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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Weekend

Head to one of many Melbourne Art Fair events, track down an ethical clothing pop-up or snag free burgers.
By Concrete Playground
August 17, 2018
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    The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Weekend

    Head to one of many Melbourne Art Fair events, track down an ethical clothing pop-up or snag free burgers.
    By Concrete Playground
    August 17, 2018
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      • ON CHESIL BEACH

        More than a decade after Atonement, Saoirse Ronan once again shines in another adaptation of author Ian McEwan's work.

      • EXPO LIAISON

        Client Liaison is launching its own music festival in which the duo will take to the stage with none other than John Farnham.

      • DUCK BUTTER + Q&A WITH ALIA SHAWKAT

        A one-off screening of Shawkat's new film about a sex marathon, then a conversation with the star herself.

      • CALLUM PRESTON: MILK BAR

        The Melbourne artist has recreated a 90s-style milk bar — filled with 500 hand-painted items.

      • THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME

        With Kate McKinnon at her hilarious best, this action-comedy delivers solid laughs along with an ace ode to female friendship.

      • HANOI HANNAH SOUP SERIES

        An exploration of Vietnam's lesser-known noodle soups.

      • RBG

        An affectionate and inspirational exploration of the life and impact of America's rockstar Supreme Court Justice.

      • 'PICK OF THE LITTER' PUPPY SCREENINGS

        Catch a flick about Guide Dogs while hanging out with actual puppies.

      • ACNE STUDIOS POP-UP SALE

        A six-day pop-up sale with up to 80 percent off Acne clothes, shoes and accessories.

      • GLOW WINTER ARTS FESTIVAL 2018

        See the night light up after-dark with projections and installations in Malvern East.

      • WEST PROJECTIONS FESTIVAL 2018

        The inner west is bathed in light during this three-week projection festival.

      • HEATH LEDGER: A LIFE IN PICTURES

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

      • BODY WORLDS VITAL

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

      • DESSERT DEGUSTATIONS AT IKI-JIME

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

      • PAELLA WITH FRANK COOKING CLASS

        A wine-fuelled cooking lesson with restaurateur Frank Camorra.

      • MIFF TALKS: ALIA SHAWKAT IN CONVERSATION

        Best known for her role 'Arrested Development', Shawkat will speak about her career as an actor and artist as part of this year's Melbourne International Film Festival.

      • WHITNEY

        The second documentary about the pop superstar in as many years paints a sorrowful picture of a talent gone too soon.

      • THE BREAKER UPPERERS

        New Zealand's newest comedy is a hilarious ode to female friendships, ditching bad relationships and singing karaoke to Celine Dion.

      • MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT

        A spectacular cinematic experience that begs to be seen on the big screen.

      • SUNDAY LUNCHES AT RYNE

        A new four-course Sunday roast to lure you out of the house this winter.

      • TOKOSAN'S SUNDAY BRUNCH

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

      • EUGENIA LIM: THE AUSTRALIAN UGLINESS

        A new three-channel video work that explores our national aesthetic in line with The Australian Dream.

      • MATES RATES AND CHEESE PLATES

        Tuck into free fromage over cheap drinks.

      • MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN

        Another round of ABBA hits inspires this musical sequel, which benefits from new additions to the cast.

      • HOT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL 2018

        A month-long chocolate extravaganza to get you through to winter's end.

      • CENTRAL BEER DISTRICT

        A craft beer bar is popping up at the Queen Vic Market for one month.

      • POP-UP PIANO BAR

        Request your favourite song and get ready to sing along.

      • THE GALLERY WORKOUT

        Get active in the NGV and Arts Centre Melbourne after hours.

      • MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018

        With 393 features, shorts and virtual reality experiences, it’s the biggest lineup in MIFF’s history.

      • BLAK DESIGN MATTERS

        The first national survey of Australia's most innovative and powerful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design.

      • ROBERT SMITHSON: TIME CRYSTALS

        The American artist's large repertoire of radical land art will be on display in Australia for the very first time.

      • EASTLAND ICE RINK

        The pop-up ice rink returns to Melbourne's east — and it's open late every day of the week.

      • MY MONSTER: THE HUMAN ANIMAL HYBRID

        This free exhibition explores society's fascination with (and fear of) animal-human hybrids.

      • SWEET SET 2018

        Grub is teaming up with some of the city's best pastry chefs for a series of sweet Sunday lunches.

      • SEANCE

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

      • VEUVE CLICQUOT CHAMPAGNE LUNCH AT SAKé

        A lavish feast with free-flowing pink bubbles.

      • ZERO

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

      • FANCY BRUNCH SUNDAYS

        Two hours of bottomless cocktails every Sunday at Fancy Hank's.

      • WINTER IGLOO GARDEN

        Escape the winter chill inside a cosy igloo with chocolate fondue.

      • HIGH CHEESE

        Swap cucumber sandwiches for gooey camembert this winter.

      • MEL&NYC

        In conjunction with its new exhibition from MoMA, the NGV is hosting a slew of NYC-inspired events across the city this winter.

      • MYURAN SUKUMARAN: ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

        The first posthumous exhibition by Myuran Sukumaran, who was executed in Indonesia in 2015.

      • SNOWSHOE TO FONDUE

        How far would you go for cheese?

      • IMPERIAL HOTEL'S WINTER ROOFTOP

        Embrace winter on this Bourke Street pub's rooftop with heaters, cheesy eats and boozy hot chocolates.

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

        The Spanish artist's 1930s etchings come to the National Gallery of Australia.

      • CAPI OUTDOOR CINEMA

        The iconic Westgarth Cinema is jumping on the outdoor trend.

      • DIALOGUE IN THE DARK

        Take a tour of Melbourne in complete darkness.

      • MOMA AT NGV: 130 YEARS OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

        Over 200 modern and contemporary masterpieces from New York's MoMA have come to Australia for the very first time in this epic display.

      • THE PROVINCIAL HOTEL'S WINTER ROOFTOP

        Embrace winter with bottomless crepes and french martinis on a Brunswick rooftop.

      • 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.

      • THE FIELD REVISITED

        The NGV revisits one of its most daring exhibitions — 50 years on.

      • BINGO ACADEMY

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

      • VIKINGS: BEYOND THE LEGEND

        Your quest for Norse mythology, hectic battles and hair inspiration is just beginning.

      • WONDERLAND

        Go down the rabbit hole at ACMI's world-first interactive 'Alice in Wonderland' exhibition.

      • 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.

      • BELLEVILLE'S SOUTHERN FRIED SUNDAYS

        A weekly Sunday session answering all of your deep-fried chicken desires.

      • THE FITZROY MILLS

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

      • YUM CHA SUNDAYS

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

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