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What’s On in Melbourne – June 2023

June is here! That means we’re halfway through 2023 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 Friday 23 June to Sunday 9 July 2023.

Other dates to note:

  • Monday 12 June: King’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

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Frozen and 100 years of Disney in 2023, relive Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff’s beloved adventure with the MSO performing the music while you watch the entire movie with its dialogue on the big screen! Click here to learn more about Frozen in Concert.

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FEATURED EVENT #2

Get ready for the greatest show in town! The iconic Circus Royale, with its 52-year history of captivating audiences with awe-inspiring acts, is making its way to Westfield Airport West, Mill Park and Narre Warren, bringing an exciting new addition – the only travelling Animatronic Zoo in Australia!

The state-of-the-art Big Top will come alive with the pulse-pounding performances of international superstars, delivering a high-energy, family-friendly show that will leave you on the edge of your seat. With mystic illusions, breathtaking feats, and moments of wonder, this show promises to be an experience of a lifetime

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MELBOURNE EVENTS JUNE

What’s on in Melbourne CBD / Docklands

  • The LUME (until Thu 30 Jun) – Immerse yourself in the work of Monet and Friends at Australia’s digital art gallery.
  • The Art of Banksy – Australia: “Without Limits” Exhibition” (June 2024) – The Art of Banksy: “Without Limits” is a stunning street art exhibition of museum quality featuring over 150 artworks, such as certified art, prints on different kinds of materials, photos, sculptures, installations, digital installations, murals, mapping shows, and more.
  • The NBA Exhibition (Various dates from Wed 3 Apr – Sun 2 Jun) – The NBA’s first and only global touring exhibition takes you on a journey through the lifestyle, culture, and rich history of the NBA with rare items on display, unique activities and much more
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  • Pregnancy, Babies and Children’s Expo (Fri 2 Jun – Sun 4 Jun, & Sat 17 Jun & Sun 18 Jun) – Australia’s largest parenting event provides everything parents need to know, along with the latest products and information, all in one place.
  • CoComelon Singalong at SEALIFE (Sat 27 May – Fri 16 June) – Meet and boogie with JJ to the brand new, exclusive CoComelon song made just for SEA LIFE Aquariums.
  • Donut Festival (Sat 3 Jun – Sun 4 Jun) – enjoy a weekend of doughy and sugary deliciousness!
  • RISING: Melbourne (Wed 7 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – A Festival full of creative fun, from visual art, installations, performance and live music to unique food events.
  • Winter Night Market (Wed 7 Jun – Wed 30 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.
  • Oz Comic-Con (Sat 10 Jun – Sun 11 Jun) – a celebration of movies, TV, comics, books, and video games.
  • Ultimate Truffle Tour (Sat 10 Jun, Sat 17 Jun & Sat 24 Jun) – Indulge in an abundance of truffle-infused treats and learn about the aromatic delights of truffle with the truffle specialist tour guide.
  • Buŋgul (Wed 14 Jun – Thurs 15 Jun) – A ceremony where dance, song, and ritual come together. The performance features live Yolŋu dancers and songmen, accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, in a hypnotic tribute to the album’s legacy.
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  • Hide The Dog (Fri 16 June – Sat 17 June) – A heartwarming tale written by Tasmanian playwright Nathan Maynard and Aotearoa writer Jamie McCaskill, features puppetry, colourful costumes and scenic projections that transport you into the friends’ world.
  • The District Makers Market (Sun 25 June) – enjoy entertainment and shop fine arts, crafts, jewellery, and artisan goods.
  • 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.
  • Roald Dahl’s The Twits (Tue 27 June – Sat 1 July) – Get ready for wickedly-funny pranks and Dahlicious mischief with Mr and Mrs Twit in Shake & stir theatre. Unmissable fun for all ages – you won’t believe your (glass) eyes!
  • An Uncertain Time (Wed 28 June – Sun 2 July) – Experience a truly one-of-a-kind theatre performance that will engage your little one’s senses. This immersive experience has been designed for babies aged 0-12 months and their carers.
  • Potion Putt (Until Fri 16 Jun) – A crazy golf course inspired by famous fantasy and fiction Wizards where you can test your magic & wizarding putt putt skills
  • 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
  • Arts Centre Sunday Market (Sundays) – find unique, quirky and handmade items at the stalls. There are always some yummy treats too!
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  • 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.
  • Up, Down and All Around: Daniel Emma for Kids (until Sun 8 Oct 2023) – NGV’s newest children’s gallery exhibition invites budding designers to learn about the role of creative design in the world we live in. 
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Aboriginal Heritage Walk (Until Thu 29 Jun) – Journey into Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, a significant cultural site for the local Kulin Nation, with a First Peoples guide.
  • MSO Classic Kids Forces of Nature (Sat 10 Jun) – Experience the magic of the MSO Classic Kids series as it returns in 2023 with its highly anticipated first performance.
  • 10,000 KAZOOS Ciaran Frame FREE EVENT (Sat 10 Jun) – Experience the unforgettable 10,000 Kazoos event at RISING 2023! Join us in Melbourne’s heart at Federation Square for an epic, unifying moment. Open to all, don’t miss this!
  • Create Your Own Colourful Creature with Kate Robinson (Sat 17 Jun) – Join Kate as she guides the kids in creating their very own plasticine monsters, inspired by the enchanting creatures that have found a home in Fed Square.

What’s on in Melbourne North / North-East

  • Warrandyte Community Market (Sat 3 Jun) – Local, handmade, handcrafted, grown and baked at home with love from the artists, crafters, designers, seamstresses, builders, woodworkers, potters, growers, cooks and artisans.
  • National Reconciliation Week family day (Sat 3 Jun) – Experience the power of being a Voice for Generations and celebrate the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Warin (wombat) season with engaging activities.
  • Bricks in the North: LEGO Expo (Sat 3 Jun – Sun 3 Jun) – Discover the incredible creations of talented LEGO artists, including Kale Frost from LEGO Masters, and support MSPS kids with your entry ticket.
  • Colours of Pixar (Sat 3 Jun – Fri 16 Jun) – Discover Colours of Pixar: an exhibition celebrating beloved characters and vibrant films by seven Australian artists.
  • Teddy Bears Picnic (Sun 11 Jun – Mon 12 Jun) – Experience a memorable Teddy Bears Picnic at Diamond Valley Railway. Enjoy a day of family-friendly events and activities.
  • Kids Toy Swap (Sat 17 Jun) – Experience a sustainable toy swap event and take home free preloved library books in partnership with Mum’s in Yarra.
  • 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.
  • STEM Workshop: Kindness is a Superpower (Sat 15 Jul) – Experience the impact of kindness in a STEM workshop. Explore how kindness creates positive change and design a better future through fun STEM challenges.
  • Winter Solstice Bonfire 2023 (Until Sat 17 Jun) – Like a phoenix from the ashes, the Winter Solstice Bonfire will rise again this year.
  • VU Play Coburg pop-up playspaces (Tuesdays – Saturdays) – VU early childhood pre-service teachers create pop-up play spaces for children to play.
  • Tiny Tours (Fridays during school term) – a 45-minute tour created for early year audiences that will invite them to wonder, discover and be amazed.
  • Bite-Sized Science (Sun 4 Jun & First Saturdays 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!
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  • The Fitzroy Market (Saturdays) – a one-stop hub for everything produce, food, artisan, handcrafted, vintage, second hand and local.
  • The Rose Street Artists’ Market (Saturdays and Sundays) – Shop directly from Melbourne’s best artists, designers, crafters and makers at Fitzroy’s iconic Rose Street Market.
  • Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs (Daily) – 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.
  • Heide Gallery Kids (Fridays) – Join Art Therapist Tanis Douglas, who supports pre-school children and their carers to gain confidence observing artworks in a small group.
  • Diamond Valley Railway (Sundays) – miniature railway with a playground next door. Diamond Valley Railway Review
  • Musical Jam (Mon 1 May – Mon 19 Jun) – an inclusive, interactive, relaxed, and social group music class that you can enjoy with your babies, preschoolers, and young kids under 6.

What’s on in Melbourne South / South-East / Bayside

  • Circus Royale (Thu 12 May – Sun 16 Jul) – see awe-inspiring acts, and pulse-pounding performances, mystic illusions, breathtaking feats, and moments of wonder! Don’t miss this experience of a lifetime.
  • Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF) (Sat 27 May – Mon 12 Jun) – a festival of the best new kids’ films from across the world.
  • St Kilda Film Festival (1- 12 Jun) – Discover a diverse selection of short films from around the country alongside a rich program of international showcases, special screenings and events, plus Australia’s largest free Filmmaker Development Program.
  • International Family Animation Explosion # 1 (Sun 4 Jun) – a must-see program for anyone who wants to experience the pure elements and heart of cinema.
  • NICA Performs: ECLIPSE (Thu 8 Jun – Sat 17 Jun) – a thrilling live performance filled with acrobatics, corde-lisse, trapeze, aerial hoop, tightwire, roue cyr and more
  • Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge (Fri 9 Jun -Sat 10 Jun) – Experience the captivating adaptation of Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge with mesmerizing music by Paul Stanhope, performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
  • Winter Wine Weekend Mornington Peninsula (Sat 10 Jun – Mon 12 Jun) – Winter Wine Fest and Cellar Door activities and events.
  • International Family Animation Explosion # 2 (Sat 10 Jun) – a must-see program for anyone who wants to experience the pure elements and heart of cinema.
  • Preschool Goes Oldschool: Cooking Up a Storm! (Thu 15 Jun) – cook up a storm with songs, stories and snacks to celebrate good food, friendship, and the launch of the latest book in the Vision Australia Big Visions picture book series.
  • OBANG (Thu 15 Jun – Sat 17 Jun) – A multicultural show designed for babies aged 6 to 16 months and their caregivers, drawing inspiration from the traditional Korean concept of Obang.
  • Glow Winter Arts Festival (Thu 15 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – Be immersed in colour and light with illuminated displays and artwork.
  • Lightscape (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 6 Aug) – An immersive, after-dark experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne this winter. See iconic tree canopies drenched in colour, vibrant bursts of light from the undergrowth and more!
  • Model Expo Sandown Entertainment Centre (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – Over 2000+models, up to 30 traders and 20 club and other displays showcasing plastic scale modelling.
  • The Wiggles – Superhero Tour! (Wed 28 Jun) – Calling all superheroes – The Wiggles are flying onto stages this June with their brand-new action-packed Superhero Tour!
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  • Family Fiesta (Wed 28 Jun – Sat 1 Jul) – A jam-packed four-day celebration of Australian children’s literature, theatre, art and music.
  • WIIILD Fun Nights (Sat 10 Jun – Sun 11 Jun) – Experience the WIIILD Fun Nights this King’s Birthday weekend at Gumbuya World! Enjoy thrilling illuminated roller coasters, up-close encounters with Australian wildlife, and captivating shows.
  • Seek and Find Nature Cards (Until Fri 30 Jun) – Set your young ones on an adventure exploring nature with Seek and Find Nature Cards to be used at Melbourne Gardens or download the cards and explore your neighbourhood.
  • Gasworks Farmers’ Market (3rd Saturday of every month until Fri 15 Dec) – On Saturdays soak up the vibrant atmosphere and sample the very best of local Victorian produce, directly from Victorian farmers and specialty makers.
  • Sonica Botanica: Stories and Sounds from the Gardens (Until 31 Dec 2023) – 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
  • Lilydale Rotary Craft Produce Market (First Sunday of the Month) – craft stalls, food, and fresh produce on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Gembrook Market (4th Sunday of Each Month) – a country market with a sustainable living focus located only 20 minutes from the south eastern suburbs.
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  • Stories and Songs in the Square (Mondays and Wednesdays) – Stories help children to discover the world around them. Nurture your child’s early literacy skills by joining in to read aloud stories and sing action songs and rhymes.
  • Lego Builder Afternoons (Tuesdays) – Create a purple monster, a colourful car and more!
  • Gumbuya Wildlife Wanderers (Wednesdays) – Storytime, games, Nature Play-based activities plus the opportunity to meet some very special animals!
  • Bentleigh Sunday Market (Sundays) – plants, clothing, cosmetics, jewellery, books, videos, tools, antiques, crafts, pre-loved goods, and more! Every Sunday. 
  • Mornington Railway (Sundays) – Climb aboard the Mornington Railway steam train for a fun-filled outing.
  • Camberwell Sunday Market (Sundays) – secondhand retro, vintage, antique, fashion and collectible goods you just can’t find anywhere else
  • National Steam Centre (Saturdays and Sundays) – A visit to the National Steam Centre will delight a wide audience from the pre-schooler obsessed with Thomas and train rides, to train enthusiasts of any age!
  • Casey 360 Youth Bus (Thu 18 May – Fri 16 Jun) – Come down and check out the Casey 360 Bus, a mobile youth information centre for young people that services the suburbs of the City of Casey.
  • Taikoz – The Art of Japanese Drumming (Thu 1 Jun) – Experience the electrifying and captivating traditional Japanese taiko drumming of Taikoz as they bring their dynamic performances to Bunjil Place.
  • Windmill Theatre Company: Seussical (Fri 9 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – Join Windmill Theatre Company on a delightful adventure with Seussical, a spectacular musical inspired by the beloved stories of Dr. Seuss.
  • The Fairy Doll Ballet – Triple Bill – (Fri 9 Jun) – Experience the magic of ballet with the Fairy Doll Ballet Triple Bill, featuring breathtaking choreography, stunning costumes, and an unforgettable musical score.

What’s on in Melbourne East

  • National Photographic Portrait Prize (Sat 9 Jun – Sun 3 Sep) – Experience the captivating National Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition, showcasing Australia’s finest portrait photographers and their subjects.
  • Melbourne Tram Museum (Sat 10 Jun, Sat 24 Jun & Wed 28 Jun) – historic trams on display. Full review.
  • Warburton Film Festival (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – This film festival is in its 35th year and is a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to smaller, genre-breaking films.
  • 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.
  • Lido and Cameo Cinemas (Sat 27 May – Mon 12 Jun) – a festival of the best new kids’ films from across the world. See the Moomins, a four-legged adventurer Titina, and more!
  • Lake Mountain (June – September but dates will vary depending on snow season) – toboggan, cross country skiing and snow play 2 hours from Melbourne. Read my tips on visiting Lake Mountain with kids
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  • Gembrook Market (4th Sunday of each month) – a country market with a sustainable living focus. Find crafts, plants, fresh produce, hot food selections fresh coffee and more.
  • ECOSS Valley Market (Fridays) – Experience the vibrant Valley Markets, connecting local growers, artisans, and musicians in the heart of the Yarra Valley.
  • Auburn Kids Sunday Funday (Sundays) – Petting zoo, Fairies, mermaids, superheroes, face painting and balloon animals galore!
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sundays) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Yarra Valley Railway review
  • Bounce Playdates (Weekdays During Term Time) – Extended toddler sessions offer little adrenaline hunters time to explore and play, while parents can choose to join in, or watch on from nearby.
  • Spirits of the Sky (Daily) – See the natural behaviours of a variety of native birds which may include the Wedge-tailed Eagle, Black-breasted Buzzard, Barking Owl, magnificent parrots and more.
  • Mini&me presents Tiny Hearts Education’s workshop series (Fri 19 May & Fri 23 Jun) – a range of first-aid workshops brought to you by mini&me in collaboration with Tiny Hearts Education
  • Nutrition Australia Parent Information Sessions (Wed 7 Jun) – Discover essential tips for cultivating lifelong healthy eating habits in your children with Registered Nutritionist Anneliese Twigg from Nutrition Australia.
  • AW23 REWIND (Sat 3 Jun – Sun 11 Jun) – Step back in time to the vibrant ’70s era! Experience rainbow badges, flared silhouettes, fondue parties, and more.

What’s on in Melbourne West

  • Ready Set Glow (Mon 5 Jun) – Get ready to take your little one into a sensory festival of colour and light at Scienceworks, celebrating our special exhibition Illuminate.
  • Junior Book Club (Tue 6 Jun) – Junior Book Club is for young readers to discuss themes and characters from junior fiction or graphic novels. Parents are welcome!
  • Winter Festival at Beaton Reserve (Sun 4 Jun) – Get ready to groove to live music by talented local artists while indulging in a mouthwatering selection of winter treats and cozy beverages from various on-site vendors.
  • Junior Chefs in The Marketplace (Sat 3 Jun – Sun 4 Jun) – Check out the exciting Junior Chefs program at Watergardens, where aspiring young chefs can unleash their culinary skills and enjoy a fun-filled cooking experience.
  • New All Access: Free Play classes for kids (Sat 3 Jun – Sat 24 Jun) – Inclusive circus classes for neuro-divergent kids and disabled young people, fostering creativity, confidence, and social skills.
  • Mini Makers Highpoint (Wed 7 Jun, Wed 14 Jun & Wed 21 Jun) – free kids activities every Wednesday.
  • Witches and Wizards Festival (Sat 10 Jun – Mon 12 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!
  • Kite Flying Festival (Sun 11 Jun) – Immerse yourself in a one-of-a-kind kite flying extravaganza with diverse kites, delicious food, shopping stalls, kids’ entertainment, live music, and more.
  • Williamstown Literature Festival (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – speakers and panel discussions for readers as well as workshops for budding writers, activities for kids, music
  • Adventure Park – Winter Glow (Sat 16 June – Sun 16 July) – Discover a glowing winter wonderland of snow, lights, fire and ice.
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  • Woodgrove Junior Chefs (Sat 17 – Sun 18 Jun) – helping budding chefs to learn and make a new delicious recipe in the kitchen.
  • Firefly Night Market (Sat 24 Jun) – Soak up the buzz as you explore market stalls, live music, cultural performances, interactive art and more.
  • Sleepless Footscray Festival (Sat 17 Jun – Sat 1 Jul) – Experience the electrifying energy of Sleepless Festival, a vibrant event that celebrates music, art, and culture in a unique atmosphere.
  • Toddler Art (Until Wed 21 Jun) – Join mother and artist Kate Golding as she leads you and your kids to collaborate playfully and make art together.
  • Let’s Dance: Hip Hop (Until Sat 24 Jun) – Hëna’s FREE dance workshop is high energy with a focus on learning hip-hop skills, the confidence to dance freely, and a dance routine for a final showcase.
  • Footscray Community Arts’ Toddler Jam (Thursdays and Fridays until Fri 23 Jun) – Razz, a long-time member of Footscray Community Arts, will get your toddlers active and learning through play, with a mixture of percussion, singing, and dancing. 
  • Creative Art with Little Art Big Art (First Saturday of every month until Sat 1 July) – Discover a world of creativity with Little Art Big Art’s FREE monthly family-friendly art sessions. Sessions are suitable for kids aged 3 to 15, with parental supervision.
  • Kryal Castle (Sat 10 Jun) – Experience a captivating and enchanting day for all ages at Kryal Castle’s Festival of Magic this June.
  • Fulldome Flicks (Saturdays in June) – Prepare for a magical cinematic journey designed to captivate, enchant, and mesmerize audiences of all ages.
  • Williamstown Craft Market (Sun 18 Jun) – Explore a diverse market with gifts, food, homewares, and fashion for all ages on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
  • Woodend Winter Arts Festival (Fri 9 Jun – Mon 12 Jun) – A annual celebration of arts and culture, showcasing a vibrant mix of music, visual arts, literature, and performances by talented local and international artists.
  • Altona Homestead (recurring 1st Sunday of the month) – Experience the renowned Devonshire Tea at Altona Homestead on the first Sunday of every month. Reserve your spot in advance for a delightful time.
  • Altona Beach Market (recurring weekly every Tuesdays) – Experience Melbourne’s popular Altona Beach market, a weekly street market held on Pier Street, featuring fresh food stalls, unique crafts, and a scenic seaside backdrop, attracting both local residents and visitors from all over the city.

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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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