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11 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By Gen Nenna - 02 Mar 2017

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University students citywide have fallen into a state of mourning this week as summer officially ends and semester one begins—our deepest condolences. But as autumn falls over our fair city, the new season brings with it fresh and wonderful delights for Melbournians to experience all weekend long. 

As you wait patiently for your statistics lecturer to figure out how to make their powerpoint presentation full screen, start planning your escape with these 11 awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne.   

All Weekend

Jurassic Park In Concert 

Hold onto your butts and head to Hamer Hall this weekend to see the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra perform John Williams’ iconic score as Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Jurassic Park is projected on the big screen. Released in 1993 (feel old yet?), this piece of cinematic genius transports viewers to a secluded island where scientists have successfully revived dinosaurs to literally bring their theme park to life—let the fun times and dismemberment begin! 

Where: Hamer Hall, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne 
When: 7:30pm, Friday 3 March, 1pm and 7:30pm Saturday 4 March  
Book tickets here.
  

Gourmet Cinema 

If you’re looking to enjoy a movie under the stars as you graze on culinary delights from some of Melbourne’s best food trucks, then Caulfield Racecourse is the place to be. Boasting menus inspired by movies, this gourmet cinema is presenting all of the classics from Finding Dory to Pulp Fiction. Too engrossed in Caddyshack to line up for all the delicious food? No problem! Moviegoers can have treats delivered straight to their picnic rug, thanks to Deliveroo. 

Where: Caulfield Racecourse, 22 Station St, Caulfield East
When: Thursday 2 March to Sunday 12 March 
For more information, click here

Feast At Frankston 

Spend an evening by the delightful Frankston waterfront this weekend and enjoy a hawker-style market inspired by the flavours and sounds of Asia. Boasting over 30 food and beverage stalls, including street food, pop-up restaurants and locally produced craft beer, cider and wine, this truly promises to be a foodie’s delight. 

Where: Frankston Waterfront, 7n Pier Promenade Frankston
When: From 4pm, Friday 3 March to Saturday 4 March, from 12pm Sunday 5 March 
For more information, click here.  

Thursday 2 March

Summer Beer Garden Opening Night 

This Thursday, the RACV Club is pronouncing its beer garden officially open! The perfect venue for after work drinks (or a couple of cheeky lunchtime bevs), this city oasis is open from 12pm, Tuesday to Friday. Still totally devo you missed out on tickets to Justin Bieber? Well it’s time to wipe away those tears because each opening night attendee has the chance to win a double pass to see your boy JB live in concert on 10 March. 

Where: RACV Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne 
When: From 12pm, Tuesday to Friday during the month of March 
For more information, click here

Autumn Speed Dating

If you weren't able to find your soul mate while rocking your rig throughout summer, never fear, because Autumn provides plenty of opportunity for finding love as well. Karova Milk Bar are opening their doors (and arms) to help you find love with a bit of speed dating where you might find your soul mate, or even just a new pal.

Where: Karova Milk Bar, 12 Bourke Street, Melbourne
When: 7:30 - 9pm, March 2
For more information, click here.

Friday 3 March

Indulge With YSAS 

Hosted by leading youth health, not-for-profit agency YSAS, Indulge allows you to immerse yourself in the pleasures of music and dance, all while helping those in need. Choose from two rooms of awesome DJs—including Sunshine, Jacob Malmo, Lebruh and Güber—and dance the night away. Entry is only $10 with 100 percent of proceeds going toward the Youth Support + Advocacy Service.

Where: 791 Sydney Road, Brunswick 
When: From 10pm, Friday 3 March
For more information, click here
To learn more about Youth Support + Advocacy Service, click here.
 

Saturday 4 March

Macedon Ranges Music Festival 

This Saturday, catch some amazing Australian performers and get around a music festival that’s dedicated to making a difference at the fifth annual Macedon Ranges Music Festival—100 percent of ticket sales will be donated to the Cambodian Kids Foundation who support and educate underprivileged kids in Cambodia. This family-friendly event boasts music from the talented Lloyd Spiegel, David Spry, Stonefield and so much more, plus a great selection of food and market stalls.   

Where: Gisborne Steam Park, Webb Crescent, New Gisborne
When: 12pm to 10pm, Saturday 4 March 
For more information, click here.  
To learn more about the Cambodian Kids Foundation, click here

Quaff A Lovely Vintage At Noisy Ritual 

They say that everything happens for a riesling, so wine not head over to Noisy Ritual this Saturday as they throw their doors wide open and kick off a five-week celebration of hands-on winemaking, delicious food and glorious music? Contribute to the winemaking process during an inclusive and fun winery tour, or just sip on a Noisy Ritual vintage as you graze on their new bar menu and listen to some live music. You had me at merlot. 

Where: Noisy Ritual, 249 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
When: Saturday 4 March to Saturday 8 April 
For more information, click here.  

Sunday 5 March 

Sydney Rd Street Party 

Kicking off the Brunswick Music Festival is the famous Sydney Road Street Party, boasting over 200 artists performing over six stages. As you wander the strip enjoy an incredible mix of music from gospel to latin, soul, blues, hip-hop, reggae, rock and so much more. This free, all ages event also features a range of delicious food, a fairground with games and lucky dip prizes, and an all ‘round awesome atmosphere.

Where: The Penny Black, 420 Sydney Road, Brunswick 
When: Opens at 10am, music from 12pm, Sunday 5 March
For more information, click here.
 

For The Diary 

Moomba Festival 

Boasting four days packed to the brim with free events and fun activities, Moomba Festival is sure to fill your Labor Day weekend with fun and frivolity. Unleash your inner child and go absolutely wild for carnival rides, water sports, nightly fireworks displays and a roller disco. 

Where: Various locations around Melbourne 
When: 10 to 13 March 
For more information, click here

Melbourne Food And Wine Festival

This statewide celebration of Victoria’s food and wine industry, the Melbourne Food And Wine Festival attracts thousands of people to over 200 events held in Melbourne’s most famous restaurants, laneways, basements and rooftops. This year promises some incredible workshops, food and wine experiences, chef collaborations and so much more, so we recommend organising your itinerary early!  

Where: Various locations around Melbourne 
When: 31 March to 9 April 
For more information, click here

Image credit: Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

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