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Fun things to do this summer in Melbourne

Make up for lost time with free events, interactive exhibitions, stunning outdoor activities and more

By Time Out editors

Once again, Australia’s cultural capital delivers a stellar city-wide line-up this summer. And after the year we've had, we certainly deserve to enjoy some safe, physically distant fun. From ground-breaking exhibitions to socially distant festivals, there’s plenty to explore.

Treat this as your guide to everything you need to do before the end of summer.

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.

Melbourne's best summer events

Melbourne Music Week Extended
Photograph: Supplied / Melbourne Music Week

1. Melbourne Music Week Extended

Music Music festivals

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). 

Cool off at a rooftop bar

Too hot? Here's what to do

The bathing boxes at Brighton Beach
The bathing boxes at Brighton Beach
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Five ways to escape the heat in Melbourne

Things to do

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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