It’s now the middle of January, or what we like to call ‘hump’ week. We’re all in need of another break and Melbourne has done its best this weekend to make you feel like you’re in a hassle-free tropical paradise.
You can enjoy a giant inflatable water slide, Aperol Spritz sessions, Ballarat Beer Festival, Mud Up Day and Friday night beats at the NGV - just to name a few! Check out our list of the best things to do this weekend in Melbourne.
Buy Zoo Twilight Tickets Now
With just over a week to go, it is time to snatch up some last minute tickets to Melbourne Zoo’s Twilight sessions. Zoo Twilights is a special event that allows you to explore the Melbourne Zoo at dusk with exclusive animal exhibits, musical guests, and of course delicious foods and beverages. Zoo Twilights run every Friday and Saturday night from 29 January to 12 March 2016. All proceeds go to Zoos Victoria to help fight wildlife animal extinction. This is a MUST for 2016.
Slide the Square at Federation Square
The weather is warmer, and naturally the Melbourne public is calling out for more water slides. Head down to Fed Square this Friday and Saturday from 11-8pm, and cool down on their giant inflatable water slide. Slide The Square is 75 metres of slippery fun and there are three lanes to choose from. No bathers are required – which means if you’re feeling a spontaneous slide you can ride down the slope in your summer clothes. Even better, all the water used for Slide The Square is 100% recycled into tanks to water the Fed Square gardens - how sustainable! Ticket prices vary for a 50 minute session so head to the Fed Square website to find out more.
Aperol Spritz Sessions at Brunetti City Square
Melbourne’s official Spritz point is at Brunetti’s in City Square - and it’s an Italian dream. You’ll be transported to Italy as the square comes to life, eating delightful bites and sipping on an Aperol Spritz. Head to Brunetti City Square all weekend in the afternoon or evening to say a fond farewell to the Espresso Martini, and welcome Aperol Spritz back into your summery life.
James Chance and the Contortions at NGV Friday Nights
To celebrate the success of the Andy Warhol | Ai WeiWei exhibition, the NGV International is open late for the entire month of January (until 8pm each night) - and the fabulous Friday night sessions remain in full swing. This Friday at the NGV Gardens, James Chance and the Contortions will entertain guests with solid funk rhythms filtered through a punk rock lens. From 6-10pm you will have access to free NGV collection exhibitions, curator talks, DJ ANDRÁS in the garden and food and drinks at Gallery Kitchen or the pop-up Garden Café. Booking is required and prices vary so visit the NGV website for more details.
Ballarat Beer Festival at City Oval | Ballarat
Do you love a good brew accompanied by some good food? If you do, then you need to be at the Ballarat Beer Festival this Saturday for an unforgettable day of eating, drinking, more eating, and more drinking. You’ll be able to sit back and enjoy a quality brew while watching headline musical act, You Am I. Local favourites, Squires Loft and The Forge Pizzeria will be joined by tonnes of food trucks, including Tornatoes (the beloved potato twirly on a stick) to feed you throughout the day. The festival runs from 11-8pm at City Oval, Ballarat. Ticket prices vary, so head to the Ballarat Beer Festival website to book.
Mud Up Day at Peninsula Obstacle Course | Mornington
Do you feel like completing a 4.5km obstacle course in the mud this Saturday? Following the success of the inaugural Mud Up Day, the Ideas Library has confirmed that Mud Up Day 2016 is happening this Saturday at the Peninsula Obstacle Course in Mornington. It includes three early runs for adults who just love obstacles, as well as a parent/child run and three children-only runs for all the mud puddle lovers out there. You can park onsite on the day for a gold coin donation, and the ticket proceeds from the children’s runs will go to RSPCA Victoria. Head to the Mud Up Day website for any further information including ticket prices and purchasing.
Sunset Sounds in Central Park | Malvern East
The City of Stonnington is back with their second Sunset Sound concert this Sunday. With acclaimed Indigenous vocalist Emma Donovan pairing up with Melbourne rhythm combo The PutBacks, it is sure to be a night of soul beats and a little country/rock n’ roll magic, set against the backdrop of the beautiful and lush Central Park in Malvern East. The event runs from 6-8pm, and it is entirely free - there will also be heaps of Melbourne’s best food trucks to keep your taste buds tantalised. Bike lovers will also be rewarded with plenty of bicycle parking and a free tune-up service from Reid Cycles on the night.
Sunset Sessions at DOC Mornington
D.O.C Mornington and Aperol Spritz have partnered up this summer for the perfect #sundayfunday session. If you’ve just hit the beach along the Peninsula or even if you’re just craving the ‘it’ drink of 2016, head to D.O.C Mornington from 4pm - late every Sunday in January and enjoy Aperol with a beautiful sunset view. Celebrate this summer Italian style and bring along your mates for a relaxing Sunday sesh.
Midsumma Carnival & T Dance at Alexandra Gardens | St Kilda
This year the love continues to flow in Alexandra Gardens for the Midsumma Carnival. A completely free event, Midsumma is Melbourne’s annual Queer Celebration that innovatively presents and celebrates LGBTI arts and culture. Kicking off at 11am, there will be five hours of free entertainment on the Main Stage, the annual Midsumma Dog Show and over 140 stalls in the Carnival Village. Then as the day starts to fade the Main Stage will be taken over by DJs and bands to bring you the ultimate ‘summa’ soundtrack. BYO: fun love and dancing shoes. Head to the Midsumma website for full event information.
Looking for more things to do in Melbourne? Here's our gig guide for this week!
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