There are plenty of things to do this Australia Day long weekend, so along with listening to the Triple J Hottest 100 and playing backyard cricket with the family, why not make the most of what the city has to offer?

Australian Open Live Stage

Despite last week’s heatwave, players have managed to make it through the Australian Open and Australia Day marks the final day of this grand-slam event. Off the courts, Clare Bowditch and The Rubens will be performing on the night of the women’s and men’s finals respectively. The performances will take place from 6pm each day and are free to all Australian Open spectators.

Clare Bowditch, January 25, 6pm
The Rubens, January 26, 6pm

More information here.

Fancy Hanks Whole Hog BBQ for Australia Day

The Fancy Hanks crew will be doing a proper whole hog barbeque on Australia Day. Expect a 60-kilogram western plans saddleback pig, slow cooked over hot coals. The beast will have been roasting overnight for 12 hours, so visit The Mercat from noon to get a plate of melt-in-your-mouth pork and smoky crackling. DJs Andee Frost and Woody McDonald will be on the decks taking care of tunes all day.

The Mercat
January 26, noon
More information here.

Rooftop Cinema: Muriel’s Wedding

What better way to start celebrating Australia Day than to watch one of Australian cinema’s funniest films? Rooftop Cinema will be screening Muriel’s Wedding on Saturday 25 January. Featuring enduring Australian talents such as Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths, this film is unabashedly daggy – but maybe that’s why it is so perfectly Australian.

Rooftop Cinema
January 25, 9.30pm
More information here.

Otway Treetop Walk

Heading out of town for a day trip? Why not plan your route around a visit to the Otway Treetop Walk. Two-and-half hours out of Melbourne, the Otway Treetop Walk will have you up in the lush rainforest along the canopy walkway suspended 30 metres above the forest floor. More adventurous visitors can have a go on the Otway Fly, which takes you from one end of the jungle to the other on a zip line.

Otway Treetop Walk
Open everyday from 9am–5pm
More information here.

Melbourne Now Children’s Festival

There’s plenty happening at the NGV International this long weekend during the last weekend of the Melbourne Now Children’s Festival. There will be talks by artists that will fascinate the grown-ups as much as the kids, paper-plane launches for the little ones and workshops that adults will want to get stuck into as well. Visit the Melbourne Now website for a full timetable of events.

NGV International
25–26 January, 10am–5pm
More information here.

AusFest Cider and Beer Festival

Brunswick Street Cider House is celebrating Australia Day with its 22 taps of craft ciders and beers ready to go. For $28, guests of the Cider and Beer Festival will receive a complimentary stein and any beer or cider of their choice, as well as a meal combo of slow-cooked pork roll or gourmet hotdogs and a Calvados custard apple crumble for dessert. Listen to the in-house DJ downstairs or follow the Triple J countdown upstairs.

Brunswick Street Cider House
January 26, 12pm–1am
More information here.

Australia Day Barbie at Pope Joan

Australia Day is in full swing at Brunswick East’s self-styled “neighbourhood eatery” Pope Joan, to be held at their recently revamped Pope Joan garden. Mystery surrounding Pope Joan’s name-sake, a legend involving a medieval female pope, is sure to be discussed and argued while head chef Matt mans the barbecue. $35 gets you in for the BBQ, drinks and “sweet tunes,” with vegetarian options also featuring. Kids eat for $10.

Pope Joan
January 26, from 5.30 pm
Bookings: 9388 8858

More information here.