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15 Awesome Things To Do This Week In Melbourne

By James Shackell - 11 Jan 2018

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We know, we know. First week back at work sucks. But hey, the weekend's only a day away, and Melbourne's putting on a pretty sweet spread to ease those back-to-work blues. We've got circus training, LEGO exhibitions, rooftop pool parties and all the mimosas you can drink. 

Buckle up, people. Here's 15 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

All Weekend

Spin Circus Acrobat Training

Want to run away and join the circus? This is how you start. Spin Circus is hosting the Australian Partner Acrobatic Convention this weekend—5 nights of camping and 4 days of acrobatic training from some of the country’s most flexible pros.

Where: Breakfast Creek Rd, Wenslydale VIC
When: 12 January – 17 January
For more info, click here.  

NGV Triennial

If you haven’t checked it out yet, get on down to the NGV this weekend for the new Triennial exhibition. It features 78 artists from all over the world and involves a complete, four-level takeover of the NGV building, crossing every possible genre and style. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Melbourne smellscape.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: Till 15 April 2018
For more info, click here.

Linden Postcard Show

Tiny artworks competing for a big cash prize, that’s pretty much the gist with this one. The Linden Postcard Show has been going strong for 27 years. It rounds up some of the country’s most talented artists and sets them a challenge: come up with a masterpiece that fits on a canvas the size of the average postcard. You have to be Australian, and the piece has to measure 8 x 10 inches, that’s it.

Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra
When: 11am, till 23 February
For more info, click here.

Howler Gin Festival

Howler are rocking the boutique gins every Friday, Saturday and Sunday over summer. And we’ve got a new one you need to try. It’s called Cedar Fox—a new micro distillery out of the northern suburbs. Try the barrel-aged oak gin. It’s a doozy.

Where: Howler, 14 Dawson St Brunswick
When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday
For more info, click here.

The Brick Man LEGO Experience

There are only 14 certified LEGO professional builders in the world, and Australian Ryan McNaught is one of them. Until 28 January you can catch McNaught and his small team at District Docklands, exhibiting over 40 original LEGO works. All ages (and LEGO skills) welcome.

Where: 438 Docklands Drive, Docklands
When: Till 28 January
For more info, click here.

Thursday 11 January

FOMO By Night

Up for a last-minute party tonight? It’s not too late to score tickets to FOMO By Night at Festival Hall. This one’s been going strong for a few years now—one stage, one day and no session clashes. Tonight you’ll be able to catch Kaytranada, SZA, Post Malone, the Kite String Tangle and Dena Amy. Sets start at 6pm.

Where: Festival Hall
When: From
6pm, Thursday 11 January
For more info, click here.

Southern Sounds Festival

Southern Comfort are launching their Southern Sounds series tonight—a concert line-up inspired by the soulful sounds of New Orleans. Tonight you can catch Melbourne duo REMI, fast risers Lossless and town fave Snezzo Snot. Entry is free, and the whisky cocktails will be flowing all night.

Where: Northcote Social Club
When: 8pm – 1pm, Thursday 11 January
For more info, click here.

Saturday 13 January

Portarlington Mussel Festival

The Portarlington Mussel Fest is back this weekend, which means live music, local beer and wine tasting, and about 10 tonnes of mussels. It probably goes without saying—but if mussels aren’t your thing, this might not be for you.

Where: Portarlington Recreation Reserve
When: Saturday 13 January
For more info, click here.

Bottomless Mimosa Festival

Now we’re talking. Welcome to Thornbury are kicking the new year off with a bottomless mimosa festival this Saturday. $8 gets you one glass, but $45 gets you unlimited mimosas for FOUR HOURS. Sweet Jesus. Don’t forget to line your stomach with the regular food truck favourites.

Where: Welcome to Thornbury, 520 High St Northcote
When: 11am – 10pm, Saturday 13 January
For more info, click here.

Portsea Polo

It's on again daaahhhlings. Portsea Polo is back this weekend, so get the gang together and dress up in your finest. The Polo website has a few sartorial suggestions: "For the ladies flowing dresses and wedges or sandals are the norm (heels best left at home)… a summer hat or accessory can be an excellent way to finish off an outfit." Nice.

Where: Point Nepean National Park, Portsea
When: 13 January 2018
For more info, click here

Sunday 14 January

$12 Aperol Spritz Party

Melbourne has delivered on the goods yet again with $12 Aperol Spritz every Sunday all throughout January at Riverland Bar. The team will be getting into full Aperitivo-occasion mode with live acoustic music every Sunday. For more details, check out this article.

So Frenchy So Chic Festival

Grab your beret, people, Melbourne’s annual So Frenchy So Chic festival is back this Sunday. They’re predicting about 13,000 people rocking up, which isn’t surprising when you’ve got luxe beauty partners on board like Kérastase Paris, Lancôme and La Roche-Posay. Keep an eye out for croquet on the lawn too.

Where: Werribee Park
When: Sunday 14 January
For more info, click here.

Rooftop Pool Party

DJs, drinks and your own rooftop pool. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday. This weekend the new Carlton Pool Deck is hosting international DJ YO! MAFIA for its inaugural rooftop pool party. $89 gets you food, tunes and all the cake frose you can drink. Hurry, this one’s going to sell out quick.

Where: Rooftop, 701 Swanston St
When: 3pm – 9pm, Sunday 14 January
For more info, click here.   

Midsumma Carnival

Melbourne’s biggest festival of queer culture kicks off this weekend, and the line-up is looking pretty epic. Drag stars, international cabaret acts and performance artists will be taking over the city, putting on a range of shows. Check the online schedule for all the details.

Where: Various
When: Sunday 14 January – Sunday 4 February
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Australian Open

Awww yeah, it’s back again. Next Monday kicks off the 2018 Australian Open festival. Head along to Rod Laver if you want to catch the full show, or set up camp at Birrarung Marr—there’s gonna be food stalls and big screens galore, and it’s 100% free. This year’s music line-up is known as Open Sessions and will be taking over the Middle Terrace (entry is free on 14–15 January).

Where: Melbourne Tennis Centre
When: 15–28 January
For more info, click here

Get around this one—the 2018 St Kilda Festival line-up just dropped. 

Image credit: NGV

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