It’s [nearly] Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday! So we’ve put together a list of the happiest happenings in our glorious city this weekend.
Ultimate Treasure Hunt
The team over at The Langham sure know how to turn it on for Christmas, which is why they’re giving away a night’s accommodation at their Melbourne hotel, valued at a whopping $700. Follow their Instagram and Facebook pages to keep an eye out for the clues. The hidden voucher can be found this Saturday!
Melbourne Champagne Festival
Pop bottles all weekend long at the Melbourne Champagne festival. Indulge in a hand-picked, small-production selection of Champagnes that you can’t find in just any old BWS. On top of all the bubbles, you’ll also bare witness to Melbourne’s best award-winning chocolatier, who has put together a fab selection of Koko Black treats to nibble on. Head here for more details.
When: Friday 6–8pm, Saturday 2–5pm, Sunday 2–5pm.
Where: Fri–Wine Republic Windsor, Sat–Wine Republic Fitzroy, Sun – Wine Republic Northcote
Royal Croquet Club
Guess who’s back, back again? The Royal Croquet Club is back, tell a friend. This food, art and music festival is back for another hawt season. Catch some killer live beats, juicy feeds (from Gelato Messina, 8 Bit Burgers and POW Kitchen to name a few) and try your hand at some real life croquet. Head to the website for the live gig program and more deets.
When: Friday 5pm–late, Saturday & Sunday 12pm–late
Where: Birrarung Marr
Kirsty Webeck’s Comedy Crushes
Melbourne-based comedian, Kirsty Webeck, has toured alongside some of the biggest names in Australian comedy and this weekend she’s bringing them all together for three nights of laffs. Promising to be the stand up event of the summer, this is one event to fork out the moola for this weekend. Grab your tickets here.
When: Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 7pm
Where: The Butterfly Club, Carson Place, Melbourne
Merry Christmas, Bitches!
This boss theatre production celebrates the women who speak up in a world they’ve been taught to do otherwise. This hilarious performance is a tip of the hat to the stoic grandmothers, exhausted mums and meek aunts turn on magnificent family lunch after magnificent family lunch. It’s definitely a must-see and a good use of your coin. Head here for tickets.
When: Friday & Saturday 8pm, Sunday 6pm
Where: Tuxedo Cat, 293 La Trobe St, Melbourne
Gnocchi Master Class at 48h
There ain’t no party like a gnocchi master class, coz a gnocchi master class got… gnocchi? Ok, so that was a terrible intro, but the event itself will be delish. Learn the invaluable skill of making your very own gnocchi, and then take it home with you afterwards at fab italian restaurant, 48h! Places are strictly limited to twelve per class, so book your ticket now!
When: Saturday 10, 10–11am
Where: 48h, 373 Malvern Road, South Yarra
TINAtalks 6: The Trump Card – Rage, Race and the Right
Let’s be frank, the world’s looking pretty f*cked right now, so why not head over to the State Library this Friday night to catch some inspiring talks from a handful of fearless feminist warriors/writers/professors/historians/filmmakers, including Clem Ford herself, even Senator Janet Rice will be there! All proceeds from the TINAtalks event will go to the YWCA. Grab your tickets here.
African Music and Cultural Festival
You can’t pass up the opportunity to take in delicious street food, live traditional African music, handmade knick-knacks and a killer vibe, which is why you absolutely have to swing by the African Music and Cultural Festival this weekend. Head here for more deets.
When: Saturday 11am–9pm
Where: Federation Square
The Pleasure Garden
A self-described playground for art freaks and music lovers, the Pleasure Garden is a huge weekend headliner with performances from big names such as The Cat Empire and The Opiuo Band to name a couple. There’ll also be art installations, roving performers, carnival rides, yummy food and snazzy drinks so buy your ticket now to avoid missing out.
When: Saturday 12–10pm
Where: Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Backyard Studio Sale
Got a hankering for some handmade ceramics? Then the Backyard Studio Sale is the place to be this weekend. On Saturday, artist Lucile Sciallano will host a plethora of makers who’ll be selling their wares which will include sculptural ceramics, 3D print homewares, clothing, alternative jewellery, prints and textiles. Click here for more info.
Loop Lounge Saturday
Offering a unique cultural experience, Loop Lounge hosts an ever-changing program of film screening, audio visual performances, DJ events, creative forums and more. This Saturday night they’ll be getting a visit from Strut City & Andy Dextrous, a music duo hailing from a dubstep/dnb background and will be dropping some serious house beats that’ll be bringing bodies to the dance floor left, right and centre. Head here for more info.
Women’s Strength Summit
Get your dose of lady strength this Saturday at the Women’s Strength Summit which is an event designed by women, for women, committed to educating, empowering and encouraging women to get down and dirty with health (aka like some serious weights and get healthy, nothing that dirty). The event is for ladies who are already lifting or interested in starting, it’ll cover topics from mindset and psychology, to body image and the fitness industry. Grab your ticket here.
Jackie Bornstein’s Jazz & Social Justice
In celebration of Human Rights Day, jazz musician Jackie Bornstein will use her emotive vocals to shed light on the power of music as a force for justice, creativity and unity (phwoarrr). Jackie will be accompanied by a live band and will perform songs from a range of artists including Billie Holiday and Louie Armstrong. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.
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