It’s hot, the beach beckons and we’re back at work – it’s a sorry state of affairs. But getting down the coast isn’t the only way to have a cool time this summer. Stay close to home and get amongst it in Melbourne.
Here’s our guide to free fun, our favourite places to cool down, and some cultural highlights to make your summer sing.
Night Market at QVM
If you haven’t been yet – go. If you’re an old hand – go again. The night market at QVM is a great, all-ages outing that’s made for balmy nights. Live music, plenty of delicious eats and a lot of fun. Get your squad together and book a private table for your street-food feast. Entertainment changes every week so keep in eye on the website and Facebook page for updates.
Every Wednesday, 5pm-10pm, 15 Nov 2017 – 11 Apr 2018
It’s not every day you get to jump aboard a giant fish shaped floating bar on the Yarra (that’s how we do summer in Melbourne!). The neon lit spectacle is free to board and serving up an all-day grazing menu. Cocktails and Coronas take over at sunset.
Open 7 days, 11am-1am 13 Dec 2017-28 Feb 2018
NGV Triennial + Extra
By day this free showcase of more than 100 artists from 32 countries has been wowing gallery goers with everything from tapestry to robotics. By night, and for just 10 days, you can add food by Supernormal, guest DJs, pop-up bars and thought-provoking performances to your experience. The Triennial Extra is free and open late – perfect for nights too hot to sleep.
6pm-midnight, 19-28 Jan 2018
Have your eyes opened – and your toes tapping – to the wonderful diversity of music from Indigenous performers at this free outdoor festival. Live performance, dance, food stalls, all-ages activities and cultural art stalls will fill Treasury Gardens for a family-friendly day out.
1pm-5pm, 26 Jan 2018
Melting in the heat mid-week? If there’s no chance of hitting the sand and surf, cool off at one of the many pools scattered all over Melbourne. There are plenty of options from the perfect after work CBD dip to the weekend splash. Check out this guide to great city-side swimming spots from the City of Melbourne.