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Fun things to do this summer in Melbourne

Make the most of the warmer months with our list of festivals, parties, markets, exhibitions and more
Zoo Twilights
Photograph: Ian Laidlaw
By Time Out editors |
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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

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Moonlight Cinema Opening Night Melbourne
Photograph: Supplied
Film, Outdoor cinema

Catch a flick at Moonlight Cinema

icon-location-pin Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne
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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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Something for Kate at the Hi Fi Bar, 1999
Photograph: Shellie Tonkin, Australian Performing Arts Collection
Museums, History

Deep dive through the Australian Music Vault

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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.

Cool off at a rooftop bar

Too hot? Here's what to do

The bathing boxes at Brighton Beach
Flickr: Indigo Skies Photography
Things 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.

More to explore

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