Events You Need to Know About this June 2019


All the top events across Australia in June 2019.


Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo: LAC

27 June-6 July | Arts Centre Melbourne   

World-renowned Ballets de Monte-Carlo heads to Australia for the first time, bringing to life choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot’s modern interpretation
of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Sweeney Todd

20-23 June | Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne   

Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd and be transported to 19th-century London’s underbelly when the Tony Award-winning musical plays in Melbourne. Anthony Warlow stars as the Demon Barber of Fleet Street alongside Kath & Kim’s Gina Riley as landlady and shop owner Mrs Lovett.

Revolutions: Records and Rebels

Until 6 October | Melbourne Museum   

Showcasing more than 500 objects from the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, this exhibition zeros in on the music, culture and fashion of
the late 1960s. Treasures include handwritten lyrics for The Beatles’ Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and a guitar smashed on stage by The Who’s Pete Townshend.


Until 9 June | Arts Centre Melbourne   

The beginning of this month is your last chance to catch David Bowie’s parting gift to the world. Featuring some of the Starman’s greatest hits, the show is inspired by the movie adaptation of the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth, which launched Bowie’s film career.

Hans and Nora Heysen

Until 28 July | National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne   

This special exhibition brings together works by the acclaimed father-and-daughter artists who painted landscapes and portraits that depict more than a century
of Australian history.


Madama Butterfly

28 June-10 August | Sydney Opera House   

Puccini’s epic story of love between American naval officer Pinkerton and geisha Cio-Cio-San is directed by the great Graeme Murphy.

Sydney Film Festival

5-16 June | Various venues, Sydney   

More than 250 films will screen over 12 days, including selections from the Cannes, Berlinale and Sundance festivals and the latest Aussie flicks.

Muriel’s Wedding

From 28 June | Sydney Lyric Theatre   

With new music by Kate Miller-Heidke alongside classic tunes by ABBA, this musical directed by Priscilla’s Simon Phillips returns to Sydney after earning rave reviews in Melbourne.

Good Food & Wine Show

21-23 June | International Convention Centre, Sydney  

Maggie Beer, George Calombaris and Kylie Kwong are among the culinary stars leading cooking demonstrations at this annual event that includes masterclasses and tastings.

Bangarra: 30 Years of Sixty Five Thousand

13 June-13 July | Sydney Opera House   

Launching in Sydney, the dance company’s national tour marks its 30th-anniversary season and showcases three works that embrace Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling.


Monet: Impression Sunrise

7 June-1 September | National Gallery of Australia, Canberra  

Don’t miss this collection of Impressionist masterpieces by Claude Monet and others, including Monet’s famed painting, Impression, Soleil levant, at the centre of the show. Many of the works come straight from Paris’s Musée Marmottan Monet.

The Truffle Festival

From 1 June | Various venues, Canberra region 

Coinciding with the Australian truffle season, this event is in its 10th year of honouring the earthy delicacy. The festival boasts a slate heaped with truffle-infused treats from a variety of the local area’s wineries and restaurants.


The Book of Mormon

From 27 June | Adelaide Festival Centre   

The Elders bring their Tony Award-winning musical to Adelaide before they spread the good word to theatregoers in Perth.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

7-22 June | Various venues, Adelaide   

This year’s program includes Will & Grace’s Megan Mullally with her band, Nancy And Beth, and End of the Rainbow, a musical drama about Judy Garland’s last days.


State of Origin, Game II

23 June | Optus Stadium, Perth  

The Blues and the Maroons take NRL’s greatest clash to the western coast for the first time. Will NSW bring home its second series title in two years? Or will Queensland reclaim its grip on the competition?

Truffle Kerfuffle

21-23 June | Manjimup  

Follow the noses of some very clever truffle dogs when the Manjimup area hosts this annual festival focused on the fragrant specialty for the ninth year.


Mary Poppins Festival

28 June-6 July | Maryborough  

Maryborough opens its doors to adoring fans of the practically perfect nanny in honour of her creator, P.L. Travers, who was born in the Fraser Coast town.

Disney on Ice Celebrates Mickey and Friends

28 June-1 July | Brisbane Entertainment Centre  

Commemorate 90 years of the world’s favourite mouse when this show featuring Mickey – along with Moana, Maui, Dory and Frozen’s Elsa and Anna – skates into the Queensland capital.

Eat Local Week

29 June-7 July | Various venues, Scenic Rim   

Visit the producers of some of the Scenic Rim region’s most delicious offerings, from bush food, beer, wine and honey to fresh fruit and vegetables.


Barunga Festival

7-9 June | Barunga   

Remote Indigenous life is on show at this celebration of the First Peoples’ influence on Australian culture, music and sport.

Finke Desert Race

7-10 June | Alice Springs to Aputula   

This two-day race sees more than 600 enthusiasts take on the 460-kilometre multi-terrain course with their motorbikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes, crossing the Finke, believed to be the oldest river in the world, along the way.


Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival

8-10 June | St Helens   

Head to Tassie’s north-eastern coast this June long weekend for the region’s premier arts festival. There’s $20,000 up for grabs for the winner of the event’s art prize, which is open to artists from around the world.

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow

28 June | Theatre Royal, Hobart 

Local and international acts – including Andy Saunders and Lloyd Langford – from Melbourne’s annual comedy institution are hitting the road and heading to Tasmania’s capital for a night of guaranteed laughs.

Festival of Voices

28 June-14 July | Various venues, Hobart   

Hobart rings with music for two weeks, attracting 30,000 people to events such as choral performances, workshops and the lighting of a giant bonfire in the middle of the city.

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