Don’t you just love January? Everyone is still in partial holiday mode, and Melbourne is putting on the best summer weather you could ask for.
Well, this week is no exception: You can skip from Queen Vic Markets Hip Hop Pilates to a screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Moonlight Cinemas. Not to mention a Sausage Fest and the Australian Open Festival at Birrarung Marr - which will leave you just enough time to go on a cheese and beer voyage.
Check out our list of the top 5 things to do in Melbourne this week.
The Australian Open Festival at Birrarung Marr
Birrarung Marr is transforming itself yet again, and quickly becoming the best place to be in Melbourne this summer. This time it is the Australian Open Festival, a one-stop shop for all your tennis needs. A big screen will transport you to centre court while you munch on some of the best foodie delights Melbourne has to offer (incl. Mamasita, Huxtaburger, Gazi and more!) Did I mention there is a flurry of alcoholic beverages at your fingertips, and there’ll even be a DJ at the Canadian Club Racquet Club marquee? This is also a family-friendly event, as the middle terrace of Birrarung Marr will be decked out for the little kids (and big kids). The festival runs from 18 – 31 January and is 100% free. You know what to do - check out the event on Facebook here.
TWOSIX Hip Hop Pilates at the Queen Vic Market
When I strengthen and tone my muscles I demand Drake beats loudly thumping in my ears - you too should settle for nothing less. TWOSIX girls, Bree and Emma, got the message and are holding a special wellness series at the Queen Victoria Market for the month of January. Located in the L Shed this Tuesday from 10:45-11:45am, you can bust out your best hip-hop moves while striking some classic Pilates poses. The best part is that it is totally free. You do you, babe!
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at the Moonlight Cinema
Bueller…? Bueller…? Bueller…? Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. This Thursday is an extremely exciting night for any Ferris Bueller fans out in this big ol’ city. Our beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens are screening this John Hughes classic and offering you bean bag chairs, an LA Style Food Truck, a beloved candy station and a fully licensed bar. I mean, even if you just go to support the inspired campaign to ‘Save Ferris’ you’re doing a great thing. Head to the Moonlight Cinema website for any further information and to book your tickets.
Sausage Festival at Prahran Markets
For the second year in a row Prahran Market’s Blanco Kitchen is transforming into a Sausage Fest. No, it’s not just a bunch of men mulling around the market stalls - it’s the celebration of the ol’ trusty Aussie snag. In fact, Aussie traders will bring their best handmade snag to be cooked and blind tasted by the public – to find the ultimate Aussie snag trader. We’ve been told BBQ extraordinaire Bob Hart will be covering the grills, while Alice in Frames entertains the masses before the all-important voting commences at midday.
Boatroquerfort at Boatrocker’s Barrel Room
I know what you’re thinking, what on earth is Boatroquerfort? Well, let me simplify it for you. It is a special voyage presented by Boatrocker Brewing where you are #blessed with five glorious pairings of cheese and beer. This is one-time-only event, running this Saturday from 2-5pm, will be held at Boatrocker’s Barrel Room in Braeside. Tickets are $55 per person, but if you want to shell out an extra $10 you can arrange a pick-up from Fed Square or Mordialloc Train Station to avoid a Saturday afternoon drive. Hit up the Piggyback website to book tickets and arrange transport.
Want more to do in Melbourne this week? Enter our competition to win $350 worth of VIP tickets to the Pork and Cider Festival this weekend!
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