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What’s On in Melbourne – June 2022

June is here! That means we're halfway through 2022 and that the winter school holidays are just a few weeks away. 

So, because we always want to help you have fun with your family every month of the year, we're back with another mega list of what's on in Melbourne for the month of June.

We've also got a special list of what's on in Melbourne for the winter school holidays which are taking place from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 3 July.

Other dates to note:

  • Monday 13 June: Queen's Birthday

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

Bring the family to the Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF), a festival of the best new kids films from across the world screening only in cinemas from May 28.

See the Moomins, '80s classic The Secret of NIMH and a modern-retelling of Cinderella, alongside tales of fallen star friends, dragons and lion cubs who need to be returned home, as well as adventures with rabbits, mice, rats, badgers, a smelly dog in Paris, strange furry creatures living in the woods and a pig who doesn’t want to be turned into sausages.

Book tickets to the 2022 Children’s International Film Festival.

Melbourne Events June

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.
  • Kaleidoscope (Wed 1 Jun – Sun 10 Jul) – A mesmerising symphony of light, sound and joy, staged in a breathtaking mirror maze
  • RISING: Melbourne (Wed 1 Jun – Thu 12 Jun) – A Festival full of visual art, installations, performance and live music to unique food events
  • Winter Night Market (Wed 1 Jun – Wed 31 Aug) – every Wednesday evening enjoy delicious street food, hot bevvies, roaring open fires, great shopping, live music and fun at the silent disco. Read my review.
  • The Honey House (Thursday 2 Jun – Monday 6 Jun – an interactive event including an upside-down house with seven different rooms, a content-creator's dream.
  • Sustainable Shopping Tour (Fri 3 Jun) – find out what Queen Victoria Market is doing to reduce its environmental footprint, meet the traders who are embracing a sustainability philosophy, and pick up tips on how to be a more conscious shopper.
  • Gandel Storytelling Workshop: Wylah – the Koorie warrior (Sat 4 Jun) – get to know the history and culture that inspired Wylah’s adventures, learn words and phrases in Peek Whurrong language and create your own megafauna animal!
  • Cat Lovers Show (Sat 4 Jun – Sun 5 Jun) – the ultimate feline festival in Australia and a fun-filled weekend of cat-inspired education, entertainment and inspiration for kitty-tragics!
  • Donut Festival (Sat 4 Jun – Sun 5 Jun) – enjoy a weekend of doughy and sugary deliciousness!
Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market
  • Oz Comic-Con (Sat 11 Jun – Sun 12 Jun) – a celebration of movies, TV, comics, books, and video games.
  • Ultimate Truffle Tour (Sat 11 Jun, Sat 18 Jun & Sat 25 Jun) – Indulge in an abundance of truffle-infused treats and about the aromatic delights of truffle with the truffle specialist tour guide.
  • Potion Putt (Wed 22 Jun – Sun 31 Jul) -A crazy golf course inspired by famous fantasy and fiction Wizards where you can test your magic & wizarding putt putt skills
  • CRFT* WRK (Sat 25 Jun) – celebrate contemporary locally-made crafts under the iconic open-air sheds at Queen Victoria Market.
  • Polly Woodside (Sun 26 Jun) – Come aboard for a tour of the ship and discover what life was like on a tall ship sailing the seven seas. Read my review.
  • The District Makers Market (Sun 26 June) – enjoy entertainment and shop fine arts, crafts, jewellery, and artisan goods.
The Lume Melbourne Van Gogh portraits
  • Escape the Gaol (until 30 Jun) – At Old Melbourne Gaol, kids can become inmates on a mission to hatch the perfect escape plan. Read my Old Melbourne Gaol review
  • 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
  • GAIA By Luke Jerram (until Sun 26 Jun) – an awe-inspiring art installation, that will allow guests to gaze upon the Earth as if from space!
  • Arts Centre Sunday Market (Sundays) – find unique, quirky and handmade items at the stalls. There are always some yummy treats too!
  • The Story of the Moving Image (ongoing) – Journey through the past, present and future of the moving image through interactive experiences, digital innovation and captivating stories. ACMI review.
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  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (ongoing) – see the award-winning production of the sequel to the Harry Potter series playing exclusively in Melbourne. Read my Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review
  • Piccoli Artisans Italian Paper Marbling Workshop (ongoing) – Held in a Florentine paper shop, these sessions will guide your child through the techniques, colours and patterns with the use of various traditional tools whilst producing their own masterpiece to take home.
  • Storytime by State Library Victoria (Mondays) – Share the delight of stories, songs, and picture books with your pre-schooler Wednesdays at the Library. State Library of Victoria review
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sundays) – find a rotating line-up of delicious street food, live music and entertainment, every Sunday from 9am.
  • 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.
  • Fall Guys Free For All Jelly Bean Guessing Competition (Wed 22 Jun until Sun 26 Jun) – Emporium Melbourne, Lonsdale Street entrance.
harry potter cursed child melbourne

What's on in Melbourne North / North-East

  • Book Launch: The Museum of Broken Things (Thu 2 Jun) – Join in for the launch of the way of Lauren Draper's book The Museum of Broken Things.
  • Book Launch: Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon (Sun 5 Jun) – Join in for the launch of the way of Gabrielle Wang's book Zadie Ma and the Dog Who Chased the Moon
  • Warrandyte Community Market (Sat 4 Jun) – Local, handmade, handcrafted, grown and baked at home with love from the artists, crafters, designers, seamstresses, builders, woodworkers, potters, growers, cooks and artisans.
  • Great Acts from Small Humans – La Mama Theatre (Sat 11 Jun – Sun 12 Jun) – Gather round to witness an original show devised by the kids at Carlton Primary School.
  • Winter Solstice Bonfire 2022 (Sat 25 Jun) – Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Winter Solstice Bonfire will rise again this year.
  • Story Seekers (Mondays & Fridays, excluding school holidays) – Join in at the Melbourne Gallery to explore stories that bring life to treasures.
  • 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.
  • Tiny Tours (Mondays and Fridays) – a 45-minute tour created for early year audiences that will invite them to wonder, discover and be amazed.
  • Abbotsford Farmers Market (Every Saturday) – Shop local and seasonal produce and visit the Collingwood Children’s Farm which is just next door.
  • Bite-Sized Science (First Saturday of the Month) – Discover our natural world and uncover the secret life of the creatures around us and their ecosystems in these monthly Bite-Sized Science sessions!
Collingwood Children's Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
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What's on in Melbourne South / South-East / Bayside

  • Glow Winter Arts Festival (Fri 3 Jun Sun 19 Jun) – Be immersed in colour and light with illuminated displays and artwork.
  • International Family Animation Explosion (Sat 4 Jun) – a must-see program for anyone who wants to experience the pure elements and heart of cinema.
  • NICA Performs: ECLIPSE (Fri 10 Jun – Sat 18 Jun) – a thrilling live performance filled with acrobatics, corde-lisse, trapeze, aerial hoop, tightwire, roue cyr and more
  • Winter Wine Weekend Mornington Peninsula (Sat 11 Jun – Mon 13 Jun) – Winter Wine Fest and Cellar Door activities and events.
  • Model Expo Sandown Entertainment Centre (Fri 17 Jun – Sun 19 Jun) – Over 2000+models, up to 30 traders and 20 club and other displays showcasing plastic scale modelling.
  • Storytelling Festival Glen Eira (Sat 18 Jun –Sat 2 Jul) – diverse events that celebrates stories and those who tell them.
  • The Wiggles – Superhero Tour! (Thu 23 Jun) – Calling all superheroes – The Wiggles are flying onto stages this June with their brand-new action-packed Superhero Tour!
  • Lightscape (Fri 24 Jun – Sun 7 Aug) – For the very first time, an immersive, after-dark experience comes to Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this winter. Iconic tree canopies will be drenched in colour, vibrant bursts of light will tumble from the undergrowth and run up trees like fizzing fireworks.
  • THE CORNUCOPIA GARDEN (Sat 25 Jun – Sun 17 Jul) – The Plaza will be transformed this winter into an immersive garden abundant with oversized sculptures hidden amongst a swirl of the world’s first edible mist.
  • National Steam Centre (Sun 26 Jun) – The museum engines are fired up and can be seen running on the last Sunday of each month.
Melbourne Lightscape px
  • Family Fiesta (Wed 29 Jun – Thu 2 Jul) – A jam-packed four-day celebration of Australian children’s literature, theatre, art and music
  • Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF) (Sun 28 May – Thu 13 Jun) – a festival of the best new kids' films from across the world. See the Moomins, '80s classic The Secret of NIMH and a modern retelling of Cinderella, alongside tales of fallen star friends, dragons and lion cubs who need to be returned home
  • Brass Monkeys (Sat 2 Jul) – Bursting with high calibre acrobatics, a ton of comedy, live music and high-flying tricks, this show is perfect for little kids and grown-ups who like a big brass belly laugh. 
  • Little Play Squad (Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays) – An interactive parent-child Play & Learn sessions based on LEGO® DUPLO®
  • 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
  • Seek and Find Nature Cards (Until 30 Jun 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.
  • Wild About Babies (Until November 2022) – A free exhibit featuring 20 life-sized endangered baby animal statutes with the purpose of building awareness for vulnerable species everywhere.
  • Gumbuya Wildlife Wanderers (every Wednesday & Thursday) – Storytime, games, Nature Play-based activities plus the opportunity to meet some very special animals!
Childrens International Film Festival Australia
  • 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.
  • 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
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  • 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.
  • Prahran Market Kids’ Activities (ongoing) – every market day Prahran Market offers face painting, an animal farm, kids dance classes and music – most activities are free and no bookings necessary.
  • Camelot Traffic School (Weekends and School Holidays) Ride or scoot in this miniature city and get practical experience riding and learning some road rules. Located in Bentleigh East. Check their hours on their website before you go as they are subject to change. Read my review.
Gumbuya World Kangaroo

What's on in Melbourne East

  • Eastland Athleisure Precinct – Race Into The Circuit (Every Thu – Sun from 9 Jun – 19 Jun) – testing yourself in interactive activity zones, such as boxing stations, basketball shootouts and more. Plus get a chance to win a share of $80k in prizes!
  • Melbourne Tram Museum (Sat 11 Jun) – historic trams on display. Full review.
  • Belgrave Big Dreams Market (Sun 12 Jun) – discover original and bespoke design pieces, some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer, live music, bouncy castle and facepainting for the kids.
  • Warburton Film Festival (Fri 17 Jun – Sun 19 Jun) – This film festival is in its 35th year and is a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to smaller, genre-breaking films.
  • Box Hill Miniature Railway (Sun 19 Jun) – Every 3rd Sunday the ride this wonderful Miniature Railway, the track winds through the picturesque surrounds of Elgar Park. Full review.
  • Belgrave Lantern Parade (Sat 25 Jun) – one of best and biggest community-made spectacles as hundreds of lanterns line the main street, accompanied by drummers, dancers and performers of all sorts.
Belgrave Lantern Festival

What's on in Melbourne West

  • Mini Makers Highpoint (Wed 1 Jun) – free kids activities every Wednesday.
  • ILLUMIN8: Festival of Light and Peace (Sat 4 Jun) – See the biggest Stupa in the Southern Hemisphere lit up with evening fireworks and an animated light projection.
  • Moonbase ONE (Sat 4 Jun – Sun 5 Jun, Sat 11 Jun – Mon 13 Jun, & Sat 18 Jun – Sun 19 Jun) – New planetarium show – Join a Virtual Reality game developer as she struggles to work out what is wrong with her new game.
  • Altona Homestead Devonshire Tea (Sun 5 Jun) – historical homestead is open every 1st Sunday for Devonshire Tea.
  • Witches and Wizards Festival (Sat 11 Jun – Mon 13 Jun) – Enjoy a spellbinding adventure and fun-packed magical day at the Witches and Wizards Festival! Magicians, Spell-Casting School, Wand Making, Live Performances and more!
  • Williamstown Literature Festival (Fri 17 Jun – Sun 19 Jun) – speakers and panel discussions for readers as well as workshops for budding writers, activities for kids, music
  • CDP Kids presents Guess How Much I Love You (Sat 18 Jun) – A play by Richard TullochAdapted from the books by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram.
Mini makers high point px
  • Little Kids Day In Scienceworks (Mon 20 Jun) – Jump and clap and dance the day away with all kinds of active play experiences and performances at Little Kids’ Day In. Read my review.
  • Junior Book Club with Nisha and Rumi (Tue 21 Jun) – Join Nisha and Rumi to discuss the first in the Mischief and Mayhem series – Born to Be Bad
  • Adventure Park – Winter Glow (Sat 23 June – Sun 10 July) – Discover a glowing winter wonderland of snow, lights, fire and ice.
  • Meet me in Tarneit | Firefly Night Market (Sat 25 Jun) – fun for the whole family with roving performers, interactive art, street food, artisan stalls, cultural activities and live performances.
  • Tarneit Makers and Growers Market (Sat 25 Jun) – a free market experience featuring high quality hand-made or designed textiles, stationery, ceramics, homewares and jewellery, along with locally grown produce and authentic culinary experiences.
  • 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. 
  • Parents & Bubs Book Club (Fri 29 Jun) – A no-stress, no-fuss book club for parents who are looking for something light and easy to read.
  • Bulla Railway (3rd Sunday of each month) – Ride the dinosaur trail on the miniature railway. Read my review.
Bulla Hill Railway, Bulla Recreation Reserve, 15 Green St, Bulla
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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