For those of you still in Melbourne this week we’ve got your back. So take your chubby festive fingers away from that keyboard, sit back and relax - because we have got a great list of events to check out. Here's everything from spooky night tours at the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Falls Festival in Lorne, NYE at Abbotsford’s Terminus Hotel, Sounds Like Summer New Year’s Day Street Party and the launch of Abbotsford Convent’s Shadow Electric outdoor cinema.
These are our top 5 picks of things to do in Melbourne this week.
I’m not going to lie; no one really wants to spend a Tuesday night locked up in Melbourne Gaol - unless you’re like me and love the thrill of potential ghost sightings with a pinch of deathly terror. But the Night Tour at the Old Melbourne Gaol tour promises the gaol’s full dark history, and real stories from visitors and staff alike. It runs for 1.5 hours, with half an hour to explore the gaol with the lights ON at the end (just so you can calm down!). It is $38 for adults or $35 for concession and bookings are essential - so head to the Try Booking website to save your spot. No skeptics allowed!
With a heap of 2-day tickets still up for grabs, Falls Festival is a cracking way to spend your New Year’s Eve - and this year is no exception. They’ve got Weird Al Yankovic, Bloc Party, Foals, Banoffee and many more to keep you suitably entertained for the entire festival. A range of food vendors will be on site catering to all dietary needs, and camping is free. So dust off the ol’ tent and struggle to pitch it at this year’s finest festival - ticket prices vary so hit up the Falls Festival website for all the details.
As the clock strikes twelve this New Year’s Eve all I want to hear is Snoop Dogg with a side of Missy Elliott. If you feel the same, you should snap up a ticket for the NYE Old School Cool at the Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford. They don’t care if you wear your best Mambo ensemble or the simple double denim combo, it’s Old School Cool themed - and we’re pumped. Tickets are $120 per person and include a 4-hour retro inspired food and drink package, which includes the classic prawn cocktail, devilled egg and volovants. It kicks off at 8pm this Thursday and will carry onto 3am – meaning there is ample time to hear all of your most-beloved RnB tracks. Bookings are essential, so visit the website.
For those of you who prefer to wake hangover-free on New Year’s Day - or even those of you who just like to party - we have your Friday planned. Back in its third year running, the Sounds Like Summer Street Party has a great line-up to keep you going well into 2016. Headliner Will Sparks leads the charge with support acts including Tigerlily and Brynny. This year, they have taken it to the streets – quite literally – as the entire party unfolds on Bourke Street in the CBD. Tickets are $60, click here to book now.
Did you know that Abbotsford Convent is the only cinema in the world that’s inside a convent? Pretty cool, hey! Check it out this Saturday as they launch a new season of their Shadow Electric outdoor cinema. On this special opening night they are hosting the Australian premiere of the new documentary, Blur: New World Towers. Documenting the pop foursome’s reformation after 16 years with heaps of raw footage, it’s sure to be an in-depth look at one of the most iconic pop bands for the last two decades. There’ll be heaps of food vendors and beverages on offer to enhance your cinema experience. Tickets are $22 for adults or $20 for concession and must be booked online at the Shadow Electric website.
Don't have your NYE party sorted yet? What are you doing?! Head to the NYE For Dummies: What's Hot In Melbourne This 31st for a full list of the biggest parties in Melbourne.
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