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What's On this week (22-28 Feb)

Even though summer is coming to a close this week, there’s still plenty on offer in Melbourne, with endless options to explore and experience. Make the most of it while you can!

Japanese Festival

The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival returns to Fed Square this Sunday, showcasing the very best of Japanese culture with food stalls, music and dance performances, anime and cosplay characters, martial arts demonstrations and the traditional ‘Bon dance’, in which everyone is invited to participate! Federation Square, 28 February. 

Japanese women dressed in traditional costumes stand in Federation Square.

Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival

MARCS Laneway Festival

This festival experience can be easily summed up in the name – ‘Melbourne Art Restaurant Cocktail Sound’ Laneway Festival. So what can you expect? There will be hawker food stalls, pop-up bars, amazing street artists creating works onsite, live music, DJs and more. Duckboard Place and ACDC Lane (off Flinders Lane), 28 February.

Ladies in Black

Ladies in Black is a sparkling new musical that celebrates glamour, gowns and the beautiful ladies in black, a fixture in the Australian department’s stores of the 1950s. With music by Tim Finn and directed by Simon Phillips (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Love Never Dies), this show features a stellar cast including Bobby Fox (Jersey Boys) and Christen O’Leary (The Boy from Oz). Melbourne Theatre Company, until 27 February.

A row of women stand in a row on a stage, wearing black.

Ladies in Black

We Can Walk It Out

Runners, joggers and walkers are invited to Melbourne’s iconic Tan Track this Sunday for We Can Walk It Out, to raise much needed funds for cancer research. Dogs, families and sporting groups are also welcome to register! Register now, and turn the Tan teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Kings Domain, 28 February.

Latin Dance Classes

Get your feet moving and your hips swinging as professional dancers from the Melbourne Latin Festival introduce you to a range of Latin dances including salsa, tango, samba, cha cha and more in these free weekly classes. Federation Square, 26 and 27 February. 

A group of people dancing in rows in Federation Square.

Latin Dance Classes