Things To Do

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

By Amanda Gunn
28th 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


Life Drawing    

Pick up a pen and paper and get sketching. Celebrate art and the human body in an online drawing tutorial. The session is open to all skill levels and they even encourage you to BYO a couple of wines, which might end up enhancing your drawing for better or worse.  

THE DETAILS:

When: Wednesday 29 September   
Where: Online
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, Tuesdays
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 


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 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.

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

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

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