Summer is well and truly here in Melbourne and the Australia Day long weekend has many treats in store if you’re up for something interesting and fun! We’ve put together our top places to head to this long weekend.
Royal Croquet Club presents the Australia Day Weekender
This long weekend at the Royal Croquet Club, the festival takes it up a notch with a sensational lineup of musical acts, additional croquet fields and a food truck love fest. The Royal Croquet Club takes up residence of another level of Birrarung Marr from Friday night with an additional 4 croquet pitches to test out and hone your croquet skills, and an additional bar, Miss Lee’s Laundry and Bar. For those wanting to catch a bit of the Australian Open, screens will show some of the big games over the weekend as well!
Over the long weekend the following acts are taking to the stage:
- Fri 23 Jan – Middle Level – The Kite String Tangle with support from Chiefs & Nick Acquroff
- Sat 24 Jan – Salvador Darling
- Sun 25 Jan – Japanese Wallpaper
The festival will also extend its food offerings with a Truck-A-Palooza happening, with food trucks from Hammer & Tong, Trailer Made, Beatbox Kitchen, Toasta, and more! Entry is free before 7pm and $5 after 7pm.
For more information on The Royal Croquet Club click here
The Royal Croquet Club is located at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. For opening times and daily schedule visit www.royalcroquetclub.com.au
International Street Food Festival
Foodies rejoice. The International Street Food Festival hits town on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th January at the Melbourne Showgrounds featuring a huge array of foods from Asia, Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.
It’s two days of celebrating street food from across the globe and also celebrating the best in music with headline acts such as Dami Im, Nathaniel, Pete Murray and the Cat Empire.
Not satisfied with that, there are also comedians, market stalls with arts and handmade goodies, as well as plenty of kids activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Tickets can be pre-purchased or purchased at the gate.
The International Street Food Festival 24-25 January at the Melbourne Showgrounds – Epsom Road Flemington. For tickets and more information visit www.isff.com.au
Australia Day RACV Picnic & Federation Vehicle Day
Kings Domain Gardens on Australia Day will play host to a big surprise with a variety of activities for young and old at the RACV Picnic & Federation Vehicle Day. There will be an enchanted forest craft installation, dingoes, owls and snakes, 400 historical vehicles and a chess master will make this one of the most memorable picnics yet.
The kids can learn from the Venomwise exhibit to learn about native Australian wildlife. The Making Food Fun activity will teach kids how to make their own colourful and healthy snacks, while Visual Feast Creations will craft magical installations from old household rubbish. Performances on the main stage will keep you and the family entertained.
Choose your picnic fodder from a variety of food stalls and bring along your water bottle for refilling at the hydration station.
Open from 10am until 4pm on Australia Day 26 January 2015 at Kings Domain St Kilda Road, Melbourne. For more information click here
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria
There are insufficient words in my vocabulary that can explain how much I enjoyed this exhibition. The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition celebrates the fashion designer’s work over his spectacular career. Featuring more than 140 beautifully crafted garments, a host of intimate and personal photographs, sketches, stage costumes, pieces from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances, this exhibition is one not to be missed.
The collection also includes Gaultier’s first dress created in 1971 to haute couture and one-off designer pieces for Hollywood’s leading ladies including Nicole Kidman, Beyonce and costumes for our favourite Australian export Kylie Minogue.
The innovative exhibition is something just a bit different that will excite lovers of fashion but also those with a keen eye on something just a bit different.
With only three weeks left until the exhibition closes definitely make it to the NGV to see this impressive exhibition.
National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road Melbourne. For opening times and ticket information visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au