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What's On In Melbourne In June 2016

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Updated: 7 October 2016
Winter is upon us, folks, and right here, right now we have 22 reasons why this is cause for celebration. As Melbourne layers up for the outdoors, we’ve looked at what the city has in store for you this month and proudly present to you Melbourne’s cultural heat map for June. Look no further for the best of the best from the realms of music, film, art, history, and food!




MUSIC | Melbourne Jazz Festival

Over 10 days this June, the hippest cats in jazz will take their smouldering rhythms and slinky saxophones to venues throughout the city for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.


FOOD | Taste Of Sorrento

This June, you and your taste buds can go on a holiday as Taste of Sorrento returns for the seventh time for a five-day culinary dream come true.


MUSIC | Singing In The Rain

After a sell-out West End season which won the show praise from critics and audiences as well as four Olivier Award nominations, Singin’ in the Rain is finally coming to Australia.


FESTIVAL | Havana To Melbourne Cuban Festival 2016

If you haven’t been to Cuba or are planning to go soon, this is your chance to get close and experience the flair of Cuban culture at the ‘Havana to Melbourne Cuban Festival’.


MUSIC | Unplugged Live 2016

Everyone knows that the National Gallery Victoria is right up there with the best of the best art spaces, but what’s incredibly exciting to see is the return of NGV Unplugged Live this winter.



BALLET | Swan Lake

For 12 days only this June, the Australian Ballet Company is coming to Melbourne to perform Swan Lake, one of the most iconic ballets of all time.


FESTIVAL | National Celtic Festival 2016

Sláinte to all Irish folk and fans of the Irish heritage. After an impressive showing last year, the National Celtic Festival is back for its biggest iteration yet!


ART | Lisa Reihana: In Pursuit Of Venus

Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus is a two-channel, live-action video which powerfully challenges the exotic representations of Pacific Islander peoples found in colonial European art.


FILM | BANFF Mountain Film Festival

The annual BANFF Mountain Film Festival is coming to Melbourne for four days this June. Since 1976, the festival has celebrated short films showcasing mountain culture, extreme sports, mountaineering, and the environment.


ART | StArt Up: Top Arts 2016

If you are interested in finding out what the next generation of Australian artists have to say as they are coming of age, StArt Up: Top Arts is right up your alley. ​




FOOD | Winter Night Market At Queen Victoria Market

As temperatures are dropping, the QV Winter Night Market finally returns for its fifth year in 2016 to shine a homely light onto our Wednesday nights.


ART | Fake Food Park: Martí Guixé For Kids

Catalan designer Martí Guixé, acclaimed as the ‘father of food design’, is setting up a giant colourful, custom-designed kitchen surrounded by dining booths in the heart of Melbourne at the NGV.


CABARET | Melbourne Cabaret Festival

As one of the city’s major winter arts events, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival promises to fire up our minds so much so you won’t even remember that summer is no more.


LITERARY | Williamstown Literary Festival

Book lovers and literary fans will be spoiled for choice as the Williamstown Literary Festival returns for the 13th year with a jam-packed program with over 80 authors in 50 sessions.


FOOD | Colonial Tramcar Restaurant Melbourne

If you’re looking for a special dining opportunity that combines extravagant surroundings with a delicious multi-course dinner, then the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant may just be what you need to impress yourself, your partner, or your good friends visiting from out of town.




MUSIC | Friday Nights At NGV Returns For Degas: A New Vision

From the curators at the National Gallery Victoria comes a double whammy as the live music and after-hours art series returns at NGV International for the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Degas: A New Vision.


HISTORY | Humanity Under Fire: War Art By Will Dyson

The Shrine of Remembrance presents an exhibition to mark the centenary of when Will Dyson, Australia’s first official war artist first began working on the Western Front.


ART | Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale And The Rose

What happens when a supremely talented artist reimagines a timeless fairytale from one of the most influential writers of the 20th century? Pure magic.


LEARNING | The Mind: Enter The Labyrinth

Everyone has one, most people use theirs, but few know how it actually operates: the Brain! Our brains and their inner workings are exactly what’s at the heart of The Mind: Enter the Labyrinth, now showing at the Melbourne Museum.


HISTORY | 40 Years of Settlement

40 Years of Settlement explores the journey of hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees who fled to Australia after the fall of Saigon in 1975. It’s a story which began 40 years ago with loss, fear and desperation and transformed into a tale of survival, hope and achievement.




BALLET | Romeo And Juliet

Among the classic ballets, there is hardly a love story more eponymous for love and desperation than Romeo and Juliet and, for the first time, acclaimed choreographer Stanton Welch is bringing the production to Australia.


HISTORY | 1966: The Year That Changed The World

1966: The Year That Changed the World is an exhibition dedicated to the year 1966 which, as far as historic impact goes, left an imprint on Australia and the world. Half a century later, the exhibition commemorates these events for those who were there and for the next generation to know, to understand, and to learn.