Hello Summer! My absolute favourite time of the year in Melbourne! The sun is shining, the beats are turned up loud, the drinks are flowing, and the nightlife is in full-on party mode.
We’ve rounded up the best markets, pop-ups, musicals and events this summer, so you can rest assured that you’ll have the time of your life in Melbourne during the warmer months.
What to do this Summer in Melbourne
School of Rock the Musical
School of Rock – The Musical follows dropout Dewey Finn, a failed rock star forced to earn some extra cash by posing as a teacher at a prestigious prep school. But Dewey isn’t going to teach his straight-laced students algebra or arithmetic, oh no. These kids are going to learn what it takes to become the most awesome rock ‘n’ roll band of all time.
Since opening on Broadway to critical acclaim in 2015, School of Rock has been playing to packed houses and is now captivating audiences all across the US and in London’s West End. And now it’s Melbourne’s turn… A show for all the family!
Running until February, 2019 at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
Arbory Afloat has re-berthed for Summer on the Yarra River. This year the pop-up floating bar is bigger, brighter and better than ever before. I love it for it’s spectacular views, European umbrella vibes, epic gin selection, and the tastiest summer seafood bites.
Hot tip – it will be THE PLACE to experience new years eve, but be sure to snap up your tickets asap.
Find it along Flinders Walk, Melbourne
The Sunset Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo is a truly unforgettable evening which also aids in the fight against wildlife extinction and supports vital international conservation partners, including the Rhino Fund Uganda.
If you are looking for your next bucket list experience in Melbourne, then the Sunset Safari is for you! The experience was unforgettable, and for a bargain price of only $105, I promise you it will be the ultimate night out with a completely authentic wildlife and cultural experience.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
K Rd, Werribee South
Eastland’s Moonlit Markets
Playing host to local designers, artisans and creators, Moonlit market-goers can browse through an assortment of handmade homewares, delectable sweet treats, adorable children’s clothing, unique jewellery and accessories, aromatic candles and oils and everything in between.
Entertainment every week will include live local bands and DJs, and tickle your tastebuds with an array of street food and bevies (including beers, ciders and refreshing juices). Discover the Moonlit Market, it’s running right up to Christmas (December 20, 2018).
175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq
Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq is your one-stop entertainment destination at Melbourne Docklands’ The District. With six bowling lanes, 67 arcade and ticket games, our XD Theatre and dodgems, it’s a world of entertainment for all the family.
They have a cocktail bar, gourmet kitchen and function spaces, so the fun’s guaranteed for everyone. Get there!
Enjoy the ODI Cricket at The Lawn
Tickets are on sale now and are sure to sell out quick, so snap yours up now! Buy them here.
Book yourself tickets to a gig at The Espy
Drum roll please… Melbourne’s iconic home of live music has just completed (it’s epic) stage one of renovations is is back open to the public in time for Summer.
The 140-year-old building boasts the longest unbroken run of any live music venue anywhere in the country and is scheduled to play host to an incredible line-up of local and international talent including Dan Sulton, Kingswood and Tumbleweed.
Check out their Gig Guide here to secure your tix!
11 The Esplanade, St Kilda
Discover Melbourne’s Street Art
Melbourne is home to some of the world’s best street art.
Take a walk around our laneways and discover some true hidden gems! Stay tuned for our guided walking tour post, which will cover many corners of the city’s best street art works… coming soon to Melbourne Girl.
The best Festive Fun
Eastland is the place to be this festive season for endless family fun and the best Christmas shopping! Since Santas arrival, the centre has been in full-on celebration mode, with gorgeous decorations jazzing up every corner, and the pop up of little North Pole (aka the Santa Set). Other festive highlights include Santa’s Workshop and The Christmas Carnival.
Be sure to check out my Eastland Christmas post, which rounds up all the amazing activations happening throughout November and December! It is HUGE (and shares how to get your hands on #free bubbles – woooop!)
175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Stay tuned to this post as we add a couple of additions in coming weeks!
In the meantime, shout out in the comments below any happenings you think we need to get to?
Have a beautiful summer in Melbourne!
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