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Things to do in Melbourne in January

January's best events in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for fun things to do in Melbourne in January

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Update, Jan 5 2022: in light of the evolving Omicron surge, we recommend checking ahead to see if the event or venue you're planning to attend is still open, and what precautions and conditions of entry are in place. 

Wondering what to do in Melbourne in January? We can help. Check out our guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourne, including outdoor cinemas, summer festivals, theatre events and more. 

Too hot to trot? Here are the best ways to beat the heat in Melbourne. Keener on staying in? If so, consult our guide to the best things to do at home in Melbourne instead.

RECOMMENDED: Fill your summer itinerary with our handy 100 Days of Summer guide.

Things to do in Melbourne in January

  • Music
  • Music festivals

Melburnians live and breathe live music, and the lack of it in the last year was devastating. Thankfully, those days are behind us and our favourite acts are hard at work to make up for the lost time. We can once again look forward to the joy of gathering our closest mates for a jam-packed line-up, a round of cold drinks and a boogie on the dancefloor. To help ensure you make the most of these summer months, we've rounded up the best summer music festivals happening in Melbourne. Have a gander, shout out in the group chat and get to planning.

  • Art
  • Installation
  • Southbank

Victoria, you've heard of pink lakes and pink cliffs, but this might be Melbourne's first pink pond. This December, the NGV unveils a pink pond in the Grollo Equiset Garden (the gallery's sculpture garden). The blushing body of water, titled 'Pond[er]' is the work of the winner of the NGV's 2021 Architecture Commission, and is designed and produced by architecture firm Taylor Knights and artist James Carey. Unsurprisingly, the pond is inspired by Australia's pink salt lakes but also draws from the original architectural designs for the NGV International.

Live like a tourist

25 tourist attractions that don’t suck
  • Attractions

Just because they’re popular with visitors, doesn’t mean they’re lame. These Melbourne tourist attractions are famous for a reason, so stop putting off your visit and find out what all the fuss is about.

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