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18 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Gen Nenna - 30 Mar 2017

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Ah, Melbourne, you big beautiful thing. Is there ever a weekend you don’t spoil us rotten? The problem with the next few days isn’t coming up with ideas, it’s working out how to fit everything into the average A5 human diary. We’ve got beer and coffee expos, exclusive jewellery launches, World Fare markets, square drink bottles and a pizza-packed birthday party.

Tuck in, guys. 

All Weekend

MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COFFEE EXPO 

In order to survive this huge weekend in Melbourne, may we suggest several visits to the Melbourne International Coffee Expo? From Thursday to Sunday, more than 10,000 coffee roasters, baristas and cafe owners will be heading to the Melbourne Showgrounds to celebrate these glorious beans, mercifully placed on this earth by whichever deity you choose to believe in, as to give us mere mortals the strength we need to get through the work week. The Australian International Tea Expo will also be making an appearance, for those who aren’t about that espresso life.  

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds,
When:
10am to 5pm, 30 March to 1 April
For more information, click here

BIG FASHION SALE 

If you’ve ever bought the latest edition of Vogue instead of dinner because you “felt it fed you more” then firstly, please eat something. But secondly, head to Prahran Town Hall this weekend for their huge designer clearance event. Boasting up to 80 percent off major Australian and international brands—including Lanvin, Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang and Celine—what the hell are you doing still reading this?!

Where: Prahran Town Hall, 180 Greville Street, Prahran
When:
8am to 7pm, Thursday 30 March; 10am to 6pm, Saturday 1 April; 10am to 4pm, Sunday 2 April
For more information, click here

BRICKMAN "WONDERS OF THE WORLD" EXHIBITION

For those who can’t wait for the arrival of Legoland, Melbourne Museum will play host to the biggest interactive LEGO exhibition, just in time for the school holidays. Featuring over 50 “Wonders of the World”—including the Arc de Triomphe, Empire State Building complete with King Kong, and Michelangelo’s statue of David—everything you see is masterfully created completely out of LEGO. Kids of all ages will be taken on a journey through history and will get the opportunity to help create some of the pieces in the master builder zones.

Where: Touring Hall, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton
When:
10am, Saturday 1 April to Sunday 7 May
For more information, click here

HAROLD FREEMAN: ARTIST FOR THE PEOPLE 

This Saturday launches Artist For The People, an exhibition dedicated to the works of artist and illustrator, Harold Freedman. Born in Melbourne, Freedman held the position of State Artist of Victoria for eleven years, creating murals for Spencer Street Station, the Tullamarine Airport arrival hall and the State Government Offices in Geelong. Most notable among Freedman’s works was his post-war Men of Service and Women of Service poster series. Entry to the exhibition is free.

Where: The Art Gallery of Ballarat, 40 Lydiard St North, Ballarat Central
When:
10am to 5pm, Saturday 1 April to Sunday 28 May
For more information, click here

FREE GONTRAN CHERRIER BAKING MASTERCLASS 

To celebrate the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Gontran Cherrier will be treating pastry enthusiasts with two free cooking demonstrations in the kitchen of his very own Smith Street store. Pay close attention as this master boulanger (that’s French for baker y’all) shows you how to make decadent, buttery croissants and fluffy loaves of bread, made from imported French flour.

Where: Gontran Cherrier, 140 Smith Street, Collingwood
When:
11am to 12pm, 1 and 2 April
For more information, click here

LEARN THE ART OF WINEMAKING AT TAHBILK WINERY 

Official wine partner of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Tahbilk winery is opening its cellar doors—located in the picturesque Nagambie Lakes region of central Victoria—and letting us all in on the secret art of blending wines. Under the expert guidance of one of Tahbilk’s Ambassadors, create your own unique vintage to quaff at home. Those partaking in the 11am session may also be interested in a two-course lunch at the local cafe.

Where: Tahbilk Winery, 254 Oneils Rd, Tabilk
When:11am to 2pm, daily
For more information, click here

SH!TGARDENS EXHIBITION II 

Straight out of Lawn & Order: Special Victim’s Unit, comes the second annual Sh!tGardens Exhibition and pop-up bar. Although the event may come across as a mockery of some pretty atrocious landscaping, the minds behind Sh!tGardens assure us it’s truly a celebration—with the show featuring original works alongside submissions made to their Instagram page of the same name. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

Where: Lulu Cafe and Gallery, 506 Queensbury Street, North Melbourne
When: 31 March to 2 April
For more information, click here

MEMOBOTTLE @ KIT AND ACE 

Our favourite flat-pack drink bottles are popping-up this week with a mini store at Kit and Ace in Chaddy. If you get lost in the monstrous labyrinth that is modern-day Chadstone, just raise your arm and chant “Memobottle. Memobottle”, somebody will probably help eventually. Once you’ve picked up a fancy new H2O dispenser, give Kit and Ace a good browse. It’s fresh in Aus, having just landed from the States.

Where: Chadstone Shopping Centre, Ground Level, 1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone
When: All weekend
For more information, click here.

Thursday 30 March

MASTER THE ART OF FLORISTRY 

Need an extra special bouquet of flowers to say “happy birthday”, “congratulations” or “sorry I didn’t reply to your Snapchat”? Try your hand at floristry with a free interactive workshop this Thursday at WTC Wharf, Docklands. Learn how to make a beautiful bouquet with the help of handy industry tips and tricks, and enter the draw to win passes to the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show.

Where: WTC Wharf, 18-38 Siddeley Street, Docklands
When: 11.30am to 1.30pm, Thursday 30 March
For more information, click here.

Friday 31 March

EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH OF LIVE AT ROOM 300 

This Friday officially launches Live at Room 300, the first in a series of free events rolling into Kingpin—Southbank’s new, premium tequila bar. The delicious Room 300 menu—including cauliflower popcorn with garlic aioli and rosemary polenta chips—will be accompanied by the live musical stylings of rock, pop and soul artist, James Leroy, with drinks and speciality cocktails also available. This exclusive event is free but spaces are limited so make sure you book in advance.

Where: Kingpin, Crown Melbourne, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
When:
9pm, Friday 31 March
For more information, click here

SAY FAREWELL TO THE VILLAGE 

Since its humble beginnings as the Belgian Beer Garden back in 2006, Melbournians have been gathering for beers and banter at the Village Melbourne for 11 years. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end, and this historical building must finally close its doors—but not before having one final hoorah. This Friday, head down to St Kilda Road from 12pm and raise a glass as we bid farewell to The Village. Vale old friend.

Where: Village Melbourne, 557 St Kilda Road, Melbourne  
When:
12pm, Friday 31 March
For more information, click here.

Saturday 1 April

RELATIONSHIPS WITH LAND AND SEA

You know a dinner is good when they’re flying in two-hatted chef Dylan Kemp from The Royal Mail to cook it (okay, he probably drove, but that sounds way less exclusive). Relationships With Land and Sea is a 4-course celebration of local produce from, you guessed it, the land and the sea (can produce come from anywhere else? The air? Space?) Who cares, it’ll be delicious.  Kemp will be dishing up the best ingredients from suppliers Sher Wagyu, Ocean Made Seafood, Signature Oysters and Yarra Valley Farms. Top it all off with paired vino, courtesy of Chalmers Wines. Just take our money.

Where: Dutchess, 146 Flinders St, Melbourne
When:
12pm, Saturday 1 April
For more information, click here

Sunday 2 April

+39 PIZZERIA'S FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY

Our favourite naughty and slice friends at +39 Pizzeria are turning one this Sunday! To celebrate Toorak’s inaugural first birthday, the team are throwing the ultimate Aperifesta party with flavour-loaded spuntini (snacks) and drinks championing Campari and Aperol. A mere twenty will buy you entry from 3pm and includes your first classic Italian aperitivo, along with finger-food throughout the night. Nibble your way through cheese-topped mini pizzas, polenta chips with truffle mayo and creamy prosciutto croquettes. You knead to get a pizza this party.

Where: +39 Pizzeria, 517 Malvern Road, Toorak
When:
3pm to 10pm, Sunday 2 April
For more information, click here

SMORGASBURB

We’ve all got a soft spot for parma and chips (it’s called our stomachs #fitspo) but it’s fair to say pub grub has evolved over the last 10 years. These days you’re more likely to find Kombu-cured Cobia with yuzu kosho at The Garden State Hotel, or the chefs at The Terminus dishing up Bossan pork belly and kimchi tacos. Enter Smorgasburb, a collection of Melbourne’s best gastro pubs, coming together to celebrate all things that pair well with schooners and pool. It’s a Food & Wine Festival event, so you can bet tickets will go quick. Don’t hang about.

Where: Bridge Hotel, 642 Bridge Road, Richmond
When: 12pm to 7pm, Sunday 2 April
For more information, click here

ONE THE BEND/ ON THE MEND 

It’s not hard to attract Melbournians. Chuck the words ‘coffee’ and ‘beer’ together and we’ll swarm like a hive of artisanal bees. We’re guessing that’s the thinking behind On The Bend/On The Mend, a one-day booze/latte fest at Thornbury favourite, 3 Ravens Brewery. There will be six local brewers and six local roasters on site, tastings galore, coffee and beer workshops and a Maker & Monger Raclette cheese bar. Pick your poison and tuck in.

Where: 3 Ravens Brewery, 1 Theobold Street, Thornbury
When:
12pm to 5pm, Sunday 2 April
For more information, click here

DANDENONG WORLD FARE 

Market-lovers, this one’s for you. On Sunday, Dandenong will be getting seriously cosmopolitan with an epic World Fare event. We’re talking a hand-picked selection of 40 of the best food trucks and local producers, serving up taste sensations from all seven continents (well, probs not Antarctica, but we can still hope). Crafties and knick-knack tragics are also well taken care of: there’ll be over 200 stalls near the corner of Clow St and Cleeland. Bargains and unnecessary purchases are inevitable.   

Where: Dandenong Market, corner of Clow Street and Cleeland Street, Dandenong
When:
10am to 4pm, Sunday 2 April
For more information, click here

LEELI DESIGN JEWELLERY LAUNCH 

Boutique jewellery plus a free glass of bubbles on arrival? Just point us in the right direction and get out of our way. Independent designer Leeli is hosting her first jewellery party at United Kitchen Dining & Tapas in St Kilda on Sunday. Browse the new collection, enjoy some cheeky tapas and cocktails (there’ll be specials on offer) and go in the draw to win a necklace worth over 200 bucks. Nice one.

Where: United Kitchen Dining & Tapas, 52 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
When:
3pm to 6pm, Sunday 2nd April
For more information, click here.

For The Diary

ALTITUDE SHIFT

Abseiling 27 floors down the sheer face of a Melbourne building is not everyone’s cup of terror, but if heights are your thing, check out Altitude Shift, a fundraising campaign to support young people living in care. Help them achieve their fundraising goals ($150k at the moment) and you’ll get the chance to launch yourself off 535 Bourke St in the CBD. Form an orderly queue: it’s only open to the first 200 sign-ups. Get those tins rattling.   

Where: St James, 535 Bourke Street, Melbourne
When:
8am to 5pm, 28 to 29 April
For more information, click here.

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Image credit: +39 Pizzeria

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