So much to see and do in and around Melbourne in the month of January.
With the weather in Melbourne heating up, the beaches are great to places to take the family. The coastal beaches of Port Phillip Bay and Western Port Bay are safe to swim at with a lot of them being patrolled by our wonderful Life Savers. Take care down at the back beaches and never swim alone.
There are things going on in the Melbourne central business district every day as this time of the year is school holidays, as well as holiday activities for the adults, locals and tourist alike.
There are NGV art exhibitions, summer music festivals, rooftop cinemas and more. Plus there's plenty of free attractions, art exhibitions, theatre shows and activities for kids.
If you are a keen tennis lover/player then the Australian Open tennis tournament is held at the Australian Tennis Center for two action packed weeks.
Summertime in Melbourne is the perfect time to enjoy a twilight market and there are some great ones to check out in and around Melbourne. With the sun going down later during the day and the air warm, what better time to do some shopping, enjoy a new taste or two and enjoy the atmosphere and entertainment.
I've put together 10 top things to do in January in Melbourne that I'm sure you will enjoy and don't forget to check out the local communities for other fun things to fill up your spare time.
Clicking on each of the links here will take you to that section for more information.
1 to 14 January
A selection of films based around the environment, sustainability and marine conservation are being featured for two weeks at the Melbourne Zoo.
Screenings will run from 5.30-8.00 pm every evening from January 1 to 14. It is recommended that you bring your own low-back chairs, pillows and picnic rugs. There will be food and drink available to purchase on site.
There will also be talks held by environmental and conservation experts.
Entry to the film festival is FREE with admission to the Zoo. Kids under 16 visit free on weekends and school holidays
For more details on what's on over this film festival check out Melbourne Zoo Up Late
November 28th - March 29th
Moonlight Cinema Melbourne is located in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, on Birdwood Avenue (near the intersection of Domain Road), South Yarra. Enter the cinema via Gate D and follow the path to the Central Lawn
Warm, balmy nights under the stars watching a great movie, what a great way to unwind for you, your friends and family. Films are screening from Thursday, November 28 until Sunday, March 29.
You can purchase food and drinks there but you can also bring your own. There's the chance to spoil yourself if you purchase a Premium Ticket and settle back on a comfy bean bag and let a waiter serve you!
Click this link for the full program and tickets as well as directions, parking and other information.
10th to the 19th January
Vida is a free multicultural-themed festival that focuses on Latin America's environmental, economic and social issues that impact Australia and the world.
Enjoy two weekends of amazing food, music, and culture. Who wouldn't love to eat an authentic paella, drink a margarita and dance to Latin rhythms?
Countries represented include Chile, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, and Spain.
Kings Domain - 3000
On St Kilda Rd across from the National Gallery of Victoria (Walker Fountain) - 500m from Federation Square
Check out more information on the Melbourne Latin Summer Festival here
12.00pm till 11.00pm
Come celebrate multicultural performances and Asian food with over 60 performance and entertainment activities as well as the popular Pho Eating Competition.
There is limited street parking available during the day on Victoria and surrounding streets, but most have a 1-2 hour parking limit. Sunday is free in some places.
Victoria Street Lunar Festival, Victoria Street Richmond, Richmond
For more details checkout the Victoria Street website
4th to the 15th January
A great way to beat the heat right in the heart of the city at Federation Square, providing 75 metres of slip ‘n’ slide fun
Bring your friends and family for a wet and wild ride down the slope of The Square. Fed Cam will be streaming live images of Slide The Square to fedsquare.com.
Not keen on sliding, that's fine as you can sit back and relax on the viewing platform from The Stage and wave at your friends and family as they go down the Slide.
There is plenty of food and cool drinks along with Cuban sandwiches, Brazilian BBQ plates, potato twists, burgers and more. Use the deck chairs to sit and relax and enjoy a delicious ice cream or slushy or fruit cup.
Ticket prices include the use of an inflatable to ensure you enjoy a smooth ride. You get a 50 minute sessions allowing you to snap up some pretty interesting pics of the fun had.
You can buy tickets through Ticketmaster or at the ticket booth on Swanston St Forecourt during the event.
For safety reasons, all participants must be at least 110cm tall to slide, there are lots of fun activities for the smaller kids to enjoy here as well.
Check out the official Slide the Square page for more information and ticket bookings.
20th January - 2nd February
Don't let Melbourne's heatwaves put you off enjoying watching the superstars of tennis battle it out at the Australian Open.
This annual tennis event continues to attract the world's best tennis players and their fans for the southern hemisphere's only Grand Slam tournament.
If you can't make it to the actual staged event, no problem, as the matches are 'screened live' at Birrarung Marr during the Australian Open Festival.
Enjoy live performances as well as visiting world-class chefs will be dishing up gourmet delights!
Visit the official AO website for more detailed information
14th December - 30th April
Yearly this event is now held at the Boneo Discovery Park which is located at 695 Limestone Rd, Fingal on Victoria’s stunning Mornington Peninsula.
Sand Sculpting Australia and Boneo Discovery Park presents ANIMALIA IN SAND – the world’s first Sand Sculpting Exhibition with augmented reality technology.
Animalia in Sand brings to life the much-loved classic children’s book by Graeme Base through 26 giant sand sculptures created by some of the world’s most renowned sand sculptors. See the sculptures come alive through our innovative sand and screen immersive experience.
Click here for more information on Sand Sculpting Australia
10.30am - 11.00am
The Australia Day Flag Raising Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate and build community pride in our nation. The Official Flag Raising Ceremony marks the beginning of Melbourne’s Australia Day celebration.
Held at the Melbourne Town Hall, Swanston Street
Hosted by the Premier of Victoria and attended by the Governor of Victoria, the Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne and other dignitaries, the Official Flag Raising ceremony features ...
One of the things to do in January is to Celebrate Australia Day right in the heart of the city.
Immediately following the Official Flag Raising Ceremony, spectators will be treated to a vibrant public display of Australia's diverse community with more than 1000 participants from over 80 community and cultural groups taking part in Melbourne’s annual Australia Day Parade.
The parade kicks off at 11:00 am outside the Melbourne Town Hall and heads down Swanston St before finishing at the Kings Domain Gardens
Packed with family-friendly events and activities, the free all-day event will feature food trucks, the annual Roulettes flyover, children’s yoga and various entertainment.
Finish your Australia Day at the fireworks spectacular down at Docklands!
Located along Harbour Esplanade, the Australia Day at Docklands celebration will keep the family entertained with roaming artists, entertainment and markets.
This is a free event, wheelchair accessible and you can get there using public transport. There s also parking at the Docklands Carpark
2-18 Spring St
A celebration of Survival
Come on down to the Treasury Gardens for a family-friendly day of music, dance and culture, with performances by some of the country's most talented Indigenous artists.
Share the Spirit, or Balit Narrun, is Victoria's longest-running Aboriginal music festival and an all-inclusive celebration of the culture of Indigenous people from all over the country.
The festival also runs markets vending everything from arts and crafts to food.
A free event for all.
11 – 19 January
Nine days of artist-led activities, performances, music and dance especially for children and all members of the family.
There will be making activities for the kids in the 'Great Hall'
Please feel free to bring picnic lunch to eat in the Great Hall and the Grollo Equiset Garden or you can purchase a great selection of food options at the Gallery Kitchen.
This is a FREE entry activity
Also for the kids and being held at ...
General entry is free
Open daily 10am-5pm
There will be a group of teachers grooving away and getting everyone movin’ and shakin’ to popular songs. Previous dance experience is not necessary; with easy-to-follow moves, children as young as two can join in and bop to a playlist of party music songs.
More happenings over at NGV Australian Federation Square with workshops especially designed for teens. And at the The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia, Federation Square, explore Indigenous and non-Indigenous art from the colonial period to the present day.
General entry is free
Open daily 10am-5pm
In and around Melbourne there are plenty of fun and interesting markets to be found if you are looking for interesting things to do in January. I have selected 4 fantastic ones for you to visit this month.
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