Plan Your Visit

RISING is a festival rooted in place. The walkable festival footprint sees hidden spaces unlocked and iconic landmarks transformed to reflect Melbourne's people and creative talent. RISING is a chance for Melburnians and visitors alike to discover the city anew.

Because it’s always best to be prepared, here are a few ways to tackle the festival and getting around.

Plan Your Night

Ways to explore the program

You don’t need to tell us that the RISING program is a beast to get your head around. Here are a few ways into the program, so you can find what you’re looking for and also happen across a few things you weren’t.


On the Festival Program, you can filter the program by artform—including exhibition, music, performance, and film—and by access service icons (here's a rundown of all access services available, by the way). You can also filter for things like "selling fast", "free" and "family friendly".

Look out for tags on event pages that describe the audience experience:

Sitting | the event takes place in a seated venue

Standing | a mostly standing room event. Limited seating available

Dancing | time for a boogie

Participate | events with elements of participation from the audience


Don't know where to start with the program? Or wondering which events are making it on RISING staff's hit lists? The Wormhole is the place for you. The spot for itineraries, artist picks and themed guides to navigating the festival.

Wormhole is a way to see the program with a fresh set of eyes or find different ways in. Unearth new experiences by subscribing to our Moon Mail, and we’ll send highlights to your inbox.


Got a particular day or weekend in mind for some RISING exploration? Check out the Schedule which filters our whole program by day and shows you specific times and locations for the days you’ve selected. You can also download a printable PDF of the festival schedule organised by date and venue.

Multi Pass Discount

Make like Leeloo boarding a space hotel and use our Multi Pass discount for supreme beings. Keep an eye out for this icon to save 15% when you book 3 or more events.

  1. Select your tickets for three or more different shows
  2. Finalise your booking — 15% off will apply automatically at checkout.

For more details and exclusions, head to the Multi Pass page.

Getting around the festival


Closer to the festival, we'll make maps available to help you navigate your way around RISING.


As we near the festival dates, we’ll provide Relaxed Guides outlining the entire journey for punters to and from main transport hubs to venues. Find out more about Relaxed Guides and Performances on our Access page.


RISING is striving to deliver a sustainable festival, and we encourage you to use public transport where it is safe and viable to do so.

Melbourne's iconic tram network is a great way to get around the city—you might even get lucky and find yourself on one of the First Peoples Art Trams.

To plan your journey to RISING by tram, bus or train, use Public Transport Victoria's Journey Planner or Google Maps.


Find the nearest parking spots to each event, view the Venue pages, where we’ve provided the details, including accessible parking and drop off points.


RISING is an all-weather festival. We’ll proceed rain, hail, or shine unless it is deemed unsafe to do so. Grab a brolly or don a jacket. We’ve got both.

Exploring Melbourne


Melbourne comes into its own in wintertime. Here are all our recommendations on where to eat, drink, stay and play, while you're in Melbourne for the festival in our Out-of-Towner Tips.


Discover more of what Melbourne has to offer. Find out all the latest restaurants, bars, shopping destinations and things to do via the What's On guide. Or chat to a City of Melbourne volunteer, by heading into the Visitor Centre at the Melbourne Town Hall or the stand in Bourke Street Mall.

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