What's On

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

By Urban List Writers
27th Jun 2022

It's 2022, and Melbourne's cultural grounds are firing on all burners. Festivals, Theatre, food 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?  

Here are the best things to do in Melbourne this week, this month and beyond:

What's On This Week, This Month And Next Month

The Moama Lights Festival Is Back For 2022

Just a short drive outside of Echuca the lush bushland and Murray river region will play host to the Moama Lights festival for 2022. Taking place at Horseshoe Lagoon, the festival will be a month-long run of captivating lights and sounds that showcase the heritage of the area.  
The Moama night sky will be ablaze with hundreds of flickering star lights, follow the trail up the river and immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of colours nestled among thousands of native flowers. Kicking off on Sunday 31 July and running until Sunday 21 August the full program is yet to be announced, keep an eye out 
over here


When: 6pm until 9pm, Sunday 31 July to Sunday 21 August 
Where: Kerrabee Soundshell, 4 Blair Street Moama
To find out more, 
click here

Eynesbury Winter Festival

Skate along to the winter wonderland taking over Eynesbury. The entire month will be dedicated to the Eynesbury Winter Festival and while the main drawcard is definitely the returning icerink, the program is filled with plenty more seasonal activities. Think warming hot cocoas in pop-up igloos, illuminating fireworks by moonlight and giant marshmallows roasting over bonfires. Food trucks will be rolling in alongside locals’ favourite coffee hub Birdy & Co and Ms Peacock, known for their bottomless booze and pizza.


When: Various times, Friday 24 June until Sunday 24 July 
Where: 479 Eynsebury Road, Eynsebury
To find out more, click here

Illuminate at ScienceWorks

As Winter hits Melbourne, so do the many light shows and luminescent festivals. But ScienceWorks wants to take you behind the scenes and explain the magic of electricity in their latest exhibition Illuminate: How Science Come To Light. Explore 13 different vibrant festival zones from diverging mirror reflections and laser percussive break beams to wavelength tubular light shows and invisible lenticular lenses.


When: 10am until 4.30pm, now to Saturday 9 July
Where: ScienceWorks, 2 Booker Street, Spotswood
To find out more, click here

ReWine Free Tastings

Expand your wine pallet beyond sparkling Moscato and sip on ReWine’s variety of premium drops. After the success of their zero-waste wine bar in Fitzroy, the family-owned business opened up a swanky saloon in the heart of the CBD. Pop along to their new location for a free tasting event, where the owners take you through new varietals, winemakers and how they make up Pinot Gris to Grenache Shiraz without producing waste. 


When: 6.30pm, every Thursday
Where: ReWine, 460 Queen Street Melbourne
To find out more, click here

St Kilda Southside Live

You won’t have to wait for Summer to enjoy live music by the beach, with SouthSide Live hitting St Kilda’s shoreline. Over the next ten days, On the Road Again presents a free winter music festival, tempting Melburnians out of their hibernation with live tunes, entertainment and food vans. Local legend turned international star, Briggs will grace the stage, alongside X Factor winner and Eurovision contestant Isaiah Firebrace. The lineup is stacked with plenty of burgeoning talents, including Kira Puru, Tamara & the Dreams and Maple Glider.


When: Various times, Friday 24 June until Sunday 3 July 
Where: South Beach Reserve, St Kilda, Melbourne
To find out more, click here

Colonial Brewing X Starward Whisky Tastings

Port Melbourne’s favourite brewing locations, Colonial Brewing Co and Starward Distillery have teamed up for a double venue tasting experience. The dynamic duo will be serving tasting paddles, from Colonial’s Pale Ales and Sours to Starwards wine barrelled whisky brews. Line your stomach with a feed from CBCo’s classic menu, like spicy chicken wings with Tex Mex sauce or crispy waffle fries, before taking a guided tour of Starward’s urban-working distillery. 


When: 3.30pm to 6.30pm, Friday 24 June until Sunday 13 November
Where: Various locations in Port Melbourne
To find out more, click here

Fourth Of July Spirits Takeover

America is heading down under, with Fourth of July celebrations taking over Australia’s classiest bars and restaurants. Bartenders have teamed up with Cheers! Spirits from the USA to bring you a free recipe book full of Australian-themed cocktails with a USA spirits twist. Melbournians will take any excuse to celebrate, cocktail in hand, with creations like the Noble Forester heroing Old Forester Bourbon or Wild Turkey Rye in a Sweet Valentine mix. If you doubt your own mixing skills, try the cocktails first at participating venues, including 18th Amendment Bar, Beneath Driver Lane, Bar Margaux, and Eau de Vie. 


When: Various times, Monday 27 June until Monday 4 July 
Where: Various venues across Melbourne CBD
To find out more, click here

Après Ski Chalets At Fargo & Co 

You won’t have to travel to Falls Creek or Mt Buller this year to get the full ski chalet experience. Fargo & Co is rolling out their Après Ski rooftop cabins, enticing Melburnians to come in from the cold. Fargo & Co haven’t left anyone behind, with three different packages from the Basic B*tch and the Boss B*tch to the OG Bottomless Upgrade and even wander-ins. Warm up with boozy hot chocolates and flowing chocolate fondue fountains, while sipping on Champagne or Grey Goose Vodka cocktails. 


When: Various times, Thursday 2 June until Sunday 28 August
Where: 216 Swan Street, Richmond, Melbourne
To find out more, click here

Light: Works From Tate's Collection | ACMI

London's renowned Tate is lending Melbourne's ACMI 70+ works of new and old. The exhibition has been carefully—and curiously—curated by Tate, where each piece will tie into the theme of light, and the ways each artist has harnessed it in their works. What's on display will range from contemporary to age-old (some surpassing the 200-year mark). Visitors can expect works from Claude Monet to James Turrell, and Jean Cocteau to Yayoi Kusama. Light will premier on Thursday 16 June and run until Sunday 13 November. Keep an eye on ACMI for tickets and more info.


When: Various times, Thursday 16 June until Sunday 13 November
Where: ACMI, Federation Square, Corner of Swanston and Flinders Street, Melbourne
To find out more, click here

Firelight Festival

After a two year hiatus, Docklands' Firelight festival is returning in all its fiery glory, and the line-up is looking stacked. On the bill for this entirely free event is over 40 fire pits, 35 flame jets, over 100 performers and never-seen-before liquid, laser and light show—just to name several highlights. 


When: Friday 1 July until Sunday 3 July
Where: Docklands, various locations
For more information, click here.

The Multi-Sensory Space Exploration Exhibition Is Coming To Melbourne 

The immersive Neighbourhood Earth is coming into the orbit of Melbourne this June. The intergalactic exhibition provides an exploration of our neighbouring planets as they appear in vivid colours across towering screens. The journey through space will also feature Museum-quality models, spacecraft, tools, and astronaut suits to tell the stories and achievements in space travel over time. Developed by NEC Partners, in conjunction with the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and NASA’s George C. Marshall; you’ll be travelling across the solar system to witness the sunsets on Mars, Venus lightning storms, and the vibrant colours of Jupiter’s giant red spot. The celestial event will be taking place at Emporium Melbourne from Friday 17 June until Sunday 28 August. 


When: 11am until 7.30pm, Friday 17 June to Sunday 28 August 
Where: Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
To find out more, 
click here

Puffing Billy | Train Of Lights

Everyone's favourite steam train came through with the great news that trainspotters, surfers and riders can once again hang their legs out the carriages, and now, they've revealed for the first time ever they'll be running night rides with a light show to boot. Puffing Billy will first board at Emerald Lake before chugging through a stunner of a light show through Wright Forest and into the bucolic rolling hills of Gembrook.


When: Friday 24 June until Sunday 10 July
Where: Departing Emerald Lake, Emerald
For tickets and more information, click here.

Lightscape In The Gardens 

Lightscape will be illuminating Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens this winter. Started by Sony Music Entertainment in the UK over a decade ago, Lightscape now attracts millions worldwide. Trek along the 1.8km trail and discover the large-scale installation with over 100,000 tiny lights, creating a bright tapestry of colours across the walkways, trees and vistas. 


When: 5.30pm until 8pm, Friday 24 June until Sunday 7 August
Where: Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
To find out more, click here.

Darkfield Presents Seance, Flight, Coma and Eulogy
Remember those stupidly terrifying, ominous shipping container experiences that were parked up at Fed Square not long before COVID? Well, gluttons for punishment will relish in the news that the OG Seance and Flight experience are both returning along with two new shows Coma and Eulogy. Each tap into your senses in a truly unique way, and all a scary to all buggery. Like last time, the season is expected to sell out—so don't sleep on tickets.



When: Thursday 26 May onwards
Where: 138 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
For tickets and more information, click here.


After a bumper season in Sydney, the critically acclaimed Hamilton is taking to the stage at Her Majesty's Theatre here in Melbourne, and if you're lucky, you might be able to score a $10 ticket. To try your hand at this steal of a seat for what will no doubt be one of Melbourne's hottest shows, all you need to do is download the TodayTix app, and sign up for notifications via the Hamilton Melbourne website. The first lottery will open at 12:01am Friday 4 March through to 1:00pm Thursday 10 March, for tickets to performances 15-20 March. 


When: Tuesday 15 March onwards
Where: Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
For more information on the $10 lottery, download the TodayTix app

The Lume | Van Gogh Alive

This September The Lume Melbourne a bringing an immersive massive-scale digital art exhibition to life. Featuring works from the world’s most renowned artists to the Melbourne Convention Centre It all kicks off with the works of Vincent Van Gogh. The towering digital displays will be accompanied by musical soundscapes, aromas and themed food and drinks. Tickets are on sale now, so hop to it. 


When: Now
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
For more information, 
click here

What's On This Year In Melbourne 

Dog Lovers Show

Doggos of all shapes and sizes are descending on Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the world's largest dog festival. Rest assured you’ll get your animal fix at The Dog Lovers Show, with over 1000 furry friends and more than 100 different breeds. See performances from The Wonderdogs and Dave Graham’s ‘Ninja Dogs’ or get in the SPLASH ZONE with BlackHawk Dock Dogs swimming skills. Treat your best friend to a new leash or a full pamper sesh at the Paws&Prosecco Bar or have some playtime in the Pat-A-Pooch zone.


When: 9.30am until 5pm, Friday 14 October until Sunday 16 October
Where: 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne
To find out more, click here

The Picture Of Dorian Gray At Arts Centre Melbourne

If there’s one theatre show you’ll wish you could say, “I saw it when”, it’s Sydney Theatre Company’s contemporary adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray. Playing at Arts Centre Melbourne from June 5, this dark, gripping, funny and fascinating tale is brought to life by an unforgettable performance from Eryn Jean Norvill intertwined with astonishing live video filmed and projected on stage right before your eyes. Norvill single-handedly plays all 26 characters in a mindblowing feat that has rightly earned rave reviews and a sold out season at the 2022 Adelaide Festival. Tickets for this one-person masterpiece disappear quickly, so be sure to nab yours asap.


When: now until 31 July 2022
Where: Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
For tickets and more information, click here.

Lust Love Loss At Shrine Of Remembrance 

Sex, love and lust aren’t simple topics, so when we heard that a new exhibition is placing them in conversation with the hugely complex topic of war and conflict, we were intrigued, to say the least. With a plethora of Hollywood retellings featuring buff bodies and romantic plotlines, fictionalised wartime history is threaded with saucy undertones. But, as recent times have reminded us all too well, it’s the real-world effects that conflict has on human interactions that provide the most exceptional and unforgettable insights. 

Through paintings, photography and personal belongings, the free exhibition, Lust Love Loss, at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance details the experiences of service personnel sent to distant, often culturally diverse locations, those they left behind and the ramifications on sex and morality in times of war.


When: Now until 1 November, 2022
Where: Shrine of Remembrance
For more information head over here.

The Bridgeton Ball At The Plaza 

Attention all dukes and duchesses, Lady Whisteldown is inviting Melburnians to the social event of the season. Don your most prestigious gown and attend The Bridgeton Ball. Settle in for a fanciful night of royal entertainment. Trade-in secrets for hot gossip while waltzing to a string quartet, there’ll be a raft of flowing drinks as well as decadent dishes to keep everything ticking away nicely. If your dancing shoes are worn thin, try your hand at life-drawing or other games of chance.


When: 12pm until 4pm or 7pm until 11pm, Saturday 17 September 
Where: Plaza Ballroom, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne
To find out more, click here

The NGV's Alexander Mcqueen Exhibition 

NGV is spoiling fashion lovers with their summer showcase Mind, Mythos, Muse, honouring the late celebrated Alexander Mcqueen. The Australian exclusive exhibition is being organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the NGV. Expect to get up close and personal with 100 original clothing pieces accompanied by 70 historical artworks. Explore Mcqueen’s legacy through four thematic sections; Mythos, Fashioned Narratives, Technique and Innovations as well as Evolution and Existence. The exhibition is set to kick off in style, with Melbourne’s fanciest annual event, The NGV Gala


When: 10am until 5pm, 11 December 2022 until 16 April 2023
Where: NGV, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
To find out more, click here

Grapevine Music Festival 

Trade in the vodka sodas for a boujee glass of red at the Grapevine Music Festival. Local larrikins The Inspired Unemployed are hosting this music-filled, pinot party at Rochford Wines. The Yarra Valley location is on point, perfect for the candid festival pics among the vineyards. Listen to Aussie legends like Ball Park Music, The Veronicas and Peking Duk or hop across the pond and groove to indie icons, The Kooks. 


When: 12pm until 10pm, Saturday 8 October 
Where: Rochford Wines, 878 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
To find out more, click here

Melbourne Museum’s Gandel Gondwana Garden

Travel back to the stone age, with Melbourne Museum’s upcoming Gandel Gondwana Garden. The name Gondwana refers to the ancient supercontinent that connected most of the southern hemisphere. Let out your inner explorer and walk through the 900 square metre outdoor gallery, interacting with five different paleolithic ecosystems. Expanding off the wildly popular Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery, this exhibition will focus on the stories of the first peoples, prehistoric creatures as well as the flora and fauna that have shaped Melbourne’s landscape today, providing an immersive tour of Victoria’s natural history. 


When: Opening in late 2022
Where: 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne
To find out more, click here

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs

Horridus, the world's most complete triceratops fossil is making his way down under and calling the Melbourne Museum home. Coming in at 67-million years old, you could say ol' Horridus is a real dinosaur, and along with his bones, giant frill and all, visitors can learn all about the complex ecosystems and fellow creatures he lived alongside during the cretaceous period.  


When: Saturday 12 March onwards
Where: Melbourne Museum, Carlton 
For more information and tickets, click here.

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