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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Week

Revel in the return of cinema with a movie under the stars, or sip local prosecco at a hidden rooftop bar.
By Concrete Playground
August 08, 2022
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  • Travel & Leisure

    Deep Tasting

    Experience Minor Figure's new limited-edition sip — while soaking up tunes and coffee aromas in a psychedelic greenhouse.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Retrosweat's "Let's Get Physical" Olivia Newton-John Tribute Sessions

    Pay tribute to Olivia Newton-John by donning lycra and getting physical — in-person in Sydney, or at home around the country via livestream.

  • Food & Drink

    Archie Rose's Hot Gin Terrace

    Archie Rose is hosting a toasty cocktail session dedicated to warm gin concoctions through the ages.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Meat Wednesdays

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Murder Party

    If ‘Amelie’ and ‘Knives Out’ combined, the end result would look like this candy-coloured French whodunnit.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Planetarium Nights — National Science Week

    Stare up at the full-dome screen with a drink in your hand as cosmic content enthrals you.

  • Food & Drink

    Grazeland Truffle Festival

    Spotswood's huge food precinct is dishing up a three-day funghi fest, with a bounty of truffle dishes from all corners of the globe.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bullet Train

    Brad Pitt's charisma, scene-stealing supporting players and spectacular stunt choreography help this assassins-on-a-train action-comedy mostly prove a blast.

  • Food & Drink

    Maxibon Waffle On Drive-Thru

    There's a new ice cream sandwich in town — and it's got its own pop-up drive-thru, slinging freebies all weekend long.

  • Food & Drink

    Naught Distilling at The Orchard

    Eltham's rising star distillery is hitting the eastern suburbs for a lavish cocktail-matched gin dinner.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Full Time

    This French standout turns a single mother and five-star hotel chambermaid's hectic daily routine into a relentless thriller.

  • Food & Drink

    Friday Nights at Kewpie

    Come for the bottomless pizza — stick around for dance-friendly tunes from Boogs, Luke Vecchio, Sunshine and more.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Throwback Lounge

    Immerse yourself in 90s nostalgia — and a dedicated cereal bar — at this retro winter pop-up.

  • Food & Drink

    Go Fooding Month

    Right through August, tuck into exclusive $49, $79 and $99 three-course menus at restaurants across Melbourne.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Gnocchi and Cocktails 2022

    Brunswick's free-flowing gnocchi and cocktail feasts are back — and this time, the menu's vegan- and gluten-free-friendly.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cinema Nights on the Rooftop

    This month, hit QT's all-weather rooftop bar for a Tuesday night flick and free popcorn.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Drag 'n' Draw

    This life-drawing class features a RuPaul's Drag Race star as your glamorous art model.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne International Film Festival 2022

    MIFF is finally back in-person for the first time since 2019 — and more than 370 features, shorts and extended-reality titles are taking over Melbourne's cinemas.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Forgiven

    This thorny satirical drama benefits from Ralph Fiennes at his best, playing a loathsome wealthy Londoner holidaying in Morocco and immersed in a tragedy.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Official Competition

    Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas are fantastic in this sharp and witty Spanish Argentine comedy about filmmaking.

  • Food & Drink

    Lamb Month at Three Blue Ducks

    The restaurant's firing up the spit for a month of lamb-centric menu specials.

  • Food & Drink

    Tom Sarafian at Cumulus Inc v.2

    The former Bar Saracen chef and master of modern Middle Eastern cooking returns to Flinders Lane for another two-week feasting series.

  • Food & Drink

    Hot Chocolate Festival At Home 2022

    Get creative hot chocolate flavours delivered to your door.

  • Food & Drink

    Hot Chocolate Festival 2022

    This month-long extravaganza will get you through to winter's end, complete with OTT, boozy and indulgent hot chocolates.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Where the Crawdads Sing

    This 2018 bestseller jumps from the page to the screen, but proves as pristine and polished as a swampy southern gothic murder-mystery melodrama can be.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Black Phone

    Reteaming with his 'Sinister' director Scott Derrickson, Ethan Hawke is unnervingly excellent in this tense and eerie 70s-set horror film.

  • Food & Drink

    The Winter Night Market 2022

    The Queen Vic Market's legendary winter sessions have returned to fire up your Wednesday nights.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Imaginaria 2022

    Explore echo light chambers, bound your way into giant bubbles and wander between shimmering digital vines at Docklands.

  • Food & Drink

    Winter Orchard in the Sky

    The Q is spending the rest of winter celebrating Marionette's innovative fruit liquers with a drinks showcase and special cocktail menu.

  • Food & Drink

    Truffle With Friends

    Join Lagotto for a series of Italian truffle feasts filled with classic dishes that have been cleverly reimagined.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Tyama — A Deeper Sense of Knowing

    Reawaken your connection to the natural world as you experience this exhibition's large-scale projections, interactive visuals and First Nations storytelling.

  • Travel & Leisure

    W Melbourne's WET Sessions

    Enjoy drinks, snacks and beats while you party poolside — even in winter.

  • Food & Drink

    Tokyo Tina's Bingo Academy

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    9 to 5 The Musical

    Dolly Parton's hit musical is finally coming to Melbourne.

  • Food & Drink

    Mr Miyagi in the Big Smoke

    Windsor's long-standing modern Japanese diner is descending on QT Melbourne for a two-month dinner pop-up driven by smoke and char.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Palace Cinemas' $9 Student Saver Day

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

  • Food & Drink

    Baby's Winter Aperitivo

    Richmond's Baby Pizza is bringing the Euro holiday vibes, serving up spritz, beer and cocktail specials from 3–5pm daily throughout winter.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Flight — Darkfield

    Strap yourself into a section of a real airplane, and prepare for an eventful and immersive experience.

  • Design & Style

    Neighbourhood Earth

    An immersive, multi-sensory adventure awaits at Melbourne's premiere of this intergalactic exhibition.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Picasso Century

    Scope out more than 70 works by the Spanish artist, as well as 100-plus others from over 50 of his contemporaries.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    QUEER: Stories from the NGV Collection

    See hundreds of years of iconic artworks from the NGV collection examined through a queer lens.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bruce Munro: From Sunrise Road

    Munro’s first Australian exhibition is an experimental, immersive light installation exploring the human experience.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Light: Works from Tate's Collection

    This Melbourne-exclusive showcase from the UK's Tate galleries features more than 70 works, including pieces by Claude Monet and Yayoi Kusama.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    WHO ARE YOU: Australian Portraiture

    The NGV’s new exhibit explores Australian identity through unconventional portraiture.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections

    A slice of Ancient Greece is coming to Australia, with 44 works and artefacts dating back to the early bronze age on display at Melbourne Museum.

  • Food & Drink

    Apres-Ski on the Rooftop

    Fargo & Co's rooftop has scored a bunch of mini ski chalets, which you can book for a cosy session of Grey Goose drinks and pink chocolate fondue.

  • Food & Drink

    Half-Price Paella

    Mr Joe's new Thursday night deal will level up your midweek dinner game, with half-price paella and bottomless cocktails to match.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    It Takes Time: Ten Films by Frederick Wiseman at ACMI

    This ACMI retrospective showcases an award-winning documentarian and his commitment to examining American institutions.

  • Food & Drink

    Endless Frites

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

  • Food & Drink

    Bridge Road Brewers' Cardboard Pop-Up Bar

    Everything inside the zero-impact venue has been constructed from materials that are either recycled or can be reused or composted.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Vegan Tacos

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Van Gogh at The Lume

    From 'The Starry Night' to 'Sunflowers', the artist's masterpieces are on display like never before at The Lume, Australia's first immersive digital gallery.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Mills

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

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