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February has come and gone, which means the time for jam-packing everything into the limited daylight we have left is now. To save you the sweet hours you’d normally spend hunting down ways to spend your down time (that aren’t starting new shows on Netflix), we’ve pulled together a list of all the local happenings and events you need on your screw-my-savings-let’s-live-like-kings list this March.
#1. Grab A Bite To Eat In The CBD
If you’ve got a hankering for some traditional Thai with a modern Australian twist, then Little Collins Street’s Magic Mountain Saloon has got you covered. This boutique bar and eatery are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner ‘til late, so the fun literally never ends at Magic Mountain.
#2. Get Your Late Night Pizza Fix At This New Hawthorn Hotspot
The only thing better than a 24-hour club in Hawthorn, is a 24-hour club in Hawthorn with an in-house pizza joint (can I get an Amen?). Taking over the ground floor of Untz Untz, Holy Moly will be your new fave pizza joint and sports bar for when you’ve moonwalked your legs into the floor and can only be revived with a $5 classic margherita.
#3. Then Grab A Coffee With A View
The Astor Theatre have just opened their new street-side café, Overlook, and the name itself is an ode to the 1977 Stephen King Novel, The Shining. Even though the concept’s bloody terrifying, the menu offers some delicious fine wines, craft beers and cocktails, as well as crafted menu items from local food kings D.O.C, Milk The Cow, Harrow and Eaton, Doughboys and Baking Bad.
#4. Give Yourself A Wine Education At The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
It’s back for another year, which means you can write off all your weekends this March. Gather round children because you’re about to learn how to make gnocchi, match wines, prepare extravagant lunches and brush shoulders with Melbourne’s cooking elite. Check out the full program here.
#5. Check Out Some Free Tunes At Moomba Festival
This Labour Day long weekend, from March 10-13, the annual Moomba Festival will be hitting the banks of the Yarra for yet another program packed with free events and activities. There’ll be four days of carnival rides, watersports, fireworks, a puppet garden, roller disco and live music. Click here to find out more.
#6. Get Your Glam On At The Melbourne Fashion Festival
Melbourne’s trendiest festival is back for another year. From March 1-19, the country’s largest consumer fashion event, The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, will feature Australia’s established and emerging designers, first-class productions, beauty workshops, seminars, and live entertainment amongst a closet full of other events and activities. For dates, times and details, head to their website.
#7. Let Your Green Thumbs Run Wild At The Melbourne International Flower And Garden Show
If you think flowers and gardening-related pursuits are cool, this festival isn’t for you. If flowers and gardening-related pursuits are your life and you can’t remember what your hands look like because you haven’t taken your gardening gloves off in thirty years, then you NEED to be at this event. The Melbourne International Flower And Garden Show will showcase the best floral and landscape talent in Australia, as well as all the best gardening tools and accessories on the market today. Head here for more info.
#8. Share Some Laffs At The Melbourne International Comedy Festival
If you’re going to leave your house once this month, it should be for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. March will be lucky enough to host three days of the 3-week festival, where you’ll be able to see the likes of Luke McGregor, Stephen K Amos and local act, Aunty Donna, take to the stage at some of Melbourne’s most iconic venues. Head to the website to view the schedule.
#9. Share Some Caffeine At The Melbourne International Coffee Expo
Coffee addicts rejoice for on March 30–April 1 the Melbourne Showgrounds will transform into a caffeine haven. Now in its sixth year, Asia Pacific’s largest dedicated coffee event will feature up to 10,000 café owners, roasters, baristas, and more at the biggest industry event on the national calendar–the Melbourne International Coffee Expo. It’s also just an excellent excuse to drink like six triple shot soy flat whites.
#10. Enjoy A Sunset Dinner At A Beautiful Winery
Grab your fanciest friends and head over to the stunning Montalto Estate for a day of canapés in the orchard, sunset nibbles by the vines, dinner and of course bubbles, all with a spectacular view of the property from the estate’s exclusive wine room. This is a unique event (and a great gift for that someone special (no, not your dog), but tickets will sell fast so head to the website to grab your ticket.
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