White Festival Melbourne

May 16, 2023
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With White Night Melbourne transforming the city for just one night on 20 February, why not stay a little while longer and explore all that the Melbourne has to offer!


Melbourne’s White Night is Australia’s only night long celebration of culture and creativity.

The uniquely Melbourne event is the envy of every other capital city in the country.

Over the past three years crowds of 1.3 million have flocked to our streets for a night of entertainment including installations, lighting, exhibitions, street performances, film, music and interactive events.

The City of Melbourne is proud to once again support White Night which continues to evolve and attract a diverse audience, eager to be enthralled. It is an opportunity see Melbourne like never before.

I encourage you to gather your friends and family for an adventure through the heart of the city, all under the cover of darkness.

Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor

A packed agenda of food, wine, shopping and arts is your introduction to the best of Melbourne – from its creative, exciting city centre, to its buzzing neighbourhood hubs.

The city’s lauded laneway life loves to be on show, and any time is the right time to dive in and load up on coffee at cafes in unexpected places, browse local fashion in sleek boutiques, discover groundbreaking art, and uncover hidden bars.

Long summer evenings are perfect for convivial drinks in outdoor bars, sampling the city’s best fare and finding a new favourite band in an iconic live music venue.

Take a look at the following recommendations to discover how you play Melbourne.

Rooftop bars

Hit the stairs and reward yourself with a brew with a view at Melbourne’s finest rooftop bars. Tucked away in city laneways, sprawling over majestic buildings, decked out by the beach…across Melbourne this summer things are looking up – rooftop bars are opening more quickly than you can say ‘another jug of Pimms, please’. Reach for the sky and an icy cold tipple at some of our favourites.

A jam-packed events calendar year-round means Melbourne always has its best foot forward, veritably buzzing in the build-up and during myriad theatre, exhibitions, concerts, festivals and sporting events.


Shopping in Melbourne always comes with added extras, with laneway discoveries and cafe culture as much a part of the experience as the loot from local designers and the best of international brands. Ever-evolving shopping choices make it possible to create a different shopping spree every time you venture out, whether you’re after high fashion or fine art, jewellery or accessories, homewares or stationery. The city’s myriad laneways and arcades harbour untold gems, inner city precincts spoil you for choice, while department stores and shopping centres continue to raise the bar.

Birds of Tokyo - White Witch (Festival Hall, Melbourne)
Birds of Tokyo - White Witch (Festival Hall, Melbourne)
Pludo white night festival Melbourne
Pludo white night festival Melbourne
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