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City Happenings – Melbourne

Music & Theatre

Kinky Boots

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Melbourne audiences are raving about Kinky Boots, the hilarious and heart-warming new musical now playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.

When: 12 October 2016 – 26 February 2017

Where: NGV International 

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A WEEKEND In The Gardens


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Melbourne’s iconic Royal Botanic Gardens is set to come alive with a three-day music festival featuring many Aussie artists including Boy & Bear, John Farnham and Icehouse. While enjoying the music and beautiful surroundings, you can also indulge yourself in “The eatery” offering a variety of high-quality food.

When: 10 March – 12 March 2017

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne

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Art & Culture

White Night

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White night will take over the city for its fifth edition in a twelve-hour celebration of culture and creativity including exhibitions, street performances, installations, music, dance and illuminations throughout the city’s streets, parklands, laneways and public spaces. It is the perfect opportunity to experience Melbourne in a different light.

When: 18 February 2017, 7pm – 7am

Where: Various Venues, Melbourne

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Moomba Festival

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The Australia’s largest free community festival of the year is set for Labour Day weekend, 10 March – 13 March 2017. It’s the ultimate chance to take part in Melbourne’s tradition of celebrating the city’s multiculturalism and strong community bond through parades, carnival, fireworks, art, music and much more!

When: 10 March – 13 March 2017

Where: Birrarung Marr and Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne

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David Hockney

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The exhibition, curated by the NGV in collaboration with David Hockney and his studio, features more than 700 works from the past decade of the artist’s career – some new and many never before seen in Australia – including paintings, digital drawings, photography and video works.

When: 11 November 2016 – 13 March 2017

Where: NGV International 

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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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Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists

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The spectacular and avant-garde creations of Dutch fashion designers Viktor & Rolf are on display in Australia for the first time in an exhibition organised by the National Gallery of Victoria in close collaboration with the designers.

When: 16 October – 26 February 2017

Where: NGV International 

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Food & Dining

Summer Night Market

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Now in it’s 19th year, the Summer Night Market is your weekly Wednesday ritual. Fill those summer nights with Melbourne’s largest and best array of global street food, curated bars, artisan and vintage stall holders and quirky activations.

When: 16 November 2016 – 8 March 2017

Where: Queen Victoria Market

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Gourmet Cinema

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A perfect event for food- and film lovers. This outdoor cinema inspires its menus by the movies. After a sold-out season in 2016, Gourmet Cinema offers an even more extended line-up of classic and cult movies with a collection of food vendors offering matching menus.

When: 2 March – 12 March 2017 from 6pm

Where: Gaulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station Street Victoria, Melbourne

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Donut Fest Melbourne


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The donut fest has been a hit from New York to Los Angeles, and now it’s coming to Melbourne! Don’t miss out on everything donut including beer, coffee, beverages and entertainment and of course, loads of donuts.

When: 12 March 2017

Where: 557 ST. Kilda Road, Melbourne

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Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunches

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Melbourne’s own Little Italy will host the 25th Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Lunch, with the godfather of Italian cooking, Antonio Carluccio, at its helm.

When: 31 March – 9 April 2017

Where: Lygon Street

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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

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The 2017 MFWF will gather the world’s leading influencers of the culinary world in its 25th celebration including more than 250 events, dinners, tastings and classes. To mark this special occasion, the festival will coincide with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announcement, which will see 50 of the world’s best chefs coming to Melbourne.

When: 31 March – 9 April 2017

Where: Various Venues Victoria, Melbourne

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Sports

 World cup gymnastics

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As a part of the International Gymnastics Federation’s new World Cup Format, Australia will host the individual Apparatus World Cup circuit for both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics. Athletes from 15 countries, including Olympic gold medallists from Rio and London will compete for the title.

When: 22 February – 25 February 2017

Where: Hisense Arena in Victoria, Melbourne

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