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
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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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Queen Victoria Summer Night Market
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Things to do

Eat your way through the stalls at the Queen Vic Night Market

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Spend your Wednesday nights surrounded by food, design stalls and entertainment for the 20th edition of Melbourne’s biggest market. More than 60 street food stalls will be serving delicious snacks like smoky American barbecue, bao and tasty toasted sandwiches.

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Something for Kate at the Hi Fi Bar, 1999
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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
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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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