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14 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Gen Nenna - 16 Mar 2017

Guys, it’s official. This fair city of ours has well and truly out-Melbourned itself this weekend. Whether you’re headed to an abandoned warehouse-turned-bar, a 20-hour movie marathon, or a silent disco under the sea, you can bet, come Monday, you’re gonna start every sentence with “God I love this city!”

Need some inspiration? Here is our handy little list of the most awesome, most Melbourne-y things to do this weekend.

All Weekend

Good Beer Week

Kick off your weekend in spec-tap-ular fashion at the Good Beer Week Gala Showcase, featuring awesome beers from 36 breweries, hailing from Victoria and beyond. This Thursday and Friday evening, head to the Federation Square Atrium for free masterclasses, a chance to meet the brewers and to vote for the Bintani People's Choice beer and brewery of the Showcase. Tickets include tastings of 20 beers, a $10 food voucher and a Good Beer Week limited edition souvenir tasting glass.

Where: Federation Square Atrium, Swanston Street, Melbourne
When: 5pm to 9pm, Thursday 16 to Friday 17 March
For more information, click here.

Middle East Food Festival

This weekend, The Food Truck Park, Preston continues its showcase of Melbourne’s most diverse food trucks with the Middle Eastern Street Food Festival. Prepare your stomachs for an epic banquet, including tasty kebabs, fresh hummus, za’atar and so much more!

Where: The Food Truck Park, 518 High Street, Preston
When: 5pm to 10pm Friday 17 March, 12pm to 10pm Saturday 18 March, 12pm to 9pm Sunday 19 March
For more information, click here.

Melbourne Art Book Fair

Head to the NGV this weekend and discover the true beauty of books over three days of free talks, book launches, performances, workshops as well as activities led by a range of publishers, writers, designers, printmakers and outstanding contemporary artists Brook Andrew, Ross Coulter, Zoë Croggon, Patrick Pound. The book fair will kick off with a day-long symposium on typography and will exhibit 200 stalls featuring art, design, architecture and photography publications.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
When: Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 March
For more information, click here.

Thursday 16 March

BYO Vinyl Night At The B.East

Whether you’re a collector of classic records or just a chino lovin’, topknot rockin’ northside hipster, The B.East is where you need to be this Thursday night. Pop over with your best vinyl in hand, and prepare to experience the most eclectic DJ set you’ve ever heard.  

Where: The B.East, 80 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
When: 7pm to 11pm, Thursday 16 March
For more information, click here.

Friday 17 March

Myer Fashion Runway

Join Jennifer Hawkins this Friday as she returns to VAMFF for the Myer Fashion Runway. This VIP event will be held in Myer’s flagship Bourke Street store, making it so easy for fashionistas to snap up their favourite looks off the rack, straight from the runway. This show is set to be huge, featuring designs from Asilio, Finders Keepers, Mossman, Misha, Sass & Bide plus so many more. Be sure to book lest you miss out on all the awesome giveaways, special guests, exclusive offers and live entertainment.  

Where: Myer, Level 1, 314 to 335 Bourke Street, Melbourne
When: 5:30pm and 7pm, Friday 17 March
To book tickets, click here.

St Patrick’s Day at Bridie O’Reilly's

A perfect event for uni students and the funemployed alike, Bridie O’Reilly's, South Yarra will be open from 10am until the wee hours of the mornin’ to celebrate everybody’s favourite excuse to drink—St Patrick’s Day. Live music will be playing all afternoon from 12pm with Irish food specials all day long, including a full Irish breakfast and pint of Guinness for just $25.

Where: Bridie O’Reilly's, 462 Chapel Street, South Yarra
When: From 10am, Friday 17 March
For more information, click here.

Saturday 18 March

Open Air Day Party at The Third Day

With Saturday set to be a balmy 33 degrees, what better way to spend the day than enjoying a few bevs in an abandoned-warehouse-turned-open-air-bar? Head over to The Third Day, North Melbourne, and bid farewell to the summer sun with the help of Swiss producer Cyril Hahn. Tickets are on sale now.  

Where: The Third Day, 290 Macaulay road, North Melbourne
When: 2pm to 10pm, Saturday 18 March
To book tickets, click here.

Sea Live Silent Disco at Melbourne Aquarium

Dive into a magnificent underwater disco at Melbourne Aquarium this Saturday and party with the fishes as DJs send the hottest hits and old school classics straight to your headphones. Tickets include a complimentary drink—book now so you don’t miss out!

Where: Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium, corner of King Street and Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: 8pm to 11pm, Saturday 18 March
For more information, click here.

Sunday 19 March

Melbourne Tomato Festival

Put on your novelty statue of David apron that your dad bought as a souvenir from Florence, and make your way to Northcote for Melbourne’s third annual Tomato Festival. Not only will you enjoy the opportunity to make your very own passata, you can purchase fresh produce from local farmers, watch cooking demonstrations and eat all the Italian food you desire. Join artisan producers along with special guests as they celebrate this (unofficial) National Italian Day.

Where: All Nations Park, 8 Breavington Way, Northcote
When: 10am to 6pm, Sunday 19 March
For more information, click here

Fancy Hank’s Sunday Lunch Series

This Sunday sees the official launch of Fancy Hank’s new Sunday Lunch Series and boy is this bound to be a treat! Featuring a special collaboration between executive chef Mike Patrick and Charley Snadden-Wilson, from renowned Melbourne wine bar, Embla, this three course feast will feature a glazed whole goat—smoked in Buffing Billie, Fancy Hank’s two-tonne house smoker—accompanied with smoked ceviche, salt-baked vegetables, scotch eggs, and roasted apricots for dessert. Be sure to book a spot, you won’t want to miss this!

Where: Fancy Hank’s, 79 Bourke St, Melbourne
When: 12pm to 4pm, Sunday 19 March
To book, click here.

The Ultimate Middle Earth Movie Marathon

Clear your schedules and stock up on the Red Bull because this Middle Earth movie marathon is gonna make Frodo’s quest to Mount Doom seem like Bilbo Baggins’ eleventy-first birthday celebrations. Featuring both The Hobbit Trilogy and The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy, this mega marathon is set to run for over 20 hours—to survive will require the mental strength of Sauron and the purity of heart of Samwise Gamgee. Good luck!

Where: The Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda
When: 11am, Sunday 19 March
For more information, click here.

Arnold Classic Family Walk

Following his resignation from Celebrity Apprentice, former Californian Governor and humanoid robot, Arnold Schwarzenegger is headed to Melbourne for world’s biggest multi sports festival, The Arnold Classic Expo. The event will be kicking off at 9am from Fed Square where Arnie himself will be leading fitness junkies and their families on a 4-kilometre walk around some of Melbourne’s fabulous parklands before heading to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre for the Expo.  

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne
When: Registration opens 8am, Sunday 19 March
For more information, click here.

For The Diary

Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Grab a needle and thread and prepare to stitch your sides back together because the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is back again for is 31st year. Melbourne is about to be taken over by some huge international acts as well as some spectacular home grown talent, producing acts from stand-up comedy, cabaret, theatre and street performance to film, television, radio and visual arts. Tickets to The Gala, the Allstars Supershow and the Great Debate always sell out super fast so get booking!  

Where: Various locations around Melbourne
When: 29 March to 23 April
For more information, click here.

Pentridge Festival

Pack up your picnic rug and head to The Piazza at Pentridge Prison for a festival that, honestly, couldn’t be any more Melbourne if it tried. Showcasing some of the city’s best emerging talent, listen to live music by the likes of Kieran Lee, Isaac and Cisco, Billy Davis and Josh Batten while you delight in the offerings of Mr Burger, White Guy Cooks Thai, Zero 95, Billy Van Creamy and so many more. Take a stroll around the artisan stalls or brave a 45 minute tour of the B-Division, solitary confinement cells and exercise yards. Entry to this event, unlike the prison’s former residents, is completely free.

Where: 1 Champ Street, Coburg (Central Piazza)
When: Saturday 8 to Sunday 9 April
For more information, click here.

Image Credit: Fancy Hank's 

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