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8 fun events you can't miss this summer in Melbourne

Make the most of the warm weather with these top activities around town
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The long days, mild nights and glorious weather mean it’s time to experience the best Melbourne has to offer. Whether you're looking for drinks with a riverside view or fabulous festivals, summer in the city has it all with art, markets, food, film and more. Plus if your wallet is looking a little thin post-holidays there are plenty of free and cheap events as well.

NGV Friday Nights audience
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Things to do

Friday Nights at the NGV

icon-location-pin NGV International, Southbank

The NGV's Friday Nights series is back for another round, and this time they’re pairing a string of gigs alongside the new Escher X nendo | Between Two Worlds exhibition. Few things go hand-in-hand like music and art, and NGV Friday Nights’ set-up is the best way to take in the latest NGV exhibition after dark while enjoying the best in local and international acts. This season’s line-up boasts headline electronic artists and DJs including Melbourne duo Confidence Man, record producer Jonti, Australian/Filipino artist Chela plus a special Saturday night DJ set from San Cisco on Saturday, April 6.

Moonlight Cinema Opening Night Melbourne
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Film, Outdoor cinema

Moonlight Cinema

icon-location-pin Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne

There's nothing quite like a film under the stars in the evening cool of the Botanic Gardens. Settle back with friends and family for a movie and as always, the Moonlight Cinema food truck and bar can supply you with comestibles, but you're welcome to BYO food and drinks too. This summer's programming has the usual mix of acclaimed Oscar hopefuls, kids' favourites and retro screenings to satisfy the nostalgic urges. Look out for a screening of The Favourite which portrays the outrageous rivalry of two cousins in the court of England’s Queen Anne in the 18th century, with Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone. You must also see Gaga and Bradley Cooper in the stunning A Star is Born; Joel Edgerton’s directorial triumph Boy Erased, about 'gay conversion therapy'; refreshing comedy Crazy Rich Asians; clever family film Smallfoot; and we’ll throw in a shout-out for Richard Curtis’s immortal Christmas romcom, Love Actually – because we’re really just softies at heart.

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