What's On

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

By Rick Stephens
17th Jan 2022

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

The holiday season is behind us but there’s still plenty of bright days ahead. It’s heating up this week so we’ve got a raft of things to help you escape the sun and keep you busy; from the immersive sensory experience of Imaginaria to restocking your wardrobe at Clothing The Gap’s Pop-Up store. 

Here are the best things to do in Melbourne this week, this month and beyond:

What's On This Week


Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition 

Taking place at Melbourne’s Emporium, the life-size rendition, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition will grant Melburnians a glimpse of the world-famous renaissance paintings without the hefty plane ticket. The show has already toured with critical acclaim to major cities across the world including London, Chicago and San Francisco; providing an up-close look at some of the worlds most famous fresco artwork. On display will be the entire 34 fresco catalogue of Michelangelo’s Sistine chapel; using state-of-the-art printing technology the entire collection has an incredibly vivid and lifelike appearance, even down to the intricate brushstrokes and mix of colours. The exhibition kicks off Saturday 22 January, get your tickets here

THE DETAILS: 

When: 10am until 6am, Wednesday to Sunday (Starting Saturday 22 January until Sunday 20 March) 
Where: The Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

To find out more, click here.

Clothing The Gaps Pop-Up Store

Alongside Clothing The Gaps’ main lodgings on Sydney Road in Brunswick, the indigenous-led social enterprise is making a short-term appearance in Northcote for the summer. The store perched on the main drag of High Street will be stocking a range of their environmentally-friendly garment collections and accessories that help unite and educate the wider community on Aboriginal values and culture and help support the life expectancy of indigenous Australians. 

THE DETAILS: 

When: 10am until 6pm, Wednesday to Friday, 10am until 4pm, Saturday and Sunday
Where: 354 High Street, Northcote, Wurundjeri Country

To find out more, click here

South Wharf Summer Garden 

Set down on South Wharf alongside the Yarra is the new pop-up summer garden. Taking cues from the dreamy Italian Amalfi coast the entire space is a colourful escape adorned with patterned umbrellas, shades and loaded with Coopers Beers, Malfy Gin and good times. The perfect oasis from the city heat, the coastal-themed garden also has plenty on the menu including seafood share plates, antipasto boards and pasta dishes.  

THE DETAILS: 

When: Various times, now until Thursday 31 March
Where: Common Man 39 Dukes Walk South Wharf, Melbourne

To find out more, click here.

Sunset Safari At Werribee Zoo 

Get amongst golden hour at Werribee Zoo as the sun dips down across the expansive savannah loaded with some of the sanctuary's most incredible animals. Make your way through the range on the walking trails or on the personalised safari bus to catch a glimpse of Lions, Zebras, Rhinos, Giraffes and more. If you still need a little more enticing there’s a range of cocktails to knock back as the daylight makes its final appearance. 

THE DETAILS: 

When: 5.30pm until 9pm, every Saturday and Sunday, now to Sunday 13 March 
Where: K Road, Werribee South, Melbourne

To find out more, click here.

QVM Summer Night Market

After a two year hiatus, the infamous Summer Night Market at Queen Victoria Market is back in full swing.  The market is once again ready to entertain Melburnians with an array of delicious street food, sweet cocktails, good shopping and live performances. The Summer Night Markets have stepped it up for this year's festivities by giving market-goers the option to book a private table for four or six people. To make the most of the summer weather, wrangle up your mates and head down to open-air markets.

THE DETAILS:

When: 5pm until 10pm, Wednesday 5 January to Wednesday 6 April
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical Returns 

Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! the stage show has returned. Arguably Luhrmann’s magnum opus, the show itself comes from much acclaim with New York Times featuring the production as a Critics Pick in 2019 along with 14 Tony Award nominations including best musical. The bourgeois-centric show is playing at the Regent Theatre and depicts the mixture of bohemians and aristocrats in early-time Paris and is fused with modern influences, including iconic hits from Beyonce and more. The adapted story features all the glitz and glamour you could expect from the mind of Baz and will be a night you won’t quickly forget. 

THE DETAILS: 

When: Various times, now until Friday 29 April 
Where: The Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street Melbourne

To find out more, 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.  

THE DETAILS:

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

THE DETAILS:

When: Wednesday 3 November until Sunday 27 March   
Where: 
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.  

THE DETAILS:

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

What's On This Month In Melbourne


Zoo Summer Cinema

Wherever there's a decent patch of grass somewhere around Melbourne, you can bet your bottom dollar someone's going to set up an outdoor cinema there during summer, and that's exactly what the good folk at Melbourne Zoo have gone and done. From Early February until mid-March, they'll be throwing up a big screen, playing cult classics such as Jurrasic Park (fitting) and fresh indie gems like C'mon C'mon, The French Dispatch and Liquorice Pizza.

When: From Thursday 3 Febraury to Saturday 12 March, Thursdays through Saturdays
Where: Melbourne Zoo, Parkville
For more information and tickets, click here.

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.

THE DETAILS:

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

THE DETAILS:

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

What's On This Year In Melbourne 
 

Triceratops: Fate of the Dinosaurs

Horridus, the world's most complete triceratops fossil is making his way down under and calling the Melbourne Museum home. Coming in at 67-million years old, you could say ol' Horridus is a real dinosaur, and along with his bones, giant frill and all, visitors can learn all about the complex ecosystems and fellow creatures he lived alongside during the cretaceous period.  

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 12 March onwards
Where: Melbourne Museum, Carlton 
For more information and tickets, click here.

The Big Vegan Market

Over 200 vegan stalls will decend upon Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building this May for one weekend only. Food will of course be a big focus, but anyone visiting can also expect plenty of drinks, clothes, make-up, skincare and everything in between to help you live a positive vegan lifestyle.

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 7 May and Sunday 8 May
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
For more information, click 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. Coco devoted her life and career to promoting a new type of elegance that was grounded in the realities of women’s lives. This was her fashion manifesto: a design style based on principles of comfort, streamlined simplicity and ease of movement that became a template for modern living. 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 DETAILS

When: Thursday 4 December until Monday 25 April, 2021 
Where: 
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. 

THE DETAILS

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

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.

THE DETAILS:

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. 

THE DETAILS: 

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.

THE DETAILS:

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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