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Things to do in Melbourne: Your Ultimate August Guide

Make it a gloriously busy month with our jam-packed guide covering the best things to do in Melbourne.

NGV Friday Nights
NGV Friday Nights

End winter with a bang by attending the scores of events enticing you out across Melbourne and beyond. This month, restaurants across the city are firing up delicious seasonal menus while the Melbourne International Film Festival rolls into town with unmissable new flicks. Keep your mind and feet moving with charming musicals, thought-provoking exhibitions and rollicking gigs, or skip town for the weekend to enjoy fab regional culture festivals.

THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE: FOOD & DRINK

Mr. Miyagi
Mr. Miyagi
Mr. Miyagi In the Big Smoke

Windsor’s bubbly Japanese fusion fave Mr. Miyagi is hitting up the CBD with a six week pop-up at QT Hotel. They’ll be firing up the binchotan for a special winter menu that’s centred around succulent, slow cooked meats smoked over charcoal. Menu highlights include thick cut Kurobuta pork skewers glazed with zingy ssamjang sauce, togarashi spice-rubbed lamb chops and freshly baked miso corn bread to soak it all up. Anyone who’s been to Mr. Miyagi knows they do a killer cocktail too, so expect plenty of their Japanese-inspired tipples to be shaken up.

From 5pm Thursdays to Saturdays until 14th August 2022

8 Portland Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Kisumé
Kisumé
Bluefin Tuna Masterclass

Get up close and personal with the most prized fish among sushi chefs at this bluefin tuna masterclass hosted by Kisumé. The glitzy Japanese restaurant’s master chef Yonge Kim will break down a whole tuna in front of guests, giving them the chance to three different cuts – including prized fatty o-toro – straight from the knife. It’ll be a day of pure indulgence, starting with a glass of saké and canapés on arrival and ending with a five course menu of blue fin sushi, oysters, prawn tempura and more.

12.30pm, Sunday 14th August

$220pp

Pasta Parties at Marameo

There ain't no party like a pasta party, and Marameo is celebrating the carby dish in a truly raucous fashion. Every Saturday from 12pm, dine on multiple delicious courses of Italian fare paired with bottomless Prosecco, Italian red or white wine and Peroni, as live music dials up the ambiance. Arrive hungry as the menu is fittingly pasta packed – expect a generous serving of Marameo's popular spaghetti cacio e pepe with black truffle, an indulgent 10 cheese lasagna with wild and local mushrooms, and fresh entrees to share. 

$100pp

Until Saturday 27 August

6 Russell Place, Melbourne 

State of Grace
State of Grace
Mad Hatter’s G&Tea Party at State of Grace

For a tea party with a difference, book into the Mad Hatter’s G&Tea Party hosted every Saturday on State of Grace’s roomy rooftop. Venture down the rabbit hole with two hours of infused gin and tonics, sparkling wine and beer matched with dainty bites including oysters, cured kingfish, lobster mornay donuts, French onion soup toasties and Four Pillars shiraz gin tarts. The rooftop will be dressed to the nines with magicians, hanging tea cups and Alice herself roaming around floral arches, providing lots of Insta-worthy moments for the feed.

Saturdays until 27th August 2022

$69pp

27 King Street, Melbourne

Collingwood Artisan Market

Melbournians love a market and Collingwood's newest edition offers something for the hungry, adventurous, and creative. A former Honda showroom will come alive every month with over 100 stalls slinging everything from fresh produce to locally-made art and warm winter wears. Collingwood Artisan Market will also host a full-size roller skating rink for a healthy dose of nostalgia and live music from local bands. 

10-4:30pm, Sunday, 31st July; 28th August; 25th September

 21-53 Hoddle Street, Collingwood

The Commons Collective
The Commons Collective
Fen Jiu Yum Cha at The Commons Collective

This month, Bar Moubray within the Commons Collective transforms into ‘Fen Jiu Bar’ – an alluring red lanterned space from which they’re serving contemporary yum cha on weekends. Round up the gang for steamy BBQ pork buns, bouncy shrimp dumplings with spiked sesame sauce and crispy banana fritters over delicious cocktail specials. Fen Jiu, an aromatic rice wine from China, will be showcased in drinks like the Bamboo Bliss with lychee liqueur, lime juice and coconut.

Saturdays 12–2pm, 5–7pm and Sundays 12–2pm throughout August

17 Moubray Street, Melbourne

Petaluma x Nobu
Petaluma x Nobu
Petaluma x Nobu Melbourne Omakase

Known for their signature dishes and celebrity fans, Nobu is synonymous with Japanese fine dining. This month they’re upping the luxury stakes with a special omakase menu in collaboration with leading Australian winery Petaluma. Book in for a six course menu paired with wines from their latest vintage, which includes Riesling, Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay all grown and produced in the Adelaide Hills. Courses will include salmon tataki, quail tempura and of course, Nobu’s famed miso black cod.

Dinner, Wednesdays to Sundays throughout August

$195pp

Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank

Winter Night Market
Winter Night Market
Winter Night Market

For a delicious mid-week activity you can’t go past the winter edition of Queen Vic’s bustling night markets. This year they’ll feature food stalls hawking everything from the Cypriot Kitchen’s slow cooked lamb and Wonderbao’s steamy bao pork belly buns to burnt basque cheesecake and cinnamon-dusted churro bowls. Warm up with cups of hot gin toddies and mulled wine before roaming the arts and homewares traders or squeezing in a boogie at the silent disco.

Wednesdays 5pm-10pm until 31st August 2022

Queen Street, Melbourne

Yum Cha at The Espy

Heading to St Kilda institution The Espy for a Sunday session? Soak up the cocktails with a delicious yum cha experience at Mya Tiger. Designed for maximum indulgence, the Cantonese banquet includes three starters and six main dishes – think sesame prawn toast, spring onion pancakes, spicy pork chili wontons, ginger chicken dumplings, BBQ pork buns and so much more. 

Until 31st August

$58 pp

11 The Esplanade, St Kilda

Village Cinemas
Village Cinemas
Bottomless Brunch at Village Cinemas

Adding a new spin to the bottomless brunch format is Village Cinemas, who are combining blockbuster movies with unlimited popcorn, fried chicken waffles, churros and drinks. Kick back in a luxurious Gold Class cinema with  your choice of brunch dish alongside bottomless Mimosas, Prosecco and Moon Dog Tropical Fizzer. The first screening will be high octane Brad Pitt action flick Bullet Train, with more sessions to come.

Various times at Village Cinemas across Melbourne

Tickets $70

Baby
Baby
Winter Aperitivo at Baby

It seems like just about everyone is holidaying in Europe right now, but you can reduce the FOMO by bringing aperitivo hour into your schedule right here in Melbourne. From now until the end of August, Baby is keeping spritz season alive with $6.50 Aperol Spritzes, Peroni Reds and Stefani Estate Shiraz between 3pm and 5pm, alongside raspberry and white chocolate negronis and a Sicilian sours for just $8.80. If you get snacky there’s antipasto, polenta sticks and their famed bolognese arancini – it’s not quite the Amalfi Coast but it’s not too shabby either.

3pm-5pm daily

631-633 Church Street, Richmond

The Commons Collective
The Commons Collective
Winter at The Commons Collective

Kick off the doona and put on your party hat, because The Commons Collective is gearing up for a busy winter filled with food, fun and festivities. On Thursday nights they’re bringing back old school entertainment with Le Cabaret De Commons, an evening of glitzy and glamorous performances with ample food and wine, while on weekends they’re throwing bottomless brunches in their gorgeously decorated Conservatory. They’re doing Christmas in July too, with a special Chrissy-themed menu, crackers and seasonal cocktails to get you feeling extra cheery.

17 Moubray Street, Melbourne 

Wharf Hotel
Wharf Hotel
Winter Igloo Gardens

Escape to a snowy alpine wonderland without stepping foot outside the CBD. At four venues – the Wharf Hotel, Station Hotel, Auburn Hotel and Studley Park Boathouse – you’ll be able to rent out cosy private igloos to kick back with friends in. Sessions come fully catered with options including sharing platters, three course meals or high tea, plus bottomless dessert and drink packages (think mulled wine, cider and hot toddies). Each igloo will be decorated with twinkling fairy lights and comfy décor to relax in.

18/38 Siddeley Street, Docklands

59 Napier Street, Footscray

85 Auburn Road, Hawthorn East

1 Boathouse Road, Kew

Newmarket Hotel
Newmarket Hotel
Starry Night Supper Club at Newmarket

Friday nights are heating up at St Kilda’s Newmarket Hotel. Over winter they’ll be bringing their leafy beer garden to life with mood-making fairy lights, heaters and live acoustic music between 7.30 and 9.30pm. Get your weekend started with a generous $60 package that includes two hours of bottomless drinks including espresso martinis, Moon Dog seltzers, beer, wine and sparkling, plus tasty grazing boards to share.

7.30pm-9.30pm every Friday

$60pp

34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda

Fargo & Co
Fargo & Co
Rooftop Après Ski at Fargo & Co

The Alps are coming to Richmond this winter with an exclusive après-ski lodge popping up on Fargo & Co’s rooftop. Round up the crew and book a private cabin for drinks, nibbles and sweet treats. From Friday to Sunday you can book an all-out package that includes three hours of exclusive use for up to eight people, a boozy hot choc on arrival, gourmet snacks, 700mL Grey Goose and mixers plus a pink chocolate fondue fountain with marshmallows and strawberries. Cabins can also be booked on Wednesdays and Thursdays for a-la-carte, with a minimum $50pp spend.

Wednesdays-Fridays

216 Swan Street, Richmond

Harlow
Harlow
Disco Drag Bottomless Brunch at Harlow

Sashay into the weekend with Harlow’s brand new Disco Drag Bottomless Brunch starting Saturday 4th June. Gather your friends every Saturday and Sunday for two hours of Moon Dog seltzers, Bacardi cocktails, wine, beer, sparkling and a new lunch menu. The vibes will be supplied by a fabulous drag queen (TBA) on the decks all afternoon.

11.30am-1.30pm & 2pm-4pm Saturdays, 12pm-2pm Sundays

$69pp

447 Church Street, Richmond

Ishizuka
Ishizuka
Autumn at Ishizuka

Ishizuka is without a doubt one of Melbourne’s best Japanese restaurants, specialising in refined kaiseki-style dining that deeply honours the seasons. Their new menu carries on this tradition by reflecting the colours, flavours and sensations of autumn. Book a 10-course feast that starts strong with marron bisque and spanner crab before moving onto increasingly luxe dishes featuring snow crab, Kagoshima A5 wagyu and otoro (fatty tuna). If that wasn’t enough to convince you, their selection of top-shelf wine, sake and spirits won top gongs at Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards.

$285pp

139 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Bottomless Brunch at Kata Kita

Melbourne's favourite new inner-city Indonesian eatery is the latest to jump on the bottomless brunch bandwagon. Feast on bottomless Nasi Goreng and sip on free flowing cocktails, mocktails and Asian beers for two fun-filled, boozy hours. Did we mention the spacious restaurant has its own adorable robot waiter? 

266 La Trobe Street, Melbourne

$60 per person 

THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE: ARTS & CULTURE

Fed Square
Fed Square
Anything But Square: Under Surveillance

This July, Fed Square is turning up the heat with Anything But Square: Under Surveillance, an epic five-week program of showstopping art, intriguing film and dystopian dance parties – all playfully exploring the idea of how we are constantly being watched, and watching each other. Your attention will be drawn immediately to The Eyes, a wildly ‘grammable 10 metre tall sculpture featuring hyper colourful eyes darting in every direction. Stick around for a free outdoor ‘Surveillance Film Festival’ featuring thematically-aligned films including The Truman Show and Spy Kids, eye-themed craft workshops, and disco dance parties DJed by the likes of YO!MAFIA and John Course every Friday night.

Until Wednesday 17th August 2022

Swanston Street & Flinders Street, Melbourne

Melbourne International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival

Melbourne’s premier film festival returns for its 70th year with another jam-packed schedule of domestic and international cinema, documentaries, talks and parties. Every culture, theme and human emotion is explored, with highlights including ‘90s Melbourne-set queer romance Of An Age, Three Thousand Years of Longing starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, and kaleidoscopic David Bowie doco Moonage Daydream.

Until Wednesday 24 August

Various venues

QT Hotel
QT Hotel
Cinema Nights on the Rooftop

Who said outdoor cinemas were a summer-only activity? QT Hotel has recently turned their popular rooftop into an all-weather space, and to celebrate they’re bringing back free cinema nights over August – rain, hail or shine. Each Tuesday they’re screening a 90s cult classic, with picks including Fight Club, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Matrix. Kick back with snacks, cocktails and complimentary popcorn, then stick around for DJs after the credits roll.

Tuesday nights from Tuesday 9th - Tuesday 30th August

133 Russell Street, Melbourne

Darkfield
Darkfield
DARKFIELD

Chilling multi-sensory audio experience DARKFIELD has been extended until the end of August. Set in purpose-built shipping containers in complete darkness, the spooky stories SÉANCE, FLIGHT, COMA and EULOGY challenge you to imagine you're in another world, test your limits and experience the power of audio by evoking your worst nightmares. This is not for the faint hearted! 

Until 31st August

138 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Tickets $25

Bunjil Place
Bunjil Place
Archibald Prize at Bunjil Place

See all the talked about pieces from Australia’s most prestigious portrait prize at Bunjil Place, a lavish new cultural venue in Narre Warren. Now in its 101st year, the Archibald Prize showcases thrilling artworks highlighting figures from all walks of life, from celebrities and politicians to sporting heroes and authors. This year’s exhibition displays the portraits of all 52 Archibald Prize 2022 finalists, including winner Blak Douglas’s portrait of Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens.

Saturday 3rd September until Sunday 16th October

Tickets $19

2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren

Melbourne Museum
Melbourne Museum
Open Horizons: Ancient Greek Journeys and Connections

This Melbourne Museum exhibition exploring the development of ancient Greek culture features dozens of priceless artefacts from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. From a 400 kilogram sculpture of the head of Zeus to a marble sphinx depicting a female head with the body of a winged lion, Open Horizons marks the first time many of these phenomenal objects have ever been displayed abroad. Visit and be taken on a journey throughout Ancient Greece – a culture that has shaped western civilisation like no other.

11 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Tickets $15

Hamilton
Hamilton
Hamilton

The biggest musical of the last decade has finally arrived in Melbourne, so stop what you’re doing and book tickets stat to see what everyone’s been raving about. The smash-hit musical blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway to tell the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, but no description will do justice to this Tony Award-winning spectacle – you’ll just have to see the stellar score, spellbinding dancing and magical singing yourself.

Until September 2022

Tickets from $70

Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Planetarium Nights
Planetarium Nights
Planetarium Nights

See Scienceworks come to life after hours with Melbourne's favourite interstellar film experience. Where art and science collides, venture through fluorescent underwater corals, marvel at the cosmos, journey through black holes and witness an alien invasion from the dome. Choose between a presenter-led tour through the night sky and a fulldome art piece offering an immersive voyage into unseen worlds.

Tickets from $20

Every Friday (7:30pm & 9:00pm sessions)

2 Booker St, Spotswood 

Van Gogh at The Lume 

Australia’s first permanent digital gallery, The Lume, is transforming the iconic works of Van Gogh into a full-blown immersive experience like no other. Light ripples, curated tastes, aromas and a choreographed soundtrack will transform his masterpieces across every surface. Follow his artistic evolution through the Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, stepping inside The Bedroom, Starry Night and more.

Tickets from $39

Until 31st September 2022

THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE: PARTIES & GIGS

Hayden James
Hayden James
Hayden James

Master of the emotional dance anthem, Hayden James, returns to Melbourne for an arena show you’ll remember for years to come. Playing tracks off his second album ‘Lifted’, Hayden’s passionate, energetic and fun-loving stage presence will ripple through the crowd. Hear his signature sound of soulful vocals and immense beats in his most captivating show yet.

7pm, Friday 19th August

Tickets $75

Margaret Court Arena, ​​Olympic Boulevarde, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria
National Gallery of Victoria
NGV Friday Nights

The National Gallery of Victoria’s after dark parties are an unbeatable way to enjoy live music in the colder seasons. This month you can catch sets by seven-piece groove band Seven Up, Ethio-jazz musician Solomon Sisay and ambient dance musician Andras. Set the DF alight while sipping on mulled wine, then wander through the NGV’s latest major exhibition, The Picasso Century.

6pm-10pm, every Friday night until October

Tickets $35

180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Thelma Plum
Thelma Plum
Thelma Plum

Indie darling Thelma Plum is back with a nationwide tour in support of her new EP ‘Meanjin’, which she calls a ‘love letter to her hometown’. Supported by GRAACE and Jem Cassar-Daley, the talented songwriter promises an evening of music exploring emotion, healing and identity mixed with party-starting flair.

8pm, Thursday 1st September

Tickets $65

154 Flinders Street, Melbourne

THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE: GETAWAY/OUT-OF-TOWN

Moama Lights
Moama Lights
Moama Lights

August sees the return of Moama Lights, during which the border town of Echuca-Moama glows with entrancing light and sound. Taking place at the tranquil Horseshoe Lagoon, follow the trail of up-lit river red gums and theatrical fog rising from below the boardwalks into mesmerising illuminated flowers, thick bushland and twinkling stars above. As the treeline begins to part, the majestic Murray River will reveal itself, ablaze with colour, in a triumphant finale.

Until 21st August

Tickets $20

Horseshoe Lagoon, Moama

Borealis on the Lake
Borealis on the Lake
Borealis on the Lake

A stunning new event, inspired by the Aurora Borealis (or Northern Lights), is arriving in Daylesford this winter. The night sky over Lake Daylesford will be lit up by a mesmerising light installation that moves and changes colour in tandem with the weather, creating unique ‘auroras’ set to tranquil music. Created by Switzerland-based ‘artivist’ Dan Acher, the work is intended to bind strangers together and create a sense of belonging and connection through art. Come for the show and stay for the weekend – we’ve got a full list of things to see, eat and do while you’re in Daylesford.

Every Thursday – Sunday until Sunday 4th September 2022

Tickets $25

Leggatt Street, Daylesford

White Night Bendigo
White Night Bendigo
White Night Bendigo

For the last decade White Night has been synonymous with winter in Melbourne – a one-night-only festa of unforgettable immersive light, art and connection. After a long hiatus the event returns this year reimagined as a multi-stop regional show, passing through picturesque Bendigo this September. Make your way around enthralling installations and film projections, with something unexpected around every corner.

6pm-12am, Saturday 3rd September

Around Bendigo

OTHER

Melbourne Houseplant Festival
Melbourne Houseplant Festival
Melbourne Houseplant Festival

Are you a budding plant parent? This festival is for you. Based on a wildly successful event in London, the Melbourne debut of Houseplant Festival will delight local monstera lovers with talks, workshops and stalls. Both new and seasoned plant enthusiasts will learn from experts on how to position plants like a pro, use the best soil, mount ferns and make kokedama and terrariums. Of course, there’ll also be plenty of stalls selling plants to grow your collection alongside botanical art and books.

10am-6pm, Sunday 21st August

Tickets from $9

The Wool Mill, 161 Donald Street, Brunswick East

Looking for more fun things to do in Melbourne this winter? We have plenty to keep you entertained. From Melbourne's best new restaurants and bars to cosy pubscafés and late-night cocktail haunts, here's all you need for an epic weekend in the city.