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Queen Victoria Market Night Market
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The latest cancelled and postponed events and closures over coronavirus in Melbourne

An up-to-date list of latest Melbourne events cancelled and venue closures due to coronavirus strain COVID-19

By Rebecca Russo
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Here at Time Out, we're all about helping Melburnians experience the best of our wonderful city. At the same time, organisers of many large-scale events in Melbourne are currently taking appropriate precautions in light of the COVID-19 outbreak that could hamper your adventures in the city.

On March 13, the Australian government announced a ban on all 'organised, non-essential gatherings' of more than 500 people in an attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Many festivals, events, screenings and shows have postponed or even cancelled their plans, and venues including major arts institutions have announced temporary closures to do their bit to limit the spread of the virus in Melbourne and Australia as a whole. 

To help keep you up to date, we've collated a list of all the major event cancellations and venue closures related to coronavirus in Melbourne. We'll endeavour to update this often as new announcements break. 

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Latest events cancelled in Melbourne

Grampians Grape Escape
Photograph: Anthony Evans

Grampians Grape Escape

Status: Cancelled

The Grampians Grape Escape has been cancelled following COVID-19 public health concerns. The festival will return in 2021 on May 1 and 2. 

"We are absolutely devastated that this year’s Grampians Grape Escape has been cancelled.  We were so excited to bring festival goers an amazing line up of food, wine, and music but unfortunately the situation is out of our control. Although we’re gutted this year can’t go ahead, the wonderful program we had planned will be returning in 2021 and we invite all ticket holders to stick with their tix!"

9 to 5 musical supplied 2020
Photograph: Peter Brew-Bevan

9 to 5 the Musical

Theatre Musicals

Status: Postponed

In line with recent advice from the federal government, 9 to 5's Melbourne season has been postponed. Ticketholders will be contacted regarding refunds and will get first dibs on the best seats for the to-be-announced new dates.  In the meantime, you can watch the original 9 to 5 movie online on Amazon Prime Video. 

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People in white dancewear performing under a blue light
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Next Wave

Theatre

Status: Postponed

Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, Next Wave Festival 2020 will not go ahead as originally planned. Instead the festival will deliver an alternative program that responds to the crisis. This program will be led by artists and be delivered online and in an extended format.

Six the Musical

Theatre Musicals

Status: Postponed

Six the Musical's Melbourne season has been postponed to help stop the spread of Covid-19. Ticketholders will be contacted. 

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Come from Away 2019 Comedy Theatre
Photograph: Jeff Busby

Come from Away review

3 out of 5 stars
Theatre Musicals The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne

Status: Postponed

Come From Away has ended its season as of Sunday, March 15 due to government advice around the spread of COVID-19. The show however will return for a six-week encore season in February 2021. If you have tickets for performances dated March 16 onwards you will be contacted to exchange their tickets for the encore season, or to receive a refund.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

4 out of 5 stars
Theatre Drama

Status: Suspended

Performances of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child have been suspended following state and federal government advice on COVID-19. 

"The producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are committed to the safety and peace of mind of all audience members, cast, company and theatre staff. In line with the latest advice from the Australian Federal and Victorian Governments on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19, production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Melbourne’s Princess Theatre will be temporarily suspended this week through Sunday 12 April, 2020, when the suspension will be reviewed, based on the most up-to-date government advice."

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Aerial shot over Rochford Winery
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Wine Machine

Music Music festivals Rochford Wines, Coldstream

Status: Postponed until October 31

The Victorian leg of touring wine and music festival Wine Machine has been postponed until October 31. 

"We know you will band together in this difficult time and support each other, as Australians, it’s what we do best. Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this unprecedented and difficult time. Please be patient, kind, respectful and loving to each other, for it is at times like these that our true nature’s shine."

Barbecue plate Meatstock
Photograph: Supplied

Meatstock Festival

Things to do Food and drink Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington

Status: Postponed until August 15-16

Meatstock Melbourne has been postponed until August 15 and 16 following the federal government's current ban on events with more than 500 people.

"It’s with heavy hearts we announce that we will be postponing Meatstock Melbourne to August. We are devastated to postpone the event this close to the festival. We are following the advice of the Federal Government who... advised that a ban would be implemented on mass gatherings of more than 500 people. The situation has been progressing almost hourly and the safety of our attendees, vendors and staff is our number one priority. Meatstock Melbourne will now be held on Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 August and all tickets will be transferred to that date. We have no more information at the moment, but will continue to update all ticket holders in the coming weeks."

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Good Food and Wine Show
Photograph: Supplied

Good Food and Wine Show

Status: Postponed

This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, however, our primary concern is always the safety and wellbeing of our visitors, and the responsibility we feel towards our exhibitors and partners. Despite the disappointment we know all our stakeholders and visitors will feel, we want them to know that we are fully committed to delivering successful events later in the year for the industry we love and have confirmed our new dates with the venues for Sydney and Melbourne and are in negotiations with the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre to find revised dates for our Perth show later this year, which will be communicated as soon as we have these.

Current venue closures in Melbourne

Melbourne Museum
Photograph: Robert Blackburn

Melbourne Museum

Museums Carlton

Melbourne Museum is currently closed. A reopening date has not been announced but visitors are advised to keep updated via the Museums Victoria website and social media pages. 

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State Library of Victoria
Photograph: Roberto Seba

State Library of Victoria

Attractions Libraries Melbourne

All public spaces at State Library Victoria are closed and all planned events cancelled or postponed. No reopening date has been announced but you can still access much of the library’s resources (including free ebooks and journals) online.

Arts Centre Melbourne hero shot
Photograph: Supplied

Arts Centre Melbourne

Theatre Southbank

Arts Centre Melbourne originally closed and cancelled all scheduled performances until April 12. As of 03/04/20 the centre has extended its closure until June 30 2020.

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Australian Centre for Contemporary Art - ACCA

Art Southbank

ACCA has announced it will close until April 14 in line with current government advice. During the shutdown the gallery is encouraging Melburnians to continue supporting artists and galleries by following them on social media and accessing their online resources.

Royal Exhibition Building

Things to do Carlton

The Royal Exhibition Building is currently closed. A reopening date has not been announced but visitors are advised to keep updated via the Museums Victoria website and social media pages. 

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Buxton Contemporary 2018 photo James Geer
Photograph: James Geer

Buxton Contemporary

Art Galleries Southbank

Buxton Contemporary is temporarily closed to the public to control the spread of COVID-19. The gallery will reassess the situation in coming weeks.

Library at the Dock
Photograph: Supplied

The Library at the Dock

Attractions Libraries Docklands

City of Melbourne libraries, including Library at the Dock, City Library in Flinders Lane, Kathleen Syme in Carlton, East Melbourne, North Melbourne and Southbank Library will be shut until Tuesday, March 31 with the possibility of this being extended.

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Melbourne City Baths

Sport and fitness Gyms Melbourne

City of Melbourne recreation centres including Melbourne City Baths, Kensington Recreation Centre, Carlton Baths and North Melbourne Recreation Centre will also be shut until Tuesday, March 31 or later. 

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Revolver Upstairs

Clubs Prahran

Revolver Upstairs has temporarily shut until further notice to help contain the spread of COVID-19. You can help staff affected by the closure by donating via their Go Fund Me appeal.

Malthouse Theatre 2016 exterior day photograph courtesy Malthouse photographer credit Tim Grey
Photograph: Tim Grey

Malthouse Theatre

Theatre Southbank

Malthouse Theatre has closed its doors with the goal to reopen on Sunday April 12. Grey Arias has been postponed. 

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Chapel Off Chapel

Theatre Prahran

Chapel Off Chapel will close from March 18 until at least April 13. If you have tickets for shows during that time your refunds will be automatically processed. 

Scienceworks kids
Eamon Gallagher

Scienceworks

Museums Spotswood

Scienceworks is currently closed. A reopening date has not been announced but visitors are advised to keep updated via the Museums Victoria website and social media pages. 

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Theatre Works

Theatre St Kilda

Theatre Works has close temporarily until May 1 as a precautionary measure concerning the spread of COVID-19. Productions of WellBless, Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts, Jungle Bungle and Singing Swallows have been postponed. Ticket holders will be contacted although Theatre Works encourages and appreciates those who choose to donate the value of their tickets back to the theatre.

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Wheeler Centre

Things to do Melbourne

The Wheeler Centre has cancelled all its events until May 7 due to COVID-19. The centre itself is staying open but some staff may be working remotely. It encourages patrons to keep supporting the centre through its online presence.

The Johnston Collection

Museums East Melbourne

The Johnston Collection will close from March 18 until April 14 to help manage the spread of COVID-19. Scheduled events and lectures will not run during this time. Ticketholders for these events will be contacted directly. 

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Heide Museum of Modern Art

Art Bulleen

Heide has announced it will be closed from March 17 to April 13 to help contain the spread of COVID-19. All public programs have been cancelled and the cafe is also shut during this time. The gardens and sculpture park however, remain open.

Theatre Works

Theatre St Kilda

This 30-year-old creative centre and venue sits in the heart of St. Kilda with a focus on independent theatre and emerging artists and artistic trends.

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Melbourne Recital Centre

Music Southbank

Melbourne Recital Centre originally closed and cancelled all scheduled performances for four weeks from March 15. As of 03/04/20 the centre has extended its closure until June 30 2020. Performances have either been cancelled or postponed and ticket holders will be contacted to arrange refunds and exchanges.

Immigration Museum

Museums Melbourne

The Immigration Museum is currently closed. A reopening date has not been announced but visitors are advised to keep updated via the Museums Victoria website and social media pages. 

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TarraWarra Museum of Art 2013 exterior landscape shot photographer credit Redfish Bluefish Photography
Photograph: Redfish Bluefish Photography

TarraWarra Museum of Art

Art Tarrawarra

TarraWarra Estate remains open, however the Museum of Art is now closed until further notice to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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