With openair cinemas, sustainable foodie event Festival21, Andy Warhol meets Ai Weiwei and loads of market love, we're in for a hell of a weekend, peeps! Here are our top picks of what to get up to this weekend in Melbourne.
Zoo Twilights Series Ticket Sales
Summer 2016 is almost upon us, so it’s time to get in early and snap up your Zoo Twilights tickets! Catch music by bands including John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Birds Of Tokyo and San Cisco live at Melbourne Zoo over January-Feb.
QV Melbourne Outdoor Cinema Pop-Up
Did you hear? Melbourne CBD shopping precinct QV is setting up a deckchair cinema over summer, and they even want you to bring your pooch! These dog-friendly screenings will run until February 2016 and feature a number of Aussie flicks, Christmas classics, and 80s gems. Bring your pup along on December 12 for a best-dressed dogs comp as part of a fundraiser screening of Best In Show. For all session times and further information click through to QV Cinema.
Awkward Christmas Portraits at Melbourne Central
One word: Yes. Christmas is only weeks away and Melbourne Central is kicking off the silly season with an internetz lover’s dream - an awkward Christmas Portraits pop-up! Queue daggy Christmas sweaters, cheesy backdrops and awkward expressions from you, the fam, and your pals. The portrait pop-up will be open until the 20th of December. For further information and pop-up hours head to Melbourne Central. Happy snapping!
Made In House Part Deux at No Vacancy Gallery Fed Square
Catch the works of local artists Fiona Skipper, George Rose and Steve Leadbeater in the exciting conclusion to Redbubble’s artistic residency program. From large typography pieces to exquisite illustrations, there is much to be admired from these Melbourne artists during the exhibition running ‘til 13 December. Entry is free and operating hours are 11:00am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12-5pm Sundays.
Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas at St Kilda Beach
Live music, open air cinemas and all of the ice cream? Um, hell yes! After a cracking year in 2014, the Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas returns to St Kilda beach to channel all your summer kick-back vibes. Flicks will include The Martian, He Named Me Malala, latest Bond film Spectre, and a Clueless 20th Anniversary screening. Book in for a Sundae Session and you will be able to lap up unlimited ice cream, plus get amongst some putt-putt and giant cow jenga. Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas is on until 20 December so get rolling with your homies and snap your tickets up here.
Vietnamese In Australia At The Immigration Museum
This weekend the Immigration Museum continues their free exhibition celebrating the Vietnamese community of Australia. Open daily from 10-5pm, Vietnamese In Australia: 40 Years of Settlement explores the migration story that began 40 years ago that is now an uplifting tale of survival, hope and achievement. An interesting cultural fix for your weekend!
Cloud St Pop-Up on Little Collins Street
Finally some of our favourite online-only brands are physically popping up in the CBD. No need to stress over shipping dates, as online accounting software provider Xero will provide a physical presence for the online brands that don’t have one. This Saturday and Sunday between 10-5pm the CBD store will be transformed into a market place for six online retailers including LVLY, Witu and Canary Jane’s.
Viva Cuba! Exhibition at LUMAS Melbourne
Viva Cuba! kicks off at LUMAS this Thursday in celebration of the island’s nostalgic charm, its architecture, and lively atmosphere. The exhibition will feature selected works by Werner Pawlok, Luigi Visconti, and Larry Yust, with a preview event held on Thursday night at 6pm including special offers and drinks available for visitors. Viva Cuba! will run until 13 December and entry is free!
Festival21 at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
The Exhibition Centre will transform into a celebration of community, food, culture, and future this Friday for Festival21. Catch talks by world class speakers including Joost Baker, Stephanie Alexander and Alex Dyson, short films, comedy, music and more all in the name of good food and the passion for a sustainable future for the industry. Entry to Festival21 is free (though you’ll still need to secure tickets here) with a youth event taking place from 12-5pm and the main event from 7-10pm.
The Coburg Night Market at Bridges Reserve
The Coburg Night Market returns for it’s 6th year and it’s here to bless us with Friday night market goodness! Food trucks, artisan crafts, live music, and dance sessions (there will be twerking and go-go-ing) - you know it’s going to be a good time. Running from 5:30-10pm on Friday 11 December and 18 December, make sure you don’t miss out on this summer market gem!
Meatmother at Mountain Goat Brewery
Following their epic meat and beer collaborations last year, Meatmother and Mountain Goat Brewery are teaming up again to deliver the goods. Diners can look forward to a 12-hour smoked Angus brisket, pulled pork buns, and finger-licking BBQ chipotle wings with oodles of craft beer. For the curious brew inclined, Mountain Goat will also be unveiling their new Barrel Breed release. Dig in from 5pm on 11 December and 18 December.
Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei Exhibition at NGV
Art fanatics, Ai Weiwei is in town and the Andy Warhol / Ai Weiwei exhibition is ready to launch! Opening this Friday 11 December, the exhibition will explore the impact that these two artists have made on the art world, plus significant parallels and points of difference between their work. Kick off celebrations for the show’s arrival with Friday Nights at the NGV will also gain you free entry to the exhibit.
Moonflower Night Market at St Kilda Town Hall
There’s a new night market in town, Melbourne. St Kilda welcomes the Moonflower Night Market, a vintage market to be held every Friday night through to the end of January 2016. Snap up vintage and retro wares while catching loads of live entertainment, chowing down on street food, and sipping craft beer. Entry is free with the market running from 5-10pm.
Christmas at CoBrew
Get crafty with your Christmas gifts this year and pop along to CoBrew’s makers market! Merging an Xmas gift making and wrapping station with food truck eats and craft beer by 3 Ravens Brewery, it’s your chance for a Christmas catch up with mates while ticking some pressies off the shopping list. Craft away between 5-10pm at 3 Ravens Brewery on Theobald Street, Thornbury.
The Richmond Yard: Post Apocalyptic Trailer Park Bar & Grill Launch
Melbourne, the pop-up eatery of the summer is here! The Richmond Yard brings a different food and beverage experience to the city, offering the best in craft beers and eats against the creative installation of a post-apocalyptic world. Launching 12 December from 8pm and running every Saturday until 20 February, The Richmond Yard will front beats by live DJs and an epic list of Melbourne food names including Easey’s, Mamasita and Burn City Smokers. Get your tickets to the launch here!
Temple Brewing Co’s Secret Brew Launch
Wanna be in the know on Temple Brewing Co’s new brew? From 12pm Saturday they’ll be unveiling their latest, accompanied by mouthwatering food and sweet beats to see you into the afternoon. Sip back on some top secret beers poured in their East Brunswick beer garden.
Willo Markets in Brighton
Head to Brighton this Sunday to catch the new Willo Markets! With a focus on presenting and supporting up and coming businesses, the market will feature women’s and menswear, jewelry, accessories, body products, and cute cacti and succulents. Wander down and peruse the goods between 9am and 4pm.
Aperol Spritz Summer Sessions
One thing’s for sure, summer is spritz time - and thanks to Aperol, you can get your $10 spritz fix at a number of Aperol Spritz parties around Melbourne! Get your spritz summer vibin’ on at Half Moon Hotel, Trunk Bar, and D.O.C. Catch further details on the Aperol Summer Sessions here.
Carols At Como Park in South Yarra
For those of you who dedicate the entire month of December to spreading the Christmas cheer, Carols at Como Park is for you! Beloved Australian comedian Colin “Lano” Lane hosts the free concert with all-star acts including The Phantom of the Opera’s Michael Cormick. The night starts at 7.30pm, but make sure you get there early to steal a great spot and set up the ol’ picnic rug. Hot tip: Don’t rush out too quickly because the brilliant firework display kicks off at 9.30pm.
The Good Dinosaur Family Fun Day at Lido Cinemas
Lido Cinemas haven’t forgotten the little ones this Sunday. The day kicks off at 11am with face painting, colouring competitions and a bevy of prizes to win. The jam-packed hour is sure to be a child’s delight and is followed up by the special preview screening of Disney’s The Good Dinosaur. All tickets are $9.90, book online at Lido Cinemas.
Looking for more events to attend this month? Check out what’s new in Melbourne this December!
Image credit: Zoo Twilights