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18 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By James Shackell - 07 Sep 2017


Spring is in the air people. You can officially ditch the big winter coat and frolic down the street wearing nothing but a crown of daffodils (at least, that’s what we’ll be doing. You can use daisies if you want).

Looks like the city’s celebrating too, because we’ve got an action-packed line-up for you this weekend. A festival dedicated to death (morbid, yet potentially interesting), Miyazaki film screenings, Oktoberfest preparations and zombie theatre. It’s all happening this weekend in Melbourne.

All Weekend

Melbourne Festival Of Death And Dying

Death AND dying guys, because you can’t have one without the other. Yep, Melbourne’s getting its most morbid festival yet this weekend: two days of workshops, performances, talks and ceremonies, all about what happens after, you know, life is extinguished. It’s the brainchild of Peter Banki—the founder of Sydney’s Festival of Really Good Sex. Expect workshops like ‘Share My Coffin’ with performance maker Allan Schacher. Your guess is as good as ours.

Where: Dancehouse Studios: 150 Princes Street, North Carlton
When: 9 – 10 September
For more info, click here.

World Wide Wander

This weekend, you may notice groups of people wandering the streets, solving problems and pondering questions. It’s all part of a global initiative called World Wide Wander, from social enterprise Street Wisdom. Basically it’s a collection of real world workshops designed to help you see the magic in everyday streets. Part psychology, part treasure hunt, part mindfulness. It’s hard to put into words. Better give it a try and report back.

Where: All over Melbourne
When: 8 – 10 September
For more info, click here.

Anno Zombie

It’s the year 2017 and the zombie apocalypse has finally happened. A group of desperate survivors are holed up in a Melbourne department store. Thank god someone remembered to bring the coffee. Anno Zombie is the latest theatre production to take over Chapel Off Chapel: a zombie-based comedy from Bridgette Burton and Natasha Broadstock. Early reviews are raving. Should be a brain-gobbling good time.  

Where: Chapel on Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St
When: 6 – 16 September
For more info, click here.

Escape Week

If you haven’t tried an Escape Room yet (aka the greatest relationship test since building an Ikea coffee table), this is the weekend to do it. For the first time, escape rooms all over Australia are joining together to host Escape Week. Basically, 20% of all money raised over the next few days will be going straight to The Black Dog Institute, to help people suffering from mental illness. A bit of fun for a good cause—get behind it if you can.

Where: Various escape rooms across Melbourne
When: 11 – 17 September
For more info, click here.

Friday 8 September

Bollywood At Baw Baw

The one upside of freezing our ass off in September? The ski season has been extended. In fact Mt Baw Baw are so exicted, they're launching their own Bollywood dance festival this weekend. There's gonna be Bollywood dancers, Henna tattoos, Indian drinks and food trucks on standby, plus a few workshops for you to work on your Bollywood moves. Not to mention Mt Baw Baw's snow levels, which are sitting at a sweet 64cm right about now. Road trip this weekend?

Where: Mt Baw Baw
When: 9 & 10 September
For more info, click here

Saturday 9 September

Death To Nuggets ‘Eating Nemo’

Struggling to get the kids to eat their veggies? This one’s for you. Death To Nuggets is a healthy food initiative from former advertising exec Jonathan Pangu. They’re hosting a series of dinners for parents and kids, and this weekend it’s a seafood theme: ‘Eating Nemo’ (love that title). Four courses, all stuffed with vegetable goodness that’ll teach your kids to love the healthy stuff. The menu was designed by chef Laura Neville, ex Soho House in London. Should be yum.

Where: My Son Joy, 315 Coventry St
When: 5:30pm – 8pm, Saturday 9 September
For more info, click here.

Winemakers’ Dinner At Terindah Estate

Saturday night at one of Victoria’s top wineries? Sounds like a plan. Terindah Estate is hosting its annual Winemakers’ Dinner this weekend, and these things always go off. Head winemaker, Tim Bryne, and Terindah’s new head chef, Ivan Roianov, have created a five-course menu matched with several new release vintages. Ticket includes canapés and sparkling on arrival, and there’ll be a few limited-edition bottles available for purchase on the night.

When: From 7pm, Saturday 9 September
Where: Terindah Estate 90 McAdams Lane Bellarine
For more info, click here.

Sunday 10 September

Flour Market Spring Fling

Yep, the Flour Market is back for another season of cakes, doughnuts, croissants and other things that take a flamethrower to the delicate ice-sculpture that is our self-discipline. This year’s line-up includes familiar favourites like Luxbite, Cherry Cakes, and Cobb Lane, and new friends like The Pie Shopau79, and Bistro Morgan. Need a sweetener? Entry is a cool $2 until it’s all sold out.

Where: Collingwood Town Hall, 140 Hoddle Street Abbotsford Vic 3067
When: 9am until sold-out, Sunday 10 September
For more details, 
click here.

Studio Ghibli Showcase at ACMI

If you haven’t heard about the massive Studio Ghibli showcase coming to Melbourne, here’s where you can get up to speed. The important bits: this weekend there’s still tickets available to screenings of a bunch of Ghibli classics, including Spirited Away (10:30am, Sunday 10 September), From Up On Poppy Hill (7:30, Saturday 9 September) and Howl’s Moving Castle (1pm Sunday 10 September). Get in quick though. Tickets ain’t gonna last.

Where: ACMI
When: Various times
For more info, click here.

Cracker Barrel Free Cheese Delivery

Yep, this Sunday you can sit at home in your underwear and get free cheese delivered right to your door (pro tip: put some pants on before opening the door). It’s all thanks to Cracker Barrel, who are launching their Catch Up Packs in September with the help of Foodora. Here’s how it works: find the Cracker Barrel ‘restaurant’ on the Foodora app, and order a Catch Up Pack. You get cheese (yum), crackers (yum) plus conversation cards, designed to get you off your phone and actually talking to other human beings. A nice initiative.

Where: Foodora App
When: From 2pm, every Sunday in September
For more info, click here.

Cookie Artisan Wine & Beer Market

Everyone's favourite CBD thai joint is throwing a boozy shindig this Sunday. For one day only, Cookie will host the Artisan Wine & Beer Market, a collab with Giorgio De Maria of Fun Wines: a day of wine and beer tasting, plus special matched Thai snacks from Cookie's head chef, Karen Batson. Reps from a bunch of boutique wine and beer labels will be on site to walk you through the tasting notes, and the tickets will set you back a cheeky $20. Sunday sesh?

Where: Cookie, 252 Swanston St
When: 1pm – 5pm, Sunday 10 September
For more info, click here

For The Diary

Champagne And Caviar At Nobu

Bit of a fancy one here. Throughout 2017, Crown has been hosting its annual Wine Dinner Series (essentially matched boutique wines with fancy dinners), and the fourth instalment is on next week. Nobu’s Matsuhisa and the team will be putting on an epic spread, paired with the Champagne region's most exquisite Cuveée Prestige wines. There’ll also be top-notch caviar and drops from Tattinger, Dom Perignon and Cristal. Schmancy factor = high.

Where: Nobu, Crown
When: 6:30pm, Tuesday 12 September
For more info, click here.

Flavours That Made Shanghai Famous

David’s is chef David Zhou’s flagship Melbourne restaurant, and it’s been going strong since 1989 (try the dumplings, you won’t regret it). At the end of the month, they’re hosting a one-off five-course dinner, celebrating the flavours of Shanghai. Zhou recently went to China on a trip with the family, and he’s brought back recipes like sweet brown sugar buns and honeyed Jamon with wonton skin. Pro tip: upgrade your package to include matching booze. Totes worth it.

Where: David’s, 4 Cecil Pl Prahran
When: 7pm, 21 September
For more info, click here.

Cherry Blossom Festival At Sake

Sake Flinders Lane and Sake Southbank have launched their annual cherry blossom festival, a celebration of all things spring and delicious. There’ll be a new range of seasonal cocktails (one unveiled each week in September), including E-Momo-Ji  (sake, Cherry Heering, peach puree, lemon and Peychauds) and Hibiscus Bloom (house-infused hibiscus sake with Aloe Vera, Ketal One and Chandon). Sake’s recently returned head chef Sean Presland will also be hosting Sushi & Sashimi Masterclass on Saturday 23 September. That’s one you definitely don’t want to miss.

Where: Sake Flinders Ln and Sake Southbank
When: 4 – 30 September
For more info, click here.

Pontoon & Fancy Hanks Collab

One for the seafood fans. Earth X Sea X Smoke is a dinner collab between the geniuses at Fancy Hanks BBQ and St Kilda’s Pontoon restaurant. On Tuesday 5 October they’re launching a seafood BBQ extravaganza, cooked to perfection on the custom 4-metre grill. Seven courses, including tempura Moreton Bay bug rolls with wasabi mayo, fennel slaw and sea blight, grilled swordfish with red pepper dressing, beef short rib, soured fermented beetroot and smoked beetroot BBQ sauce and coconut cream pie with quince. Delish.

Where: Pontoon, St Kilda
When: 7pm, Tuesday 5 October
For more info, click here.

Oktoberfest In The Gardens

Beer, Bavarians and Oompa music. It’s gotta be Oktoberfest In The Gardens, back for another year of lederhosen-filled fun. This thing has sold out every year for the last six years, so if you want to get your hands on a commemorative stein (not to mention pretzel stalls, resident DJs, a silent disco and LOTS of beer), you’d better book now. You even gat a free can of German beer on arrival. Wunderbar.

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds
When: From 2pm, Saturday 14 October
For more info, click here.

Etiko Pop-Up Shop

Melbourne’s favourite fair-trading, vegan and organic-focussed clothing brand is hosting its first ever pop-up this month, based in the South Melbourne Market. This brand does the right thing. All of its threads are sustainable and ethical, and a lot of the money it makes goes back into the communities where the clothes are produced. You can check out their latest look book on Insta for a little inspiration.

Where: South Melbourne Market
When: Sunday 17 September
For more info, click here.

Grape And Grain

It’s not often grain and grappa get together for a night on the town, but that’s exactly what’s happening this month at Polperro Cellar Door. The guys from Polperro have joined forces with the team at Mornington Peninsula Brewery to host a matched dinner: four delicious courses from the Polperro kitchen, plus paired wines and beers and tasting notes from Mornington’s head brewer, Andrew.

Where: Polperro Wines, 150 Red hill Rd
When: 7pm, Friday 22 September
For more info, click here

Did you hear? Melbourne's getting a Brazilian festival. Bring on the sequined headdresses. 

Image credit: Flour Market

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