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19 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Steff Tan - 19 Oct 2017

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Grab your packet of Zyrtec and hit the streets, ‘cos there are one too many cool things to check out this weekend. Our very own Melbournised Pokémon Go (you’ll get it in a sec), plenty of burger events for #gainz, and you'll finally have the perfect excuse to whip out your Hannah Montana and or Lizzie McGuire merch (the stuff that hasn't seen the light of day since Disney remakes became a thing).

Shower off those Friday night naps with these 18 seriously awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

All Weekend

THE STONELEIGH PROJECT

Wine and virtual reality? Hell yeah. The Stoneleigh Project, hosted by Stoneleigh Winemakers, will be transforming an empty warehouse into an interactive and virtual experience for curious wine enthusiasts. For an idea of what’s on show, a flowing virtual river, complete with ancient river stones and rays of sunlight, will depict the philosophy of winemaking. The event is free and ticketless. But if you feel like something beyond the available samples, glasses will be available at the pop-up bar. And if you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll be invited to a secret dining room and treated to a three-course dinner (with complimentary wine of course).   

Where: 524 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: From Friday 13 October to Sunday 5 November 
  
For more info, click here.

BOOZY BRUNCH AT LONA

Last Saturday, St Kilda tapas bar, Lona, introduced bayside to a specially curated weekend brunch menu for lovers of Spanish flavours (with a boozy Melbourne kick). Think insta-worthy poached eggs, crispy pork belly, jalapenos, and smashed avo—of course. On the side, there'll be plenty of Bloody Mary’s to soak up the seaside with. Lona have also thrown in a bunch of brekkie burgers stuffed with wagyu beef patties and truffle salami to satisfy the boyfriends of Instagram. Get around it. 

Where: Lona, 64-66 Acland St, St Kilda  
When: Weekends
For more info, click here.

DAMSELFLY POP-UP SHOP

PSA: the aesthetic pop-culture gods over at Damselfly are setting up a pop-up shop with up to 80% off candles, jewellery, and other must-need lifestyle items. We’re talking “Boy Bye” candles and “Live A F*CK Yes Life” body lotion for all the good morning vibes. Haters be gone. Damselfly will be popping up from 10am to 6pm this Thursday and Friday and 10am to 2pm on Saturday.

Where: 1/458 Bridge Rd, Richmond
When: Thursday-Saturday
For more info, click here.
 

Friday 20 October

ZAMBRERO MEAL PACKING DAY

Join Zambrero in their fight against hunger at this year’s meal packing day. Joining ranks with Rise Against Hunger, Plate 4 Plate will be the dynamic duos' fourth annual day, donating their goal of 500,000 nutritious meals to communities in East Timor and Madagascar. All you have to do is join the team either as a volunteer at one of the many packing day locations across Australia, or you can simply volunteer your tum-tum and enjoy a burrito bowl. Usually buying one meal means another one will be donated, but this Friday, two meals will be donated. Hit up their Grab & Go selection and any item purchased means two meals to tackle hunger in our own backyards. Just fifty people can package 10,000 meals so get packin’ and eatin’.

Where: Malvern Town Hall, Malvern
When: 3pm-5pm
For more info, click here.

LIZZIE MCGUIRE VS HANNAH MONTANA

Aight 90s kids, it’s your time to shine. This is what dreams are made of, because for one night only, the best of both worlds are colliding for a Hoedown Throwdown between our two much-loved tween queens. All your favourite Lizzie McGuire and Hannah Montana hits (as well as the So Fresh hits of the 2000s) will be playing to boom de clap to. But the night doesn’t end there, because all your favourite episodes will be playing on projectors all night long, with a free photo booth on the side. Rock up in classic Lizzie McGuire or Hannah Montana merch and you can score a free drink on early. $50 bar tab to best dressed in the most 2000s inspired outfit.

Where: Supersmall Club, 147 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
When: 10pm
For more info, click here.

HUNTING FOR GEORGE

Homeware heroes, Hunting For George have launched their first ever experience store in Highpoint, and you’re invited to the party. If your guilty pleasure is tons and tons of throw pillows, then head on down to talk styling and take part in workshops and events. To celebrate the launch, the first 100 shoppers will receive gifts, ranging from prices between $50 and a staggering $1,500 in the form of gift vouchers and products from Marimekko, Kip & Co, and Triumph & Disaster (just to namedrop a few).

Where:  Hunting For George, Highpoint
When: 6pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 21 October

HALLOWINE

For a totally spooktacular (and alcoholic) Hallowine, Mitchelton Winery are hosting a feastly night of sumptuous banquets and u n l i m i t e d pouring of Mitchelton Wines and beer. The mysterious night is still under wraps, but you can expect plenty of entertainment, cellar tours, and an abundance of surprises.   If you’re not familiar with Mitchelton’s annual Hallowine events, we must warn you that the costumes of the night are the real deal so if you’re keen; you better start hitting up eBay early.

Where: Mitchelton Winery, 470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie
When: 7pm-3am
For more info, click here.

FREE CAULFIELD FASHION SHOW 

Melbourne is getting a FREE outdoor, open-air fashion show, because we know how much you love feeling the wind in your hair. As part of BMW Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 21 October, your favourite brands will be showcasing the latest spring and summer trends on an open air-runway. There will also be a free beauty bar (complete with brow touch-ups and more!) and a smorgasbord of superb food, drinks and live entertainment. For all the details, head here.

SAUSAGE EATING COMPETITION AT MUNICH BRAUHAUS

ICYMI we’re teaming up with Munich Brauhaus to host a sausage eating competition this Saturding Yes, you read that right. We want you to stuff yourself with as many sausages as you can in one minute and FYI the world record is 8. Did we mention there’s free beer on entry for the first 99 people? Register here.

Where: Munich Brauhaus, South Wharf
Get all the deets here.

INDOOR PLANT WAREHOUSE SALE

Warehouse sale alert! This Saturday, Collingwood’s Greener House are throwing a massive sale for lovers of indoor plants. Breathe a breath of fresh air into your homes with an array of Devil Ivy’s, Fiddle Fig, and Pilea Aluminium up for grabs to have you feeling like Professor Sprout. All the plants are Australian-grown and loved, so prepare to spend this week’s pay. Get sussing asap because the green thumbs behind the event are hosting giveaways. EFTPOS is available and parking is free.

Where: Greener House Nursery, Alexandra Parade (enter through Nordik Living showroom)
When: 10am-4pm
For more info, click here.

FROCKING FOR A CAUSE

Superstar sisters Lauren and Erin Ritchie are hosting the Frocktober Charity Gala at the Sheraton Hotel, raising money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. But this isn’t just any gala: the sisters have hosted month-long challenges of wearing a different dress for every day of October so you can bet the farshun levels are going to be high at this one. The sisters recommend wearing the best frock you can get your hands on.

Where: Sheraton Hotel, Little Collins St
When: 7pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 22 October

CHECK THE RHYME

This Sunday, Section 8 will be celebrating a massive line-up of diverse street artists, musos, and dancers from all over Melbourne. Badass illustrator, Aki Yaguchi will be painting body art, Digable Goods will be live-painting some groovy prints straight onto canvas, and Doc.G will be taking over the laneway with street-art. So if you’re keen on seeing what Melbourne’s youth are up to, be sure to drop by this nine-hour event of diversity, art, and culture.

Where: Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane
When: 1pm
For more info, click here.

WAYFINDER LIVE 2017

Food and game-lovers unite, coz Melbourne International Games Week is launching a new mobile game, based in Melbs. Gather a team and race in search of 16 coded markers hidden around the city for some super-secret offers only available to Wayfinder Live players. Using the same sort of tech as Pokémon Go!, Wayfinder will make its players head outside to track down participating restaurants, bars, and cafes. Just to give you an idea of who’s taking part, there’s MoVida, Ho Chi Mama, and Arbory Bar & Eatery just to name three. Gotta eat ‘em all!

Where: ACMI (starting point)
When: 22-29 October
For more info, click here.

DIWALI FAMILY DAY

The second annual Diwali Family Day will be taking over Dandenong Markets to celebrate the Hindu festival. With already 200 stalls ready to go, another 12 Indian street-food vendors have joined the party, in case your food truck paralysis couldn’t get any worse. Headlining the mammoth group will be Babaji’s Kitchen, Bombay Bitez, and Tibetan Momo Kitchen, just to give you a sliver of what the day will offer. Also on hand will be some live entertainment, henna art, and turban styling.

Where: Market Square, Dandenong Market
When: 10am-4pm
For more info, click here.

THE HAPPY EVENT

If you’ve ever found yourself burning out and feeling a little blue, then head to the enlightening The Happy Event at The Beatt for a night of all things happy. The crew will showcase a panel of special guests, including Yoga teacher and writer, Emma Maidment; Manoj Dias, the co-founder of Australia’s first multi-disciplinary meditation studio, A-SPACE; and Sasha Stewart, a Holistic Lifestyle Coach and Meditation teacher. Afterwards, award-winning documentary “Happy” will be screened to add to the encouraging night.

Where: The Beatt Café, 24 Beatty Ave, Armadale
When: 6:30pm-8:30pm
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

ZOO TWILIGHTS HAS ANNOUNCED THEIR LINEUP

On paper, Zoo Twilights has a pretty compelling argument: live music in the sunshine and helping out an adorable endangered Aussie animal (that's the Eastern Barred Bandicoot)… but did we mention the food trucks and booze?! A mouth-watering selection of foodie gems and pop-up bars will be on hand to help sate your appetite as you bliss out to epic tunes from Ben Folds, The Cat Empire, Cut Copy, The Preatures and more.

When: 26 January – 10 March 2018
Where: Melbourne Zoo
Tickets: Get them here.

SPRING WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL 

Pop-up prosecco bars, Rosé and fresh oysters—what more could you want from the weekend?! Brown Brothers Spring Wine & Food Festival is running over Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 November, and will see their Milawa winery transformed into a buzzing hub of live entertainment (including seven bands over the course of the weekend), street food and (of course) wine. Some of the highlights include masterclasses from chef Adam Liaw, hawker-style street food and miniature farmer’s market showcasing the best of the King Valley.

Check out all the details here. 

PIZZA VS BURGER

Honestly, both are equally mouth-watering in our eyes, but Ombra Salumi Bar and frenemy, Huxtaburger, disagree. They're gonna butt heads for one messy afternoon. Swapping corners, Huxtaburger’s Daniel Wilson will try his best at pizza-making while Ombra’s Carlo Grossi will try his best at burgers. Then for our eating pleasure, they’ll return to what they do best and whip up some of Melbourne’s best pizza and burgers...with just a lil debating and voting on the side. And yes just to clarify, that means one whole pizza and burger and beer to stuff yourself with.  

Where: Ombra, 76 Bourke Street
When: 12:30, Sunday 29 October
For more info, click here.
 

WELLNESS RETREAT

We thought we’d let you know there’s going to be a wellness retreat spreading zen at The Olsen Hotel come November 4. If yoga, Pilates, and total relaxation magically make your activewear appear, then grab your yoga baby squad for a day of healthy eating and living. The retreat will include Pilate classes, nutrition and stress workshops, a healthy lunch by Spoonbill, and a spring goal-setting workshop.

Where: The Olsen Hotel, South Yarra
When: 10:45am-5pm, Saturday 4 November
For info, click here.

CORK & CHROMA

Fancy a paint and a sip of vino? Cork and Chroma is the perfect destination to re-visit high-school art classes…but with alcohol this time. The very talented (and patient) team at Melbourne’s Cork and Chroma will school you on all you need to know to produce a Van Gogh or an accidental Jackson Pollock. Even the most clumsy and non-arty people will walk out the door with a not-so-bad-looking painting that’ll go straight to the pool room.

Classes run regularly. For more info, click here.

Day Of The Dead At Baxters Lot

If you know anything about us, then you’ll know that we prefer to start the weekend early, on a Thursday ideally. The guys over at Baxters Lot agree, so they’re offering a variety of delicious Espolon Tequila cocktails to celebrate Day of the Dead. There’ll even be face painting for one night only (3 November) to get you in the mood. Drink Responsibly.

When: Daily until 19 November
Where: Baxters Lot 

Got burgers on the mind? Check out these five new burger places here.  

Image Credit: Griffin Simm | Brown Brothers

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