Glowing rainbow lights over a lake in the Royal Botanic Gardens.
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Light shows and festivals in Melbourne, including Lightscape

All of the lights, all of the lights

Contributors: Adena Maier & Leah Glynn

Do you love anything sparkling, glowing or illuminated? You've come to the right place – there are plenty of gorgeous light-up events to discover in Melbourne. From digital exhibitions and sparkling light shows to a Harry Potter-themed immersive experience (complete with a life-size hippogriff), it's time to get your glow on.

Want to explore regional Victoria? Here's our list of winter light festivals outside of Melbourne.

Everything illuminated and glowing in Melbourne

  • Things to do
  • Pop-up locations
  • Melbourne

It's baaack! After two hugely popular winter seasons, Melbourne's favourite illuminated event is returning. From June 14 to August 4, take a nighttime stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens and experience luminous pathways, lit-up tree canopies, soothing soundscapes and brand new installations. For the upcoming season, you can expect a reimagined 2.2km trail accompanied by stunning lakeside reflections, large-scale illuminated sculptures and other wonders, with more than 100,000 tiny lights on display.

  • Art
  • Digital and interactive
  • Melbourne

The colourful creatures that make up ACMI’s latest, world premiere exhibition burst to life from a single drawn line, before growing and changing right before your eyes. The more you move and interact in the space, the more animated these curious characters will get, morphing between forms and textures for a hyperreal experience. These generative digital artworks are constantly changing, which means no two people will see the same exhibition, and each time you visit will also be unique.


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