From music and Pop-Up festivals, to Grand Slam tennis and an all night bike ride, these top events in Melbourne, will keep you entertained throughout January.
1. Melbourne International Jazz Festival Head out to one of several venues, including concert halls, arts venues, jazz clubs and throughout the streets around Melbourne, for a night of Jazz. The Melbourne International Jazz Festival runs from Thursday 15th through to Thursday 29th January, hosting a range of performances. Tickets start from $25.
Watch top ranked international champion players like Federer, Nadal and Williams, as well as newcomers into the tournament, battle it out for a prize winning of AUD2.5 million and a Gland Slam title. The Australian Open runs from Monday 19th January through to Sunday 1st February, at Melbourne Park, with tickets ranging from $40-$400.
3. Royal Croquet Club Pop-Up
From Friday 16th January through to Sunday 1st February, Birrarung Marr, along the banks of the Yarra, will be transformed into a lively festival venue hosting the Royal Croquet Club Pop-Up summer haven of food, drinks, music, entertainment and croquet. You can even watch the Australian Open on big outdoor screens!
MidSumma Festival #BED
4. MidSumma Festival MidSumma festival, runs from Saturday 31st January through to Sunday 8th February, celebrating queer art and culture by hosting a variety of free and ticketed events. The program includes a carnival at Alexandra Gardens, T Dance, Pride March, a variety of performing and visual arts, and social events. With so many events to choose from, be sure to plan your Midsumma Festival itinerary on MyFestival Watchlist.
5. Ride The Night Ride the Night is the very first group participation bike riding event. Support Youth Support Advocacy Service (YSAS) by raising funds and riding your bike through Melbourne's CBD and its surrounding areas. The bike route passes iconic locations such as the MCG, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne Zoo, West Gate Bridge, Docklands, and more. Even better, there will be six rest stops where riders can enjoy music, food, drinks, a silent disco and other fun activities! The bike ride is 70km long, commencing at 10pm Saturday 31st January, and finishing at dawn on 1st February, with a breakfast at Albert Park.
There's no reason to stay home in January - get outdoors and enjoy Melbourne's Summer of festivities.