Things To Do

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

By Amanda Gunn
15th Sep 2021

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

We're absolutely racing through to the tail end of the year, the weather's starting to get a bit warmer and we've got a stack of stuff to do right now, and a couple of big things lining the horizon.

If you're looking for something to tackle this week or if you're wanting to fill the calendar, we've rounded some of the top things happening in Melbourne.

What's On This Week In Melbourne


Native Flower Workshop  

Nothing spruces up your home like a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. So, this Tuesday, why not curate your own beautiful arrangement. With stunning flowers from Mornington Peninsula, you will be led on how to collate the native flowers and foliage to make your ideal bouquet. You will be provided with flower cutting tools and all the native flowers, so all you need is an open mind to unleash creativity. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Tuesday 14 September 
Where: Online
For more information, click here.

Willow Virtual Retreat  

If you’re dreaming of a beach retreat, unfortunately, that is probably not in your 5km, however, we have the second-best thing. Willow is hosting a Virtual retreat to momentarily escape lockdown and indulge in some self-care. In a combination of cooking classes, yoga flows, Q&A with Olympian Steph Prem and more, the retreat is dedicated to wellness and revitalising yourself. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 9am until 12:30pm, Tuesday 14 September
Where: Online
For more information, click here.

Art of Gnocchi Making 

Who doesn’t enjoy a little potato pillow of pasta? If nothing sounds better than cooking and then demolishing a bowl of melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi, Kartina Pizzini is hosting an online gnocchi-101. Guiding you through how to create the perfect gnocchi dough and make delicious sauces from seasonal produce, the class lets you get messy in the kitchen. The pack comes with everything you need and also includes two bottles of wine that perfectly pair with your pasta, or for you to sip while cooking.  

THE DETAILS:

When: 5pm, Wednesday 15 September
Where: Online 
For more information, click here.

Negroni Week

It’s Negroni Week and the obvious way to celebrate it is with a Negroni. However, if you’re looking to take the festivities to the next level, check out their range of recipes, and try something like a Kula Negroni or a Frozen Negroni. After all, this will definitely liven up any lockdown blues.  

THE DETAILS:

When: Monday 13 September until Sunday 19 September 
Where: Online

For more information, click here.

Australian Ballet Online Classes

Unfortunately, the ballet season has been cancelled due to lockdown, but our finest dancers are encouraging you to learn the artistry and technique of ballet in your own home. Their online classes are available for a short period of time, offering adult dance classes for beginners and intermediates who have a plie down pat. Once you’ve taken part in your session, it is available for a week, letting you practice and perfect your moves as much as you like. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 4pm, every Thursday
Where: Online
For more information, click here.

Convergence 

A hybrid web experience about the climate emergency, grab your roommate to play Convergence. The tabletop experience is a multimedia experience that explores our collective course towards climate catastrophe and what comes after. The experience takes roughly 90-120 minutes and is curated by artist Harry Lee Shang Lun and researcher Cass Lynch, along with a dozen of experts in the industry. For an educational and fun experience, check out Convergence as it is only around for a limited time. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Now
Where: Online
For more information, click here.

Venice Film Festival At Home  

Wish you were enjoying an Aperol in Venice right now, we do too. Although we can’t send you to Venice, we have the second closest thing. ACMI is showcasing a series of films from the Venice Film Festival that are premiering at the annual event. Drama lovers or doco fans don’t worry because there is a broad collection of films for you to enjoy.

THE DETAILS:

When: Various Times
Where: Online 
For more information, click here.

Archibald at Home 

To explore the winners of the 2021 Archibald awards, jump onto their online exhibition. The virtual gallery features artwork from the winners and finalists, along with clickable text descriptions for each piece. Art lovers, take a tour of the gallery and immerse yourself in the outstanding artwork.    

​​THE DETAILS:

When: Various times  
Where: Online
For more information, click here.

What's On This Month In Melbourne 


Pinchy's On Tour

Everyone's favourite lobster joint is taking it on the road in lockdown this month. Starting in Glenroy on Thursday 16 September, before making their way to East Brunswick, the Mornington Peninsula, Richmond and more. 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.

Royal Melbourne Show Showbags 

Unfortunately, the Royal Melbourne Show has been cancelled for the second year in a row, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their renowned showbags. The classic Cadbury showbag is available for sweet tooths, or if sport is your thing—grab a footy bag from your favourite team. With an enormous selection of bags, there is something for food lovers, Harry Potter fanatics and everything in between. 

THE DETAILS

When: Various times 
Where: Online 
For more information,
click 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. 

THE DETAILS

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

Melbourne Writers Festival  

For avid readers, word lovers and creatives, Melbourne’s Writers Festival is running this weekend online. To experience workshops, panels and conversations from some of the best writers in Melbourne, jump online to see the range of events. The festival will offer inspiration to aspiring writers and great tools for those already in the industry. This year there is also a focus on First Nation creators who will be sharing some of their powerful stories. 

THE DETAILS

When: Friday, 3 September until Sunday, 12 September 
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. 

THE DETAILS

When: Thursday, December 4 until Monday, 25 April 2021 
Where: 
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. 

THE DETAILS

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

Sun Cycle 2022

Whilst technically next year, we're claiming it. The famed New Years Day celebration has graduated from its former inner-north lodgings and is heading for the big time stage of Sidney Myer Music bowl. This year Sun Cycle boasts a stellar line-up of local talent headlined by Melbourne boogie queen CC:DISCO! and psychedelic jazz-charged Mildlife, alongside long-time Melbourne dancefloor conductors Waxo Paradiso and C.FRIM. Set an alarm, tickets go on sale Thursday 16 December.

THE DETAILS

When: Saturday 1, January
Where: Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Kings Domain Gardens, Linlithgow
For more information, 
click here

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

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