Take advantage of warmer weather and longer days while you can, and come into the city for an experience to remember. Here are a few of our suggestions.
White Night Melbourne takes over the city this Saturday night for a dusk-to-dawn celebration of art, culture and creativity. From 7pm Saturday to 7am Sunday experience light displays, film, music, dance and more. See vibrant projections at Fed Square, Melbourne Town Hall, NGV International, State Library and the Royal Exhibition Building, and check out the live music stages at Bourke Street Mall, Birrarung Marr, Lonsdale Street and Alexandra Gardens. Various locations, 20 February.
Sidney Myer Free Concerts
Take a picnic and a rug and appreciate popular classics at one of Melbourne’s most iconic outdoor venues. Commencing this week, three free concerts feature the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing works by Dvorak on 17 February, Dvorak and Tchaikovsky on 20 February, and Ginastera, Falla and Gershwin on 27 February. Lie back, relax and soak up beautiful sounds in a similarly beautiful environment. Sidney Myer Music Bowl, various dates.
Take your pick from an eclectic mix of treasures, from designer fashion, kids’ wear and jewellery at the monthly Kensington Market. Showcasing the local talent and set in a vibrant environment filled with live music, great coffee and delicious foods. Kensington Town Hall, 21 February.
Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei
‘The art always wins,’ says dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose artwork is currently being presented alongside the paintings, polaroids and videos of pop art guru Andy Warhol. The Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei exhibition explores the significant influence of these two exemplary artists on modern art and contemporary life. This exciting exhibition presents more than 300 works, including major new commissions and immersive installations. Don’t miss this! NGV International, until 24 April.
Melbourne Town Hall’s flower beds have transformed into a vibrant veggie patch for the Sustainability Living Festival’s Grow Show. Learn a thing or two at the free lunchtime pop-up gardening talks, Tuesday to Thursday this week. Or swing by anytime and enjoy the simple beauty of this charming edible garden. Melbourne Town Hall, until 18 February.
Goldsborough Lane Farmers’ Market
Goldsbrough Lane Gourmet Farmers’ Market is conveniently located just off Bourke Street in the heart of our city. Every Thursday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm you can pick up farm fresh and hand-made produce with 25 proud and passionate stallholders offering delicious wholesome, organic food. Goldsborough Lane, every Thursday.