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The Weekender: July 28 – 30

Alain Nguyen

Thu Jul 27 2017


Open House Melbourne 2017
Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30 (Various Times) | Various locations

A huge congratulations to OOF! Architecture, who won the 2016 Premier’s Design Award for Architecture at the NGV last week. #AcuteHouse #winnerwinner

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An annual affair by Open House, a global architectural organisation dedicated to empowering citizens to participate in urban society by seeing the zany and eclectic buildings in their cities, this year’s Open House Melbourne invites visitors to go behind-the-scenes and explore iconic Melbourne buildings!

What can you expect to check out? See and hear the stories behind some of Melbourne’s most renowned architectural structures like Federation Square, The Supreme Court of Victoria, Parliament House as well as smaller, niche buildings, such as Hassell and Substation J. Many buildings are walk in and walk out as you please but some do require bookings.

So grab your camera and your best walking shoes and see the city in a different way this weekend!

For more information about Open House Melbourne 2017, head over to the event’s website.

Christmas in July at Barkly Square
Saturday, July 29 (12.00pm – 6.00pm) | The Laneway (Barkly Square, Brunswick)

Because Australia’s in the Southern Hemisphere, you’re not likely to experience a white and snowy Christmas with snowball fights and warm fires any time soon.

But fear not! Barkly Square in Brunswick will be hosting a ‘Christmas in July’ event on its grounds. There will be mulled wine to enjoy for those over the age of 18, a petting zoo for all ages and even a gingerbread making station!

So if you want to be on the nice list and you’re in need of some Christmas spirit, head over to Brunswick this weekend. There’s no guarantee you’ll see Rudolph though.

For more information, visit the official event page over at Barkly Square’s website. 

St Kilda Winter Garden Ice Rink
Thursday, June 15 – Sunday, July 30 | Jacka Boulevard, St Kilda (Next to Palais Theatre and Luna Park)

Map57 in 360

Experience #Map57 St Kilda's Winter Garden in 360! It's the final week so make sure you come down to taste the real thing. Video produced by WAVR 🎉 ❄

Posted by Map 57 on Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The St Kilda Winter Garden Ice Rink has been a mainstay on the foreshore (next to the Palais Theatre) for the past month.

With a bar, events and food alongside the ice rink, people can embrace the cold with good drinks, warm food and awesome company. As for the rink itself, you don’t need to be the next Yuna Kim to grace the skates — anyone can hire them for $24 for a 45 minute session. With the pop-up ice rink set to close this weekend, now is the perfect opportunity to grab some ice skates and flop your way majestically before winding down with some beverages.

For more information on the Winter Garden Ice Rink, visit its event page.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival 2017
Friday July 21 – Sunday,  July 30 (6.00pm – 12.00am) | Gertrude St, Fitzroy

What is the Gertrude Street Projection Festival?

ALL OF THE LIGHTS! This weekend is your last chance to catch The Gertrude Street Projection Festival in all its illuminated splendour! Make a night of it in Fitzroy and don't miss out!

Posted by Meld Magazine on Thursday, 21 July 2016

Entering its tenth year, the Gertrude Street Projection Festival is an arts festival where buildings, laneways and natural parts of the street will be illuminated in projections made by local artists.

Immerse yourself in the bright lights and colourful projections that go all along one of Fitzroy’s most happening streets. Enjoy all of the lights and dip into one of your favourite Fitzroy dives for a drink or two as well!

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival will end on July 30 and runs from 6.00pm through to midnight.

For the full program, visit the Gertrude St Projection Festival’s website