Need inspiration for braving the cold? Try these free August events in Melbourne.
1. Happy 3rd birthday Wonderbao! Join in the third birthday celebrations for Wonderbao on August 8th, 5pm-late. Enjoy music by DJ Vanilla Snickers, tasting plates featuring new classics and old favourites, drinks thanks to Mountain Goat brewery and Kooyonga Creek winery, and delectable ice-cream dessert baos in collaboration with Gelato Messina. Check out what the fuss is all about, for these soul warming steamed dumplings, here.
A great way to start the weekend, with free Friday night fireworks at Docklands. Enjoy the show and have dinner or a drink from one of the waterfront restaurants or bars. Or pack a picnic, rug up and enjoy the show from New Quay Promenade. Entertainment from 6.30pm, fireworks at 7.30pm. Family friendly event.
The entertainment line-up: 7th August: First Friday Dance Club workshop with Jhoom Bollywood, roving performances by Tubby the Robot. 14th August: Dance workshop by B Dance and roving performances by Gastropedia. 21st August: Beasties Petting Zoo and roving performances by The Quiff Tones and Tubby the Robot. 28th August: Salsa dance workshop and roving performances by DJ Walker and the Snow King & Queen.
3. Winter Night Markets Whether you like the lively crowds of Queen Victoria Market Winter Night Market, or the quieter European Night Market hidden in Madame Brussels Lane, be sure to check out these fun, free events, offering live music, shopping stalls, roving performers, and international hawker style food and drink for purchase.
4. Happy 180th birthday Melbourne! Celebrate Melbourne's 180th birthday in Docklands, on August 30th. The day of celebration includes a free concert, headlined by Daryl Braithwaite and Russell Morris; ferry cruises on Victoria Harbour; Melbourne Day-themed variety market; Melbourne Day regatta; discounted VIP Melbourne Day tours; guided tours, and more. See the full program here.
5. Millionaire Hot Seat Studio Audience Love 'Millionaire Hot Seat'? Love to win? Be a part of the live studio audience, and be in the draw to win prizes. Audience members will also receive a special 2 for 1 offer for ice skating entry to Ice House, entered into the draw to win tickets to a taping of The Footy Show, and could win up to $700 cash.
Taping sessions run on August 10th, 11th, 24th & 25th and September 7th & 8th. Monday: noon – 5.30pm and Tuesday: noon – 5.30pm. Docklands Studios, 476 Docklands Drive. Be in it to win it!