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June 24 2018News

10 things to do to escape the Melbourne Winter Blues

If you are in Melbourne then the brisk mornings, and the winter chill have set in, and it’s often more comfortable to curl up inside with a hot beverage and a cosy blanket. However if you still like to brave the cold and get outside once in a while then we have a great list of things to do in Melbourne to escape the Winter blues.

We do get blessed with heaps of fun things to do in Melbourne during Winter, from food festivals, to arts and culture events and even indoor plant sales. So it’s definitely not all doom and gloom. To help you plan your weekends for the remaining months of Winter we’ve found the perfect activities for you to fill in the time. Escape the cold, grab a friends or rug up the family and enjoy the winter sunshine and fresh air while enjoying what Melbourne has to offer.

In July, why not check out an indoor plant sale, indulge in French cuisines at the Bastille day celebrations in North Melbourne, or check out the annual Open houses Melbourne Event, with some of Melbourne’s most incredible and fascinating buildings open to the public so we can stickybeak inside the design and architecture we wouldn’t normally have access to.

During August Melbourne plays host again to the Melbourne Film Festival, with hundreds of cinematic events happening over the two week period, while in outer Melbourne at the Yarra Valley is a month long hot chocolate festival with places such as Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Increamery presenting 8 new hot chocolate flavours to indulge in every week. Also on the sweet front is Sugar Republic, a pop up museum in Fitzroy that takes you through the history and sensory delights of sugar. Revisit your childhood favourites- the classic Wizz Fizz, or giant Gumballs to name a few 90’s favourites.

Also on during Winter are other more regular events, like the Winter Night Markets at the Queen Victoria Market, or stop by the NGV to view all the long standing exhibitions, or perhaps buy tickets to MoMa New York, a temporary exhibition currently on display. You could even spend an afternoon or evening indulging in a Ballet with the Australian Ballet presenting both contemporary and classic stories this season.

1.Winter Night Markets.

Where: Queen Victoria Market

When: Every Wednesday evening 5pm-10pm, Until the 29th of August.

Tickets: Free Event



2. Australian Ballet: Verve, Giselle.

Where: Hamer Hall

When: Verve, Until the 30th of June and Giselle, August 30th to September 8th.

Shows are performed on various week days and on the weekend. See the website for full ticket information.



3. NGV: MoMa

Where: National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road Melbourne

When: Special Exhibition, MoMa runs until 7th of October.

NGV is open to the public 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.

Tickets: Tickets for MoMa at NGV range from $10 for children and $28 per Adult. See the website to book or see full ticket information.



4. Indoor Plant Sale.

Where: 19 Studley St ,Abbotsford 3067

When: Saturday July 7, 9am-4pm

Tickets: Free Event



5. Bastille Day North Melbourne

Where: Meat Markets, North Melbourne

When: Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of July, 10am-5pm

Tickets: $10



6. Open Houses Melbourne

Where: Various Locations around Melbourne and greater Melbourne.

When: Saturay 28th and Sunday 29th of July.

Tickets: Some locations are Free, however some are ticketed and require pre-booking. Please visit the website for more information.



7. Melbourne Film Festival

Where: Various Locations Melbourne.

When: 2nd of August to 19th of August. Various Times.

Tickets: Carious prices depending on event. Visit the website to book and view ticket prices.



8. Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival

Where: Yarra Valley

When: 1st-30th of August

Tickets: Free Event



9. Sugar Republic Museum

Where: 379 Smith St, Fiztroy.

When: Until Friday August 17th. 10am-5pm daily (closed Wednesday)

Tickets: Bookings MUST be made online prior. Tickets range from $25-35.



10. Melbourne Art Fair

Where: Southbank Arts Precinct (alongside ACCA), 111 Sturt Street , Southbank VIC 3006

When: 2nd of August to 5th of August.

Thursday 2 August, 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Friday 3 August, 12.00pm to 9.00pm (Friday Up Late)
Saturday 4 August, 10.00am to 6.00pm
Sunday 5 August, 11.00am to 4.00pm

Tickets: Tickets range from $28-$30. Book online or buy tickets at the door.



Image credit: Winter Night Market


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