Art & Design

12 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Gen Nenna - 04 May 2017


We Melbournians pride ourselves on being the cultural centre of the world Australia, so it's only fitting we spend our weekends attending exhibition openings or dining on four-course meals with matching whisky. 

We may have run out of long weekends for a while, but that doesn't mean you can't still fill your weekend with ~all~ the fun. You've just gotta be smart about how you plan it. To help you make the most out of your time out of the office, we've got 12 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend. 

All Weekend

Melbourne Dog Lovers Show

We must have died and gone to doggo heaven because the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show is back and it’s set to be better than ever. Celebrating all puppers, big and small, this canine extravaganza will be jam-packed with over 500 beautiful dogs, celebrity vets, amazing dog shows and heaps more. Make sure you bring your lint rollers—this one’s gonna get fluffy.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton
When: 9:30am to 5pm, Friday 5 to Sunday 7 May
For more information, click here.

Brigid McLaughlin Pop-Up Store

Sydney designer, Brigid McLaughlin is gracing Melbourne with a two-day pop-up this weekend, and we’ve completely cleaned out our wardrobes in preparation. The combination of high-quality, natural fabrics and impeccable craftsmanship ensures each piece looks and feels luxurious. With a passion for slow fashion, McLaughlin makes sure the production of her pieces are ethical and sustainable.  

Where: 155 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
When: 1pm to 7pm, Saturday 6; to 10am to 6pm, Sunday 7 May
For more information, click here.   

Under The Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker

Inspired by Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, 15 artists have reimagined this famous piece, to be displayed at the Monash Gallery of Art. Running until August, this large-scale exhibition places Dupain’s work in the context of today’s world and explores what it means to be Australian. The incredibly talented artists include Peta Clancy, Christopher Day, Destiny Deacon, Michaela Gleave, Nasim Nasr, Sara Oscar, Julie Rrap, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Christian Thompson, Angela Tiatia, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Daniel Von Sturmer, Justene Williams and William Yang. (Phew)

Where: Monash Gallery of Art, 860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill
When: Saturday 6 May to Sunday 6 August
For more information, click here

Damselfly Pop-Up Shop

Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching (you’re welcome for the reminder) and Damselfly has got your present shopping sorted. This Friday and Saturday, head to Bridge Road to get your hands on some hilarious and inspiring quote candles, jewellery and more at up to 80% off—with discounts that sweet, you may as well pick up a little something for yourself.

Where: 1/458 Bridge Road, Richmond
When: 11am to 7pm, Friday 5; 10am to 2pm, Saturday 6 May
For more information, click here

Thursday 4 May

Fenton & Fenton Autumn Group Show

Get a bit fancy this Thursday night and head to Prahran for the Fenton & Fenton Autumn Group Show. Just because you have work on Friday doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a signature Four Pillars gin cocktail as you peruse colourful pieces from Carly Williams, Kristen Daniels, Maryanne Moodie, Megan Grant and Michael Bond. Pam Wachira and DJ Eddy Mac will be setting the vibes with a live performance and (just when you thought it couldn’t get any more exciting) giveaways and lucky door prizes will be handed out throughout the night. Entry is free but RSVPs are essential.

Where: Fenton & Fenton, 471 High St, Prahran
When: 6pm to 8:30pm, Thursday 4 May
For more information, click here

Friday 5 May

Passage at The Fox Darkroom

Photographer Tom Goldner is moving into The Fox Darkroom with his exhibition, Passage, and it’s set to be spectacular. Shot over two expeditions, Tom’s collection beautifully captures the changing landscape of Mont Blanc—the highest mountain in the Alps. If the photos weren’t impressive enough, each piece was developed and printed by hand. The exhibition runs from 5 to 21 May.

Where: The Fox Darkroom, 8 Elizabeth St, (via laneway) Kensington
When: 6pm to 9pm, Friday 5 May
For more information, click here

Cocktails And Nails

The only thing better than a fresh manicure is a free manicure, and when it’s accompanied with cheap, $11 cocktails, how could we possibly say no? To celebrate their new cocktail hour, Dutchess in the CBD have joined forces with I Scream Nails to get you feeling and looking ready for the weekend. Manicures are first-in, best-dressed, so don’t dawdle.

Where: Dutchess, Level 2, 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: 4pm to 7pm, Friday 5 May
For more information, click here

Saturday 6 May

South Melbourne Market’s 150th Birthday Big BBQ Street Party

South Melbourne Market is turning 150 and what better way to celebrate than with a huge street party, complete with mouthwatering street food, live music, roaming performers and a BBQ cook-off? There’s even a chance to win a trip for two to Europe! The only thing bigger than the giant Jenga, giant chess board, and giant Connect Four will be that huge smile on your face.

Where: South Melbourne Market, Cecil Street
When: 10am to 10pm, Saturday 6 May
For more information, click here

Water Of Life Matched Whiskey Dinner

In the Middle Ages, Irish monks used to refer to whiskey as the “water of life”, and who are we to argue? In celebration of all things Irish and drinkable, The Last Jar is holding a four-course dinner, with whiskey to match. Tasting notes for will also be included (to help you look more sophisticated and knowledgeable) as you quaff the night away.

Where: The Last Jar, 616 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
When: 7pm, Saturday 6 May
For more information, click here. 

Sunday 7 May

Markit At Fed Square

Head to Federation Square this Sunday and discover some serious gems from over 80 Australian jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators and artists. If you need a little R&R after a day of browsing trinkets and spotting bargains, the BakeSale pop-up will be serving goodies from Black Star Pastry, All Day Donuts, Ace Cookies, 5&Dime Bagel, Hunted+Gathered and Sensory Lab Coffee. This thing is only on twice a year, so don’t miss it!

Where: The Atrium, Federation Square, corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: 10am to 5pm, Sunday 7 May
For more information, click here

World Class Cocktail Week

Led by Melbourne’s best bartenders, World Class Cocktail Week promises parties, pairings, tastings and masterclasses. Enjoy seven cocktails in seven days at the Ugly Ducking in Richmond, Tequila tastings at The Emerson, or head to Hochi Mama where you choose your cocktail and the chef chooses your meal. The next day at work might be rough, but this seven-day event is totally worth it.

Where: Various locations around Melbourne
When: Sunday 7 to Saturday 13 May
For more information, click here

For The Diary

Celebrate Mother’s Day At The Langham

If you’re looking for a way to completely smash Mother’s Day out of the water, while putting your siblings to absolute shame, you simply must book a table at The Langham's Mother’s Day Dinner. Hosted by Melba Restaurant, highlights include (but are certainly not limited to) a gorgeous selection of seafood, rotisserie spit-roasted pork belly, and sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. For extra brownie points, spoil mum even more with a Chuan Spa gift package—including a half-hour relaxation massage, a Babor facial, a dessert platter and a glass of premium sparkling wine, access to the spa’s pool, Jacuzzi and steam room, as well as valet parking. She’ll even receive some Babor hand cream and hydrating facial mist to take home. 

Where: The Langham, 1 Southgate Avenue, Southbank  
When: 5pm to 7.30pm; 8:30pm to 11pm, Sunday 14 May
For more information, click here.   

Hungry for more? There's also a massive vegan market hitting the Royal Exhibition Building. Spread the word.

Image credit: The Langham Hotel

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