There’s a pop-up riverside ice skating rink coming this winter

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There’s a pop-up riverside ice skating rink coming this winter

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It's a classic cold weather experience with an artsy Rising Festival twist.

Get ready to twirl, glide and triple salchow to your heart’s content. Following the success of last year’s Rinky Dink, Rising Festival is hosting a pop-up ice skating rink from June 1 to July 8 at Birrarung Marr.

But this isn’t just like any other ice rink – it’s been decked out with a constellation of lights and quirky sculptural delights. They’ll hang above you as you lace up (and try your best not to fall).

The Rink at Rising

  • From June 1 to July 8, Rising Festival is hosting a skating rink at Birrarung Marr
  • The precinct will feature food and drink stalls and bars, as well as skate rentals
  • Tickets are on sale now

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around Melbourne here.

The rink will be located in a riverside precinct which will feature everything you need to keep cozy, including freshly-popped popcorn, mulled wine and hot chocolate.


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On from Tuesday to Thursday from 11am to 10pm and until 11pm on weekends, the rink offers plenty of opportunities to drop by for a skate. Boot hire is included with your ticket price ($22 to $34) as well as super cute kangaroo skating aids for those who are a little unsteady on their feet.

Presented by the City of Melbourne, Rising Festival is Melbourne’s hottest winter arts and culture event. It runs from June 7 to 18 and features a ton of free and ticketed art exhibitions, concerts, dance performances, film screenings, theatre, and immersive experiences.

Another of Rising’s large-scale public events is Night Trade, a free festival centre located at St Paul’s Cathedral. Stop by for DJs and karaoke as well as flame-grilled barbeque, a massive negroni tank, wonderous art installations and many of Rising’s signature curiosities.

To find out more about The Rink at Rising or book a time slot, head here

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