Listers, September is here and with it comes another ten epic things to do in Melbourne this month. From cocktail dates in a jail (yes, we’re serious) to must-see gigs, disco yoga sessions (yes, again, we’re serious) to food festivals from around the world, it’s shaping up to be a month of sheer brilliance on all fronts.
To help you get through all the amazing dates for your diary, we’ve put together the MINI Edition countdown of the top 10 things to do in Melbourne in September. Get busy, people!
#1. Eat All The Fried Chicken At FAT Fried And Tasty
The team behind Two Little Pigs Charcuterie and Grind are letting it all hang out at their amazing new hip hop and fried chicken venture, FAT Fried And Tasty. If you love your #dudefood and thickshakes, this new East Brunswick venue is an absolute must-do. As for what to eat? Go for the chicken, waffles, ice cream and syrup with a salted caramel shake, and think about the calories later.
#2. Celebrate Northcote Social Club’s 10th Birthday With An Epic Gig
One of Melbourne’s best live music venues, Northcote Social Club, celebrates an entire decade of awesome gigs when it turns ten years old this month. Haitus Kaiyote, Clare Bowditch and Andy Bull have all locked in live shows to get the party started…Pick up a ticket to any of the gigs in September and head north to toast one of our city’s legendary venues.
#3. All The Culture At Melbourne Fringe Festival
Melbourne Fringe Festival kicks off on 16th September with a rollicking line-up that really does have something for everyone. Check out Luminous, who combine dance, contortionism (!) and glow-in-the-dark body paint for an epic performance at Gasworks Art Park, or lock in a ticket for Love, Loss and Lattes, which is a one-woman show about a life-long love of coffee for a true Melbourne fringe experience. (Thanks to NICA and Carnival Cinema for their epic video footage!)
#4. Hit Up Asian Night Market, Night Tripping
St Kilda bar and restaurant the St Hotel becomes an Asian night bazaar thanks to the team behind Hanoi Hannah, Tokyo Tina and Saigon Sally, for one night only from 5pm on 27th September. You’ll not only be able to chow down on favourites from the trio, as well as tucking into food from Docklands restaurant Ba Noi, you’ll also get to nibble on brand new culinary creations from all four venues and St Hotel’s kitchen too. Drooling already? Get your tickets—which include 5 courses of food!—here.
#5. Sip A Cocktail At The Everleigh’s New Love, Heartbreaker
Melbourne’s bar scene is well and truly thriving, and the hottest name around this month is Heartbreaker, the new CBD die bar from Fitzroy cocktail royalty The Everleigh. However, don’t expect the table service treatment that you usually get at their Gertrude Street venue. Heartbreaker is all about fast’n’easy bottled cocktails, classic tunes and letting loose. Drop by the Russell Street bar for a drink and a round of pool.
#6. Listen Out Comes To Melbourne
Catch international acts and local talent at this year’s Listen Out day festival, which comes to St Kilda’s Catani Gardens on Saturday 26th September. With a line-up that’s led by American rap genius Childish Gambino and DJ sets by SBTRKR and Ryan Hemsworth locked into the set-list, you just KNOW this is going to be the open-air music event of the month. Pick up your tickets here and get ready for an all-day dance-fest.
#7. Kick Off Oktoberfest With Pretzels & Steins
Did you know that Oktoberfest actually starts in September?! On Friday 18th September, Melbourne bar Munich Brauhaus launches its annual German festivities to celebrate the beer festival. Throughout the second half of the month, you’ll be treated to a delicious Oktoberfest menu (pretzels, schnitzels, bratwurst and more…) as well as some epic steins of bier. Ja!
#8. Disco Yoga at the Queen Vic Market?! Hell yes!
Pack your neon leggings and glitter wigs because, yes, disco yoga is exactly what you think it is. Join disco yoga pioneer Nickie Hanley at the Queen Victoria Market on Tuesday 8th for a disco yoga session you won’t forget in a hurry! The yoga take-over is part of the venue’s Market Week celebrations, which brings together the best food, drink, arts, crafts and activities that our beautiful city has to offer. A yoga boogie AND some delicious snacks? Yes please!
#9. The Mexican Festival Hits Fed Square
On Sunday 13th September, Fed Square gets transformed into Mexican fiesta, thanks to the Mission Mexican Festival. Heaps of your favourite Mexican cantinas will be there, including Touche Hombre, Mamasita, Mesa Verde (yes, that’s their skull tequila bottle in the MINI Edition video!) and Los Hermanos, so you can expect a taco-filled day of Mexican music, markets and more. Yum.
#10. Melbourne Gaol Becomes A Bar For One Night Only!
Melbourne is FULL of amazing venues that you would never know existed, if it wasn’t for events like this one. On Friday 4th September, the Old Melbourne Gaol transforms into a pop-up vodka cocktail bar, complete with martinis, music and masterclasses. Want to hit up a bar that guarantees a totally unique experience? Lock in your tickets and get sipping, Listers.
Can't wait to hit up all the events this month? Well why not WIN somethin' while you do?! Simply Instagram and tag @miniaustralia and #theminiedition when you are at any of the 10 September events, and you’ll be in the draw to win an EPIC chef’s selection dinner for 4 at Mesa Verde, who will be at the Mission Mexican Festival too. Hurrah!