Enjoy the last week of summer with festivals, picnics and outdoor cinema! Weather’s still looking warm for the rest of the week so check out Melbourne’s best beaches for kids and the best places to go in a Melbourne heatwave.

CBD / Docklands

  • Victoria Harbour Pop Up Cinema (Fri 24 Feb) -free open-air cinema, Park Cinema, popping up at Victoria Harbour’s Buluk Park. Last week.
  • Moomba Parade Design Exhibition and Workshop (Fri 24 Feb – Mon 13 Mar) – see this years designs, check out mini models of past Moomba parade floats and take a selfie on the Moomba royal throne!design your own Moomba float and enter your ideas for consideration in the 2018 parade!
  • Invisible Light Garden Artplay (Fri 24 Feb – Sun 26 Mar) – Discover the interaction between digital imagery and physical action in this interactive art installation. Full review. 
  • QV Outdoor Cinema (Fri 24 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) – live entertainment, free cocktails, special food, red carpets, instafamous dogs, charity screenings, a film festival and more. Last week.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 24 Feb – Tue 28 Feb) – free play space inspired by Herman and Rosie. Last weekFull review.
  • Viktor & Rolf For Kids NGV (Fri 24 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) – interactive children’s gallery exhibition developed by designers Viktor & Rolf. Last week. FULL REVIEW.
  • NGV Car Wash (Fri 24 Feb – April 2017) – enjoy a neon pink installation in the sculpture garden inspired by a car wash. FULL REVIEW.
  • Lonsdale Street Greek Festival (Sat 25 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) – Melbourne’s Greek community street festival with entertainment and food.
  • Family Footy Fun Zone Queen Victoria Market (Sat 25 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) – Every Saturday and Sunday until Easter the Vic Market’s A Shed near Victoria Street will be transformed into a footy extravaganza with inflatable kicking goals, a specky-marking zone, handball challenges, footy arts and crafts and more.
  • Summer Pirate Adventure Harbour Town (Sat 25 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) – Neverland Adventure Experience and Pirate Craft Village. Last week. Full review.
  • Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival (Sun 26 Feb) – Federation Square will be transformed into a Japanese village with performances and food.
  • NGV Summer Sundays (Sun 26 Feb) – free family friendly concerts in the NGV Sculpture Garden. Last week.
  • Lankan Fest Crown Riverwalkat Queen Victoria Market (Sun 26 Feb) – authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, arts, crafts, music, dance, games, free cooking demonstrations and live performances.
  • Federation Square Book Market (Sun 26 Feb) – Meet author illustrator Judith Russell
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 1 Mar) – Eat and drink your way around the world one dish at a time with more than 50 street food traders cooking up a global feast plus specialty shopping and entertainment.
  • Play Pod Party (Wed 1 Mar) – Celebrate the launch of the Library’s new Play Pod theme inspired by Mem Fox’s classic tale, Where is the green sheep? with a morning of songs, dancing, craft activities and games.

Invisible Light Garden Artplay


  • Twilight Supper Market Abbotsford Convent (Fri 24 Feb) – live music, children’s activities and food every Friday night until 24 Feb. Last week. 
  • Pedal Powered Cinema (Fri 24 Feb) – Carbon-Neutral Human-Powered Moonlight Cinema featuring Oddball.
  • Big Pizza Festival Preston Food Truck Park (Fri 24 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) -dancers, henna artists, Indian music and classic bollywood flicks.
  • Zoo Twilights (Fri 24 Feb – 11 Mar) – concert series provides the perfect summer night of entertainment for all ages across Friday and Saturday evenings until 11 Mar.
  • Slavic Pancake Festival Carlton (Sat 25 Feb) – Slavic song and dance, traditional games, mouth-watering traditional food and refreshments.
  • Batman Market (Sat 25 Feb) – food trucks, free entertainment, jumping castle every Saturday until 25 Feb. Last week. FULL REVIEW.
  • Movies in the Park (Sat 25 Feb) – An outdoor cinema set amongst the eucalyots of Holden Street Reserve.
  • Fairfield Summer Series (Sun 26 Feb) – exotic sounds, amazing circus and cultural dance from around the globe every Sun until 26 Feb. Last week.



  • Burrinja Kids Stay and Play (Fri 24 Feb – 31 Mar) – free family activity by local studio artist Andrea Innocent
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 25 Feb) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • The Creators Market Prahran (Sat 25 Feb) –  support emerging designers and artists from fashion to food and fine arts.
  • Casey Kids Carnival (Sat 25 Feb) – performers, rides, interactive games, roving entertainers, face painters, art and crafts and live animals.
  • Berwick Show (Sat 25 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) – agriculture and horticulture displays, arts and crafts, performers and entertainers, carnival rides, show bags, food vans and interactive stalls.
  • Como House Tours (Sat 25 Feb – Sun 26 Feb) – A Como house tour offers a glimpse into the privileged lifestyle of former owners, the Armytage family, who lived there for nearly a century.
  • Ashburton Twilight Festival (Sun 26 Feb) – Ashburton Festival takes over High Street for a family-friendly day of fun-filled activities.
  • Sandsculpting Frankston Waterfront (Fri 24 Feb – Tue 25 Apr) -Twenty sculptors carve out themed sculptures from the sand. 
  • Teddy Bears Picnic at Ripponlea (Sun 26 Feb) – roving entertainment, performances, a treasure hunt and plenty of fun activities to keep the kids and bears occupied for hours.
  • Bright n Sandy Food and Wine Festival (Sun 26 Feb) – cooking demonstrations by leading chefs, children’s activities, live entertainment, and the opportunity to sample or buy from more than 35 food and wine exhibitors.


Melbourne Tram Museum at Hawthorn Depot, 8 Wallen Rd, Hawthorn


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