Bikes, bunnies, lions, horses and ukuleles – here’s what’s on in Melbourne this April. For Melbourne’s ANZAC Day commemorations, take a look at part 2 of our What’s on in Melbourne this April review.

The Lion King
75 million people have already seen this extravaganza of colour, light and music. Based on the Disney film (as if you didn’t know) and including songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, there’s enough hakuna matata to have even the most cynical of travellers grinning from ear to ear.

Where: Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
When: Throughout April and until 10 May 2015, with no performance on Monday or Tuesday; additional matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
Cost: $60 to $150 plus booking fee

Lion King Musical Melbourne
Photo courtesy of Disney’s The Lion King Australia website

The Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne is awash with music of all genres this month from Blues legend John Mayall to a bit of baroque on the Southbank. The list is pretty broad, but here are just a few that may strike a chord…

Virtuoso Recorder will be belting out the baroque on the recorder (obviously), whilst Jake Shimabukuro will wow you with his ukulele. Never underestimate a ukulele, and by all accounts Jake is the closest thing that the uke-world has to a rock god. If that isn’t enough, you could spend a quiet morning listening to Mostly Mozart with Orchestra Victoria.

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne
When: Throughout April
Cost: Varies with performance

Melbourne Recital Centre
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Recital Centre

Victorian Classic Road Racing Championship
The Historic Motorcycle Racing Association of Victoria (HMRAV) promotes and organises vintage motorcycle racing events throughout Victoria for bikes built between 1910 and 1990.

This event, at the State Motorcycle Complex, Broadford, will see over 200 riders compete for trophies over the Easter weekend.
With overnight camping, spectator access to the pits, food, drink and 50 races of classic bikes (some with sidecars) you don’t need to be a petrolhead to enjoy the action.

Where: State Motorcycle Complex, Strath Creek Rd, Broadford, Victoria
When: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April 2015
Cost: Contact Broadford directly. Details on website

Horse racing
Prefer racing on four legs rather than two wheels? Here are a couple of Melbourne meets worth attending.

Easter Cup Day
As well as 9 races there’s a giant Easter egg hunt included in the price. The Easter Bunny will also be putting in an appearance. Good job it’s not a greyhound track.

Victorian Owners and breeders Race Day
Held on Saturday 18 April at the same venue and with the same cost and conditions, this event lets you find out more about the sport and look into the possible ownership of horses. Bet you never had that on your to do list when you started travelling Australia.

Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield East VIC 3145
When: Saturday 4 April 2015. Gates open 1.5 hours prior to the first race at 12:25pm
Cost: Adult $10, Concessions $3, under 3s are free

Melbourne Racing Club
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Racing Club website

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