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15 Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Michaela Goldblatt - 14 Apr 2016

15 things to do this weekend in melbourne

We don’t mean to overwhelm you, but there is A LOT happening in Melbourne this weekend! We’re talking an American style block party, a fashion sample sale, a long and lazy 5-course lunch, an inner-city wellness escape, and so much more…

Read on for our list of the best events to check out in Melbourne this weekend—and all their key deets.

All Weekend

Weekend Wellness Escape with Rachel Finch

A wellness weekend right in the centre of the CBD… say what?! Model, TV presenter, and now certified health coach, Rachael Finch, will host an exclusive group wellness experience combining movement and relaxation at the Westin Hotel this weekend. The package includes overnight accommodation, dance and mindfulness yoga classes, a nutritious three-course dinner, and a superfoods-inspired breakfast. Yep, it’s got the lot. For further information and bookings, click here

The Spanish Film Festival

The Spanish Film Festival has just kicked off, and this year’s line-up promises to be a treat. You probably can’t go past the anticipated romcom sequel, Spanish Affair 2, showing on Saturday evening at the Palace Cinema Como—but just in case you can, check out the full programme here

Thursday and Friday

Appleton Estate Tasting Trail at The Rochester Hotel

Got plans tonight and tomorrow night? Cancel them! The Rochester Hotel is hosting the second leg of the Appleton Estate Tasting Trail, AKA THE Jamaican themed rum-tasting of the year. Trot along to the Rochy and you’ll find yourself in tropical-luxe surrounds, sipping on top-notch Appleton Estate rums, and learning a little more about the background of that drink in your hand. Being held tonight and tomorrow night, it’s our bet you’ll want to go both.

Friday 15th

Burger Boys at the Bottom End

After the success of their first pop up, the Burger Boys are returning to the Bottom End to serve up their world famous burgers and wings. Last week’s special was free bacon with any burger, so we’re pretty excited to see how the boys are going to top that. Stay tuned to the event page for further details. 

Friday and Saturday

AJE Sample Sale

In case you didn’t blow enough dosh at the Manning Cartell sale last weekend, the highly anticipated AJE sample sale is landing at the LOFFT Fashion Agency this Friday and Saturday. Expect previous collections, old fashion week samples and archived pieces at heavily discounted prices. Check out the Facebook event for further deets. 

Saturday 16th

The Color Run Night

Put down (or delay) the beers this Saturday evening for the single largest event series in the world, The Color Run. Known as the happiest 5K on the planet, this unique paint race celebrates healthiness, happiness and individuality. Register your spot here. C’mon, you know it will make for a wicked ‘gram and snapchat story.  

Preston New York Block Party

Get down with the Food Truck Park for their biggest party yet. They’re doing it New York style, with tasty American food trucks, DJs, a pop-up barber shop and drinks at Barry’s Bar. Think burgers with the works, southern style sandwiches, nachos, chicken wings, chili fries and mac n cheese... we’re salivating already. Check out the Facebook event here

Art & The Connected Future Symposium at the NGV 

Have you ever pondered what the future of art might look like? Inspired by the artistic practices of Andy Warhol and Ai Weiwei—both innovators of their age—share in the dialogue of how we make and experience art alongside rapid changes in technology. Check out the website for the full list of speakers and tickets—they include exhibition entry too!  

19th Century Bling Goldfields Jewellery @ M.A.D.E Exhibition Space

This unique exhibition is your chance to see some serious old skewl bling. Two hundred rare and exquisite pieces of Australian goldfields jewellery will reveal untold stories of Australia’s social history. Take a trip down to Ballarat this Saturday for the golden opening. Tickets are available here

Sunday 17th

Regional Produce Day at the Lakehouse Daylesford

Eat your heart out this Sunday at this annual market-style event that celebrates the best producers, bakers, butchers, farmers, makers, brewers and distillers in the extraordinary Daylesford area. Tastings, live music, and cooking demonstrations hosted by some of the best, including River Cottage Australia’s Paul West, will take place amongst the orchards and gardens. Visit the website for further info. 

The Cosmopolitans at The Gem

Playing all your favourite 1920s-50s swing hits, the Cosmopolitans will put the boom-boom into your heart this Sunday night at The Gem Bar and Dining Room. Get down early to score a seat at the bar, or if you feel like sinking your teeth into some damn fine American BBQ, call them to book a table. 

Feast On East Season Table at Bomba

Bomba has teamed up with Feast On East and six of Melbourne’s most dynamic chefs to create a five-course lunch, celebrating the best of East Gippsland’s produce, for your mouth-watering enjoyment this Sunday. Reserve your spot here. Oops, did we forget to mention that all beverages are included?

The Makers & Shakers Market 

Homewares, furniture, flowers, stationary, photography, jewellery and fashion—yep, it’s all here at this new, curated market event at Coburg Town Hall. Get ready to pick up some lovely new treasures!   

Grown & Gathered Pickling & Preserving Workshop

It’s time to get rustic and learn how to preserve the summer (literally!) at this one-day workshop at the Whitehouse, St Kilda. You’ll get to take home some of G&G’s fermented pickles and preserves home with you too! Reserve your spot here

Malbec World Day | North Melbourne 

Attention all red wine lovers! The Meat Market is hosting a celebration of Argentina’s most famous grape with live tango shows, empanadas from some of Melbourne’s best restaurants, and lots and lots of wine. Check out the website for further deets. 

Want more things to do in Melbourne? Check out our 20 Free Things To Do In April!

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