January, January, January…
Christmas has come and gone, the new year is here, and we’re in the middle of summer—what’s not to love? (Okay, we know exactly what’s not to love this time around the Sun.) (Featured image: @alepuoc)
But Melbourne, in January, is a heap of fun with plenty to see and do. Here’s our pick of awesome activities for you to do this January.
1. Go see the Triennial at the NGV
This year’s Triennial has been constructed with four themes in mind — Illumination, Reflection, Conservation, and Speculation — and intends to offer a thought-provoking look at the world in its current state in addition to contributing to the global discourse regarding our future.
Come January 15, the NGV throws open its doors to a series of after-hour parties. And the best part is that they too are free—you just have to book ahead.
Triennial Extra will run all the way through January until February 14 and will see the gallery stay open till 9pm with DJs spinning tunes as visitors bounce around the various pop-up bars and restaurants.
3. Check out this wonderland of light, colour, and sound
Over at Docklands, an hour-long journey through light, sound, and scent has popped up to take Melburnians for a ride.
4. Experience a Candlelight Concert
The first concerts will feature Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Beethoven’s Best Works, and Chopin’s Best Works, all played by the most talented classical musicians. With countless flickering candles illuminating each unique space, the Melbourne Candlelight concerts will present a collection of classical music over the course of 65 mesmerising minutes.
With traditional drive-in cinemas, we’re held hostage to the elements and to the Sun. But not anymore because Village Cinemas have teamed up with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to bring us the ”MCEC Drive In(Door) Cinema” just in time for the post-New Year’s school holiday period.
6. Go outside to see a movie under the stars
The January program features another two advanced screenings of Penguin Bloom as well as The Dry later in the month. But if what’s on show around Australia, Melbourne should also be getting a fourth advanced screening, this time of Promising Young Woman.
7. Find your way in the world’s largest inflatable maze
Inflatable Fun Park provides fun for the whole family to delight in, with six different colourful zones to find the middle of. It’s part of a sports-themed summer water park, which boasts many other attractions. Not to mention the largest inflatable maze in Australia.
8. Join a Hop-on Hop-off wine tour
Servicing the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, Hop It provides a safe and secure way to explore Victoria’s wine-making regions and wineries like Red Hill Estate, T’Gallant Wines, Domain Chandon and Rochford Wines. Just hop-on in the city (or Lilydale and Frankston if they’re closer for you) and hop-off at your first destination. Then hop-on, hop-off, hop-on—you get the idea—for a maximum of four stops.
9. Celebrate the new year with half-priced food and drink
Although it’s your standard one-hour happy-hour special, happening from 5pm to 6pm, this is the Happiest Hour of them all because not only can you find it at 28 venues across the city, you will find it every day for the entire month of January.
10. Stay in and watch Nic Cage’s new Netflix show
It’s called History of Swear Words, and for a show which deals with the inexpressible joy and societal taboo of swearing, there can be only one appropriate host: actor, meme inspirer, and inventor of the ‘Nouveau Shamanic’ school of acting, Nicolas Cage.
11. Drink bottomless gin because why not?
With a prime position on the riverfront just below Fed Square, a weekend bottomless gin session in the sun at Pilgrim Bar plied with mouth-watering tapas sounds like the medicine we need after a winter of forced hibernation.
Thanks to Australian Venue Co transforming twenty of their outstanding bars and restaurants around Australia into international holiday destinations, Aussies will now be able to go on a ”summer staycation”.
13. Become part of the art at this immersive art gallery
Australia’s first immersive, trick-art gallery has been covered with over 1000 litres of paint by fifteen artists who have spent 800 hours to produce 80 artworks. The end result is a journey through 1400 square metres where visitors can interact with the art and capture the spectacular illusions created with just the right perspective.
14. Pop into Howlerwood
If you haven’t guessed by the name alone, Howlerwood is Howler’s summer pop-up beer garden.
At Pétanque Social, you’ll find day beds and lounge chairs, astro turf lawns, pastel-blue umbrellas, and a full-service bar slinging spritzes and a summer menu prepared by some of Crown’s top restaurants. We hear that there will be picnic boxes too, so sharing will be a focus at Pétanque Social which aint so bad after months locked away.
16. Spend a day at the Beach House moored on the Yarra
Moored on the Yarra River by the side of Flinders Street’s platform thirteen, Arbory Afloat has once again been kitted out and decorated to welcome in Melbourne’s spring and summer seasons.