019

Australian Open

Australian Open 2019 will see the top 100 men and top 100 women compete for the first Grand Slam titles of the year.

When: 14 to 27 January 2019
Where: Rod Laver Arena

February 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. 

When: 23 February to 10 March 2019
Where: Regent Theatre

March 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.

When: 1 to 10 March 2019
Where: Royal Exhibition Building

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Be it family fun at Fed Square, glittering gala events or late-night laughs at the Festival Club, there is a comedy thrill to fit everyone’s bill as comedians of all shapes and sizes take to theatres, pubs, clubs and broom cupboards citywide, shining a spotlight on the silly, the serious, the heart-breaking and the hilarious.

When: 27 March to 21 April 2019
Where: Various locations in Melbourne