Art & Design

5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

By Melanie Host - 08 May 2017


The Melbourne art scene is practically ON FIRE this week, with exhibitions, screenings and live jazz taking over the town. Oh yeah, there's also a bourbon and burger pop-up coming to the CBD. No biggie.

Here are 5 awesome things to do in Melbourne this week.

All Week


Get inspired by powerful human stories through film, art, music and forums nationwide. If touching docos and meaningful music strike a chord in you, ACMI's annual festival is the place to be this week.

Where: Australian Centre for Moving Images (ACMI)
When: 4 - 18 May
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Wednesday 10th May


Running across not one but TWO evenings, Bridge Road After Dark is a round-the-world foodie festival that takes over the Bridge Rd precinct after the sun goes down. Who'd have thunk it, eh? From Paris to Vietnam, juicy fried chicken to creamy gelato, you’ll be getting Bridge Road’s best of the best. Book early—tickets have a habit of disappearing fast. 

Where: Bridge Road
When: 10 & 11 May
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Thursday 11th May


There’s a drink for every poet, dreamer, artist and adventurer at Absinthesalon, the host of Melbourne-based digital artist Brett Sixtysix’s latest exhibition. Through a unique combination of vibrant colours and black static (to show form giving way to entropy), Brett’s work expresses growth, decay, mortality and temporal forms in the natural world. There's also kickass absinthe flowing all night. Good combo. 

Where: Absinthesalon
When: 7pm, 11 May
For more information, click here


Whether you’re an expert jazz fan (or you’ve just sparked an interest post-La La Land) this proudly Australian event showcases the best home-grown Aussie jazz talent. Make sure to check out award-winning saxophonist Sandy Evans, extraordinary vocalist Kristin Berardi as they pay homage to the giants of the genre. Open Table is also coming on board, offering local restaurants to match the music. Good food and good jazz—Saturday nights don't get much better than that.

Where: Malvern Town Hall
When: 8 – 10pm, 11 May
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Listen up burger and bourbon fans—there’s a pop-up coming to Melbourne and it was made for you. Wild Turkey has teamed up with the legends from Dexter’s and they’re taking over Whitehart this Thursday night. There’ll be signature cocktails happening at the bar (in fact, they’ll be available all month)—the Wild Turkey Kentucky Firebird is worth a mention, because the glass is smoked, then spiked with a combination of Grand Marnier, Cinzano Rosso, Maraschino and Wild Turkey 101. There’ll also be a Wild Turkey gold rush cocktail, which is as fun as it sounds, and a bourbon-themed food menu. This will double as the launch of an art gallery with works from Klara, Gareth Stehr and Adrian Doyle each piece is crafted onto a Wild Turkey white oak barrel lids.

What: Wild Turkey Way
When: Thursdays 11, 18 & 25 May, from 6.30pm
Where: Whitehart
Head here for all of the details.

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Editor's note: Wild Turkey's event is proudly sponsored by Wild Turkey and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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