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13 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Greta Waters - 04 Jan 2016

If you haven't already ditched the "new year, new me" for rooftop snacks and pop-up bars, continue reading with caution...and a napkin for your drooling mouth.

Whether you're focusing on a freshly harvested 2018 #fitspo or can't decide if bacon best suits chicken or beef, here's a list of 13 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend. 

All Weekend

Barefoot Cinema

Find the perfect patch of grass and set up camp at Portsea’s stunning Point Nepean Park. This weekend’s viewing entails Proximity, followed by Rolling Stones: Ole! Ole! A Trip Across Latin America, and Despicable Me 3. Barefoot Cinema is back, and you can follow these flick fanatics around Port Phillip Bay all summer long.

Where: Point Nepean National Park, Point Nepean Rd, Portsea 
When: From 9pm 
For more details, click here.

Rooftop Cinema

Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you a weekend of Ryan Gosling, CBD views and a fully licensed burger bar. First in best seated, and a friendly remember we live in Melbourne, so bring a jumper (or fork out five bucks for a custom-made blanket). Saturday night previews Blade Runner 2049 and Sunday's showing Drive. Tickets range from $18-22.

Where: 252 Swanton St, Melbourne
When: From 9.30pm 
For more details, click here

Moonlight Cinema

Located on the Central Lawn at Royal Botanic Gardens, the Moonlight Cinema has food trucks, a candy bar and a fully licensed bar (oh my!). Food service stops when the film begins, so get in early! Gates open at 7pm, screen starts at sundown roughly 8.30pm.

Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra
When: From 6pm 
For more details, click here.

NGV Triennial

This free exhibition celebrates the diverse art of over 100 international artists and designers. Explore a spectacular array of perspectives and expressions across all four levels of the NGV. From 2pm on Sunday, drop in for some artist-led drawing sessions (suitable for all kidults).

Where: National Gallery Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
When: 10am-5pm 
For more details, click here.


True or false… there is a giant neon fish floating on the Yarra serving A-grade cocktails and Mexican food. TRUE! Catch this 38m drunk fish before it swims away for good in February. 

Where: Southbank Promenade, Southbank
When: 11am-1am
For more details, click here.

Thursday 4 January

South Melbourne Night Markets

South Melbourne Night Market is turning 10, and what better way to celebrate double digits than stuffing your face with a raclette and buttermilk fried chicken tenderloins? Every Thursday for the next eight weeks, Coventry and Cecil St will be bustling with food, market stalls, live entertainment and activities perfect for every age and taste bud.

Where: South Melbourne Market, 322-326 Coventry St, South Melbourne 3205
When: Every Thursday from 5.30pm
For more details, click here.

Friday 5 January

So Freshtival

The Holy Grail of the early 2000s has landed itself one night in the naughtiest corner of Smith St. The Gaso will be playing only the hottest hits from the ‘00-’09 So Fresh albums. Say no more? Tickets are $15 online and $20 on the door.

Where: The Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St, Collingwood
When: Friday 5 January from 4pm
For more details, click here.

Summer Gin and Tonic Bar

Melbourne Gin Company has teamed up with CBD coffee connoisseurs Patricia for a season of respectable Friday night “first few” (doors close at 8pm). Ten bucks a pop you can enjoy the Patricia G&T—the perfect mix of house-made cold brew and gin. Because you know… Melbourne.

Where: Cnr Little Bourke & Little William St, Melbourne
When: Every Friday from 5-10pm
For more details, click here.

Saturday 6 January

Barkley Square Open Air Cinema

Northsiders, your smorgasbord of family-friendly, arthouse and cult classics has arrived. Saturday night is sorted—Despicable Me—and for only 11 smackaroos. It’s your shout, right? All ticket sales are donated to a different charity each week. This week it's Make A Wish Foundation.

Where: 90-106 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
When: Saturday 6 January from 7.30pm 
For more details, click here.

Portsea Twilight  

The team at Sole Motive have confirmed you can shed silly seasons extra KGs with the KMs of hills and beaten tracks at Point Nepean’s National Park. Choose between a 100m undie run, and a four or eight KM charity run. Hill sprints included!

Where: Point Nepean National Park, Portsea
When: Saturday 6 January from 9am 
For more details, click here


This Saturday, Fed Square is getting a momentary makeover. Imagine a giant inflatable walk-in sculpture with a labyrinth of tunnels and domes paying homage to the shapes, colours and sounds of the forest. Art, man. Tickets range from 15-18 bucks.

Where: Federation Square, Swanston & Flinders St, Melbourne 
When: Saturday 6 January, 10am-8pm 
For more details, click here.

Sunday 7 January

One Block Summer Series

Opening the doors of his winery for the very first time (and for four days only!!) Jayden Ong is blessing our Sunday with a deluxe BBQ spread, wine tasting and live music. The first three Sunday events are free (finito after Jan 21). Hot tip: bring a picnic rug, sunscreen, and mates who will partake in multiple games of roly-poly.

Where: Chestnut Hill Vineyard, 1280 Pakenham Rd, Mt Burnett
When: Sunday 7 January, 11am-5pm
For more details, click here.

For The Diary  

Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo

It’s that time of the year, darling. Portsea Polo is coming up and if you haven’t splashed some cash on this VIP event before … 2018 is your year! A vast selection of lounges, enclosures and marquees leaves a champagne spot ready for all wallet shapes and sizes. Purchase your tickets here

Where: Portsea Polo Ground, Point Nepean National Park, Point Nepean Rd, Portsea
When: Saturday 13 January, 11am-6pm 
For more details, click here

Image credit: Portsea Polo 

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