What's On

What’s On In Melbourne This Week, This Month And Beyond

By Rick Stephens
1st Dec 2021

A shot of the Queen Victoria Market at night with the CBD in the background.

Ever since restrictions eased, Melbourne has been showing off how great our city really is. This week is no different, so head to the Melbourne Design to snatch yourself a new outfit. Or maybe you want to try Scott Pickett’s latest dining experience.

Keep reading for all the awesome things happening this week, this month and beyond.

What's On This Week In Melbourne

The Smash Room

Melbourne just scored a new 'break-things' room, and it's got some size to it. The Smash Room has six studios where you can break stuff like plates, mugs, glasses and miscellaneous breakables with a big ol' baseball bat. They'll sort you out with the all protective gear you need, so all you need to do is round up a bunch of mates, of which each studio has space for 24 people who need to let of some serious steam. The Smash Room is located a little over 15km out of the cbd—you can book in here.


Maniax—yep, that place where you can throw axes at a massive target—is opening their sixth Aussie venue smack bang in the middle of the CBD, and this one is hefty. The 700sqm hall has a stack of single and double lanes for you to let off some steam on your own or with a mate, and there's also a bar for your post throw sips. Maniax Melbourne CBD opens Friday 19 November—book a lane or two here.

Higher Order   

Higher Order is the latest concept dining experience from Melbourne culinary king Scott Pickett, the chef and mind behind Estelle and Matilda. Extending beyond your usual dinner party, the immersive dining experience is accompanied by design, art, performance and installations. Pickett has also created a signature menu and cocktail list for the pop-up space. 


When: 6pm & 8pm, Wednesday 10 November until Sunday 5 December     
 Level 5, Hanover House, 158 City Road Southbank   
For more information, click here.

Deep Blue Crossing 

In celebration of multicultural week at Fed Square, a fleet of origami boats will sail through the Fracture Gallery. They’ll be illuminated by rainbow laser beams dancing across space. This installation uses lots of colours to convey the diversity of nations that have travelled to Melbourne and transformed it into a multicultural society. 


When: Now until Tuesday 30 November     
The Atrium, Fracture Gallery Federation Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne     
For more information, click here.

Jurassic World By Brickman 

In a world-first exhibition by Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught, The Melbourne Convention Centre has transformed into Jurassic World. Inspired by the blockbuster film, the Jurassic exhibition is filled with over 50 large-scale dinosaurs made completely from lego. Some of the exhibits recreate iconic film scenes and use as many as 6-million Lego blocks. There’s also an area with 2.5 million bricks, for you to have a play and show off your own building skills.  


When: Now until Sunday 23 January 
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf 
For more information, click here.

Celebrate Summer With 2-For-1 Aperol Spritz

With the temps rising and our social diaries filling up, there has never been a better time to come together with your mates and raise a glass. And nothing, we mean nothing, says summer vibes like an Aperol Spritz. To ensure the good times roll all month long, the gang at Aperol are shouting you and your pals a Spritz. Simply order a pair of Aperol Spritz to share with a friend at your fave bar or restaurant, and Aperol will cover the cost of one of them up to the value of $20. Picnic-goers, or those that prefer to enjoy a refreshing Spritz at home, can purchase two Aperol Spritz Ready to Serve packs from a bottle shop and redeem one of the packs up to the value of $24. With 100,000 Spritzes up for grabs, prepare for your thirst to well and truly be quenched. To score your free cocktail, register here.

When: Until Sunday 2 January
Where: Various locations
To register, click here.

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child 

Live performances are back, so all you theatre kids can go watch some of Melbourne’s best live acts again. A no brainer to check out is Harry Potter and The Cursed Child. Showing at the Princess Theatre the live theatre act immerses you in magic and the world of spectacular. The two-part show is playing exclusively in Melbourne, so run, don’t walk to buy tickets.    


When: Wednesday 3 November until Sunday 27 March   
Princess Theatre, 163 Spring Street, Melbourne 
For more information, click here.

Lido On The Roof 

Lido Cinemas is back and screening blockbusters from their rooftop cinema. With a huge outdoor screen and comfy chairs enjoy both arthouse gems and family favourites in the open air. Their sessions are selling out fast, so get in quick. Also, did we mention that there is a rooftop bar? So, grab a drink, watch the sunset and then enjoy a great film.  


When: Now  
Where: Lido Cinema, 675 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
For more information, 
click here.

What's On This Month In Melbourne

Pixar Putt

Everyone's favourite pop-up mini golf is returning to the state, this time by the waterfront in Geelong. Like any reputable golf course, be it mini or mighty, there are 18 holes which are inspired by some of your favourite Disney-Pixar films like Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo and A Bug’s Life. It'll be sticking around for just a month or so, so we don't need to tell you it'd be wise to book ahead.


When: Thursday 23 December until Sunday 31 January
Where: Transvaal Square, Geelong
For tickets and more information, click here.

Gordon’s Gin Lawn at Zipping Day Classic

For the first time in its history, Melbourne Racing Club’s Zipping Classic Day is coming to Caulfield Racecourse and is marking the return of racing to Caulfield and the end of the Spring Racing Carnival. There’s plenty of festivities to get around on the day, but the most appealing of them all (in our humble opinion) is The Gordon's Gin Lawn. Here you’ll experience a Mediterranean twist on the Heath with ample shaded lounges, deck chairs and the highly anticipated return of Caulfield’s pool. It’s the perfect place to soak up the sun and get in on the action while sipping on delightfully delicious drinks.


When: Saturday 27 November
Where: Caulfield Racecourse

For more information, click here.

Disney: The Magic Of Animation

Hakuna Matta. ACMI has extended their exhibition of ‘Disney: The Magic Of Animation.’ If you missed your opportunity to visit the magical gallery due to locky-d—the exhibition is back. Showing off a curation of Disney’s wonderful animations, the displays are all magnificent. Head over to check out over 500 original artworks from the 1920s to the current day. In honour of the exhibition, ACMI is also hosting a range of other Disney inspired events, like princess sing-alongs, to provide you with the full enchanting experience. 


When: Now until Sunday 23 January    
Where: ACMI
Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne     
For more information, click here.

NGV Virtual Tour | Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories

If you craving some art, the NGV is offering a virtual tour featuring Maree Clarke’s artwork. The Indigenous artist is a pivotal figure in reviving and sharing elements of Aboriginal culture and this is explored in her collection. Her exhibition ‘Ancestral Memories’ is an engaging multidisciplinary practice featuring a range of photographs, sculptures, prints, jewellery and more. 


When: Wednesday 1 September until Friday 31 December 
Where: Online 
For more information, 
click here.

What's On This Year In Melbourne 

New Year's Eve Street Feasts

The City of Melbourne and Melbourne Food & Wine Festival are once again getting together to bring you New Year's Eve Street Feasts, which will see the laneways and public spaces of several city precincts turn into sprawling outdoor diners. All your favourites like Chin Chin, San Telmo and Pellegrini's are getting on-board to bring you a NYE feast akin to the dining piazzas of Europe. It's a one-night-only event popping up across the likes of Fed Square, Little Bourke Street, Little Collins Street, Flinders Lane and more—needless to say you should definitely not sleep on tickets.


When: Friday 31 December
Where: Various locations across Melbourne
For tickets, click here.

NYE Drone Swarm

Over 350 drones will take to the sky on New Year's Eve, joining Melbourne's much-loved fireworks display at around 9:30 and then again at midnight. The sky show has been put together by Celestial, professionals in drone art—yep, it's a niche and we're into it. There'll be four ticketed zones around docklands to view the aerial performance, and the best part, they're sticking from Monday 3 January until Sunday 30 January for twice nightly shows.

More info to come along with Melbourne's hefty NYE program.

Christmas Festival Pop-Up Cinema

This silly season, Carlton's Argyle Square will be transformed into a free pop-up outdoor cinema playing nothing but Christmas classics as part of the City of Melbourne's Christmas Festival. There'll be three screenings across December, and first up is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Doubling down on the theme will be local hospo hot spots DOC, King & Godfree and Pidapipo all serving up the goods. 

Get there early and nab a beanbag or deckchair, or BYO seating.

The Details:

When: Saturday 4 December, Saturday 11 December, Saturday 18 December
Where, Argyle Square, Carlton
For more information, head here.

NGV's Coco Chanel Exhibition

The NGV is about to get a whole lot fancier this December with the launch of Gabrielle Chanel, Fashion Manifesto, an exhibition that focuses on Coco’s incredible legacy and her innovation to style and clothing throughout her lifetime. Throughout the event, there’ll be over 100 pieces of clothing on display from Coco’s designs, jewellery, accessories and perfume collections of Chanel that date back to the 1920s. The exhibition will coincide with the NGV’s annual black-tie event, the NGV Gala on Saturday 4 December, a chance to don your Coco-chic fits. 


When: Thursday 4 December until Monday 25 April, 2021 
The NGV 
For more information, click here

The Lume | Van Gogh Alive

This September The Lume Melbourne a bringing an immersive massive-scale digital art exhibition to life. Featuring works from the world’s most renowned artists to the Melbourne Convention Centre It all kicks off with the works of Vincent Van Gogh. The towering digital displays will be accompanied by musical soundscapes, aromas and themed food and drinks. Tickets are on sale now, so hop to it. 


When: Now
Where: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
For more information, 
click here

Firefly Zipline

A pop-up zipline is coming in hot to Melbourne CBD, flying across from Fed Square, over the Yarra before landing in Alexandra Gardens. The dual zipline means you can ride it with friends up to 40km—and at around 9m high—across the city's main arterial waterway. 

Firefly Zipline will be operating from Wednesday 1 December through to Tuesday 28 December. Tickets go on sale from Monday 1 November here

What's On Next Year In Melbourne

Bricktoria | State Library Victoria

Australia's only Certified Lego professional, The Brickman, is bringing a tough of magic to State Library Victoria next year. Kicking off from Monday 10 January and running for a month will be a series of Lego-centric events, sessions and even parties. Highlights include a treasure hunt, a giant Lego mosaic for the community to add to, and an adults-only Beats and Bricks experience.

The Details:

When: Monday 10 January to Sunday 6 February 
Where: State Library Victoria, Melbourne 
For more information, click here.

Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical

The hit 90s film Cruel Intentions has been given musical treatment and we are hyped. There are plenty of reasons why this one should be noted down in your calendar for next year; the first is the fact that the musical has been created by the original writer and director of the film, Roger Kumble, so you know it'll be legit. And the second has to be the absolutely banging 90s soundtrack. It's hitting the stage next May—don't sleep on tickets.


When: From Wednesday 25 May
Where: Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne
For more information and tickets, click here.

The MSO's Free Concerts At Sidney Myer 

Get ready to throw down the picnic blanket and pop the bubbly—the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's free concerts are returning to the Sidney Myer Music Bowl this summer. Through February, the inner-city amphitheatre will play host to three nights of symphonic performances. Each night with its own unique feel from 'A Symphonic Soiree', a heavy string and horn centric orchestral journey—to the dedicated celebration of famous film composer John Williams, who crafted the iconic scores of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and more. 


When: 7.30pm until 9.30pm, Wednesday 9 February, Saturday 12 February, Saturday 19 February 
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
To find out more, 
click here

The Wedding Singer | The Musical Comedy

After a huge season and rave reviews, The Wedding Singer, The Musical Comedy is returning for an encore Melbourne season—this time, at the Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre. Plenty of capacity for those who missed out on the seats and laughs last time around where 80s die-hards will be able to revisit the film's iconic characters: Robbie Hart, Julia Guglia and of course the love-to-hate Glen Guglia.


When: From Thursday 27 January, 2022
Where: State Theatre, Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
Tickets are on sale from Thursday 28 October here.

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