We’re not sure about you, but we're pretty darn keen for this dreary week to be over and to bring on the awesome weekend! It is certainly looking up with a number of killer events that will have everyone talking about something other than the weather… thank god. Think jazz music, a retro bike ride, artisan markets, and a fashion precinct opening—and more.
Read on for our list of the best events to check out in Melbourne this weekend—and all their key deets.
The GMHBA Great Ocean Road Marathon
Serious athletes would have no doubt already signed up to this iconic marathon event—but if your fitness is not quite up to marathon standards (that’s us), did you know that there’s also a 14km and 6km run too? Otherwise, just get down to cheer on your mates while soaking up the specular scenery. Register your spot here.
Mediterranean Festa at McIvor Estate
The Heathcote Wine Region is renowned for its Shiraz, yet this fiesta will show you that they are experts at so much more. Sample a variety of grapes like Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Marsanne, and Mediterranean food delights including woodfire pizza, seafood paella and porchetta rolls, in a super relaxed environment. There will be wine masterclasses, bocce and salami making too! Grab your tickets here.
Eurovision Food Truck Party, Preston
Cheer on your favourite Eurovision contender as The Food Truck Park celebrates the best of European food, music and culture this weekend. Trucks from Italy to Austria and Spain will be making an appearance. The bimonthly Jumble Sale is also on from midday Sunday. Stay tuned to the Facebook event for truck updates.
The Weekend of Beautiful Music at Kew Court House
The historical Kew Court House will play host to five impressive music events over the weekend featuring the likes of Ella Hooper and Parvyn Singh. You can grab your weekend pass or single to ticket to your fave performer here.
St Collins Lane Opening
The much-anticipated St Collins Lane opening date has finally arrived, and boy are the shopaholics out there excited. It is the new home to coveted luxury international and local brands, some of which like Sandro Paris, Maje and REISS, will be setting up shop for the first time in Australia—as well as the first Coach store to stock ready-to-wear, leather goods and accessories from COACH 1941. Complementing the luxe fashion is restaurant-quality food, with Neil Perry’s Burger Project also making its debut in Melbourne.
Thursday 12th & Friday 13th
NGV’s Best of the Best 2016
Support the NGV’s consistently outstanding display of artwork by heading to the NGV Women’s Association-inspired fundraising initiative that takes the concept of table art to a whole new level. The late viewing on Thursday night from 6-9pm will feature a Pommery champagne bar, so naturally that’s our first pick. Tickets are available here.
Good Beer Week Opening Night Party
Heck yes, the 6th Good Beer Week kicks off this Friday night with an Opening Night Party of epic proportions at the Festival hub at Fed Square. Great beer, live music and guaranteed good vibes are on the cards. Better yet? Admission is free. Check out our round-up of the beer-related events in the week coming.
The Tweed Ride in Rutherglen
Chaps, dandies and bon vivants! Victoria’s High Country is calling you to put on your best vintage get-ups for a gentle 15km cycle, punctuated by three tasty food and wine stops. Food, wine and cycling... why not? Secure your ticket here for what promises to be a jolly good day in Rutherglen!
Brutalist Block Party’s Weekly Produce Market
As part of this unique cultural program, the Brutalist-inspired concrete warehouse will transform into gourmet produce heaven. The best of Melbourne’s local producers will be there, featuring everything from fresh bread and veggies to artisan gelato and honey from the hive. Check out the Facebook event for more info.
Jazz in South Yarra featuring La Nuit Blanche
A free jazz concert in the street? Sounds pretty damn good to us. As part of the Stonnington Jazz festival, Melbourne-based, French-inspired inspired ensemble La Nuit Blanche will perform their exotic sounds on South Yarra’s Murphy Street from 3pm-6pm. Check out the full program to see what other jazzy events tickle your fancy.
The Creators Market at Prahran Town Hall
Having sold out exhibitor spots in under 24 hours, you know it’s going to be a good one. Expect all kinds of locally made/handmade items, including food, homewares, jewellery, clothing and so much more. Whether you’re looking for a gift or a lil' cheeky something for yourself, we’re sure that you will find it here at The Creators Market.
Breaking ground pop up party
A Stomping Ground pop up is coming to Collingwood this weekend, with the release of the new brewery's first eleven beers! Head over to the pop up to try all of them (don't drive), as well as their collaboration beers brewed with Stone & Wood, Garage Project (NZ), Big Shed Brewing, Burleigh Brewing Co., Bentspoke Brewing Co, Mornington Peninsula Brewery & Willie Smith's Organic Cider. Mr Burger and Billy Van Creamery will also be on hand to deliver noms when the hunger sets in...
Market Tour, Wine Tasting & Locavore-Studio Cooking Class
The verdict is in, Melburnians—this right here is the ultimate foodie experience. Your itinerary for the day goes something like this: breakfast at the Round Bird in Lilydale, a visit to a local Yarra Valley Producer, a tour of the Yarra Valley Region Food group monthly market, wine tasting at Yering Cellar door, and the grand finale—a cooking class followed by a long table lunch with matching wines at Locavore’s studio. Lock in your tickets here, foodies.
Arcade Lock-in Sessions at Forgotten Worlds
An event centred on great beer, burgers and gaming—Melbourne, how are you so damn good to us? Over 5 days, Forgotten Worlds is setting all arcade machines to free play, hosting a different Australian brewery each night, and getting their mates at BurgerTime Burger to flip burgers in the courtyard. Sunday is Moon Dog Craft brewery—and with only 50 tix per session, we suggest you get in fast here.
Want more events this May? Check out 18 free things to do in Melbourne this month!
Image Credit: Neil Perry's The Burger Project website