Aug 7-9: Melt Away Chocolate Festival, Top Shelf and Supersense



DATE: Fri 7 – Sun 9 Aug
TIME: Various
LOCATION: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
COST: Various

What’s going on: Supersense is a new festival exploring the ecstatic, extreme and sublime horizons of human experience, a hypersensory playground for the curious and bold. Arts Centre Melbourne’s stages, back rooms and hidden corners will be transformed into an immersive environment of rapture and collective transcendence. From the euphoria of Eastern trance ceremonies to the frenzies of modern punk, free jazz, seminal techno and stroboscopic projection, Supersense invites audiences to feel the excitement and impact of ecstatic performance.


DATE: Fri 7 Aug – Sun 9 Aug (continues until 16 Aug)
TIME: Various
COST: $19 adult, $16 concession, $12.50 child

What’s going on: Melbourne International Film Festival is one of the oldest in the world. That in itself is pretty impressive! But you’re not going to go just because it has been running for more than 60 years, you’re going to go because they showcase the best in current cinema from around the world. Seriously, get your MIFF on!


Melt Away Chocolate Festival Melbourne

DATE: Fri 7 – Sun 9 Aug
TIME: Fri 6:30pm – 9pm, Sat 10am – 10pm, Sun 10am – 9pm
LOCATION: Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands and The NewQuay Piazza, 1/401 Docklands Drive, Docklands
COST: $22.50 adult, $18 child

What’s going on: This weekend is going to be chock-a-block with tastings, tours, workshops, food, bevs and entertainment! There is something for every style of choc lover – so perhaps a chocolate making workshop would interest you. Or Belgian beers paired with pralines might be more your bag. And if you’ve got kids, don’t stress – there are crafty activities involving choccies to keep them entertained too! Ahhhhh how good is chocolate – all I can say is get ready for some serious endorphins to be released!


Small Business Festival – Festival Hub

DATE: Sat 8 – Sun 9
TIME: 10:00am – 3:45pm
LOCATION: Fed Square

What’s going on: The Small Business Festival runs for the month of August across Victoria. This weekend I highly recommend you check out the Small Business Festival Hub where you can chat to a mentor for 45 minutes for FREE. If you have a new business idea or something troubling you, they are expert problem solvers and a fantastic resource for you to tap into.


Original Chai Co at QV Markets

DATE: Sat 8 and Sun 9 Aug
TIME: 9am – 3pm
LOCATION: i Shed, Queen Victoria Markets, Therry Street, Melbourne
COST: Free entry

What’s going on: Let’s be honest, Melbourne winters aren’t very fun – but it can be made that little bit better, with a hot cup of chai. Honestly, there’s something really warming about all those aromatic spices… mmmmm. Get your chai fix at the Original Chai Co’s humble little stall at the markets this weekend – One, two, chai chai chai!


Top Shelf

DATE: Sat 8 and Sun 9 Aug
TIME: Sat 12pm – 7pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm
LOCATION: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
COST: $25 online, $40 on door

What’s going on: Top Shelf is a festival dedicated to premium and craft alcoholic beverages. Sample to your heart’s content, learn about and discover new products in the market and have a bit of fun doing so. The whistle will definitely be wet at this event and who knows you may discover your new favourite tipple! What an exciting prospect!


Trailer Park

DATE: Sat 8 and Sun 9 Aug (continues until 30 Aug)
TIME: 12pm – 8pm
LOCATION: The Village Melbourne, 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
COST: Free entry

What’s going on: Trailer Park is back at The Village again. This time it is a short stay but with a strong theme – Food of Origin. Each weekend will showcase food from a different continent – this time is it South and Central America – Olé Olé Olé! Drink specials and a pop-up bar in the Arbor are sure to keep the party going!


West Projections Night Walks

DATE: Sat 8 Aug (continues until 22 Aug)
TIME: 6pm – 7pm
LOCATION: Ruffian Gallery, 361 Barkly Street, Footscray
COST: Free

What’s going on: West Projections is a little festival on the West, that lights up the streets of Footscray after dark. See site-specific installations of video and sound all over the burb. Be guided by some of the artists themselves on the Night Walk tours.

Tip: Be sure to RSVP as spots are limited. If you miss out on the tour, never fear, you can still wander the streets and check out the installations – just jump on the website to see where the sites are located.

Tram Fest – musical trams 

DATE: Sun 9 Aug
TIME: All day
LOCATION: Tram 86 route from Docklands to Latrobe’s Bundoora Campus
COST: Free 

What’s going on: This Sunday the number 86 Tram is going to be a little more entertaining with 4 emerging artist using their Myki to perform on the tram. Zech from Woodlock, Gena Rose Bruce, Chris Watts and Josh Cashman, see you on the tram team!


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