Essential night-time events for your diary

Looking for cool things to do after dark? We’ve found Melbourne’s best night-time activities for early 2020, including ‘80s music icons and Shakespeare in the park.

Businesses on the river lit up at night

Melbourne comes alive at night

War Horse

Be among the first to see the recently revamped Regent Theatre when War Horse opens on Friday 10 January. This play has appeared in Melbourne before, but this new production features the international touring cast. The plot tells the story of a young boy called Albert and his horse during World War I.

Rooftop Cinema

Take in the surrounding city skyline while watching a new release or classic film at Melbourne’s original outdoor cinema. This summer’s Rooftop Cinema program includes Pretty in Pink, The Silence of the Lambs, and Little Women. See our guide to outdoor cinemas for more.

A rooftop bar with the city skyline behind it

Rooftop Cinema

NGV Friday Nights

Every Friday night during summer, the NGV is extending its opening hours to host live music. This season’s NGV Friday Nights lineup pays tribute to the colour and excitement of the ‘80s. Guests can sip on cocktails and sample New York City-style street food as they hit the dance floor.

AO Live Stage

Did you know the Australian Open has its own live music stage? Some of the acts on this year’s AO Live Stage lineup include The Veronicas, Kate Miller-Heidke, Matt Corby and ‘80s icon Billy Idol. All Australian Open tickets include access to the stage.

People in front of a stage at an AO concert most are holding thier phones in the air to capture the moment

The AO Live Stage

Mozart by Moonlight

Watch some of Mozart’s best-known operas performed in the serene Royal Botanic Gardens. Guests can bring their own picnic and alcohol, or buy food on site, and enjoy an evening under the stars. Mozart by Moonlight is on Thursday 16 February.

a-ha and Rick Astley

Go back to the ‘80s when Norwegian pop icons a-ha come to town for the first time in 34 years. The band will be playing their debut album Hunting High and Low in full on this tour, including their global hit, Take On Me. Special guest Rick Astley will also be joining them. Sunday 23 February.

Summer of Dance

The Immigration Museum is hosting a series of evening dance performances in their courtyard. The first of these special shows will feature the pop beats and synth melodies of singer-artist, Rainbow Chan. See the full Summer of Dance program running until Saturday 29 February.

A busy outdoor courtyard with fairy lights above it

Immigration Museum

Twelfth Night

See Twelfth Night brought to life by The Australian Shakespeare Company at the Royal Botanic Gardens. This is one of Shakespeare’s funniest and most exciting plays – it even formed the basis of the movie She’s The Man. Performances run from Thursday 13 February to Saturday 29 February.

Can’t Do Tomorrow

Melbourne is getting an exciting new urban art festival in Kensington. Over 100 artist’s work will be displayed, alongside outdoor stages with live music, industry panels, and workshops. Can’t Do Tomorrow kicks off with an opening night party on Thursday 20 February.

Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands

The biggest pop star of the Philippines has been kidnapped, and only her fans can save her. Experience this action-adventure play set to 40 years of Filipino pop at Arts House, North Melbourne. Are You Ready To Take The Law Into Your Own Hands runs Wednesday 26 February to Saturday 29 February.