We’re halfway through April, but there’s about a month’s worth of itinerary items to tick off between now and the beginning of May. You can scope out everything happening in Melbourne via our Things To Do section, but there are several non-negotiables you’ll need to pop in your calendar right now.
A rite of passage for any Melburnian and visiting interstater alike, you’ve got a matter of days before the NGV packs down the blockbuster Triennial. You’d be doing yourself a disservice not to explore the takeover exhibition to its fullest, but if it’s one of the works you can’t miss, make sure it’s Refik Anadol’s Quantum Memories; its sheer size and visuals —created by machine learning—are truly mesmerizing. Book in your free tickets here.
Unlike the NGV, the Docklands massive neon playground, Imaginaria, has extended its season into late May. Those who’ve either seen it in the real world, or in their feeds, can rejoice in the fact there’s been two brand spanking new installations including an AI simulation and an other-worldly sound cylinder.
Snap up tickets for the remainder of the season here.
Melbourne Cocktail Festival
The Melbourne Cocktail Festival is officially open for business from now until Sunday 18 April, and after the year that was, a stiff drink is no doubt going to be the cure that ails the city. There are around 20 events happening for this year’s iteration, so whether it be the whisk(e)y masterclass or the boozy closing party over at Starward Distillery, you’ll likely find something in the program no matter your alcoholic preferences.
More on the Melbourne Cocktail Festival here.
Parmesan Wheel Week
If you deep dive down the rabbit hole that is the world wide web for long enough, you’ll find an international day, week or month for almost anything. Some are more important than others, though one we can certainly get around is Parmesan Wheel Week. The place to celebrate is South Yarra’s Cucinetta, who’ll be serving up Cacio e Pepe hot and fresh from a mammoth wheel of parmesan.
More on Cucinetta’s Parmesan Wheel Week celebrations here.
Undoubtedly one of the best burgers north of the river can be found at American diner, Meat Frankie. The man behind the meat is Frank Scardamaglia, and he spent several years touring the States, eating burgers and perfecting his patties before opening up his very own Brunswick East locale. Here, there’s no limit to how many patties you stack between the buns, and your toppings—like mushies, onion, lettuce, tomato and jalapenos—are absolutely free.
Scope out everything you need to know about Meat Frankie here.
This one pretty much speaks for itself, but if you’re still stuck for things to do this April, take a trip into the thick of it at Fed Square for a spot of unadulterated Pixar-themed mini golf. And yes, there are after dark, big kids only sessions.
Get the details on Pixar Putt here.
Check out everything else happening in and around Melbourne here.
Image credit: supplied by NGV