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14 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By Grace Evans - 20 Jul 2017


The weekend is nearly here, thank god. It’s time to put your eating, drinking and dancing shoes on, grab your warmest coat and crank your inner thermostat. The next few days are gonna be chock full of fun. We’re talking epic after-dark art, a street market and cheeky Christmas in July, just for starters.

We know Ru Paul and a blanket on the couch is going to be tempting, but really there’s too much going on this weekend to stay indoors. Go show the cold who’s boss.

All Weekend

Underground Cinema

What better way to keep warm this winter than to cozy up to your mates at an underground cinema? Have your swords at the ready, because this cinema is channeling a pretty strong medieval theme. There’s cheese and wine for nibbles, plus a bar on-site. The idea is to provide something a bit more experiential than the usual night at Village: think live actors and a bit of audience interaction. Underground Cinema is popping up in a “secret location” in the northeast of Melbourne this year, so have your Myki topped up and ready to go.

Where: Secret Location (Kingdom) Melbourne
When: 7pm July 20-22, 6.30pm July 23
For more information, click 

Provocare on Chapel Street

Chapel Street is getting amongst the dark-arts scene with their very own winter festival, Provocare, kicking off this weekend. With the festival drawing its inspiration from Hobart’s Dark Mofo, you can expect to see cabaret performances, visual arts, internationally renowned acts and, of course, delicious dinners. It’s an after-dark celebration of all things Chapel St (well, maybe not all things Chapel St—we’re not sure is a 1am kebab is going to feature or not). Dress to impress. This thing’s gonna go off.  

Where: Various Venues, Chapel Street
When: 6.45pm onwards starts July 20
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The Holy Weekender

Street wear is pretty on-trend right now, and this weekend it’s getting its own market. Why the bloody hell not? The Holy Weekender Street Market in Hawthorn will be your go to spot for all things street wear this weekend. There’s going to be some local art, live beats, bevs, and obvs some seriously dope street wear. This sort of thing doesn’t usually happen southside, the land of the long flat white, so Hawthorn is probably going to lose its shit. Head down to snag a bargain.

Where: Holy Moly, 660A Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
When: 10am-5pm July 22, 10-4pm July 23
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NGV Brave New World

NGV have scored their latest exhibition and it’s going to be a huge step back in time. Brave New World has arrived. It’s a closer look at 1930’s Australia art and design, which will include commercial art, architecture, fashion, industrial design and film. There’ll be themes surrounding the Great Depression, the rise of radical politics and indigenous representation. This one’s gonna be a real mind-opener. Prepare to think deep thoughts.  

Where: NGV
When: 10am-5pm, All Weekend
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Mt Buller Twilight Sessions

Carving up the snow is about as close to exercise as we want to get in winter. Lucky Mt Buller is here to answer our prayers. They’re holding weekend twilight sessions during the ski season: you can ski, board, take a quick lesson on Bourke St, or go tobogganing in the Village Snowplay Park until 8.30pm every Saturday and Sunday until the end of August. The snowfall has been pretty good too, so the runs will be in good nick. Throw in cheap resort entry after 3pm and extended shuttle bus hours and you’ve got the perfect winter getaway.  

Where: Mt Bulla
When: 5pm-8.30pm Twilight Lift, Saturday and Sunday
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Free Hotdogs at Ferdydurke

Up a hidden flight of stairs in Tattersalls Lane is laneway Ferdydurke, known for their cosy corners, cocktails and famous Franks. And this weekend they're celebrating World Hotdog Day with a special giveaway: 100 free hotdogs to be exact. There's a limit of one per customer (although if you rock up with enough wigs and disguises you could probably snag a couple more). Ferdydurke is launching its new menu this weekend too, so you can come for the free frank and stay for new dishes like 36-hour slow-cooked pork rolls. Yum.

Where: Ferdydurke, 31 Tattersalls Lane
When: 22nd & 23rd July, 5-7pm
For more info, click here.

Friday 21 July

As Worlds Divide Film Screening

In 2008, Rob Henry packed up his life to live with an indigenous tribe for 10 years, and for one night only, he’ll be at the Northcote Town Hall to tell his story. His doco, As Worlds Divide, has sold-out shows in Fed Square, Torquay, Sydney and across NSW, and by all accounts it’s bloody amazing. It’s the story of his Henry’s time with the Mentawai tribe in Indonesia, and their battles for culture and land. Tickets are only $20, and that includes a post-screening Q&A. Should be a fascinating night.

Where: Northcote Town Hall
When: 7.30pm, July 21
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Saturday 22 July

Winter Games At Section 8

Let the games begin! Section 8 is bringing Melbournians an apres-ski winter wonderland this weekend, and it’s going to be daggy as hell. There’ll be Auchentoshan whisky and Coors beer flowing from the taps, plus live tunes from a specially curated DJ line-up. So go grab your worst winter sweater and embrace the cold Melbourne air—the ugliest jumper is going to take home a meat tray and an ice-sculpture. No joke.

Where: Section 8
When: 3pm July 22
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Hot Dog Eating Competition

Open wide peeps, this hot dog comp isn’t for the faint hearted. If you’re game enough to try it, the 2017 Hot Dog Eating Competition is on this weekend at Luna Park and you’re going to need some serious speed eating tactics. There’s a men’s and women’s comp, plus a winning prize of 500 smackers, an annual pass to Luna Park and of course a super cool trophy up for grabs. Pro tip: borrow your mate's maternity pants. This one’s gonna need elasticity. 

Where: Luna Park
When: 11am July 22
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Future Eaters Exhibition

Monash University’s Museum of Art is bringing Melbournians another cool display of creativity. Their “Future Eaters” exhibition is opening this Saturday and it’s going to feature a number of contemporary Australian and international artists showcasing sculptural practices in the technological age. The idea is to explore some of the ways sculptural materials and forms are changing, especially in a world where Skynet seems to be only a few clicks away.

Where: Monash University Museum of Art
When: July 22, varying times
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Sunday 23 July

Belleville’s Sunday Roast

Is there any better way to round off the weekend than with a Sunday Roast? If it’s been a while since you sat down to a roast at home, Belleville are serving up gloriously golden chicken (which, dare we say, is as good as mum’s). For $25, you can treat yourself to the compliments of their enormous Brazilian rotisserie. Plus, if you’re lucky enough to find a golden ticket hidden under your plate, lunch is on-the-house for you and your table (of up to six people). Winner winner chicken dinner! The Sunday roasts are being held every Sunday (duh) for the rest of winter.

Where: Belleville, Globe Alley
When: 12pm, every Sunday in winter
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Christmas In July At Dandenong Market

We don’t know where the hell the idea came from, but Christmas in July sounds like a whole lot of presents and drinking, so we’re totally in.  The Dandenong Market is commemorating Christmas in July this weekend and transforming their usual Sunday market into a Winter Wonderland.  There’s going to be carols (boo-yeh), Christmas tucker and the big man himself may just make an appearance...The Christmas in July menu is going to be full of mulled wine and legs of ham too, so you really mustn’t miss this one.

Where: Market Square, Dandenong Market
When: 10am-3pm, July 23
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Ultimate Toasties At Prahran Market

We all love cheese, so we know you’ll all love this insane collab happening at Prahran Market this weekend. Anthony Femia of Maker & Monger and Darren Purchese of Burch & Purchese are teaming up this weekend and giving you peeps an exclusive taste of the toasties featured in Darren’s newly released book, Chefs Eat Toasties Too. There’ll be one sweet and one savoury option, and you can bet they’re going to stretch the deliciousness of a toastie to its absolute limit. Go indulge...and perhaps get a cheeky book signing off Darren.

Where: Prahran Market
When: 10.30am-2.30pm, July 23
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For The Diary

Nite Art

Nite Art is returning for another year and it’s going to have the streets of Melbourne glistening with light. There’ll be over 50 artists showcasing their work with everything from installations, paintings and video to sculpture and film. This night is going to be the ultimate arty adventure so be sure to get your maps and find your favourite spots this weekend.

Where: Starts Melbourne University (varying venues)
When: July 27, 6pm onwards 
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Christmas in July at Fitzrovia

Fitzrovia’s infamous Christmas in July extravaganza is back on for another year. There really is no better way to celebrate making it half way through the year than to celebrate Christmas, and Fitzrovia will be putting on the ultimate feast, with quince and cider glazed leg ham alongside pan-fried scallops and some truly powerful egg nog panna cotta. Go stuff yourself silly this Christmas in July. Tickets are selling quickly though, so get in before it’s too late.

Where: Fitzrovia, 155 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
When: 6:30 pm, July 25
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Open House Social

Open House is celebrating their 10th anniversary (how has it been 10 years, right?) and you’re all invited! It’s going to be a Friday evening filled with drinks, great food and special live performances. The newly reopened Temperance Hall will be home to the celebrations and it’s a great chance for to you to explore the history of this little Melbourne gem. On top of that, Philip Adams BalletLab will be treating you to a live performance, celebrating Aussie dance culture. Nice one.

Where: The Temperance Hall, 199 Napier Street
When: 7pm-10pm July 28
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American Honey Day At Temperance Hotel

This Sunday, the Temperance Hotel is throwing an American Honey-themed day and it’s going to be epic. There’ll be live acoustic sets playing between 4pm and 7pm during Honey Hour—yep, that’s their happy hour which means that you’ll nab some pretty sweet deals at the bar. Yes, we are talking about the American Honey, dry and lime, how did you know? You’ll also be pleased to hear that honey hour is running right through until 20 August, so get on it.

When: Sunday 23 July
Where: Temperance Hotel  



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Image credit: Ferdydurke

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