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City Happenings – Melbourne

Music & Theatre

Aladdin the Musical

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From the producer of The Lion King, the beloved story of Aladdin comes to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical comedy featuring exhilarating choreography, show-stopping production numbers and astonishing visual effects.

When: 26 April – 16 July 2017

Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

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Melbourne Karaoke Festival

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Ah, karaoke. It can be hilariously painful to sit through, or an absolute joy for the tone deaf and vocally-gifted alike. Try your luck at the Melbourne Karaoke Festival why belting out the classics in front of a judge.

When: 28 April 2017, 5:00 PM-10:00 PM

Where: 206 Bourke street, Melbourne

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The book of Mormon

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The Book of Mormon takes a satirical view of the Mormon religion mixing lyrical theatre and comedy.  The show’s won a massive NINE Tony Awards and is an absolute hype everywhere around the world.

When: Until 30 July 2017

Where: Princess Theatre, 163 Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000

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Art & Culture

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival attracts audiences from near and far, from junior laughter-lovers at The (Very) Big Laugh Out, to late-night hijinks at the Festival Club and everything in between. Featuring a mass of local and international comedy stars, this is Melbourne’s yearly party and everyone is invited!

When: 29 March – 23 April 2017

Where: Melbourne Town Hall 90-130 Swanston Street Melbourne 

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 Asia TOPA

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Asia TOPA is a celebration of our relationship with contemporary Asia. This festival-like event will demonstrate different creative disciplines of art, including performances, visual, screen and literary arts. All of them having one thing in common: showcasing the deeper connection with the many cultures of this region.

When: Until 30 April 2017

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

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Art + Climate = Change 2017

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This event displays climate-change related arts including 30 curated exhibitions and keynote lectures and public programs. Engage yourself into a series of creative exhibitions on sustainability to inform yourself on one of the most important issues of this century.

When: 19 April- 14 May 2017

Where: The Ian Potter Museum of Art, 801 Swanston Street, Carlton, Melbourne

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Van Gogh and the seasons


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Van Gogh’s blockbuster exhibition comes to Melbourne! It features more than 40 paintings and 25 drawings, including a collection of letters and art research of the artist himself. Borrowed from galleries around the world, these masterpieces come together in one exciting exhibition.

When: 28 April 2017 – 9 July, 10AM-5PM

Where: NGV International, Ground level, Temporary Exhibitions, Melbourne

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Food & Dining

Meatstock- Meat and Music festival


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Melbourne is known for its awesome food and music, so it makes perfect sense that these two come together at Meatstock, a two-day line-up of live bands, barbecues, beer and fun workshops.

When: 22 April -23 April 2017

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale, VIC 3032

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Gabs, Beer Cider and Food Fest 2017


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As a part of Good Beer Week, this beer- loving event celebrates the best breweries, cider producers and food purveyors from around Australia and Asia in a three-day festival included with live entertainment and more.

When: 19 May – 21 May 2017

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

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Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

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Historical Bells beach, home of the longest running surf competition in the world celebrates its 55th anniversary this year. Steeped in tradition, rich in heritage and history, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach has become a rite of passage for World Surf league athletes for an opportunity to ring the bell.

When: 12-24 April 2017

Where: Bells Beach, Victoria

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Great Ocean Road Running festival

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 The stunning coastline and historic Great Ocean Road will attract runners from all around the world who are eager to challenge themselves amongst this pristine environment.

When: 20 May- 21 May 2017

Where: Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Great Ocean Road, Lorne, Victoria, 3232

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