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What's On in Melbourne: Your Ultimate June Guide & Beyond

There's something extra enchanting (and fashionable) about Melbourne when the first month of Winter arrives. Here's what's on in Melbourne this month and beyond.

LUME Melbourne

Winter is here, but no matter the forecast, our beloved city is still abuzz with a fantastic rotation of new openings, events, festivals, and exhibitions.

So get ready to have an extra pep in your step as you explore the wonderful array of things to do in Melbourne this month.

Element Melbourne Richmond

Visit the Restore Floor at Element Melbourne Richmond

This month, escape Melbourne’s winter chill and indulge in a unique and rejuvenating experience at Element Melbourne Richmond. This modern, eco-conscious hotel, nestled in native Australian bushland near the Yarra River, offers the perfect setting with its newly launched Restore Floor and restorative packages.

Unwind in the Infrared Sauna Room, ease away tension in plush massage chairs, and find tranquility in the peaceful Balance Room. These experiences, bookable at an hourly rate, promise a stylish and memorable moment this month in Melbourne. Book an overnight stay-cay and prepare to leave entirely at peace!

588 Swan Street, Richmond 

World Gin Month Special at Pullman & Mercure Albert Park

World Gin Month

Did you know that it's World Gin Month? Celebrate a juniper-filled June at Pullman Mercure Albert Park with their exclusive Mortimer's Delight cocktail. Enjoy the refreshing blend of Rose and French Vanilla Mortimer's Gin, Cointreau, and Citrus for a special price of $20 (usually $25) from June 3rd to 30th.

Each purchase offers a chance to spin the wheel and win exciting prizes. Don’t miss this delightful tipple and experience!

June 3rd to June 30th

Pullman Mercure Albert Park, Melbourne 

The Third Day

Vodka Cruiser's 'Remixed by Music'

Have you ever heard of a DJ event featuring some of the country's best DJS selling tickets for only $20? It sounds extremely  unlikely - but Vodka Cruiser is making it possible. On the 28th June, they are hosting 'Remixed by the Music' at The Third Day in North Melbourne, where they will be unveiling a world-first musical art installation to launch the new Vodka Cruiser Flavours range. Spanning over five metres, the music art installation mixes Vodka Cruiser Flavours with soda water using vibrations from the music via in-built speakers - a mesmerising display for dancers to enjoy throughout the night.

Acclaimed DJ and producer Benson will be playing, as well as Winston Surfshirt and Ayebatonye. Tickets are onyl $20 and include a Vodka Cruiser upon entry, so if girl math it, your ticket is only $10, which is practically free. How could you say no?

Friday 28th June

$20 per ticket, secure yours here

290 Macaulay Road, North Melbourne

What's On in Melbourne This Month: Play

NGV Pharaoh - Friday Nights at NGV

Friday Nights at NGV - Pharaoh 

Welcoming the winter season, NGV Friday Nights returns with a recharged and reimagined program celebrating the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Pharaoh. 

Expect the usual extended late-night access to this blockbuster exhibition, alongside a vibrant lineup of music residencies, pop-up performances, and Middle Eastern-inspired food and drink.

The exhibition itself will take visitors on a journey through three thousand years of ancient Egyptian art and culture, featuring over 500 works including monumental sculptures, exquisite jewellery, and intricate coffins. 

Each Friday night, the charismatic cabaret queen, Miss Cairo, hosts the evening with exuberant songs and storytelling in the Great Hall, where you'll be able to sip on glasses of Moet & Chandon. The program features an eclectic mix of music from jazz and cabaret to classical, funk, and blues, with guest performances by renowned artists like oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros AM and the Australian Art Orchestra. Later in the season, Brunswick’s Tempo Rubato and the not-for-profit label Music in Exile will showcase diverse musical talents from all around Australia.

From June 14th to October 4th

Book here

NGV International, St Kilda Road, Melbourne 

Piinpi (Image Credit: Anna Reynolds)

Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion

Discover the vibrant world of Indigenous fashion at Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre with "Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion."

Curated by Shonae Hobson, this groundbreaking exhibition showcases 24 hand-crafted garments by 36 Indigenous artists and designers, celebrating the diversity and creativity of Australia’s First Nations creatives.

From ethereal silk creations to bold geometric pieces, "Piinpi" highlights the significance of Indigenous fashion in storytelling and cultural continuation.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the beauty and innovation of First Nations designers and artists at Bunjilaka.

Tuesday 28th May until 17th November 2024

Free with Melbourne Museum entry ticket here

Bunjilaka Aboriginal Culture Centre, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton 

Alcotraz

Alcotraz: Immersive Cocktail Experience 

Combining the allure of a speakeasy-style cocktail bar with the excitement of immersive theatre and Old Hollywood-style storylines, Alcotraz: Immersive Cocktail Experience offers a unique adventure for cocktail enthusiasts and thrill seekers alike.

Guests, acting as ‘inmates’, must creatively smuggle contraband liquor past the Warden. Encounter shady characters and a bootlegging gang who transform the smuggled liquor into bespoke cocktails. Winners gain access to secret areas to hatch an escape plan.

This fully immersive experience includes real metallic cells, orange jumpsuits, and interactive storytelling, making you part of the thrilling narrative.

Bring your favourite bottle of liquor and see it turned into four bespoke cocktails in front of your eyes.

From Friday 28th June 

Book here

592 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne 

Harry Potter™: Forbidden Forest Experience

Harry Potter™: Forbidden Forest Experience

Experience the enchantment of Harry Potter™: A Forbidden Forest. Walk through an illuminated forest, encounter magical creatures, cast spells, and enjoy delicious Wizarding World-inspired treats. Perfect for all ages, this immersive adventure promises unforgettable memories. A spellbinding journey awaits!

Until June 30th 

Book here

The Briars Community Forest, 442 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha

NGV Africa Fashion

Africa Fashion at the NGV

The NGV is always filled to the brim with fun and exciting exhibitions, and this latest one is no exception. Africa Fashion features an incredible collection of designs and designers from over 20 countries, all borrowed from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. This exhibition has almost 200 works, ranging from ready-to-wear fashion all the way to bespoke and couture pieces. Celebrating the creativity and innovation of African fashion from the mid-twentieth century to today, this exhibition is an explosion of colour, texture and patterns, and the perfect thing to go and see if you're a fashion enthusiast.

31st May to 6th October

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

NGV: My Country (Image Credit: Tom Ross)

My Country: Country Road + NGV First Nations

The Country Road + NGV First Nations Commissions is a national, biennial mentorship and exhibition program where emerging Australian First Nations artists and designers are paired with one of eight esteemed industry mentors.

Together, they've created ambitious new works, responding to the exhibition theme of My Country.

It's a groundbreaking showcase, and a beautiful representation of diverse practices, from textiles to large-scale paintings and innovative installations. These works celebrate Indigenous Australian heritage and artistic talent. 

Free event 

Until 4th August, 10.00am to 5.00pm daily

Ian Potter Centre, Level 3 at Fed Square

Art of the Brick

Art of the Brick

Got any LEGO fans in the family? The you need to take them to this awe-inspiring exhibition, Art of the Brick. Returning to Melbourne at the Showgrounds from the 14th of Spril, this immersive exhibition explores how LEGO can be used to create all sorts of masterpieces. This may be one of the most unique art shows you ever attend, in the best way possible.

Until August

Buy tickets here

Epsom Road, Ascot Vale

Top Arts 2024 (Image Credit: Kate Shanasy)

Top Arts

The ever-popular Top Arts is celebrating its 30th year in 2024 - and it's set to feature the works of forty-five talented VCE students/artists. 

This exhibition has always gone above and beyond, providing a platform to celebrate the most exceptional work from students who completed the new VCE study designs of Art Making and Exhibiting and Art Creative Practice in the year previous.

The art on show were chosen for their strong conceptual development, imagination, individuality, and technical excellence across a diverse array of mediums and interests. From this multi-faceted display, themes such as perception and chaos, space and repetition emerge.

Top Arts promises a fascinating survey of the curious and creative spirit of young local artists.

Free entry

Until 14th July, 10.00am to 5.00pm daily

The Ian Potter Centre at Fed Square, Melbourne CBD

Now.Here.This (Image Credit: The Toff)
Wicked the Musical

WICKED the Musical

If you haven't experienced the beautiful story and impressive musicality of WICKED the Musical, here is your chance, Melbourne! 

This Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent.

When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

Book here

Until 30th June

Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

Leonardo Da Vinci at The LUME

LUME Melbourne - Leonardo Da Vinci

The LUME is known for putting on captivating exhibitions that celebrate the world's greatest artists - and their latest digital art gallery is doing exactly that. Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Geniuswill take over The LUME from the 16th of March, mesmerising audiences as his most famous and lesser known works are projected across the open space, such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Book here

From 16th March

THE LUME at The Convention Centre, South Wharf

Victoria the T.Rex (Image Credit: Melbourne Museum)

Victoria The T.Rex 

Get ready for the arrival of Victoria the T.Rex at Melbourne Museum! This state-of-the-art exhibition features the real 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus fossil, film, AR, and holography. Experience the Cretaceous period with the largest T. rex fossil ever displayed in Australia, spanning over 12 metres.

Friday 28th June to Sunday 20th October

Book here

Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens

Melbourne Museum

Nocturnal: By Accident or Design

Step into a world of wonder at Nocturnal, an after-hours Melbourne Museum experience that's adults-only. 

On the second Thursday night of every month, catch up with friends and uncover the secrets and mysteries behind some of the world's most fascinating exhibits. There'll be tours, talks, trivia, live music, and drop-in bingo. Be sure to sip on a cocktail or two and grab a bite to eat at one of the pop-up food stalls. 

It all sounds pretty fun, right? Ben Stiller would be proud!

Thursday 13th June, 6.00pm to 9.00pm

11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds

Global music community Sofar Sounds creates space where music matters. It brings artists and audiences together through unique live music experiences in surprising spaces. 

There are four upcoming gigs in June to keep an eye out for, in suburbs that range from Fitzroy to Prahran, St Kilda to Brunswick, so be sure to regularly check their website for any new or upcoming events.

Tickets from $40 per person

Find out more here

Multiple locations around the city

Rhapsody at Rydges

Rhapsody at Rydges

INtroducing a three-night caberet extravaganza! Rydges Melbourne has partnered with Mike Snell Entertainment to create Rhapsody at Rydges, an exclusive three-night cabaret and dining experience that's bound to impress. Dine as you watch world-class performances from three artists: Mike Snell, Stephen Mahy and Sarah C. You'll be transported to another world, one filled with glitz and glam, as you clap along during this exclusive, indulgent show.

6th June to 8th June, doors open from 6.30pm,

Tickets from $129, book here

186 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Honey Bones Art Club

Honey Bones Arts Club

An open space for the community to explore art-making, expression and self-inquiry, the Honey Bones Art Club is one of our top picks of things to do in Melbourne this month. These group art sessions are held every Saturday morning, hosted by Honey Bones Gallery and Arts Therapist, Donika Fazliu. You're invited to explore a prompt/theme, like a self-portrait, with no set instructions as to how to interpret the theme. From there it's a 2 hour art-making class, that allows individuals to fully immerse in the interpretation and expression of the prompt.

An inclusive space, all are welcome to participate, regardless of artistic skill. 

Saturdays, 10.00am to 12.00pm

$10 per person, book here

46 Trafford Street, Brunswick

What's On in Melbourne This Month: Eat & Drink

Pure South

Pure South Dining - 'A Chef's Tour of Tasmania' 

Iconic Southbank restaurant, Pure South Dining has launched a limited-edition dinner series ‘A Chef’s Tour of Tasmania’ in celebration of their 20th Birthday this month in Melbourne.

This dining experience honours the deep relationships co-owners Philip and Peter have cultivated with Tasmanian producers and farmers over the past two decades. Featuring a six-course degustation menu curated by Executive Chef David Hall, the series will showcase premium ingredients from trusted suppliers like St Helens 'Lease 65' Oysters, Mount Gnomon Farm, and Pyengana Dairy.

Delight in dishes such as vanilla poached beetroot with Tongola Farm goats curd, Hanslow's Farm free-range duck with fig, parsnip, coq au vin, and cime de rapa. Conclude your meal with a luscious creme brulee made with Pyengana Dairy Farm cream.

Guests will also have the unique opportunity to meet the producers, gaining insight into their sustainable practices and the rich stories behind each ingredient.

Every Friday & Saturday night from June 28th to July 31st

$145/$235 with matching Tasmanian wines 

Book here (select '6 Course Tasmanian Degustation Menu')

MR6 Mid-Level Southgate Building, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank 

Firebird

Firebird x Aurum Poultry Co. Beak to Feet Dinner

For one night only, Firebird will be partnering with Aurum Poultry Co to deliver an incredible one-night only dinner. This one-off six-course menu is the art of 'beak to feet,' featuring an array of unique dishes that showcase the versatility and richness of every facet of the Aurum’s Fook Wong Chicken and Moorabool Valley Duck. This is a night of sensory adventure, and one you won't want to miss out on.

3rd July, from 7.00pm

$79 per person, additional drinks package for $56 per person

Book now

223 High Street, Prahan

Johnny's Green Room

Johnny's Green Room Welcome to Winter Party

Who said you can't go to a rooftop bar just because it's winter? Johnny's Green Room is throwing a 'Welcome to Winter Party,' inspired by the Italian Alps - specifically the ski resort town, Cortina. Johnny's Green Room is now weather proof, so you don't have to worry about the cold ruining your night. There's blankets and heaters aplenty, too.

DJS Misty Nights and Eddie Fisher from Wax'o Paradiso will be on the decks, plus there's a generous flow of beer, wine, pizza and snacks on offer, too.

27th June, from 5.00pm

$40 per person, secure your tickets here

Level 2/293-297 Lygon Street, Carlton

Chow Down Tuesday

Chow Down Tuesday at Lagoon Dining

Don't miss Lagoon Dining's second Chow Down Tuesday this month in Melbourne. Not only will it be a magically delicious evening, it's also an incredible deal at $50 per person. 

This event celebrates the art of noodle dishes, bringing together friends, family, and food lovers for a soul-nourishing experience. Enjoy an incredible four-course noodle menu featuring the likes of scissor cut noodles with spring onion and jalapeno oil, mee goreng with squid, turmeric chicken, bean shoots and tofu puffs, jap chae with sweet potato noodles, red peppers and soy-marinated beef, and a crispy egg noodle chow mein with scallop, prawn, spring onion, and red chili. 

Tuesday June 18th, from 5.30pm  

Book here 

263 Lygon Street, Carlton 

Winter Night Market at QVM

Winter Night Market 

The Winter Night Market returns to the iconic Market sheds, offering a cosy atmosphere every Wednesday this month in Melbourne. Enjoy the city's finest street food, warming beverages, specialty shopping, crackling fires, and unique entertainment.

Experience the popular Guru Dudu Silent Disco and savour must-try drinks like spiced Milo, mulled wine, butterbeer, and hot gin toddies. The market is bringing back beloved favourites and introducing new and exciting traders too. 

After a hearty feast, stroll through the sheds and laneways to explore over 60 specialty stalls offering treasures like upcycled furniture, vinyl records, vintage fashion, and handmade jewellery. 

Wednesdays from 5th June, 5.00pm to 10.00pm

Free entry

Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne

Free Flow Fiesta

Bottomless G&T's at AC Hotel's Sorolla Restaurant

AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank is turning up the excitement with the highly anticipated Free Flow Fiesta for World Gin Day on June 8th. Back for its second year, the fiesta kicks off Saturday, June 8th at 6.30 PM and runs every Saturday through June 29th at their sky-high Spanish restaurant, Sorolla.

Partnering with Patient Wolf Gin, enjoy bottomless G&Ts and authentic tapas by Chef Ryan Flaherty for $105 per person.

Delight in the likes of sweet potato and cashew empanadas, hummus with piquillo pepper, prawn tostadas, and a choice of grilled beef striploin or pan seared barramundi. End with signature churros con chocolate. Don't miss it!

Saturdays, June 8th to June 29th

Book here

201 Normanby Road, Southbank 

MOULD

MOULD 

Get ready to say cheese as MOULD, Australia’s premier cheese festival, returns for 2024! Bigger, smellier, and more 'matured' than ever, Mould promises a brie-lliant experience with over 100 varieties of artisanal cheese from 27 producers.

Presented by Revel, this festival celebrates the best of Australian cheese with tastings, exclusive releases, and gourmet accompaniments.

From hard to soft, stinky to mild, there's a dairy delight for every palate. Don't miss out on this ultimate cheese extravaganza, featuring delicious dishes, premium beverages, and a vibrant festival atmosphere.

Tickets include all tastings and a complimentary cooler bag for cheese purchases.

Friday June 28th (5.00pm to 9.00pm) to Saturday June 29th (11.00am to 3.00pm, 4.00pm to 8.00pm)

Book here

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

Foodbank Victoria

Melbourne's Cheapest Lunch - The Kindness Kitchen

Renowned chef Karen Martini, in collaboration with Chobani and Foodbank, is hosting 'The Kindness Kitchen' at Saint George in St Kilda. 

For just $7.90, guests can enjoy a three-course meal, wine, and a goodie bag while supporting Aussies in need. Proceeds from the event and sales of Chobani's limited-edition yogurt support Foodbank's efforts to combat food insecurity. Limited tickets available.

Thursday 6th June, 12.00pm to 2.00pm

Secure your tickets here

54 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

GABS - Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular

The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular

The Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular (GABS for short) is an electrifying event celebrating the best of craft beer, food...and now whisky!

Indulge in Monkey Shoulder's signature cocktails like the refreshing Ginger Monkey and the indulgent Monkey Colada. It's a fun weekend event this month in Melbourne to fully immerse yourself in interactive games, masterclasses, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Join in on the fun and fusion of whisky innovation, craft beer culture, and unforgettable moments that will leave your taste buds tingling.

Friday June 21st & Saturday June 22nd, 11.00am to 4.30pm and 6.00pm to 11.30pm

Sunday June 23rd, 10.30am to 11.30am and 12.00pm to 5.30pm

Buy tickets here 

Melbourne Showgrounds, Flemington

Alumni

Alumni - a MasterChef x Crown Restaurant

Crown have opened another restaurant, but it's only for a limited time - and trust us when we say you won't want to miss out on this new and exciting venture. Alumni is a collaboration between MasterChef and Crown, which will showcase dishes from the cast of MasterChef Australia's 16th season. The roster will rotate every three weeks, and it kicks off with Kishwar Chowdhury before moving onto Callum Hann, Khanh Ong, and then a surprise fourth MasterChef Australia cook to be announced at the end of June. Each chef is showcasing refined cuisine from their cultural background, with reservations for Kishwar Chowdhury’s Bangladeshi and regional Indian menu now available.

From 16th May

Book here

8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

The Westin

WICKED High Tea

Speaking of WICKED,  The Westin has put a perfectly wicked twist on their traditional high tea in partnership with WICKED The Musical. Their WICKED High Tea is the perfect pre-performance treat, especially if you're going to see an afternoon show. There is the perfect mix of savoury and sweet, all vividly green, just like Elphaba. 

“Creating this menu has been a lot of fun and the friendship between WICKED’s main characters, Elphaba and Glinda, has been the inspiration to bring it to life...I’ve paired ingredients that share a camaraderie and complement each other when served together, yet hold its own distinct characteristics and identities, just like the main lead," said Executive Chef, Apoorva Kunte.

Until 30th June

205 Collins Street, Melbourne

Bahama Gold x Da Paolo Pizza Residency

Bahama Gold x Da Paolo Pizza Residency

This pizza pop-up is serving up a slice of serious vibes - and it's the ultimate date idea for you to try this month.

Settle in at this buzzing little bar and bottle shop and order yourself a Negroni to start - it's the right level of bitter, in our humble opinion. You'll also have a hard (but wonderful) time choosing from the mammoth wine list, with everything from orange wine from Macedon to supple Italian Sangiovese. 

Whatever you decide, it's hard to beat a wine and pizza combo - and the pizzas being slung out by the Da Paolo team are some of the best in Melbourne right now. They're all charred-to-perfection, with playful toppings to match. Go for the zucchini with stracchino, capers, and a marjoram and mint sauce; stay for their special XO pizza, with pickled pineapple and fresh onion. 

You'll love watching the pizza chef's prepare and sling out each pizza with absolute ease from behind the bar, with the Bahama Gold bartenders easing in and out around them like a dance they've done a thousand times before. The smooth records spinning will also have you bopping along as you savour every sip and bite, and the affable staff and warm retro fit-out will have you feeling welcome. 

Until June

Monday, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, 5.00pm to 10.00pm

135 Lygon Street, Brunswick East 

What's On in Melbourne This Month: Shop

Basquiat x machi machi limited-edition flask

Buy a Basquiat x machi machi limited edition flask

Get ready for an electrifying fusion of art and taste as Basquiat x machi machi launches in Australia May 31st.

Celebrate Jean-Michel Basquiat's iconic artistry with machi machi's special edition bottles. These limited-edition masterpieces capture Basquiat's revolutionary style and are available in very limited quantities.

Enjoy your favourite bubble tea while owning a piece of art history. Don't miss this unique blend of culture and flavour by finding your closest machi machi store today and grabbing this beautiful flask. 

Multiple locations around the city

Regional Farmers Monthly Market at Abbotsford Convent 

The Abbotsford Convent has got a new monthly farmers market, with more than 45 stalls of organic fruit and vegetables, locally sourced dairy, homemade desserts and more on offer. After the Convent's beloved weekend farmers market closed down in December last year, its beyond exciting to have a vibrant and community-minded space to return to market once more. Embrace the spring sunshine and stroll through the bustling stalls, with highlights include Spring Creek Organics, Heathmont Honey, the fresh kefir and vintage cheddar at Blue Bay Cheese, and the delightful desserts at Pudding Nana. Bread and butter pudding, anyone? 

$2.00 entry

8.00am to 2.00pm

Second Saturday of every month

What's On in Melbourne This Month: Coming Soon

Moama Lights (Image Credit: Murray River Council)

Moama Lights - Enchanted Nights: A Celebration of Light 

Get ready as Moama Lights returns to illuminate the Murray River this July. This award-winning event will transform Moama's Horseshoe Lagoon into a mesmerising sound and light trail, celebrating nature with state-of-the-art installations, indigenous artworks, and projections.

It's set to share stories from across the region while paying homage to Banjo Paterson's evocative poem "The Daylight is Dying.”

The light and soundscapes have been designed by Mandylights, the masterminds behind VIVID Sydney. 

This spectacular festival is a must-see, offering a magical journey through captivating colours, sounds, and local art. Enjoy the ice-skating rink and neon light magic of it all, before retiring for a bevvy or two in the American Hotel beer garden.

5th to 38th July 

Looking for more fun things to do in Melbourne this winter? We have plenty to keep you entertained. From Melbourne's best new restaurants and bars to friendly pubscafés and late-night cocktail haunts, here's all you need for an epic weekend in the city.

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