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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Week

ample flavours galore at Victoria’s huge ice cream festival, stock up on gifts at a Valentine’s market or hit Sidney Myer Music Bowl for a free MSO concert.
By Concrete Playground
February 06, 2023
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Magic Mike's Last Dance

    Channing Tatum’s stripper saga returns with spectacular dance scenes and winning chemistry, but a half-hearted thrust of a story.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    What's Love Got to Do with It?

    Lily James and Shazad Latif make charming leads in this by-the-numbers British rom-com about a filmmaker documenting her childhood best friend’s assisted marriage.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Gnocchi and Cocktails 2023

    Brunswick's free-flowing carb and cocktail feasts are back, complete with vegan and gluten-free options galore.

  • Food & Drink

    Mirboo North Italian Festa

    South Gippsland's long-running Italian festival is back for a huge day of authentic eats, cooking demos, entertainment and grape-stomping.

  • Food & Drink

    Free Slices for World Pizza Day

    Head to Leonardo's Pizza Palace to score yourself some mid-week pizza, free of charge.

  • Food & Drink

    Nikka's Discover the Hidden

    This whisky bar crawl-meets-cocktail treasure hunt is taking over nine top Melbourne drinking dens.

  • Food & Drink

    LOTI's Bottomless Brunch

    This Mediterranean-leaning boozy brunch is happening three days a week — and there's a whole swag of drink add-ons to choose from.

  • Food & Drink

    Kaiju Cantina's First Birthday

    Celebrate one year of this Huntingdale brewpub with a beer-fuelled pizza party.

  • Food & Drink

    Secco Sessions

    Spend your Saturday sipping bottomless prosecco and revelling in disco tunes.

  • Food & Drink

    Wagyu Wednesdays

    Take midweek steak night to the next level with prime wagyu cuts, bottomless hand-cut fries and local vino on tap.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Sunset Cinema St Kilda 2023

    Catch Oscar-nominees, classic rom-coms and an upcoming Paul Mescal flick in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

  • Food & Drink

    Free Boozy Whiskey Iced Lattes

    Drop by this sustainability-focused cafe for a free boozy birthday coffee made on The Gospel's rye whiskey.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Knock at the Cabin

    Anchored by Dave Bautista’s best performance yet, M Night Shyamalan’s latest gets creepy and mostly compelling in the woods.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Daydreams Turns Ten

    This day party is back for a bumper tenth birthday edition, featuring five Sunday sessions filled with tunes, snacks and vino.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Whale

    Brendan Fraser and Hong Chau thoroughly deserve their Oscar nominations for this complicated drama — and ‘Stranger Things’ star Sadie Sink is also phenomenal.

  • Food & Drink

    Ice Cream Festival 2023

    12 days. 144 flavours. Three venues. Many a brain freeze.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    So Pop 2023

    Vengaboys, Whigfield, Alice DJ  and N-Trance are coming to Melbourne for a huge throwback pop tour.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    NinchFest 2023

    The Grogans, Birdz, William Crighton and a host of other talent will hit the Mornington Peninsula for this much-loved summer music fest.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nosferatu — Malthouse Theatre

    Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre is turning this century-old gothic horror masterpiece into an Aussie-set stage drama.

  • Food & Drink

    Free to Feed's Summer Feasts

    Some of the social enterprise's culinarily-gifted participants are sharing the flavours and stories of their cultures via a pop-up dinner series.

  • Food & Drink

    Picolo

    Australia's first major low- and no-booze drinks fest will have you sipping and swirling — with zero threat of a hangover.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The MSO's 2023 Sidney Myer Free Concerts

    One of Melbourne's summertime traditions returns, this time with a celebration of Tchaikovsky and an ode to Melbourne's diversity.

  • Food & Drink

    Casa Aperol x Petanque Social

    Aperol’s Rivieran Summer has arrived. Make the most of Melbourne’s warmer weather with an Aperol Spritz at Petanque Social, tickets to a live music festival or a self-skippered boat session on the Yarra.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Laneway Festival 2023

    HAIM, Joji and Phoebe Bridgers headline Laneway's huge comeback lineup for 2023.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Red Hot Chili Peppers with Post Malone: 2023 Australian Tour

    By the way, Red Hot Chili Peppers are bringing their global stadium tour to Melbourne this summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hello Sunshine

    This new one-day music festival will serve up sounds from Amy Shark, The Cat Empire and 360 — plus a DJ set from the OG Red Wiggle.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rivermouth

    This captivating exhibition explores the deep connection water has with the land and the sky.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    You Can Go Now

    This powerful documentary about Richard Bell’s art and activism is an essential new Australian must-see.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Young Henrys Presents at Lulie Tavern

    This rockin' music series will fill your February Fridays with free gigs and beer specials.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mary Poppins

    Everyone' favourite nanny is floating into Her Majesty's Theatre.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Tár

    Cate Blanchett turns in another awards-worthy performance in this powerful, complicated and compelling drama about a cancelled conductor.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sunset Safari 2023

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Babylon

    'La La Land' filmmaker Damien Chazelle steps back into Hollywood's past, with Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt leading a jam-packed Golden Age-set spectacle.

  • Food & Drink

    Sips & Sorbet: A Hot Gin Summer

    Head skyward for weekend gin cocktails, plus scoops of fruity sorbet inspired by Four Pillars' gin range.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Midsumma Festival 2023

    The 34th edition of Victoria's major LGBTQIA+ arts and cultural fest is here to heat up your summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hartbeats Sunset Series

    Venture down the laneway for a tune-filled Sunday session, every week through the end of summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Fiesta en La Playa

    This summer, Chef Paul Wilson is slinging Mexi-Cali eats and margaritas by the beach.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Summer of Play

    With ping pong, ice cream, interactive art and a roster of late-night fun, the Melbourne Museum Plaza is the place to be this sunny season.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer Sunday Sessions

    Wrap up your week with bottomless gin cocktails and produce-driven eats overlooking the Yarra.

  • Food & Drink

    NGV Friday Nights Summer 2022

    The gallery's tune-filled after-hours parties are back for summer — this time inspired by the great Alexander McQueen.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Pentridge Openair Cinema 2022–23

    Pentridge's outdoor cinema is back for another season of new and classic flicks under the stars.

  • Design & Style

    Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse

    This blockbuster NGV International exhibition features more than 120 garments designed by the late, great fashion icon.

  • Design & Style

    MPavilion 2022

    This year's vibrant MPavilion architecture commission will feature 250-plus free talks, workshops, performances and installations over four months.

  • Food & Drink

    Aperitiki

    This summer series pairs Italian-ified tiki drinks by Joe Jones and snacks by Josh Fry with a lush Italo-disco soundtrack.

  • Food & Drink

    Yum Cha 3183

    Moonhouse's modern take on yum cha doesn't involve trolleys — but it does feature bottomless drinks.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer Paradiso

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

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Pizza Sunday Sessions

    Wrap up your weekend with all-you-can-eat pizza for $20.

  • 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.

  • Food & Drink

    Bar Botanique

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Melbourne 2022–23

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Monet & Friends Alive

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

  • 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

    Hook, Line and Drinker

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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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