Melbourne will soon morph into one big patriotic city to celebrate our long weekend – courtesy of a lil' day we call Australia Day. We’re serious, if you go somewhere that doesn’t have a BBQ burning this weekend you’re in the wrong place.
Check out a pop-up Craft Beer Garden at Munich Brauhaus, the Australian Open Festival at Birrarung Marr or Bowled Over 2016 at the St Kilda Bowls Club. There’s heaps more below, but I’m just applying an Aussie flag tattoo to my arm rn and can’t do two things at once. So check out our list on the best things to do this long weekend in Melbourne!
Munich Brauhaus pop-up Craft Beer Garden
Astro turf: check. Colourful deck chairs: check. White picket fence: check. Yep, you heard me. Munich Brauhaus have launched a pop-up Craft Beer Garden that is the ideal summer destination, complete with views of the Yarra and the CBD. It runs for a total of FOUR short weeks, so check it out - and as a special treat, Sunday sessions will be complete with acoustic tunes from some brilliant musicians. Hey, they had me at astro turf.
Taxi Kitchen’s Pre Tennis Menu
Federation Square’s Taxi Kitchen is running a special Pre-Tennis Menu from the 18 – 31 January. The two-course feast is $65.00 per person including your choice of entrée, main or dessert. Beware: this will be one of the most important decisions of your life, choosing between scrumptious delights like Macedon Ranges Szechuan duck with a hot Vietnamese mint salad, or a frozen lemon meringue pie to cool you down on the hot summer days. HOW DO WE CHOOSE. Call (03) 9654 8808 to book now.
Australian Open Festival at Birrarung Marr
If you haven’t escaped Melbourne this long weekend then make your way to Birrarung Marr, immediately! The Australian Open Festival is well and truly underway and you’ll kick yourself if you miss out. We're talking food provided by Huxtaburger, Mamasita and Uncle, as well as refreshing drinks supplied by Heineken, Jacobs Creek and Canadian Club. Don’t fret; Combi will be there to shower you in healthy treats if that tickles your fancy. All of this plus a gigantic screen taking you straight to the Centre Court action – yes please! The festival runs from 18 – 31 January, and entry is free.
Victorian Cider & Pork Festival | Rochford Winery
The name says it all. If you love pork or adore cider then this one is for you. Set in the picturesque Rochford Winery estate, you will be treated to some of the best ciders in Victoria and the tastiest pork dishes from Melbourne’s leading chefs. It runs this Saturday and Sunday from 11-7pm, but ticket prices do vary, so head to the VIC Cider & Pork Festival website to book.
Paper Marbling Masterclass at Workshop Melbourne
Paperazzi Design Studio is giving you the opportunity to master the art of Paper Marbling this Thursday. You’ll be thrown in the deep end as you create traditional and free form marbling pieces that you can treasure for the rest of your days. Running from 6.30-9pm, you can create your very own marbled paper, material marbling and even check out a book edge marbling demonstration. Tickets are $70 and bookings are essential, visit the WorkShop Melbourne website to save your spot.
South Melbourne Night Market
It’s going to be another BIG night for the South Melbourne Market this Thursday. There’ll be some of Melbourne’s best food trucks parked and ready for your hungry bellies, loads of market stalls showcasing the best market goods one could ask for, and FREE live music from Krista Polvere and Julia Jackland & Band. This is the best way to get you pumped for the long weekend ahead.
Dope screening at Shadow Electric | Abbotsford Convent
With a killer soundtrack of punk rock and 90s hip-hop, the screening of coming-of-age flick Dope will get Shadow Electric groovin’ in their seats. A story of three high school geeks crashing a local drug dealer’s birthday has hilarious results - so grab a drink, a bite, sit back and enjoy. You must book online; prices are $22 for adults and $20 for concession. Click here to book.
St Kilda Twilight Market
Who wouldn’t love a twilight market that is sandwiched between a rocking beach and the iconic Luna Park? Rolling waves and carnival hums will follow you as you explore the vintage and handcrafted goods on offer. Indulge in fabulous street food or even take the short stroll to Acland Street for a post-market dinner. It runs from 5-10pm and entry is free.
Supper Twilight Market at Abbotsford Convent
Abbotsford Convent’s Supper Twilight Market is the best way to welcome the long weekend ahead. You’ll love this if you adore perusing independent arts and crafts stalls, munching on foodie treats and sipping on a craft beer. Plus it’s all out in the open air where you can gaze at the stars and beautiful gardens. What a Friday night! Entry is free and it runs from 5-9:30pm.
Ash Grunwald at Chapel off Chapel | Prahran
At 8.30pm this Friday night, the crowd in Chapel off Chapel will be jiggling and grooving to the blues beat of the fantastic Ash Grunwald. Treating audiences to new hits and old classics, Ash will surely bring his A-game and his desire to help you dance and shake out all of your worries... It’s a Friday night miracle! Tickets are $30 online or $35 on the door. Check out the Chapel off Chapel website for more information.
Hot Dub Time Machine at the Australian Open
To celebrate their 20th year of providing the best off-court action at the Australian Open, Heineken are putting on a fortnight of spectacular entertainment for visitors at The Open - that’s right, an entire fortnight! The pinnacle of this celebration happens this Saturday 23 January when Hot Dub Time Machine, the world’s first time travelling dance party, headlines the famous Heineken Saturday event. Dancing shoes and warmed up vocal chords are a must as Hot Dub Time Machine play some iconic blockbuster hits that will get your booty shakin’ - but don’t forget to take note of the event theme and dress like a tennis legend. Access to the Heineken Live Stage and the Heineken Beer Garden is available with an Australian Open Ground Pass starting from $29 for an adult single session ticket. For further information and to purchase tickets head to the Australian Open website.
Sugar Mountain at VCA + Melbourne Arts Precinct
In its fifth year on the festival circuit, Sugar Mountain have yet another massive show ready for the Melbourne crowds. You can hear wonderful music from Alpine, Courtney Barnett, City Calm Down, Dirty Three and many more. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore Daniel Askill’s catalogue (the brilliant mind behind Sia’s ‘Chandelier’ film clip) as well as chowing down on some amazing foods including vego and vegan options. General admission tickets are $119 per person and you must book so head to the Sugar Mountain website.
Australia Day BBQ at Pope Joan | Brunswick East
The yearly tradition of the ‘almost’ Australia Day BBQ is back at Pope Joan in Brunswick East. A DJ will be spinning reggae, funk and soul beats while you sit back and enjoy spit-roasted lamb, a classic sausage in bread and soft serve ice cream. Special options will also be available for any vegetarian friends. The best part is the amazing drink specials on offer including $5 pots/$10 pints of beer by Bastard Son and $20 jugs of Moscow Mules. You’ve gotta go, Listers! Tickets are $30 or $15 for kids (8 and under) and can be snapped up via Pope Joan.
Sunset Sounds at Malvern Gardens
It is the third and final instalment of the Sunset Sounds series this Sunday. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Malvern Gardens, you can watch the brilliant Dave Graney and the MistLY perform their individual brand of pop rock. The event runs from 6-8pm, it is entirely free and there will be heaps of Melbourne’s best food trucks to keep you satisfied. Bike lovers will also be rewarded with plenty of bicycle parking and a free tune-up service from Reid Cycles on the night.
Rooftop Pool Sessions at the Adelphi Hotel
You should definitely hit up the Adelphi Rooftop Pool this Sunday arvo from 12-6pm for the ultimate wind-down sesh. Wade in the pool and wave to the people down on the street as you jut out over Flinders Lane. You can buy tickets online now for $30 (incl. food plate, cocktail on arrival and entry) or purchase on the door for $20 (no food or drink included). We recommend you save your spot though, as it could sell out fast! Click here to book tickets now.
Crate Digger Record Fair at Arts Centre Melbourne
The Crate Digger Record Fair are surprising us Melburnian’s this Sunday with a pop-up fair in Gallery 1 of the Arts Centre Melbourne. Running in association with the ‘Making of Midnight Oil’ exhibition, this is Fitzroy’s longest running and only record fair that is sure to satisfy serious record collectors and newbies on the record collecting scene. It kicks off at 10am and runs til 4pm, so there will be plenty of time to peruse the vinyl.
MPavilion presents M*Sync
Make like an owl and go nocturnal this Sunday night as MPavilion’s full moon party, M*Sync, runs from 9pm-4am on Monday morning. HTRK’s Jonnine Standish and experimental artistic collaboration Unconscious Collective curate this fascinating event. There will be a digital forest canopy complete with a soundscape that will synthesise your heartbeat with your fellow M*Sync mates. The event is free and there’s no need to book. Check out the Facebook event for full details and updates.
4 Aces: Australia Day Eve Party at Ms Collins
Whilst everyone chats about Australia Day, no one talks about Australia Day Eve - except for Ms Collins! This Monday, Ms Collins presents 4 Aces, the ultimate RnB party in Melbourne. Collaborating with Alumbra’s Soul Sessions, Entourage and Tropical Sound Wave Entertainment, 4 Aces is sure to be a much-needed escape from ordinary nightlife. There will be two levels and two rooms playing new and old school RnB beats, all from 9:30pm. As always, Ms Collins provides #BOOTHLYF tickets for the partygoers who want that bit extra so head to the Ms Collins website to find out more.
Australia Day at Grosvenor Hotel | St Kilda
Chuck on your best (or worst) patriotic get up and ride on over to Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda this Australia Day. Open from 12pm, the Triple J Hottest 100 will be played live, lamingtons will be available for just $5, and there will be giveaways and spot prizes. I mean c’mon, they have lamingtons! All pints of beer, including Mountain Goat and Boatrocker will be $10 a pop, and for the #hangry punters there will be homegrown food specials, including a $15 lamb burger. It’s sure to be a winner, and entry is FREE. In the wise words of Nike, Just Do It.
Muriel’s Wedding screening at Rooftop Cinema
It wouldn’t be a true Australia Day without a screening of an iconic Aussie movie - and Rooftop Cinema have made it happen. You’ll be in Porpoise Spit paradise as Muriel Heslop (aka – brilliant Toni Colette) dreams of moving away from her dead-end hometown to the bright lights of Sydney. What would Australia Day be without the ultimate underdog comeback? Bookings are essential and ticket prices vary so head to the Rooftop Cinema website for more information.
Australia Day at Fours Pillars Distillery | Healesville
If you're looking to escape Melbourne this Australia Day then hop on over to Four Pillars Distillery in Healesville for a celebration with a difference. Open from 10.30-5.30pm, Fancy Hanks will be onsite serving up pulled pork sandwiches with wings and chilli fries from 12pm onwards and Black Pearl's famous cocktail master, Sam Ng, will be mixing up gin cocktails with an Aussie twist from 1pm onwards. Of course, the soundtrack of the day is none-other-than Triple J's Hottest 100. Sounds like a plan.
Bowled Over 2016 at the St Kilda Bowls Club
In its sixth year of domination, St Kilda Bowls Club is bringing back the ultimate Triple J Hottest 100 party, Bowled Over. While the Hottest 100 countdown runs throughout the day, the Clubhouse stage will bring you musical beats from local heavyweight Harts, as well as Grenadiers and IV League. But if you’d prefer they are also holding the “loosest bingo game this side of the equator,” or some obligatory barefoot bowls. If you get peckish Leonard’s House of Love will be serving up some amazing food, and we’ve been alerted there will be fireball whiskey available. It runs from 11am – late and ticket prices vary so check out Bowled Over website to book now.
Australia Day Trailer Park at The Village Garden
Last year's Australia Day hit, the ‘Pavlova cocktail jug’, is back at the ever-successful Trailer Park event at the Village Garden. Toasta’s, The Snag Society, Dude Food Man and Jay’s Yogurt will fill the Village to brim with Aussie-inspired food options from 12-8pm, as Triple J’s Hottest 100 fills the air. Entry is totally free, so get down to the Village Garden to eat, drink and argue/agree on Australia’s musical countdown of the year.
Australia Day Street BBQ at MJR Tom | Collingwood
After killing it with a New Year’s Day and a Boxing Day BBQ, MJR Tom has decided to host regular Street BBQ’s for us lucky Melburnians. Intelligently, they have picked Australia Day for their third party and it’s sure to be another hit. Serving up delicious home-style dishes, MJR Tom wants you to feel like “you’re rocking up to someone’s house for lunch”. So if you’re not quite sure what you’re doing this Tuesday, feel free to take it easy and stop by MJR Tom for the best damn Street BBQ in Melbourne.
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