What to Expect?

White Night Melbourne is on Saturday 17 February 2018, beginning at 7pm and running non-stop, rain, hail or shine, until 7am. As one of the city's most popular events, it will get crowded in places. Knowing what to expect will help you make the most of your night.

Over 100 free events, 600 000 attendees, 12 continuous hours of art installations, exhibitions, films, lighting, projection, music and performance: White Night is a non-stop adventure from dusk to dawn that gives the city over to local, national and global artists … and to you!

Now in its sixth year, Melbourne’s White Night is the most attended event of its kind in Australia. There is so much on offer that you don’t need to see everything, but if you want to try, you have all night – so pace yourself.  Take advantage of the quieter spaces to rest and recharge and enjoy your evening. Don’t forget to sign up to the newsletter or follow White Night Melbourne on Facebook or Twitter to keep updated.

What’s Happening, Where?

  • The White Night Melbourne northern and southern precincts will again feature many prominent program pieces – including a No Lights No Lycra dance party for the whole family at the Melbourne Museum – as well as food and amenities, all set within beautiful, spacious parkland. Consider commencing your journey in either the Carlton Gardens or the Alexandra and Queen Victoria Gardens before heading into the city.
  • If you are planning to take the train, consider exiting at Melbourne Central and commencing your journey at the north end – which includes stunning works such as UKI: Utility Kinetic Insect and last year’s beloved White Knight Messenger at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum Plaza and the Carlton Gardens.
  • You can expect large crowds from about 7pm until midnight, but the programs run all night so if a particular work is busy, come back at a later time. If you find yourself in a crowd, be patient and follow any directions from the White Night Melbourne team.
  • While Swanston Street and Flinders Street may be particularly busy between 7pm and 11pm, Russell and Elizabeth Streets are expected to have lighter pedestrian foot traffic.