Live music free at Federation Square through November and December. Every Friday from 6-9pm.
Fed Square Live 2018
Live music free at Federation Square through November and December. Every Friday from 6-9pm. Some of Melbourne and Australia's finest musical acts in this free series of concerts that range from dream-pop and soul to big band and rock 'n' roll. Performers include Amaya, Dream Can, Ben Hazelwood, The Killjoys, and many others. Check the program at fedsquare.com/events.
Shen Yun in Melbourne
Regent Theatre until Sunday 17 February. Travel back to the magical world of ancient China and see legends come to life through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance. A unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Bookings and full details at shenyun.com.
Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. Open daily to all, not just hotel guests. Entry $35 per person, including towel hire and all day access. No booking required. The perfect place to cool off in the city, a glass-bottomed swimming pool extending two metres over the laneway nine storeys below. For more information visit adelphi.com.au or phone 8080 8888.
Peter Pan Sand Sculpting Exhibition
Boneo Maze & Mini Golf, 695 Limestone Road, Fingal. Open Daily 10am- 5pm until Sunday 31st March. Closed in extreme weather conditions. Sand Sculpting Australia is moving from Frankston to the beautiful surrounds of Boneo Maze on Mornington Peninsula. See 3,500 tonnes of sand transformed into incredible sculptures illustrating scenes from the timeless story of Peter Pan. Free Entry for children under 3, Child 3-17yrs $10, Senior $12, Adult $15.
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
Hometown Asian Supermarket
Shop 2, 440 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. Mon to Sat 10am-midnight, Sun 10am-11.30pm. Wide range of goods from all over the Asian region, specialising in Japanese and Malaysian cuisine. Huge range of sake and umeshu (plum wine), hand-rolled udon noodles, Kurobata pork, many varieties of miso. Also a great variety of well presented sweets. Phone 9663 2603 for queries or drop in for a browse.
Shop T06, The Strand Melbourne, 250 Elizabeth Street. Open Mon-Thurs & Sat 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Also open Melbourne Cup Day 11am-4pm. Expert design jewellery, homewares and lifestyle pieces in striking, primary colours. Stores both nationwide and overseas. Phone 03 9650 8000 or visit dinosaurdesigns.com.au.
Summer Movie Sizzlers
Free movies provided by Maribyrnong Library Services. Peter Rabbit Fri 15 Feb at 1pm at Maribyrnong Library, 200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong. Back to Burgundy Fri 22 Feb at 10.45am at Footscray Library, 56 Paisley St, Footscray.
Curtin Rooftop Cinema
Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street, between Little Bourke and Lonsdale Streets. Tuesday to Sunday, box office open 5pm to 9.30pm. Licensed bar. Classic films, nostalgic favourites and recent releases. Program runs until March 2019. Check program for movie starting times or book at 2018.rooftopcinema.com.au.
Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road, Southbank. Wed 13 Feb 7.30pm–10pm. Visionary composer and conductor Tan Dun returns to Melbourne to celebrate the Year of the Pig. His Double Bass Concerto “The Wolf” reflects his fascination with the spirits of the natural world and the sounds and customs of the ancient cultures along the Silk Road. Joining Tan Dun and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is Hanggai, a troupe of musicians from the steppes of Inner Mongolia, combining traditional instruments with rock bravado. Book online at www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2019/chinese-new-year-east-meets-west or phone 9929 9600.
Clayton Festival 2019
Clayton Community Centre, Cooke St, Clayton, Sunday 24 February 12pm-5pm. Free community celebration featuring live entertainment across four stages, market stalls, a food truck park, roving performers, community activities and displays. Visit the enchanted garden filled with giant mushrooms, bubble wish fountain, fairy throne for story-telling, hula hooping and face painting. Then browse the Hawkers Night Market in Cooke Street car park 5pm-8pm.
Wynton Marsalis in Concert
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne. Friday 1 March & Saturday 2 March 7.30pm. Tickets selling fast. The nine-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter returns after 20 years to perform some of the biggest hits from the history of jazz music with his legendary Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO). Melbourne audiences will be among the first in the world to see his latest orchestral masterwork, his Fourth Symphony The Jungle. Bookings and information at www.mso.com.au/whats-on/2019/wynton-marsalis-and-the-mso.
Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders Street, Melbourne, 10am-5pm daily until 28 April. Explore the wonderful theme of Love in its many forms at this exhibition of visual art, historic and contemporary artefacts, and personal reflections from the community. Developed in partnership with the Heide Museum of Modern Art, the exhibition is about all kinds of connections between people and features a range of emotional experiences ranging from joy, comfort and intimacy, to grief and sorrow. Tickets $15. For more details please visit museumsvictoria.com.au/immigrationmuseum/whats-on/love.
Cultural Diversity On Show At Moomba
Every Labour Day long weekend, Moomba brings Melburnians together to share in the vibrancy and spirit of our much loved city.
From Friday 8 March to Monday 11 March there is a rich program of activities and events on the banks of the Yarra River, in the parklands of Birrarung Marr on the north bank (near Fed Square) and Alexandra Gardens on the south bank.
Moomba 2019 takes places just in advance of Cultural Diversity Week, 16-24 March, so this year’s parade and activities will reflect that.
From 6pm Friday throughout the weekend there are children's rides, music and craft workshops, and entertainments large and small. Family films are shown on the Big Screen at 6.30 pm each evening. Music is performed on the Star Lawn nightly, or you can enjoy a variety of dance acts on the Palm Lawn.
Every night from Friday to Monday, there will be a fireworks spectacular from 9.30pm at Alexandra Gardens.
Moomba features many sporting and stunt competitions on water, BMX and skateboard. The most unusual is the charity fundraising battle, the Birdman Rally, held on Sunday from 11.30 am. Birdman participants launch themselves from the Yarra bank, using their own homemade wings, in an attempt to fly across the river. No flight has ever succeeded, but they provide plenty of amusement to onlookers.
The final main event of the festival is the Moomba Parade, beginning at 10.45am on Monday 11 March. The parade features performers, community groups, and “floats”, which are cars or trucks decorated with special themes, designed by a group of young children.
The Parade follows a new route this year, from Birdwood Avenue to Kings Domain parkland and concluding on Linlithgow Avenue near Queen Victoria Gardens.
A month before the festival, the Moomba King and Queen are crowned. They are usually celebrities, sporting figures or community heroes. They have not yet been announced, so for the full program, maps and useful information, visit moomba.melbourne.vic.gov.au.