Winter is coming. But Melbourne hasn’t settled in for footy and fireside fun just yet. From alfresco films to rooftop trivia, you can hold onto summer for at least another month.
One of Melbourne’s first sky-high movie venues, Rooftop Cinema pays homage to classic drive-in design. As always there are stunning city views, a bar, burger shack and deckchairs. And of course cool films for hot nights until Saturday 28 March – so the blankets for hire might be handy.
Relax on the river among pastel palm trees. Sip pink spritz and DIY whole lobster tacos. Floating summer staple Arbory Afloat is still here with a 70s Miami vibe plus top deck pool. Until Thursday 30 April.
Summer Night Market
Live music, street food stalls and a pop-up volleyball court. Is there anything the Summer Night Market can’t do? Visit their Gin Springs Bar before the season is over and you could win a trip to Palm Springs! It’s as easy as sipping a chilled cocktail on a hot summer night. On Wednesdays until 11 March.
Recline with a picnic and wine for a summer screening under the stars at Moonlight Cinema. Stock up of food-truck fare and tipples from the bar or go Gold Grass for a premium view and plush bean bed. Until Sunday 29 March at Royal Botanic Gardens.
Laneway rooftop Trivia
Pub trivia is an awesome way to escape winter’s chill, but even better outdoors on balmy evenings. Gather your brainiest buddies, put on your thinking caps and get on up to rooftop trivia at Campari House. Enjoy alongside $10 pints and $15 pizzas. On Sundays until 8 March.
As dusk descends, Melbourne’s Zoo fills with the sounds of summer for Zoo Twilights. Fuel up on craft brews and street food to support the endangered Mountain Pygmy-possum. Last shows are on 6 and 7 March, featuring Stereolab and Mavis Staples. Be quick though, shows often sell out in advance.
NGV Friday Nights
Roam art after hours at Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines. Stop by the downtown bar for NYC street snacks and get down on the 80s dance floor as DJs spotlight MTV music moments at NGV Friday Nights. Until Friday 10 April at the National Gallery of Victoria
Feast by the riverside
Waterside dining doesn’t need to come to a halt. Take on Taxi Kitchen’s March events and unleash your inner foodie. Start with Chardonnay Day, where this dry white wine is paired with a menu of delicacies – including roasted Sichuan duck. Or book in for a foodie exclusive when Scott Pickett and Tony Twitchett spread their wings from Matilda to Taxi for a progressive dining delight.
Pack a picnic, grab a drink at the kiosk and catch free live music, yoga, art workshops and talks during MPavilion’s summer program. Until Sunday 22 March at Queen Victoria Gardens.