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7 Must-See Events Happening In Melbourne This August

By Ben Tyers
30th Jul 2019


We’re almost through the coldest part of the year, but August is where it starts to get a bit more blustery than usual.

The best way of escaping the cold? Heading indoors and checking out of the many great events happening in Melbourne.

So, keep toasty, and hit up these excellent events happening in Melbourne this August.

Sensory Underground


Taking place as part of Fed Square’s Anything But Square Festival, Sensory Underground runs through to Tuesday 20 August. They’re running two sessions per day (Tuesday to Sunday) at 6pm until 7:30pm, and 8pm until 9:30pm. The event has been in high demand with sessions sold out until Sunday 11 August already.

Buy tickets here.

When: Until Tuesday 20 August
Where: Fed Square
For more information, click here.

Winter Village


Surrounded by 'snow'-covered pine trees and offering stunning views overlooking the Melbourne skyline, Winter Village includes an ice skating rink, 21 private igloos and snowfall every hour in the mega igloo dining and drinking hall.

You can quench your thirst at the Sip bar with eight beer taps, hot and cold cocktails, local wines and house classics on offer, including Espresso Martinis on tap and a Spiced Cherry winter spritz.

When: Until Sunday 29 September
Where: Fed Square
For more information, click here.

Melbourne International Film Festival

Various Locations

MIFF returns in 2019 with an absolutely stacked lineup featuring local and international films.

Headline films include Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, The Nightingale, Sorry We Missed You, Bacurau, Les Misérables among others.

The Astor Theatre is running a Jeff Goldblum marathon, which is a definite highlight.

When: Thursday 1 August to Sunday 18 August
Where: Various locations around Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Terracotta Warriors And Cai Guo-Qiang


The NGV presents China’s ancient Terracotta Warriors alongside a parallel display of new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang.

The Terracotta Warriors exhibition is a large-scale presentation of the Qin Emperor’s Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974. Alongside it, Cai Guo-Qiang has created all-new artworks, including a monumental installation of 10,000 suspended porcelain birds

When: Until Sunday 13 October
Where: NGV, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank
For more information, click here.

Blobfish Beer Festival

North Melbourne

A beer festival with a difference is coming to Meat Market this August.

Blobfish celebrates all beers sour, funky, and wild with 16 breweries from across Australia, as well as a handful from overseas, showing their wares.

There are two sessions throughout the day, 11:30am to 3pm, and 4:30pm to 8pm. Inside you’ll find a restaurant, oyster bar, premium cheese, a bottleshop for unique takeaway beer, live music, natural wine, and more.

When: Saturday 24 August, 11:30am to 8pm
Where: Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
For more information, click here.

MOULD: A Cheese Festival

North Melbourne

It wouldn’t be winter without a good helping of cheese, and MOULD brings it in spades.

Artisan cheesemakers from around Australia will descend upon Meat Market for a day of cheese, wine, masterclasses, and much more.

To go with the stinky delights there will be wine, whisky, sake, beer, and cider all available at the bar.

When: Friday 15 August to Saturday 16 August
Where: Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne
For more information, click here.

White Night Reimagined


White Night is copping a revamp this year and will now stretch over three beautiful Melbourne winter nights.

Expect the usual projections alongside talks, performances, and a massive winter feast.

There are a massive range of free events to check out, so if you’re short this month White Night Reimagined might work perfectly for you.

When: Thursday 22 August to Saturday 24 August
Where: Melbourne CBD
For more information, click here.

For everything else happening around Melbourne, check out our Things To Do section.

Image credit: Sensory Underground

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