Celebrate the last month of winter in Melbourne.
After Lockdown Number Five, you might be itching to get out of the house and try something new. Well, it’s the last month of winter, so it’s the last chance to truly enjoy wintery things like ice skating, hot chocolate and mulled wine. On top of that, if you were worried about the chill, there’s heaps of indoor things to do this August like film festivals and art exhibitions. Keep reading if you’d like to learn some of the best things to do in Melbourne this August.
1. Experience the best of cinema at MIFF
Stream films online during the Melbourne International Film Festival from August 5 to 22. Or, catch a film in person after August 12.
Click here to learn more about the festival and program.
2. Try delicious flavours at the Hot Chocolate Festival
Escape to chocolateries in the Yarra Valley, Great Ocean Road or Mornington Peninsula to try 31 different flavours of hot chocolate this August. There will also be workshops where you can make your own personalised flavour to take home.
Discover more about the festival here.
3. Get tied up by The Knot at Fed Square
Get tangled by this fluorescent pink art installation at Fed Square. After weaving your way through this exhibition, why don’t you try some food inspired by the art? During the Knot season, there will be drinks and desserts available nearby to enhance your sensory experience.
Read about the food on offer here.
Click here to learn more about The Knot.
4. Say “Bonjour” to all things French at Fed Square
Celebrate France at Fed Square with their Frenchy Weekends program. Watch French films, listen to French music on the main stage, attend workshops and more. French workshops will begin on August 23. Meanwhile, the film festival and music scene will kick off from August 27.Learn more here.
5. Remember the magic at ACMI’s Disney exhibition
At this Melbourne-exclusive exhibit, there are over 500 artworks to discover. These include original paintings, sketches and concept art from Walt Disney. Learn more about how your favourite childhood stories were brought to life and be amazed by the creativity.
Click here to learn more.
6. Escape to the Yarra Valley and sample delicious wines
Celebrate winter by heading to the Yarra Valley and trying the region’s best wines and local produce. Ticketed events are available at different wineries across the Yarra Valley. Sit by the fireside and pair local wine with delicious food. This festival ends on Sunday August 8.See what’s on here.
7. Be immersed by The Door In Question
The Door in Question is Melbourne’s first virtual reality and multi-sensory theatre production. Put on a headset and enter an illusory world that will have you questioning what’s real. This production will run August 4 to 8.Find out more here.
8. Discover the Flinders Street Ballroom at A Miracle Constantly Repeated by Patricia Piccinini
The mysterious ballroom inside Flinders Street Station has been opened. Visual artist Patricia Piccinini has created an exhibition where technology and nature coexist. See hyper-real silicone sculptures, enormous dioramas and sentient saplings among the ballroom architecture. This exhibition has been extended until 2022 so you know it’s good!Learn more about the exhibition here.
9. Be impressed by artwork at NGV
Visit NGV to see their new Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, French Impressionism: From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. This exhibition has over 100 pieces of art from Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a place renowned around the world for its collection of Impressionist paintings. See works from all the favourites like Monet, Degas and Renoir, and check out 79 pieces that have never been exhibited before in Australia.Learn more about the exhibition here.
10. Check out the Goya exhibit at NGV
We had to give Goya its own honourable mention. Visit the NGV and see the work of Francisco Goya. At over 160 art pieces, this exhibition has the largest group of Goya’s drawings ever seen in Australia. Goya is considered to be one of the first truly modern artists. His drawings expose the dark and comedic complexities of human nature.See more here.
11. Discover Australian impressionism at the Ian Potter Centre before it goes
Visit the Ian Potter Centre in Fed Square and check out She-Oak and Sunlight: Australian Impressionism. This exhibition has over 250 artworks from around Australia. This exhibition ends on August 22, so if you haven’t seen it yet, you better hurry!Find more details here.
12. Go ice skating at the Winter Village
This winter wonderland at Fed Square is here to deliver some frosty fun. Embrace your inner Ice Princess and go ice skating in the rink to let out all your pent-up lockdown energy. Or, book your own private igloo, sit under some twinkling fairy lights and nibble on a grazing plate. Whatever you choose, this is a great way to spend a winter day in Melbourne. This event will be available until August 29.
Learn more about the Winter Village here.
13. Be immersed in Because the Night, a unique theatre experience
The Malthouse Theatre presents Because the Night, an immersive theatre experience that will leave you wanting more. Follow the actors as a silent witness and uncover the secrets of the land of Elsinore. Start from one of three starting points and enter a labyrinth of over 30 interconnected spaces.Book your tickets here.
14. Go on an adventure at Jurassic World By Brickman
Go on an adventure that’s 6 million Lego bricks in the making at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught has created a world-first immersive experience where you can experience the story of Jurassic World, from going through the iconic island gates to visiting the science labs. This experience took over two years to design and build, culminating in over 50 large-scale dinosaurs, props, scenes and activities.
To learn more, click here.
15. Fall in love with the Australian Ballet’s rendition of Romeo and Juliet
See this passionate performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet at the Australian Ballet. See it live at the Arts Centre from August 27 to September 4. If you can’t see it in person, you can live stream the performance on September 2.Learn more about the performance here.
16. Feast on a vegan celebration at Welcome to Thornbury
Enjoy a vegan bonanza at Welcome to Thornbury on August 21. There will be a range of vegan and vegetarian food on offer from a wide variety of food trucks. Get buzzed on a vegan wine and cocktail menu. After that, explore their mini-market featuring vegan clothing, beauty and more.
For more details about the event, click here.
17. Warm up with a Mulled Wine and Hot Cheese Party
This event will also take place at Welcome to Thornbury. Try six different flavours of mulled wine and celebrate an array of all things cheese, including fondue, arancini and more. This party will take place on August 28.
Click here for more information.
18. Discover a new world at Treasures of the Natural World
Head to Melbourne Museum to see some of the world’s oldest, rarest and most fascinating treasures of the natural world. This exhibit was produced and curated by the legendary Natural History Museum in London. Melbourne Museum has further developed this exhibit by including the narratives of the First Peoples, who have always had a deep relationship with the natural world. See over 200 artefacts, from Darwin’s personal collection of treasures to a 200 million-year-old Ichthyosaurus fossil.Learn more here.
19. Explore Melbourne’s laneways, transformed by the Flash Forward project
Head to the CBD and see new artwork hidden amongst the laneways of Melbourne. In this creative project, 40 of the city’s laneways will be transformed into something new. Some of the laneways, like Hughs Alley in Chinatown, have already been completed.
Stay tuned to their social media for updates.
20. Be blown away by the spectacular spectacular Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Enjoy a decadent celebration of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge this August. See the film come to life in this on-stage musical tale of truth, beauty, freedom and love. Moulin Rouge! The Musical will land at the Regent Theatre on August 20.
Click here to find out more information.
21. Be moved by Becoming You
Visit the Immigration Museum and see 72 Australian storytellers present their coming-of-age stories. From the awkward moments to the hilarious, these stories are presented in unexpected and diverse environments. See stories from notable Australians like writer Alice Pung, AFL footballer Jason Johannisen and drag queen Karen from Finance.Click here to book tickets and learn more.
22. Be transported to Hogwarts with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Return to the magical world of Harry Potter, and see his son Albus struggle with the weight of his family’s history. This play has won nine Olivier Awards, six Tony Awards and many more. Due to current COVID restrictions, all shows up to and including August 8 have been cancelled.
Click here for more information about the play.
23. See Arendelle like never before at Frozen the Musical
Head to Her Majesty’s Theatre and see Frozen live on stage. On top of the 7 songs from the film, Academy Award-winning songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have created 12 new tracks just for the musical. It’s the perfect musical to get into the winter spirit.
Due to current COVID restrictions, all shows up to and including August 8 have been cancelled.
For more details about the show, click here.
24. Be transported to Germany at the Winter Wonderland Pop Up on Chapel Street
Book a private winter dining hut at Chapel Lane Huts and enjoy a boozy lunch or dinner. Feast on delicious Bavarian treats like pork knuckle, bratwurst or apple strudel.
Click here to find out more.
25. Feel the heat at Magic Mike Live
Enter a custom built tent at Birrarung Marr and see Channing Tatum’s vision come to life. Watch the performers display incredible feats of acrobatics and dance on a 360 degree stage. Let loose with some custom cocktails and enjoy the show.
Due to current COVID restrictions, shows up until August 10 have been postponed.Find out more about the show here.
26. See Imaginaria before it goes
Be immersed in a futuristic installation of light and sound. Located in Docklands, Imaginaria is a playful space where imagination and technology combines into an amazing experience. This installation was meant to end in July. However, after being impacted by lockdown, the season has been extended until August 29.
Click here for more info.
27. Celebrate all things truffle at Prahan Market
Explore truffle traders around Prahan Market by going on a Truffle Trail. Purchase some delicious truffle treats and watch demonstrations from experienced cooks. This event will take place on August 7.
Click here to learn more.
28. See Cyrano at Southbank Theatre
In this modern, gender-flipped take on Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, you will find a delightfully self-aware, theatrical rom-com. Cyrano by Virginia Gay is filled with music and celebrates language, desire and the magic of theatre.Find out more about the play here.
29. Savour the Westin’s Truffle Takeover with High Cheese
High tea, or high cheese, just got even better. From August 1, the decadent High Cheese menu will be elevated with truffles. Think three tiers of indulgent goodness. High Cheese will be served every day from 11am-8pm in the Westin’s Lobby Lounge. The truffle takeover will be here for all of August.
Bookings are essential. Click here to learn more.
30. Throw some axes at Lumber Punk
Are you ready to sling some steel? Lumber Punks is a thrilling venue to try out in South Melbourne. Over a 90 minute session, you’ll play some games and learn how to throw some axes, from the little ones to the bigger ones. That’s one way to get rid of your stress!Book your tickets here.