Best things to do in Melbourne in October
If you can quote The Last of Us line by line, if you’ve seen every episode of Critical Role and The Adventure Zone or if you’re addicted to Twitch and can’t choose between Fortnite and Overwatch, then this is the festival for you. Melbourne International Games Week is setting up shop from October 5 to 13, with events across the city and a huge line up of things to do. This year the festival features some local colour with the launch of True Crime Mysteries: Misadventure in Little Lon – the world's first augmented reality true crime game for mobile. The game takes players back to 1910 and has them solve a real crime from the ex red light district (while also discovering 12 heritage sites across Melbourne). Worldwide gaming festival PAX Australia (Oct 11-13) will be present for three days of retro, VR, tabletop, console, and PC gaming, as well as live music, cosplay and panels to keep you occupied. Guests will also be able to discover the emerging stars of Australia's independent gaming industry. So break out your headsets, your handsets, your keyboards and your D20s, and come indulge your gaming needs. Visit the Melbourne International Games Week website for the full line-up of events.
Here's a guaranteed way to not cure your fear of flying: step inside a plane cabin recreated inside a 40-foot shipping container, don a pair of high quality binaural headphones, and plunge headfirst into complete darkness. Flight is the latest immersive sound experience from Melbourne company Realscape Productions, the team behind the brilliantly scary Séance, which has had two successful runs in Melbourne. That experience was legitimately terrifying, conjuring up nefarious spirits inside a shipping container using nothing but cutting edge 3D sound design and some lowkey seat vibrations. We don't know exactly what to expect from Flight, and that's part of the fun. What we do know is that the shipping container has been fitted out with seats and overhead baggage bins from a real commercial plane, adding to the authenticity of the experience. All we can really hope for is a safe landing, but judging by our Séance experience, we're not exactly optimistic.
As part of a string of pop-up events by former chef Stephen Torres in collaboration with Park Hyatt's Masters of Food and Wine events series, Radii will be hosting a roster of New Orleans' top chefs and bartenders in an event called Taste the Big Easy. Torres has clocked time in restaurants such as Alinea and Eleven Madison Park, which was named number one at the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Taste the Big Easy will be run over two nights (October 11 and 12) from 6pm, at the Park Hyatt's Radii restaurant and bar where you can get a taste of Creole and Cajun cuisine that blends French, Spanish and West African flavours. Obligatory dishes of gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys and beignets will be served on the night. Restaurant dining will be $88 per person which includes a cocktail on arrival and endless helpings of Southern Louisiana cuisine. Bar dining is $48 and will buy a cocktail on arrival and a New Orleans grazing platter. A live dixie-style jazz band will be playing over both evenings to bring a true atmosphere of New Orleans to the Park Hyatt. Bookings are essential and are available here.
Nothing chases away those winter blues quite like some retail therapy, especially when you’re supporting local artisans and mindful makers at Finders Keepers. The massive design and art market have gotten even bigger this year, with a record 270 stalls selling everything from slow fashion to homewares. The spring/summer line-up features market regulars like ceramic makers Sophie Moran, who makes beautiful clay reusable coffee cups, and Shuh, who makes cute plant pots. It's the ideal place to pick up one-of-a-kind gifts like mugs from Mornington Peninsula brand Koa by Kaitlin, dog accessories from Found and Hound or a beautiful upcycled lamp from Upswitch. When it’s time to recharge, the food and drink vendors have your back. The Chippery will keep you carb-loaded, while St Gerry’s puts a sweet spin on international desserts such as Greek doughnuts and fudge puppies. Hot drink slingers like Buena Onda and Co will fortify you against the cold, and charge you up for another round of shopping.
Something out of this world is happening at Eastland during the spring school holidays. From September 23 to October 6, Eastland Shopping Centre will be the earthly home to Spaceland: an intergalactic event specially made for budding astronomers and astronauts aged four to 12. Strap into your spacesuits and prepare to blast off: Spaceland is filled with lots of fun, kid-friendly activities that will keep little minds occupied (and maybe even teach them a thing or two). There are six different galactic games to try and should your mission be successful you’ll be rewarded with a clue. First up is the Asteroid Toss: an interstellar twist on ring toss where junior space explorers can toss asteroids at a target to reveal the clue. The kids will need to put their heads together to solve the Planet Puzzle and piece the titular planet back together. Then gaze skyward to take in the wonders of the universe – and to discover the next clue in the Amongst the Stars activity. Houston, we have lift off: the next clue requires kids to launch their own spacecraft at Rocket Launch. Then they’ll have to find a key hidden in an alien galaxy of slime at Slime Search. The toughest task is left till last, with any prospective astronauts asked to navigate a planet to a black hole in Black Hole Mind Games – be careful your astral body doesn’t get sucked in! If you’ve got arty astronauts, Spaceland also offers some celestial craft activities for those with creative minds. Kids will be able to crea
Have you ever wanted to be a part of your own Japanese game show? Well, wonder no more, because Tokosan holds pub trivia, Japanese-style, on the first Wednesday of every month, called Ninja Nite Battle. There are no ninjas, so you'll just have to use your imagination. Instead of flexing your brains, Ninja Nite Battles pits teams against each other in eating competitions, sumo wrestling, human curling (we don't know what this is, but we imagine it is ridiculous and awesome), takoyaki mouth catching (yes, that is catching a hot octopus fritter with your mouth) and many more – all performed while under the safe and calming influence of alcohol. Aside from being extremely fun and potentially embarrassing, you get to win prizes along the way, as well as go up for larger prizes like a $100 dinner for two, bar tabs and merchandise. It is free to participate, but you do have to register each month.
If you live in fear of flour, can barley bring yourself to walk past a bakery, become rye at just the mention of bread, then the Gluten Free Expo is for you. From Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 6, Coeliac Victoria and Tasmania are running an expo featuring talks by some of Australia’s leading voices on coeliac disease. There will be tips on gluten-free eating out, cooking demonstrations and a banquet of gluten-free food available without fear of cross-contamination. The selection includes an award-winning cannoli bar, souvlakis and toasties, which would make any coeliac weak at the knees. Expect stallholders slinging hot sauces, cookies, soba noodles, macarons, cured meats, curry sauces and even beer. Tickets are available online and are $15 for adults, and $10 for students and concession card holders. Please note that while you can purchase tickets on the day, it will be $2 dearer than online. Those under 16 will receive free entry.
The mysterious and macabre works of Edgar Allan Poe are scary enough when they're just on a page, but what happens when they burst to life across 36 rooms in a two-storey abandoned North Melbourne warehouse? That's what audiences will experience at A Midnight Visit, a large-scale site-specific theatre work encouraging visitors to choose their own adventure and encounter unusual characters across a number of surreal environments. The show premiered in Sydney last year in a former furniture factory to stellar reviews. Its Melbourne season is currently playing at 222 Macaulay Rd, North Melbourne. Time Out Sydney wrote: "With A Midnight Visit, it’s okay to let the story be second to the experience – to the simple pleasures of finding yourself in an unexpected crawlspace, of carefully looking through a doorway with bated breath, of suddenly looking at a beach in the middle of an old, repurposed building. It won’t be like any other night out." There are four to six sessions a night, with performances running from Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets range from $44 (for previews) up to $79 for Friday and Saturday nights, and you'll need about 70 to 90 minutes to explore the building at your own pace.
If you've never seen the all-male burlesque sensation Briefs, this intergalactic fusion of circus, comedy and cabaret is the perfect starting point. The show has just been a big hit on London's West End and is coming to Arts Centre Melbourne for a limited season. Our friends up at Time Out Sydney absolutely loved the show when it played Sydney Festival last year, giving it a glowing five-star review. They wrote: "It’s been ten years since Briefs first strutted onto a Brisbane stage. In the last decade the group has become an international indie cabaret phenomenon. "Close Encounters sees them take a bold and optimistic leap, while refining what they do. That’s not to say this dirty and dangerous variety show has a strong emphasis on ‘refinement’, simply that it requires real intelligence and creativity to craft a party this wild. The result is perfectly paced, keeping its audience screaming in delight from start to finish. It stands head and shoulders above its cohort of 2010s alt-cabaret. "The company has been blending striptease, dance, acrobatics, comedy and aerial work for several years, but this year’s mix is particularly potent. The technical prowess of these performers is impressive, but the show stands out for its ability to reach out to the audience (sometimes literally) and subvert every expectation. "The entire show looks spectacular and feels coherent: the acts are drawn together by retro-futuristic costuming from Dallas Delaforce (think The Jetsons, Lost in
For some people, cars are a means to get from A to B. For others, cars are feats of engineering: intricate and beautiful machines that are mechanical works of art. If you're of the later persuasion, or leaning that way, then you'll be gratified to learn that for three days this October (11-13), Melbourne will be home to an exhibition of rare, vintage and collectible cars when Motorclassica comes to the Royal Exhibition Building. Motorclassica is Australia’s only internationally significant exhibition of cars and motorcycles. More than a car show, the three-day event showcases luxury vehicles from across the decades and has lined up a terrific program to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Even before Motorclassica officially kicks off the celebrations will begin on October 10 with Tour Classica – a parade of elegant heritage cars from Alexandra Gardens to Royal Exhibition Building, where they’ll assemble for the show. Other highlights of Motorclassica include the Australian International Concours d’Elegance (the annual awards for rare and classic cars with estimated 140 entrants expected for 2019) and a heritage number plate auction – last year $525,000 changed hands for one number plate alone (the Victorian ‘911’ plate). Visitors to Motorclassica will also be able to watch automotive artisans at work at the restoration theatre; see tributes to Bentley, Alvis, Citroën, Abarth and Mini; get behind the wheel with a vehicle test drive; and relax in style in the VIP Lounge.
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