Twelve essential things to do before summer ends

From outdoor markets and cinemas, to the latest restaurants and bars, here’s your to-do list before summer ends.

Lunar New Year dragons on Crown Riverwalk
Lunar New Year is the best time for gathering good fortune, and Melbourne’s Chinese community celebrate in a big way. Make sure you visit Crown Riverwalk before Tuesday 27 February to see the Lunar New Year Fire Dragons, where local street artists have transformed the iconic fire towers into incredible fire-breathing creatures.

A fire tower decorated to look like a drago with a burst of flame coming out of it's mouth

Lunar New Year dragons on Crown Riverwalk

Food truck park and Blender artist market
There’s more market magic on Friday evenings at Melbourne’s new space for creatives, The District. Blender Artist Market – Docklands moved here this summer, offering left-of-centre gifts like recycled paper craft and unique jewellery. Make a night of it with live music, open artist studios as well as food trucks, licensed bar and the street food pop-up near by. The last day for the market and food truck pop -up is Friday 23 February.

A group of people sitting in at an outdoor table in a street food market

Food truck pop-up at District Docklands

Melbourne Gin Company Summer G&T Bar
Patricia Coffee Brewers is setting aside the Coffea bean and embracing the juniper berry on Friday evenings until 23 February. Their pop-up Melbourne Gin Company Summer G&T Bar offers a rotating menu of four classy tipples. Of course Patricia isn’t completely forsaking the bean – there’s also a cold-filter coffee G&T, available every Friday until summer’s end. All only $10 a pop! It’s last night is Friday 23 February.

Free Yoga at Queen Vic Market
Whether you’re filling the fridge or looking for gifts, everyone knows that Melbourne’s favourite market is jam-packed with bargains. But have you heard about the Free Yoga at Queen Vic Market? These 30-minute ‘I Love Summer’ flow sessions are all about smooth tunes and slow, cooling movements. The last class is on Saturday 24 February.

An instructor taking a yoga class with a group of people outside

Head to Queen Victoria Market for free yoga sessions on Saturday during summer

Cinema at the ‘G
Over two huge nights on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 February, the iconic MCG will transform into the ultimate open-air cinema. This year’s movies on the giant scoreboard are heart-warming new release Wonder, and the sporting glory of Remember the Titans from 2000. All proceeds from Cinema at the ‘G will be donated to the Bank of Melbourne Neighbourhood Fund, which supports Victorian communities.

Tunes and cocktails in the Summer Courtyard
The last of the Immigration Museum’s Summer Courtyard nights is on Friday 23 February. Dedicated to British music and collaborating with the city’s most notable record stores, the evening is a must-visit for vinyl lovers. Sip a summer cocktail while listening to hidden gems of the British punk, rock and disco scenes.

People sitting and drinking at outdoor tables in a courtyard

Summer in the Courtyard at Immigration Museum

Summer Discovery tour at Royal Botanic Gardens
Don’t miss the opportunity to discover more about  Melbourne’s vibrant Royal Botanic Gardens at their Summer Discovery Tour. Led by an experienced, knowledgeable guide, discover the natural flora and fauna in Melbourne as you peruse rolling landscapes, towering trees and glittering lakes. Ends Wednesday 28 February.

South Wharf Pop-up Cinema
There are more deckchairs for cinematic chilling at the Common Man riverside restaurant-bar. Running to the very last day of summer, South Wharf Pop-Up Cinema is a super-relaxed garden party on Astroturf. Make sure you stop at the Summer Garden pop-up bar for amazing summer cocktails, frozen sauv blanc and delicious food specials straight from the Common Man kitchen. Ends Thursday 8 March.

A group of people sitting on deckchairs watching a big screen outside

South Wharf Pop-up Cinema

Sustainable Living Festival
The Sustainable Living Festival is the biggest of its kind in Australia, with hundreds of events across February. This annual event can help us all to change the world, by raising awareness and providing tools to create an ecologically and socially sustainable future. Catch a film at the Transitions Film Festival at Cinema Nova and Loop Bar, and visit Cool Down, Power Up, the festival’s pop-up urban forest at Birrarung Marr. The Sustainable Living Festival ends Wednesday 28 February, the Transitions Film Festival runs until Friday 9 March.

Last days for Supafish
It’s fluoro and it floats! Supafish is a neon-lit phenomenon on Melbourne’s Yarra River this summer. This 38-metre long floating bar boasts Pimms’ on tap, kombucha cocktails and margaritas. The funky food menu has been designed by Hotel Jesus and the tunes supplied by well-known Melbourne DJ Grant Smillie. There’s nothing fishy about this super bar. Ends Wednesday 28 February.

El Gordo Tacqueria at Boat Builders Yard
The Boatbuilders Yard is all about soaking in the holiday vibes. Every weekend through January and February the venue comes alive with the sounds and smells of Mexico. Their Mexican Fiesta includes a custom-built Corona Bar, tropical cocktails, Mexican entertainment and El Gordo Taqueria serving up fresh traditional Tacos Al Pastor. If that’s not enough, for every Corona Bucket purchased, go into the prize draw to win a trip for two to Mexico!

A hand holding a taco with a beer in the background

Mexican Fiesta at Boatbuilders Yard

Viva Brazil Festival
Experience Brazilian Carnival right here at Viva Brazil at Queen Victoria Market on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 February. Join in the dancing and parade, drink in the fabulous sounds of bossa nova to sertanejo, feast on delicious Brazilian street foods or sip on a refreshing Caipirinha from the bar.