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Things to do in Melbourne in August

It may be winter in Australia but that doesn’t give you any excuse to stay at home. There are so many things to do here and a lot of indoor options for rainy days. Take your pick from exhibitions, theatre shows, live music and more.

1. Friday nights at the NGV

The National Gallery of Victoria stays open late on Friday nights. This is a great opportunity to see both the permanent collection and to get a ticket for the MOMA: 130 years of Modern and Contemporary Art exhibition. Look at the art while you listen to live bands performing each night from gospel music to Hip Hop. There will also be pop up eateries and bars, and sets by DJs.

2. WinterWild festival Apollo Bay.

WinterWild is a music and arts festival which takes place over two weekends in August. The first weekend (August 10 – 12) will focus on the theme of “death’ – sounds like fun!!!

There will be live music, performance art, poetry events and even a guided audio tour on the meaning of human existence.

Two weeks later the festival returns for an event based around the theme of ‘birth’. The event will focus on food and there will be a dance party and film screenings.

3. Footscray Finds.

This is a great flea market which is held every Sunday. Here you can find everything from vintage clothes homewares, products by local designers and food. There is live music each weekend and lots of food trucks. The market runs from 9am – 2pm on the second Sunday of each month.

4. Mont Plonk.

On the banks of the Yarra River you will find a bar call Melbourne Public (11 Dukes Walk). This winter they will be getting an Alpine themed makeover so you can enjoy après-ski even if you are nowhere near the snow. You can enjoy mulled wine and boozy hot chocolate. There will be sheepskin rugs and roaring fires to keep you warm. You can snack on cheese fondue and German sausage.

5. The Winter Night Market at Queen Vic Market.

Spend your Wednesday nights surrounded by food, drink, live music and performance. In addition to food stalls and bars you can also explore 130 art, fashion and craft stalls. There will also be a special area selling second-hand books and records. You will be able to taste food from all around the world – from Italy, Greece, Spain and even Africa.

6. Melbourne International Film Festival.

From August 2ndto August 19th, Melbourne’s cinemas will be filled with films from around the world. It’s your chance to see feature films, arthouse films, documentaries and shorts from different countries – maybe even your own. You can buy individual tickets for films or you can buy a festival pass.

7. A celebration of Leonard Bernstein.

For those of you who love musicals, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are playing a special concert of Bernstein’s famous songs at Hamer Hall on August 15thand 18th. The Bernstein festival will also be screening one of the most famous musicals of all time “West Side Story” with a live orchestra.

8. Alice in Wonderland at ACMI.

This is a celebration of Alice in all her forms, from film to stage and representations in popular art and culture. It’s highly interactive, with each visitor being given a map to be guided through the exhibition by a character from the story. The exhibition stays open late on Friday nights and there will be DJs, bands and cocktails.

9. Murder in cell block M.

Get yourself down to the House of Correction (Level 4, 264 Swanston Street, 3000) to enjoy an immersive theatrical experience of cocktails and murder. The bar will become a prison, with all guests playing the roles of prisoners. It’s your job to find the clues, interact with the actors and find the murderer. This isn’t just fun but is a great way to practise your English.

10. Boogie Nights Disco

Every Tuesday from July 31stto August 7thyou can learn to disco dance at this fun dance class pop up at Dancehouse in Carlton North. You will learn dance routines to classic disco hits from the 70s. So put on your best 70s costume and learn to boogie – tickets are $18 per class.