whats on melbourne

June is almost done – have you started planning your school holiday fun yet?  Check out what’s happening in Melbourne CBD and Melbourne suburbs for the winter hols.

This week we’re going to check out the new Bug Lab exhibition at Melbourne Museum, Model Citizens by Circus Oz and Winter Solstice: Festival of Welcome at Federation Square. Plus I’ll be popping up at Mastermind Highpoint with Book Swap Bike to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Have a great week!


  • Winter Solstice Courtyard Immigration Museum (Fri 23 Jun) – live music from polyrhythmic future-soul artist Nai Palm, lead performer of Hiatus Kaiyote. Share winter warmers with friends, including mulled wine, whisky, and spiced chocolate.
  • Winter Solstice Light Show (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 25 Jun) – For five evenings in winter, Melbourne’s newest icon – 888 Collins Street – will come to life in a spectacular festive light display in celebration of Winter Solstice.
  • Circus Oz Birrarung Marr (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 16 Jul) – high-voltage acrobatics and explosive aerial antics.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 25 Jun) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Winter Solstice: Festival of Welcome (Sat 24 Jun) – performances, unique stalls, enjoy beautiful light installations and sample a range of traditional international foods.
  • City Library Book Sale (Sat 24 Jun) – Grab yourself a bargain on some fabulous pre-loved books.
  • NGV Unplugged (Sun 25 Jun) – Each Sunday afternoon for six weeks, Jae Laffer (The Panics) will host a session in the exhibition space with a live performance by local musicians.
  • Melbourne Design Market (Sun 25 Jun) – Melbourne original design market happens twice a year.
  • Sunday Family Funday Munich Brauhaus (Sun 25 Jun) – mobile farm experience, face painter, kids’ entertainer and yummy food at Munich Brauhaus.
  • Slide, Skate and Chill (Fri 23 Jun – Thu 31 Aug) – undercover riverside ice rink and toboggan slide. Full review.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Play Pod State Library of Victoria (Fri 23 Jun – 5 Sep) – Play Pod is the SLV’s program for children aged under 8 years with activities to read, create and play. There’s a new theme every season for Winter 2017 it’s inspired by Penguin Problems. Full review.
  • Once Upon a Time: The Sleeping Beauty (Tue 27 Jun) – special one-hour version of a storybook ballet is performed live on stage and narrated by one of the central characters.
  • Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market (Wed 28 Jun – Wed 30 Aug) -crackling fires, mulled wine and a revolving line-up of roving entertainers and live music, over 30 street vendors and designer and artisan stalls. READ THE REVIEW.


queen victoria market


  • NICA Circus Showcase (Fri 23 Jun – Sat 24 Jun) – The phenomenal imagination, athleticism and humour of Australia’s next generation of circus talents will be on show when NICA presents Circosis: Left Brain, Right Brain. Last weekend.
  • Micador Warehouse Bundle Sale (Fri 23 Jun – Sat 24 Jun) – up to 50% off stationery and craft materials.
  • Storytelling Festival Glen Eira (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 9 Jul) – diverse events that celebrates stories and those who tell them.
  • MAP 57 St Kilda (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 30 Jul) – St Kilda’s favourite “triangle” will be converted into a glittering entertainment venue this winter, playing host to a pop up ice rink, comedy, theatre, music, food stalls, carnival rides and more.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 24 Jun) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • Matariki Dandenong Market (Sun 25 Jun) – Performances, Ta moko face painting. NZ Street Food.
  • Mornington Railway (Sun 25 Jun) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Fairy Petunia South Melbourne Market (Wed 28 Jun) – free storytelling, drawing, face painting, games, bubbles and more.




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