9 Things You Need to Check Out In Melbourne This September
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Returning for its 12th year, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale boasts a collection of Australian and International photographic works which attract artists from all over the world. In the historic Gold Rush town of Ballarat, installations are set up across various locations and this is the first time acclaimed artist David Lachapelle will feature in an Australian exhibition.
Saké Cherry Blossom Festival
Saké Restaurant & Bar is gearing up for its annual, month-long Cherry Blossom celebrations. Commemorating all that spring has to offer the team are kicking off with the release of seasonal cocktails every Monday, each designed by Rockpool Dining Group’s National Bar Manager Ryan Gavin. The celebration includes a new spring dining menu, intimate and exclusive chef dinner ($99pp) and masterclasses with executive chef Shaun Presland.
Winter Night Market
Winter may have ended but while the nights are still cool Victoria’s Winter Night Market is still going strong. With a stellar lineup of food, performances and designer stalls, there is also an impressive light installation.
Book of Mormon
With the show headed for Sydney in 2018, catch this famous broadway show before it leaves the city for good. If you’re easily offended, then you’ll want to steer clear of this musical from the creators of South Park. For the rest of you, you’ll find yourself full of laughs in this in the satirical musical about religion.
Friday Nights at NGV
In for another round is the NGV’s Friday Nights series which will see three internationally renowned music artists headline the spring season. What better way to check out their chic new House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture exhibition than alongside live music.
Oktoberfest Street Party
Throw on a lederhosen and become a German for a day at Melbourne’s first ever Oktoberfest street party. Munich Brauhaus’ Bier Hall will be supersized for the upcoming event with taps flowing throughout the day and all the way into the night. There will be an official Oktoberfest street parade, dogs of Oktoberfest costume contest and a pork knuckle championship.
Potterfest: A Harry Potter Marathon
Calling all Potterheads! The Astor Theatre is putting on a monster marathon of all eight Harry Potter films in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of the first JK novel.
If The City Could Speak
For one week various spaces around Melbourne will come to life with resonating art exhibitions that “question the interaction between physical space and an invisible data driven city”. The event’s main question: If the city could speak, what would it say?
Free concert by The Killers
The Killers are booked and ready to play two shows at the AFL Grand Final, with the second gig being absolutely free. The band will perform a pre-game show for avid AFL fans, and after the game they are set to play a second show. According to the AFL website, punters can access the MCG for free after 6pm – and you don’t require a Grand Final ticket to enter.