What's on Melbourne

  • Sugar Republic

    23rd June - 17th August 2018

    RELIVE YOUR CHILDHOOD THIS WINTER!

    • play in a huge grown-up ball pit
    • swing in a fairy floss room
    • jump out of a giant birthday cake
    • climb inside a gumball machine
    • watch sweet themed movies in the mini cinema
    • spin the Wheel O’ Treats and more!

    ENCOUNTER WONDER-FILLED ART INSTALLATIONS

    • a sherbet-filled rainbow bridge
    • a pink on pink installation
    • a larger-than-life traditional lolly shop to play in
    • the interactive sprinkles wall
    • Australia’s first neon art wall
    • and other sweet-themed art throughout

    It’s this winter’s ‘must see’ exhibition for anyone who ever hit a sugar high, slammed a Tim Tam or jumped for joy at the sound of a Mr. Whippy van.

    Sugar Republic is a truly unique experience for adults and kids alike and it’s only open in Melbourne for a very short time so don’t miss out! 

    Time               : Opens at 10:00am (Closed on Wednesday)
    Location         :
     379 Smith Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
    Getting there :
     Tram #86 - Stop 20 (Rose St/Smith St)

    BUY TICKETS HERE

  • The District Ice Slide

    30th June - 15th July 2018

    Slide into the Winter School Holidays at The District Docklands - literally!
    Winter is coming and to ring in the chilly season The District Docklands is transforming into a spectacular Winter Utopia, complete with a program packed full of exciting activities guaranteed to entertain kids - big and small! Jump on the District Ice Slide and hurtle on a tube down the whopping 15m-long slide, sure to be a thrilling experience. So, grab your beanies, scarves and gloves and make your way down to The District Docklands these school holiday! And stay tuned for more snowy fun coming!
    Plus, to launch the District Ice Slide, The District Docklands will host a Sale for Everyone on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July with exclusive retailer offers, giveaways, free family entertainment and so much more!

    Time       : Slide is open 11:00am to 5:00pm daily
    Location :
    The District Docklands, The Square near H&M
    Tickets   :
    Gold Coin Donation for Kids Under Cover

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  • Firelight Festival

    29th June - 1st July 2018

    The Firelight Festival is back to deliver its fiery wonder! Drawing on the traditions of the winter solstice, experience spectacular nightly pyrotechnics, flame jets and fire drums, roving performers and eclectic music in bespoke settings.

    With over 40 performances a night from all corners of the globe, including gypsy tunes, New Orleans brass, jazz, mariachi, bluegrass and a one-man band, crowds wandering the three precinct promenades will be dazzled with scorching entertainment.

    Each night, watch the thrilling burn of one of three handmade, giant wooden sculptures created by Melbourne-based artist Christian Patton. The burns will be accompanied by spectacular pyrotechnics in a combination of new and timeless winter solstice traditions, inviting good fortune and warding off evil spirits for the coming year.

    Fire drums, flaming jets and fire performances will keep you warm on the outside while blazing BBQ, sizzling paellas, soups, sweets, mulled wine and toasty hot chocolate will warm you from the inside. 

    Read more on our blog.

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  • P!NK World Tour

    16th - 19th July 2018

    The Beautiful Trauma World Tour is the current seventh concert tour by American singer Pink, in support of her seventh studio album, Beautiful Trauma (2017). 

    P!NK Official Website

    Buy tickets here

  • Wonderland Exhibition

    5th April - 7th October 2018

    Fall down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, a world premiere exhibition celebrating Lewis Carroll's timeless tale and Alice’s adventures on film.

    Since first gracing the silver screen in 1903, Alice has delighted audiences in more than 40 arthouse and blockbuster cinematic odysseys.

    Wonderland explores how this precocious heroine inspired revolutionary filmmaking, from groundbreaking special effects and animation to evocative storytelling and technological development.

    In this must-see event, take a trip through the looking glass into an immersive, enchanted world that draws together a remarkable selection of original behind-the-scenes material.

    The more curious you are, the more you’ll discover.

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  • Marvel's Avengers Station

    15th March - 30th June 2018

    Immerse yourself in an interactive MARVEL experience.

    Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Science Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) integrates modern technology and movie based props for the ultimate immersive experience!

    As a training agent of S.T.A.T.I.O.N., you can train like an Avenger and delve into the science, history, engineering, genetics and technology behind our favourite Super Heroes. Explore an extensive range of Avengers operational equipment such as Captain America’s uniform and shield, Iron Man’s MK 45 suit and The Hulkbuster suit, or see if you are worthy to wield Thor’s mighty hammer.

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  • Australian Football League

    22nd March - 29th September 2018

    Pre-Season

    From 1988 until 2013, the AFL ran a pre-season competition that finished prior to the commencement of the premiership season, which served as both warm-up matches for the season and as a stand-alone competition. It was mostly contested as a four-week knock out tournament, but the format changed after the expansion of the league beyond sixteen clubs in 2011. The competition has frequently been used to trial rule changes. In 2014, the competition format was abandoned, and practice matches are now played under the sponsored name JLT Community Series. This consists of all 18 clubs playing three matches each, which are played on some weekdays and weekends, throughout February and early March.

    Premiership Season

    The AFL home-and-away season at present lasts for 23 rounds, starting in late March and ending in early September. As of the 2013 AFL season, each team plays 22 matches, with one bye. Teams receive four premiership points for a win and two premiership points for a draw. Ladder finishing positions are based on the number of premiership points won, and "percentage" (calculated as the ratio of points scored to points conceded throughout the season) is used as a tie-breaker when teams finish with equal premiership points. At the end of the home-and-away season, the McClelland Trophy is awarded to the minor premiers.

    Final Series

    The top eight teams at the end of the AFL Premiership season compete in a four-week finals series throughout September, culminating in a grand final to determine the premiers. The finals series is played under the AFL final eight system, and the grand final is traditionally played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the afternoon of the last Saturday in September.

    The winning team receives a silver premiership cup, a navy blue premiership flag – a new one of each is manufactured each year – and is recorded on the perpetual E. L. Wilson Shield. The flag has been presented since the league began and is traditionally unfurled at the team's first home game of the following season. The Wilson Shield, named after Edwin Lionel Wilson, was first awarded after the 1929 premiership. The premiership cup was first introduced in 1959 and is manufactured annually by Cash's International at their metalworks in Frankston, Victoria. Additionally, each player in the grand final-winning team receives a premiership medallion.

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  • National Rugby League

    10th March - 31st August 2018

    The Melbourne Storm are a rugby league team based in Melbourne, Victoria in Australia, that participate in the National Rugby League. The first fully professional rugby league team based in the state, they entered the competition in 1998. Melbourne Storm was originally a Super League initiative, created in 1997 during the Super League war. The club play their home games at AAMI Park. The Storm have won three premierships since their inception, in 1999, 2012 and 2017, and have contested several more grand finals. Melbourne Storm also competed in the NRL's Under-20s competition (as Melbourne Thunderbolts) from 2008 until its demise in 2017. In addition, the club has also expanded into netball with a joint venture with University of the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast Lightning commenced playing in the National Netball League in 2017.

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  • Broadsheet

    Through breaking news, features, event guides and insight from industry experts, Broadsheet is the authority on the cultural life of your city. We’re here to keep you across the goings on around town and to cover, analyse and comment on it all with accurate reporting, sharp photography and clear, clean design.

    Our aim is not simply to tell you about a restaurant opening – we’ll spend time in the kitchen, chatting with chefs over the clatter of pans, and to the designers while poring over their drawings. What we’re excited about is not led by breathless hyperbole, but specifics. We don’t need to tell you your city has great cafes. But by telling you who’s making them great, and why, and where you can find them, we want to add to your insight into what makes the city tick.

    There’s no exact science here; at the end of the day we’re writing about what we like. But we think that’s important.

    On Broadsheet you’ll find daily coverage of the most talked-about openings and big-ticket events alongside the emerging, the lesser-known, and the people, businesses and movements that may have been overlooked, but are no less worthy of your attention.

    We’ll keep you across the simple must-haves, too – what’s worth seeing in the galleries, or where’s the best place in town to buy a tailored suit.

    We’re excited about the cities we cover. New shops, bars and restaurants continue to open, festivals pop-up every other week and decision-makers take our culture seriously. Subscribe to the newsletter and don’t forget keep in touch.

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  • Concrete Playground

    With incredible places, events and news at your fingertips, think of Concrete Playground as a personal concierge for your social life.

    Concrete Playground is a digital city guide that helps you find the best and most interesting things happening on around you. Launched in 2009, Concrete Playground now connects with a wide and engaged audience in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Auckland and Wellington.

    Our collective of editors and contributors cast a critical eye over our cities and provide the highest standard of filtered cultural content. We handpick the most electrifying experiences, sort the signal from the noise, profile new innovators and review the latest openings honestly and independently. Browse through our restaurants, bars, shops, events and guides to discover your new favourite places.

    We believe your city is only as good as you make it. That's why we think globally and play locally so that you have access to the most inspiring ideas and trends from around the world. Exploring and dissecting the latest issues affecting your cultural life, Concrete Playground has you covered, every day, and on any occasion.

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  • The Urban List

    The Urban List is a curated guide to your life in the city – trusted recommendations that connect our readers with businesses and brands we love.

    Since September 2011, we have built an influential, discerning audience of 2.38 million readers/month*: all passionate about food, fashion, travel, health and beauty. They live local, visit often, and trust our tips implicitly – looking to us for daily inspiration for a life, optimised.

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