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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Week

Explore one of the city’s many Christmas markets, catch a flick for The Astor’s Scorsese birthday showcase, or hit Moon Dog’s new pop-up bar for bevs and barbecue eats.
By Concrete Playground
December 05, 2022
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Coburg Night Market 2022

    Head north for three days of live tunes, market stalls, food pop-ups and family-friendly fun.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mister Organ

    New Zealand filmmaker David Farrier has done it again, chronicling another story so wild that it can only be true — and this one started with an antiques store’s car park.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer of Love

    When The Beast CBD and Kenny Lover join forces, good things happen — including this fried chicken, waffles and Sriracha ice cream situation.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Boho Luxe Christmas and Vegan Markets 2022

    Melbourne's Byron Bay-inspired market returns for a festive instalment — with a second all-vegan market running alongside.

  • Food & Drink

    IKEA Christmas Dining Experience

    Put a Swedish spin on your festive season with three-course Christmas dinners at IKEA's Melbourne stores.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Strange World

    Taking a journey to the centre of an otherworldly realm, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 61st film is heartfelt, urgent and visually stunning.

  • Food & Drink

    Hunky Dory's 18th Birthday Chippies

    Nab some free chips in honour of this Aussie fish and chipper's birthday.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer Paradiso

    Moon Dog is descending on the Arts Centre forecourt for a summer of bevs, beats and barbecue eats.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Violent Night

    Casting David Harbour as a kick-ass Santa is a gift, but this festive action-comedy pilfers too many of its parts from other, better films.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Seriously Red

    Paying tribute to the one and only Dolly Parton, this Australian comedy follows a plucky impersonator swapping the nine-to-five for playing her idol.

  • Travel & Leisure

    String Bean Alley Christmas Market

    This festive pop-up will fill your Monday nights with gift shopping, Christmas carols and global eats.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    The 'The Shape of Water' and 'Pan's Labyrinth' director's stop-motion take on the beloved 19th-century Italian tale might just be the most magical yet.

  • Travel & Leisure

    'Bourne Local Collingwood Artisan Market

    Hit this monthly market for fashion, produce, food trucks, tunes — and a roller rink disco.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bones and All

    Timothée Chalamet and Taylor Russell play cannibal lovers road-tripping through America's midwest in this evocative and exquisite film from 'Call Me By Your Name' director Luca Guadagnino.

  • Food & Drink

    $9.95 Schnitzel Tuesday

    Tuck into $9.95 schnitzels one day a week at The Bavarian.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Menu

    A culinary thriller-slash-black comedy with bite, this Ralph Fiennes- and Anya Taylor-Joy-starring cinematic dish is savage, savvy and slickly satisfying.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Botanique

    A little slice of New Orleans has landed in the Southbank Theatre Forecourt for summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless High Tea

    Pair this sweet and savoury high tea spread with bottomless, free-flowing drinks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Melbourne 2022–23

    Moonlight Cinema is back for another huge summer of cinema under the stars.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Merry Wives of Windsor — Melbourne Shakespeare Company

    The Melbourne Shakespeare Company production is slated to arrive this December.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Happy Birthday Marty: Celebrating 80 Years of Mr Martin Scorsese

    The Astor Theatre is paying tribute to a filmmaking icon with a month of movies, including rarely screened titles and select sessions on 35mm.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

    For his first movie in seven years, Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu ponders the weight of being a filmmaker in a feature both spectacular and indulgent.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    She Said

    Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan lead this powerful newspaper drama, which follows the journalists who broke the Harvey Weinstein story.

  • Food & Drink

    The Melbourne Gin Company x Oigåll Projects Pop-Up Bar

    A star local distillery and a Fitzroy gallery are hosting Friday-night sips matched with after-hours art.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Geelong's Christmas Festival of Lights

    Get your festive fix wandering through more than three million Christmas lights — plus, enjoy rides, entertainment and Christmas cocktails along the way.

  • Food & Drink

    QVM Summer Night Market 2022–23

    Melbourne's beloved nighttime food market is returning for a 15-week summer season, complete with global eats, live tunes, pop-up bars and shopping galore.

  • Food & Drink

    CherryHill Orchards Cherry Picking Festival 2022

    Lean into summer — hit this Yarra Valley orchard for a day of cherry-picking, picnicking, live tunes and cherry ice cream.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Urbnsurf's Acoustic Music Series

    This summer, enjoy live local jams and cold brews overlooking the waves at Melbourne's surf park.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Friends! The Musical Parody 2022

    This song-filled satirical stage version of the hit 90s sitcom will be there for Melburnians this year.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Millie Lies Low

    There's nothing false about this astute and hilarious NZ comedy about faking it till you make it in a social media-ruled world — or about Ana Scotney's exceptional performance.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Monet & Friends Alive

    Melbourne's digital gallery is diving into the French impressionist era with this multi-sensory exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scorsese Season

    Explore the iconic director's filmography on the big screen, including 'Taxi Driver', 'Goodfellas', 'The Departed' and more.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    My Working Life: Stories From the Collection

    Discover the cultural and social diversity of working life over the years at the Immigration Museum's latest exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Phantom of the Opera — Opera Australia

    Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of the legendary musical comes to Melbourne.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Barbara Hepworth: In Equilibrium

    Hepworth's nature-inspired sculptors made her one of the leading artists of her generation, and notably the first female sculptor to achieve international recognition for her art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lido on the Roof 2022–23

    Hawthorn's rooftop cinema returns for a fresh season with an impressive lineup of recent and classic flicks.

  • Design & Style

    Layers of Blak

    Powerful storytelling meets contemporary jewellery design for this compelling First Nations group exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Classic Rooftop Cinema 2022–23

    Watch movies and sip drinks under the stars in Elsternwick over another spring and summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Pepe's Amalfi Summer

    This CBD spot is transporting you to the Amalfi Coast this summer, with holiday-worthy antipasto bites and Mediterranean cocktails.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cameo Outdoor Cinema 2022–23

    Big releases, retro flicks, choc tops and popcorn — they're all back under the stars in Belgrave this spring and summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Hook, Line and Drinker

    Get messy with one of New Quarter's Cajun-Vietnamese seafood banquets — paired with bottomless booze, if you're thirsty.

  • Food & Drink

    Spring Lunches at Avani Wines

    Chef Harry Mangat returns to his Red Hill home-away-from-home for a new spring weekend lunch series — and he's got some special guests in tow.

  • Travel & Leisure

    W Melbourne's Swim Club

    Now, you don't even need to book a hotel room to spend a weekday living it up by W Melbourne's glam 14th-floor pool.

  • Design & Style

    Bricktionary: The Interactive Lego Brick Exhibition

    Melbourne Museum is playing host to the A-to-Z of Lego — including more than 150 impressive models, plus six interactive building zones.

  • Food & Drink

    Tokyo Tina's Bingo Academy

    Bring the big weekend energy to your Saturday afternoon with this bottomless boozy bingo brunch.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Cinemas' $9 Student Saver Day

    The cinema chain is treating students to $9 tickets every Wednesday.

  • Food & Drink

    Endless Frites

    Elevate your Tuesday night dinner with an unlimited side serve of hot, crispy fries.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Stella the Stargazer

    This enchanting tiny palace features a roll-out stargazing sleep platform, luxe shower and eats by Alejandro Saravia.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Vegan Tacos

    Don Taco is serving up all-you-can-eat vegan tacos every Tuesday for just $20 per person.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Mills

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

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