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What’s On In Melbourne – Friday 1 To Thursday 7 February

What’s On in Melbourne – Friday 1 to Thursday 7 February

What's on in Melbourne February 2019

Welcome back to the weekly What’s On! It’s been great to have a break over January and to hear how much you *missed* knowing what’s on for families every week :)

CBD / Docklands

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Thu 31 Jan – Sun 3 Feb) – Relive the magic of Harry Potter™ soaring across the big screen in high-definition and experience the music of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.
  • Pixar Putt Federation Square (Thu 31 Sun – Sun 3 Feb) – enjoy 9 or 18 holes inspired by the beloved stories, characters and icons from some of Disney-Pixar’s most iconic films including Toy Story, A Bugs Life, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Inside Out and Coco.
  • Fire Breathing Dragons Crown (Thu 31 Jan – Tue 12 Feb) – the banks of the Yarra River will be brought to life with the roar of the mighty fire breathing dragons designed by local artists.
  • ArtVo at Crown (Fri 1 Feb – Sun 17 Feb) – Snap a photo at each of the five interactive ‘trick-art’ 3D murals.
  • Lunar New Year Melbourne Central (Fri 1 Feb – Sun 10 Feb) – giant flying inflatable pigs, free piggy treats and a dumpling eating contest.
  • Sustainable Living Festival (Fri 1 Feb – Thu 28 Feb) – Earth-lovin’ activities including workshops, DIY-days, pop-ups and markets in both central and outer Melbourne.
  • Chinese New Year Festival (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 17 Feb)- Welcome the Year of the Pig with the sights, sounds and flavours of the far east in Melbourne.
  • Lunar New Year SEA Life Melbourne Aquarium (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 17 Feb)- Luminous lanterns are adorning the aquarium, shedding new light on thousands of marine creatures that call Sea Life Melbourne home. There is a Wishing Wall to give guests the opportunity to record their greatest desire for the Year of the Pig. Full review.
  • Chinese New Year South Wharf (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) –  cultural shows and traditional Lion dances to various hands-on workshops including paper cutting, calligraphy and fan painting.
  • Pirate Sunday Polly Woodside (Sun 3 Feb) – Dress as a pirate and come help us search for hidden treasure, play tug of war and have your face painted. Full review.
  • Cultural Kaleidoscope Queensbridge Square (Sun 3 Feb) –  series of cultural activities within the main area of the Queensbridge Square that showcase Chinese and various other Asian countries’ traditional customs and culture.
  • Chinese New Year QV Melbourne (Mon 4 Feb – Tue 5 Feb) – Make a wish at the lunar lantern hub, enjoy fortune cookie giveaways with the Goddess of Fortune and dancing dragons
  • South Wharf Pop Up Cinema (Thu 31 Jan – Sun 10 Feb) – riverside cinematic experience on Common Man’s bright green Astroturf.
  • Destroy Artplay (Thu 31 Jan – Sun 31 Mar) – Can destruction be creative? Come and find out in this new exhibition. Full review.
  • Ink Play Artplay (Wed 6 Feb – Fri 8 Feb) – Make your mark using Boku-Undo marbling techniques. Full review.
  • Queen Victoria Night Market (Wed 6 Feb) – Eat and drink your way around the world one dish at a time with more than 50 street food traders cooking up a global feast plus specialty shopping and entertainment. Full review.
  • Movies Under the Stars (Thu 7 Feb – Sat 9 Feb) – Enjoy pre-movie entertainment and blockbuster films while you sit back and relax by the Yarra River this Summer.
  • Julie Opie NGV  (Fri 2 Feb – 15 Apr) – interactive exhibition for families, featuring hands-on and digital activities developed in collaboration with Julian Opie. Full review.


  • Festival21 Meat Market (Fri 1 Feb – Sat 2 Feb) – festival21 will equip Melbourne with a practical toolkit to make better food choices – via TED-style talks, music, hands-on workshops and demonstrations, and panel discussions.
  • Highlands Display Village (Sat 2 Feb) – free activities from Zumba classes to cooking and tasting demonstrations by Sashi Cheliah, MasterChef Australia Winner 2018.
  •  Lygon Street Multicultural Festival (Sat 2 Feb) – family fun day promoting harmony between cultures and celebrating multiculturalism.
  • Peter Rabbit Summer Sessions (Sat 2 Feb) – free outdoor screening of Peter Rabbit at the Roxburgh Park Homestead Community and Learning Centre.
  • Tread Sculptures Open Day (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) – upcycled sculpture trail showcasing metal art.
  • Eltham Street Food Festival (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) – Up to 11 different food trucks, bar, coffee cart, local live entertainment, market stalls, giant Jenga and face painting.
  • Warrandyte Community Market (Sat 2 Feb) – Local, hand made, grown and baked at home with love from the artists, crafters, designers, seamstresses, builders, wood workers, potters, growers, cooks and artisans.
  • Family Day at Collingwood Children’s Farm (Sun 3 Feb) – enjoy Pony Rides, Tractor rides, Guinea Pig cuddles and an affordable BBQ. Full review
  • Coburg Greek Festival (Sun 3 Feb) – Greek Music, Dancing, Performances, food, Children’s Entertainment and Pop-up Stores.


  • Lunar New Year Legoland (Thu 31 Jan – Sun 10 Feb) – Use LEGO® Bricks to write up your New Year wishes on our LEGO® Wall, colour in and take home a LEGO® Pig Minifigure colouring sheet and take a photo of your little ones as a LEGO® Pig Minifigure!
  • Lunar New Year Chadstone (Thu 31 Jan – Wed 7 Feb) – Explore the harmonious Blossom Garden, roving rickshaws, lion dancing.
  • Silver Circus Mornington (Fri 1 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) – 90 minute circus spectacular with a free dinosaur exhibition as your enter the circus big top.
  • Sandsculpting Boneo Maze (Fri 1 Feb –  Apr) -Twenty sculptors carve out themed sculptures from the sand.
  • Barefoot Cinema Rippon Lea (Fri 1 Feb – Sat 16 Feb) –  Enjoy food trucks, live music and a fully licensed bar before watching the sun go down and settling in for a feature film on the big screen.
  • Hank Marvin Market (Sat 1 Feb) – weekly Saturday market with awesome playground at Alma Park.
  • Let’s Go Fest Mornington (Sat 2 Feb) – music festival, rides, gourmet food.
  • The Classics Stonnington (Sat 2 Feb) – three-part series of free Saturday evening concerts throughout February.
  • Elwood Community Market (Sat 2 Feb) – trash and treasure, plants, clothes, jewellery, pastries fruit & veg and other eclectic and unique surprises.  A jumping castle, animal farm, ice-cream van and an ever growing variety of fun and games to keep the children amused.
  • Yalukut Weelam Ngargee Arts and Cultural Festival (Sat 2 Feb) – emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, dancers and artists, plus plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
  • Sizzlefest Prahran Market (Sun 3 Feb) – Celebrating all things Barbecue with a fun-filled event for the whole family and sausage tasting and voting is free.
  • Portable Iron Houses tour (Sun 3 Feb) – Get an insight into life during the Gold Rush era when you visit one of the few remaining pre-fabricated iron buildings in the world.
  • Moorabbin Miniature Railway (Sun 3 Feb) – miniature railway on the first Sunday of the month. Full review. 
  • Camelot Traffic School (Sun 3 Feb) – cycle or scoot in a miniature city. Full review.
  • South Melbourne Night Market (Thu 8 Feb) – street food, copious stalls, eclectic entertainment and music every Thursday night until 22 Feb. Full review. 


  • Cinema at the G (Fri 1 Feb – Sat 2 Feb) – two of the biggest blockbusters will be screened on the scoreboard for a perfect evening of entertainment.
  • Chinese New Year Festival Box Hill (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) – 14-hour non-stop celebration filled with delicious food, wonderful music and spectacular entertainment.
  • Twilight Art in the Park (Sun 3 Feb) – Free art workshops for adults and kids | Live music | Outdoor family-friendly film screening at sundown ‘The Greatest Showman’.
  • Yarra Valley Railway (Sun 3 Feb) – take a trip on the historic Walker RM22 Railmotor from Healesville to Tunnel Hill. Full review.
  • Babes to Kids Market Caribbean Gardens (Wed 6 Feb) – new and preloved baby gear, free train rides and face painting.


  • Sunset Cinema (Thu 31 Jan – Sun 17 Feb) – outdoor cinema with blockbusters, family flicks and a few VHS Classics!
  • Movies by the Bay (Fri 1 Feb) – Bring a rug, chairs and popcorn. The movies begin when it gets dark.
  • Mexican Tamales Festival (Fri 1 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) – Join in Melbourne’s own ‘La Candelaria Tamales Festival’ at La Tortilleria where, over three days, you can taste a variety of tamales from the different culinary regions of Mexico, as well as the traditional Aztec drink of atole.
  • Werribee Pop Up Park (Fri 1 Feb – Sun 24 Feb) – free program of live music, movies and family entertainment.
  • Nightjar Festival Geelong (Fri 1 Feb – Fri 22 Feb) – Central Geelong will be activated with musicians, street performers, food from around the world, emerging designers, a bar and a children’s area.
  • Summer Nights Highpoint (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) – Disco dance to our DJ, sip on a frosé, create your own festival accessories and so much more.
  • Little Red Train Werribee (Sat 2 Feb – Sun 3 Feb) – Explore Werribee Park via miniature train. Full review. 
  • Essendon Traffic School (Sat 2 Feb) – Essendon Traffic School is a mini road set up for kids aged two to ten years, complete with road signs, railway bells and traffic lights. Full review.
  • Village Market Werribee Zoo (Sun 3 Feb) – Stalls, performances, food, drink and craft activities will infuse each Sunday in February and March with all the colours and flavours of Africa in this brand new experience.
  • Quang Minh Tet Festival (Mon 4 Feb) – traditional and contemporary foods, live entertainment, a variety of free activities and exhibitions, as well as a wide range of games and amusement rides.
  • Sunset Safari Werribee Open Range Zoo (Fri 1 Feb – Sat 2 Feb) – live music, African-inspired food, dancing, drumming and sunset safari tour. Full review.
  • Altona Homestead Devonshire Tea (Sun 3 Feb ) – historical homestead is open every 1st Sunday for Devonshire Tea.
  • Geelong Waterfront Makers and Growers Market (Sun 3 Feb) – local produce, tasty gourmet treats, beautiful art and hand crafts from regional makers and growers, local live music and tasty hot food.
  • Little Kids Day In Scienceworks (Mon 4 Feb – Fri 8 Feb) – Each Little Kids’ Day In is a unique experience with activities, museum exhibits, shows and storytelling for children 5 and under and parents to get involved in. Full review.
  • Moonee Valley Festival (Feb – Mar) – range of exciting community events popping-up across the Moonee Valley neighbourhoods.
  • Toddler Circus Footscray (Thu 7 Feb) – learn circus skills with aerials, balances, circus circuits and games. READ THE REVIEW.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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