Arts Centre Melbourne provides summer of entertainment for all

Arts Centre Melbourne Summer program 2023-2024Visitors will enter a world of entertainment at Arts Centre Melbourne this summer with highlights including the summer extravaganza, Circus 1903 (4 – 14 January), thrilling dinosaur antics in Prehistoric World (3 – 10 January) and family favourite Zindzi & the Zillionaires (14 January).

The exciting summer program includes an incredible range of entertainment across a variety of genres including music, circus, families, theatre, exhibitions, tours, and experiences.

The Christmas Melodies tradition continues on 11 December and Neil Gaiman and the FourPlay Quartet are in town celebrating the release of Signs of Life with a one-night showing at Hamer Hall on 18 January 2024.

A circus spectacular featuring a cast of the most unique, surprising, and jaw-dropping acts from all corners of the globe arrives with Circus 1903 at the State Theatre stage from 4 – 14 January.

Overflow from internationally acclaimed writer and leading Trans voice Travis Alabanza (Burgerz) debuts at the Fairfax Studio from 31 January – 4 February. Delivered as a part of Midsumma Festival, this hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms explores who is allowed in and who is kept out.

With a price range of $25 – $35, the Families Summer season will give the kids a reason to put down the iPad. Featuring roaming dino’s in Erth’s Prehistoric World, Playschool’s Zindzi Okenyo & the Zillionaires, circus shenanigans with Flying Fruit Circus’ Tempo and interactive magic for The Plants by Playable Streets from 3 – 21 January.

For those interested in the history of Australia’s performing arts, the Australian Performing Arts Collection and Australian Music Vault are open all summer.

The Australian Performing Arts Collections Tours have been extended into 2024 offering a behind the scenes dive into rare items and incredible insights on the curation process. The limited capacity tours are $43 per person running at 10.45am and 12.45pm on Saturdays and Sundays 7 – 21 January and Sundays from 28 January.

For music-lovers, the Australian Music Vault offers an immersive dive into Australian music and cultural history. The Vault is free and includes a brand-new display celebrating Melbourne rockers Jet following their ARIA Hall of Fame addition.

Get the taste buds involved with a stop at Pawa Café & Bar, a new First Nations’ food and beverage offering on the Hamer Hall Riverfront. Explore a seasonal Australian modern menu at The Barre and as always, hometown favourite, Protagonist is your go-to for coffee and quick eats.

For those looking to get cheap tickets, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Tixat12 initiative runs every Tuesday at 12.00pm. For more information about Arts Centre Melbourne, visit: for details.

Image: Arts Centre Melbourne Summer program 2023-2024 (supplied)