HOT: Winter Solstice Light Show, Light House, 888 Collins St, Melbourne

Light House is a 15 storey residential building in Victoria Harbour, at the junction of Bourke and Collins St. Its most notable feature is the light installation which displays real-time weather information in an abstract light display.

To celebrate the shortest day of the year Light House is showing a spectacular festive light display for Winter Solstice.

For five evenings in winter from Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 25 June, a light show will run for 10 minutes each hour, on the hour, from 5pm to midnight.

Light House is best viewed from Buluk Park in front of Library at the Dock at 894 – 910 Collins St, Docklands.


Winter Solstice Light Show, Light House, 888 Collins St, Melbourne

Tue 20 June – Sun 25 June

Daily from 5pm to midnight

Free

What’s On – Friday 23 June to Thursday 29 June 2017

 

CBD/Docklands

  • Winter Solstice Courtyard Immigration Museum (Fri 23 Jun) – live music from polyrhythmic future-soul artist Nai Palm, lead performer of Hiatus Kaiyote. Share winter warmers with friends, including mulled wine, whisky, and spiced chocolate.
  • Winter Solstice Light Show (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 25 Jun) – For five evenings in winter, Melbourne’s newest icon – 888 Collins Street – will come to life in a spectacular festive light display in celebration of Winter Solstice.
  • Circus Oz Birrarung Marr (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 16 Jul) – high-voltage acrobatics and explosive aerial antics.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 24 Jun – Sun 25 Jun) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Winter Solstice: Festival of Welcome (Sat 24 Jun) – performances, unique stalls, enjoy beautiful light installations and sample a range of traditional international foods.
  • City Library Book Sale (Sat 24 Jun) – Grab yourself a bargain on some fabulous pre-loved books.
  • NGV Unplugged (Sun 25 Jun) – Each Sunday afternoon for six weeks, Jae Laffer (The Panics) will host a session in the exhibition space with a live performance by local musicians.
  • Melbourne Design Market (Sun 25 Jun) – Melbourne original design market happens twice a year.
  • Slide, Skate and Chill (Fri 23 Jun – Thu 31 Aug) – undercover riverside ice rink and toboggan slide. Full review.
  • Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market (Wed 28 Jun – Wed 30 Aug) -crackling fires, mulled wine and a revolving line-up of roving entertainers and live music, over 30 street vendors and designer and artisan stalls. READ THE REVIEW.

 

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

 

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • MAP 57 St Kilda (Fri 23 Jun – Sun 30 Jul) – St Kilda’s favourite “triangle” will be converted into a glittering entertainment venue this winter, playing host to a pop up ice rink, comedy, theatre, music, food stalls, carnival rides and more.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 24 Jun) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • Matariki Dandenong Market (Sun 25 Jun) – Performances, Ta moko face painting. NZ Street Food.

EAST

WEST

Italian Wine & Food Festival – Giveaway!

Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

Your Italian adventure awaits! The Italian Wine & Food Festival is Melbourne this Sunday 25 June and you could be there!

Experience the joy of the Italian lifestyle, meet producers, talk to experts, watch live food making and cooking demonstrations, paying homage to tradition and showcasing innovation.

The festival features over 200 wines to taste, wine masterclasses, an Italian marketplace, cooking demos, pop up restaurants, wine gardens, cocktails, beer, coffee and so much more!

Tickets are on sale now, get in quick before they sell out!


The Italian Wine & Food Festival, Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton

Sunday 25 June 2017, 11am – 9pm

Tickets from $55


Giveaway!

Thanks to Italian Wine & Food Festival I have 2 x All day passes for Sun 25 June 11-9pm to give away. To win just follow the instructions below.

Random draw closes midnight Thursday 22 June and the winner (of both passes) will be contacted via email with booking code. Good luck!

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HOT: Footscray Finds, Footscray Library car park, 56 Paisley St, Footscray

Footscray Finds

Footscray Finds is a monthly secondhand, handmade and boutique market held in the Footscray Library Car Park on Paisley Street. The first Footscray Finds kicked off on Sunday 18 June and it was a roaring success!

I am unsure as to whether anyone will be around for the 8am start but it turns out you should never underestimate the bargain hunters.

Footscray Finds

When I arrive there are already people scanning the stalls, checking out the vintage clothing, preloved toys, fresh produce and lining up for the coffee van.

Footscray Finds

Along with almost 80 car boot stalls the market features local food vendors such as Cobb Lane, a DJ and local handmade crafters. Stallholders can apply for either car boot or a 3 x 3m marquee space (BYO marquee and all equipment), for $50 per space.

Footscray Finds

I buy pastries and bread…

Footscray Finds

…a Western Bulldogs hand-knitted tea cosy…

Footscray Finds

…and desperately want the traffic lights but don’t have the $120 to spare!

Footscray Finds

The nicest thing is that Footscray Finds is a uniquely local showcase of local businesses and a gathering place for the inner west community.

Footscray Finds

I spot my neighbours, school mums and the local florist in the mix.

Footscray Finds

I’m sure Footscray Finds will become bigger over time as word spreads. Put the dates in your diary and set your alarm!

Footscray Finds


Footscray Finds, Footscray Library car park, 56 Paisley St, Footscray

3rd Sunday of each month 8-1pm – 16 July, 20 August, 17 September, 15 October, 19 November, 17 December

80 car boot spots at $50 each

Free entry to shoppers

 

 

 

 

What’s On – Friday 16 June to Thursday 22 June 2017

It’s such a treat to work a short week as we head into the weekend again!

This week I’m hanging out at Truffle Melbourne, the Williamstown Literary Festival and the first Footscray Finds market. Have a great week!

CBD/Docklands

 

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

  • MAP 57 St Kilda (Thu 15 Jun – Sun 30 Jul) – St Kilda’s favourite “triangle” will be converted into a glittering entertainment venue this winter, playing host to a pop up ice rink, comedy, theatre, music, food stalls, carnival rides and more.

  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 17 Jun) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.

EAST

  • Warburton Film Festival (Fri 16 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – This film festival is in its 34th year and is a fantastic opportunity to be exposed to smaller, genre-breaking films.

 

WEST

  • Williamstown Literary Festival (Sat 17 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – speakers and panel discussions for avid (and even occasional) readers as well as workshops for budding writers, activities for kids, music
  • Enterprize Sail Williamstown (Sat 17 Jun – Sun 18 Jun) – 1 hour sail on tall ship Enterprize comes to Williamstown.
  • Footscray Finds (Sun 18 Jun) – unique, boutique and handmade monthly at Footscray Library’s Carpark, Paisley Street, Footscray.
  • Kensington Market (Sun 18 Jun) – monthly boutique market offers an eclectic mix of fresh produce, designer fashion, jewellery and visual art creations, vintage, retro and antiques, all set in a vibrant environment filled with live music, great coffee and delicious foods.
  • Winter Music in the Valley (Sun 18 Jun) – series of four free classical music concerts held on Sunday afternoons.
  • ASRC telethon lunch Highpoint (Tue 20 Jun) – Highpoint is hosting a fundraising lunch with ASRC catering and 100% of proceeds donated to the Telethon.

What’s On – Friday 9 June to Thursday 15 June 2017

Hello long weekend! If you’re staying in town there is lots to do this week!

CBD/Docklands

  • Negroni Week (Fri 9 Jun – Sun 11 Jun) – Melbourne’s top bars will be sprucing up the classic cocktail with some interesting and innovative variations.  Each bar will donate a percentage of Negronis sold to OzHarvest and United Cerebral Palsy.
  • Queen Street Plaza (Sat 10 Jun) – A place to sit, eat, have a drink and enjoy free family entertainment right in the heart of the city.
  • Sausagefest Hophaus (Sun 11 Jun) – all you can eat meat feast, price also includes German Tap Biers and Wine.
  • A Taste of Portugal (Sun 11 Jun) – cultural festival that celebrates the culture of Portuguese-speaking countries and showcases cuisine, music and dance, history, language and tourism.
  • Slide, Skate and Chill (Fri 9 Jun – Thu 31 Aug) – undercover riverside ice rink and toboggan slide. Full review.
  • Aladdin the Musical (Fri 9 Jun – Sun 22 Oct) – Disney film turned into lavish musical. Read the review.
  • Winter Night Market Queen Victoria Market (Wed 14 Jun – Wed 30 Aug) -crackling fires, mulled wine and a revolving line-up of roving entertainers and live music, over 30 street vendors and designer and artisan stalls. READ THE REVIEW.

 

NORTH / NORTH-EAST

SOUTH / SOUTH-EAST / BAYSIDE

EAST

  • Mt Baw Baw Opening Weekend (Sat 10 Jun – Mon 11 Jun) – Free BBQ lunch and roving entertainers,  giveaways.
  • Lake Mountain Opening Weekend (Sat 10 Jun – Mon 12 Jun) – Celebrate the opening weekend of the snow season at Lake Mountain Alpine Resort including toboggan races, snow sculpting competitions, face painting, live music, wine tasting and lots more.
  • Wine and Wildlife Healesville Sanctuary (Sat 11 Jun – Sun 12 Jun) – local wineries, breweries and a hearty winter menu for you to sample and purchase.
  • Belgrave Big Dreams Market (Sun 11 Jun) – discover original and bespoke design pieces, some of the yummiest and freshest produce the area has to offer, live music.

WEST

  • The Cell Newport (Fri 9 Jun – Sat 10 Jun) – interactive art installation at Substation Newport. Full review.
  • Jazz Out West (Fri 9 Jun – Sun 11 Jun) – Experience inspired Ethio-jazz stylings, laid-back beats, old-school funk and soul-inflected grooves with these free events in Footscray, Moonee Ponds and Yarraville.
  • National Margherita Day Essendon (Sun 11 Jun – Mon 12 Jun) – all of the 400 Gradi restaurants will be putting on a margherita special with a specially designed margherita pizza featuring yellow tomatoes. Even better, $1 from each margherita special, and gelato, goes to the Bully Zero Foundation Australia.
  • Winter Music in the Valley (Sun 12 Jun) – series of four free classical music concerts held on Sunday afternoons.
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