Summer events in Melbourne

Looking for things to do in Melbourne this summer? We've got you covered

South Melbourne Night Market
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There's nothing like warm summer nights, cocktails on a rooftop bar or sun-drenched pool parties. This is your guide to having your best Melbourne summer ever, whether you're keen for music festivals and road trips, or just lazy afternoons in a beer garden or an outdoor cinema.

Your summer event guide

Fun things to do this summer in Melbourne
Things to do

Fun things to do this summer in Melbourne

From live music at the zoo to late-night art and sound installations across the city, there’s plenty to explore. 

December events in Melbourne
Things to do

December events in Melbourne

From outdoor cinemas to Christmas markets, here's what to do in December.

January events in Melbourne
Things to do

January events in Melbourne

Enjoy long summer days at these music festivals, giant waterslides and the Australian Open.

February events in Melbourne
Things to do

February events in Melbourne

Keep the good times rolling with the St Kilda Festival, art exhibitions and the Inflatable Regatta.

Things to do in summer

Best summer theatre
Theatre

Best summer theatre

These are the best shows in Melbourne over summer.

Must-see art exhibitions
Art

Must-see art exhibitions

Must-see art exhibitions are popping up across the city.

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne
Film

The best outdoor cinemas in Melbourne

Catch flicks under the stars on rooftops, beaches or gardens.

Summer night markets
Things to do

Summer night markets

Buy locally made, one-of-a-kind treasures at these night markets.

The best places to swim
Sport and fitness

The best places to swim

Take a dip in these beautiful pools, lakes, rivers and beaches.

Summer music festivals
Music

Summer music festivals

All the best line-ups in photogenic locations around Melbourne.

Melbourne's best waterslides
Things to do

Melbourne's best waterslides

You don't have to go far for some watersliding fun.

The best ice cream and gelato
Restaurants

The best ice cream and gelato

Cool off with a scoop of something sweet.

Rooftop dining in Melbourne
Restaurants

Rooftop dining in Melbourne

We say round up a hungry squad, book a table and enjoy a heightened dining experience sans ceiling.

Five ways to escape the heat in Melbourne
Things to do

Five ways to escape the heat in Melbourne

For when it's just too hot, Melbourne's coolest spots await.

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What's on in Melbourne for kids this summer

Summer holiday activities
Kids

Summer holiday activities

From Christmas shows to arty adventures, there is plenty to keep the little ones occupied during the summer holidays.

The best playgrounds in Melbourne
Kids

The best playgrounds in Melbourne

Let them run off that energy at one of these fun playgrounds.