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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Best Outdoor Events to Head to in Melbourne This Summer

Fresh air, sunny skies and a jam-packed calendar of outside events await.
By Concrete Playground
January 13, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
January 13, 2022
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Zoo Summer Cinema

    Melbourne's latest openair cinema pairs cute critters, DJs, food trucks, keeper talks and a lineup of new and classic flicks.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sunset Safari

    Hit the zoo at sunset for an after-hours wildlife experience that'll transport you straight to the savannahs of Africa.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    St Kilda Festival 2022

    Melbourne's most iconic bayside music festival returns for a huge nine-day party, filled with live tunes, performance, food and other fun.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Sounds 2022

    A free outdoor park gig filled with soulful tunes from homegrown acts.

  • Food & Drink

    Pasta Poetry Courtyard Sessions

    With handmade pasta dishes, signature spritz and bocce, this summer courtyard pop-up will transport you straight to Bologna.

  • Food & Drink

    The Exchange Beach Club 2021–22

    Port Melbourne's pop-up beach bar is back for another summer — complete with $2 oyster specials and bottomless boozy brunches.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Good Fest — A Westside Block Party

    Mr West is throwing a rollicking block party packed with live tunes, great food and top-notch booze.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    So Frenchy So Chic 2022

    Spend an afternoon at Werribee Mansion drinking champagne, eating cheese, listening to French music and frolicking on the lawn.

  • Food & Drink

    Arbory Afloat 2021–22

    This year, Melbourne's summer floating bar is inspired by Turkey's Turquoise Coast, serving up Mediterranean bites and a hefty lineup of cocktails.

  • Food & Drink

    Pétanque Social 2021–22

    The riverside pop-up is making a return this summer, with an open-air bar inspired by the Tuscan countryside.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lido on the Roof 2021–22

    Hawthorn's rooftop cinema returns after lockdown with a jam-packed lineup of recent and classic flicks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The MSO's 2022 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

    One of Melbourne's summertime traditions returns, this time with famous film themes and the music of Archie Roach.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Classic Rooftop Cinema 2021–22

    Watch movies and sip drinks under the stars in Elsternwick.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Boiler Room x Sugar Mountain Festival

    The summer festival is bringing its 360-degree stage to Williamtown’s Seaworks Maritime Precinct in January.

  • Food & Drink

    QT's Secret Garden with Dal Zotto

    Wander into this hidden rooftop bar for an Italian-inspired soiree, featuring local prosecco, vintage tunes and bocce.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cameo Outdoor Cinema 2021–22

    Big releases, retro flicks, choc tops and popcorn — all under the stars in Belgrave.

  • Design & Style

    MPavilion 2021

    Hosting over 400 free talks, workshops, performances and installations over a five-month stay, this year's MPavilion architecture commission is sure to inspire many a return visit.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Barefoot Cinema 2022

    After a two-year pandemic-enforced break, this openair cinema is back for another summer season — including a stint at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens for the first time ever.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Synthony Australia 2022

    A 60-plus piece orchestra performs 30 years of dance floor bangers.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Melbourne 2021–22

    Watch everything from 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings', 'A Quiet Place Part II' and 'Dear Evan Hansen' to 'Dirty Dancing', 'Love Actually' and 'Home Alone' under the stars.

  • Food & Drink

    QV Club

    QV Melbourne welcomes a summer pop-up complete with two bars and a roster of DJs.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer Nights Drone Show

    Don't forget to look up after the sun goes down in January.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bloomville

    Sugar Republic's latest pop-up features flowers, cherry blossoms, a sunshine room, a scratch ’n’ sniff floral wall and a confetti shower.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Disney+ Drive-In 2022

    Catch classic Disney and Pixar flicks at this returning pop-up outdoor cinema.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Mills

    A new Fitzroy market showcase a top selection of local food producers each Saturday.

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