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19 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Steff Tan - 09 Nov 2017

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Cheers to the weekend, everybody, because finally, Melbourne’s weather is getting better…consistently better. Get your shirts, skirts, and shorts out, because there are a heap and a half of things to do this weekend. November must be the month of markets—there's a bunch on this weekend. Christmas shopping sorted, as well as boozy activities to keep things buzzin’ from your Cup Day win…or loss.

Maybe bring a light jacket (just in case) when you check out these 19 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend.  

All Weekend

STATE ROSE & GARDEN SHOW 2017

Think hayfever’s for the weak? Well, prove your subhuman strength at this year’s State Rose & Garden Show (we honestly just sneezed typing that). Filling the air with pollen at Wyndham City this weekend, the blossoming event will showcase the best of Australia’s flora, complete with guided tours through the gardens. There’ll also be experts to help stop you committing serial plant murder.

Where: Victoria State Rose Garden, Werribee South
When: 10am-4pm
For more info, click here.

THE WEEKEND OF BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

Five concerts, three days, three venues—challenge accepted. No but seriously, for those keen on all things music (and there’ll be a very diverse range) then make sure you drop by the Hawthorn Arts Centre this weekend for classical, jazz, and pop tunes galore. The weekend will begin with ARIA-nominated songwriter Holly Throsby, when she performs live and solo. Melbournian Georgia Field’s will also be performing her unique sound in collaboration with The Andromeda String Quartet. Time to feel talentless #yay.

Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn
When: All weekend
For more info, click here.

MENULOG AT THE NIGHT NOODLE MARKET

Running its own stall at this year’s Night Noodle Market, Menulog will be having its own lil’ Home Zone delivery system set up, so you don’t have to grow old in queues anymore. Instead, you can hit up the Home Zone for free, pick a spot to chill, and then wait for the green team to take your order from all the popular stalls at the market. Every order also gets you closer to winning $500 worth of Menulog meals at the market. Sounds like a damn good deal to us.

Where: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
When: 9-26 November
For more info, click here.

HOUSE OF VANS

Culture icon Vans are throwing a helluva party this weekend when House of Vans takes over the Meat Market. Packed with a weekend worth of activities, this is your chance to witness gigs from Ali Barter, Little Brother and Trophy Eyes, just to name a few. Other line-ups includes art exhibitions and D.I.Y workshops from local artists like Phillipjvo.A. Skateboarding and BMX demos will also drop…literally when they show off on the 6’ mini ramp. Run, roll, and stomp your way through this weekend.

Where: Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St
When: All weekend 
For more info, click here.

SNEAKER PARTY AT HIGHPOINT

Still got shoes on the mind? Then head on over to Highpoint anytime this weekend for an exclusive sneaker showcase. It’s all about celebrating the brand new JD Sports store opening with over 80 sneakers hitting the shelves. Shoppers also have the chance to win a $500 JD sports voucher for a fresh pair of kicks. Stick around and you might just feel the need to get a pair of custom-engraved lace locks or a custom sneaker design from illustrator Bianca Beers.

Where: Highpoint Shopping Centre, Level 1, The Junction
When: 9–12 November 
For more info, click here.

THE A LIFE

The A Life is a movement studio for all things fitness and health, and they’re turning one this Friday (three cheers!). To celebrate, they’re transforming their studio into an exhibition with a string of photography, watercolour art, fine art and projections for all the vibes. Of co, rse there’ll also be Remedy Kombucha in all your fave flavours and ACE cookies to nibble throughout the night.

Where: 699 Nicholson St, Carlton North
When: Kicks off at 7pm on 10 November 
For more info, click here.

CIRCUS OZ

Because attending a normal circus isn’t cool enough, the freakishly bendy folk at Circus Oz are delving into experimental circus just for you #mysterious. Think spinning stunts, flips, and falls from soaring heights all interwoven with some quality narrative. The Sidesault At The Melba Fest will be dazzling us until the 18 November, so get in quick with tickets to experience some of the most talented (albeit overly flexible) circus performers across the country.

Where: The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street Collingwood
When: 6:30pm
For more info, click here.

Friday 10 November

GOING DOWN SWINGING LAUNCH

Going Down Swinging is the place to source Australia’s talent with the mighty pen and paper. For thirty-seven glorious years, the team behind the literary journal have produced an impressive collection of digital and print multi-formatted works. And this Friday they’re launching #38. There’ll be drinks and jaffles throughout the night, as well as a spoken word performance from Fury. $20 bucks will get you in with a copy of their latest anthology and a free drink.

Where: BIGBANG Studio, 1/177 Beavers Rd Northcote
When: 7pm
For more info, click here.
 

THE LINDEN POSTCARD SHOW

Just imagine a gallery filled with postcard-sized artworks—that’ll be the reality at the 2017/18 Linden Postcard show. Showcasing a wide range of contemporary artists (amateur and professional), the postcard show is all about equal opportunity for creators and appreciators of Australian modern art. Kicking off this Friday, the exhibition will run all the way into the New Year.

Where: Domain House, Dallas Brooks Dr Melbourne
When: 10 November 2017 – 12 January 2018
For more info, click here.

Saturday 11 November

PEEL STREET FESTIVAL

In the heart of Collingwood comes the first ever Peel Street Festival, celebrating the community’s musical talents. Musos include Archie Roach, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks, and Uncle Jack Charles who’ll be stealing the main stage. Community stalls will also be set up, plus a few of your favourites like Sisterworks, Toasta, and Yesteryear Vintage.

Where: Peel Street, Collingwood
When: 12pm-8pm
For more info, click here.

KERRI GREENS

New wine-rs on the block, Kerri Greens are opening their cellar doors in Red Hill. To celebrate their launch, mates and co-owners Tom McCarthy and Lucas Blanck are joining forces with friends Sam Hambour and Hop Nation’s Duncan Gibson to showcase what 2018’s summer has to offer in the beer and wines department. It’ll be a boozy weekend, so time to draw straws for this weekend’s deso driver.

Where: Kerri Greens Winery, 38 Paringa Rd Red Hill
When: 11:30am
For more info, click here.

COPRESENTS TICKETS

The annual student x music industry event of the year’s back with the best of Melbourne’s local talent coming together in support of HoMie—Melbourne’s very own organisation, creating opportunities for our homeless. Hosted by Copresents, the day will be packed with live shows spread across two stages, food trucks to keep them tum tums happy, and live art performances. And it's all for a good cause. 

Where: RMIT City Campus, Russell Street
When: 1pm
For more info, click here.

GIN & GELATO FESTIVAL

Bringing together opposite sides of the spectrum, the Bayside Garden Party are throwing a Gin & Gelato fest at Gill’s Nursery this weekend for you to get sugar-high and tipsy. That’s GIN and GELATO at Gill’s, in case you missed it. On the day’s schedule are a handful of food trucks to soak up the specialty gin cocktails, special tastings of the finest gin distilleries and Melbourne’s freshest gelato.

Where: Gill’s Nursery, 266 Bay Rd Cheltenham
When: 2pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 12 November

SMOOTHIE BOWL WORKSHOP

It might look easy, but creating the perfect Insta-worthy food is a bit of challenge. Even something like a smoothie bowl could take a ridiculous amount of time to perfect. Enter Gather & Feast’s Ashley Alexander who’ll be generously sharing her time and skill to school us peasants in how to make things look pretty. In this three hour workshop, you’ll learn how to use fresh produce and essential oils to create Ashley’s signature Insta smoothie bowls with the help of Elaine So from Pana Chocolate.

Where: Aunty Peg’s, 200 Wellington St Collingwood
For more info, click here.

GARDEN PARTY

If you’re getting a bit impatient for the holidays to come around, treat yourself with a weekend escape at The Rob Dolan Wines cellar. This weekend they're playing host to a garden party with live music from The Scrimms and beer by The Public Brewery. Rob Dolan will be providing the wine goods and The Farm Valley have all your snacks sorted. But in case that’s not enough, there’ll also be cheese platters by Stone and Crow Cheese. With Melbourne’s weather finally looking up, it’s time to test out all those summer outfits.  

Where: 21-23 Delaneys Rd Warrandyte South
When: 11am-5pm
For more info, click here.

THE MAKERS AND SHAKERS MARKET

One of the hottest places to shake up your interior game is undoubtedly The Makers and Shakers Market. You can find the very best of food and lifestyle products when they touch down in Melbourne at the Coburg Town Hall this Sunday. A mix of established and emerging artists, all items are proudly local. And just to give you a sneak peek of what sort of nibbles to expect, there’ll be specialty coffee, cookies, doughnuts, ice-cream, and vegan and vego options.

Where: Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell Street Coburg
When: 10am-3pm, Sunday 12 November
For more info, click 
here.

WORLD VEGAN DAY

With an open invitation, everyone is welcome to come and celebrate World Vegan Day this Sunday. No matter what you believe in, this day is all about coming together over some food, drinks, fashion, music, and speed-dating to shed more light on veganism. Learn from the experts or explore the hundreds of vegan stalls for some quality everything.

Where: Flemington Showgrounds
When: 10am-7pm, 12 November
For more info, click 
here.

THE SOCIAL MARKET

Another market to add to your weekly calendar is the brand spankin’ new Sunday market at Brighton. Half Moon café will host The Social Market filling the inside and surrounding area of the venue with handmade jewellery from Wildflower, Elrose Design, and the grooviest vintage clothing from Yesteryear. There’ll also be adorable terrariums from Ella Terrariums and psychedelic clothes and accessories from Frothlyf for all your festival needs. And that’s just to name a few.

Where: Half Moon, 120 Church St Brighton
When: 10am-sunset
For more info, click here.
 

BEACH TO THE VINEYARD

Yoga and wine—it’s a win, win. Power and yoga couple, Patrick Beach and Carling Harps will be hosting a day of yoga, food, and wine. The day will kick off at the Panton Family Vineyard with some yoga to feed your mind, body, and soul before downward-dog-stretching into some wine and platters on a couple of picnic rugs. If you had to whip out the fitness gear and get sweaty, where better than on a stunning vineyard right?

Where: Panton Vineyard, 11 Shoreham Road, Shoreham
When: Sunday 12 November
For more info, click 
here.

MAROONDAH FESTIVAL 2017

Returning for its 28th year, the Maroondah Festival will be taking over Croydon’s Town Park when it delivers all the goods for an action-packed family day. A day for all ages, kids can go wild at the Kids Kingdom while teens can act cool at the Youth Space. Adults can wander ‘round the Artisan Market or set up camp at the Tastes of Maroondah Stage. Weather-willing, this is defs a day to bring the family together.

Where: Town Park, Norton Rd Croydon
When: 10am-4pm
For more info, click here.

For the Diary

COBURG NIGHT MARKET

Ready your money sacks, there’s another night market touching down this November. Kicking off Friday November 24 and returning every Friday until December 15, the Coburg Night Market will feature a heap of local talent and goodies to make you forget about all those mozzies. Get in early for all the arty gifts—you know you’ll need them come Christmas.

Where: Bridges Reserve, Coburg
When: 5:30pm-10pm
For more info, click here.

THE CREATORS MARKET

What? Another market—you better damn well believe it, but this one’s for the diary…for now. Returning to Prahran later this month, The Creators Market will have its final hurrah at the town hall before moving on to its next destination. So if you’re a Prahran local, you best drop by. You know the drill—expect handmade crafts, exquisite culinary creations, and designer goodies you’d only find at a Melbourne market.  

Where: Prahran Town Hall, 180 Greville Street Prahran
When: 10am-3pm, November 25
For more info, click here.

SCHOOL OF LIFE WITH RONNI KAHN

The School of Life’s latest teacher will be OzHarvet’s Ronni Kahn, sharing her knowledge and thoughts on generosity. With anthropologist Dr Monty Badami, Ronni will be discussing the many different layers to generosity, especially at this time of the year. We donate money but out of duty or compassion? #deep Grab your tickets now for an enlightening evening at School of Life.

Where: The White House, 11 Princes Street St Kilda
When: Monday 11 December
For more info, click here

Speaking of things to do, there's a Marvel Exhibition coming to Melbourne. 

Image Credit: State Rose & Garden Show 

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