For loads of us, this was our first week back to work from the Chrissie break. Lets put all that negativity behind us and make way for a weekend full of bowling, food trucks, free live music, LEGO, movies, parties and like seven other things that will make you forget you slaved away at your desk last year so politicians could afford to make spontaneous property purchases on tax-payer funded interstate trips (~oops~).
PSA Melbourne! If you're still clinging to festive leftovers (…both literally and figuratively?) we've got the ultimate solution for you! Kingpin Crown has just reopened after a seriously luxe makeover any bowling alley would be jealous of. Home to state-of-the-art bowling, laser tag, games arcade, casual restaurant and (most importantly) a cocktail lounge, there's literally everything you could want to make up a perfect Friday night out in one swanky venue. We'll see you there this weekend!
Yarra Street Food Fest
You can’t really say no to a food truck fest, but you definitely can’t say no to a food truck fest that literally rotates its trucks it’s vendors everyday. Coming on Thursday? Grab a delicious burg from Mr Burger, or maybe a sweet treat from Miss Molly’s Cakes. Slipping by on Friday? Get your Nutella fix at Nuts-About-Tella, or some top-shelf authentic butter chicken from Two Fat Indians. Maybe Saturday’s more your thang? Grab some juicy ribs from Fancy Hanks or some Greek donuts from St. Gerry’s. Long story short, head over to Burnley Park toot sweet. Head here for more deets.
AO Open Sessions
Feel like dropping in on free Missy Higgins and Tkay Maidza gigs? Yas? Well, luckily for you Australian Open are throwing down an absolute pearler of a weekend at Birrarung Marr with their AO Open Sessions free to the public. Catch Tkay Maidza headlining Saturday’s session and Missy Higgins backing it up on Sunday. Head to the AO website for more details.
Australia’s premier LEGO fan convention is here, so strap yourself in for the ride of your block-building life. Hosted at the Royal Exhibition from 9am–5:30pm on Saturday and Sunday, you’ll be able to feast your eyes on a huge collection of LEGO models including trains, castles and pirate ships (NOOO WAAAY). Grab your tickets here.
The Backlot Rooftop Drive-In
For starters, yet another outdoor cinema has reared its gawjuss head in Melbourne, and this one also happens to be drive-in (WOT? YASS). Head on over to Docklands’ Backlot Rooftop Drive-In cinema this week and catch one of these big blockbusters: Passengers, Assassin’s Creed & Monster Trucks. And don’t forget to buy six choc tops, kids. Info and session times here.
Slide The Square
Summer’s not summer without a giant slip’n’slide in Federation Square, so stop defying your Melburnian right of passage and slide on down there for some slippery fun everyday this week (hint: the Bureau of Meteorology says Tuesday will have delicious weather). Grab your tickets here.
Speaking of outdoor entertainment, The University of Melbourne is hosting Shimmerlands–an outdoor cinema, music and culinary culture festival–this summer at its Parkville campus. I don’t need to say much else, just that Ab Fab: The Movie is on the schedule, and that you can sample food from some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, including Fancy Hanks, Pierogi Pierogi, Burn City Smokers, and All Day Donuts. Check out their calendar here.
Section 8 Urban Oasis Beach Party
From 4pm on Thursday, Section 8 will be hosting its third annual four-day beach party ft. several tonnes of sand, beach umbrellas, DJs and musicians so the people of Melbourne can kick back in a tropical paradise will the scorching sun strips years off all lives. Better yet, the entire event is free, however you will have to pony up the dosh for some dranks. Check out their Facebook event for more deets.
Frankston Sand Sculpture Exhibition
Just because you can’t swim in Melbourne’s beaches at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them… Head on over to the Frankston Waterfront this weekend to see the biggest sand sculpture exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere!! Open until April 25, the exhibition features life-sized sculptures carved by 21 international and Australian sand sculptors as well as sculpting workshops, sand art, interactive sculptures, facepainting (aw yeahh) and a sandsational play pit (embrace the pun). For more details or to have a squiz at some of these insane sculptures, jump on the Sand Sculpting Australia website.
Thursday 12 January
Parmavana Food Truck
Drum roll pls... Today at the Southbank Spillway between 12–3pm and Southern Cross Station between 5–8pm, Masterchef 2016 runner up Matt Sinclair will unveil what could quite possibly be the best, most tastiest chickie chickie parm parm (that's 'chicken parma' for people over thirty) Melbourne has ever seen. His not-so-secret ingredients include buttermilk fried chicken, streaky bacon, Monterey jack cheese and chipotle peppers, and we are all VERY excited.
Friday 13 January
Signal Summer: Youth Misinterpreted Film Launch
It’s time to get heavy with the Dialogue Series 2–an exploration of youth in the modern day. This three-part series addresses important social themes in its emotional films. Each flick is created in collaboration with young people and has a focus on themes of faith, culture, empowerment and community. Check them out at Fed Square’s ACMI Studio One this Friday night at 6pm. Head here for more details.
Saturday 14 January
Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League
Play it cool, ‘coz this weekend the O’Brien Group Arena will play host to the Australian Women’s Ice Hockey League, with Melbourne Ice, Sydney Sirens, Brisbane Goannas and Adelaide Rush battling it out on the ice in a two day event. Grab your tickets here at the Ice Hockey Australia website.
Alfa Romeo Portsea Polo
Polo returns to the beautiful surrounds of Portsea again this summer. Alfa Romeo are on board this year to bring you all of your food, fashion and horsey fun. Not much left in the ticket department, but if you can still wrangle one from a mate in the know it will definitely be worth it.
Sunday 15 January
Aperol Spritz Sunset Sessions
Take a day trip south and let the silly season live on at Cuda Bar in Lorne. You’ll spend the morning at the beach then soak up the sun at Aperol’s Sunset Sessions pop-up on the deck from 3pm. With chilled beats and sea views, they’ve got all of the necessary summer bases covered, so you’re pretty much guaranteed a good time. Find all the deets here.
Midsumma Carnival & T Dance
Grab your phattest permanent marker because this is one for the diary. Melbourne’s resident gay and lesbian arts and culture festival kicks off this Sunday with an all-day and all-night party in the park. The Midsumma Carnival will be hosted at Alexandra Gardens and will feature live music, performances, sports, drag, food, dranks and DJs. Head to the website to find out more about this juicy party fest.
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