Get yourself organised in April with a huge roundup of events happening in Melbourne and surrounds this month.
Also coming up in April are the Autumn school Holidays (Saturday 9 April to Monday 25 April) and Easter (Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April). Because of the huge number of events happening during these two periods you'll find separate posts for Autumn school holiday events and activities in Melbourne CBD plus Easter events in Melbourne and surrounds.
The rest of the month still offers fantastic family fun – so check out the best events below!
This post is updated regularly so check back in to see what’s on in Melbourne today, this weekend as well as what’s happening for the whole month.
FEATURED EVENT #1
Experience the Australian premiere of Toy Story in Concert, featuring a screening of the groundbreaking complete film with Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Randy Newman’s musical score performed live to the film, conducted by Guy Noble.
The Toy Story films are beloved worldwide for their compelling characters, extraordinary storytelling, stunning visuals and the music of Randy Newman. The composer and songwriter is behind signature songs including “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Strange Things” and “I Will Go Sailing No More.”
Friday 29 April 2022 – 7.30pm
Saturday 30 April 2022 – 1pm & 7.30pm
FEATURED EVENT #2
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum is thrilled to present Code Breakers: Women in Games, an ACMI touring exhibition celebrating the achievements of women working in the games industry, from Saturday 5 March to Sunday 15 May 2022.
This free exhibition transforms Yarra Ranges Regional Museum into an immersive and interactive game zone. Visitors can play an array of video games ‘ from indie to commercial hits and new releases ‘ all made by Australian and New Zealand women working in different capacities: as directors, programmers, developers, digital artists, writers, producers and designers.
Alongside the fun, Code Breakers seeks to shatter stereotypes and ponder important questions: What does a more inclusive games industry look like? How do we encourage this diversity? How might video games contribute to social change?
Melbourne Events April
What's on in Melbourne CBD / Docklands
- Van Gogh at The LUME (until Thu 30 Jun) – Australia’s and the Southern Hemisphere’s first permanent digital gallery transforms the world’s finest art into fully immersive sensory encounters. Curated tastes, aromas and a choreographed soundtrack add thrilling new dimensions to this 360-degree experience.
- Queen Victoria Night Market (until Wed 6 April) – 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 every Wednesday plus specialty shopping and entertainment. Queen Victoria Night Market review.
- Imaginaria (until Mon 25 Apr) – Fully interactive bespoke sounds, scents and lights activate in response to your movement as you walk, slide and glide through the dreamlike landscapes. Walk into a giant inflatable bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. Imaginaria review
- Asteroid Hunters (Fri 1 Apr – Wed 13 Apr) – Venture into deep space for a fascinating look at asteroids, their cosmic origins and the potential threat they pose to our world.
- Peppa Pig's Aquarium Adventure (Fri 1 Apr – Fri 20 May) – Join Peppa Pig on her Aquarium Adventure at SEA LIFE Melbourne these school holidays. Visit between 1 April and 20 May to collect your free Peppa Pig activity booklet, meet Peppa and snap a “pig-ture”.
- Inflatable Regatta (Sat 2 Apr) – Float the day away down the Yarra River – one of Melbourne’s greatest waterways. Take advantage of this great and unique way to enjoy a day out in Melbourne.
- Twilight Market (Sat 2 Apr & Sat 16 Apr) – Join for a lovely range of food, specialty stalls, live music, kids' entertainment, and lots of family fun as you stroll along the Promenade.
- The District Makers Market (Sun 24 Apr) – enjoy entertainment and shop fine arts, crafts, jewellery, artisan goods.
- Arts Centre Sunday Market (Sun 24 Apr) – find unique, quirky and handmade items at the 24 stalls. There's always some yummy treats too!
- Music Fest (Tue 26 Apr – Fri 29 Apr) – an epic program of live music, sunset DJ sessions, free drinks and more!
- Beam Me Up Baby (Thu 28 Apr – Fri 29 Apr) – lots of movement and music, this is a play space set up for baby adventures full of fun and exploration.
- Toy Story in Concert (Fri 29 Apr – Sat 30 Apr) – Experience the Australian premiere of Toy Story in Concert, featuring a screening of the groundbreaking complete film!
- Curiouser and Curiouser (Sat 30 Apr – Sun 1 May) – Join in for a movement and play experience which is sure to surprise and delight.
- Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight – Museum of the Moon (Until Fri 15 April) – To celebrate the premiere of Marvel Studios’ Moon Knight, Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon will be landing in Australia for three weeks.
- MPavilion (until Sat 24 Apr) – free events including talks, workshops, performances, family-friendly experiences, community projects and installations, and more.
- The Gecko and the Mermaid NGV (until Mon 25 Apr) – NGV's summer’s kids exhibition introduces two significant contemporary Yolŋu artists from North-East Arnhem Land to our youngest of visitors. The Gecko and the Mermaid review
- Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto NGV (until Mon 25 Apr) The exhibition features over 100 outfits as well as jewellery, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes. Key designs are drawn from the rich holdings of the Palais Galliera and the Patrimoine de CHANEL.
- Bark Ladies NGV (until Mon 25 Apr) – An exhibition that celebrates the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolŋu women artists from the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre (Buku), in North-East Arnhem Land.
- Melbourne Street Eatz (until Mon 25 Apr) – food trucks, games, entertainment open Thursday to Sunday.
- Pond[er] NGV (until Sun 28 Aug) A beautiful architectural installation, replete with a pink pond evocative of Australia’s inland salt lakes, has been selected as the winner of the NGV’s 2021 Architecture Commission in the Grollo Equiset Garden at NGV International. NGV Pink Pond review
- Shrine Kids (Daily) – The Shrine of Remembrance is the National War Memorial of Victoria and it makes for an educational (and sobering) outing for families.
- Melbourne Book Market (Saturdays & Sundays) – curated collection of more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles selected and presented by 15 of Melbourne’s most experienced booksellers.
- Melbourne Footy Grab (Daily) – Search the city for QR codes to win instantly, or unlock prizes from Coca-Cola, Zoos Victoria, Sherrin, Toyota and more.
What's on in Melbourne North / North-East
- The (Very) Big Laugh Out Loud (Fri 1 Apr – Sat 19 Apr) – World-class street performers and the best physical and musical comedy in da biz.
- Young children taking climate action (Wed 6 Apr) – Join CERES early childhood educator, Deanne Jones, to take part in simple activities that engage young children with climate change and climate action which can be taken as a family.
- Journeys in a Child Nation (Tue 27 Apr – Fri 30 Apr) – Child Nation is a custom set of journeys for Melbourne Knowledge Week that encourage children to experience the festival through their own eyes. Designed for 7-12 years, they will need a personal device with an internet connection to participate.
- Melbourne Italian Festival (Sun 3 Apr) – Celebrate Italian Culture, Heritage and Community.
- Dinosaur Festival Melbourne (Fri 22 Apr) – World-class dinosaur exhibition, dinosaur-themed activities, and various amusement ride activations for the whole family.
- Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (Wed 30 Mar – Sun 3 Apr) – See the best landscape and floral talent from Australia and around the world alongside an extensive array of garden retail products.
- Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs (From Thu 12 Mar) – An immersive voyage into a lost world, where visitors will explore the landscapes of the Cretaceous and get to know the creatures that thrived there.
- Mental (until Sat 18 Jun) – See over 20 experimental projects from local and international artists and research collaborators that reflect a range of different perspectives on mental health and ways of being.
- Diamond Valley Railway (Sundays) – miniature railway with a playground next door. Diamond Valley Railway Review
- Mini Mega Model Museum (Until 2022) – exhibition featuring small and big things at Melbourne Museum. Mini Mega Model Museum review.
What's on in Melbourne South / South-East / Bayside
- Raven Mad (Fri 1 Apr – Sun 3 Apr) – A free outdoor circus comedy show featuring ridiculous and jaw-dropping circus and performance skills.
- Yarra One’s Pet Day Out! (Sat 02 Apr) – Bring your pet as you shop at one of the many market stalls, including accessories, treats, and custom artwork.
- The 13-Storey Treehouse (Sun 3 Apr – Mon 4 Apr) – Adapted by Richard Tulloch (The Book of Everything, Bananas in Pyjamas), this hugely successful play is brought to life by a seriously funny cast with magical moments of theatrical wizardry and a truckload of imagination!
- Bumblebee Kids Baby Market Hampton (Sun 3 Apr) – pre-loved, handmade, and new goods.
- Bayside Autumn Fest 2022 (Sun 3 Apr – Sat 21 May) – connect with the community of Bayside as you participate and enjoy the great food, live music, and fun activities!
- Drift Arts Festival (Sat 21 Apr – Sun 1 May) – is a new, annual festival of art, music, and celebration across the Mornington Peninsula that offers exciting new opportunities to explore the region.
- Sonica Botanica: Stories and Sounds from the Gardens (until Thu 30 Jun) – Weaving together interviews, field recordings and a musical score, this evocative listening experience responds to collectors’ passions, botanical knowledge, favourite memories, childhood impressions, historical anecdotes and cultural viewpoints
- AYPT presents: Nickelodeon's SpongeBob The Musical (Thur 31 Mar – Sun 3 Apr) – watch this musical adaptation of Nickelodeon’s long-running animated children’s sitcom of the same name.
- Seek and Find Nature Cards (Until 30 June 2022) Set your young ones on an adventure exploring nature with our Seek and Find Nature Cards to be used at Melbourne Gardens or download the cards and go exploring in your own neighbourhood.
- Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods, and more! Every Sunday.
- Frankston Community Market (Sundays) – a weekly community market located in the very heart of Frankston, featuring an ever-changing variety of stalls.
- Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
- Gruffalo Trail 2 Rippon Lea (until 30 Apr) – Visitors can explore the expansive paths and gardens of Rippon Lea, while bringing their favourite characters to life in vivid 3D animation using the Gruffalo Spotter 2 app. Gruffalo Trail Review
- Seeing the Invisible (Until Fri 30 Sep) – contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology, is presented in six countries simultaneously with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as the exclusive Australian locations.
- Punting on the Lake (Daily) – take a serene cruise around the islands of the picturesque Ornamental Lake in Melbourne’s stunning Royal Botanic Gardens.
- Camberwell Sunday Market (Every Sunday) – secondhand retro, vintage, antique, fashion and collectible goods you just can't find anywhere else
- Gasworks Farmers’ Market (Third Saturday of every month until Sun 18 Dec) – On Saturdays soak up the vibrant atmosphere and sample the very best of local Victorian produce, directly from Victorian farmers and specialty makers.
- Gumbuya World Wildlife Wanderers (Every Wed starting Wed 2 Mar) – join in every Wednesday for a day full of fun for your little ones with a 30-minute program, which will include storytime, games and Nature Play-based activities.
- National Steam Centre (Every Saturday and Sunday) – The museum engines are fired up and can be seen running on the last Sunday of each month except December.
What's on in Melbourne East
- High tea Yarra Valley Chocolaterie (Sat 2 Apr) – Be charmed by our European Head Chocolatier and Head Pastry Chef as they share a delightful selection of decadent, petite pastries, scones, ribbon sandwiches and other delights (approx. 8 savoury and 8 sweet items per person) matched with a mocktail on arrival and endless organic local teas, barista made coffee and decedent hot chocolates during your sitting.
- Dandenong Ranges Open Studios (Sat 2 Apr – Sun 3 Apr) – An exciting annual weekend event that promotes the work of local artists and gives you the opportunity to have a sneak peek into the private world of our artists' working studio environments
- Kabloom (Sat 2 Apr – Fri 25 Apr) – Come and enjoy our flower fields bursting with a sea of colour with over a million flowers. A wonderful day out with all the family. Kabloom Review
- Ben & Jerry's Free Icecream (Wed 6 Apr) – Exclusive to the Burwood Brickworks store, those keen for a free single scoop can take their pick of any of their favourite Ben & Jerry's flavours.
- Boroondara Arts (Sun 3 Apr – Tue 26 Apr ) – fun and educational activities in performing and visual arts.
- Gluttony (Wed 6 Apr – Sun 10 Apr) – Join us for the Victorian premiere of Gluttony On Tour and be the first to indulge your senses in this celebration of Music, Circus, Burlesque and the best Food and Wine the region has to offer!
- Sprouted Festival at Forest Hill Chase (Mon 21 Mar – Sun 13 Apr) – Celebrate the autumn season in a FUngi Way by enjoying this free magical mushroom-inspired festival of lights, tasty eats, mini-golf, music, and entertainment.
- Blue Lotus Water Garden (Until Mon 18 Apr) – explore gardens with lakes, ponds and lagoons and fairy gardens. Blue Lotus Water Garden Review
- Yarra Valley Railway (Sundays) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Yarra Valley Railway review
What's on in Melbourne West
- Piano Bar Shipped Werribee (Fri 1 Apr – Sun 1 May) – After a successful pop up in Werribee last year, we've been counting down the days until Piano Bar Shipped could return to the Wyndham Cultural Centre for more fantastic events.
- High tea Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie (Sat 2 Apr, Fri 29 Apr, Sat 30 Apr) – Be charmed by our European Head Chocolatier and Head Pastry Chef as they share a delightful selection of decadent, petite pastries, scones, ribbon sandwiches and other delights (approx. 8 savoury and 8 sweet items per person) matched with a mocktail on arrival and endless organic local teas, barista made coffee and decedent hot chocolates during your sitting.
- Free movies in Pop Up Park Point Cook (Sat 2 Apr – Sat 23 Apr) – Bring a blanket and a friend, grab some dinner and find yourself a spot on the green to enjoy a movie under the stars! Every Saturday.
- Big Day Off (Sun 3 Apr) – Drop off the kids with fully trained licensed caregivers to enjoy a special screening of a family favourite movie at Hoyts Watergardens.
- Meet me in Tarneit Movies (Sun 3 Apr) – Tarneit is turning up the heat this Summer with FREE family events including movie and live music nights and a monthly weekend market.
- Musical Minds Workshop (Mon 4 Apr) – Learn the fundamentals of music together with your kids in an environment that is fun and educational.
- Mini Makers Highpoint (Wed 6 Apr) – free kids activities every Wednesday.
- Meet me in Tarneit Music (Fri 8 Apr) – Tarneit is turning up the heat this Summer with FREE family events including movie and live music nights and a monthly weekend market.
- Spotswood Festival (Sat 30 Apr) – Join in the very first Spotswood festival! Enjoy local entertainment, rides, festival stalls and all other well-loved local Spotswood delights!
- FCAC Toddler Jam (Thu 28 Apr – Fri 24 Jun) – getting toddlers active and learning through play, with a mixture of percussion, singing, dancing, story-time and mindfulness.
- FCAC Toddler Jam (Thu 3 Feb – Tue 8 Apr) – Our tutor Razz, a long-time member of the FCAC community, is highly skilled in getting toddlers active and learning through play, with a mixture of percussion, singing, dancing.
- Enterprize One Hour Day Sails (Until May 2022) – sail from five locations in Port Phillip Bay and occasionally in other ports along the southeastern coast of Australia.
- Essendon Traffic School (Saturdays) – Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. Essendon Traffic School review
- Sunday Funday Station Hotel (Sundays) – free face painting, balloons, animal farm. Plus kids menu, outdoor cubbyhouse and play kitchen! Sunday Funday Station Hotel review