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What’s On In Melbourne This Week, This Month And Beyond

By Urban List Writers

It's 2024, and Melbourne's cultural grounds are firing on all burners with plenty of things to do. Festivals, theatre, immersive experiencesfood and more are all ripe for the filling of that social calendar, and your stomach. The real question is how many of these can you fit into one week? 

Wondering what's on in Melbourne? Here are Urban List's picks for the best things to do in Melbourne this week, this month and beyond:

20km Of Fairy Lights, 11 Tonnes Of Raspberry Drops, And Faux Snow: Winter Wonderlights Returns To Sovereign Hill

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When the sun sets behind the horizon, Sovereign Hill comes out to play. This winter, the storied living museum in regional Victoria is transforming into a winter wonderland featuring over 1.5 million individual fairy lights spanning across 20kms. There are promises of dazzling projections, blazing fires, an interactive theater show, and 11 tonnes of Sovereign Hill’s famed raspberry drops.

Among the captivating display and faux snow falling on the streetscapes, there are a few activities you can do on the night: Diggings After Dark, Aura Sound and Light Show, get crafty with arts and crafts, and enjoy free live performances.

It leans into ‘Christmas in July’, but we think the dazzling displays alone make for an unmissable moment. Ticket prices vary depending on what you’re keen to see, with family passes available.

THE DETAILS

When: Friday 28 June to Sunday 21 July
Where: Sovereign Hill, Ballarat
For the full program and to book tickets, head this way.

A Two-Day Festival Dedicated To Donuts Is Coming To Melbourne Next Month


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To all the Homer Simpsons out there, your hopes and dreams have been answered because a huge two-day donut festival is coming to Melbourne this June. Whether you’re a donut or a doughnut fan, the festival will be jam-packed (pun intended) with OG hot jam varieties, Greek-style loukoumades, chocolate-filled doughnut balls, cinnamon rings, Spanish churros and plenty of options for those needing vegan and gluten-free varieties.

Crowd favourites on the bill include St Gerry's, Daniel's Donuts and Shortstop. Meanwhile, several newcomers like Peck's Road and Manny's Doughnuts will enter the fold—serving up the dough. 

THE DETAILS

When: From 9am to 4pm, Saturday 1 June – Sunday 2 June 
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne 
For more details, click here

Boris Brejcha Is Coming To Melbourne

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In good news for electronic muso fans, the famed German techno producer that dons a Joker mask Boris Brejcha is coming back to Melbourne for his highly anticipated Australian tour after a sell-out run last year. His resume speaks for itself—Cercle saw him take over a Roman amphitheater in France, he’s graced Tomorrowland several times with his beats, and his own record label, Fckng Serious, has sent his career into a whole new stratosphere.

Boris Brejcha will be taking on Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 25 January 2025. We’ve been told there will be some special guests, but no word yet on who will be supporting acts. 

Here’s everything you need to know about how to get tickets to Boris Brejcha in Melbourne 2025:

THE DETAILS

  • Presale: Wednesday 15 May, 10AM over here with Live Nation
  • General sale: Thursday 16 May, 11AM over here with Live Nation.

You know the drill—make sure you’re prepared well before tickets go live. Get your details sorted, make sure your credit card hasn’t expired, and no caffeine—your body doesn’t need the extra energy boost, the adrenaline will work its magic just fine.

Dimmy And Dumpling Festival At Welcome To Brunswick

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Walk through the dimly lit hallways and head towards the lush beer garden over at Welcome to Brunswick for a juicy Dimmy and Dumpling Festival. This Saturday 11 May, dive deep in a fusion of flavours with sweet, spicy and savoury dim sums on the menu.

Expect local eatery favourites to facilitate any deep-seated dim sum cravings, namely Dimmy Su, Bao Melbourne and Doin’ Dumplings. Dishing up a  wide range of dimmy and dumplings throughout the night, you’ll have everything from the classic crispy fried approach to a Chinese-inspired bao bun concoction at the ready.  

Walk-ins are welcome with plenty of space for everyone, but those looking to rock up with a few mates should book a table over here.

THE DETAILS

When: From 12pm, Saturday 11 May
Where: Welcome to Brunswick, 400 Sydney Road, Brunswick
Book a table right here.

Puffing Billy’s Train Of Lights Is Returning This Winter

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Melbourne’s Iconic steam train Puffing Billy up in the Dandenong Ranges is bringing back its widely popular Train Of Lights this winter. Brought to life by acclaimed lighting specialists whose work you’d recognise from the likes of White Night and Melbourne Fashion Festival, this jaw-dropping experience is utterly magical.

You board Puffing Billy from the Lakeside Station at Emerald Lake Park at 6pm sharp to embark on a captivating train ride that all-in-all takes just under three hours. The train winds through the thick forest, casting bright lights, wildlife projections and stunning visuals that dance among the trees, and on the rolling hills. 

About half way through, enjoy a delightful stopover at Gembrook Station. It’s lined with open fire pits crackling away, a cafe serving hot beverages and sweet teats, and live music from local musicians.

If you arrive early for your journey, be sure to check out the Lakeside Hall Museum—free to enter—and have your puffer jacket at the ready for the chilly night ahead. 

Tickets go live 10AM on Thursday 23 May over here, and they're expected to sell out in minutes.

THE DETAILS

When: Daily at 6pm, Friday 28 June to Sunday 21 July
Where: Emerald Lake Park, Emerald
For more information, click here and to get tickets from Thursday 23 May, click here.

Adults-Only Planetarium Winter Shows At Scienceworks

Image credit: Museums Victoria | Eugene Hyland

When it comes to unique date nights—be it romantic or platonic—in Melbourne, this one is taking the crown. The Planetarium has just dropped their adults-only program for winter, running every Friday night.

There are four shows on offer, from a hypnotic Pink Floyd music video to a presenter-led live tour of what’s happening in the stars that very night. Every session is truly immersive as you lay back and have the mesmerising visuals engulf you. Pro tip: head to Grazeland after for a feed, as your ticket gets you free entry.

THE DETAILS

When: Various times, until Friday 28 June
Where: Scienceworks – 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
Find the full program and tickets over here.

Billie Eilish Hit Me Hard And Soft: The Tour | Melbourne 2025

Billie Eilish sinking in water with a door above her open—the album hard on Billie Eilish third studio album for her Melbourne Australian tour Hit Me Hard And Soft The Tour 2025Image credit: Billie Eilish | William Drumm

This year, Melbourne has been treated to huge act after huge act—Taylor Swift, Coldplay and Fred Again. Now, nine-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar winner Billie Eilish is coming down under with her huge Hit Me Hard And Soft: The Tour

She blew up our social feeds when she leaked hints to her third studio album after adding all of her Instagram followers to her close friends. Now, she’s embarking on a massive tour and it's coming to Australia, gracing Melbourne with a staggering four shows at Rod Laver Arena: Tuesday 4 March, Wednesday 5 March, Friday 7 March and Saturday 8 March 2025. 

As these things go, you’re gonna have to get your tickets soon to secure your seat, and there are a bunch of ways you can go about it for the Melbourne gig. And know that Ticketek has been pretty clear that this is all there will be with no shows to be added, so be sure to try your best at nabbing a ticket. Here's how you can get a Billie Eilish Melbourne ticket:

THE DETAILS

  • AMEX presale: Opens Wednesday 1 May at 2pm and runs until Thursday 2 May at 2pm or sold out. Purchase tickets over here, for American Express Card Members only.

  • Live Nation, Frontier Touring and Vodafone AU presale: Thursday 2 May at 3pm until Friday 3 May at 2pm or sold out. Purchase tickets for Live Nation members only over here, Frontier Touring members only over here, and Vodafone members only over here.

  • Album presale: Opens Wednesday 1 May at 2pm and runs until Thursday 2 May at 2pm or sold out. Purchase tickets with Ticketek over here.

  • Public sale: Friday 3 May at 3pm, with a max of four tickets per customer. Purchase tickets with Ticketek over here.

If we’ve learnt anything from the recent ticket sales, it’s to be prepared. So make sure you’ve: got all your details up to date in Ticketek and you actually know your log-in details. And when the time comes to buy your ticket, remember to breathe, and perhaps lay off the caffeine—your body will produce enough adrenaline to keep you going.

A Lavish Bridgerton Experience Is Coming To Melbourne 

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This one is for the die-hard Bridgerton fans—if you’re not a die-hard Bridgerton fan, keep scrolling. Start your costume Pinterest inspo board, because a lavish Bridgerton experience based on the hit Netflix series is making its way to Melbourne for its Australian debut. It’s probably as close to the real deal as you’ll get. 

Kicking off in May, The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience is entirely interactive, with live theatrical performances unfolding right in front of you as guests and actors alike wander freely in and out of Regency-era rooms. You’ll be guided by Bridgerton’s columnist, Lady Whistledown, to help you uncover the secrets and surprises hidden throughout the night, while you relive the iconic love stories. A string quartet will do their thing, and make sure you stick around for the lavish dance party at the end in the themed-ballroom, complete with cocktails to match the occasion.

It’s done the rounds in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto, now it’s our turn. There’s a waitlist up at the moment, which means you’ll access the presale on Monday 29 April at 6pm (AEST) if you sign up. Otherwise, tickets to the general public go live Tuesday 30 April at 6pm (AEST).

THE DETAILS

When: Friday 24 May to Sunday 23 June
Where: Fever Exhibitions Hall, 62 Dawson Street, Brunswick
Sign up to the waitlist over here.

60+ Gigantic, Animated Dinosaurs Are Coming To Melbourne's Zoos


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It's essentially the next best thing to taking a stroll in Jurassic Park. Dinos at the Zoo, the immersive experience is coming to Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, and Kyabram Fauna Park across Victoria. 

At Melbourne Zoo, visitors can take a walk along pathways rarely open to the public and encounter 16 impressive dinosaurs, complete with nests and even newly hatched young. Young and old can try their hand at a spot of palaeontology, digging up fossil in sandpits under the watchful eye of a towering T-Rex. Over at Werribee Open Range Zoo, embark on a journey inspired by Indiana Jones, where dinos big and small await amidst smoking volcanoes and bubbling swamps. There's also a Dinos After Dark experience on the cards for anyone who prefers their prehistoric adventures after dark.

Healesville Sanctuary and Kyabram Fauna Park are also getting involved with a grip of dinosaurs of their own. Get there on the right day and a ranger might even take you on a guided tour. 

THE DETAILS

When: Now until Sunday 14 July
Where: Melbourne Zoo, Werribee Open Range Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary, Kyabram Fauna Park
For more information, click here.

Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Melbourne Tour

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You’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t recognise the name, Nobu. The acclaimed restaurant and hotel empire is one of the most notable venues across the globe, having been awarded countless michelin stars and rubbing shoulders with Hollywood GOAT, Robert De Niro. Now, the genius that started it all 36 years ago, chef Nobu Matsuhisa, is coming to Melbourne—bringing along his timeless signature dish, black cod miso.

To celebrate, Crown Melbourne is hosting three exclusive events where you can meet and greet the legendary Matsuhisa. There’s a sophisticated cocktail soiree decked out with caviar, oyster and sushi stations; a hands-on sushi masterclass inclusive of a luxe lunch with tipple pairings; and a champagne Mother’s Day lunch. It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime bucket list things, so splurge the cash.

THE DETAILS

When: Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May
Where: Various locations
More information and tickets
here.

Candlelight Concerts


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Looking for some romantic date night inspo? Treat your beau to an intimate night out courtesy of the Candlelight Concert Series. With the awe-inspiring performances sprawling across Melbourne, it’s the perfect excuse to love it up without splurging on thousands of twinkling candles—those come part of the package. 

There are endless options to choose from, but we recommend penciling in the best of Fleetwood Mac, Oscar-winning soundtracks from Christopher Nolan films (Batman, Oppenheimer, Inception to name a few), and an ode to Tracy Chapman.

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 6 April (Fleetwood Mac and Christopher Nolan) and Friday 14 June (Tracy Chapman)
Where: Various locations
Fleetwood Mac tickets
here, Christopher Nolan tickets here, and Tracy Chapman tickets here.

Hawker Night Market At QVM

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Not only do we love Autumn for the crunchy orange and yellow leaves that pepper Melbourne’s streets, but we also love it for Queen Victoria Market’s Hawker 888 Night Market. Kicking off on April 10, every Wednesday night the market will lose its day-time look and transform into a bustling hawker-style street market. The options are endless, from Taiwanese dumplings, authentic okonomiyaki, and Japanese oysters to sugarcane and coconut juice.

You’d be hard pressed to find someone that hasn’t experienced QVM at night, but if that happens to be you—be warned, it gets very busy, very quickly. Get yourself there early, and enjoy the wonderful chaos. From the smoke and sizzle, delightful drinks and all the entertainment, it’s certainly a Melbourne bucket list moment.

THE DETAILS

When: Every Wednesday from April 10 to May 8, 5pm to 10pm
Where: Queen Victoria Market, corner of Queen and Therry Streets, Melbourne CBD
Find the full program
here.

Roaring Back: A Real 3.6 Metre T. Rex Is Making Its Way Down Under To Melbourne Museum


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Transporting all dino-lovers back to the age of the Cretaceous, Melbourne Museum will have the privilege of hosting Victoria’s first real Tyrannosaurus rex, aptly named Victoria—one of the most complete T.rex fossils to exist. Spanning more than 12 metres in length and standing at a towering height of over 3.6 metres, this remarkable specimen ranks among the largest dinos to have walked the planet.

The interactive exhibition, kicking off on June 28, will vividly recreate the natural habitat of this prehistoric giant through multisensory installations and immersive digital environments, showcasing the latest palaeontological findings and offering insights into Victoria’s life and demise. 

THE DETAILS

When: From Friday 28 June to Sunday 20 October
Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton, Melbourne
Book tickets here.

Steve McCurry ICONS

Three people viewing Steve McCurry's ICONS exhibit in Melbourne.Image credit: Fever Up | Supplied

Steve McCurry, an award-winning photojournalist best known for his piece ‘Afghan Girl’ (Sharbat Gula) that adorned National Geographic's front cover in the 80’s, is coming to Melbourne with a fascinating retrospective spanning over McCurry’s 40+ years.

Inspired by conflict, ancient traditions and contemporary culture, take a journey through some of the most beautiful and harrowing parts of the world with over 100 of McCurry’s well-known photographs and poignant portraits. ICONS kicks off Wednesday 28 February, and tickets are on sale now.

THE DETAILS

When: Wednesday 28 February to Sunday 19 May
Where: Seaworks Williamstown | 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown
Book tickets
here.

Unko Museum: The Kawaii Poop Experience 


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If you don't already know what Unko translates to, you can probably guess. Yep, Japan's museum dedicated to poop has made a pit stop in Melbourne this year to celebrate "max unko kawaii" which loosely translates to "the maximum cuteness of poop". The one-of-a-kind experience that's taken Japan by storm champions all things number two, with kawaii-style poop games, installations and Instagram ops. The waitlist for tickets is open now with Unko Museum expected to open end of December.

THE DETAILS

When: From Wednesday 20 December
Where: Unko Museum, 360 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Book tickets here.

WICKED: The Musical

WICKED the musical in Melbourne is set to kick off in March.Image credit: WICKED | Jeff Busby

WICKED has made the rounds across 16 countries and now, the hit Broadway musical about the untold stories of the Witches of Oz, is coming to Melbourne. The production sensation is set to captivate audiences at the Regent Theatre starting in March. Tickets on sale now.

THE DETAILS

When: From Tuesday 5 March
Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
Book tickets
here.

After A Massive Sydney Season, Jurassic World: The Exhibition Is Coming To Melbourne 

Dates TBC | Waitlist Open 

whats on sydney things to do jurassic world exhibition
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Live out your Jeff Goldblum dreams at this insane immersive experience bringing all the Jurassic Park wonder and thrills to Sydney after being enjoyed by more than 5 million people worldwide.

Jurassic World: The Exhibition features richly themed environments (including labs, boats and prehistoric forests) inspired by the films with a life-sized brachiosaurus, velociraptors and even a T-rex, plus the chance to interact with adorable baby dinosaurs. The Melbourne location and season dates are soon to be revealed, and you can join the waitlist here.

A Massive (And Magical) Harry Potter: Forbidden Forest Experience Is Coming To Victoria

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Following a sell-out tour in the USA and UK, the official Harry Potter: Forbidden Forest experience is coming to Melbourne. The immersive trail will bring to life plenty of your favourite Harry Potter creatures, including but not limited to Hippogriffs, Unicorns, and Nifflers. Potterheads will also have plenty of opportunities to practice casting their spells amidst the illuminated forest walk. 

THE DETAILS

When: From Saturday 6 April
Where: The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha
For wait list and more information, click here

Yayoi Kusama's Giant Pumpkin Comes To Victoria


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Those lucky enough to visit Japan's Naoshima island would have likely experienced the wonder of Yayoi Kusama's work, and specifically her giant polka dot-clad pumpkin sculptures. Now, one of the famed artist's pumpkins has parked up in Victoria—and it's one of Kusama's largest yet. Landing at Pt Leo Estate, Kusama's Pumpkin joins a raft of world-renowned artists and sculptural works from the likes of KAWS, Jaume Plensa and Reko Rennie.

THE DETAILS:

Where: Pt Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Road, Merricks 
For more details, click here

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Collingwood Children's Farm


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One for young and old, The Collingwood Children's Farm provides a perfect bucolic escape from the city, without really leaving the city. Take a walks through the community gardens, get some fresh air, and even meet the baby lambs.

THE DETAILS

When: Open seven days a week, 9:30am until 4:30pm
Where: 18 St Heller's Road, Abbotsford
For more information, click here

The Dinos Alive Exhibition

Wondering what's on in Melbourne? Check out this Dino's Alive exhibitImage credit: Fever Up | supplied 

The closest thing to taking a walk in Jurassic Park is about to hit Melbourne at Dinos Alive, an immersive exhibition featuring 80+ life-sized, animated dinosaurs. Your usual suspects—like t-rex, and a pack of velociraptors—will be in attendance, along with lesser-known dinos, too. Along with rex and co, the all-ages exhibition features a VR experience exploring the depths of the oceans along with the creatures that call it home during the Jurassic period. 
Dinos Alive opens on Wednesday 1 November through to late January.

THE DETAILS

When: Various times
Where: 62 Dawson Street, Brunswick
For tickets and more information, click here.

400 Gradi Pizza Workshop 

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The simple brilliance of pizza is an artform in itself to help you along your pizza-making journey is the well-versed mind of Johnny Di Francesco, award-winning pizzaolo and 400 Gradi founder. Join Johnny at their Brunswick East HQ for a two-hour workshop where he'll take you through the intricacies of making dough, hand-stretching, topping the pizza and cooking it to perfection in the oven. The session will kick off with an espresso and will also include pizza alongside a glass of wine for lunch as well as pizza dough and course notes to take and follow at home. 

THE DETAILS 

When: Various times 
Where: 99 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
To find out more, 
click here

Metartworld 

Wondering what's on in Melbourne but looking for something a little different? Check out he sculptures at Met Art World.Image credit: Fever Up | Supplied 

Metartworld is stepping your typical art gallery dates up a notch with the romantic starry sky exhibition—one of many displayed in the epic 2 500 square metre exhibition that celebrates metal art. Bond over shared art interests and lose yourselves in a fantasy world of unique statues recycled from scrap metal and themed spaces from motorcycles and cars to anime and movies. With a plethora of exhibitions, stimulating art conversations are bound to take place.

THE DETAILS

When: Various times
Where: 155 Boundary Street, Port Melbourne
To find out more, 
click here

1981 Delorian Joy Ride 

A Delorian that you can take for a joy ride.
Image credit: Red Balloon | supplied

Mcfly! Head right back to 1981—well, sort of—in this 1981 DMC Delorian. This stunning piece of auto history is restored to its original 81 specifications, but what you really need to know is that it's kitted out with replica props including time circuitry, flux capacitor, that iconic JVC camcorder and a hoverboard in the back for good measure. 

The hour-long drive will take you in and around Melbourne with your professional driver behind the wheel. It'll set you back $299—book in here.

THE DETAILS

When: available for bookings on weekends
To book your joyride around Melbourne, click here.

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