Best things to do in Melbourne in September
The CherryHill orchard in Yarra Valley is opening its farm gates for its annual cherry blossom festival, which is happening just in time for the spring school holidays and the Grand Final long weekend. Visitors will get to see rows and rows of cherry trees in full spring bloom, and it's the perfect place to try the orchard's cherry beverages. Head to the festival and make a day of it by packing your own picnic to enjoy on the farm. You can also enjoy food from the farm gate café or the array of food trucks after you walk through the orchard for the perfect photo op. Thirsty? The cherry farm will be serving cherry-based drinks (yes, the signature Cherish Spritzer is back) and the delicious cherry ice cream from the orchard's past harvest. This year, Nikon is presenting a camera masterclass to help you get that perfect shot among the cherry trees. There will also be a spring flower crown stall, live music and kids games like face painting and lawn games. CherryHill Orchards is only an hour away from Melbourne, and the festival is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the spring weather among a cherry orchard in full bloom. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, but if you visit mid-week, children can enter for free. You can book tickets to the festival online, and each ticket includes a complimentary bottle of CherryHill's Cherish Spritzer.
Kate Miller-Heidke is absolutely dominating our musical worlds right now – and rightly so. The classically trained musical tour de force took on Eurovision Song Contest earlier this year with her operatic, heart-rendering ballad ‘Zero Gravity’, which gained her a top ten spot in the competition. Her extraordinary song writing talents are making us laugh and cry with the 20 original songs she composed for Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical – a Helpmann Award-winning score. And she’s racked up a whopping 13 ARIA nominations in 12 years. Now, as part of a one-off special performance during her national tour, Kate Miller-Heidke will be performing ‘Zero Gravity’ at the Hamer Hall in September. Kate will be joined on stage by long-time collaborator Keir Nuttall, who she worked with on Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical, as well as some of Australia’s most talented musicians. Along with ‘Zero Gravity’, you’ll hear emotive tracks ‘Caught in the Crowd’, ‘The Last Day on Earth’,and ‘O Vertigo!’.
Born to hand jive baby? This September you can sing along, word-for-word, to all your favourite Sandy and Danny songs at this Grease sing-a-long event. Head along to Bells Hotel in South Melbourne on Thursday, September 26 where they will be screening this classic musical in its entirety. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed and best performance, so don’t be shy about belting ‘Grease Lightning’ at the top of your lungs. Tickets are $65 and include unlimited popcorn and a two-hour bottomless beverage package, where you can choose from beer, wine and sparkling. There will also be food available to purchase.
If you’re currently tearing your hair out with climate anxiety we have good news. Science Gallery Melbourne is hosting a new exhibition that proves that the literal flaming garbage piles of rubbish society creates need not be put to waste. Disposable: Reimagining Your Waste brings together art, installations and events that aim to creatively address Australia’s (and the world’s) culture of excess and waste. Really, creativity is key to these works. Take the exhibition’s ‘Urinotron’ for example – this installation from French artists Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian takes urine and uses it to power electronic devices before recycling it back into water. Other highlights include ‘Trash Robot’ (a remote-controlled robot that will be collecting rubbish from the Yarra); ‘Sewer Soaperie’ (where Chinese-Fillipina artist Catherine Sarah Young takes solid grease waste from sewers and turns it into soap); ‘Eel Trap’ (a ten-metre long biodegradable installation by Indigenous artists Maree Clarke and Mitch Mahoney sitting on the Maribyrnong River); ‘Plastivore’ (an installation showing how mealworms can eat styrofoam and turn it into compost) and ‘Pollution Pods’ (a series of airtight rooms that simulate the air in polluted cities like London, New Delhi and Beijing). Artists Arne Hendriks and Mike Thompson will also be attempting to created Australia’s largest fat deposit or ‘fatberg’ (grease that is poured down the drain and soldifies in sewers). The largest ever fatberg found was i
Central Coast comedian Celeste Barber is known for her self-deprecating, and rib-snortingly funny Instagram influencer parodies. She’s parodied real life celebs like Kim K, Gwenyth Paltrow and J-Lo by posing in almost exactly the same positions as they do in these highly styled pics, but using everyday items as props. Celeste’s head squeezed into a polka dot stocking to mimic Elizabeth Moss is one of our faves. Either that or falling into the pool as Beyoncé. It’s a tough call. But it’s hard to tell the anti-influencer from the bone fide #instaceleb and #busymum. Barber’s rise to ‘funniest woman on Instagram’ (as crowned by Vogue in 2018) means she’s now posting LOLs to 5.8 million followers each day. And those parodied celebs call her a friend – including model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and fashion designer Tom Ford. If you’ve missed her #challengeaccepted videos on YouTube, which is where Barber really shines, check out the ‘What’s in my bag?’ Victoria Beckham takedown in which we see a realist Aussie mum rifle through tampons compared to Posh Spice’s crystal collection. It’s the Challenge Accepted series that Barber has morphed into a stand-up comedy show, which she’s touring around the world – and now bringing home to Melbourne in September. Get your low-budget outfits ready for the Hamer Hall show – bring your #hothusband (or not) – and film your own 73 Questions, Vogue style, on route to the gig. Tickets go on sale at noon, July 5.
Melbourne institution Bimbo (universally called Bimbo's) is celebrating LGBTQI pride each and every Sunday from 3pm. Queer Deluxe is an all-inclusive day to relax, eat, drink, boogie and celebrate queer culture. There are performers, drag queens, DJs and drink specials, including $20 Bloody Mary, Spritz and Margarita cocktail jugs. Bimbo reopened after a devastating fire in May 2019 and has re-cemented its place in Melbourne's north for good times and great eats. And yes, of course, the pizza is still just $4.
It’s pretty common to get caught in the rain while walking around Melbourne. What’s less common is to get caught in the rain while walking around indoors in Melbourne – and even weirder when you realise that the rain is inexplicably falling everywhere except on you. This August Melbourne will be the first city in the southern hemisphere to host ‘Rain Room’, an immersive artwork by London-based collective Random International. ‘Rain Room’ is one of Random International’s most famous works and has previously shown at the Barbican in London, MoMA in New York and at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. Guests are invited into a darkened room filled with continuous rain. No need to bring an umbrella though because this rain won’t dampen your clothes or spirits. Thanks to motion sensors in the ceiling ‘Rain Room’ detects where visitors are and ensures a dry six-metre radius around guests. The artwork is being brought to Melbourne thanks to a collaboration between the currently closed ACMI and uber-luxe hotel Jackalope. For at least seven weeks (tickets can currently be purchased for dates between August 9 and September 29) you can experience the installation for yourself at the Jackalope Pavillion, a pop-up space on the corner of Acland and Jackson streets in St Kilda. Tickets are available to the public from July 4.
If you love Camberwell Market's flea market every Sunday, you'll love Footscray Finds. This monthly market (located at the schmick, lo-fi events venue the Line) is set up similarly to Camberwell Market, with a combination of stalls on offer. Stalls are different each month, but you can expect everything vintage clothing, locally designed and made goods and homewares, vinyl records, and even locally grown fresh produce. The market will also feature live music from local musicians and food trucks for when hunger strikes. Keep your eyes out for food and drink from Biggie Smalls, Cobb Lane, Brew Sisters, Oscar's Vintage Coffee Van, Boho Blends and the Copper Pot. The market is free to enter and runs from 9am-2pm on the second Sunday of every month.
Melbourne's largest literary festival brings together fascinating talks and discussions by authors from all over the world. Readers and writers from all walks of life are welcome at the festival with a program of events to suit the casual Saturday afternoon reader to full-time word nerds. Better still around a quarter of all festival events are free (that means more money to buy books). Visit the MWF website for the full program.
You might know Apollo Bay as a summer seaside haven, but in winter, things are very different in the town where the wild forests of the Otway National Park meet the Southern Ocean. The Winter Wild festival launched in 2017 in response to the 2015 Colac Otway bushfires, which had a lasting impact on the region's coastal communities. It's Victoria's answer to Dark Mofo, and it's well worth traveling down the Great Ocean Road for. This year's festival is themed ‘visions and ecstasies' and offers a “right-hand path” and a “left-hand path” (which are separately ticketed). Those who choose to walk the left-hand path will be exploring concepts like mystery, sexuality and the “shadow self”. Take note that tickets for this event are gender-specific, and you’ll be asked to select whether you identify as female, male or non-binary when purchasing. If you feel the urge to walk the right-hand path you’ll be exploring meditation, nature and movement. Participants on both paths will take part in four workshops (specific details are revealed on the day), meals, a locally crafted talisman and entry into certain additional WinterWild events. If you don’t want to tread either path you can still take part in the other events on the WinterWild schedule. Across the two weekends you’ve the chance to witness abandoned quarries lit up by projection art, yoga, carnivorous feasts, ritualistic bonfires, consensual touch workshops, didgeridoo-guided meditation, forest bathing, panel discussions and l
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