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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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
January 24, 2022
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By Concrete Playground
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mental: Head Inside

    This interactive exhibition explores different perspectives on mental health, smashing stereotypes via a collection of over 20 experimental projects.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Return of the Untitled Day Party

    It's been a long time between drinks, but Untitled is finally back with its next day party — this time, headlined by Willaris. K.

  • Food & Drink

    Lunar New Year Feast at Albert Park Hotel

    Celebrate the Year of the Tiger by tucking into a lavish, 11-course modern Chinese banquet.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ANZ's Tennis Ball Mural

    Check out a huge pop-up artwork crafted from tennis balls, while enjoying free scoops of Piccolina's finest.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    We-Akon Dilinja Ceremony

    Acknowledge the journey and experience of the Boonwurrung people at this inclusive dawn event featuring music, readings and a smoking ceremony.

  • Food & Drink

    Twenty-Nine Cheese Gnocchi 2022

    South Yarra's Cucinetta is starting the new year in the best possible way: with extremely cheesy gnocchi.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Nightmare Alley

    Starring Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett, this mesmerisingly dark carnival noir is one of filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's very best features.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Yabun Festival 2022

    This annual celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures returns for its 20th year.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

    This immersive exhibition lets you walk through Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel artworks without leaving Melbourne.

  • Food & Drink

    Get Served: A Taste of Tennis Bottomless Brunch

    Northcote's new distillery bar is hosting a Grand Slam-themed brunch featuring bottomless booze and grazing platters.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Midsumma Festival 2022

    Midsumma's 34th edition is celebrating LGBTQIA+ arts and culture as fiercely as ever, across a dazzling program of 195 events.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Spencer

    Kristen Stewart turns in a career-best performance as the People's Princess in this bold and enthralling slice-of-life biopic.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Belle

    Taking 'Beauty and the Beast' into cyberspace, this vivid and inventive Japanese animation serves up a bold and dazzling take on the familiar fairytale.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Hear My Eyes: 'Two Hands'

    Revisit this Heath Ledger and Rose Byrne-starring gem on the big screen, accompanied by a live score.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Sunset Safari

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Scream

    Ghostface is back for another stab, this time attacking a new bunch of teens, in the horror franchise that definitely still loves scary movies.

  • Food & Drink

    Summer Shandy Series

    Wet your whistle with nine types of shandies at The Bavarian this summer.

  • Food & Drink

    QVM Summer Night Market 2022

    Melbourne's beloved nighttime food market is back for a huge summer season, filling your Wednesday evenings with global eats, live tunes, pop-up bars and shopping galore.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Gold

    This Australian-made thriller gives Zac Efron his turn at surviving the blistering outback, playing a stranger who spots a glistening nugget in a dystopian future.

  • Food & Drink

    Summertime Fling Festival 2022

    Unearth the best of the Macedon Ranges' vinous delights with a three-week program of wine, food and music events.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    King Richard

    Will Smith turns in an attention-grabbing performance as Venus and Serena Williams' father in this stirring drama about the two tennis stars' childhood.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The 355

    A dream international cast leads this female-fronted spy action flick, but even Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o and Penélope Cruz can't stop the globe-hopping result from being oh-so-basic.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The King's Man

    The 'Kingsman' franchise gets a World War I-set prequel that no one asked for.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Red Rocket

    2022's first big-screen must-see charts a washed-up porn star's thorny return to his home town, and features an awards-worthy performance by former MTV VJ Simon Rex.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Limbo

    Following refugees awaiting their new lives on a small Scottish island, this British blend of drama and comedy is equally wry, clear-eyed, smart and poignant.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Barefoot Cinema 2022

    After a two-year pandemic-enforced break, this openair cinema is back for another summer season — including a stint at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens for the first time ever.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    House of Gucci

    This supremely soapy recounting of the Gucci family's 70s, 80s and 90s-era dramas is worth seeing for Lady Gaga's fantastic performance alone.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ghostbusters: Afterlife

    There’s something bland and tedious in this neighbourhood: an empty reboot haunted by easy nostalgia.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Disney+ Drive-In 2022

    Catch classic Disney and Pixar flicks at this returning pop-up outdoor cinema.

  • Food & Drink

    Pasta Poetry Courtyard Sessions

    With handmade pasta dishes, signature spritz and bocce, this summer courtyard pop-up will transport you straight to Bologna.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bloomville

    Sugar Republic's latest pop-up features flowers, cherry blossoms, a sunshine room, a scratch ’n’ sniff floral wall and a confetti shower.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Summer Nights Drone Show

    Don't forget to look up after the sun goes down in January.

  • Food & Drink

    Over the Rainbow at the Provincial Hotel

    This Fitzroy pub rooftop is sporting a new rainbow-themed look for summer, complete with a self-serve machine pouring bottomless Moon Dog Fizzers.

  • Food & Drink

    NGV Friday Nights Summer 2021

    The gallery's weekly serve of after-hours fun features DJ tunes, pop-up bars and access to the latest exhibitions.

  • Food & Drink

    90s RnB Mixtape Saturdays

    Moonwalk back in time for this weekly DJ-fuelled 90s party, complete with retro cocktails and Passion Pop.

  • Food & Drink

    QV Club

    QV Melbourne welcomes a summer pop-up complete with two bars and a roster of DJs.

  • Design & Style

    MPavilion 2021

    Hosting over 400 free talks, workshops, performances and installations over a five-month stay, this year's MPavilion architecture commission is sure to inspire many a return visit.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Van Gogh at The Lume

    From 'The Starry Night' to 'Sunflowers', experience the famed artist's masterpieces like never before at this immersive digital gallery.

  • Design & Style

    Postal Lane Markets

    The CBD has scored a new weekly laneway market, serving up eats, drinks, tunes and an array of locally-made wares.

  • Food & Drink

    Frosé Your Way

    Fargo & Co is embracing summer with a specialty frosé lineup — complete with fruity flavours and fun toppings.

  • Food & Drink

    Midsummer Night's Garden at The Smith

    This Prahran spot has transformed its garden atrium into a bloom-filled summer oasis inspired by the balmy days to come.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema Melbourne 2021–22

    Watch everything from 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings', 'A Quiet Place Part II' and 'Dear Evan Hansen' to 'Dirty Dancing', 'Love Actually' and 'Home Alone' under the stars.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Happy Place

    It's Melbourne's turn to explore "world's most Instagrammable exhibit", complete with a confetti dome, ball pit and room filled with 40,000 gold flowers.

  • Food & Drink

    Pétanque Social 2021–22

    The riverside pop-up is making a return this summer, with an open-air bar inspired by the Tuscan countryside.

  • Food & Drink

    Rice Paper Scissors at Aunty Kim's House

    With no time limits on bookings, Rice Paper Scissors' new pop-up dining and function space is primed for long, lazy group catch-ups.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Imaginaria 2021–22

    Explore echo light chambers, bound your way into giant bubbles, wander between shimmering digital vines and take a leap into a three-metre abyss.

  • Design & Style

    Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto

    It's the first exhibition in Australia that'll solely focus on Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel's contributions to fashion and culture.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Camille Henrot: Is Today Tomorrow'

    This Berlin-based artist's playful and interactive exhibition dives into life's big queries with room-sized installations and telephones sculptures that ask questions.

  • Design & Style

    Pond[er]

    The NGV's thought-provoking new Architecture Commission features a pink-hued pond you can actually wade through.

  • Food & Drink

    Arbory Afloat 2021–22

    This year, Melbourne's summer floating bar is inspired by Turkey's Turquoise Coast, serving up Mediterranean bites and a hefty lineup of cocktails.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Patricia Piccinini: A Miracle Constantly Repeated

    The acclaimed Australian artist's latest exhibition fills the usually closed Flinders Street Station Ballroom with otherworldly creatures.

  • Food & Drink

    QT's Secret Garden with Dal Zotto

    Wander into this hidden rooftop bar for an Italian-inspired soiree, featuring local prosecco, vintage tunes and bocce.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Classic Rooftop Cinema 2021–22

    Watch movies and sip drinks under the stars in Elsternwick.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lido on the Roof 2021–22

    Hawthorn's rooftop cinema returns after lockdown with a jam-packed lineup of recent and classic flicks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cameo Outdoor Cinema 2021–22

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

  • Food & Drink

    The Exchange Beach Club 2021–22

    Port Melbourne's pop-up beach bar is back for another summer — complete with $2 oyster specials and bottomless boozy brunches.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Mills

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

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