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10 Things To Do This Australia Day Long Weekend

By Cassie Deegan
23rd Jan 2020

The year has just started, and here we are hurtling toward a long weekend. We’ve all done a good job, we’ve earned this.

As usual, there’s a ton of great things happening around the world’s second most liveable city. So let’s jump right in.

Here are 10 things to do in Melbourne this Australia Day long weekend.

All Weekend

AO Live Stage

The Veronicas have had a revival. This Thursday the AO Live Stage is letting us reminisce on their Hook Me Up and Untouched days from the early 2000s. The Veronicas are playing alongside Japanese Wallpaper and KIAN.

The star-studded line-up gracing the AO stage doesn’t stop there. Other headlining acts this weekend include Grinspoon on Friday and 18+ sets from Hot Dub Time Machine on Saturday and Fatboy Slim on Sunday arvo.

The full line-up across the Australian Open is available here.

What: AO Live Stage
Where: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne CBD
When: Throughout the Australian Open
For more information, click here.

Australia Day Weekend Events At Portsea Hotel

The Portsea Hotel is putting on an absolute show this weekend. Ease into the jam-packed weekend with their Hottest 100 Party. From midday kick back and listen to Australia’s favourite tunes, indulge in some great food and refreshing drinks, all in front of a pretty sensational backdrop.

Melbournians migrate to the Portsea Hotel every year for their Australia Day party and for good reason. The Portsea Hotel’s hottest event of the summer is on again this year, helping us celebrate our beautiful country in the best way we know how. Gather your mates and enjoy a few drinks by the bay to the sounds of Melbourne-based performer Emmanuela Costaras.

What: Hottest 100 Party and Australia Day Party at the Portsea Hotel
When: Saturday 25 (12pm to 11:30 pm) and Sunday 26 January (2:30pm to 11:30)
Where: Portsea Hotel - 2746 Point Nepean Road, Portsea
For more information, click here.

Elton John At Hanging Rock

After Rocketman threw us into an Elton-frenzy last year rock royalty Elton John has decided to add a second and final (!) Hanging Rock concert to the Australian leg of his Farewell Yellow Bring Road tour. Get in quick and get down to Hanging Rock for a day full of hits like ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘I’m Still Standing’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’.

What: Elton John at Hanging Rock
When: Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January - 5:30pm
Where: Hanging Rock - 139 S Rock Road, Woodend
For more information, click here.

Friday 24 January

Confidence Man: Zoo Twilight Sessions

Melbourne Zoo’s Twilight Sessions concert series picks up again this week with Confidence Man. The kitschy dance-pop duo will help you let loose and groove into the weekend, all in the name of raising funds for the conservation of the critically endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum.

Pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper or graze on some of Melbourne’s finest food trucks and enjoy exclusive access to the Zoo between 5:30 and 7 before the show.

What: Zoo Twilight Sessions - Confidence Man
When: Friday 24 January, 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Melbourne Zoo - Elliott Avenue, Parkville
For more information, click here.

Fatboy Slim At Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Fatboy Slim is coming to Sidney Myer Music Bowl this Friday so get ready to ‘Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat’. This British DJ powerhouse is stopping by Melbourne on his global tour for one summer show only after a slew of sold-out massive, immersive parties throughout the UK.

What: Fatboy Slim
When: Friday 24 January, 6pm to 11pm
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl
For more information, click here.

Saturday 25 January

Goon N Nugz Fest

Chicken nuggets and goon—an unholy match made in heaven. Get down to the Ascot Lot on Saturday for a festival that nobody asked for, but everyone wants. A range of Melbourne food trucks will be dishing up their take on the humble chicken nugget, and you can wash it all down with a variety of ‘Goontails’, craft beers and non-alcoholic options.

Come for the goon and nugs and stay for the Hottest 100 Listening Party, the Ingham’s chicken nugget eating competition and the range of Goon N Nugz inspired costumes being sported on the day.

What: Goon N Nugz Festival
When: Saturday 25 January, 12pm to 10pm
Where: The Ascot Lot - 448 - 466 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale
For more information, click here.

Hop Quest

Beer DeLuxe—an institution for students Melbourne-wide—is back at it again in 2020 with Hop Quest. This journey of all things hoppy spans across 25 of Australia and New Zealand’s best breweries where they will join forces to bring drinkers all new beers, all fighting to be crowned Hop Quest Champ for 2020.

What: Hop Quest
When: Saturday 25 January, 11am to 10pm
Where: Beer DeLuxe - Federation Square, Melbourne CBD
For more information, click here.

Bushfire Fundraiser ft. Alex Lahey, Japanese Wallpaper + More

Since the bushfires have torn through much of Australia, there has been an ever-growing crew of Aussie talent raising much needed money for the Australian bushfires. This Australia-day Eve Alex Lahey, Japanese Wallpaper and plenty more artists are taking over Stay Gold in Brunswick to raise money for the CFA and the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities.

If you can’t make it this Saturday, Hottest 100 favourite Tones & I is holding a benefit concert at 170 Russell on Tuesday 28th with proceeds going to the Red Cross, CFA and RFS. 

What: Bushfire Fundraiser ft. Alex Lahey, Japanese Wallpaper + More
When: Saturday 25 January, 6pm to 11pm
Where: Stay Gold - 133 Sydney Road, Brunswick
For more information, click here.

Sunday 26 January

Preston Market Lunar New Year Celebration

Usher in the auspicious Year of the Rat at Preston Market for a day full of celebrations with the family. Live entertainment, mask decorating, ink-blowing and more will entertain the little ones and a range of Asian-inspired food stalls will help keep you going all day. Welcome the new year by connecting with the Asian community for a feast of colour, music and food.

If you can’t make it to Preston, there are New Year celebrations happening all over Melbourne including in the CBD, Box Hill, Richmond and Glen Waverley.

What: Preston Market Lunar New Year
When: Sunday 26 January, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: Preston Central - 409 High Street, Preston
For more information, click here.

The Espy Hottest 100 Party

If Portsea’s too far but you’re still craving a bayside backdrop this long weekend Hotel Esplanade is hosting their own Triple J ‘Hottest 100’ Party. Gather your mates and flock to The Espy where they’ll be blasting the countdown all through the pub and serving up all your favourite drinks (including their frozen G&T’s) all day long.

What: Triple J’s ‘Hottest 100’ at The Espy
When: Sunday 26 January, 11am to 11pm
Where: Hotel Esplanade - 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
For more information, click here.

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Image credit: Hotel Esplanade | Mel Desa

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