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8 Must-See Events Happening In Melbourne This September

By Ben Tyers
3rd Sep 2019


We might finally be seeing the sun poke its head through the clouds which means it’s almost thongs weather and a chance to get outside and enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer.

Thanks to some help from our friends at Nando's, we've rounded up some of the hottest events in Melbourne this month. All that's left to do is pick your poison (or spice), whether it’s wholesome and mild or spicy and wild.

QV Happy Days 


Melbourne artist Carla O’Brien puts her famous Neon Wings—worn by Katy Perry at Burning Man no less—on show at QV Happy Days. A neon playground with plenty to see, and free rainbow cheese toasties to keep you full.

When: Until Sunday 22 September
Where: QV Melbourne, Corner Lonsdale and Swanston Street
Read more about QV Happy Days here.

$11 WTF Ribs 


Prepare your taste buds for this hot deal. Lock in your dinner dates for every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this month because Nando’s are dishing up $11 WTF Ribs. Sink your teeth into a quarter PERi-PERi chicken, four BBQ ribs and your choice of a regular garden salad, corn on the cob, spicy rice (yes, please), coleslaw, garlic bread or Nando’s famous PERI-PERI chips. But wait, there’s more. If you’re a registered PERi-Perks member you can get this delicious deal any day of the week. We’ll see you there. 

When: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday until October 18
Where: All Nando’s Restaurants
To find a restaurant, 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
Read more about Fed Square Winter Village 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 Melbourne, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank
Read more about Terracotta Warriors and Cai Guo-Qiang here.

KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness


Creator of larger than life cross-eyed sculptures, KAWS brings his first exhibition to Melbourne.

KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness celebrates generosity, support for others and the deep need humans have for companionship. It follows the artist’s recent solo presentations at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Modern Art Museum Of Forth Forth, the Yuz Museum Shanghai, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Foundation.

When: Friday 20 September, 2019 to Sunday 1 March, 2020
Where: NGV Melbourne, 180 St Kilda Road, Southbank
Read more about KAWS: Companionship In The Age Of Loneliness here.

AFL Grand Final


The AFL Grand Final rolls around once again, and the race is wide open.

The one day in September will be big, and there are plenty of venues putting on events to give you the best vantage point if you can’t make it to the MCG.

When: Saturday 28 September
Where: MCG, Brunton Avenue, Richmond
Read more about the AFL Grand Final here.

Gut Feelings


Learn the answer to that question and more through an immersive, multi-sensory experience at the Melbourne Museum called Gut Feelings.

Walk amongst your microbes in a stunning gut tunnel, marvel at art and science installations and see the gut in a whole new light, from poo transplants to probiotic-rich diets. And if you’re a little squeamish or unable to say the words ‘poo transplant’ without laughing, then maybe you should skip this one.

When: Until February 2020
Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
Read more about Gut Feelings here.

50 Flavours Of Butterbing


This one doesn’t need much explaining but here goes: Melbourne's getting a Butterbing pop-up where you will be able to try 50 flavours of Butterbings for two hours only.

Yes, we’re talking about those deliciously chewy, heavenly, delectable cookies dessert dreams are made of. For two hours only on Sunday, 15 September, you can experience a taste extravaganza like no other at Welcome To Thornbury.

When: Sunday 15 September
Where: Welcome To Thornbury, 520 High Street, Northcote
Read more about 50 Flavours Of Butterbing here.

Is it getting hot in here? The Nando’s story started in Jo’Burg back in 1987, when mates Robbie and Fernando walked into a PERi-PERi chicken restaurant as customers and came out owners. That’s the power of PERi-PERi. Since then they’ve been obsessing over those flavours, so today their famous PERi-PERi marinades, bastings and sauces are made with Nando’s very own African Bird’s Eye Chillies grown in Southern Africa, plus a dash of lemon, garlic, onion and herbs. There’s a flavour for everyone on Nando’s PERi-ometer, ranging from BBQ all the way up to Extra Hot!

For everything else happening around Melbourne, turn the Nando's peri-ometer right up and check out the latest openings around Melbourne on our New Eats section.

Image credit: supplied

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