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White Night Melbourne

This year for the first time, over three consecutive nights in three key precincts, Melbourne’s iconic inner-city parks and gardens will undergo a transformation to host White Night Reimagined.

One of Australia’s most invigorating and popular cultural events, White Night is celebrated in Melbourne and brings the city to life in an amazing way.

At the core of the event is a celebration of everything artistic, so for art lovers, this is the place to be. What makes this event unique in the Melbourne calendar, is the fact that it brings together popular cultural centres, public spaces, major buildings and even the city’s highways and byways to create space for this exciting event.

White Night Melbourne 2020 – Dates, Times, Buildings & Public Transport

White Night Melbourne begins at 7pm every night and runs for 12am for the first 2 nights and through til 2am on Saturday night.

Showcasing film, fashion, theatre, drama, music and art in venues all over Melbourne, White Night is a free, all-night event with visual art, illuminations, music, food, theatre, sport, fashion, film and design. See many of Melbourne’s iconic buildings lit up with beautiful artworks of light on their façades. White night has been planned so that visitor can walk from one display to the next within the Melbourne CBD.

Thousands of people attend each year, with the peak attendance periods between 9pm when the projections are visible, through to approximately 11.30pm. The crowds generally lessen after midnight, however, revellers do stay in the CBD all night to watch these beautiful visual displays.

Many locations participate in White Night Melbourne, so head to the CBD and check out Federation Square, the State Library, Arts Centre, Victorian Parliament, National Gallery of Victoria, and Flinders Street Station, plus many more.

Attendance at White Night is made easy as Public Transport Victoria has made it possible to arrive and depart from the event with trains and trams available all throughout the night. Taxis are also available as are some limited bus services to and from the city.

So come along to this free event and check out Melbourne after dark as you’ve never seen it!

Event Dates

22 August 2020 to 24 August 2020

Event Times

Thursday 22nd August: 7pm - 12am
Friday 23rd August: 7pm - 12am
Saturday 24th August: 7pm - 2am


Various locations in the CBD


Including Birrarung Marr, Treasury Gardens, Carlton Gardens and many more
Melbourne, VIC

Contact Details

(03) 9417 6690




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    • Hi,

      I have been tracking details on White Night since last year and there really are no details that have released – I mean, they only announced the event was going to be held in August.

      All I can suggest is keep checking back until any the actual dates are announced.


  • Hi, similar question to others, I’m coming to Melbourne from Canada in February, and would likely have to return Feb.17 or 18, any idea yet when White Night Melbourne 2019 will take place? Would love to attend before flying back home, Thanks!!

    • Hi Dan,

      Only just a couple of weeks ago it was announced that White Night in Melbourne for 2019 has been moved to Winter (which is June – August here), so it’s not going to coincide with your visit in February.

      I checked the official website and a number of other sources and i will can’t find any information on when it will be held – not even the month.

      I will update this page as soon as i find any details, but it’s likely not going to be any help with your holiday.


      • Oh nooooo!!! :-( What’s the reason???Most visitors like us will travel to NZ and OZ in summer time. I think it makes more fun spending the night in town to such an event when it’s warm outside instead freezing cold. In winter everywhere will be lights and Bling Bling everywhere anyway, because of Christmas. It doesn’t make any sence to me. Sorry, but it ja such a pitty, that they changed the time and it makes me really sad.

        • Hi Diana,

          It was news to me as well when i went to update the page and looks like the announcement was just done through the media channels.

          I would say that the move is likely based on the fact it part of a wider festival and also it gets darker much earlier in winter (around 6pm) as opposed to around 8:30pm in February – allowing it to be more family friendly and have more people attend throughout the night.

          From past experience, it is chaotic and claustrophobic when everyone usually tried to visit in the few hours before midnight.


      • What a pity my husband and I were looking forward to attending the festival next year however if it is over three nights it will be hard especially during winter. Pity the can’t leave a good thing alone.

    • Hello
      What a disappointmet to find White night will be in june/August. I booked my holiday from UK especially to be in Melbourne to enjoy the event. Nice summer evening wondering around the beautiful city and parks in the warmth. So sad, I hope the organiser will change their minds. June/August chilly nights.

  • Hello there.

    I want to organize my trip to Australia and New Zealand. I would love to be in Melbourne during White Night 2019. We only want to stay a couple of days (3-4) in Melbourne. Need to know the dates für White Night. Are they out yet?
    Than I am able to plan and book my flight from Germany.

    • Hi Diana,

      Dates are yet to be confirmed by the City of Melbourne. Last year it was held on 17 February 2018, so it may be around the 16th this year, but that is a guess. Check back with us and I will update the page once dates are confirmed.

      Best regards,

    • Hi Jan,

      The White Night dates are yet to be released for 2018. However I have looked back over past dates and the dates from the past 3 years have been on the third Saturday of February: 21/02/2015, 20/02/2016, 18/02/2017.

      So I can’t confirm the dates for 2018, but if the trend tells us anything, it may be on the 17th of February 2018.

      If you want to book accommodation now to lock something in, you can book through Booking.com here with the option to change the dates if need be. Just check for rooms that offer “free cancellation”.

      Kind regards,

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