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Gaytimes Festival
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Melbourne Summer Festival Guide

Slap on the sunscreen and raise a doof stick to the festival season

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Soak up the summer months at some of Melbourne's most exciting and diverse music and arts festivals. You don't have to travel hours into the countryside to get the full festival experience; Melbourne's thriving live music scene means that the city is full of events packed with local bands and international talent plus art, food and entertainment. 

For when you have no money post-festival, check out some of Melbourne's best free activities.

 

Make the most of summer

Zoo Twilights
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Things to do

Once again, Australia’s cultural capital delivers a stellar city-wide line-up this summer. From live music at the zoo to late night art and sound installations across the city, there’s plenty to explore. For more fun in the sun, see our lists of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne and outdoor cinemas – and when it's seriously boiling, go for a swim in one of these beaches, pools or lakes.

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