Get your best coat out, it’s going to be a mammoth winter in Melbourne, especially this month. Rising Festival starts this week, with a walkable supercluster of art, music and events, so there’s no time to hibernate at home. Need more? Round out your experience with an Access-only tour of the festival’s mesmerising highlight exhibition above Flinders Street Station, or get ahead and book a cosy meal around the CBD.

The NGV is also launching its winter masterpiece exhibition, Pierre Bonnard, as well as the largest display of Rembrandt’s work in Australia since 1997. To top it all off, celebrated chef Annie Smithers is a guest in residence at the NGV Garden Restaurant. More information on our exclusive access event to come.

• Shadow Spirit – Rising’s most in-demand exhibition – is taking over the upper level of Flinders Street Station. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and hear from Yorta Yorta woman and exhibition curator Kimberley Moulton, before exploring at your own pace at our exclusive event.

• Skip the waitlist and book a table at the likes of Grill Americano, Maha, Gimlet and more great CBD spots after exploring the best of Rising.

Win: our Yarra Valley competition ends this week, giving you the chance to win tickets to winter wine festival The Shortest Lunch, a hotel stay and delicious eats.

• Love an infrared sauna? Good news: you can now save 20 per cent on sauna (and ice bath) sessions at the popular Nimbus Co on select days.

Broadsheet Access is a membership program with exclusive events, offers and restaurant reservations. Join today for less than the price of a Martini each month.