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The 7 Best Things To Do In Melbourne This August

After-dark silent disco yoga, a vegetarian food truck fiesta and a club night dedicated to 'The O.C.'

Savvy wordsmiths, silent yoga raves and delightful improv comedy: these are just a few of the things you’ll find in Melbourne this August.  Here’s a bunch of top-notch activities to pass the time in the final month of winter.

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MWF is back

Winter festival season is upon us, and with MIFF already in full swing, there’s never been a better time to head out and devour some ~art~. The Melbourne Writers Festival is known for showcasing a diverse range of guests from all creative crafts; from fiction writers to academics, to fresh local talent, as well as a bunch of the creative minds behind your favourite TV shows and movies. This year’s program is no exception – headliners include musician PJ Harvey, as well as prize-winning author of Life of Pi Yann Martel, We Need to Talk About Kevin’s Lionel Shriver and Justin Cronin, author of popular vampire trilogy, The Passage. Get tickets and check out the rest of the program here.

Photo: MWF/Facebook

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Vego/vegan dreams do come true

Preston’s Food Truck Park are at it again, this time with an entire weekend devoted to meat-free street food. A selection of vegan and vegetarian food trucks will be out and about for three decadent days from Friday August 12. This free, licensed and all-ages event will be announcing their ethically-minded foodie lineup in the coming weeks so keep a close eye on their Facebook page.

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The O.C. lives on

Mmm whatcha say? An O.C. themed night at The Bait Shop Supersmall in South Yarra? We’re in. Pay tribute to the TV series that soundtracked our teen years with a night on the town, Marissa/Summer/Seth/Ryan style. There’ll be life-sized character cutouts, an O.C. themed photo booth and multiple sing-alongs to Phantom Planet’s ‘California’ are guaranteed. Indulge in themed cocktails at the bar, like the Chocolate Chino Espresso Martinis, Marissa Mojitos and Summer Breeze Sangrias. It all takes place on Saturday August 20 – event details here. Oh and just FYI, the same guys are throwing a Vintage Britney party on the 13th – amazing.

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#High #Fashun

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is back for another round of rebel rousing fashion that’s bound to get you out of that winter slump you’ve been in. It’s time to soak up all the sartorial culture you can get when MSFW descends on the city on August 26 – head along to the Opening Gala to see some of Australia’s fashion titans, or convince your friends to head along to the Makers and Shakers Emerging Designer Market for some fresh threads. More info on events here.

Photo: MSFW/Facebook

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Comedy, from the best of ’em

Great news comedy nerds! Improv comedy podcast and TV show Comedy Bang Bang is coming to Australia for the very first time this August. Hosted by writer and comedian Scott Aukerman, Comedy Bang Bang started in 2009 as a weekly podcast blending conversation and character work from some of the best comedians and improvisors around. Details are still pretty thin on what exactly we should expect from the live show, but considering the program has seen the likes of Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Seth Rogen and Zach Galifanakis on board, really anything is possible. Comedy Bang Bang hits the Athenaeum Theatre on Sunday August 28 – tickets here.

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Silent disco yoga – it’s a thing

Flow Athletic are throwing the ultimate late night fitness class – an after dark silent disco complete with pumping dance tunes to start your weekend off right. Punters will take part in a 90 minute class of Vinyasa Yoga led by Flow Athletic co-founder Kate Kendall, all the while listening to the fluid beats of Sydney DJ James Mack on their headphones. The one-off class will take place on Tuesday August 30 – check out more details and book tickets here.

Photo: Flow Athletic/Facebook

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Go Euro for the night

Madame Brussels Lane, the street named after the eccentric rooftop bar beside it, will be bringing back their annual European Night Market throughout August. The cosy laneway will transform into an all-out European marketplace with stalls selling exotic delicacies like Dutch pancakes, German sausages, Polish dumplings, and some delightful French crêpes and crème brûlée. As well as the food (really, the food should be enough motivation) there’ll also be a bunch of Euro-inspired performances populating buzzing laneway after dark. Check it out for yourself on Friday nights from July 22 ’til August 12, from 5pm until 10pm.

Photo: Madame Brussles/Facebook

(Lead image: The Food Truck Park/Facebook)