What’s on in Melbourne this month? Popular entertainment, that’s what – in all its shapes and forms. So from rugby to animation, cabaret to cosplay, if you’re travelling Australia this June and feel the need for some pop-culture, head to the country’s second city.

2015 Melbourne International Animation Festival
The MIAF originally took place in 2000 at the old Treasury Cinema. It’s returned to the city every year since, but is now held at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. The festival highlights animation both current and historical and enjoys challenging people’s preconceptions of what animation is. Also included in the week-long event are the Render Animation Conference, The Centenary of Australian Animation Symposium, Max Hattler Is In The Room, Meet the Filmmaker presentations and a free careers in animation forum.

When: 21-28 June
Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Cost: Various prices, see link

Melbourne International Animation Festival
Photo courtesy of Melbourne International Animation Festival

Oz Comic–Con Melbourne
It seems you can’t travel Australia these days without bumping into assorted Hobbits, Klingons and whatever you call people who used to be in Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This month it’s Melbourne’s turn for the now traditional mix of exhibitors, autograph and photograph sessions and panel events. Meet stars from Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Buffy, and Bruce Campbell from The Evil Dead. Groovy. If you’ve been waiting for a chance to try on your new Batman outfit without feeling out of place, this is for you!

When: 27-28 June, 9am-6pm both days
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Price: Adult AUD$30, Child AUD$15

Oz Comic Con in Melbourne
Photo courtesy of Oz Comic Con Website

Melbourne Cabaret Festival
Thirty brand new shows are premiering at the annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival. The Opening Gala (hosted by Rob Mills) will feature a diverse range of Festival acts at Melbourne’s newest venue, Alex Theatre, St Kilda. The Closing Gala will take place at Melbourne’s Spiegeltent in Collingwood. As the Melbourne Cabaret Festival is a not-for-profit organisation, acts here will be performing in the spirit of fund-raising.

When: 18-28 June, 6.30pm-10.30pm (Fri and Sat 6.30pm-11.30pm)
Where: Alex Theatre, Chapel Off Chapel, The Butterfly Club, The Melba Spiegeltent
Price: From AUD$23

Melbourne Cabaret Festival 2015
Photo courtesy of Melbourne Cabaret

Rugby League’s Holden State of Origin Series returns to Melbourne Cricket Ground after an 18 year absence. Queensland face off against New South Wales in one of Australia’s greatest sporting rivalries. Supporter sections are available for the teams’ biggest fans with Blues (NSW) and Maroons (QLD) supporter packs included in ticket prices.

When: Wed 17 June, 8pm
Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground
Price: You’ll find tickets at a range of prices here

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