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What's On? A 2020 preview

/ 03 Dec 2019
2019. That’s so yesterday! Visit Victoria looks ahead to what’s on in 2020 as Melbourne once again delivers a calendar of events unrivalled across the nation.

JANUARY
Australian Open
A jam-packed fortnight of show-stopping tennis, live music, the best food and wine and long days in the sunshine as the world’s best descend on Melbourne Park for the first grand slam of the year.

Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race
The pinnacle of world cycling does battle along the rugged coastline of the Great Ocean Road as thousands flock to the coast to watch UCI World Tour sanctioned racing across four days.

Festival of Sails
Toast Australia Day in the bay surrounding Geelong as sailboats from across the nation come together for the Festival of Sails.

Shrek the Musical
The much-loved series of films comes to the stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre, providing a theatre experience for the whole family

FEBRUARY
Billy Elliot
After playing to sold out houses across the globe, the acclaimed production returns to the recently refurbished Regent Theatre in Melbourne’s East End Theatre District for a tenth anniversary tour.

SLAM Rally Anniversary
It has been ten years since Melbourne came together to save live music and in 2020 the city will celebrate with a performance unrivalled.

MARCH
ICC T20 World Cup 2020 Women’s Final
A capacity crowd will break the world record for women’s sport attendance, with locals and visitors alike set to write history alongside the best cricketing nations and international pop-sensation Katy Perry.

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival
VAMFF will culminate with a series of runways at the heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, including a feature showing of renowned Melbourne designer Toni Maticevski at the Virgin Australia Grand Showcase.

Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix
Melbourne will once again open the Formula 1® season as Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel take to the track at Albert Park for a fast-paced weekend of racing complemented by live music, fashion, food and wine.

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival
A ten-day showcase of all things culinary, Queen Victoria Market will act as the Festival Hub in 2020 as the city embraces an array of food and wine experiences set to delight the tastebuds of locals and visitors alike.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comedians take to theatres, pubs, clubs and cabaret venues across Melbourne as the city lights up with laughs for the annual Melbourne International Comedy Festival

APRIL
Rip Curl Pro
The World Surf League comes to Bells Beach in Torquay as the best surfers contend with arguably Victoria’s most famous surf break for their chance to ring the historic bell as winner.

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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Cricket at the MCG

MAY
Good Beer Week
Lager, pale ale, stout or sour. There’s something for everyone at Good Beer Week as brewers from across Melbourne, Victoria and the world celebrate all things craft beer.

Rone in Geelong
Over the last two decades, Geelong-born artist Rone has built an exceptional reputation for large-scale wall paintings and immersive installations that explore concepts of beauty and decay. Rone’s latest site-specific installation will transform Geelong Gallery’s rooms in response to the architecture and history of the building, and the Gallery’s collection.

JUNE
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces: Pierre Bonard, designed by India Mahravi
The works of Pierre Bonard arrive at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2020, with one of the most beloved painters of the twentieth century to be commemorated in a colourful exhibit space that toasts the artist.

Winter Night Market at Queen Victoria Market
Melbourne’s cooler climate doesn’t dampen the spirits of locals looking for a night out, with the Winter Night Market bringing local produce to life alongside mulled wine and cider at the Queen Victoria Market.

JULY
2020 Helpmann Awards
Live Performance Australia returns to Melbourne for their night of nights’ in 2020, as the industry comes together to toast the very best in Australian theatre, ballet, opera, dance and cabaret.

AUGUST
Bledisloe Cup: Australian Wallabies v New Zealand All-Blacks

Marvel Stadium welcomes the Australian Wallabies and New Zealand All-Blacks for the first time since 2010, with national pride on the line as the friendly rivals’ battle-it-out.

Melbourne Fashion Week
Melbourne Town Hall becomes the beating heart of Victoria’s fashion scene as those on-trend come together to witness those looks the masses will be wearing this spring.

Melbourne International Film Festival
Lights, camera, action as film is celebrated across Melbourne at one of the world’s oldest film festivals, beginning in 1952 and continuing through today.

SEPTEMBER
Melbourne Fringe Festival
A celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone, Melbourne Fringes takes over Melbourne for a variety of experiences, including theatre, comedy, music, film, cabaret, digital art, and circus performance as well

AFL Grand Final
The culmination of the Australian rules football season, the AFL Grand Final pits the two best teams against each other in the race for the premiership at the famed Melbourne Cricket Ground.

OCTOBER
White Night Bendigo

White Night Bendigo invites visitors to make their journey around Bendigo’s iconic buildings, cultural institutions and streets, in celebration of reclaiming and reimagining the city through projection, installations, performance and music.

NOVEMBER
Melbourne Music Week
Australia’s cultural capital brings music to life in November, as cafes, bars, streets and squares welcome the sounds of the city and the world for a week-long showcase of live performance.

Melbourne Cup Carnival
Australia’s most iconic calendar of horse racing culminates with the Melbourne Cup Carnival, as the Lexus Melbourne Cup stops the nation yet again in 2020.

DECEMBER
Boxing Day Test

The most iconic annual cricket test match, the Melbourne Cricket Ground welcomes this icon of the holiday season annually as festive lunches are forgotten in the grandstand for the Boxing Day Test.

ON NOW

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Keith Haring & Jean Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines

KAWS: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness

Chicago (opens 14 December 2019)


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