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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Week

Get your blood pumping at a free fitness class and down bottomless cocktails at this underground brunch.
By Concrete Playground
January 14, 2019
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    The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Week

    Get your blood pumping at a free fitness class and down bottomless cocktails at this underground brunch.
    By Concrete Playground
    January 14, 2019
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      • PIMM'S POP-UP

        Watch the Australian Open on a huge outdoor screen in Fed Square — with a Pimm's in hand.

      • ROOFTOP YOGA

        Do a Saturday morning yoga class at Rooftop Bar.

      • HUGE INDOOR PLANT WAREHOUSE SALE: RARE PLANT PARTY

        Fill your home with new green babies from this warehouse sale.

      • THE EMPIRE STRIPS BACK

        This OTT burlesque is the all-singing all-stripping 'Star Wars' show you never knew you needed.

      • SO FRESH 2000S PARTY

        A slick night of nostalgic tunes will bring you back to the So Fresh CD era.

      • MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.

        An engaging, warts-and-all look at the personal and professional life of the Sri Lankan-born hip hop star.

      • ADELPHI HOTEL ROOFTOP GIN SESSIONS

        Sip Four Pillars gin cocktails and ice-cold brews every Thursday and Friday on this CBD rooftop pool deck.

      • MELBOURNE BOOK MARKET 2019

        Swap your spare change for a stack of books every Sunday at the Queen Victoria Market.

      • VEGAN GELATO TAKEOVER 2019

        Piccolina's Collingwood, Hawthorn and St Kilda stores will be serving up vegan gelato and milkshakes for one week.

      • MIDSUMMA FESTIVAL 2019

        Melbourne's premiere LGBTQI+ festival returns for three weeks of colourful cabaret, 11-hour carnivals and interactive art.

      • SOUTH WHARF POP-UP CINEMA 2019

        Make the most of summer with a classic movie — and an espresso martini — by the Yarra.

      • EIGHTH GRADE

        Comedian Bo Burnham makes his filmmaking debut with this winning coming-of-age flick.

      • SPARKLING PINOT AND PETANQUE

        A day of wine, games and grape-stomping at a winery in the Macedon Ranges.

      • SUMMER SUNDAYS

        Cool off at the Prahan pool while listening to a DJ set of jazz and funk.

      • SOFIA COPPOLA RETROSPECTIVE

        Twenty years since Coppola made her directorial debut, The Astor revisits her entire filmography.

      • BALLARAT BEER FESTIVAL

        Bands, bites and many, many brews.

      • ADULT NIGHT AT LEGOLAND

        After dark, Lego isn’t just for kids.

      • VITRA 100 MINIATURES

        A curious German exhibition of classical chair designs is heading to Melbourne — and they're all fun-sized.

      • SUPERNORMAL NATSU 2019

        The Japanese-accented pop-up is back — and this time it's serving up a 100 percent vegetarian menu.

      • THE MAGICAL SOIREE

        A boozy sing-along brunch fit for a (Disney) prince or princess.

      • HOLIDAY INN SUMMER POOL PARTY

        An adults-only pool party on a CBD rooftop.

      • HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

        JK Rowling's acclaimed two-part West End play is coming to Melbourne in 2019.

      • DESSERT DEGUSTATIONS AT IKI-JIME

        Shannon Bennett's new CBD restaurant is pairing cocktails with four courses of dessert — for three nights only.

      • SOUTH MELBOURNE NIGHT MARKET 2019

        Spend a balmy night browsing stalls with a beer and single origin chocolate soft serve.

      • PIXAR PUTT

        A Pixar-themed mini golf course pops up in Federation Square for a month.

      • MARY POPPINS RETURNS

        Everyone's favourite magical nanny is back in this charming sequel, with Emily Blunt leading the charge in a most delightful way.

      • TWENTY-NINE CHEESE GNOCCHI

        South Yarra's Cucinetta is serving up this extremely cheesy gnocchi for two weeks only.

      • KUSAMA: INFINITY

        This visually vibrant doco explores Yayoi Kusama's life and work — dots, dramas and daring to push boundaries all included.

      • COLD WAR

        The latest film from 'Ida' director Pawel Pawlikowski is a melancholic post-war masterpiece.

      • THE FAVOURITE

        This historical comedy from filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is a savage, acerbic delight.

      • BLUE LOTUS WATER GARDEN

        The sprawling Yarra Valley garden is opening its doors to the public for lotus flower season.

      • SEANCE 2019

        The spine-chilling shipping container experience is popping up at the Queen Victoria Market — enter if you dare (and aren't claustrophobic).

      • SUMMER BEACH BOX

        You can now float high above the city in a beach-themed Melbourne Star cabin complete with sangria and deck chairs.

      • BUMBLEBEE

        A small-scale story with an enormous heart, Bumblebee is the Transformers film fans have been waiting for.

      • FURPHY OUTDOOR CINEMA 2019

        Make a trip to Geelong and catch a film under the stars — beer in hand.

      • SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE

        This irreverent, kaleidoscopic delight is the best Spider-Man movie yet.

      • YARRA BEACH BAR

        Grab your sun hat and towel and head to this beachy retreat in the city centre.

      • SUNSET SOUNDS 2019

        A series of free outdoors gigs held in parks across Melbourne. BYO picnic.

      • WILLIAM WEGMAN: BEING HUMAN

        The first major Australian exhibition of the famed American photographer and his many dog muses.

      • AUBURN HENDRICK'S GIN GARDEN

        Settle into this inner city summer oasis for seafood feasts and gin cocktails galore.

      • COLETTE

        Keira Knightley shines in this spirited film about one of literature's great female figures.

      • AQUAMAN

        Jason Momoa charms in this special effects-laden superhero blockbuster.

      • VICE

        Christian Bale is a sight to behold in a political comedy that unfortunately favours style over substance.

      • BAREFOOT CINEMA 2018–19

        A mix of recent and classic films will screening under the summer sky in Elsternwick and the Mornington Peninsula.

      • SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS

        Pack a picnic and see Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' play out in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

      • SECOND ACT

        Jennifer Lopez and Vanessa Hudgens can't save this well-intentioned but formulaic comedy.

      • STOMPING GROUND LA BOCA

        An Argentinian-inspired beer garden has popped up at the Arts Centre Melbourne for summer.

      • CLIMAX

        Gaspar Noé's latest film takes viewers on a trip into a memorable, manic and murderous all-night dance party.

      • MELBOURNE GIN COMPANY SUMMER BAR

        A pop-up gin bar perfect for after-work drinks.

      • LOVE

        Stories of love, desire, friendship and longing, all within one swoon-worthy spot.

      • CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?

        Melissa McCarthy is in career-best form in this fantastic and empathetic true tale about life, loneliness and literary fraud.

      • OVERLORD

        A grotesque and sinister Nazi zombie flick worthy of your time.

      • ROOFTOP CINEMA 2018–19

        Melbourne's original rooftop cinema returns for summer.

      • CAMEO OUTDOOR CINEMA 2018–19

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

      • MOONLIGHT CINEMA 2018–19

        Summer has arrived with the return of the Royal Botanic Gardens' always-popular outdoor cinema.

      • MUSEUM OF THE MOON

        A giant floating sculpture of the moon, complete with NASA imagery on its surface, will take over Scienceworks.

      • THE 9TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

        GOMA's three-yearly survey of Asia Pacific art returns.

      • FRIDA KAHLO: HER PHOTOS

        More than 257 photos from the famed Mexican artist's personal collection head to Bendigo.

      • DAVID GOLDBLATT: PHOTOGRAPHS 1948–2018

        An Australian-first retrospective of the famed South African photographer's work.

      • MASTERS OF MODERN ART FROM THE HERMITAGE

        Artworks by Monet, Matisse, Picasso and more are travelling from Russia to Sydney for the AGNSW's latest exhibition.

      • ESCHER X NENDO: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

        The NGV's summer blockbuster will bring together the Dutch artist and Japanese design studio to create an immersive exhibition of optical illusions.

      • JULIAN OPIE

        Towering skyscrapers, virtual carp and a urinating statue are all part of the NGV's latest (free) exhibition.

      • BREATHE. SWEAT. STRETCH. FREE

        The NGV, in collaboration with Lululemon, is hosting free fitness and yoga classes in its garden this summer.

      • THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS

        See two artists' worlds collide at this compelling exhibition.

      • MATT BAX: COCKROCKER

        Bar Americano's Matt Bax is launching his half-art gallery, half-warehouse bar with a colourful show exploring identity.

      • MUIR ARCHITECTURE AND OPENWORK: DOUBLEGROUND

        As the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission, this sleek bamboo garden, maze and deck will sit in the gallery's Grollo Equiset Garden.

      • 'STAR WARS' IDENTITIES: THE EXHIBITION

        Coming to Australia for the first time, this exhibit features 200 original objects from the 'Star Wars' series.

      • PATRICIA PICCININI AND JOY HESTER: THROUGH LOVE…

        Piccinini's works new and old will be displayed alongside pieces by one of her key influence, the late Melbourne artist Joy Hester.

      • LIDO ON THE ROOF 2018-19

        Hawthorn's rooftop cinema returns.

      • RIGG DESIGN PRIZE 2018

        Ten intricately designed rooms arrive at the NGV for Australia's leading interior design competition.

      • MPAVILION 2018

        This year's amphitheatre-like temporary structure has two timber floating roofs and grass-covered grandstands and will host over 400 free events over summer.

      • ARBORY AFLOAT 2018

        Arbory's 69-metre-long floating bar has taken up residence on the Yarra for summer.

      • POLLY BORLAND: POLYVERSE

        See 60 works from one of Australia's most celebrated photographers — including portraits of Nick Cave and the Queen.

      • DESIGNING WOMEN

        The NGV brings together its diverse range of female-designed works into a free dedicated exhibition.

      • KEN UNSWORTH: TRULY, MADLY

        The 87-year-old sculptor's first major Melbourne exhibition.

      • MANDELA MY LIFE: THE OFFICIAL EXHIBITION

        A huge world-first Nelson Mandela exhibition debuts in Melbourne.

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

        The National Film and Sound Archive's exhibition celebrating the too-brief career of local boy Heath Ledger.

      • BALDESSIN/WHITELEY: PARALLEL VISIONS

        An NGV exhibition bringing together works from two preeminent Australian artists, George Baldessin and Brett Whiteley.

      • ROME: CITY AND EMPIRE

        Experience the grandeur of ancient Rome at this blockbuster exhibition.

      • ZERO

        MONA's immersive ode to the radical artists of post-war Germany.

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