March—once upon a time the first month of the year.
Come March, summer has ended and autumn has begun but that doesn’t mean the fun has run its course. (Featured image: @preindl)
March is a wonderful time of year—trees begin to change colour and the cooler temperatures make days out more comfortable—with so many wonderful choices and incredible things to do.
What are you going to get up to?
1. Street Eatz is serving up the lot this season
With food trucks parking up every week and repping street eats from around the world as well as sweet and savoury comfort food from home, this Street Eatz edition is going to be major. Opening weekend was already a blast.
Don’t miss out on the bottomless booze packages, which are for select dates and times and includes cocktails, cocktails jugs, wine, beer, cider and spirits. It might have been easier to say everything and that they cost $69 per person. Reserve here.
2. Experience a Jazz Candlelight concert
Jazz by Candlelight is coming to Melbourne with some incredible tributes to some of the best musicians in history: Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra.
Melbourne’s three Jazz by Candlelight nights will be performed at Port Melbourne’s The Timber Yard and tickets are now on sale.
3. All aboard for a ride through the Spookhouse
Melbourne-based artist Mysterious Al has been plenty busy since 2019’s Blinking into the Sunlight. For the past two years, he has been working on his new project but before the project could truly take shape, he needed to find the perfect vehicle for his exhibition—a 1950’s ghost train.
This one-of-a-kind experience has been filled with paintings, projections and his first attempts at sculpture as well as technologies like robotics and sound effects. Mysterious Al’s iconic masks will light up, move and surely spook any unsuspecting visitor. But like Pixar movies, Al’s art can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
The Spookhouse will open on 19 March before closing on 28 March.
4. 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, it’s the largest inflatable maze in Australia and has extended its run through till the end of March.
5. Get restaurant discounts with TheFork Festival
The third iteration of TheFork Festival, brought to you by the restaurant booking site of the same name, has begun and is offering diners huge savings on sit-down meals at restaurants across Australia.
Savings can be as high as 50% and isn’t just limited to dinner. Diners can book in for breakfast, lunch and every other hour that the selected restaurant is open.
6. Dig in at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
From 12-31 March, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is back with more than 50 special events showcasing our city’s food and wine scene. The only downside is that many of them are either sold out or selling fast.
To see what’s still available, check the website here.
7. Go to Moomba
Taking place over the Labour Day long weekend, Moomba will be a little different this year. Although it is still free, attendees will need to register their interest and select a session to attend. Moomba, though, will spread out across the city this year with larger-than-life projections, live street performances, insta-worthy floral installations, and plenty more.
For more info and to book your session, click here.
8. Disney+ and Openair Cinemas are back in town
Rolling back into the Melbourne Showgrounds carpark this month, Disney+ and Openair Cinemas are bringing us six nights of Disney movies a week until 21 March. This time, though, their movie selection is a little different.
Head over to the website for more info and the full program.
MICF is back in 2021 and to make up for a year where we didn’t laugh as much or as loud, they’re bringing the goods.
Running from 24 March to 18 April, all the beloved annual events will be back: The Gala proudly supporting Oxfam, Opening Night Comedy Allstars Supershow, The Great Debate, Upfront, The (Very) Big Laugh Out and Comedy Club for Kids.
10. Go to a classical Candlelight concert
There are still tickets to Beethoven’s best works at the Athenaeum, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne and a selection of Mozart’s best works at St James’ Old Cathedral as well.
Grazeland, Melbourne’s newest foodie playground, was meant to open last year. But as they say, good things come to those who wait.
Soon we will be treated to a 10,000 square-metre permanent food venue that will host, for now, 49 food and drink vendors serving up a whole range of delicious treats, snacks and feeds from around the world. We’ve heard that this number will grow and the only waiting we’ll be doing will be for the food.
Grazeland is located a short walk from Spotswood train station, right beside Scienceworks, and will open on 19 March at 5pm.
12. Control the weather at 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.
13. Buy books at the Queen Vic Market
Melbourne loves books so it’s great news that the Melbourne Book Market is back. Taking place every weekend (excluding 13 March) at the Queen Victoria Market in the A shed, more than 5,000 new and pre-loved titles will be made available by some of Melbourne’s biggest bibliophiles.
14. Follow the Me and UooUoo Art Trail
The Me and UooUoo Art Trail is on display from 20 January to 21 March, giving intrepid city explorers two months to be able to track down every single UooUoo. Afterward, the UooUoos will go to auction in order to raise more funds and awareness of the amazing work that the RCH does.
15. Sail the High Seas
The Westin Melbourne has brought back their very special high tea collab, High Seas, with Four Pillar’s Gin and, obviously, we’re excited because we love seafood and we love gin. And putting them together is a match made in heaven.
The High Seas ($89) high tea at The Westin Melbourne set sail on February 5 and will continue through until Sunday, April 4 from 11am onwards in the Lobby Lounge.
16. Keep exploring Photo 2021
Photo 2021 arrived a year late but we’re not complaining since the inaugural event will see more than 40 galleries and cultural institutions hosting exhibitions as well as several public spaces being turned into outdoor art galleries themselves, including the 500 metres of hoarding that surround the Metro Tunnel sites. The theme for Photo 2021 is ‘The Truth’ and we’re keen to find out what that looks like.
17. Catch some of the city’s finest DJs do their thing
Melbourne’s Recital Centre has teamed up with Crown Ruler to put on shows every Thursday and Saturday up until March 27 showcasing some of Melbourne’s best DJs like DJ JNETT, College of Knowledge, Miss Goldie, DJ Yangos, Elle Shimada, dj pgz, DJ Jimmy James, Sophie McAlister and Gallery B.