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5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

By Amber De Luca-Tao - 03 Jul 2017

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Hello July, old friend! There’s nothing like a new month to make you feel reborn. And if you ask us, being one month closer to summer and surviving June are all pretty damn good reasons to celebrate. Just to ensure that your first week of July goes off with a bang, we think you should know about foodie tours, artsy lunches and other fun facilitating events on this week's radar.

Check out our five awesome things to do in Melbourne this week. We know you want to.

Tuesday 4 July

Queen Victoria Market’s Ultimate Foodie Tour

Even though the Queen Vic Night Market has raging open fires, the Queen Vic Market is something you just need to see during the day. And the best way to do it? The Queen Vic’s Ultimate Foodie Tour. It’s a 90-minute tour of the market where you won’t just be walking, you’ll be eating or shall we say, in some of the market’s best food traders. The tour ends with a glass of Victorian wine (no, it’s never too early for a vino) in one hand and the ever-iconic hot jam doughnut in the other.

Where: Queen Victoria Market
When:  Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9am and 11am
For more information, click here.

Independence Day Party with Urban Adventures

The fourth of July is upon us and we know you’re secretly excited too. If you’re looking for like-minded party goers who are partial to a bit of Independence Day fun (let’s be honest, drinking) too, you’ll be glad to know that there’s a bar hopping style party. You'll be taken to some of Melbourne’s greatest American bars and restaurants where you'll be treated to some of the US’s finest culinary exports known to humans—burgers, beers, bagels, oh and did we mention, a Trump-themed cocktail too, they’re calling this one, The Apprentice.

Where: 155 Franklin St, VIC 3000
When: 6pm
For more information, click here.

Thursday 6 July

Lunch Like Van Gogh

Now that the Van Gogh exhibit has landed in Melbourne, you may have seen an original Van Gogh, but there’s a good chance you haven’t painted like you were Van Gogh. At this one-of-a-kind lunch at the Sofitel Hotel, you’ll get the chance to recreate a Van Gogh masterpiece using a unique amuse-bouche, consisting of tubes full of colourful sauces and paintbrushes. So basically, you’ll be able to make your art and eat it too. After you’ve finished creating (and eating) your edible masterpiece, there's a menu to follow, created by Sofitel Executive Chef John Savage, featuring classic French dishes with a modern twist.

Where: Sofitel Hotel, 25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
When: Thursdays and Fridays, 12pm-3pm
For more information, click here.

Wallace and Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman

We went crackers when we found out that a Wallace and Gromit exhibition was coming to Melbourne. Six months down the track, we can confirm that the exhibit has finally touched down at ACMI. The Magic of Aardman exhibit showcases over 350 objects from the animation studio renowned for creating Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep and Chicken Run. There'll be everything from concept drawings, storyboards, original sketchbooks, clay figures, puppets and more. You'll even get a sneak peak of additional artworks from their upcoming feature film Early Man.

Where: ACMI, Federation Square
When: Open every day until October 29th, 2017
For more information, click here.

Royal Melbourne Hospital Book Fair

We all say we’re going to start reading more. But this week, we’ve got the incentive to end all incentives, hopefully. This Thursday the Royal Melbourne Hospital Volunteer Service Book Fair, hosted by the RMH Foundation will be in full swing. You’ll find thousands of second-hand books from all genres priced between $2.00-$3.00. You’re probably going to want to arrange a trailer to get your newly claimed library home. Proceeds raised will be used to assist patient care initiatives such as Pet Therapy Visits, the RMH Samaritan Fund and Patient Care Packs.

Where: Function Centre, Seminar Room 2, 300 Grattan Street, Parkville VIC 3050
When: 10am – 4pm
For more information, click here.

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Image credit: Fancy Hanks | Griffin Simm

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