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There’s only two months to go before we say goodbye to 2020, and Melbourne is making up for lost time. New events are being scheduled every day. Here’s our list of must-do activities before 2021 rolls around.
Wondering what’s new in international art, design, architecture? Explore 86 projects by more than 100 creatives at NGV Triennial 2020. The new works capture the state of our world right now, and focus on four themes. Illumination, reflection, conservation and speculation. One highlight will be Jeff Koons’ larger-than-life mirror-polished sculpture of Venus. From 19 December 2020 to 18 April 2021.
Exercise your mind and body at MPavilion, Melbourne’s annual summertime arts pop-up. The fresh program of free events and activities returns in November. Hear live music at the Boyd Walsh Street house or DJ sets in Docklands. Plus summer reading activities and much, much more. The online and physical program runs all the way through to April 2021.
ANZ City Vibes
Solo musicians are back out in full force, making sweet music to fill the streets. The ANZ City Vibes program is bringing buskers back to the city and you can find them in Hardware Lane, Flinders Lane, Southbank, and throughout Docklands.
Check-in your shoes at the departure lounge and enter another dimension at Imaginaria. This immersive interactive experience at The District Docklands celebrates imagination, technology and play. Walk inside a giant bubble, navigate a futuristic light maze or jump into a cosmic abyss. It’s sensory, dreamlike fun for all the family. Runs from 27 November to 4 December.
Sky Castle at Federation Square
Fed Square is celebrating blue skies ahead with the interactive sound and light installation, Sky Castle. Walk through the cluster of inflatable arches and see what happens. The arches respond to your movement, playing a xylophone soundscape and changing colour. The 24-hour installation runs to 14 December.
See new street art
Make a date for a Melbourne street art walk, and see what the city’s graffiti artists have been up to since lockdown. Winding from Duckboard Place to Blender Lane, the two-hour stroll covers a little over 3km. For a more leisurely meander, drop in for a Negroni at Bar Americano en route in Presgrave Place.
The District Makers Market
What’s better than a market? A market with dogs! November’s District Makers Market has a special welcome for our furry friends, with bowls, bows and bandanas. Along with pup treats, snacks and chews, there’ll be live music, stalls and food for human handlers. The dog market is on 29 November, followed by two Christmas markets in December.
MMW – Extended
See who’s playing in Melbourne Music Week’s extended three-month program of gigs. The usual November dates have been replaced by a summer-long fest of dates across the city. Enjoy the best local music like never before from 9 December 2020 to 28 February 2021.
Go for a garden walk
The sun is out and Melbourne’s leafy parks and gardens are calling, so follow your nose and this garden walk. Start your stroll at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens. Wander tree-lined avenues in the Fitzroy and Treasury gardens. Then cross the Yarra River at Birrarung Marr to Kings Domain. Finish the walk with a riverside picnic in the Alexandra Gardens.
Hope St Radio at Melbourne Zoo
During MPavilion’s summer arts fest, tune into Hope St Radio broadcast live from Melbourne Zoo. The 10-week program of free DJ sessions runs from 13 November to 29 January. It’s perfectly timed for the Zoo Twilights outdoor concert series, which picks up from 24 January. Zoo Twilights’ big-ticket acts include Icehouse, Missy Higgins, Toots & the Maytals and Randy Newman.
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Festive Food Truck Stop
Bring the family along to Queen Vic Market and feast at the Festive Food Truck Stop.
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