August has begun, and as the sun begins to shine a little brighter in the colder parts of the country, we have found some nice activities to make the most of the latter parts of winter, and the approaching spring. Melbourne has music, markets and art exhibitions to keep you busy. Canberra has a bright and beautiful festival showcasing one million flowers in bloom. Alongside that is Nightfest, which takes over Commonwealth Park with comedy, music, food, market stalls and live entertainment. The galleries are hosting some superb exhibitions and Fireside Festival gives warmth to the wintery chill. Further up in Sydney you will find some great indie acts hitting the stage during the week. Whether it be punk or pop; experimental or dance, you will be sure to stumble upon some quality music to enjoy for free. Brisbane will be ready to laugh off the working week with Knockoff Comedy Fridays. Authors will be about, chatting ideas and literature, and a vibrant farmers market will stretch out across the great outdoors at the Powerhouse on Sunday. Adelaide will host a variety of musical performances, and Perth DJs, bands and more!

Melbourne

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Tuesday August 5
Freedom
Cherry Bar
AC/DC Lane, City
Freedomresidency@CherryBar

Wednesday Ausgust 6
Simply Acoustic
Wesley Anne, Northcote
SimplyAcoustic

Wednesday August 6
Melbourne’s Luna 1878 Winter Night Market
Victoria Markets 5-10pm
Winter Night Market

Thursday August 7
Exhibition: From The Street (Peter O’Doherty, formally from the band Mental as anything, now focuses on visual art and this will be his first exhibition in nearly a decade)
Gould Galleries
South Yarra
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Thursday August 7
Jello Downstairs featuring Silentjay (The Operatives) and Versaj (Kirkis)
Boney

Friday August 8
Mathas
Laundry Bar, Fitzroy

Friday August 8
Orange+Sooky La La+Orlando Furious+Astral Flight+Mortar 8
Grace Darling Hotel, Collingwood

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Saturday August 9
Joelistics
Princebandroom

Sunday August 10
St Kilda Esplanade Market

Sunday August 10
Unplugged Live: Portrait of an Artist
Georgia Fair

NGV

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Canberra

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Monday August 4
Last Post Ceremony commemorating the centenary of the First World War
The Australian War Memorial 4.55 today

Floriade Festival 2014
Showcasing one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra’s Commonwealth Park.

Nightfest: Over five amazing nights, Commonwealth Park comes to life after dark with Floriade NightFest – an exclusive program of events featuring great live music acts, renowned comedians, cutting edge DJs, night markets and roving entertainment.

All week long
Exhibition: Abstraction–Création: J.W. Power in Europe 1921–1938
National Library of Australia

Exhibition: A Bird in the Hand! Bob Graham: A Retrospective
Canberra Museum and Gallery
Weekdays 10am-5pm
Weekends 12-4pm

Exhibition: Anzac Voices (featuring treasures from the Australian War Memorial Archives)
Daily 10am-5pm

Fireside Festival
Canberra hosts a whole array of events to celebrate winter
Some activities are free- have a peek at the website for more details

Sunday August 10
Cilt
A Bite To Eat
Livemusic

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Sydney

Wednesday August 6
DRUNK MUMS with The Hollow Bones + Beni
Beach Road Hotel, Bondi

Wednesday August 6
Moses Gun Collective
Frankie’s Pizza

Thursday August 7
Joyride+Left
Special DJ sets from ADIT and James Laurence (Made in Japan)
Oxford Arts Gallery Bar

Saturday August 9
GANG OF BROTHERS with Poly + Ashley Ellen
Beach Road Hotel Gigs, Bondi

Saturday August 9
Owen Rabbit
Oxford Arts Gallery Bar


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Brisbane

Friday August 8
Comedy Friday
Turbine Platform @ Brisbane Powerhouse

Saturday August 9
Pig City From the Saints to Savage Garden: 10th Anniversary
Author Andrew Stafford in-conversation with Matthew Condon as they celebrate the release of a special 10th anniversary edition of this cult classic book.
Turbine Platform- Brisbane Powerhouse

Saturday August 9
Jan Power’s Farmers Market
Powerhouse Plaza
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Adelaide

Thursday August 7
Jake ward, Secondhand Squad, Shambolics, The Eucalypts + Mountain Stranger
The Metro

Friday August 8
Wireheads, Thom Boardism Group + Neighbourhood threat+ Amcat Dj’s
The Metro

Saturday August 9
Hat Tr!ck, Avenue + Jamie & Dylan
The Metro

Sunday August 10
DJ Wolfpanther
From 4pm
The Metro

Wireheads

Perth

Wednesday August 6
Shake With Lady Carla
DJ LADY CARLA & SEVENTH SON
The Bird

Thursday August 7
Institution Thursdays
Featuring our resident DJs Pup & Tahni plus B-Fix in God’s bar.
The Claremont Hotel

Thursday August 7
Villain + The Midnight Mules + DJ James MacArthur
From 9.30pm
The Mustang Bar 

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