Things To Do

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

By Amanda Gunn
20th Oct 2021

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

There’s light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re feeling restless in these last remaining days of lockdown we have a few activities to prevent you from absolute boredom. Keep yourself entertained by tasting new sandwiches, joining a pilates class or trying out zero-waste cooking.

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

The Hardware Societe Sanga Pop Up

The Hardware Societe is hosting a sandwich pop-up that takes inspiration from their usual top-tier menu. For example, they’ve flipped their classic baked eggs into a hot-dog sandwich. Other goodies to try include; Croque madame with confit duck or mushroom or the lobster Gribiche with smoked egg. If you wanna try one of their French-inspired sangas, head to the pop up before it’s over.   

THE DETAILS:

When: Now  
Where: Hardware Societe, 10 Katherine Place, Melbourne 
For more information,
click here.

Matt Stone Cooking Class  

In honour of National Barramundi Day, Matt Stone is teaching you how to recreate his iconic crispy barra burger. The burger is the perfect end of the day treat and Matt will provide all the tips and tricks on how to perfectly cook your barra. The session also has a focus on zero-waste cooking and preventing food produce from getting unnecessarily disposed of. So join in the session to mindfully create this one-of-a-kind burger. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 6pm until 7pm, Thursday 21 October 
Where: Online 
For more information,
click here.

Spring Harvest Online 

The Spring Harvest Online program is a collaboration between food producers, educators and foragers who will share their recipes seasonal to spring. Each Thursday the program focuses on a different session—and this week Gabriel Gutnik from Ziggy’s Wildfoods guides you through the native food movement. He will provide instructions on how to create a drink syrup featuring native ingredients including lemon myrtle and lavender. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 4pm until 4.30pm, Thursday 21 October    
Where: Online    
For more information,
click here.

Serotonin Pilates 

Pilates is a great way to reset your mind, but don’t be mistaken—it ain’t easy. If you’re looking for something extra to get you moving, the team from Serotonin is providing you with a workout that combines flexibility, strength and a little bit of cardio. The 45-minute session is sure to get your muscles burning, so keep a water bottle nearby.   

THE DETAILS:

When: 9.30am, Wednesday 20 October    
Where: Online    

For more information, click here.

Claytime Kits Sale  

Ceramique’s lovechild is Claytime, a company dedicated to at-home pottery kits. Currently, they are encouraging you to get crafty at home by hosting a sale on some of their DIY clay kits. So, if you have a bit of extra time on your hands why not experimen? The kits come with all the materials and tools you need—and you can sign up to free zoom tutorials as well. Otherwise, just get crafty and create a vase, mug, sculpture or anything else your heart desires. 

THE DETAILS:

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

Omnom Virtual Cheese Masterclass

From feta, halloumi, mozzarella, mascarpone, burrata and bocconcini—cheese comes in all beautiful shapes and sizes. They’re all pretty delicious too. So why not try making your own? Luckily, the team from Omnom offers a range of different cheese-making sessions to tailor to all your dairy-based needs. Get your charcuterie board loaded with these homemade cheese online sessions which pair wonderfully with a vino. 

THE DETAILS:

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

Craft Club | Make Your Very Own Rug 

If you are feeling creative or need a new rug to spice up your living room, why not make your own? With bright and neutral designs, Craft Club has a collection of rug making kits to keep you busy over the week. Try out one of their circular rugs that you may end up hanging on the wall, or go for a more traditional and beginner-friendly doormat.  

THE DETAILS:

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

Dirty Linen Podcast

On her podcast ‘Dirty Linen,’ food journalist Dani Valent chats to some of Melbourne's culinary greats. The podcast looks at Melbourne’s buzzing food and hospitality industry—and Dani has spoken to chefs including Curtis Stone and Dom Wilton from Hector’s Deli. To hear about what’s happening in Melbourne's food scene, chuck in some headphones and listen to Dirty Linen on your next walk or drive.  

THE DETAILS:

When: Now until the end of October    
Where:
Apple and Spotify    
For more information, click here.

City Of Melbourne | Online Book Club 

If have been grinding through books during lockdown, join Melbourne’s book club which runs online every Tuesday. It is a fun way to connect with other book lovers and come together to debrief a thrilling novel. The books that are discussed are also all available in print, eAudio and eBooks, to ensure accessibility for anyone. If you are after Melbourne’s best bookstores to pick up one of the weekly reads, check out these ones

THE DETAILS:

When: 6pm until 7pm, now—Tuesday 16 November
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 


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. 

THE DETAILS:

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. 

THE DETAILS

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. 

THE DETAILS

When: Thursday 4 December 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

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. 

THE DETAILS: 

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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