I do love myself a bucket list and ticking off each item — like mini accomplishments. So I have decided to compile a summer in Melbourne bucket list. After the horrid winter I have had to endure, I am ready for Melbourne to play nice and come out of hibernation. I noticed this in Vancouver, too. The city literally felt like it came alive in the summer months. So what does a summer in Melbourne entail? Lots of outdoor fun it seems. Here are the best things to do in Melbourne in December, January and February.
I have never been to an outdoor cinema before, and apparently Melbourne has many to choose from in summer. I’ve done the research, so here are the options below.
This event only goes for a month according to the website, from the 29 November to 20 December. But every day there are movies and Sundays are for Sundae Sessions — free ice-cream plus live music. So there. Tickets are $15 for adults if bought online. Some films on offer include Crimson Peak, Everest, The Dressmaker, and Clueless!
From December to March, the Central Lawn in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens is turned into a cinema. Tickets range from $15 for Cinebuzz members to $19 for a regular adult ticket. I think going once for a favourite film is a priority.
From December to April, this rooftop cinema is open on Curtin House in Melbourne’ CBD. There is also a rooftop bar open everyday from midday until 1am, which is definitely another item for the summer bucket list.
Here’s a freebie. This option, right across the Yarra River from the CBD, is also a silent cinema. This means everyone gets headphones, which I kind of like. Movies are shown every Tuesday.
I am keen to do a day trip to the Mornington Peninsula to capture its beauty through my lens. Other day trips to consider include a visit to the Yarra Valley. And hey, if it happens, I totally wouldn’t mind revisiting the Great Ocean Road. But this should definitely be on your summer in Melbourne bucket list.
This market is on in St Kilda every Friday night in December and January. Spend your summer evening listening to amazing independent musicians, browsing pieces from local designers and artisans, and chowing down on some delicious food.
The Essendon Market will hold a Christmas Market on the weekend before Christmas. You can expect unique gifts from local designers, so if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet…
Delicious photos from these markets keep popping up on my Instagram feed, so I think I need to take a trip out to St Kilda East on a Saturday sometime soon. Croissants, donuts, food trucks — let me at ’em.
This night market is happening every Wednesday from 5 to 10pm until March 30. I have heard it can get busy, but your taste buds will thank you for lining up. There is also entertainment across three stages, 50 street food traders and speciality shops.
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I love Christmas — of the Aussie and white variety. So a Christmas Festival pretty much sounds like the best thing ever to me. I have already seen the city transformed, so expect a Melbourne Christmas post soon.
It is tradition in my family’s house on Christmas Eve to watch Carols by Candlelight after dinner. This year I will be flying home for Christmas so will not be able to attend the carols live in Melbourne, but you know I will be singing along from the comfort of my parent’s air-conditioned living room.
A FREE festival next to the beach? Count me in. The St Kilda Festival happens over a week-long period in February, and I can’t wait.
Classified as a “summit of music and art,” Sugar Mountain Festival happens on Saturday 23 January at the Victorian College of Arts. It showcases the best in visual arts, media and music. This year’s lineup includes Hot Chip and Courtney Barnett.
St Jerome’s is a touring festival hitting up many cities in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The festival is taking over Melbourne on 13 February and has an amazing lineup of guests. My favourites? Chvrches, Grimes, Purity Ring and Flume.
Another free festival, Sunset Sounds is thanks to the City of Stonnington. Prahran will come alive with the sounds of different musicians, including ARIA winners The Audreys. It is all about chilling out on your picnic rug and slow dancing.
White Night Melbourne
An end of summer event, on the 20 February, is White Night Melbourne. I’ve heard about it, so I obviously would love to see it firsthand.
White Night Melbourne is Australia’s most celebrated cultural event. Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement, it is an all-night, free cultural event with visual art, illuminations, music, food, theatre, sport, fashion, film, design and performances on display. The event runs from 7pm to 7am.
Summer in Melbourne
Who else is excited for summer in Melbourne after reading this bucket list? Bring it on, Melbourne.
For more outdoor ideas, you can check out Visit Melbourne’s.