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The Weekender: February 19 – 21

STAY up all night in the CBD, hear weird tales around the city, celebrate the lunar new year in StKilda or get artistic in Southbank. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

White Night
Saturday, February 20 (7.00pm – 7.00am) | Melbourne CBD

White Night ... A Celebration of all things uniquely Melbourne. Image: White Night via Facebook

White Night … A Celebration of all things uniquely Melbourne. Image: White Night via Facebook

White Night is on again with a spectacular lineup of things to see and do over the twelve hour stretch. Running from 7.00pm – 7.00am, the event has fast become a Melbourne institution where the CBD is crammed full of gloriously free and freaky events spaced across one neon-lit night.

There’ll be a plethora of free and paid activities to participate in. Catch fantastic installations, live performers and of course huge moving street projections on some of the city’s best known landmarks.

It’s recommended sorting out a plan of attack and checking out the map before you head in. As always, the streets will be packed to the brim, with roughly 500,000 people attending last year.

For more info head to White Night’s official website.

Twisted Tales Walking Tour
Saturday, February 20 – Sunday, February 21 (11.00am – 1.00pm) | Tianjin Gardens, Melbourne

Explore Melbourne's history and culture by foot. Photo: Geoff Penaluna via flickr.

Explore Melbourne’s history and culture by foot. Photo: Geoff Penaluna via flickr.

Take a free walking tour of the Melbourne CBD that takes in a mix of old architecture, strange characters and events in early Melbourne.

Beginning at the Tianjin Gardens and finishing at City Square, you’ll hear strange stories about weird happenings and the ironic details of Melbourne’s strange past. Learn about historic stories of snake charmers, poisonings and the Ghost who is still feared by a Melbourne institution!

Simply turn up on the day and when the tour’s over, pay what it was worth to you!

For more info, phone 0450 344 840, email info@m3tours.com.au or check out the Walking Tours website.

Luna Park Chinese New Year Festival 2016
Saturday, February 20 (11am – 11pm)- Sunday, February 21 (11.00am – 8.00pm) | Luna Park (18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda)

Image: Stonestreet's Coaches via Flickr

Image: Stonestreet’s Coaches via Flickr

Get down to Luna Park to join in the free ‘Year of the Red Fire Monkey’ Lunar New Year festivities with a two-day Chinese New Year extravaganza!

Enjoy free entertainment with Lion Dancers, a Kung Fu demonstration and Melbourne’s largest and longest Hong Kong style performing Dragon!

Hear some great music, check out the art exhibition and down some tasty food with some Chinese inspired cuisine!

For more info head to Luna Park’s website.

Listen Hear
Sunday, February 21 (3.00pm – 6.00pm) | Testing Grounds (1 – 23 City Rd, Southbank)

Image courtesy of Testing Grounds.

Image courtesy of Testing Grounds.

Head on down to Testing Grounds to check out Listen Hear, a series of Sunday sessions creating and sharing stories through music, art and play.

Local artists and creatives will take you on a journey with interactive stories that will prompt the story teller in you.

Listen to creative tales of the past or take home a keepsake from the Make-a-zine Machine.

Try something different and relax in a really cool place, especially if you’re recovering from White Night!

For more info head over to the Testing Grounds website.

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