If you’re one of those people who spends all of the winter waiting for summer to come around, just because everything’s better in summer… well, you’re doing it all wrong. No more living for the season. No more living for the weekend. Dwellers of Melbourne, here are some things to keep you entertained during the down season.
River Rink (ends 23rd July)
Ice skating at Federation Square will give you your winter fantasy. Pick up an awesome Lord of the Fries burger on your way, eat out on the steps and then spend two hours attempting not to fall down (because no one can actually skate). foodora is also the official partner and will satisfy your hunger while you skate.
Queen Vic Winter Night Market
Winter is made a whole lot better with the Queen Vic Winter Night Market. Lighting artist John Fish has this year curated the concept for the Market’s lighting scheme, adding a warm, hazy atmosphere that will genuinely inspire. Think about that. People have actually curated the lighting, just to inspire the feeling of winter within your little bones. Nice.
Book of Mormon
If you don’t like winter, just find inside activities. It’s easy. Book of Mormon is showing at the Princess Theatre and is absolutely worth the spend. The musical is created by the fellas behind South Park and is, therefore – as you might imagine – routinely offensive and crude. Society Restaurant is also a great call for pre-theatre dinner, whether in the restaurant or ordering at home before you head out.
Wallace & Gromit and friends
Aardman fans (so everyone) can visit the ACMI for an exhibition devoted to the best stop motion animation ever created. Nothing but a top drawer day out.
John Hughes Retrospective: Lido Cinemas Hawthorn
Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles are the summations of legendary films. If you haven’t seen them, please close this page, run home and participate in an 80’s movie marathon. For the teen angst fan, every Sunday in August, Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn will be screening a John Hughes classic. Grab some lavish (nitrogen) ice cream on the way and you’re sorted, for a month of Sundays. This is living.