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12 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Nathan Santamaria - 22 Sep 2016


This weekend is one of the best we’ve seen in a while! For one it’s Bill Murray’s birthday and how ever you want to celebrate the funny man’s big day—Melbs has got you covered. There’s a food, wine and jazz weekend at the Tulip Festival, a 20-year anniversary show for Romeo & Juliet on at the Fringe Festival and Sea Shepard are putting on their annual fundraiser.

Here are 12 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend:

All Weekend

Try Complimentary Samples Of Bulldog G&T At The Grovedale

You heard it here first! Head to The Grovedale this Friday or Saturday night and you’ll be able to try a complimentary sample of the very tasty Bulldog Gin G&Ts. Made with an exotic blend of 12 botanicals (including Moroccan coriander, French lavender, Spanish lemon and Chinese licorice), if you don’t make it down this weekend, don’t stress, The Grovedale will be serving these tasty Bulldog G&Ts at just $8 a pop for the rest of September.

Where: 236—258 Torquay Road, Grovedale
When: Friday 23— Saturday 24 September

For more information click here.

Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend

Easily one of the Tulip Festival’s best weekends. Tap your toes along to live music while you sip on a glass of wine and soak up the view of acres of flowers. Sounds just lovely right? Spend a day enjoying delicious Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges food and beverages. Tickets are $26 and include a complimentary beer and wine tasting.

Royal Melbourne Show

The Royal Melbourne Show is back! If you haven’t already been down then put some time away this weekend because the show is wrapping up for the year. This will be the last weekend (you still have until the 27th though) so get down for a day live entertainment, music, rides and of course—showbags! Grab your tickets here.

Friday 23rd

Romeo & Juliet (Vol. 1) | 20 Year Anniversary

Remember Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo and Juliet? Remember how kickass the soundtrack was? Well that was 20 years ago and to celebrate Tom Dickins, along with some other killer Fringe performers, are putting on a two-night 90’s pop rock party. Tickets are $30 but be warned, this may trigger uncontrollable 90's nostalgia.

Cheese 101

Who doesn’t love cheese? And what’s better than a night full of cheese tastings! If you’ve always wanted to learn more but never knew how or where then you should definitely check this out. This workshop will take you through the ten benchmarks styles of cheeses and make you feel like a pro at your next dinner party. Check it out here.

Saturday 24th

Ocean Defense Tour 2016

Save the whales! You don’t have to go out and brave the open ocean to support Sea Shepard’s cause, their annual fundraiser goes a long way too. Head down to Williamstown for a huge day of food vendors, market stalls, raffles, rides, tours of the MV Steve Irwin, live entertainment from Ella Hooper and comedy trio Tripod plus much more. You can grab tickets for $12 or at the door for $15 (kids under 12 are free), any event info you need is right here.

Regional Tastes

There’s something about a local food and wine festival that’s just so relaxing. If you’re in the west (or feel like a bit of a drive) then head over to Eynesbury for their Regional Tastes festival. Tickets are only $15 and you’ll be in for a day of cooking demos, live music, wine tastings, food stalls, a kid’s zone and heaps of local wine, beers and food.

FoodSocial Global Feast

K for Korea! FoodSocial are continuing their Global Feast series and are collaborating with Guhng to bring you a traditional four-dish Korean dinner. Enjoy three BBQ dishes, a special Korean dessert and some traditional plum tea. You’ll get a chance to learn all about Korean culture and even play a drinking game with complimentary soju! Grab tickets here.

Bill Murray’s 66th Birthday Party

The man, the myth, the legend. This Saturday is funny man Bill Murray’s 66th birthday and the guys over at Supersmall are throwing him a surprise party that the man himself may or may not crash! (More likely not though). This Bill themed party is free entry and will feature life-size cutouts and face masks of the man, Ghostbuster cocktails, Groundhog Day espresso martinis and a free photo booth. Who you gonna call?

Thinkers and Makers Market

Need some nature inspiration for your home? Or looking to get crafty and make some unique gifts for someone special? Well, this weekend From The Earth have got you covered. The market will feature stalls from Brunswick Tool Library, Cactus Country, Petite Garden and heaps more. There will also be great coffee on offer supplied by KINES and free kokedama workshops throughout the day (if you’ve ever wondered how to actually make them).

Sunday 25th

BYO Vinyl Night

Bring out your inner DJ this Sunday at Littlefoot Bar. Come on, we’ve all wondered what its like to get on the decks in the DJ booth (am I saying it right?) and now Melbourne Record Club is going to make those dreams come true. Bring down your favorite LP’s and 45’s and meet fellow record enthusiasts, chat, swap and show off your rare collectables. You can even book a slot to spin your own records, don’t worry, no experience required, the guys at Melbourne Record Club will have you spinning like a pro in no time.

Wine Maker Series

Altair Restaurant’s winemaker series wraps up this Sunday with its final dinner. The night will feature a four-course dinner with matching wines for $120 per person. This dinner will also feature Caroline Mooney of Bird On a Wire wines. Bookings are recommended, as places are limited. Check out all the details here.

One For The Diary

Awakening: Montalto Celebrates Spring

Pencil in October 9th for Montalto Vineyard’s first ever Awakening. This spring celebration is a day of guest speakers, live music, cooking demonstrations and horticultural education! There will be seasonal food from the pizza kitchen, classes where chefs show you how to cook meals straight from the garden and private wine tasting. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children. Check out all the info here.

Photo Credit: Sliders On Tyres

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