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17 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By James Shackell - 14 Sep 2017


Nearly there, Melbourne. Just two more days. You can do this. If worst comes to worst, tell you're 'hot desking', then go and play Tetris in the kitchen for a while. With a weekend line-up like this, Thursday and Friday are set to fly by. Fringe Festival is back in town, we've got cellar door Oktoberfests, beer trivia nights, a blood exhibition and the Foto Biennale's wrapping up for another year.

No excuse for setting up a couch fortress this weekend...Ready? Let's do this thing. 

Thursday 14 September

Beer Trivia Night At Lord Newry Hotel

Reckon you know your stouts from your sours? Can you sing along to The Simpsons’ beer song? The Lord Newry Hotel in Fitzroy North is hosting beer-themed trivia tonight, in collab with McCracken’s Amber Ale. Just visit McCracken’s Facebook page and send them a PM to book a table. There’s free beer up for grabs for the winning team. Proust!

When: From 7pm, Thursday 14 September
Where: Lord Newry Hotel, Fitzroy North
For more info, click here.

Friday 15 September

Tapas Nights At Three Bags Full

Yep, your favourite Abbotsford cafe have launched tapas nights. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Three Bags Full will be serving up moody lighting and South American/Middle Eastern-style tapas, along with a sweet selection of cocktails, wine and beer. Early birds get the bargains: Jamie and the team are slinging half price tap beer, select wines and $9 cocktails between 4pm – 6pm.

When: From 4pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
Where: Three Bags Full, Abbotsford
For more info, click here.

Harpoons Launch At Northcote Social Club

Looking for a gig for Friday night? The Harpoons are launching their new single ‘Do You Want My Love’ at Northcote Social Club, alongside local acts Leisure Suite and Huntly. Expect low-fi dance beats, crunchy beats and sampled percussion, not to mention a full compliment of Northside music nerds.

When: From 8pm, Friday 15 September
Where: Northcote Social Club, Northcote
For more info, click here.

Pozer & Zingo Thing At Lyrebird Lounge

If you haven’t heard of South Of The City (SOC), they’re a collective of young southsiders, organising gigs in Elsternwick and Ripponlea. Their latest event is this Friday night, at Lyrebird Lounge, just near Ripponlea station. On the stage will be sets from Pozer and Zingo Thing, plus free entry and cheap drinks flowing all night.

When: From 8pm, Friday 15 September
Where: Lyrebird Lounge, Ripponlea
For more info, click here.


It’s fiiiiiinally time to get your barista on with the coffee connoisseurs at Nespresso. Every Friday and Saturday for the next three weeks (until 23 September), you can take an in-Boutique latte art class and learn from the best so you can finish your morning coffee with a rosetta, tulip or heart every day. Don’t forget to pick up the new BARISTA Limited Edition coffee capsules while you’re there!

Where: Nespresso Emporium Boutique, G-030 Emporium Melbourne, 269-321 Lonsdale Street
When: Every Friday & Saturday until 23 September

Play On Music Festival

Who wins in a battle of the bands: classical or electronica? We’re gonna find out on Friday night at the Collingwood Arts Precinct. Some of the city’s most exciting classical and electronic artists will be joining forces to jam and battle in an intimate performance space. They’ve tried this sort of thing in New York and Berlin and it’s gone OFF. Should be an interesting night.

When: 8pm, Friday 15 September 17
Where: Collingwood Arts Precinct, 35 Johnston St
For more info, click here.

Saturday 16 September

HoMie Streetview Exhibition

Saturday is your last day to catch HoMie, a fascinating photography exhibition in Collingwood. HoMie and the legends at Vinomofo gave disposable cameras to a group of Melbourne homeless and asked them to document their world. This is the result. A perspective on the city that most of us never get to see. Don’t miss this one.  

When: 14 – 16 September  
Where: Besser Space, 15 – 25 Keele St Collingwood
For more info, click here.

House Of Dior At NGV

If you haven’t seen the NGV’s latest Dior exhibition, do yourself a favour and get on down. It’s an exclusive collab between the NGV and House of Dior: 140+ garments designed by Christian Dior Couture between 1947 and 2017. Learn a bit about the famous fashion house, and see famous designs from Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, John Galliano and Raf Simons. Fancy.

When: 27 August – 7 November
Where: NGV
For more info, click here.  

Blood: Attract And Repel

Blood—gross, or weirdly interesting? Have you ever thought about how that metallic smell actually makes you FEEL? That’s what Science Gallery Melbourne’s new exhibit is all about. Blood features work by 22 international artists, all examining the nature of the liquid that keeps us alive. Oh yeah, there’s a ‘smell room’ too, where you’ll be exposed to the smell of blood, while cameras capture your every expression. Bonus: entry is free.

When: 12pm, Saturday 16 September
Where: Science Gallery, University of Melbourne
For more info, click here.

Wallace And Gromit And Friends Exhibition

Smashing tea this, Gromit. If those words mean anything to you at all, you’ll wanna get your ass down to ACMI this weekend and check out the cheese-loving Wallace and Gromit exhibition. You can check out Claymation sculptures from Bristol-based studio Aardman Animations, plus exclusive artwork from Nick Park’s forthcoming feature Early Man (set in prehistoric earth, and featuring voice work by Eddie Redmayne and Tom Hiddleston).

When: From 10am, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September
Where: ACMI, Fed Square
For more info, click here.

Sunday 17 September

Oktoberfest Party At Rob Dolan Wines

Rob Dolan Wines is a cute little cellar door out in Warrandyte South (open 7 days a week, with free tastings, just FYI). This weekend they’re throwing an epic Oktoberfest party, because why the hell not. Expect German food, fresh from The Farm Yarra Valley, German-style beer from The Public Brewery and a Weinzelt (wine tent), stuffed with German-style cheese from Stone and Crow (not to mention a few wine cocktails, courtesy of Rob Dolan). Prost!

When: 11am – 5pm, Sunday 17 September
Where: Rob Dolan Wines
, 21-23 Delaneys Road Warrandyte South
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Fringe Festival

The Fringe has officially begun! For the next two and a half weeks, Melbourne is playing host to some of the weirdest sh*t you’ve ever seen on a stage. This year’s theme is (rather appropriately) Out Of The Echo Chamber, so expect acts that are gonna challenge your idea of normal. Lee Chin and a prawn-worshipping cult at The Arts Centre? Yep, that’s a thing now...

Where: Various venues around Melbourne
When: 14 September – 1 October
For more info, click here.

Pet Mug Shots At Warralilly Pets Day Out

Has your pooch been a Bad Boy? It's time you got photographic proof. Frog Dog Studios will be on-site at the Warralilly Pets Day Out this Sunday, taking mug shots of your 'guilty pets'. We're talking puppy and kitten prison clothes, the traditional mug-shot background (scaled down to an average height of about 2-ft) and a professional photographer who will put your pet in the frame. Literally. Check out their Instagram for an idea of what it'll look like. 

When: 12pm2pm, Sunday 17 September
Where: Warralilly Pets Day Out, Warralily T Park, Coastside Drive
For more info, click here.  

Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Sunday is your last day to catch Ballarat’s annual Foto Biennale before it’s gone for another year. The schedule has been jam-packed with exhibitions, talks, workshops and events, turning Ballarat into one giant gallery for the last month. Entry ranges from free to $18, but if you’re gonna see one thing, make it the David La Chapelle exhibit. Money well spent.

When: Sunday 17 September
Where: Art Gallery of Ballarat
For more info, click here.

Footscray Finds Market

What did we do before Footscray Finds? It burst onto the market scene back in June with an epic mix of vintage vinyl, old-school fashion, artisan homewares and scrumptious vegan food. There’s over 80 stalls to check out, plus a buzzing fleet of food trucks and resident DJs. You can even apply for a stall yourself—either a car boot or marquee space, which clock in at $50 a pop.

Where: Footscray Library carpark, 56 Paisley St Footscray
When: 8am – 1pm, Sunday 17 September
For more info, click here.

Hot Dog Hustle Grand Opening

The newest truck to join Melbourne's foodie ranks is Hot Dog Hustle, an in-your-face dog bar, setting up shop in Braybrook. This Sunday is their grand launch day. There's gonna be 100 FREE hot dogs up for grabs, plus branded merch giveaways, a Lion Dancing ceremony and FREE poke bowls, courtesy of the guys at Poke Time. Time to Google Maps Braybrook...

Where: 252 Ballarat Rd Braybrook
When: 4:30pm – 8pm, Sunday 17 September
For more info, click here

For The Diary

St Jerome’s Devil’s Corner

Tassie produce, fresh seafood and Australia’s #1 Pinot Noir, set amongst the tents at St Jerome’s Rooftop? Just take our freaking money. Devil’s Corner is bringing the best nosh from Tassie’s east coast to Melbourne for one very special night of matched food and wine. There’ll be five different tasting stations, including freshly shucked oysters by Freycinet Marine Farm and Ashgrove Cheese. The whole thing will be paired with top-notch plonk, courtesy f Devil’s Corner. Not bad for $50 a head.

When: 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Thursday 21 September
Where: St Jerome’s Rooftop
For more info, click here.

Grampians Music Festival

Heads up: tickets are on sale for next year’s Grampians Music Festival (2 – 4 February). This is always a cracking weekend: boutique beer, wine, cocktails and food, among the trees at Halls Gap, with live acts up on stage and good vibes all around. The line-up for next year is still top secret—word is it’ll drop in October, so watch this space.

When: 2 – 4 February 2018
Where: Halls Gap, Grampians
For more info, click here

Oh yeah, one more thing. The Astor Theatre is throwing an epic Sofia Coppola double feature...and Supernormal is bringing the choc tops. Holy sh*t. 

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Image credit: Three Bags Full | Em Bartlett

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