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Everything You Need to Put In Your Diary for December

Check out a slew of Christmas markets, slurp $2 oysters at a beach bar and party out the year at a two-day music festival.
By Concrete Playground
November 29, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
November 29, 2021
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  • Food & Drink

    Over the Rainbow at the Provincial Hotel

    This Fitzroy pub rooftop is sporting a new rainbow-themed look for summer, complete with a self-serve machine pouring bottomless Moon Dog Fizzers.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The French Dispatch

    As symmetrical, idiosyncratic, thoughtful and delightful as ever, Wes Anderson's star-studded tenth film is one of his best.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Lost Leonardo

    As tense and suspenseful as any thriller, this wild art-world documentary explores the story of recently discovered potential Leonardo da Vinci painting 'Salvator Mundi'.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Encanto

    Featuring infectious tunes by Lin-Manuel Miranda, this lively Disney musical is a gorgeous and heartfelt love letter to Latin American culture.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Card Counter

    Oscar Isaac is exceptional in this weighty and compelling gambling drama from 'Taxi Driver' screenwriter and 'First Reformed' director Paul Schrader.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Dune

    Phenomenally cast, staged and shot, this Timothée Chalamet-led version of sci-fi’s desert-dwelling space thriller is spectacular.

  • Design & Style

    Unearthed Clay

    This pop-up ceramics market is devoted to emerging local talent.

  • Food & Drink

    90s RnB Mixtape Saturdays

    Moonwalk back in time for this weekly DJ-fuelled 90s party, complete with retro cocktails and Passion Pop.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Celestial Night Drone Show

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

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Street Feasts

    Leave 2021 behind and ring in the new year with good food and wine in one of eight delicious dining precincts.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Artisan Christmas Market on Bay Street

    Port Melbourne's festive pop-up market is back for another day of gift shopping, eats and live tunes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Performance of a Lifetime — Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

    The MSO is welcoming live music back to the stage with some of Melbourne's finest artists.

  • Food & Drink

    Take Me to The Candy Shop

    Tex-Mex chain El Camino Cantina is celebrating summer with bright-hued, candy-flavoured margaritas — complete with edible candy garnishes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Australian Ballet's Melbourne Celebration Gala

    A stunning showcase of the Australian Ballet's talent in a greatest hits-style lineup of live performances.

  • Design & Style

    Heide Christmas Market

    Shop a special festive edition of these monthly dog-friendly markets, set amongst a sculpture garden.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    Unpacking a sex-tape scandal — as well as the state of the world today — this Romanian award-winner is scorching and searing from its first frame to its last.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Tom Hardy and his parasite are back in this gleefully ridiculous sequel to 2018's box-office hit — and watching the actor argue with himself is the best thing about the film.

  • Food & Drink

    QV Club

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Titane

    Following a serial-killing car model, this ferocious and unflinching body-horror thriller is only the second-ever movie to win a female filmmaker Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or.

  • Food & Drink

    Christmas at South Melbourne Market

    Festive fun will be on for the whole family at one of the city's biggest markets this December.

  • Design & Style

    The District Docklands Christmas Night Market

    This pup-friendly market is the perfect spot for some last-minute Christmas shopping.

  • Food & Drink

    Northside Wines Christmas Market

    Did we mention there's unlimited sampling? We like the sound of that.

  • Food & Drink

    The Craft & Co Christmas Gin Market

    This is your one-stop pop-up gift shop for all things gin-related.

  • Food & Drink

    Christmas at Degraves

    One of Melbourne's most iconic laneways is getting a festive makeover.

  • Food & Drink

    Queen Victoria Christmas Market

    Grab your gifts and everything you need to whip up Christmas lunch at one of the city's largest markets.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Free Christmas Films at Fed Square 2021

    Watch a festive or all-ages-friendly flick under the stars — without spending a cent.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Skyfall in Concert

    Experience the legendary James Bond film with a live score from some of the nation's finest musicians.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Christmas in the Wizarding World

    Spend a magical night watching a free performance by the 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' in Federation Square, followed by a big-screen session of 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone'.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Rescue

    The Oscar-winning directors behind 'Free Solo' swap climbing peaks for diving deep, this time chronicling the rescue of 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Blue Bayou

    With potent performances and a dreamy-yet-gritty look, this deeply moving drama tackles America's immigration laws and their punitive impact.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Zola

    2015's viral 148-post Twitter thread about a Florida trip gone wrong comes to the screen, complete with candy hues, a bold approach and a savvy dissection of social media.

  • Food & Drink

    Food Truck Stop

    Kick off summer with QVM's new midweek fiestas, starring a globe-trotting curation of food truck eats alongside an all-Victorian drinks menu.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    So Soiree

    Prahran's colourful multi-arts festival delivers a riotous blend of comedy, cabaret and circus this December.

  • Food & Drink

    Rice Paper Scissors at Aunty Kim's House

    With no time limits on bookings, Rice Paper Scissors' new pop-up dining and function space is primed for long, lazy group catch-ups.

  • Design & Style

    Postal Lane Markets

    The CBD has scored a new weekly laneway market, serving up eats, drinks, tunes and an array of locally-made wares.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Friends' at Bathe-In Cinema

    Watch your favourite TV friends on a big screen under the stars, while soaking blissfully in a geothermic pool.

  • Food & Drink

    Frosé Your Way

    Fargo & Co is embracing summer with a specialty frosé lineup — complete with fruity flavours and fun toppings.

  • Food & Drink

    Midsummer Night's Garden at The Smith

    This Prahran spot has transformed its garden atrium into a bloom-filled summer oasis inspired by the balmy days to come.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Eat Meat Platters

    Feast your way through unlimited pork belly, chicken schnitzels, chicken wings and German sausages.

  • 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.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Firefly Zipline

    This pop-up adventure experience lets you whiz from Fed Square to Alexandra Gardens, nine metres above the water.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne Music Week 2021

    Melbourne's annual celebration of music will help you wrap up the year with a healthy fix of live tunes, showcasing sounds from over 300 artists.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Xplore Melbourne

    This free augmented reality scavenger hunt will see you exploring the city as you unlock artworks, musical performances and exclusive giveaways.

  • Food & Drink

    CherryHill Orchards Cherry Picking Festival 2021

    Hit this Yarra Valley orchard for a day of cherry picking, picnicking, live tunes and cherry ice cream.

  • Food & Drink

    Higher Order

    This 90-minute immersive dining experience delivers a feast for all senses, fusing art, performance, music and design.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    No Time to Die

    Daniel Craig farewells his time as Bond in a thrilling, weighty and emotional swansong that isn't afraid to shake and stir the franchise's usual elements.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Happy Place

    It's Melbourne's turn to explore "world's most Instagrammable exhibit", complete with a confetti dome, ball pit and room filled with 40,000 gold flowers.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Imaginaria 2021–22

    Explore echo light chambers, bound your way into giant bubbles, wander between shimmering digital vines and take a leap into a three-metre abyss.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Love Actually' in Concert 2021

    Revisit the classic Christmas-themed British rom-com with a live score.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow'

    This Berlin-based artist's playful and interactive exhibition dives into life's big queries with room-sized installations and telephones sculptures that ask questions.

  • 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.

  • Design & Style

    Pond[er]

    The NGV's thought-provoking new Architecture Commission features a pink-hued pond you can actually wade through.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Van Gogh at The Lume

    From 'The Starry Night' to 'Sunflowers', experience the famed artist's masterpieces like never before at this immersive digital gallery.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Japanese Film Festival 2021

    Australia's annual celebration of Japanese films is celebrating its 25th year by bringing 21 new and classic movies to Melbourne.

  • 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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Monster Fest 2021

    Melbourne's genre and cult cinema festival is back with zombies, hauntings, revenge tales and eerie islands.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Beyond the City

    The Beyond the Valley team is ringing in 2022 with a special spin-off city festival, taking over Sidney Myer Music Bowl and surrounds.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Korean Film Festival in Australia 2021

    Australia's annual celebration of Korean cinema returns with a strong lineup of new must-sees and recent favourites.

  • Design & Style

    Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

    It's the first exhibition in Australia that'll solely focus on Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel's contributions to fashion and culture.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scandinavian Film Festival 2021

    Australia's annual showcase of Nordic cinema returns to Melbourne with a lineup of films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Mills

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

  • 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

    Patricia Piccinini: A Miracle Constantly Repeated

    The acclaimed Australian artist's latest exhibition fills the usually closed Flinders Street Station Ballroom with otherworldly creatures.

  • 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

    Classic Rooftop Cinema 2021–22

    Watch movies and sip drinks under the stars in Elsternwick.

  • 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

    Italian Film Festival 2021

    This year's festival will kickstart your European holiday cravings with a 26-movie lineup of new and classic dramas, thrillers, comedies and documentaries.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cameo Outdoor Cinema 2021–22

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

  • Food & Drink

    Fonda DIY Taco Kits and Margs

    Fonda's new limited-edition taco packs and bottled margs are primed for your next lockdown-friendly fiesta.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Becoming You: An Incomplete Guide

    This new exhibition celebrates real-life coming-of-age tales.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    2021 Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

    Australia’s longest running and most prestigious art awards for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists is back — and you can catch it IRL or online.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moulin Rouge! The Musical

    The Broadway hit is bringing its all-singing, all-dancing romance to Melbourne's newly renovated Regent Theatre.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Disney: The Magic of Animation

    Explore the Mouse House's huge animated catalogue via more than 500 original paintings, sketches and drawings.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Treasures of the Natural World

    Two-hundred of the oldest and strangest objects from London's Natural History Museum are coming to Melbourne.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    Break out the butterbeer — the acclaimed play has brought its magic back to the stage.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mirka

    St Kilda's Jewish Museum of Australia will be home to never-before-seen Mora works.

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