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10 Things To Do In Melbourne This June

By Madeline Wallman
1st Jun 2019

The silver lining of Melbourne’s miserable winter is that there is a huge range of (mostly indoor or undercover) events happening over the next three months.  Here is a taste of what is to come to keep you warm as the weather gets colder, starting with ten things happening in Melbourne this June.

St Kilda Film Festival

The iconic St Kilda Film Festival has returned once again this June, screening some of the best short films from both emerging and accomplished Australian directors, producers and filmmakers. For a film to be considered ‘short’ it has to be no longer than 40 minutes in length, but the festival combines them into feature-length bundles, so you get more bang for your buck.

Think of it as a warm-up for the 18-day Melbourne International Film Festival happening in August. This years program is jam-packed with shorts that will make you laugh, cry and think, kicking things off with the opening night at the one and only Palais Theatre.  

What: St Kilda Film Festival
Where: Multiple venues throughout St Kilda
When: June 21 - June 30
For more info,
click here.

The Builders Arms Sausage Festival

A different sort of sausage fest to the one you’re thinking of. The Builders Arms Sausage Festival pays homage to the noble banger, with four new dishes on the menu staring four different types of sausage. 

Make your way through the menu of Blood Sausage, Pig’s Trotter, Choucroute Garnie and Krank’d Up Footy Dog, available every day for lunch had dinner for the duration of the festival.  

What: The Builders Arms Sausage Festival
Where: Builders Arms Hotel,
When: Friday June 7 - Sunday June 23
For more info,
click here.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

Prepare for your eyes to be blessed with some of the most epic light installations going around. One weekend in the middle of Winter each year, the south end of Fitzroy transforms into a colourful illuminated outdoor museum.  

No surface will be left in the dark: footpaths, shop fronts, alleyways, and of course the many galleries along Gertrude will all be awash with the work of local artists. Rug up, brave the sub-zero temperatures and see Gertrude Street as you’ve never seen it before.

What: Gertrude Street Projection Festival
Where: Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
When: 26 July - 3 August
For more info,
click here.

QV’s Winter Night Market

Melbourne’s favourite midweek market has returned once again, bringing with it some deliciously spiced mulled wine, pasta tossed in a wheel of cheese, and the infamous seafood paella.  

All of your old favourites are back in the largest market in the southern hemisphere, plus a bunch of new and exciting food stalls to try and artisan shopping to browse, with log fires to keep you warm.  As always, they’ll be free roving entertainment, live music performances, locally-made retail stores to browse and a silent disco.

What: Winter Night Market
Where: Queen Vic Market
When: Wednesdays 5 pm - 10 pm, June 5 - August 28
For more info,
click here.

Oz Comic-Con

Since being introduced to Australia in 2012, Oz Comic-Con has cemented itself among pop culture fans. And good news for those wanting to unleash their inner geek, it’s back once again.

Hitting the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on the 8th and 9th of June, you can expect to see the likes of Shadowhunters actors Dominic Sherwood and Alberto Rosende, as well as comic book artists Dean Rankine (The Simpsons, Rick and Morty, Futurama), Nicola Scott (Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman), and Carla Wyzgala (Hidden Door Comics).

There’ll also be MARVEL’s colouring wall for the kids, the Comic District and Library for comic enthusiasts, and the Gaming Zone for gamers to play against others or take it easy in the free play gaming area.

What: Oz Comic-Con
Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Center Place South Wharf

When: Saturday 8 June to Sunday 9 June, 9 am - 6 pm daily
For more info, click here.

Pork And Pinot At Arbory Bar & Eatery

Don’t ask us why, but pork and Pinot are a match made in heaven. It’s one of the mysterious food matches of the world that just works, without fail, every time.  

For the month of June Arbory are celebrating this delicious pair with additional dishes on the menu featuring local pork and wine. Pop into Arbory from 12 pm for lunch or dinner and order a plate of roast pork and a glass of Lucinda Estate 'Premium' Pinot Noir for just $25.  

The pork dish will change daily, celebrating the diversity and deliciousness of the whole pig, from porchetta to sucking pig and everything in between.

What: Pork and Pinot at Arbory
Where: Arbory, 1 Flinders Walk Melbourne
When: Throughout June
For more info,
click here.

NGV Friday Nights

Each Friday starting on the 31st of June, NGV will once again extend their hours and welcome a range of contemporary artists to the gallery to perform alongside the new Terracotta Warriors exhibition.  This June you will have the chance to experience the transcendent sounds of Melbourne singer Amaya Laucirica, witness NGAIIRE’s high energy live show and stellar vocals, groove to the raw talent of new wave rocker Sloan Peterson, and boogie with the cheeky St Kilda boys from Approachable Members Of Your Local Community.  

Your ticket will include access to the exhibitions, there’ll be dumplings on offer supplied by the good folk at Hutong Dumpling Bar, because what’s a Friday without a few cheeky late-night dumplings?

What: NGV Friday Nights
Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd Melbourne
When: Every Friday in June
For more info,
click here.

Great Global Greyhound Walk

Greyhounds have a bad rap.  They are not the teeth-baring, muzzle-wearing, aggressive canines you might have seen racing down the track.  In fact, greyhounds are incredibly placid, lazy pooches who would much rather spend their time snoozing on the couch.

The Great Global Greyhound Walk aims to raise awareness of the misunderstood breed and highlight how great they can be as pets, particularly for busy inner-city Melbournians as they don’t require a backyard or a whole lot of exercise.  

Hosted by Gumtree Greys, the rescue organisation hopes to encourage more people to adopt ex-racing dogs, and reduce the huge number of greyhounds euthanised each year when they are longer deemed fit for racing. Bring along your own dog, or just rock up solo to enjoy the company of hundreds of long boys.  

What: Great Global Greyhound Walk
Where: Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Av South Yarra
When: Sunday 9 June, 10 am - 11 am
For more info,
click here.

MindBodySpirit Festival

This three-day festival will be VERY different to the ones you attended over summer. Australia’s largest health and wellbeing festival returns once again, where hundreds of like-minded people gather for a health-conscious weekend.  

There'll be more stalls than you can poke an organic, gluten-free stick at, plus a whole heap of demonstrations, presentations and workshops.

What: Melbourne’s MindBodySpirit Festival
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf
When: June 7 to June 10, 10 am - 7 pm
For more info,
click here.

Grampians Olive Co. Open Harvest Day

To celebrating the 2019 olive harvest, the Grampians Olive Co. is firing up their pizza oven, cracking open the wine, and inviting all to come and celebrate their briny delicacy.  

You can learn the process of harvesting and pressing that turns fresh, bitter and quite frankly disgusting olives off the tree into the delicious, salty snack we know and love. The olive experts behind the Grampians Olive Co will answer any questions you have about pruning, curing, and caring for your trees at home.  

What: Grampians Olive Co. Open Harvest Day
Where: Grampians Olive Co., 376 Olive Plantation Road Laharum

When: Sunday 9 June
For more info, click here.

Looking for something food related instead? Check out our Food & Drink section.

Image credit: Griffin Simm

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