Chinese Valentines Day Festival: Birrarung Marr, Batman Ave, Melbourne. Fri 17 August 3pm-11pm & Sat 18 August 11am-11pm. Free event. Multicultural festival celebrating love and fun...
Chinese Valentine's Day Festival
Birrarung Marr, Batman Ave, Melbourne. Fri 17 August 3pm-11pm & Sat 18 August 11am-11pm. Free event. Multicultural festival celebrating love and fun. Match-making games, couples & family games, romantic themes, romantic music, cultural performances and displays, photo booth, market and food stalls and more. Details at www.facebook.com/events/241195243375900/.
Queensbridge Square, 1A Queensbridge Street, Southbank. Sunday 19 August 11am to 5 pm. Free event, all welcome. Colourful and bold celebration of Sikh culture, featuring vibrant Bhangra dances, Bollywood dances, turban tying, Sikh martial arts, and more. Have a family photo taken with a turban crown. For more information, please phone 0432 017 000, or email: email@example.com.
Rocky Horror Show
Her Majesty's Theatre, 219 Exhibition St. Wed 18 July to Sun 26 August. The iconic rock and roll musical, seen around the world in over 30 countries in 20 different languages since 1973, returns to Melbourne. A young couple with a flat tyre knock on the door of a remote old house and meet a colourful and bizarre group of transvestites from outer space. Information and bookings at www.rockyhorror.com.au.
City Eat & Drinks
Dong Ting Restaurant
295-297 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Authentic Hunan Cuisine - one of the Eight Great Chinese Cuisines, well known for hot and spicy flavour, fresh aroma and deep rich colours. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Phone 9041 3793 for bookings or more information.
Hidden Bar and Cocktail Walking Tour
Bourke Street Mall, Friday & Saturday, 7pm. Let an experienced guide show you Melbourne's secret bars. Up to 10-15 bars visited. Ideal for small groups or couples seeking a romantic night out. Your guide can choose the bars to suit the interests of your group, and fill you in on other great food or entertainment spots. Prices from $109. Bookings at www.partner.viator.com/en/1744/tours/Melbourne/Melbourne-Hidden-Bar-and-Cocktail-Walking-Tour/d384-26803P3
Minh Phat Supermarket
2-8 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford. Open daily 9am-4pm. Giant supermarket, in businesss since 1988, brimming with goods from Southeast Asia (particularly Vietnam), China and Japan. Whole aisles of teas, herbs and spices. Strainers, stockpots, claypots, all your Asian cuisine needs. Asian specialities such as tea-tree mushrooms, shrimp skins, Barwon flowers, Japanese seaweed, duck eggs. For enquiries phone 9429 4028.
43 Hardware Lane, Melbourne. Open Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thu-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-5pm. Australia's biggest range of costumes for hire! Need to rent an outfit for a party or special event? The Costume Factory will work closely with you to find the perfect outfit, from fun animal suits to famous heroes and gory horror masks. Branch stores in Dandenong, Croydon, and Nunawading. Phone 9670 1765 or visit www.jcwestend.com.au for more details.
Melbourne International Film Festival
Various venues, closes Sunday19 August. New local films, international film premieres, talks and party events. Includes films from Japan (Tampopo, Mirai), Korea (The Spy Gone North), China (Angels Wear White, The People's Republic of Desire), Taiwan, Indonesia and India. See the full program at miff.com.au.
Skating At Festival
Crown Riverwalk, Yarra Promenade, Southbank. Open daily. Open-air skating rink with a great line-up of food, drinks and family-friendly entertainment. Enjoy skating under fairy lights to cill music. Equipment for hire, including “kanga” skate aids and knee and elbow pads for kids. Check out the special events, such as the 90s disco session. Warm up with drinks at the Alpine Bar, or enjoy dinner and dessert from the Winter Night Market stalls. Session cost $28 adults, $20 children, family tickets also available. Visit melbourne.skatingat.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marriott Hotel, cnr Exhibition & Lonsdale Street. Every Friday until Christmas. Two shows, 7.30pm and 9.30pm. Luxurious two course meal for two with a complimentary bottle of wine, and magic show by award-winning magician, Luke Hocking. Cost $80/person. Smart dress requested. For details and bookings phone 0407 514 551 or visit www.impossibleoccurrences.com.au.
Glow Winter Arts Festival
Central Park, Malvern East, Thurs-Sun 16-19 August 6-10pm. Free Event. Returning for its fifth year. Come along with the whole family and enjoy a spectacular showcase of immersive outdoor installations such as The Laser Garden, thousands of rotating green laser beams in clouds of dense fog, or step into the magical underwater landscape of Revive the Reef. For more information on the installations and to plan your visit, please head to www.glowfestival.com.au.
Fire Garden - The Common Man
39 Dukes Walk, South Wharf. Open 7.30am-4pm Monday & Sunday, 7.30am to late Tuesday to Saturday. This riverside space hosts live music, craft beer sessions, unique dinners and speciality tastings, complete with cosy blankets, open fires, comfy pockets, mulled cider and wine. The perfect place for meetings, events and functions this winter. Trivia nights every Tuesday from 6.30pm. Phone 9696 3774 or email email@example.com.
Shirazz Jazz Band
Music Auditorium, Monash University, 55 Scenic Boulevard, Clayton. Sunday 19 August 2pm-3.30pm. High-energy, laid-back Louisiana street beats with humour, original compositions, novel rearrangements of pop hits, European folk influences, and their own larrikin style. Free concert but must book by Friday 17 August at www.shirazz.com.au.
Games Are The Winner For Getting Together
Among the many forms of entertainment, games have always been very successful as the centre of a lively social life. They are the simplest way of providing fun and getting people involved and enthusiastic.
It is not surprising that some bars and cafes have chosen to use games as a special feature to attract customers.
Queen of Spades Board Game Cafe
189 Smith St, Fitzroy
Open 7 days from 8am, until late from Thursday to Sunday, Queen of Spades is Melbourne's first board game cafe. Here you can enjoy some of the classic board games like chess or Monopoly, or more recent games like Game of Thrones, Cards Against Humanity and Trouble. Cost per person is only $5, and the cafe serves coffee, craft beers, and quality food.
Phone 9042 5777 or browse the list at www.queenofspadesbar.com/board-games.
Marché Board Game Cafe
63 A'Beckett Street, Melbourne
Located on a quiet street on the edge of the CBD near Melbourne Central, the Marché Cafe claims its list of games is “endless”, and they even offer to get a game in stock if you can't find it. Games cost $12 per person, or $15 for a booked private room. The cafe also has karaoke rooms. It is open every day from 11am, closing 11pm Mondays to Thursdays and midnight on weekends.
Phone 9663 8898 or visit mbgcafe.com.au.
335 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Bartronica combines a variety of pinball and vintage arcade games with its select menu of beers, ciders, spirits and cocktails. There are over fifteen machines, from modern Game of Thrones and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy to old classics like Time Crisis II and Mario Kart 64. Prices vary, most are $3 for one game or $5 for three games. Change machines are available. The bar is open every day except Monday from 3pm “till late”.
Phone 9629 9921 or visit www.facebook.com/bartronica
Holey Moley Mini-Golf Bar
590 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
For something different, you and your friends can putt while you party, playing mini-golf over 2 levels and 27 crazy pop-culture holes. Due to its popularity, Holey Moley has opened a new bar area and expanded its food and snack menu. The “Caddyshack” is a fully-equipped cocktail bar, and karaoke is also available. Holey Moley is open from noon on weekdays and from 10am on weekends.
Phone 1300 727 833
555 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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