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12 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Ben Tyers - 19 Jan 2017

These full work weeks are tough, but luckily we've got a short week coming up. So to help you get through until then, we've put together everything you should consider going to this weekend. From free sliders to an ice cream festival, we—as usual—have you covered. Here are 12 awesome things to do this weekend.

All Weekend

Check Out Live By Night At Your Local Cinema

Because we don’t want you to be unprepared for next weekend (we’re thoughtful like that), this is your official reminder to book tickets for ‘Live by Night’, opening in cinemas on Australia Day. It’s a gritty gangster tale, with a healthy dose of romance thrown in for the ladies, because balance. ‘Live by Night’ is set in the roaring 20’s, when prohibition hasn’t stopped the flow of booze in an underground network of gangster-run speakeasies. The visuals are top notch, so you’ll probably feel like you’re right there with Ben Affleck (the director, screenwriter and star, FYI) as he breaks all of the rules.

Piknic Électronik

What do you get when you combine sun, electronic music talent and some of Melbourne’s best food trucks? The best Sunday session in Melbourne! Piknic Électronik is running their third epic season in Melbourne, bringing local tunes, international musicians and finger-licking food to Southside at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl every Sunday afternoon. This Sunday’s line-up includes JuJu & Jordash, Harvey Sutherland, Tornado Wallace, Pjenné and Mike Gurrieri. BYO picnic blanket and picnic basket filled with nibbles, or peruse some of the best food trucks in Melbourne. For more information, check out the website or the Piknic Élektronic Facebook page.

Free Sliders At The #LoveHellmanns Burger Food Truck

We’re always listening when someone says FREE and SLIDERS in the same sentence. Luckily this event has come along that’s right up our alley. Hellmann’s have teamed up with Hayden Quinn to create some magnificent burger creations that they’ll be slinging from their food truck on the following dates.

Saturday, January 21 – Pier Lawn, St Kilda (Pier Road)
Sunday, January 22 – Westfield Fountain Gate (outside Bank of Melbourne)
Monday, January 23 – Westfield Knox (outside Village Cinemas)
Tuesday, January 24 – Riverside Plaza, 452 Flinders Street, Melbourne
Wednesday, January 25 – St Pauls Square, Federation Square

The Art Of Banksy Is Finishing Up

You’re in luck, The Art Of Banksy exhibition has now been extended to run until January 31. Residing in The Paddock and Federation Square, the exhibition is open daily from 10am. Don’t miss your chance to explore the mind of Banksy and his satirical street are. All the info here.

The Food Truck Park’s Ice Cream Festival

Yes, we certainly do all scream for ice cream, and The Food Truck Park has definitely heard us. It’s time to treat yo self with Melbourne’s finest ice cream peddlers turning up for one massive weekend. It’s on from Friday – Sunday, check out their Facebook event page for all the times.

Lunar New Year Festival Kicks Off

Launching on Friday 20 January Crown’s Atrium will be transformed with 60 decorative suspended lanterns, 12 internally lit lanterns in the shape of each of the zodiac animals, and a traditional lights and music show. The Mini Festival & Grand Festival will have a ton of great events happening like karaoke, dragon and lion processions, cooking demonstrations, 60 food and market stalls as well as a petting zoo. The full rundown can be found here.

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour Of Melbourne

Feel like doing something a bit out of the box? This is the event for you. Enjoy some interpretive dance around Melbourne icons, spontaneous flash mobs and crazy moves. This is an hour-long event and kicks off a Fed Square, you can find out more here.

Thursday 19 January

Growing The Invisible Garden

If you’ve got a child who is imaginative at heart then this is something you’ll need to bring them along to. Using augmented reality technology you’ll be a co-creator in the making of the Invisible Light Garden. As well as contributing to the story of the invisible garden you can also help how it looks, feels and sounds. More info here.

Friday 20 January

Sugar Mountain Dog Show

There’s a new spin-off event at Sugar Mountain this year, and it will be sure to get tails wagging. Taking place on the night before the festival opens, this is your chance to have your pooch get the recognition he/she deserves. All dogs must be registered prior to the event, it’ll only set you back $10 per dog entered. Check out all the details here.

Friday Night Vaudeville At Speakeasy HQ

Take yourself back in time, place a scotch in your hand and catch a real vaudeville show at Speakeasy HQ. It’s on every Friday night and features a themed line up of comedy, and burlesque shows that can include a circus, burlesque, stand-up, jazz, cabaret, tap, acrobats and prop comics. There can be up to 20 live acts per night. Check out all the info here.

Saturday 21 January

Ballarat Transforms Into Beerllarat

That’s right, the Ballarat Beer Festival is back once again. Held at City Oval, the Ballarat Beer Festival brings together 40 brewers including the likes of Coopers, Pirate Life, Brooklyn Brewery, Hawkers and Two Birds. Festival goers will be treated to 20 new never tasted before beers. There will also be a selection of cider and wine on hand if you’re not too keen on beer. Check out all the details here.

Club Aperol @ Royal Saxon

If you’re a lover of all things Aperol (guilty) you’d be a fool to miss the Royal Saxon’s Aperol pop up every Sunday from 12pm this January. Serving up the classic spritz (for only $10!), the Sicilian Sunset (aka a spritz with a twist with a hint of vanilla, pink grapefruit and soda), as well as the Aperol Aspro (blood orange sour with Aperol, vodka, a touch of orange blossom and a hint of orange bitters), you’re guaranteed a good time. Get all the deets here.

Image credit: #LoveHellmans

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