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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
November 29, 2021
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By Concrete Playground
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    Dune

    Phenomenally cast, staged and shot, this Timothée Chalamet-led version of sci-fi’s desert-dwelling space thriller is spectacular.

  • Food & Drink

    90s RnB Mixtape Saturdays

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

  • Travel & Leisure

    Artisan Christmas Market on Bay Street

    Port Melbourne's festive pop-up market is back for another day of gift shopping, eats and live tunes.

  • Food & Drink

    Take Me to The Candy Shop

    Tex-Mex chain El Camino Cantina is celebrating summer with bright-hued, candy-flavoured margaritas — complete with edible candy garnishes.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    Unpacking a sex-tape scandal — as well as the state of the world today — this Romanian award-winner is scorching and searing from its first frame to its last.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Venom: Let There Be Carnage

    Tom Hardy and his parasite are back in this gleefully ridiculous sequel to 2018's box-office hit — and watching the actor argue with himself is the best thing about the film.

  • Food & Drink

    QV Club

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Titane

    Following a serial-killing car model, this ferocious and unflinching body-horror thriller is only the second-ever movie to win a female filmmaker Cannes Film Festival’s coveted Palme d’Or.

  • Food & Drink

    The Craft & Co Christmas Gin Market

    This is your one-stop pop-up gift shop for all things gin-related.

  • Food & Drink

    Christmas at Degraves

    One of Melbourne's most iconic laneways is getting a festive makeover.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Rescue

    The Oscar-winning directors behind 'Free Solo' swap climbing peaks for diving deep, this time chronicling the rescue of 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach from the Tham Luang Nang Non cave system.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Blue Bayou

    With potent performances and a dreamy-yet-gritty look, this deeply moving drama tackles America's immigration laws and their punitive impact.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Whisky Week

    From tastings and distillery tours to masterclasses and boozy dinners, there's plenty of whisky business planned for this spirits festival's inaugural run.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Zola

    2015's viral 148-post Twitter thread about a Florida trip gone wrong comes to the screen, complete with candy hues, a bold approach and a savvy dissection of social media.

  • Food & Drink

    Food Truck Stop

    Kick off summer with QVM's new midweek fiestas, starring a globe-trotting curation of food truck eats alongside an all-Victorian drinks menu.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    So Soiree

    Prahran's colourful multi-arts festival delivers a riotous blend of comedy, cabaret and circus this December.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'Friends' at Bathe-In Cinema

    Watch your favourite TV friends on a big screen under the stars, while soaking blissfully in a geothermic pool.

  • 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.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Eat Meat Platters

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

  • 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.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Firefly Zipline

    This pop-up adventure experience lets you whiz from Fed Square to Alexandra Gardens, nine metres above the water.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne Music Week 2021

    Melbourne's annual celebration of music will help you wrap up the year with a healthy fix of live tunes, showcasing sounds from over 300 artists.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Power of the Dog

    In her first film in more than a decade, acclaimed filmmaker Jane Campion directs a mesmerising musing on strength, desire and isolation, as aided by a career-best performance by Benedict Cumberbatch.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Xplore Melbourne

    This free augmented reality scavenger hunt will see you exploring the city as you unlock artworks, musical performances and exclusive giveaways.

  • Food & Drink

    CherryHill Orchards Cherry Picking Festival 2021

    Hit this Yarra Valley orchard for a day of cherry picking, picnicking, live tunes and cherry ice cream.

  • Food & Drink

    Higher Order

    This 90-minute immersive dining experience delivers a feast for all senses, fusing art, performance, music and design.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    No Time to Die

    Daniel Craig farewells his time as Bond in a thrilling, weighty and emotional swansong that isn't afraid to shake and stir the franchise's usual elements.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Eternals

    Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao brings a different look, feel and sense of thoughtfulness to the Marvel Cinematic Universe's latest superhero team-up.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Japanese Film Festival 2021

    Australia's annual celebration of Japanese films is celebrating its 25th year by bringing 21 new and classic movies to Melbourne.

  • 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

    Monster Fest 2021

    Melbourne's genre and cult cinema festival is back with zombies, hauntings, revenge tales and eerie islands.

  • 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

    Goldelucks Vax Doughnut Boxes

    Celebrate lockdown ending with a limited-edition pack of doughnuts and beer.

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    British Film Festival 2021

    Spend a month watching the latest and greatest British flicks — including Edgar Wright's new thriller, a David Bowie biopic, and films starring Olivia Colman, Jamie Dornan, Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Italian Film Festival 2021

    This year's festival will kickstart your European holiday cravings with a 26-movie lineup of new and classic dramas, thrillers, comedies and documentaries.

  • 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

    Scandinavian Film Festival 2021

    Australia's annual showcase of Nordic cinema returns to Melbourne with a lineup of films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Disney: The Magic of Animation

    Explore the Mouse House's huge animated catalogue via more than 500 original paintings, sketches and drawings.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fitzroy Mills

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

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