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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Long Weekend

Enjoy bottomless booze and all-you-can-eat pizza at this Abbotsford tavern or pick up a good read at the Melbourne Book Market.
By Concrete Playground
January 20, 2020
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The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Long Weekend

Enjoy bottomless booze and all-you-can-eat pizza at this Abbotsford tavern or pick up a good read at the Melbourne Book Market.
By Concrete Playground
January 20, 2020
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  • Food & Drink

    Summer in Italy

    State of Grace's rooftop has been transformed into a Euro summer oasis, complete with aperitivo snacks and spritzes aplenty.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pups & Pilates

    This series of dog-friendly pilates classes are completely free.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

    Tom Hanks is pitch-perfect as US children’s television host Mr Rogers in this thoughtful, full-hearted and charming drama.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Just Mercy

    This rousing true-crime story about an African American man on death row features excellent performances by Michael B Jordan and Jamie Foxx.

  • Food & Drink

    Hop Quest 2020

    24 Aussie craft breweries. 24 never-before-seen brews. One huge day.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Share the Spirit Festival 2020

    Also known as Balit Nurran, this free music-filled event gives you a chance to celebrate Australia's Indigenous culture on January 26.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Summer Slip 'n' Slide

    This 25-metre-long inflatable water slide will help you beat the heat this summer — for free.

  • Food & Drink

    Butter X Kong BBQ Kim Chi'Ken Sandwich

    A limited-edition fried chicken sandwich from Sydney's Butter.

  • Food & Drink

    Free Burger Party

    A housewarming party with a bathtub full of tinnies, 400 free burger, a charity sausage sizzle and a Goon of Fortune-style giveaway.

  • Food & Drink

    Bunnings Bushfire Fundraising Sausage Sizzle

    Eat a snag, help Aussie communities who need support.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lunar New Year at the NGV 2020

    Ring in the Chinese New Year with workshops, gallery tours, music and dumplings.

  • Food & Drink

    Chinese New Year at Hawker Hall

    Welcome the Year of The Rat with a hearty Chinese banquet or an affordable yum cha feast.

  • Food & Drink

    Golden Monkey Chinese New Year Party

    This basement cocktail haunt is welcoming the Year of The Rat with drink specials, a lion dance and live R&B

  • Food & Drink

    Lunar New Year at Ocean 12

    Ring in the Year of the Rat with a Chinese feast, top-shelf cognac and sweeping city views.

  • Food & Drink

    Bubble Tea Festival

    A four-day festival in Melbourne's CBD dedicated to the city's best bubble tea makers.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    The Biggest Little Farm

    This insightful documentary about a Californian couple’s efforts to start an eco-conscious farm will inspire you to pack up and live on the land.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bombshell

    There's a vital story at the heart of this dramatisation of Fox News' sexual harassment scandal, but this star-studded drama is an empty shell of a #MeToo movie.

  • Travel & Leisure

    ACMI x Supernormal Pong Grand Slam

    A Japanese-inspired underground video game arcade is taking over Supernormal for two weeks.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Barbecue 2020

    Bluebonnet Barbecue is serving up two hours of unlimited Texan-style smoked meats every day for six weeks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    1917

    Gripping, urgent and strikingly shot, this First World War drama follows two soldiers as they venture through enemy territory.

  • Food & Drink

    Hawaiian Summer Pop-Up

    Escape the summer heat at this oasis of colourful cocktails and tasty tropical treats.

  • Food & Drink

    Taste of Attica

    You can get a taste of the country's best restaurant at the Australian Open — for under $30.

  • Food & Drink

    The Odd Couple Vegan Jaffles

    Maker & Monger is serving up two limited-edition vegan jaffles created by famed chef Shannon Martinez.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    'The Lord of the Rings' Extended Trilogy Marathon

    Stock up on lembas bread to make it through all three films, back to back, on the big screen.

  • Food & Drink

    Bottomless Gnocchi

    Eat as much of this cheesy, pillowy pasta as you can over two hours.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    True History of the Kelly Gang

    Ned Kelly returns to the big screen in a bold, brutal masterpiece that re-imagines and re-interrogates the notorious Aussie bushranger's place in the country's history.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Fonda Rooftop Cinema 2020

    An openair cinema with tacos and margaritas donating 100 percent of ticket sales to WIRES.

  • Food & Drink

    The Fork Festival 2020

    A heap of Melbourne restaurants are offering half-price meals for five weeks.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Barefoot Cinema 2019–20

    A mix of recent and classic films will screening under the summer sky.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Blue Lotus Water Garden 2019–20

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

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Little Women

    The classic American novel gets a sharp, savvy and soulful new adaptation, with Greta Gerwig at the helm and Saoirse Ronan leading the cast.

  • Food & Drink

    The Exchange Beach Club

    This pop-up beach bar in Port Melbourne will be here for a good time, not a long time.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Home, I'm Darling

    Everything is not quite what it seems in Judy's picture-perfect 1950s household.

  • Food & Drink

    Goon & Nugz Festival

    The Ascot Lot is dedicating a day to two Aussie boxed favourites: chicken nuggets and goon.

  • Food & Drink

    All-You-Can-Eat Tacos

    El Camino Cantina is doing two hours of endless tacos every Sunday in January.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Summertime Social

    This summery rooftop oasis is studded with boozy ice cream and lawn games.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Midsumma Festival 2020

    Melbourne's premiere LGBTQI+ festival returns for three weeks of colourful cabaret, 11-hour carnivals and interactive art.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Mov'In Bed Cinema

    You'll be able to watch movies from bed at the St Kilda foreshore this summer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Crush Festival 2020

    This long weekend festival is all about summertime wine tastings, live music, art and theatre — and it’s free to attend.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    '2001: A Space Odyssey' Live in Concert with the MSO

    Watch Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece complete with a live orchestra.

  • Food & Drink

    The Wizard's Cauldron

    This Harry Potter-themed event will see you attend a boozy Hogwarts-style potions class.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne Zoo Twilights 2020

    Summer is officially here with the return of Melbourne Zoo's gig program.

  • Food & Drink

    Black Star Pastry Pop-Up

    The Sydney bakery has brought the "world's most Instagrammed cake" to Melbourne for summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines

    This dual exhibition will feature 300 of the two influential artists' pieces and collaborations with Andy Warhol, Madonna and Grace Jones.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Pixar Putt 2019

    Melbourne's Pixar-themed mini golf course is back for summer.

  • Food & Drink

    Fever-Tree Tonic & Gin Garden

    A bunch of G&T gardens are popping up at pubs and bars around Melbourne this summer.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Summer Beach Box 2019

    You can float high above the city in a beach-themed Melbourne Star cabin complete with rosé and deck chairs.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Classic Rooftop Cinema

    Melbourne's newest rooftop bar is located at its oldest cinema.

  • Design & Style

    Yhonnie Scarce and Edition Office: In Absence

    The striking piece is the NGV's 2019 Architecture Commission.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Rooftop Cinema 2019–20

    Melbourne's original rooftop cinema returns for summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Moonlight Cinema 2019–20

    Summer has arrived with the return of the Royal Botanic Gardens' always-popular outdoor cinema.

  • Food & Drink

    Captain Baxter Riviera Pop-Up

    Embrace summer at this French Riviera-inspired rooftop — with a cocktail in hand, naturally.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cameo Outdoor Cinema 2019–20

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

  • Design & Style

    MPavilion 2019

    This year's white lantern-like structure will be lit from within — and host over 400 free events throughout summer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Terminus: Jess Johnson and Simon Ward

    This choose-your-own-adventure exhibition lets you explore five otherworldly realms in VR.

  • Design & Style

    Collecting Comme

    A free exhibition dedicated to the groundbreaking work of Japanese fashion label Comme des Garcons.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Petrina Hicks and Polixeni Papapetrou

    The Ian Potter Centre is hosting dual exhibitions from two of Australia's most celebrated photographers.

  • Food & Drink

    Arbory Afloat 2019

    This time, the Yarra's floating bar has Miami-inspired cabanas and an onboard pool.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness

    The world-renowned artist is bringing his vivid murals and large-scale pop culture sculptures to the NGV.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lichtenstein to Warhol: The Kenneth Tyler Collection

    This free exhibition showcases the great American prints of the 20th century, including works by Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Joan Mitchell, Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Lucy McRae: Body Architect

    The self-proclaimed 'body architect' fuses sci-fi and art in this survey of her boundary-pushing work.

  • Food & Drink

    Wonka Bar

    You don't need a golden ticket to enjoy this 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'-themed dessert and cocktail bar.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Random International: Rain Room

    Walk through a field of continuous rainfall without getting wet at this immersive installation in St Kilda.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Gut Feelings: Your Mind, Your Microbes

    An immersive, multi-sensory exhibition that explores the (literal) ins and outs of gut health.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    JK Rowling's acclaimed two-part West End play has landed in Melbourne.

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