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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
February 18, 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
    February 18, 2019
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      • LOW COUNTRY BOIL

        A bottomless South Carolina-inspired seafood feast with local brews.

      • TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2019

        Screening 28 documentaries all focused on building a better future.

      • WHAT'S YOUR STORY?

        Light installations have popped up around the city in a bid to change Melbourne's drinking culture.

      • ARCTIC

        Mads Mikkelson gives a powerful performance in this sparse survivalist thriller.

      • RETROSTAR WAREHOUSE SALE

        Pick up bargains aplenty with 20,000 vintage tees, denim, hats and bags all under $10.

      • HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

        This purposefully repetitive horror-comedy franchise is back for another run.

      • CHUPA CHUPS SLURPEE GIVEAWAY

        7-Eleven's slinging Chupa Chups-inspired Slurpees for zero dollars — if you're quick enough.

      • TANQUERAY TERRACE

        A lush garden oasis in the CBD slinging frozen G&Ts.

      • SINGAPORE SOCIAL

        Get a taste for Singapore's nightlife with food, drinks and live music from some of its best exports.

      • BREWERS FEAST 2019

        Take your tastebuds on a hoppy tour at this two-day beer festival.

      • LAVEZZI GELATERIA FIRST BIRTHDAY

        The Lygon Street store is handing out free scoops of gelato and sorbet to celebrate its birthday.

      • SOUTH YARRA FLEA MARKET

        Score everything from books, antiques and bric-a-brac to vintage threads and must-have designer fashion at this new pop-up market.

      • ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

        It doesn't have the most original story, but this sci-fi action flick still delivers thanks to its compelling heroine and kickass fight scenes.

      • THE PROSECCO FESTIVAL 2019

        A four-hour tasting session dedicated to the sparkling Italian varietal.

      • ON THE BASIS OF SEX

        Celebrating the early years of US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's career, this biopic takes a conventional approach but does its subject justice.

      • CAPHARNAüM

        This Oscar-nominated drama is undeniably stirring, but never self-assured enough to be subtle.

      • GELATO MESSINA X STARWARD WHISKY DEGUSTATION

        Messina is hosting its first-ever degustation pairing gelato and booze.

      • APERITIVO ITALIANO AT BRUNETTI

        Choose from 12 different $10 spritzes (and enjoy free cicchetti) every Friday night at Brunetti's Carlton and Flinders Lane stores.

      • RIDE IN THE SKY

        Take your spin classes to another level and get sweaty on this CBD hotel's rooftop.

      • ESCAPE ROOM

        Cashing in on the real world craze, this horror film features inventive killer chambers, but lacks intrigue elsewhere.

      • VERTIC ALLEY

        Sip potions, hang out in magic-themed booths and peruse spell books.

      • THE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 2019

        Melba Park will be filled with food trucks for five nights.

      • STAR WARS TRIVIA

        The force is strong at this trivia contest.

      • AMERICAN EXPRESS CINEMA OPENAIR CINEMA CBD 2019

        Embrace the outdoors this summer, with movies, live music, good food and adorable doggos.

      • SWELL 4.0

        This immersive music and art event will take over five rooms of The Espy.

      • PIXAR PUTT ST KILDA

        A Pixar-themed mini golf course pops up in St Kilda for six weeks.

      • BEN IS BACK

        A fine-tuned performance from Julia Roberts lifts this familiar addiction drama.

      • THE HATE U GIVE

        This compelling race-relations drama offers a perceptive, impassioned insight into America today.

      • HAWKER HALL YUM CHA

        The Windsor restaurant has brought back its affordable yum cha sessions to celebrate Chinese New Year.

      • ICE CREAM FESTIVAL 2019

        12 days. 144 flavours. Many a brain freeze.

      • THE SPIRIT FAIR

        Get ready to be spirited away.

      • SPRITZ & SNACK PARTY

        While away a Saturday afternoon by the river with this failsafe summer combination.

      • MR BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY — LIGHTNING JAR THEATRE

        If you already preach 'The Simpsons' as an untouchable masterpiece for the ages, this is the play for you.

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

        Dive deeper into the Spanish artist's output when this travelling exhibition comes to the Ballarat Art Gallery.

      • THE MSO'S 2019 SIDNEY MYER FREE CONCERTS

        A Melbourne summertime tradition.

      • SUGAR REPUBLIC 2019

        The pop-up dessert museum returns with 12 new dessert-filled rooms, a retro candy store and a sweet-themed cafe.

      • DESSERT DEGUSTATIONS AT IKI-JIME

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

      • GREEN BOOK

        This Oscar-nominated race-relations drama boasts excellent performances and warm intentions, but still remains problematic.

      • FREE SOLO

        This Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles the stunning tale of rock-climber Alex Honnold and his historic attempt to scale Yosemite's El Capitan without ropes.

      • THE FRONT RUNNER

        Hugh Jackman plays a real-life presidential candidate caught up in a scandal in this timely political drama.

      • MELBOURNE BOOK MARKET 2019

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

      • SKATE KITCHEN

        Focusing on an all-female skateboarding crew, Skate Kitchen makes all the right moves.

      • STORM BOY

        This classic Australian tale returns to the big screen.

      • SOUTH WHARF POP-UP CINEMA 2019

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

      • 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.

      • MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

        With commanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, this historical drama couldn't feel more relevant today.

      • EIGHTH GRADE

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

      • MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS 2019

        Summer is officially here with the return of Melbourne Zoo's gig program, featuring Cat Power, Marlon Williams and The Internet.

      • CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: THE CLOCK

        ACMI's new award-winning installation is a mesmerising collage of time — that runs for 24 hours.

      • HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

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

      • SOUTH MELBOURNE NIGHT MARKET 2019

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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS

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

      • STOMPING GROUND LA BOCA

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

      • MELBOURNE GIN COMPANY SUMMER BAR

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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • BREATHE. SWEAT. STRETCH. FREE

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

      • 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.

      • RIGG DESIGN PRIZE 2018

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

      • ARBORY AFLOAT 2018

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

      • 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.

      • ZERO

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

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