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25 things to do this summer in Melbourne

Make the most of the warmer months with our list of festivals, parties, markets, exhibitions and more

Photograph: Ian Laidlaw

Once again, Australia’s cultural capital delivers a stellar city-wide line-up this summer. From live music at the zoo to late night art and sound installations across the city, there’s plenty to explore. For more fun in the sun, see our lists of the best rooftop bars in Melbourne and outdoor cinemas – and when it's seriously boiling, go for a swim in one of these beaches, pools or lakes.

How to have the best summer


Deep dive through the Australian Music Vault

Fans of Australian music – the museum of your dreams is here. Arts Centre Melbourne's brand new exhibition space (opening December 19) will be an immersive trip through Aussie musical history, with recordings, images, instruments and memorabilia from luminaries like Archie Roach, Kylie Minogue, Nick Cave, Silverchair, AC/DC, John Farnham and many more. Stay tuned for more updates closer to opening.

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See Priscilla Queen of the Desert on stage


This musical adaptation of Stephan Elliot's 1994 camp classic premiered in Sydney in 2006 and is back on Australian shores after picking up a bunch of accolades overseas. Returning to the show is theatre legend Tony Sheldon, who picked up both a Tony and Olivier nomination for his performance as Bernadette. He'll be joined on Australia's most beloved bus by new cast members David Harris and Euan Doidge,

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Regent Theatre , Melbourne Until Sunday April 29 2018

Catch a flick at Moonlight Cinema


There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and BYO picnic on a balmy summer night, or let one of the food trucks take care of the edibles for you. This summer's programming has the usual mix of acclaimed Oscar hopefuls, kids' favourites and retro screenings to satisfy the nostalgic urges.

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Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria , Melbourne Until Sunday April 1 2018

Cool off at a rooftop bar

Too hot? Here's what to do

Five ways to escape the heat in Melbourne

Sure, Melbourne's weather is typically unreliable, but when it's hot, it's hot. Don't hold out for the cool change or spend the day under the air conditioning unit – get out and explore the city's cooler spots.

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By: Time Out editors