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13 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Grace Evans - 18 May 2017


Melbournians, listen up! We know you’re picturing a weekend curled up on the couch in a ball of warmth. But don’t let the weather rain on your parade. Forget that boring dinner you organised with your twice removed cousin—go and check out these amazing events this weekend in Melbourne.

Whatever tickles your fancy, we’re sure this list will have you indulging in fine whisky, munching on delish burgers and checking out some great films.

All Weekend

The Fairytale lives of Russian Girls

Girl power is in the air this weekend. Meg Miroshnik’s award-winning play is coming to Melbourne and it’s got an all female cast. It’s being directed by Elizabeth Millington, an award-winning sensation who’s worked at Moscow National Theatre Institute and trained at the Moscow Conservatorium and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Ok are you convinced now? Go get tickets, humans.

Where: Irene Mitchell Studio, 28 St Martins Place South Yarra
When: 8pm 19 – 27 May
For more information, click here

St Kilda Film Festival

St Kilda film festival kicks off today and will showing a selection of the best, current, short films in the world from tonight until the 27th of May. All films are under 40 minutes and there really is something for everyone. One of the many highlights will be the Vimeo showcase - A collection of the best of Vimeo and a Q&A with Jeffrey Bowers, chief curator of the video hosting juggernaut. Grab tickets here.

Where: Palais Theatre and St Kilda Town Hall
When: Saturday 19- 27 May- times will vary
For more information, click here.

GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest

Dan Murphy’s have been bringing us beer for years. Now they’re bringing us a beer festival. Three cheers for beer! GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest will be filled with over 600 beers and ciders and plenty of things to drink and eat. Held over five sessions at the Royal Exhibition Building, this beer fest will have you downing tasting paddles, listening to live music and indulging in street food. Three days of beer, cider and food. We’re there.

Where: Royal Exhibition Building
When:  Friday 10 May- Sunday 21 May -times will vary
For more information, click here.

St Kilda Burger Bar Food Truck

St Kilda Burger Bar Food Truck now has a permanent home outside the Arts Centre. So that means burgers from the one location all day long. Ah, yes please. Not only does the truck have delicious burgers but also has a selection of bircher muesli, fruit salad or a ham and Swiss cheese croissant for the early risers. You can expect great burgers from 10am onwards that will be accompanied by their four favourite hot chip selections. Just to tease you, their Grosvenor burger was voted Melbourne’s Best New Burger back in 2015. So you pretty much need to try it now.

Where: Melbourne Arts Centre
When:  8am onwards
For more information, click here.

Friday 19 May

Sally Seltmann: One Night Only

If you want to sit back and enjoy the good vibes of great music then this one is for you. Aussie songstress Sally Seltmann will be performing this Friday at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. Hitting her grand piano we can expect sneak peeks from her upcoming album as well as showcase songs ‘Hey Daydreamer’ and ‘Heart That’s Pounding’. Accompanied by her talented live band, the feels are sure to be superb.

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre
When: 8pm, Friday 19 May
For more information, click here.

Saturday 20 May

Karma Tank Celebration

Keen for a quick POWWOW? This weekend POWWOW is celebrating the Karma Tank collab: seven different breweries who are raising funds for RUOK? RUOK aims to start meaningful conversations to get in touch with life’s best and worst times. The event unites breweries Beard Brau, Big Shed Brewing, Brookes Beer, Killer Sprocket, Merchant Brewing Co, Social Bandit; and Swell Brewing Co. To top if off, tunes will be provided throughout the day by Jim Lawrie and Lincoln Le Fever. So if you’re down for good food and great karma then hit this place up on Saturday.

Where: 381 Burnley St, Richmond
When: 1pm-6pm Saturday 20 May
For more information, click here.

World Whiskey Day Party

We have officially stepped into the 21st-century people. There is a whiskey party happening in Melbourne. Yep a party dedicated to whiskey #puregreatness.  The location for the hottest party of the year will be at Starward Distillery. You will have the chance to win world whisky flights, tap your own bottle straight from the barrel, and get your face stuffed courtesy of Fancy Hanks food truck. This event is pretty much a triple threat. It’s open invite, so grab a crowd and head down this weekend.

Where: 50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne
When: 12pm-10pm Saturday 20 May
For more information, click here.

MGC Road Trip

Don’t freak out, but there is a gin party bus coming to Melbourne. This private bus will collect you from Fed Square and take you to the Melbourne Gin Company distillery…where you all dreams will come true. As long as they feature lots of gin. You’ll get the chance to meet distiller Andrew Marks too. The light lunch will be washed down with a G&T, and you’ll leave feeling packed with gin knowledge (and about 2L of botanicals). So if you want to know all things gin for your next family dinner, be on the bus.

Where: Federation Square
When: 11am – 5pm Saturday 20 May
For more information, click here.

Great Ocean Road Running Festival

Get your joggers on people! The Great Ocean Road Running Festival is on this weekend and has events to cater to all types of fitness.  If you’re feeling buff, get involved in the 60km Ultra Marathon. If you’re feeling no so buff, stick it out with the 5, 10 or 15 km walk. You’re going to be looking at the beautiful sights of Lorne and Apollo Bay, so you really have no excuse not to be there. Breathe in that outside air and get in touch with those beach aesthetics.

Where: Lorne and Apollo Bay
When: Times will vary, Saturday 20 May, Sunday 21 May
For more information, click here.

Tarantino Ball

The Tarantino Ball is back, people! This ball is costume party with ultimate sass. Returning for its third year the ball pays tribute to the most iconic director of our time. When it comes to costumes, put all your blood sweat and tears into it. Hint Hint. There are prizes for best dressed. The tunes will be a selection of classics from the great movies.  If you’re a Tarantino buff, or just generally love costume parties, we suggest ripping the sewing kit out for this one.

Where: 24 Moons Bar
When: 8pm ‘til late, Saturday 20 May
For more information, click here.

Guy Grossi at Yerring Station

Let’s tantalize those taste buds, Melbournians. Yerring Station has teamed up with Guy Grossi to invite you to a special lunch: five delicious courses washed down with delicious Yerring Wines. The collab will see Guy Grossi work closely with Yerring Head Chef Maxime Croiset to create a unique menu that will blow your mind. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Children's Cancer Foundation. So go eat for a good cause, you won’t regret it.

Where: Yerring Station, 38 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen
When: 12pm-4pm, Saturday 20 May
For more information, click here.

Sunday 21 May

Fancy Hank's & Rice Paper Scissors: Chef Collab Lunches

Something big is coming this weekend and it’s all about delicious food. It’s Rice Paper Scissors head chef Ross Magnaye’s delicious blend of Thai, Vietnamese and Fillipino cuisine.  Fancy Hank’s smoker is being taken over for one day only, and Rice Paper scissors will be leading the kitchen for a one-off event, filled with new and unique dishes.  This lunch will be the perfect combo: a little bit of Hanks’ American greatness and a dash of South-East Asia. 

Where: Fancy Hank's ,79 Bourke Street
When: 12pm – 4pm Sunday 21 May
For more information, click here.

For the Diary

Young Gun of Wine

One location filled with 12 people who know all things wine. Where do you think you are? You’re at the Young Gun of Wine Awards, duh. This year’s People’s Choice celebrations will be held at Bellota Wine Bar and Prince Wine store. You will get the chance to meet this year’s winning winemakers )and perhaps leave knowing what a good cab sav should taste like). Don’t miss out on tasting the best wines in the country, because a $5 bottle of passion pop will never compare.

Where: 177-181 Bank Street, South Melbourne
When: 6pm – 9pm, Monday June 19
For more information, click here.

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Image credit: Fancy Hanks

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