What’s On in Melbourne in August (Updated for 2023)

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While you may still be shivering away in August in Melbourne, there’s still plenty to do to keep you entertained, informed and warm!

Here’s a curated selection of the must-dos happening this August in Melbourne.

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Melbourne weather in August

It’s still chilly! The average temperature in Melbourne in August hovers between 8°C and 16°C during the day, but it can get a lot colder than that.

There’s usually not many huge rainfalls, but you can expect a little rain on around 9 days of the month.

Check the upcoming Melbourne weather forecast online, and read my full guide to winter in Melbourne.

Public holidays in Melbourne in August

Another month without a public holiday, sadly!

Major events and festivals in August

Check back regularly throughout the month – I’ll keep this page updated as I hunt down more events!

Melbourne International Film Festival

From blockbusters to indie flicks, check out the best of the international cinema scene.

Dates: 3-20 August
Where: Various venues
Cost: Tickets from $17
More info: Website

Theatre, film and music

Cirque du Soleil: Crystal

Cirque du Soleil brings its magical performances to the ice for the first time.

Dates: 17-27 August
Where: John Cain Arena
Cost: Tickets from $76
More info: Website

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Clearly a fan favourite, because this musical spectacular is returning to Melbourne!

Dates: From 20 August
Where: Regent Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $59
More info: Website

2:22 – A Ghost Story

This award-winning supernatural thriller is London’s must-see theatre event and is coming to Melbourne for a limited 4-week season.

Dates: Until 20 August
Where: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Cost: Tickets from $75
More info: Website

Kings of Comedy: Underground, Uncensored, Unrivalled

Laugh the night away with a mix of professional comedians and up-and-comers.

Dates: Saturday nights until 26 August
Where: The Colonial Hotel
Cost: Tickets from $29
More info: Website

Museums and art

Connection at The Lume

The Lume – the incredibly immersive art experience – welcomes a stunning First Nations exhibition called Connection.

Dates: Throughout August
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: Tickets from $49
More info: The Lume website


Be mesmerised by an eight-metre sphere filled with over 20,000 moving LEDs, singing trees and a flickering fire garden among colour-changing installations, soundscapes and large-scale illuminated sculptures.

Dates: Until 6 August
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens
Cost: From $40
More info: Lightscape website

Pierre Bonnard: Designed by India Mahdavi

Curated by Paris’s Musée d’Orsay, see the works of the great French painter Pierre Bonnard at NGV as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces.

Dates: Until October
Where: NGV
Cost: From $33
More info: NGV website

NGV Friday Nights

Music, eating and drinking plus late-night exclusive access to the Pierre Bonnard exhibition = a perfect night out.

Dates: Friday nights throughout August
Where: NGV
Cost: From $40
More info: NGV website

Melbourne Now

Celebrate new and ambitious local art and design. Everything from fashion and jewellery, painting, sculpture, architecture and ceramics, to video, performance, printmaking and publishing will be on display.

Dates: Until 30 August
Where: The Ian Potter Centre
Cost: Free entry
More info: Ian Potter Centre website

Sutr Santati: Then. Now. Next.

Curated by Lavina Baldota of the Abheraj Baldota Foundation, this brand-new exhibition brings together diverse and stunning textile traditions of India. 

Dates: Until 3 September
Where: Melbourne Museum
Cost: Included in Melbourne Museum entry ticket
More info: Website

Goddess: Power, Glamour, Rebellion

Marilyn Monroe. Geena Davis. Halle Berry. Margot Robbie. Michelle Yeoh. These – and more – screen goddesses are recognised in a new exhibition at ACMI.

Dates: Until October
Where: ACMI
Cost: $25 for adults
More info: Website

Gandel Gondwana Garden

Gondwana – the huge supercontinent that formed a mere 500 million years ago and connected Australia to much of the Southern Hemisphere – is brought to life in a new exhibition at Melbourne Museum.

Dates: Daily throughout August
Where: Melbourne Museum
Cost: Included with museum entry ($15)
More info: Website


Part game, part gallery, part journey, Imaginaria is great for the whole family. Immerse yourself in shimmering light sculptures, enter the interactive cave or the multi-dimensional light maze, or step inside a giant infinity bubble.

Dates: Various dates throughout August
Where: The District Docklands
Cost: Adults tickets $29.95, kids $27.95
More info: Imaginaria website

Temple of Boom

Created by Adam Newman and Kelvin Tsang and an “evocative reimagining of The Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens”, the Temple of Boom is the latest NGV Architecture Commission.

Dates: Until 9 August
Where: NGV
Cost: Free
More info: NGV website

Experience the Dome Promenade

One of Melbourne’s most iconic buildings has opened a hidden part that hasn’t been accessible to the public for 100 years.

Dates: Various dates in August
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
Cost: From $29 for adults
More info: Museums Victoria website

Thor: Love and Thunder at ACMI

Catch the incredible costumes and props worn by the all-star cast of Taika Waititi’s blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder.

Dates: Daily throughout August
Where: ACMI
Cost: Free
More info: ACMI website

Food events in August

Winter Night Market

The Winter Night Market is back at Queen Vic Market every Wednesday evening, with street food trucks and stalls, local brewers and distillers, shopping and lively entertainment.

Dates: Wednesday evenings until 30 August
Where: Queen Vic Market
Cost: Free entry
More info: Queen Vic Market website

Indian Festival

Eat your way through a glorious Indian feast at this delicious event.

Dates: 12-13 August
Where: Queen Vic Market
Cost: Free entry
More info: Queen Vic Market website

Community events, festivals and shopping

Drag Expo

Have a fun day out at Australia’s biggest celebration of drag, pop culture and beauty.

Dates: 12-13 August
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $30
More info: Website

Boho Threads

Pick up some new threads at this two-day shopping festival with a focus on handmade and ethically sourced brands.

Dates: 18-20 August
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
Cost: From $5
More info: Website

Affordable Art Fair

Pick up a piece of art for your walls at this art fair, with everything under $10,000.

Dates: 31 August-3 September
Where: Royal Exhibition Building
Cost: From $17
More info: Website

What are you most excited to see and do in August in Melbourne?

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I’m Rebecca, a Melbourne local excited to show you the best of Melbourne. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. After living abroad for 8 years, I’m back home in Melbourne, rediscovering this city that I love and have missed. My aim is to help you find the best things to do in Melbourne.

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