Words from Ben Lamb
Your Melbourne festival guide for August, covering all the music festivals, food festivals, film festivals (including the mighty MIFF) and cultural buzz.
Whilst buzzing all year round, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to Victorian and Melbourne festivals. While our friends up north have had some music festival fun with Splendor in The Grass, we’ve got some cool different stuff here in the Big V. From film festivals to young entrepreneur celebrations, we’ve got a list of the best events to experience in August.
Food, wine and beer festivals
Winter night market
It’s hard to believe we only have a month of winter left, but that means we’re getting another month of Queen Vic’s Winter Night Market. It has been one of the most popular spots in recent months, with visitors raving about the great food and entertainment.
The fun continues into August with some silent discos, magic shows and much more. Check out what else is happening here.
The perfect type of festival for these warmer months, some of Melbourne’s best breweries come together for an event like no other. Beer makers from Bodriggy, Hop Nation, Molly Rose and many more will each be featured, showcasing some of the coolest and hottest new brews.
Plus, you’ll get to hear music from some of the best Anti Fade Records, groups such as Foggy Nation and Mightiest of Guns. Check out some more information and booking details on Bodriggy’s website here.
Scandinavian Film Festival
The wider Scandinavian region is known for its high-quality cinema, and we’ll be able to see the best new films when the Scandinavian Film Festival takes place in Melbourne in August.
The region isn’t afraid to be a little different with its on-screen efforts, often pushing the boundaries of what’s expected, creating some truly memorable works. Cinemas such as the Palace, Kino and Pentridge will all be involved. Check out what’s going on here and book your tickets.
Melbourne Cineverse Film Festival
August is a great month to be a movie fan in Melbourne, we have the Scandinavian Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and the Melbourne Cinaverse Film Festival.
This festival takes place in the amazing Backlot Studios in South Melbourne, where visitors can see the best feature films and short films. Best of all, tickets start at an easy $5 for students. View some more info here and book your tickets.
Melbourne International Film Festival
The premier event for all things film, returns triumphantly to Melbourne this year, and it has a stacked program that will be one to remember for years to come. The incarnation of 2022 marks the 70e year of the festival, and to celebrate there are more things to dive into, talks, masterclasses, premieres and much more. There’s bound to be something up your alley. Some of the key movies to watch out for are: Seriously red, three thousand years of desire and For Now & Then.
There will also be some interesting lectures, Mark Coles Smith will dive into the world of acting, Katie Milwright will talk about Cinematography and Katie Flaxman will take you behind the curtain of editing, and much more. The festival takes place in select cinemas in Melbourne. It runs from August 4 to 21. View the rest of the program and book it here.
Melbourne Retail Festival
Are you a designer or wholesaler? This is the event for you. The exhibition building will be packed with some of the world’s coolest emerging brands looking to make an appearance in your store. You can chat with them and see their works on the catwalk.
Like all good festivals out there, the Melbourne Retail Festival will feature lectures, workshops and much more. This festival takes place in the Royal Exhibition Building on August 24 and 25. Dive into more information and buy your tickets here.
These cooler months keep many of us indoors, but every now and then an event comes along that leans on them and makes coming out sound great. The Winterwild festival will light up the Apollo Bay region in August, with events sure to get you excited.
Prior to their successful US run, you can see Aussie rockers Amyl and The Sniffers, an outdoor Wildfeast with some outdoor barbecues, or even some horror-themed events. This festival takes place at a number of locations in Apollo Bay. It runs from August 12 to 28. View more info and buy your tickets here.
Crossroads Guitar Festival
No, it’s not the annual Eric Clapton festival, but a great Aussie festival of the same name. It will feature some of our best guitarists, Kathleen Halloran, who performed with Kate Ceberano, Daniel Spencer, who played with Jimmy Barnes, and Dai Jones, and many more.
There are some ticket options, first tier tickets with a three course meal and the second tier as general admission ticket. It happens on Thursday, August 18 at the Transit Rooftop. View some more info here and book your tickets.
Border closures saw some Aussie only lineups, it was a great time for local musos. After things have been open for a few months, we’ve seen international headliners return and Aussie in supporting roles.
But Monolith brings that back with an all-Aussie affair, Karnivool, Cog and Ocean Grove will be rocking hard in Melburn’s ears when Monolith hits Melbourne in August. These bands are supported by newcomers Plini, sleepmakeswaves, Reliqa & Yomi Ship, you can’t get more metal than this. The Monolith Festival takes place on August 27 at the Port Melbourne Industrial Center for the Arts, tickets are going on sale quickly, buy them here.
In August you can see Lightscape, a journey through all things light. The Royal Botanic Gardens are literally lit up during the festival, visitors can experience a 1.8km trail of beautiful installations.
It is said that around 500,000 lights can be seen at the festival, bringing a fresh and original vibe to the region, making it perfect for some great Insta-worthy photos. View some more information here and book your tickets for Lightscape.
Re-Generation Youth Festival
If you are a younger Beat reader and want to explore the world, this festival is for you. The Re-Generation Youth Festival offers our most corporate youth a platform to share their interesting ideas and ways of thinking.
There are movie pitch competitions, concerts and much more. It happens on Friday, August 12, check out some more information here.
Melbourne Houseplant Festival
You probably can’t get anything more Melbourne sounding than this. A festival dedicated to houseplants. Today, plants become children, people take care of them with their lives, so why not celebrate?
The Melbourne Houseplant Festival offers lectures, workshops and much more, helping you to learn a lot more about your green friends. Tickets start from an easy $9, there’s no reason you shouldn’t go here.
If you are a plant lover, there is even a VIP option, for $199 you can grab a premium ticket, which gives you discounts at stalls, access to the workshop and much more. This show will take place at Brunswick’s The Wool Mill on August 21. Buy your tickets here.
Boho Luxury Market
It may not seem like it but this could certainly be considered a festival, on some dates in August Melbourne will turn into a small Byron Bay. Visitors can grab beautiful clothes, jewelry, housewares and much more, it really is like walking into a Byron Bay shopping center.
In addition, you can experience an enjoyable sound healing session, allowing you to relax and get into the moment. This show will take place at the Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson St and Carlton from August 26 to 28 respectively. View some more info here.
MS Melbourne Run + Ride Festival
The Melbourne Run and Ride festival is open to athletes of all talents, there are options from a 2.5km family run to a whopping 50km and everything in between. You can sign up on their website and raise some money for MS, the charity this festival is going to.
For certain causes in the fundraising space, you can win great prizes, including a vacation, a bike, or a visit to a brewery. It takes place on August 28, dive into some more information here.
The Didi Bahini Samaj Victoria (DBSV) is a group of independent Nepalese women who are committed to better opportunities and a better world for women. They will host the TEEJ festival, with food, dancing, lectures, interactive experiences and much more.
Tickets are only $20, grab them and check out some more information here.