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Summer by the Dock

From street art to a romantic river cruise, this series of summer events in Docklands celebrates life on and by the water.

Picnic on the Water

Proving that Valentine’s Day can be both special and affordable, Picnic on the Water is a one-night-only gourmet sunset cruise for lovers. Glide along the Yarra for two hours in a gorgeous little vintage steamboat with a hamper from leading Docklands restaurants. We’re talking Bopha Devi rice-paper rolls, antipasto from Saluministi, Watermark focaccias and sweet treats by Kep Whitley and Caffe Bambino. This perfect package is only $100 for two – and you can BYO drinks!

Take a romantic cruise around the bay on Valentine’s Day

Dragon Boat Paddle and Italian Feast

Aquatic pleasures and good food are also the driving forces behind Dragon Boat Paddle and Italian Feast. Start this adventurous Chinese-Italian experience with a dragon-boating workshop out on the water. After your hands-on introduction, relax at Renzo’s Bar while learning a little history of Australia’s fastest growing water sport. Reward yourself with pizza or pasta, and perhaps a vino or two.

A dragon boat on the water

Experience the Dragon Boat Paddle and Italian Feast

Mint-o-Mustard and Naan Bread Making

Another Summer by the Docks one-off ‘Dinner and Delight’ option is all about India. Mint-o-Mustard and Naan Bread Making begins with a workshop that will have you hand-pulling the delicious subcontinental staple like a pro. Then it’s time to relax on a harbourside patio to feast on naan and other Indian favourites.

An array of Indian food on a table

Learn naan bread making at Mint-o-Mustard

Melbourne Star’s Sparkling Flight

Get a fresh, 360-degree perspective on Melbourne and toast the city with a glass of bubbles on Melbourne Star’s Sparkling Flight. Prefer beer, cider, wine or something non-alcoholic? Want to add some tasty canapés? Enjoy this soaring sunset observation-wheel experience your way.

A giant Ferris wheel

Take a sparkling flight aboard the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

Women in Sport

From Aussie Rules to cricket, soccer and netball, women’s sport has exploded in recent years. How did it happen and what does the future hold? Swimmer Nicole Livingstone, netballer Sarah Wall and media veterans Angela Pippos and Sam Lane have the answers. Tickets to their Women in Sport panel discussion at Hightail Bar are just $10, and include a drink.

Inside at Hightail bar and restaurant

Hightail Bar

A Walk Through with The Blender Studios

A Walk Through with The Blender is a unique opportunity to learn about Melbourne’s vibrant street art culture and chat to the artists that are revolutionising Melbourne’s streetscapes and galleries.  After sociable drinks and canapés, meet your Blender Studios tour guide for an exclusive walking exploration of street art from Melbourne artists featured throughout District Docklands. Bonus – there’s a goodie bag to take home that includes a ticket to ArtVo ‘trick-art’ gallery.

A street art mural inside a studio

Discover what lives behind hidden doors at The Blender Studios

Create with The Blender Studios

Want to get hands-on? Create with The Blender Studios includes the drinks, canapés and goodie bag, but instead of sightseeing you get a 30-minute stencil workshop. Leading Melbourne contemporary artists guide participants through this major street-art technique, popularised by the likes of Banksy.

Four stencil patterns on a wall

Create stencil art with The Blender Studios