The best Melbourne events of August 2016: where to go, what to do

Melbourne is coming out of winter hibernation this month, with some of the year’s most beloved festivals — plus a few one-offs we can’t wait to tell you about.

Bendigo on the Hop

Bendigo on the Hop

Hear My Eyes’ Short Films and Live Music (Wed. 3 August)
Enjoy an evening of short films at Brunswick bar Howler. Hear My Eyes’ third event puts together local filmmakers plus a country rock trio.

Pots and Plants (Sat. 6 August)
A plant sale… with beer? This could only be cooked up by our pals at Yelp. Hosted at Stomping Grounds in Melbourne, this is an entirely free event.

Meat Your Maker (Sun. 7 August)
‘A celebration of the farmers, hunters, gatherers, butchers and cooks who work with this produce with respect and integrity.’ Held at the Abbotsford Convent, and featuring masterclasses and demos, you can also enjoy wine and cheese.

Glow Festival (11-21 August)
The City of Stonnington — Prahran, Windsor, Malvern, Armadale, Toorak, and South Yarra — are set to light up with this year’s festival. Expect art, comedy, film, and projections. Read our guide to the fest!

Cine Latino (17-31 August)
Experience the sights, sounds, and stories of Latin America through amazing films. Win a double pass to see a film!

Pots and Plants Yelp

Bendigo on the Hop (20 August)
Leveraging the advantage of a small town, the fest consolidates good beer and good venues into a perfect pub crawl. Read about the launch and our top three tips to make it the best time you’ve ever had on the V/Line.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (26 August-2 September)
The event on every fashionista’s calendar, treat yourself to a runway show, do a spot of shopping, and support Australian designers.

Melbourne Writers Festival (26 August-4 September)
For everyone who reads, the talks, workshops and more feature some of the world’s best writers. Plus, a quarter of the events are free.

Flow After Dark silent yoga disco (Tuesday 30 August)
This is as crazy-fun as it sounds. Read our review of the first Melbourne silent disco yoga event from Flow Athletics, then enter to win yourself a $160 double pass.

teacher Kate Kendall

Flow Athletics teacher Kate Kendall

Whatever you do this month, make sure you’re getting our newsletter to hear about even more fun activities (and great competitions) every week!

-Team TPO

Disclosure: The Plus Ones are invited guests of Zilla & Brook, Kate & Co., Melbourne Writers Festival.
Photo credit: City of Stonnington, Bendigo on the Hop, Lee Te Hira.