Melbourne’s calendar is full of major cultural events and festivals. Whether you love films, flowers, fashion or food, there is a Melbourne event for you.
Melbourne is home to the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Australian Ballet and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Every night performances are staged at venues including the Victorian Arts Centre, the Malthouse Theatre, Her Majesty's Theatre, and the Princess, Regent and Athenaeum theatres.
Dance is a dynamic part of Australia's performing arts culture. Melbourne is home to the internationally acclaimed Australian Ballet, as well as a number of diverse contemporary dance companies.
Music and opera
Victorian performances by Opera Australia are supported by the State Orchestra of Victoria. There are also regular performances by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra – or one of the bands or artists that regularly perform live in Victoria's nightspots.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Australia's oldest public gallery, is one of Melbourne's favourite cultural venues with international exhibitions featured throughout the year. Another favourite NGV gallery in Melbourne is the Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square, which houses 20,000 Australian works including the contemporary and innovative Indigenous collection.
Our museums will keep you and your kids entertained all year. Some of Melbourne's most popular museums include:
Learn more at Museum Victoria.
Events and festivals
We’re proud of the world-class events and festivals that we hold throughout each year. Here are some of our major festivals and events:
- Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (March)
- Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (March)
- the Melbourne Fashion Festival (March)
- Moomba Festival (March)
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival (April)
- Melbourne International Jazz Festival (May – June)
- RISING (May - August)
- Film Festivals (all year round).
Check what's on in Melbourne
To explore art and cultural activities in Melbourne visit:
- Visit Victoria or Multicultural Victoria – for a full list of cultural events and activities
- Creative Victoria – for general information on arts and culture in Victoria.
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