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

By Amanda Gunn
25th Oct 2021

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

It’s our first week out of lockdown and we couldn’t be more hyped. No lockdown means we're back to in-person interactions and we have a lineup that will remind you how great our city is. This week, a rooftop cinema, trivia night and kayak tour of the yarra come standard, and there's plenty more on the horizon, too.

keep reading for all the awesome things happening this week, this month and beyond.

What's On This Week In Melbourne

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.  


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

Indian Bazaar | The Cricketers Bar 

For a limited time chef, Nabil Ansari is serving up an ‘Indian Bazaar’ at The Cricketers Bar terrace. The dishes are a combination of traditional flavours and modern elements— including everything from butter chicken to lamb dum biryani. Each dish is presented perfectly, showcasing a collection of different colours and ingredients. The dishes don’t just look good, the taste is their real wonder.  


When: Thursday 28 October until Sunday 7 November 
Where: The Cricketers Bar, Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring Street, Melbourne 
For more information,
click here.

Kayak Down The Yarra 

What better way to enjoy our Melbourne city than by a kayak down the Yarra River? Take in the city’s monumental buildings and skyscrapers while paddling along the water. Don’t be fooled though, you’ll get in an arm workout too. The Melbourne Kayak team offers a range of different tours including a sunrise and sunset tour, to suit early risers or those wanting an evening oar. To see other great Kayaking spots, check out our list here.  


When: Now    
Where: 7 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne     
For more information,
click here.

The Koorie Heritage Trust’s Blak Jewellery

The KHT’s Blak Design Program is currently hosting a contemporary jewellery exhibition featuring 11 Victorian First Nations Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants. The exhibition showcases a bespoke collection of carefully crafted jewellery that draws on influence from Indigenous culture, Country and family. 


When: Now until Sunday 27 February    
Where: Koorie Heritage Trust, Level 2, Yarra Building, Fed Square    
For more information,
click here.

Trivia At The Mighty Moonee Ponds 

The Mighty Moonee Ponds is open and welcoming back guests with a trivia night. Comedian Corey White will be hosting the evening, so you know you’ll be in for a laugh. Also, some solid prizes are up for grabs with a $100 voucher for first place. They’re also serving $8 pints from 5-7pm if you want to pregame for trivia. Just be warned—it might affect your shot at first prize.  


When: 7pm, Wednesday 27 October 
Where: 690 – 694 Mount Alexander Road, Moonee Pond   
For more information,
click here.

What's On This Month In Melbourne 

Firefly Zipline

A pop-up zipline is coming in hot to Melbourne CBD, flying across from Fed Square, over the Yarra before landing in Alexandra Gardens. The dual zipline means you can ride it with friends up to 40km—and at around 9m high—across the city's main arterial waterway. 

Firefly Zipline will be operating from Wednesday 1 December through to Tuesday 28 December. Tickets go on sale from Monday 1 November here

Bottomless Sky Tea

The Adelphi Hotel's rooftop is somewhat of a CBD icon, and with Melbourne set to reopen in just a few weeks, so too is this lofty favourite. To celebrate, the team here is putting on four days worth of bottomless high tea from Thursday 28 October through to Sunday 31 October. Menu highlights include confit duck waffle cone, jamon & truffle sandwiches and a raspberry-laden lamingtart, but the real highlight is of course the free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Champagne across your two hour sitting. Prices start at $630 for a table of three, with bookings up to eight on offer.

Make your return to society in style and lock in a table here.

Lune’s October Specials 

Lune never disappoints when it comes to their monthly specials. This month features creations like a finger-bun croissant, hazelnut pudding—and a cherry blossom cruffin, just in time for spring. The peanut pretzel twice-baked croissant deserves a mention and for those after something savoury, give the cheese and pepper escargot a whirl. Be sure to get in early or pre-order to avoid missing out. 


When: Now until the end of October    
Where: Lune Croissanterie, CBD & Fitzroy
For more information, 
click here.

Piccolina's Ice Cream Sandwiches 

Over the next 8 weeks, Piccolina will feature a stack of limited-edition ice cream sandwiches, with every offering influenced by their team’s origins. Kicking off the flavours is owner Sandra’s Tiramisù sandwich which pays homage to her Italian roots. Next up is Zoe’s Baklava sandwich which plays on Greek flavours. A shoutout goes to Maria’s Argentinian Dulce de Leche gelato sandwich that you can look forward to later in the series, too.

Scope their Instagram for more details.

Pinchy's On Tour

Everyone's favourite lobster joint is winding up its road trip, but not without a few more stops along the way. Starting Thursday 14 October and rolling into the the weekend, Pinchy's will make to Newport, Box Hill, Heidelberg and Chelsea before doing it all again the following Thursday in Maidstone, Hoppers Crossing, Mordialloc and Mulgrave. That's not it though, on the last Thursday of the month, they'll round out the tour in Wantirna, North Geelong, Ringwood and finally, Eltham.

There'll be several packs available which are each made to feed two, and if you're wondering, yes, the lobster roll is included in both packs for the omnivores. For the veggos, it'll be subbed out with a decadent mushroom roll. 

Scope out the full list of locations and order up here.

NGV Virtual Tour | Maree Clarke: Ancestral Memories

If you craving some art, the NGV is offering a virtual tour featuring Maree Clarke’s artwork. The Indigenous artist is a pivotal figure in reviving and sharing elements of Aboriginal culture and this is explored in her collection. Her exhibition ‘Ancestral Memories’ is an engaging multidisciplinary practice featuring a range of photographs, sculptures, prints, jewellery and more. 


When: Wednesday 1 September until Friday 31 December 
Where: Online 
For more information,
click here.

What's On This Year In Melbourne 

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. 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 exhibition will coincide with the NGV’s annual black-tie event, the NGV Gala on Saturday 4 December, a chance to don your Coco-chic fits. 


When: Thursday 4 December until Monday 25 April, 2021 
The NGV 
For more information, click here

Van Gogh Digital Exhibition

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. 


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

What's On Next Year In Melbourne

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. 


When: 7.30pm until 9.30pm, Wednesday 9 February, Saturday 12 February, Saturday 19 February 
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl 
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.

Editors Note: all dates are only indicative and are subject to change with developments of COVID restrictions in Victoria. 

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