50 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This January

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

50 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This January

With the New Year, comes new beginnings. If your resolution was to have more fun, try new food and do more things, then this list is perfect for you. There’s so many new things to do in Melbourne this January, so let’s get started.

1. Catch a movie at the Disney+ Drive-In

Head to Melbourne Showgrounds and watch some magical movies from the comfort of your car.

2. Eat some seriously cheesy gnocchi

Visit this little eatery in South Yarra and try their gnocchi, loaded up with a whopping 29 cheeses. Book a spot at Cucinetta for either lunch or dinner, and try their gnocchi from Wednesday January 12 to Sunday January 23.

3. Discover heaps of free events at Fed Square

Fed Square is here to keep you occupied all summer long, with their stacked range of fun and free events. Listen to live music, see an inflatable Koi fish fountain, marvel at an urban silo art trail and more!

4. Have fun at the VIDA Melbourne Latin Summer Festival

Dance to exciting music, savour delicious food, try fun workshops, celebrate Latin American culture and more at this joyous festival. Find it at Tom’s Block in Kings Domain from January 7 to 9. The best part? General admission tickets are completely free! Learn more here. 

5. See a movie under the stars at Moonlight Cinema

Enjoy a mix of new releases and nostalgic favourites under the stars at Royal Botanic Gardens.

6. Kick off Midsumma Festival with Midsumma Carnival


The three-week festival begins with this iconic Carnival in Alexandra Gardens. Dance your heart out, enjoy a picnic with friends, and of course, see the fabulous Dog Show. Midsumma Carnival is free to attend, and will run on Sunday January 23. Learn more about it here. 

7. Be amazed by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

This wonderous exhibition will transport you straight to Rome. See Michelangelo’s works of art like never before, up close and personal with brand-new perspectives. The exhibition will start at a secret location in Melbourne, from January 22. Get your tickets here. 

8. Enjoy all things bright and cheerful at Bloomville

Head west to Aintree for this wonderful pop-up experience by Sugar Republic! Shipping containers will be transformed into colourful dreams, and there will be an outdoor play spaces to try out too. Bloomville will run from January 15 to 29.

9. Return to the Summer Night Market

After two years, Summer Night Market is back at Queen Vic Market! Roam the market stalls while listening to great music and sipping on cocktails. Summer Night Market will take place on Wednesday nights, from January 5 to April 6, except on January 26.

10. Watch movies by the beach at Bourne Local Open-Air Cinema

Head to Elwood Park and enjoy an evening of summer fun. Start with live music and kids entertainment, then, settle in for the evening with a movie by the beach. There will be food trucks to keep you well fed. This January, they’re playing Dune, Dirty Dancing and Ron’s Gone Wrong.

11. Satisfy your cravings at Melbourne Street Eatz

Be surprised by a weekly rotation of delicious food trucks in South Wharf. Enjoy it Thursday to Sunday, all the way until April!

12. Jump into summer with The Big Bounce

The world’s largest inflatable bouncy castle is coming to Melbourne for a limited time only. And if you think this 1,500 square metre delight is just for kids, you’re wrong. There will be adults-only sessions too! Leap into action across two weekends, from January 28 to 30 and February 4 to 6.

13. See 350 drones dance above Victoria Harbour

The New Year’s Eve drone performance was unfortunately cancelled, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed it forever! The drone performance will take place in Docklands sometime this January, and dates will be announced in the near future.

14. Listen to music at Live at the Bowl 

Music is back! And there’s a truly stacked program for Live at the Bowl, such as a Shaun the Sheep Circus Show, a showcase of First Nations music and culture at Share the Spirit, and A Symphonic Celebration from Melbourne Youth Orchestra.

15. Feel chic at NGV’s Chanel exhibition

The long-awaited exhibition, Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto, is as fabulous as it sounds. Find it at NGV International.

16. Stay late at NGV Friday Nights

Browse the Chanel exhibition in the evening, then listen to live DJs and try some French-inspired dining.

17. Dip a toe in the pink pond at NGV

The best part? It’s free!

18. See the spectacular Moulin Rouge

This larger-than-life musical will take your breath away! Find it at the Regent Theatre.

19. Find your Happy Place

Take picture-perfect photos at the World’s Most Instagrammable Exhibit. Find your Happy Place at Crown.

20. See Frozen the Musical before it goes

See the magical Disney musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre before it leaves on January 26!

21. Check out MPavilion

MPavilion is here in Melbourne for its longest season ever. Enjoy cultural events, talks, performances, installations and more. See their full program here.

22. Return to Loch Hart Music Festival on the Great Ocean Road


Listen to live music, go camping, enjoy morning yoga sessions and more at Loch Hart Music Festival. This will take place from January 14 to 16. Grab your tickets here.

23. Feel super cute at MC Mart

Frolic in this kawaii art installation by Lauren Carney at Melbourne Central.

24. Be immersed in Van Gogh at The Lume

See Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life in this multi-sensory exhibition at the LUME.

25. Catch the magical Disney exhibition at ACMI

This delightful behind-the-scenes look at your favourite Disney movies will leave on January 23, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you should go for it!


26. Come on and slam at the Space Jam experience

Discover Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Tunes vs Goons Experience at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. It will stay in town until Sunday January 30. Are you ready to shoot some hoops?

27. See an outdoor movie with Barefoot Cinema

This outdoor cinema experience is back, and they’re taking over three fabulous locations from January until March. Barefoot Cinema is starting off in Mount Martha, from January 5 to 29.

28. Be whisked away to Hogwarts with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Be amazed by this magical play and watch it in the original two-part format.

29. Feel dazzled by Imaginaria

Unleash your imagination and discover mesmerising new installations at Imaginaria in Docklands.

30. Laugh out loud at The Wedding Singer

See the incredible rom-com come to life on stage for a limited time only this January. Get your tickets here. 

31. Sip on wine and listen to music at Grapevine Gathering

Have a vine time at Grapevine Gathering. Lounge on lush green lawns, sip on world-class wines, eat from gourmet food trucks and listen to music from The Veronicas and more. This festival will take place in the Yarra Valley at Rochford Wines on Saturday January 22.

32. Take a spooky ghost tour at Pentridge Prison

Visit the historical D Division of Pentridge Prison, and discover the dark tales and tough truths of its past. Your journey begins here. 

33. Enjoy a show at the Malthouse Outdoor Stage

Enjoy an array of live shows outside. Music, dance, comedy, theatre, talks and more – there’s something for everyone this summer.

34. See A Miracle Constantly Repeated

Step into the mysterious Flinders Street Ballroom and see this surreal exhibition by Patricia Piccinini.

35. Marvel at Treasures of the Natural World

Visit Melbourne Museum and see this fascinating exhibit, all the way from the Natural History Museum in London!

36. Go shopping at Postal Lane Markets

Find unique and special items from this bustling laneway market on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

37. Go on an icy adventure at

Touching the Void


Melbourne Theatre Company is ready to take you on a jaw-dropping adventure. Based on a true story, this exhilarating international hit is landing at Southbank Theatre from January 17. Be transported to the glacial peaks of the Peruvian Andes and watch two mountain climbers make life-or-death decisions in this Australian premiere.

38. Laugh out loud at Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare Under The Stars is back at Royal Botanic Gardens with a production of the hilarious, The Comedy of Errors. Sprawl out on Southern Cross Lawn and laugh till you cry.

39. Have some LEGO fun at the State Library of Victoria

Celebrate LEGO at the Library with a whole series of events. In Bricktoria, you’ll help the Library team build two mosaics. Then, meet Ryan McNaught, the only LEGO certified professional in the Southern Hemisphere, and watch his team build the State Library out of LEGO. There’s events for kids and for grown-ups, so everyone can have fun.

40. Hang out at QV Club

Two fun pop-up bars from Father’s Office have landed at QV, so you can sip on refreshing cocktails all summer long.

41. Head to Melbourne Cable Park for Market Mixtape

Enjoy a fun night out at this market inside Melbourne Cable Park. There are over 70 stalls to discover, as well as amazing food trucks, street entertainers, an outdoor movie and playtime around Melbourne Cable Park. Market Mixtape will take place on Friday January 21.

42. Solve a murder mystery at Labassa Mansion

Roam the rooms of this opulent mansion and search for clues to solve a murder. Get your tickets here. 

43. Have some summer fun at The Exchange Pop-Up Beach Club

Sip cocktails by the beach, play some volleyball and soak in the sun. Dogs are welcome too!

44. Have a smooth ride with Reggae on the River

On this four hour cruise, you’ll enjoy some of the best reggae music on two different levels of the boat. Set sail from Docklands to Williamstown, Port Melbourne and St Kilda Beach, while eating delicious Jamaican food. On top of that, there’ll be a fully stocked bar to keep the good vibes going.

45. Discover an amazing Farmgate Experience

Discover local producers from either the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. Then, gather fresh ingredients and learn to make a fabulous meal, straight from the farm to your fork.

46. Check out Melbourne Skydeck

Eureka Skydeck has transformed into Melbourne Skydeck, and they’ve got heaps of new experiences waiting to be discovered.

47. Be your own captain with On A Boat

Cruise along the Yarra River in your very own rental boat! Furry friends are welcome too. Are you ready to have some fun? 

48. Check out the stalls at Mt Martha South Beach Market

Browse over 60 market stalls while overlooking Port Phillip Bay. It could become the perfect summer’s day. This market will take place on Wednesday January 26.

49. See the Jagged Little Pill Musical

Be amazed by this dynamic musical, inspired by Alanis Morissette’s album of the same name. Enjoy this Grammy-winning show at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre this January.

50. Escape to a tiny house

Need some peace and quiet? Start the year right with some rest and relaxation at an off-grid house from Tiny Stays.

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