Drag Bingo
After a bit of healthy competition? Every Thursday at the Newmarket Hotel, Jimi The Kween hosts Drag Bingo, an evening that brings together the best of bingo and live performance. Doors open at 6.30pm with bingo kicking off at 7.30pm, so gather a group of friends and book a table, or come alone and meet some new people there.

Axe throwing
Got some feelings you’re keen to get out? Or maybe you watched John Wick and wondered if you could do better? Whatever your reason, if you’ve ever wanted to hurl a bunch of axes at a wall, this is your chance. Lumber Punks is now open in South Melbourne and it’s the perfect place for a memorable date, some friendly competition, or an energetic kick-off to a night followed by dinner and drinks.

Bunkering down at The Astor
The Astor Theatre is known both for its beautiful architecture and its eclectic, often nostalgia-charged programming. This month it’s offering up a whole lot of double bills with a whole lot of different moods. There’s Madonna: Truth or Dare paired with Desperately Seeking Susan. Or if you want some classic monster-movie magic, there’s Jurassic Park followed by Jaws. If two movies in a row isn’t quite your thing, there’s also a weekend of The Silence of the Lambs screenings.

Comedy at The Espy
On the second Sunday of every month, kicking off at the very end-of-the-weekend-friendly time of 5pm, is Comedy at The Espy. Have a laugh, some pub grub and a drink (the first one’s included in the ticket price). With a different line-up of big-name comedians for each performance, it’s a relaxing way to wind down the weekend.

See the premiere of a new play
In Melbourne we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to live performances. While often it’s the tried-and-true works that get most of the press, we’re also very lucky to be a creative hub where local and international playwrights and performers premiere new shows. Over winter a bunch of new works will be staged for the first time, including Phantasmagoria at Theatre Works, The Thesis at Alex Theatre, and Prayer Machine at Red Stitch.

This story was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with City of Port Phillip.