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5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Week

By Sophie Teague - 01 Feb 2016

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Oh no, guys! It is officially February and we still haven’t ticked off any of our New Year’s Resolutions or made any significant life changes to grow up a lil’ bit. Well, we’re here to say it’s not too late, because Melbourne is giving you the chance to win your dignity back this week.

Try out the Eureka Skydeck’s sunrise session, a Courtyard Cantina featuring a Tiki cocktail class, learn to letterpress, head to the Chinese New Year Festival or pop-up at a house party for Live N’ Local week in St Kilda. One of those has gotta tickle your Twistie…or is it fancy? I can’t remember.

Check out our list of 5 awesome things to do in Melbourne this week.

Thursday 4th

Sunrise Viewing at Eureka Skydeck

Are you an Instagram junkie - or just someone who loves a good view? Well, here’s your early-bird activity for Thursday morning. Eureka Skydeck is holding a sunrise viewing session from 5.45am – 8.00am, so you can experience the unparalleled views of Melbourne as it wakes up. The Skydeck kiosk will be open – lucky, because there’s no way we’re tackling a 5.45am start without a coffee! Numbers are strictly limited, you must RSVP by Monday 1 February to book your spot.

Friday 5th

Courtyard Cantina at the Immigration Museum

Explore the Old Customs House after dark, check out the Flyway Print Exchange exhibition and enjoy DJs, pop-up bars and foodie delights at the Immigration Museum’s Courtyard Cantina. Now that’s one hell of a Friday night! Taste the signature bites of Senor BBQ, Feast of Merit, Cornutopia and so many more. For a little extra dosh, you’ll also have the chance to learn from the best in the cocktail biz - Fred Siggins of Black Pearl fame will be hosting a Tiki cocktail demonstration and tasting - count us in! Click here to find out more. The Courtyard Cantina will run every Friday night this February from 5-9pm.

Saturday 6th

Saint Gertrude’s ‘Introduction to Letterpress’ at Little Gold Studios

Just to clarify, Saint Gertrude is the pseudonym for letterpress artist and teacher Amy Constable, who is now running modern letterpress classes out of the wonderful oasis that is Little Gold Studios. That’s a whole lotta letterpress! This Saturday is the first of five classes on offer, and it’s open to beginners and letterpress enthusiasts alike. As a bonus to learning new tricks, you’ll get to take away heaps of handmade letterpress goodies. The class runs from 10-4pm and the $250 ticket includes lunch and refreshments. NOTE: You will not be able to print your own design at the class, but upon completion you will have the opportunity to utilise the Saint Gertrude Open Access Studio Program and rent a press to print your own designs. Go forth and create!

Chinese New Year Melbourne Festival

Um, hello - it’s the first night of Melbourne’s Chinese New Year Festival, where on earth would you rather be? This Saturday, Fed Square is running Chinese Martial Arts, lantern painting and a traditional Chinese lion dance performance. There’ll even be an illuminated dragonhead at Eureka Skydeck Plaza for those in need of a beautiful fright. Although this all sounds magical, the Southgate Melbourne celebrations are our pick – cross the pedestrian bridge to come up-close-and-personal with some cute illuminated Pandas… hello new Facebook profile picture! The festival will be playing out all across the city from the 6-21 February, for a full list of events click here.

Sunday 7th

Live N’ Local Pop-Up House Party | St Kilda

All of the Live N’ Local fun starts this Sunday in St Kilda at a pop-up house party that launches a week of FREE live music. Located in the St Kilda Triangle Car Park, it’ll feel like a backyard party sesh with mates, but there’ll be four killer bands there to keep you groovin’ from 4pm onwards - acts include Dear Plastic, Pataphysics, EMPRA and Mangelwurzel. This is the perfect way to gear up for the St Kilda Fest and support fantastic Aussie acts – it’s also 110% free for all. Let’s get rockin’, house party style. 

Image credit: Mr Wongs

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