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What's On This Month In Melbourne

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Updated: 7 October 2016
As the days gradually grow longer during the final month of winter, Melbourne’s event calendar is taking advantage, with a number of outdoor events including markets, boat parties, and festivals. This month, Melbourne also welcomes a number of special international guests, and we have two of the city’s most exciting festivals to look forward to in August.


COMEDY | An Evening Of Sit Down With Billy Crystal

Comedian, actor and nine-time Academy Awards host Billy Crystal will end his Australian interview tour in Melbourne in a hilarious evening of sit down.

THEATRE | Jasper Jones Arrives At The Melbourne Theatre Company

Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s critically acclaimed novel Jasper Jones arrives at the Melbourne Theatre Company for a strictly limited season.

THEATRE | Avenue Q At Her Majesty’s Theatre

The salaciously satirical Broadway smash Avenue Q is heading back to Melbourne for three nights of harsh realities, puppet nudity and hilarity.

LECTURE | TEDx Presents The Adventurous Minds Conference

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the Tedx The Adventurous Minds conference with a focus on trail-blazers and boundary-pushing concepts.

FESTIVAL | The Striking Film Festival

Roll up and support a selection of short films from the next generation of Melbourne filmmakers at the Striking Film Festival.

FUNDRAISER | ACMI Presents Sandy Powell And Rachel Griffiths

Join Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and Golden Globe winner Rachel Griffiths at a fundraising lunch presented by ACMI.

NIGHTLIFE | The Great Gatsby Boat Party

Listen up old sport, the greatest boat party of the year will rage through the Docklands in a true Roaring 20s Gatsby fashion.

FESTIVAL | La Dolce Vita Presents Susan Sarandon

La Dolce Vita invites you to join Susan Sarandon for a truly Italian leadership lunch and exclusive dinner celebrating her illustrious career.


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FESTIVAL | Winterfest At Monash University

From drive-in movies to a fun run, snow party and more, don’t miss Winterfest at Monash University.

LECTURE | Creative Betrayal: The Lost Art Of Yiddish Storytelling

Scholar David G. Roskies explores the lost art of Yiddish storytelling in a series of lectures at Monash University.

EXHIBITION | Virginia Hodgkinson: The Big Issue Portraits

The State Library of Victoria presents the work of artist Virginia Hodgkinson in the exhibition, The Big Issue Portraits.

CONFERENCE | Creating A Climate For Change

Coinciding with National Science Week, Melbourne Playback Theatre Company presents a Q&A event on climate change.

FESTIVAL | Vegetarian & Vegan Food Truck Event

Vegetarians, vegans and eco-friendly food lovers are invited to The Food Truck Park in Preston for meat-free street food that is both ethically conscious and delicious.

FESTIVAL | The Kustom Kulture GreazeFest

Greasers, pinup dolls and rockabilly cats are invited to rock and roll into the 17th annual GreazeFest this August.

FILM | Science In Cinema Presents Contagion For National Science Week

As a part of National Science Week, ARC Centre of Excellence in Bio-Nano Science presents a free screening of Contagion, followed by a panel discussion.


THEATRE | Shadowland Returns To Melbourne

Be amazed by international dance troupe Pilobus as they play with light and shape in the theatrical stage spectacular Shadowland.

LECTURE | Deception And Revelation: Shakespeare At The National Gallery Of Victoria

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the National Gallery of Victoria presents a free lecture on the playwright’s legacy and continued significance.

MARKET | Somers Winter Market

Travel to the seaside town of Somers for a family-friendly winter market at Coolart Wetlands and Homestead.


CONCERT | Flamenco Guitarist Thomas Lorenzo

Composer and flamenco guitarist Thomas Lorenzo will showcase smooth Spanish sounds at the Armadale Uniting Church this August.

FESTIVAL | Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival

Long hailed as the fashion capital of Australia, The City of Melbourne presents the 22nd Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

FESTIVAL | The 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival

Over two weeks, the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival is set to immerse literary fans into a world of storytelling and prose.

LECTURE | An Evening With Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder and inventor of the personal computer, Steve Wozniak is set to entertain and educate curious minds at Margaret Court Arena.

EXPO | Animaga Japanese Pop-Culture Expo

Now in its third year, the Animaga Expo will bring together anime, manga and the best of Japanese pop culture at the Melbourne Showgrounds.


FITNESS | Flow Yoga After Dark Silent Disco

If you’re tired of the same old downward dog, then the Flow After Dark Yoga Silent Disco is for you.

THEATRE | We Will Rock You Is Rocking Into Melbourne

Jukebox musical We Will Rock You is rocking into Melbourne this August with 24 songs set to capture the energy of a Queen concert.

EXHIBITION | Zac Koukoravas Presents Supermodified

Flinders Lane Art Gallery presents Supermodified, an exhibition from Melbourne-based contemporary artist Zac Koukoravas.