Summer events in Melbourne

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

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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

25 things to do this summer for guaranteed good times
Things to do

25 things to do this summer for guaranteed good times

Drink at a pop-up floating bar and catch live music at the zoo, for a start.

25 tourist attractions that don’t suck
Things to do

25 tourist attractions that don’t suck

These Melbourne tourist attractions are famous for a reason, so stop putting off your visit and find out what all the fuss is about. 

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

All the best theatre in summer
Theatre

All the best theatre in summer

Blockbusters galore, including the Aussie premiere of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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
Shopping

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.

Melbourne's best waterslides
Things to do

Melbourne's best waterslides

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

14 unmissable summer movies
Film

14 unmissable summer movies

From Jedi masters to close harmony singers, war stories to black comedies, here are our top picks.

The best ice cream and gelato
Restaurants

The best ice cream and gelato

Cool off with a scoop of something sweet.

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.

Kids shows in Melbourne over summer
Kids

Kids shows in Melbourne over summer

Melbourne is abound with family friendly theatre shows this summer.