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“Bet you never thought you’d see that at a film festival!”
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The Astor Theatre
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The Sun Theatre
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Who doesn't love fireworks? This winter, put a bit of colour into your Friday night with free fireworks displays at the Docklands. The action begins at the waterfront from 7.30pm, but rock up early for a line-up of food trucks, roving performers and live music. From kids to couples, everyone is welcome – just make sure to check social media before you head out if the weather isn't looking great. While you're in the Docklands, why not make an adventure of it? Get there early for a spin on the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena nearby, hitch a ride on the glittering Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or check out the range of pubs, bars and eateries in the area. Read more about Friday night fireworks at The Docklands.
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