Six blockbuster events to see this Autumn

The weather may be cooling down, but Melbourne’s calendar is hotting up. Grab the diary – you’ll want to lock in every one of these major events.

Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N

Fresh from New York, Seoul, Paris and Las Vegas, the Avengers STATION exhibition is an immersive deep-dive into the Marvel cinematic universe. Explore its history, science, engineering, genetics and technology, and your favourite superheroes’ profiles – though unfortunately there’s no access to Thor’s phone number! You can see his mighty hammer, however, and other movie props including Iron Man’s MK45, The Hulkbuster suit and Captain America’s shield. Opens Thursday 15 March.

A sculpture of big green hands

The Hulk’s hands on display at Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N


The Australian Centre for the Moving Image jumps down the rabbit hole with Alice for its 2018 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, Wonderland. The world’s enduring fascination with Lewis Carroll’s tales are revealed through a century of cinematic interpretations. Go on an adventure of your own with the earliest optical toys, silent film, animation, puppetry, live-action cinema, video games, CGI and 3D. Opens Thursday 5 April.

An illustration of a girl, a man with a hat and two animals drinking tea at a table


Vikings: Beyond the Legend

Go beyond the myths and modern fictional fantasy and discover what the Vikings were really like. This exhibition at Melbourne Museum reveals their beliefs, rituals and domestic life through almost 500 artefacts from the Swedish History Museum. Highlights of Vikings: Beyond the Legend include the skeletal remains of a longship and swords dating from 700 to 1100 AD. Opens Friday 23 March.

An old metal brooch - in the centre of the brooch an animal head is depicted. The end-knobs are shaped as animal heads.

Vikings exhibition at Melbourne Museum. Image credit: Pennanular brooch (bonze, silver, gold). Austris, Tingstäde, Gotland, Sweden. SHM 8211

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Don’t be an April Fool and miss one of the world’s biggest comedy festivals. Some of the funniest people on the planet are in town for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Laugh at local heroes like Kitty Flanagan and Joel Creasey, and stars from afar including Stephen K Amos and Lady Rizo. There’s stacks of stand-up, as well as cabaret, theatre, street performance and more. Runs Wednesday 28 March to Sunday 22 April.

People sitting in a theatre laughing

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Photo: Jim Lee, 2017

2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

The F1 season roars into action in Melbourne once again, with Australia’s own Daniel Ricciardo vying for top spot on the podium. The 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix is much more than the big race though. From a parade of historic vehicles to a Supercar championship round, this four-day event is heaven on wheels for motorsport fans. For the rest of us there’s everything from the kids corner to a Black Eyed Peas DJ set. Runs Thursday 22 to Sunday 25 March.

Crowds watching a car race on an outdoor street track

The 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix. Photo: Steve Etherington/LAT Images

The Wizard of Oz

As Dorothy said, there’s no place like home. So thank goodness Andrew Lloyd Webber’s London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Melbourne! As well as new songs by Webber and Tim Rice, expect the MGM movie’s timeless classics. Follow the Yellow Brick Road. Over the Rainbow. We’re Off to See the Wizard. Will it be possible not to sing along with the cast, including Australian musical legend Anthony Warlow? Opens Tuesday 15 May.