What’s on in Melbourne 23-29 July

Greetings, citizens! Looks like It’s a great week for free walkabouts in the city and getting into where you normally wouldn’t go in ways that are way less creepy than that sounds Continue reading

What’s on in Melbourne – 17 July to 22 July

Gertrude Street Projection Festival

One of my favorite parts of the White Night Festival is the projection overlay along Flinders St. This Festival takes that art all along Gertrude St, and I can’t believe it’s in its 7th year. It kicks off this Friday in Fitzroy, with more details here.

Melbourne Web Fest

One of the greatest parts of the internet is YouTube. Delving past the cat videos and nut shots, the real gold is in the web series. This festival celebrates these web series, and gives you a chance to see them up on the big screen beyond the iPad. Details here.

European Night Market @ Madame Brussells

Kicking off this Friday, the Madame Brussells laneway will turn into a food market, with warming drinks, baked pretzels and the perfect laneway atmosphere. Details here.

Time Out Pub Awards

One of the greatest awards night of the year, I went last year and didn’t recover from the hangover till September. A great opportunity to meet the people behind your favorite venues, open bar, and beware of going to the after party if you have work the next day. Tickets available here.

Nite Art

A beautiful night out, a whole bunch of small to medium galleries open up on a week night for you to browse, check out performances and even participate in art. I had no idea how many galleries there were in town till I went to this last year. It’s on Wednesday and tickets are available here.

What’s on in Melbourne 9 -15 July

And I’m back! Thank you Melbourne for really turning on the darn weather and reminding me of where I really belong. Continue reading

No “What’s on” post this week

I’m in QLD all this week on holiday without access to a computer and I just don’t love you enough to type out the post on my iPhone. I’ll be back next week!

What’s on in Melbourne 27 June – 1 July

Greetings! Just in case you missed it, I wrote a review of the latest Transformers movie, Age of Extinction, for Hopscotch Friday. Since I try and only say nice things on this blog, I’ll just say I liked it better than the first two?

Melbourne International Animation Festival

MIAF continues on this week, finishing on 30 June. There’s still quite a few sessions left, and even a few masterclasses! You can check out the program here.

Tweed Ride

Put on your finest attire, grab your peddle-powered vehicle and go for a ride from Fed Square to the Abbotsford Convent. BYO bike, but an otherwise free event on this Saturday morning. Details and route here.

Valhalla Social Cinema presents ‘Forbidden Zone’

Set in an alternate universe accessed through a door in the house of the Hercules family, Forbidden Zone was Richard Elfman’s first feature film and the very first one to be scored by his brother, the now legendary Danny Elfman. To attempt to explain its plot is moot: it lacks structure, segues into anything but the expected and is one of the most absurd, nonsensical musicals ever put to film. For all these reasons, it is infinitely endearing and deserving of its cult status. It’s on this Saturday from 7:30 with tickets available here.

Docklands Fireworks!

Yay, it’s back! A free fireworks show on each Friday at sundown, and it kicks off tonight. There’ll be free entertainment in the lead up to the main event, and a heap of restaurants to grab a bite at beforehand. Details here.


Podcast Episode 6 – The Lost Children’s Project

Last week I spoke to Kate and Isabel from The Lost Children’s Project, A concert to be held next Thursday 3 July to help raise funds for a girl’s orphanage in Kenya. There will be a silent auction, pop-up restaurants and great local bands, which is fantastic for their first year! You can buy tickets and read more about the project here.

Episode 006 - The Forgotten Children Project by Melbtown on Mixcloud

What’s on in Melburne 18 – 24 July

Hello! I’m going to cheat a little bit this week and let you guys know about one of my upcoming events that I’m a bit excited about. Shhh, it’ll all be over quickly.


Arm flailing! Hyperactive running! Mildly enthused applause! The first Melbourne Readers Club meeting has been organised and locked in. The meetings will be held from 7pm on the first Tuesday of each month at The Kelvin Club, starting August 12th. The space we’ll be in has a fireplace, a bar, we can customise the music,we will haveaccess to the Club’s library and entry will be free. Of course, the catch is that we can only have 10 people on the night, so please RSVP on the Facebook page ASAP to avoid disapointment.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

The Banff Mountain Film Festival is the most prestigious international film competition and an annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports, and environment. It was launched in 1976 as The Banff Festival of Mountain Films by The Banff Centre and is held every October in Banff, Canada. Each year over 350 films are submitted. The festival kicks off tonight and tickets are available here.

Melbourne International Animation Festival

In case mountains aren’t your thing then there’s also the Melbourne International Animation Festival. Animation’s not just for kids anymore, and the medium allows for some really cracker films. Details and tickets here.

Inti Raymi: The Celebration of the Sun

There’s precious little sun at this time of year, but you can celebrate the Incan new year festival with some great Columbian music at the Hi-fi Bar. Seeing how it’s barely tied to the Incan New Years, you can take it as an excuse to pash someone at midnight. Tickets available here.

Port Phillip Men’s Shed Garage Sale

If you haven’t heard of the Men’s Shed Association before, they’re basically an NFP that provides people with space and tools to get started on their own projects, from toy boats (my level) up to tables and other furniture. They also engage in community activities such as building toys for local kids groups. I’m a member of the Port Phillip Men’s Shed  and they’re hosting a fundraising garage sale this Saturday from 9am at 339 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and will include power tools, outdoor furniture and other items.

Tonerpalooza: a festival of zines

A weekend festival with a day for Makers and a Day for a fair, get on board the zine train in style this weekend at the State Library. Details and program available here.

Bike Rave

Two wheels and loud music. It’s on this Saturday from 7pm till 10pm from Birrarung Marr all the way around to the Melbourne Museum. If nothing else, it’s relatively environmentally friendly. Details here.