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13 Exciting Things Not To Miss in Melbourne This Month

As we enter the last month of winter and with the cold weather starting to cool off, some of you may be drawing a blank on what to see and where to go around Melbourne. But don’t worry, from hot chocolate and international film festival to ice skating rinks and dumpling degustations – avoid the temptation of staying home rugged up on the couch and instead explore this vibrant city we call home.

Here’s how to make the most of Melbourne this August.

The Winter Night Market

The Queen Victoria markets will ignite your Wednesday evenings like never before, with an intriguing fire and light theme. Take in the live music, unique street performances, 50 specialty and design stalls and up to 30 international food traders, all under the glow of some impressive open fires with a warm drink in hand.

Where: Corner of Queen and Therry Streets, Melbourne
When: 5-10pm every Wednesday night until August 30
Cost: Free entry
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Some of the exciting creations you can expect at Melbourne’s Unicorn Festival.

Melbourne Unicorn Festival

Melbourne Central will be hosting their first ever Unicorn Festival for two nights in August. The Link Bridge will be transformed into a magical unicorn wonderland with loads of themed food stalls, photo booths and unicorn glitter makeovers. This will be a magical experience and is a must for unicorn lovers of all ages.

Where: Corner of LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne
When: 5pm, August 3-5
Cost : Free
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Jesus Christ Superstar

When Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar exploded onto the world stage in 1971, it changed the face of theatre forever.  The hit musical based on the final week of Jesus Christ’s life is back for a limited time. See Rob Mills (Ghost, Wicked) and Alinta Chidzey (Showboat), head a cast of 30 actors singing and dancing their way through a wonderful production.

Where: State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: July 29-August 13
Cost: From $50
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Le Crazy Horse Paris

Over the years Le Crazy Horse has developed a global reputation for appreciating the female form in a sophisticated and sexy way. They have collaborated with the crème-de-la-crème of French fashion designers and have brought the show to our shores. This August they present the exceptional Forever Crazy, where 11 of the world’s most skilled dancers will use the art of burlesque to celebrate 65 years of show-stopping sensual performance. This is a unique show that will engage all senses. Probably best to leave the kids at home for this one.

Where: The Palms at Crown Melbourne, Southbank, Victoria
When: August 8-20
Cost: $122
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hot chocolate in a chocolate wafer cup with a whisk and chocolate dipping sauce

Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival.

Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival

Without a doubt this is the coolest way to stay warm this winter. Yarra Valley’s annual celebration takes the classic combination of chocolate and milk to the next level with 31 different flavours over 31 days. New flavours will be introduced each week including some all-time favourites like Nutella, Chocolate Brownie and Cookies & Cream. Try out the 45-minute interactive tasting session where you can get tips on making the perfect hot chocolate.

Where: 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen, Victoria
When: August 1-31
Cost: $18 pp
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The Majestic Hawker popup in Abbotsford by the Fancy Hanks team. Image: Eugene Hyland

Majestic Hawker

After a huge success with their first pop-up, Majestic Hawker is back for an exclusive August encore. Singaporean chef Alicia Cheong returns with popular dishes from the July pop-up as well as some tantalising new ones. Picture a toasty warehouse with an open fire kitchen, share tables and great tunes, while munching on chicken wings, skewers and stingray cooked in banana leaf. Tickets are available now, so be quick to secure your seat.

Where: 245 Johnson Street, Abbotsford
When: 7-10pm Thursday 17 August to Saturday 19 August
Cost: 3 courses- $30/ 3 courses + drinks- $50
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Melbourne International Film Festival

Celebrating its 66th year, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has a huge line up with over 250 feature films, 88 shorts, 17 virtual reality experiences and 12 ‘MIFF Talks’ events. The festival will be celebrated over 13 Melbourne venues and kicks off with an opening night gala screening of Greg McLean’s Jungle and will close with Paul Williams’ Gurrumul, a celebration of the Australian artist’s life and music. With lots to see and experience over 18 days, MIFF is not to be missed.

Where: Across Melbourne CBD
When: August 3-20
Cost: Varying ticket prices/ Multi-passes available
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Daniel Radcliffe in Jungle. Image: Supplied by Melbourne International Film Festival.

Take a Journey with Din Tai Fung

For one night only Din Tai Fung, arguably the world’s most famous dumpling specialists, are offering an 18 course dining experience. Guests can expect eight new flavours including Peking duck spring rolls, crispy rolls with lobster and Hawaiian pizza dumplings. The giant Xiao Long Bao dumpling, seven times larger than the regular, is back by popular demand and the kitchen will also get creative with some original dishes. As each morsel is served, guests will be guided on which accompaniments best enhance each flavour. Be sure to bring an appetite.

Where: Din Tai Fung Melbourne Emporium, 287 Lonsdale Street Level 4, Melbourne CBD
When: 6.30-8pm Thursday 17 August
Cost: $48 pp
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Super Sense Festival of the Ecstatic

How do we seek out and achieve ecstatic states of being in a contemporary society? Created and presented by Arts Centre Melbourne in association with curator and performer Sophia Brous, Super Sense is a three day ‘festival-as-theatre’ where people can immerse themselves in the intricate centre’s walkways as the venues and performance spaces are transformed, creating an experience of wonder, excitement, curiosity and surrender.

Where: State Theatre, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: August 18 – 20
Cost: $90 – $270
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Walhalla Vinter Ljusfest

Don’t miss the historic township of Walhalla’s annual winter light display. This year’s theme is ‘Viva Walhalla’. Based on the traditional Swedish celebration of winter; see the valley of the gods shine in a completely new way through lights, sounds and moving images. With lots to see and do in Walhalla, Ljusfest is a great excuse for a weekend away.

Where: 2 hours east of Melbourne CBD on Walhalla’s main road
When: 6.30pm every night August 1-27
Cost: Free
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Art of Dance Exhibition

The Rotary Club of Caulfield is putting on a magnificent art show to celebrate all things dance. A collection of beautiful paintings and art installations, the exhibition incorporates costume, music, scenery and choreography using a variety of mediums. Don’t forget to place your vote in the people’s choice category.

Where: Glen Eira City Council Annexe, Glen Eira Road, Caulfield
When: August 3-20
Cost: Free
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One of David LaChapelle’s artworks to be the centrepiece of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Founded in 2005, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a not-for-profit collection of Australian and International photographic works which attracts artists from all over the world. As one of Australia’s preeminent photographic festivals, it immerses the historic town of Ballarat in photographic art. Installations are set up all over the town and this is the first time acclaimed artist David Lachapelle will feature in an Australian exhibition.

Where: 12 Lydiard Street Nth, Ballarat Central Victoria
When: August 19-September 17
Cost: $18
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Skate Slide Chill

Until August 31, The Common Man restaurant and bar on Dukes Walk will be transformed into an arctic oasis complete with an undercover riverside ice rink, toboggan slide and chill out zone. With a rotating range of activities, Skate Slide Chill will include Discount Mondays, Teach Me Tuesdays, Date Night Thursdays, RnB Night Fridays and Funday Sundays, so there is no doubt something for everyone.

Where: Common Lawn at Common Man, 39 Dukes Walk South Wharf
When: Until August 31
Cost: From $22.50
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