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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Weekend

Party on the sand in the middle of the CBD or at sunset soirée on the beach.
By Concrete Playground
March 18, 2019
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    The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Weekend

    Party on the sand in the middle of the CBD or at sunset soirée on the beach.
    By Concrete Playground
    March 18, 2019
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      • DANDENONG MARKET WORLD FARE 2019

        The market is throwing a huge one-day party with live music and over 50 food trucks, stalls and pop-up bars.

      • MILLER DESIGN LAB AFTER-PARTIES — WEEK ONE

        Keep the fun going at this rooftop bar.

      • HOTEL MUMBAI

        This harrowing drama recreates the real-life 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer among the cast.

      • SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER

        Bill Nighy stars in this melancholy and moving exploration of grief, embracing the future and Scrabble.

      • PETA CLANCY: UNDERCURRENT

        The Bangerang artist presents a new work of photographic landscapes that explore the emotional and cultural scars left on the Dja Dja Wurrung community and land.

      • ALLIANCE FRANCAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL 2019

        The festival's star-studded 30th anniversary program features everyone from Charlotte Gainsbourg and Juliette Binoche to Joaquin Phoenix and Robert Pattinson.

      • JUNGLE COLLECTIVE INDOOR PLANT SALE 2019

        Browse for greenery at this leafy party inside an Abbotsford warehouse.

      • INDOMIE WARUNG STALL

        This stall at HWKR is dedicated to Indomie mie goreng.

      • EVERYBODY KNOWS

        Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem put in excellent performances in this purposefully familiar drama from A Separation director Asghar Farhadi.

      • DANCE MASSIVE 2019

        Melbourne's biennial dance festival returns with original performances, talks, installations and even a dance battle.

      • CAPTAIN MARVEL

        Marvel's first film about a female superhero feels like a wasted opportunity.

      • BIRDS OF TOKYO: TINA'S FOURTH BIRTHDAY

        Windsor's Tokyo Tina is hosting a big birthday bash with a dedicated bao station, free-flowing drinks and karaoke.

      • THE GUILTY

        Set in a police call centre and making the most of its single location, this gripping Danish thriller doesn't disappoint.

      • KING OF THIEVES

        The biggest robbery in British history makes for dull, formulaic viewing in this star-studded affair.

      • WATERFRONT

        This year's Melbourne Design Week explores the how we live around the Yarra with a series of talks, tours and exhibitions.

      • DESIGN ON FILM

        The Melbourne Design Week film series will touch on everything from sustainability to building a city from scratch.

      • JOHN WARDLE ARCHITECTS: SOMEWHERE OTHER

        Peer at five sculpture works through a timber structure at NGV Australia.

      • MEATSTOCK 2019

        How much meat can you eat in a weekend?

      • THE KRYSTYNA CAMPBELL-PRETTY FASHION GIFT

        Featuring over 150 haute couture pieces from some of the world's most iconic fashion houses.

      • GRETA

        This 90s-style stalker thriller is rarely better than average, but it's just unhinged enough to entertain.

      • VOX LUX

        With a riveting performance by Natalie Portman and toe-tapping bangers by Sia, this pop star epic dances to its own brilliant melody.

      • OYSTER HOUR

        Slurp up unlimited free oysters every Friday at Richmond's Ugly Duckling.

      • MILLER DESIGN LAB X BUFF DISS

        Watch a glittering black and gold artwork come to life — beer in hand.

      • IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

        Moonlight director Barry Jenkins returns with another heart-swelling, swoon-inducing drama.

      • MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL 2019

        Showcasing 141 features, documentaries and shorts over 12 jam-packed days.

      • NOISY RITUAL URBAN WINERY POP-UP FERMENTATION BAR

        You can stomp grapes and drink wine at this pop-up urban winery in Docklands.

      • STAN & OLLIE

        An affectionate tribute to two comedy icons, complete with pitch-perfect performances from Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly.

      • AT ETERNITY'S GATE

        Led by an exceptional Willem Dafoe, this immersive van Gogh biopic is as striking as the Dutch artist's famous paintings.

      • TUDORS TO WINDSORS: BRITISH ROYAL PORTRAITS

        Bendigo Art Gallery's ode to the history of the British monarchy.

      • RONE: EMPIRE

        A multi-sensory decaying world by Melbourne street artist Rone — set in a deserted 1930s mansion.

      • NASA — A HUMAN ADVENTURE AFTER DARK

        Drinks, demonstrations, music, science and space objects, all during a night at the museum.

      • BEALE STREET VEGAN BBQ BLUES

        Brunswick East's The B.East swaps its burgers for a one-off all-vegan barbecue feast.

      • MELBOURNE DESIGN WEEK 2019

        Over 200 talks, exhibitions and tours will explore how design can make Melbourne a better place to live.

      • BENDIGO CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL

        Spend a Saturday sampling beers and ciders from local craft brewers.

      • SECOND SIGHT: WITCHCRAFT, RITUAL, POWER

        This magical exhibition explores different perspectives on sorcery and witchcraft.

      • PLAY ON SERIES SIX

        Classical and electronic music combine in a Collingwood car park.

      • DIRTY DANCING: THE IMMERSIVE CINEMA EXPERIENCE

        Check into Kellerman's Mountain House for Swayze-style painting classes, volleyball games and dance lessons.

      • YARRA VALLEY'S ITALIAN-STYLE PIG PARTY

        Venture out to this Yarra Valley winery for a long lunch with lots of limoncello and porchetta.

      • MURIEL'S WEDDING THE MUSICAL — SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY AND GLOBAL CREATURES

        The classic film hits the Melbourne stage as a musical adaptation.

      • FROMAGE A TROIS 2019

        Cheeselovers, this is your Woodstock.

      • ARCTIC

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

      • HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

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

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

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

      • SUGAR REPUBLIC 2019

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

      • MELBOURNE BOOK MARKET 2019

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

      • SOUTH WHARF POP-UP CINEMA 2019

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

      • SPRITZ & SNACK PARTY

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

      • HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

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

      • BLUE LOTUS WATER GARDEN

        The sprawling Yarra Valley garden is opening its doors to the public for lotus flower season.

      • BREATHE. SWEAT. STRETCH. FREE

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

      • MUSEUM OF THE MOON

        A giant floating sculpture of the moon, complete with NASA imagery on its surface, will take over Scienceworks.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • THE 9TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

        GOMA's three-yearly survey of Asia Pacific art returns.

      • 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.

      • 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.

      • ZERO

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

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