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. Naturally, this year's summer isn't exactly the same as last year's, but we're ready to make up for lost time and enjoy everything safely.

This is your guide to having your best Melbourne summer ever, whether you're keen on road trips, or just lazy afternoons in a park or at 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. 

January events in Melbourne
Things to do

January events in Melbourne

From mega NGV art exhibitions to rooftop cinemas and more.

February events in Melbourne
Things to do

February events in Melbourne

From music festivals to theatre shows, bars and more.

Must-do events

Melbourne Music Week Extended
Music

Melbourne Music Week Extended

Every year Melbourne Music Week explores the undercurrent of Melbourne’s vibrant local music scene in some of the city’s most forgotten corners. Usually, the "week" is more like ten days but in 2020 the event has really outdone itself in regards to stretching said week. In 2020-2021, MMW will run all summer long to give Melburnians all the live gigs they've been missing (and to also allow for maximum events and artist opportunities while adhering to health restrictions). 

Things to do in 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.

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.

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The best ice cream and gelato
Restaurants

The best ice cream and gelato

Cool off with a scoop of something sweet.

Epic road trips from Melbourne
Travel

Epic road trips from Melbourne

These day trips are paved with cool things to see and do.

How to escape the heat in Melbourne
Things to do

How to escape the heat in Melbourne

Here's some tips for when it's hot, hot, hot!

The best waterfalls in Victoria
Travel

The best waterfalls in Victoria

Discover Victoria's prettiest cascades. 

The best beaches in Melbourne
Attractions

The best beaches in Melbourne

Get some sand between your toes at these local beaches.

The best outdoor pools in Melbourne
Sport and fitness

The best outdoor pools in Melbourne

Hit up Melbourne's pools this summer.