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16 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Grace Evans - 13 Jul 2017


Annnnndd, just like that the weekend is back and in our arms. Take a moment to rejoice because this weekend is going to be delicious, fun and predominately French tasting.

There’ll be plenty on offer so expect too see multiple Bastille Day celebrations alongside some Scandinavians showcasing their best films and perhaps even some cool pop up shops. Sounds fun right? Of course it does because as per usual we have combined the perfect list of things to do this weekend in Melbourne. 

All Weekend

Carryology Pop Up Store Closing Down Sale

Goodbyes can be hard, but it’s always a lot easier when there are cheap practical bags on sale. The Carryology Concept Store on Smith Street is closing down (sad) and they are bringing you one final hoorah. There will be up to 40% off for their final weekend in Melbourne and you need to get yourself some seriously practically baggage.

Where: Carryology Concept Store, Fitzroy
: 10am-6pm July 14, 15, 16
For more information, click here.

Scandinavian Film Festival

The Scandinavian film festival kicks of this week and we’re in luck because it’s running all weekend. Melbournians expect to be enveloped by the Nordic region and indulged with some of the most insane films exploring everything from love to drama. Norways matofficial selection for the 2017 academy awards, Tom of Finland will be showing so it’s kind of a big deal. Check out the program for more deets and just know this Nordic celebration is not to be missed.

Where: Various Palace Cinemas, Melbourne
: Varying time starts for individual films
For more information, click 

Finders Keepers Market

Melbournians are honestly blessed with some of the greatest markets on the planet and this one is no exception. The beloved finders keepers market is back on this weekend and it’s going to be designer central.  There will be over 250 independent art and design stalls showcasing their goods and there’ll be plenty of food and drink to keep those fashion hearts alive. Oh and there is live music so it’s basically a seriously cool weekend market party, why not go along?

Where: Royal Exhibition Building
: 5pm-10pm July 14, 10am-6pm July 15, 10am-5pm July 16
For more information, click 

Mini Golf O Rama At Howler

Howler is back at it again with their genius creations, this time with their second annual Mini Golf O Rama. The band room will be the new home for the custom build golf course and there’ll be windmills and all, so bring your best putter.  All you gotta do is purchase a beer and your round on the course is free of charge. BOO YAH.

Where: Howler, Brunswick
: 6pm July 14, 3pm 15& 16
For more information, click 

Friday 14 July

Balgownie Estate Bastille Day

It wouldn’t be a Bastille Day Celebration without a six-course degustation to satisfy your taste buds now would it? Of course not, that is why Bendigo’s Balgownie Estate are doing just that. Their insanely delish menu will resemble unique French style cooking (think freshly shucked oysters) and will be paired alongside matching wines that will have you feeling like a local Frenchman (or woman) in no time. Bon appetite.

Where: Balgownie Estate Bendigo
:6.30pm, Friday July 14
For more information, click 

Syracuse Bastille Day

This 20-year-old Melbourne establishment is producing only the best for this weekend’s Bastille celebrations. Syracuse Restaurant serves up the ultimate European vibes with its high ceilings and antique furniture and this weekend is no exception. Their Head Chef Phillipa Sibley has created a special menu of sustainable ingredients and there is panna cotta on offer so you’re pretty much gurantteed greatness. Oh and there is great wine too, so make it a date this weekend.  Bookings via there website.

Where: Syracuse Restaurant Wine And Bar
: July 14 Evening, any time
For more information, click 

Eureka 89 Celebrate Bastille Day

Ah yes, yet another Bastille Celebration but hey we aren’t complaining. The more French food, the better. This evening will be filled with French inspired cocktails and delicious light canapés prepared by Executive Chef Renee Martillano and French Pastry Chef Julie Mainard. Go and indulge in this French experience and celebrate all things France right here in Melbourne.

Where: Eureka 89 Events and Dining
When: 7pm-9pm July 14
For more information, click 

Saturday 15 July

Bare By Wren Steiner

Australian photographer Wren Steiner is bringing you his collection of work from his latest exhibition, Bare. The Fox Galley and Darkroom in Kensington will be transformed by Steiner’s insane work of intimate and provocative photographs into human vulnerability. Steiner wants you to get in touch with your thinking side and really redefine the association of yourself and others. Get ready for some deep thoughts.

Where: The Fox Gallery and Darkroom, Kensington
When: 11am-5pm July 15
For more information, click 

Ena Pelly Pop Up Sale

This is totally exclusive and you really mustn’t miss it, because you’ll probably think what it could’ve been for a long time. We’re talking about the Ena Pelly pop up shop of course. This weekend in Torquay Ena Pelly are taking up to 50-70% off a huge range of stock (eeeekkk). It’ll be samples; one offs and seconds galore so get in while they have your size.

Where: 2/10 Castles Drive Torquay
When: 10am-3pm July 15 and 16
For more information, click 

Paris Underground Cabaret

Now is your last to chance to check out the Paris Underground Cabaret because they’re returning to Melbourne for one night only. Perfectly falling on Bastille Day this sell out cabaret show is certain to have you tapping your feet.  The show will be packed full of comedy, magic and illusion, it really is the ultimate circus cabaret.  Go on what are you waiting for tickets are selling hot and you need to witness this extraordinary experience.

Where: The Melba Spiegeltent
When: 8pm July 15
For more information, click 

Fitzroy Finds Market

The Northside are putting on a show this weekend and the Fitzroy Market is a definitely a main act. This market is in its seventh year of operation so it’s really got its shit together and the friendly vibes alongside the unique stalls really make for a good day out.  There will be all things vintage, second hand, hand made and of course delicious food. Don’t hesitate just get there and go home with some seriously good bargains.

Where: Fitzroy Primary School
When: 10am-3pm July 15
For more information, click 

A Taste Of Peru

Brunswick is bringing us all the tastes of Peru to one location. The Brunwick Town Hall will be filled with plenty of Peruvian cuisine and music this Saturday. INCA BBQ will be serving up some delish dishes and salsa dancing will be totally welcomed. Get your groove on to some Peruvian tunes or eat your weight in their cuisine, we’re certain you wont be disappointed either way.

Where: Brunswick Town Hall
When: 6pm-12am July 15
For more information, click 

Sunday 16 July

Kensington Market

The Kensington Market is back on and it’s always a pleasure. There is plenty of local talent showcasing their produce, jewellery, fashion, children’s wear and visual art creations. There’s a little something for everyone at this market and the environment will be filled with live music to keep your spirits high on a Sunday morning. Get your morning off to good start with this one and go purchase some quality goods.

Where: Kensington Town Hall
When: 10am-3pm July 16
For more information, click 

For The Diary

Four Pillars Four Course

It seems far away but lock this one in peeps it’s looking like it’s going to be pretty GINTASTIC. Four Pillars ambassador Samuel NG will be hosting the night alongside Bohemian Head Chef Gerard Rodriquez and their mix of good drinks and great food is going to be spectacular. You will enjoy four courses along with four pillars gin complimenting each dish. SUPERB. Lock it in and enjoy some locally distilled gin with great views and exceptional food.

Where: Bohemian Bar & Restaurant, 35 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
When: Sept 2nd
For more information, click here.

Cheesey Workshop with Anthony Femia

Anthony Femia of Maker and Monger is speaking all things cheese in his latest venture (duh). He will be hosting a cheese workshop called ‘Behind The Rind” where he will give you the 101 on cheeses, four types in particular.  You will also learn how to construct the perfect cheese board (goals) and experiment with different cheesey flavours. So go and gain some tips for your next dinner party or just be mesmerised by cheese in all its glory.

Where: Prahran Market
When: Saturday July 22
For more information, click here.


Don't Miss

American Honey Pop-Up At Baxter’s Lot

If you’re all about the American Honey, then you’ll be all over the pop-up that’s happening at Baxter’s Lot this month. As expected, they’ll be serving up some of their best mixed drinks, like the American Honey dry and lime. On Sunday 13 August, they’ll be going all out with live entertainment, including singer-songwriter Naomi Campbell (5pm – 7pm), Tejo Cruz (7pm – 9pm) and Liam Bowditch (9pm – late). Obviously, this is the only way to spend your Sunday, so definitely head down.

When: Monday 17 July – Monday 14 August, 6pm – 10pm 
Where: Baxter’s Lot 


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