Melbourne is a great time all year round.
Looking for awesome things to do in Melbourne in April? No worries, we’ve got you covered. From birthday parties to 90s parties, from garlic bread festivals to the comedy festival and more as well as Australia’s largest ever LEGO experience, Melbourne is primed for April. (Featured image: @willxli)
Over the Easter long weekend, Section 8 and its adjoining laneway will be host to more than 55 artists who will be helping the Melbourne bar celebrate its 15th birthday.
From Thursday to Sunday, this is one party you do not want to miss.More info
2. Go on an adventure
If you’re looking for something amazing to do, then why not take a sunset helicopter flight over Melbourne to get the best views of the city and wow your special someone? Or, escape to the Yarra Valley or the Mornington Peninsular on a chauffeured wine tour for an incredible day out of the city?
3. Attend this Garlic Bread Festival
The festival kicks off at 12pm on Saturday 10 April and kicks on till late. Children are welcome until 8pm and dogs, as always, are free to stay all night long.More info
Running from 24 March to 18 April, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back to make Melbourne laugh out loud.
The MICF normally puts on over 400 shows hosted at some of Melbourne’s grandest theatres through to the smallest of bars and everywhere in-between. Choosing what show to go watch can seem daunting, but as usual Festival staff will be on hand to help you decide. Otherwise, you could always take a punt and choose a show at random. Or, check out one of these all-female comedy shows or this stand-up comedy gig in a spin class.
5. Play mini-golf with your favourite Pixar characters
Landing at River Terrace at Fed Square, you will be met by perennial favourites Buzz and Woody before tackling either the 9-hole half-course or the full 18-hole level. Although our favourites from Toy Story, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Monsters Inc., and Inside Out will be back for round two, don’t go thinking that this is the same-old course you mastered last year. No, no, no. This year sees five newly-designed holes to further test your golf game.
6. See Australia’s largest ever LEGO experience, Jurassic World
Featuring more than six million LEGO bricks and more than 50 large-scale LEGO creations, visitors to Brickman’s Jurassic World will first be greeted by the iconic Jurassic World gates that stand at an impressive four-metres tall. Visitors, though, will not just walk through this adventure as they will also get to get hands-on with more than 2.5 million LEGO bricks to show off their own building skills.
Jurassic World by Brickman will be on display at MCEC on 1 April through to 31 May 2021.More info
7. See one last movie at Moonlight Cinemas
Moonlight Cinemas have now announced the final movie program so that we can keep on enjoying great films under the stars until 25 April.
To see the full program, click here.
8. See the first supermoon of 2021
The first of 2021’s supermoons, which are normally spaced fourteen months apart, will take place on 26 April while the second will occur on 26 May.
9. Experience the fullest of autumn colours
The inaugural Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival started on the 27 March but continues through to 26 April with events and workshops, autumn flavours and promotions to tickle your tastebuds and senses. There’s really no better time of the year to visit the Macedon Ranges.More info
10. Catch the end of Melbourne Design Week
Emerging and established designers across fifteen disciplines including architecture, fashion, product and digital design will be fronting Melbourne Design Week with a range of exhibitions, workshops, film screenings, talks and tours. Runs until 5 April.More info
11. Check out Melbourne’s newest foodie paradise
After a couple of delays, Grazeland is opened last weekend. The 10,000 square-metre permanent food venue hosts more than 50 food and drink vendors serving up a whole range of delicious treats, snacks and feeds from around the world. It will remain open for every weekend of the year. That’s every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.More info
12. Play in this wonderland of light, colour and sound
Titled Imaginaria, this immersive pop-up play space is the work of Loose Collective who have teamed up with electronic music artist Alex Albrecht to create a wonderland for the senses.
The 1000-square-metre venue has five specially designed spaces that are meant to be part game, part gallery, and part journey where visitors not only walk through but also interact with what’s going on inside.More info
13. Experience the Rain Room
Now in its second Melbourne run, Rain Room continues to draw people to experience the torrential rain-like feeling. The experience is fully immersive and engages all of your senses; however, at the same time, you are protected from getting wet thanks to the motion sensors used to detect your whereabouts—that is, unless you start moving too fast and catch up to the droplets in front of you.
Open from Wednesday to Sunday, Rain Room will conclude its second Melbourne season on 18 April.More info
14. Party to the sounds of the 90s/00s
Brunswick’s Stay Gold is digging out the 90s and noughties classics for a No Scrubs: 90s and Early 00s party from 11pm on Saturday, April 17. You knlow what you’re in for.More info
15. The Queen Vic’s night markets are back
On Wednesday nights from 7 to 28 April, the Queen Vic Market launches Spaced Out and it’s new Infinity & Beyond Bar and the return of the silent disco with Guru Dudu.
Expect to find Melbourne’s best food trucks, QVM favourites and space-themed cocktails as well as beers from Brick Lane Brewing, wines from Mitchelton and ciders from Coldstream Brewery.More info
16. Last month to experience the NGV Triennial
The NGV Triennial will finish up its run on Sunday 18 April 2021. Entry is free, however, you must book your tickets in advance, which you can do here.
17. Go on a true-crime tour of Melbourne
Fit City Melbourne’s Slums and Guns Running Tour is more than just a jog. It is, in fact, a proper, fully-fledged tour of the city complete with a tour guide to keep you on track where you will discover Melbourne’s dark side.More info
Explore the Yarra River in these easy-to-operate electric boats and sail past Melbourne landmarks and see the city from a new perspective.More info
Ballers Clubhouse is inviting you to play and stay for as long as you like.
The only catch to the Ballers Clubhouse offer is that to play all the games—ping pong, darts, shuffleboard, shufflecourt and Virtual Reality—you need to turn up on either a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday.
The All Games Pass ($24) on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Sunday will give you unlimited access to play table tennis, darts, shuffleboard, shufflecourt and Virtual Reality in 30-minute timeslots—sharing is caring. And at Ballers Clubhouse, a round of pool is always free.More info
And the 1 thing you should do
Join The Lume waitlist
This newest way to experience art will see visitors wander through the space, choosing their own paths, as detailed images of famous artworks are projected onto eleven-metre high walls. The vibrant colours and vivid details of Van Gogh’s technique and style are made visible in never-before-seen detail and are accompanied by a classical soundtrack that helps interpret the thoughts, feelings and intentions of the master painter.
Tickets for Van Gogh Alive at The Lume will go on sale in early 2021. To make sure you don’t miss out, sign up for the waitlist here.