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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
October 15, 2018
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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
    October 15, 2018
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      • BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE

        The new thriller from the maker of The Cabin in the Woods is a rollicking good time.

      • VEGAN EXPERIMENTAL TUESDAYS

        Collingwood's Shu is using Tuesdays to test out five new dishes — for only 25 bucks.

      • DAREBIN MUSIC FEAST

        Over 100 parties, gigs and film screenings held all across this vibrant pocket of Melbourne's north

      • FEDERATION SQUARE ROCK WALL

        Scale a tall wall in the middle of the city.

      • FIRST MAN

        An intimate and breathtaking character study that reminds us exactly why we still love going to the movies.

      • RIGG DESIGN PRIZE 2018

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

      • HARRY POTTER TRIVIA NIGHT

        Accio all the right answers and celebrate with some butterbeers.

      • ENVIRONMENTAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

        A nine-day cinema showcase with a stacked program, but also a stirring, socially conscious message.

      • GREEK FILM FESTIVAL 2018

        Featuring the latest Greek Weird Wave effort, a film about a soap opera writer borrowing storylines from his real-life neighbours and a six-movie comedy retrospective.

      • COLLINGWOOD UNDERGROUND ROLLER DISCO

        Pull on your skates and roll around an underground Collingwood car park.

      • 'STEP' FOR ANTI-POVERTY WEEK

        Deep-dive into the issue of poverty at this special film screening.

      • YARRA VALLEY OPERA FESTIVAL

        See an opera version of 'The Handmaid's Tale' as well as other aural delights.

      • SECRET GARDENS OF THE DANDENONG RANGES SPRING TOURS

        Spend a day wandering through some of Melbourne’s gorgeous privately owned gardens.

      • MORO MASTERCLASS SERIES

        Learn the tricks of the trade from top Melbourne chefs.

      • FINDERS KEEPERS SPRING/SUMMER 2018

        Support the next wave of independent artisans at this biannual art and design market.

      • GARAGE SALE TRAIL 2018

        Save your life's clutter from landfill or land yourself some bargains.

      • HAUNTVILLE

        This truly scary horror festival is coming to Melbourne for the first time.

      • DESSERT DEGUSTATIONS AT IKI-JIME

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

      • AMERICAN ANIMALS

        Documentary and drama combine in dazzling fashion in this endlessly fascinating exploration of a real-life heist.

      • DON'T WORRY, HE WON'T GET FAR ON FOOT

        Joaquin Phoenix stars in this unconventional biopic of quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

      • BOTTOMLESS ROSé LUNCHES

        For all of October, Fatto is hosting a spring-appropriate riverside lunch — with unlimited rosé — every Sunday.

      • BOTTOMLESS MEXI-BRUNCH

        A series of Mexican brunches with bottomless cocktails every Saturday at Bodega Underground.

      • BENDIGO UNCORKED WEEK

        A throng of events dedicated to food and wine aficionados.

      • SUITCASE RUMMAGE

        Trawl through Melbourne's favourite luggage-based trash 'n' treasure.

      • THE HANDMAID'S TALE — GERTRUDE OPERA

        Before Hulu turned the 1985 novel into a hit TV series, it was made into an opera.

      • 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.

      • HAWKER 88 NIGHT MARKET

        A new Wednesday night hawker-style food market heroing mooncakes, Filipino food and durian.

      • MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL 2018

        This year's festival sees the Royal Botanic Gardens set ablaze for a series of fire shows, a sensory maze and an installation of 100 keyboards.

      • CUSTODY

        A brutal, bleak but brilliantly crafted chronicle of a family coping with the aftermath of divorce.

      • POLLY BORLAND: POLYVERSE

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

      • DYNAMICS OF AIR

        This group exhibition will explore how we consume air and — with climate change and population growth — how we might consume it in the future.

      • 1000 DOORS

        An eerie and endless labyrinth of doors from the duo behind 'House of Mirrors'.

      • SPRING SCARF DINNERS AT HIGHER GROUND

        The cost of your dinner will go towards funding training, mentoring and employment for migrants in need.

      • LADIES IN BLACK

        A bright and buoyant look at the lives and loves of Sydney department store workers circa 1959.

      • CHRISTOPHER ROBIN

        Winnie-the-Pooh returns in gorgeous detail in this big-hearted ode to not taking life too seriously.

      • BIENNALE OF AUSTRALIAN ART

        Ballarat's huge new six-week festival is the largest-ever showcase of living Australian artists.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT AMERICAN BBQ, SIDES & DESSERT

        This Brunswick joint is serving up all-you-can-eat American-style barbecue twice a week.

      • SEARCHING

        Keeping your eyes glued to a computer screen has rarely been more thrilling.

      • A SIMPLE FAVOUR

        Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively shine in this savagely entertaining thriller from 'Bridesmaids' director Paul Feig.

      • MCQUEEN

        A documentary as fascinating as the fashion designer at its centre.

      • THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST

        Chloë Grace Moretz turns in a career-best performance in this quietly revelatory look at life inside a gay conversion camp.

      • YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE

        Joaquin Phoenix is at his wounded best in Lynne Ramsay's intense hitman thriller.

      • DESIGNING WOMEN

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

      • ARCHIBALD PRIZE 2018

        See Yvette Coppersmith's winning portrait along with a slew of other notable works.

      • CRAZY RICH ASIANS

        An irreverent, entertaining and purposefully extravagant rom-com that also proves a rare Hollywood film with a primarily Asian cast.

      • KEN UNSWORTH: TRULY, MADLY

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

      • OKTOBERFEST AT HOFBRäUHAUS

        Melbourne's German 'bierhall' is holding five weeks of beer festival shenanigans.

      • LEXICON — NO FIT STATE

        The circus comes to the Royal Botanic Gardens for this year's Melbourne Festival.

      • MANDELA MY LIFE: THE OFFICIAL EXHIBITION

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

      • PLANETARIUM NIGHTS

        Stare up at the full-dome screen with a drink in your hand.

      • NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S 50 GREATEST WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHS

        See the best 50 animal snaps from the magazine's 130-year archive at Melbourne Zoo's outdoor gallery.

      • VIETNAMESE YUM CHA BRUNCH

        A Vietnamese twist on Sunday brunch, with optional bottomless booze.

      • SUNDAY LUNCHES AT RYNE

        A new four-course roast to lure you out of the house on the laziest of Sundays.

      • AMERICAN MASTERS 1940–1980

        The National Gallery of Australia will pull out works by Andy Warhol, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock and more.

      • TOKOSAN'S SUNDAY BRUNCH

        Pair brunch bento boxes with bottomless booze at this Prahran bar's new brunch.

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

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

      • MATES RATES AND CHEESE PLATES

        Tuck into free fromage over cheap drinks.

      • BODY WORLDS VITAL

        The world-renowned exhibition offers Melburnians a rare look inside the human body.

      • BALDESSIN/WHITELEY: PARALLEL VISIONS

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

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT SUSHI TUESDAYS

        Devour as many rolls as you can every Tuesday.

      • THE FITZROY MILLS

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

      • VEGAN TUESDAYS

        Tuck into an all-you-can-eat vegan curry feast at St Kilda's Babu Ji every week.

      • BOTTOMLESS PIZZA AND UNLIMITED BEER NIGHT

        $35 gets you two hours of slices and brews every Thursday night.

      • JAPONISME: JAPAN AND THE BIRTH OF MODERN ART

        The NGV draws on its collection to display 19th century art from Japan, as well as the European works it influenced.

      • GRANDMOTHERS

        Melbourne's five mulitcultural museums have collaborated on a cross-venue exhibition celebrating yiayias, bubbes and nonnas.

      • BINGO ACADEMY

        Keep the weekend shenanigans going into Sunday afternoon with a bottomless boozy bingo brunch at Tokyo Tina.

      • $1 OYSTER MONDAYS

        Take your Monday nights up a notch with a cheeky dozen at Prahran's Tokosan.

      • TUESDAY WHISKY & CHEESE NIGHT

        Spend your Tuesdays sampling whisky and cheese at Eau de Vie.

      • QUICK BITES COMEDY

        A free weekly comedy night at Boney.

      • BOTTOMLESS PANCAKE BRUNCH

        The newly reopened Prince Alfred Hotel is opening up its rooftop for bottomless pancakes, mimosas, bloody marys and beer.

      • BOTTOMLESS MARTINI BRUNCH

        End your weekend on a caffeine high with two hours of espresso martinis.

      • ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT GYOZA

        Head to South Yarra's Japanese biker bar for an hour of power every Wednesday night.

      • ROME: CITY AND EMPIRE

        Experience the grandeur of ancient Rome at this blockbuster exhibition.

      • CAPI OUTDOOR CINEMA

        The iconic Westgarth Cinema is jumping on the outdoor trend.

      • RAC 'N' MAC NIGHT

        Taking cheesy pasta goodness to the next level every Thursday.

      • JULIET'S JAZZ AND RACLETTE THURSDAYS

        Get your gooey cheese fix while being serenaded at the hidden basement bar.

      • YUM CHA SUNDAYS

        Cure your Sunday arvo blues with dumplings at The National Hotel in Richmond.

      • ZERO

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

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