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15 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Kate Bartels - 21 Dec 2017


It’s finally time guys! Christmas is right around the corner and we’ve got all the goodies you need to get yourself in the spirit. There are Christmas parties galore, food truck festivals and even a gin cocktail dinner.

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice; there’s plenty of mischief for you to get up to this weekend. Let's get to it, Melbourne!

All Weekend

Shop The City

If you're anything like us and have left your Christmas shopping to the (very) last minute, you'll want to make a beeline for Melbourne CBD, stat, because our friends at Melbourne Central, Emporium Melbourne, QV Melbourne, Melbourne’s GPO and The Strand Melbourne are playing host to epic shopping events every day until December 24. You'll find us at H&M's 50% sale at Melbourne's GPO and the Midas Boxing Day Sale which has already started (yaaasss!) at The Strand Melbourne.

Where: Melbourne CBD
When: Varying hours throughout December
For more info click here.

Fresh Prince of Baklava at Highpoint

If you only have one cheat meal this weekend, you have to make it a creation from The Fresh Prince Of Baklava. Of course, they've got your standard mouth-watering, traditional Baklava, but then they blow your mind when they combine it with goodies like Nutella, Oreos, Tim Tams…Need we go on?

Where: Highpoint Shopping Centre
When: Every weekend in December
For more info, 
click here.

Christmas Dessert Pop-Up

Christmas has come early this year guys. Two ex-MasterChef wizzes are teaming up to serve you some Christmas-themed ice cream sandwiches and egg nog at Garage on Chapel. Think rum and Christmas spiced ice-cream with cherries, two layers of dark chocolate biscuit topped with torched meringue and raspberry powder. Nom. 

Where: 126A Chapel St
When: Thursday 21 – Friday 22 December
For more info, click here.

Thursday 21 December

Half Price Tinnies In The Dog House

Trust on this one—The Waterside Hotel has had a makeover and they are embracing all their little quirks. It's like a cross between an American dive bar and Aussie sports bar, serving up half-priced tinnies, bottles cocktails and fancy AF hotdogs. Don’t wear white to this one.

Where: Waterside Hotel
When: Every Thursday Night
For more info, 
click here.

A Very Merry Xmas Whisky Tasting

Want to taste some seriously top-shelf whiskies? The guys from Denver and Leily and Two Brown Boys are popping the lid on some of the rarest bottlings you'll ever see. A handpicked collection from some of the finest distilleries on the planet. Come and get your whisky geek on—10% of ticket sales to AIME, a not-for-profit dedicated to providing mentors to Indigenous students transitioning into further studies at Uni.

Where: The Attic, The Black Pearl, 304 Brunswick St
6pm9pm, 21 December (Bookings essential)
For more info, click here

Friday 22 December

Off The Grid 2017

So you’re walking out of a festival at the end of the weekend and shake your head at the huge piles of rubbish left behind. Bet you never thought there was a way to create a waste-free event. Enter Off The Grid. Here’s an opportunity to get your standard fix of weekend food and drink, while doing your bit for good old planet earth. They’re here to feed your belly, quench your thirst and teach you a thing or two about being more enviro-friendly.

Where: 111 Sturt St, Southbank
When: Friday 22 December
For more info, click here.

Saturday 23 December

Mariah Carey Christmas Party

Guys, all your wildest Christmas party dreams have come true. Supersmall is throwing an epic party and it may or may not include All I Want For Christmas bring played every hour, on the hour. There are tons of drink specials, and a bar tab up for grabs for the most Christmassy costume. Oh—entry is free if you rock up in a Santa hat.

Where: 147 Commercial Road, South Yarra
When: Saturday 23 December
For more info, click here.


Really cool unisex sweatshirts from the guys at GOOD CMPNY are the perfect last minute Christmas gift. They are slashing he price by a ton, and there’s a secret in-store deal for people buying two or more. Exclusive.

Where: 188 High St, Prahran
When: Saturday 23 December
For more info, click here.

Sunday 24 December

Trucks And Trailers Food Yard Xmas Edition

A Christmas themed food truck festival—what more could you ask for on Christmas eve? You can expect local designers and stalls to grab those last minute pressies, live music, and of course, enough food and drink options to make your jeans pop. Just make sure you leave enough room for Christmas lunch.

Where: Kingston Heath Reserve, Cheltnam
When: Sunday 24 December
For more info, click here.

Henry Sugar x Four Pillars Dinner

Alrighty guys, here’s one you’re guaranteed to love. Henry Sugar is hosting a five-course gin tasting dinner. There’s a mix of neat gin’s and cocktails to pair with each dish, and it’s promising to be an old fashioned, Aussie Christmas feast.

Where: 298 Rathdown St, Carton North
When: Sunday December 24
For more info, click here.

Tilt Shift at Section 8

Spend Christmas Eve gettin’ jiggy with it at Section 8. You’ve got some awesome Melbourne DJs on the line-up ready to help you set the d-floor alight. Don’t blame us for your Christmas day hangover though.

Where: Section 8
When: Sunday 24 December
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

NYE at Melbourne Aquarium

Picture this—cocktail in one hand, ice-cream in the other and the hardest decision you need to make is whether to stare out at the Melbourne skyline or the breathtaking floor-to-ceiling display of fish. There’s music, a d-floor and a chance to get up close and personal with crocs and turtles. Naw.

Where: Melbourne Aquarium
When: 31 December, 8pm
For more info, click here.

Food & Crayfish Festival

We think this one is worth booking some cheap flights to Tassie for. You’ve got chef’s from some top Tassie eateries and a team of people who will spend the days leading up to the event searching the island, diving and foraging to bring you only the best, freshest local fish. Yuuuuum. The dress code is barefoot cocktail—so be prepared for fancy shmancy meets island life.

Where: Flinders Island, Tasmania
When: 14 April 2018
For more info, click here.

Pop-up Park Werribee

Over westside this summer you’ve got everything you could possibly want on a balmy summer day, all in one spot. Werribee City Centre is becoming home to giant games, movies, music and food. Aussie favourites like Anthony Callea are on the bill and it’s on all day and night, so you can expect hours of entertainment.

Where:  Werribee City Centre
When: Friday 19 January- Sunday 25 February 2018
For more info, click here.

Nigella Lawson On Why Food Matters

Everyone’s favourite celb chef Nigella is coming to Melbourne and chatting to us about the deeper meaning behind our food, and it’s connection to pleasure, meaning, belonging and creativity. You might just want to eat your burger and get on with it, but foodies and health nuts will find this one super interesting.

Where: Melbourne Convention Centre
When: 24 January 2018
For more info, click here.

Don't Miss...

Aperol Sunset Session @ The Rooftop at QT

If you’re a lover of all things Aperol (guilty), you’d be a fool to miss the Sunset Session pop up at The Rooftop at QT Melbourne. Hidden away on their epic rooftop, they’ll be serving your fave classic Aperol Spritz with a side of Aperitivo for guaranteed good times every night of the week. See you there. Get all the deets here. Drink Responsibly.

 Where: QT Melbourne, 133 Russell Street, Melbourne
When: 19 December – 20 February 2018
For more info, click here.

Editor's Note: Aperol's event is proudly sponsored by Campari and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Henry Sugar | Jess Prince 

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