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Your Melbourne summer checklist

If you’re still searching for that shiny Melbourne summer feeling, we’ve got your go-to checklist in hand for some guaranteed good vibes. We’ve cast the net wide to catch something everyone will love, so let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourite summer moments!

Shop at a night market

Say goodbye to hump day with a trip to the city’s Wednesday night markets. Shop for handcrafted goodies at Blender Lane Artists Market or tuck into some fancy street food at the Summer Night Market until March.

Street food stalls at the Queen Victoria Night Market

Over 60 vendors serve up delicious ‘street food’ at Queen Vic Markets every Wednesday night

Hang out in Fed Square

There’s always something free and fun going down at Federation Square. Find your summer rhythm in an African drumming workshop or bring some inner balance back with Tuesday morning Tai Chi. Love free music? Then get along to Fed Square Live on Thursdays from 5.30pm.

Live band playing at Fed Square Live

Get your groove on at Fed Square live

Picnic in the gardens

Get a taste of the great outdoors and enjoy summer to the full. Duck off the busy streets with a friend, and take some downtime in one of the city’s beautiful parks and gardens.

Rooftop Cocktail

The best seat in the house for a Melbourne sunset has to be a rooftop bar with a cocktail (or mocktail) in hand. You can’t go past Loop Roof or Campari House for fab views and specialty drinks. Madame Brussels even offers a deliciously kitsch rooftop experience with jugs of Pimms and chocolate fondue.

Madame Brussels rooftop experience with jugs of Pimms and chocolate fondue

Madame Brussels offers a drool worthy fondue.

Watch the Australian Open

Nothing says Melbourne summer quite like the sound of tennis balls thwacking off the court during the Australian Open. If you can’t make it to Melbourne Park to see Federer and the gang, you can watch the action from the free Australian Open Live Site at Fed Square.

Spectators watching tennis at the Australian Open

See the world’s tennis greats battle it out during the Australian Open 2015

Watch an outdoor movie

Catch the city skyline and your favourite flick at the Rooftop Bar or lay out a picnic rug and kick back to movies under the stars at the Moonlight Cinema.

People at Moonlight Cinema Melbourne

Moonlight Cinema brings old classics and new blockbusters to its open air cinema at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Go to an art exhibition

Start the year by checking out some of the great free exhibitions on around the city. Bohemian Melbourne is a fascinating look at the history of Melbourne’s alternative culture and is on at the State Library until 22 February. Don’t miss out!

See an outdoor theatre show

SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival runs over five weekends through summer, bringing Southbank to life with free and low-cost theatre events and workshops.

Scotch & Soda performing acrobatics

Scotch & Soda looks set to wow the crowds at SummerSault with their daredevil acrobatics

Dine on the waterfront

Tired of waiting for the cool change? Head down to the city waterfront for some wining and dining. Watch the chefs whip you up a dish inspired by the Aussie BBQ at Meat Market South Wharf, or head to Docklands for views and food a’plenty.

Royal Croquet Club

The Royal Croquet Club is quite possibly the coolest festival in town this Summer, and it’s free. Head to Birrarung Marr for live local and international music and delicious food before this fab events wraps up on 1 February.
What’s your favourite Melbourne summer pastime?