What's On: June '17

While many would think that winter is a time for rest and early nights, in fact the opposite is true. Instead, the city and country comes alive with events and things to do. Keep reading to find out what's on this month.

Queen Victoria's Winter Night Market starts back up this month. Every Wednesday enjoy delicious food, music and mid-week drinks, what's not to love about that! Wednesdays throughout winter 5pm - 10pm. Queen Victoria Market, Cnr Queen & Therry Streets, Melbourne

Kino Cinemas is celebrating its 30th birthdayFrom Friday June 23 to Sunday June 25, all movie tickets will be $6, popcorn will be $1 and choc tops $3. Winning! Book your tickets now. Kino Cinemas, 45 Collins St, Melbourne

National Gallery of Victoria and Art Exhibitions Australia presents Van Gogh and the Seasons for the 2017 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. This one's a must-see. To attempt to miss the crowds, go as soon as the gallery opens. Showing until 9th July 2017.

NGV Van Gogh Lei Lady Lei
NGV Van Gogh Lei Lady Lei
NGV Van Gogh Lei Lady Lei

While it's cold outside, snuggle up and binge-watch Twin Peaks (on Stan) and The Handmaid’s Tale (on SBS). I've been loving Flesh and Bone (on Stan) a 2015 American drama miniseries based around a New York City ballet company. It's gripping and addictive and deserves a watch especially if you're interested in dance.

Choreographer Graeme Murphy’s Nutcracker – The Story of Clara is a divine masterpiece based on the classical ballet, The Nutcracker. Performed by The Australian Ballet at the Arts Centre until June 10th.

Escape the city for Dark Mofo, Hobart's winter festival. Together The Tasmanian Government and the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) bring the city to life exploring ancient winter solstice rituals, mythology and the link between darkness and light, and birth and death. This year, I'm excited to go for the first time to Dark Mofo. I will let you know my experience and of course bring you an up-to-date guide to Hobart. June 8-21 across Hobart.

Staying in Victoria for the long weekend? Get away to BendigoDaylesford or Red Hill. While everyone else may have the same idea too, it's always refreshing to have a change of scenery.

Restaurants To Try:

Sth Central is a cosy gem perfect for the winter months. The beauty of this place is that you can easily go for a relaxed brunch, a date night or just a glass of wine with friends. Click through the photos below to see what I ate. 4 Yarra Street, South Yarra 

Neptune is a new comer in town. With an impressive wine list, food offering and separate cocktail bar, this restaurant will no doubt become a of favourite of many southsiders and Melburians alike. 212 High Street, Prahan

Neptune Melbourne Lei Lady Lei

Lei xx