Yes, April has come to a close—but the food, drink, fashion and art events have certainly not wound down (thank god!) We’ve got a bunch of suggestions to ensure that you have a weekend full of excitement. There’s a high-end fashion sample sale, a 1950s pop up bar, a pork and pinot-themed dinner, a spirit-drinking-lovers fair… just to name a few.
Read on for our list of the best events to check out in Melbourne this weekend—and all their key deets.
Dog Lovers Show
Attention all dog owners and lovers (that covers everyone, right?): the Dog Lovers Show returns to the Royal Exhibition Building this year to celebrate our beloved four legged friends. Expect the very best education from celebrity vets like Dr Harry, entertainment from incredible dog shows, and many opportunities meet and pat the various breeds of pooches.
Melbourne Art Book Fair at the NGV
The Melbourne Art Book Fair returns for its second year to showcase some of the world’s most talented emerging and established publishers, artists and writers, in a series of free talks, book launches and performances over three days. Snap up tickets for the event preview on Friday evening for exclusive access to the fair, music from local band Leisure suite and DJ Andras, and food and drinks from Tivoli Road Bakery, Biggie Smalls and Asahi. We also seriously recommend the ticketed keynote ‘in conversation’ event with Max Bach, editor of Sternberg Press from Berlin, who are making their Australian debut on Sunday.
Ellery Seasonal Sample Sale at the Loft Agency | Richmond
Always wanted a pair of Ellery’s signature flares or bell sleeve top, but never could justify the expense? Fashionistas, Elleryland is calling your name this weekend with the chance to nab these treasures for up to 80% off.
IMBUE- Dessert Edition presented by Flag & Spear
Love tea? Love desserts? A six-course dessert degustation paired with matching teas will surely tickle your fancy. You will hear a brief story of each tea’s origin, brew method and choice of food pairing, while enjoying tantalising treats like a cheese board and petit fours. Reserve your sweet spot here.
Grampians Grape Escape Weekend
Over 100 artisans will assemble at Halls Gap this weekend for the Grampians Grape Escape Weekend—one of Australia's longest running food and wine festivals. Expect cooking demonstrations, masterclasses, live music and activities for the kiddies. Also note: free wine tasting ends daily at 4pm so, needless to say, get down well and truly before!
Chandon In The City
Chandon in the City is popping up on the Emerson rooftop every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night from 5pm until 26 May—which means you can pop in for Chandon, along with a menu curated from Domaine Chandon’s Yarra Valley winery restaurant Greenpoint Brasserie. If you love it tonight, just wait 'til next Tuesday when they have a complimentary Chandon cellar wine tasting experience! Check out more details here.
Pork, Flame & Pinot at Circa, The Prince | St Kilda
The Prince’s Circa invites all pork lovers for a smoky soiree on their renowned rooftop, featuring a 4-course free-range pork menu created by Melbourne Pub Group Kitchens. Think pork belly tacos and sticky + sweet pork hock with perfectly paired pinots… we’re drooling already. Be a happy porker and grab your tickets here!
1950s Pop Up Bar at Rippon Lea House & Gardens
Polish your dancing shoes, throw on your best 1950s get-up and gather your mates to dance the night away at this unique pop-up event hosted at the Rippon Lea Ballroom. You will be treated to a 1950s bar and band, as well as a late night viewing of The Dressmaker Costume Exhibition.
Cumulus Up’s Australian Spirit Fair
Take a break from the wine festivals and get on board with the spirits at Cumulus Up’s dedicated Australian Spirit Fair. You’ll be able to speak to the producers, taste their finest and learn how they are best served and enjoyed. Big names like Applewood Distillery, Dobson’s Gin and Fire Drum Vodka will be there. Book your ticket here.
The Wellness Festival Presented by Colour and Coconuts | North Melbourne
Balance out your weekend with this exclusive one-day wellness event hosted by Rachael Finch. Hear from amazing speakers, sweat it out at a lunchtime workout session, peruse the the wellness market and relish in the healthy food trucks. Tickets are still available here.
Willo Markets Mother's Day Edition | Brighton
Willo markets has created a fresh space for local emerging businesses and designers. Over 30 stallholders such as Bambi & Sammi, Koda and Mineral mud soap will gather this Saturday for their special mother's day edition. This is your perfect chance to grab a gift for your mum.
Lazerpig’s 2nd Birthday Party | Collingwood
Hands down the most happening pizza joint in the North, Lazerpig is hosting their 2nd birthday bash this weekend—and this means specials and good vibes galore. Get excited for $5 jumbo pizza slices, $5 Coopers tinnies, live djs and the downstairs dining room transformed into a dancefloor.
Bright Autumn Festival
The main streets of Bright will be closed off this Saturday to make way for the Bright Autumn Festival's gala day: a market kicks off the events at 9am, with a parade making its way through the autumn leaves at 1.45pm. Head to the open gardens in the afternoon to take in some seasonal colour. Check out more details here.
Autumn Masterclass at the Lake House Daylesford
The Lake House Daylesford is summoning all foodies for a full day of demonstrations and gourmet discussion with some of Australia's top chefs including Mitch Orr From Acme (Sydney), Scott Pickett from Melbourne's Saint Crispin, and Ross Lusted, from the Bridge Room (Sydney). Grab your tickets here.
Rock your Body Presented by Discoyoga and Rise Yoga | St Kilda
Stretch, tone and groove for a great cause—positive body image—at this epic yoga and beats event at Luna Park. Expect a magical day of inspirational speakers and a yoga class led by Nickie Hanley in her traditional Discoyoga style. The team aim to raise a whopping $10,000, which will be donated to the Butterfly Foundation. So grab your yoga gear and come in the skin you are in to make a difference and feel amazing all at once. Visit the website for further deets.
Brunswick Street “All Out” Festival
Our favourite northside strip is going all out this weekend with curated events, workshops and activities inside Brunswick Street’s unique retail stores. There are just SO many cool things to do like Design a Gorman Sock(!), Vegan Chocolate and Cheese tasting at the Cruelty Free Shop, and a Grow your Own Vegetables Workshop at Fitzroy Nursery. Check out the full list of events here.
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