This weekend Melburnians will celebrate Queen Liz’s 90th birthday. But how do you make the most of this precious long weekend? From Rooftop Snow Parties, to the Taste of Portugal Fest, we’ve got your weekend plans covered. So we know you’ll be celebrating her majesty’s birthday in style!
Here are 19 things to do this Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend.
WARM UP WITH SPICED COCKTAILS AT BIG MOUTH | ST KILDA
To kick winter off on the right foot, Big Mouth in St Kilda will be pouring $9 Baron Samedi Spiced cocktails every night from now until the end of July. Made with 100% natural ingredients and featuring smooth and tasty flavours like vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, clove, vetiver and Baron Samedi’s signature spice, there’s seriously never been a better way to warm up your cockles!
Where: Big Mouth, 163 Acland Street, St Kilda
When: Every night in June and July
For more information on Baron Samedi Spiced click here.
World Gin Day at Four Pillars
Four Pillars are back with the best for World Gin Day. Running events all weekend in Healesville, you can enjoy both a TGIF Cocktail Hour, or attend a Distiller’s Masterclass. This will have gin connoisseurs drooling—so what other excuse do you need to explore Healesville this weekend? Check it out here.
Molly Ringwald at Bird’s Basement
Molly Ringwald is teasing every 80s fan girl this weekend at Bird’s Basement. From ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘The Breakfast Club,’ and ‘Pretty in Pink’ (just to name a few), our gal pal Molly will be performing two shows a night on the 10th, 11th, and 12th of June. Settle down with a cold pint and the Truffle Mushroom Risotto while watching Molly belt out a tune. Snag tickets here!
Melbourne International Jazz Festival
Wrapping up this weekend, be sure to check out the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Some free events are also running to encourage even the stingiest sopranos. Check out the program here.
Mind Body Spirit Festival
Channel your inner zen at the Mind Body Sprit Festival which starts this weekend. With over 200 exhibitors, you can grab a free meditation session, or watch some yummy food demos. Who knew being healthy could be fun?! Check out the deets here.
Wine and Wildlife
It’s a long one this weekend, so you had better make good use of it. As far as long (or short) weekend activities go, it really doesn’t get better than a cosy winter event with animals and wine. Healesville Sanctuary is hosting Wine and Wildlife all weekend, giving you the chance to kick back by an open fire, sip on quality local drops, and meet the animals that’ll be roaming the sanctuary with their keepers, just waiting to become friends with you. Gather your best pals and take a road trip for the ultimate winter event.
Brunswick Village Food Trucks
End your week at the opening night of the Brunswick Village Food Trucks. Brunswick’s very own Temple Brewery will be on tap, with a bunch of food trucks guaranteeing plenty of choice. There’ll even be heaters to fight the winter chill, so there’s no excuse not to check it out! Check out their Facebook event here.
Rooftop Snow Party
The Barkly Hotel is hosting the Rooftop Snow Party to get you all pumped for winter. Not only will there be a snow machine (!!!) and an Aussie BBQ, but you’ll have a chance to win double passes to Mount Buller. Get your winter gear on and buy tickets here.
Burlesque Showboat Cruise
Get your flapper dresses and suits ready, the Burlesque Showboat Cruise is departing from the Docklands. This 3.5hr cruise will give you the ultimate Burlesque experience, all while cruising past Melbourne’s most scenic sights. So get your feathers ready and hop on board Melbourne's longest-running Burlesque event!
Ishka Warehouse Sale
Starting off on Friday, this is Ishka’s biggest warehouse sale yet! Don’t stress—not only will you be able to get a minimum of 50% off the store’s current stock, but there will be food to keep you going during the shopping stress. Check their Facebook event for the deets.
Time to get nifty this Saturday at the Sisters’ Market in Brunswick. Making its comeback for the first time in 2016, the market will feature some of Melbourne’s most innovative jewellers and artists. It’s the perfect place to buy some birthday presents, or to snag a goodie for yourself! There’ll be jewellery, ceramics, artisan soy candles, and some sweet stuff too. Even Melbourne’s fussiest hipsters will find something that tickles their fancy. For info about the June stalls, click here.
Melbourne Comedy’s Rising Stars
The sold out show of 2015 is back again to bring you the freshest batch of Melbourne’s comedians. If you want to have a giggle this long weekend, what better place than at Melbourne’s iconic Butterfly Club? Grab a group of 6 friends for tickets starting at a mere $25.
For everyone’s inner nerd, Oz Comic-Con is back at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre. Starting at 9.30am and ending at 5pm the following day, this jam packed schedule will keep every geek busy this weekend! Check out their website here for the schedule.
NGV Unplugged Live
Unplugged Live is back again at the NGV, so your artsy experience just got even better! Dave Faulkner takes centre stage this long weekend to satisfy those muso cravings. Kicking off at 2pm, amble down to the NGV this Sunday for some live music. When you’re done, meander through the gallery to soak up some of Melbourne’s best art. Best bit—it’s free entry!
A Taste of Portugal
Running from 9am, the Taste of Portugal Fest honours Portuguese National Day through food, music, and dance. Taking place right in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Markets, you can savour a signature Portuguese custard tart, or snag some colourful Portuguese ceramics. It's the perfect place to get entertained! Check out the day's antics here.
Winter Wine Weekend
Polperro Wines in Red Hill is celebrating their annual Winter Wine event in a glitzy marquee with roaring fire pits. With some of the best wines in the Mornington Peninsula, Polperro Kitchen will prepare some snacks to keep you nibbling. Wines will be sold at cellar prices, so you’ll be able to grab some vino bargains. So why not grab a bottle… or two? Grab tickets here.
Long Weekend Sunday Session at Campari House
Campari House is celebrating the Queen’s birthday in style. Open all long weekend, Sunday’s sesh will feature some live acoustic jams. Live music will be kicking off from 3pm, and $25 Magners Cider jugs will make sure the boozy buzz lasts all Sunday. Discover the deets on their website.
Melbourne Farmers Markets, Eastland
After its great success last weekend, local Yarra Valley produce will again be showcased in Melbourne’s east. You’ll be able to purchase yourself some of Melbourne’s finest artisan goodies so that you can indulge this long weekend. Over 30 producers will be there this Sunday, check out the event here.
Queen’s Birthday Eve, The Precinct Hotel
The Precinct Hotel is celebrating their snazzy new venue with Lizzy’s 90th birthday bash. A bunch of Melbourne’s DJs will keep you grooving well into the night. $12 espresso martinis and $5 Peronis?! Sounds fit for a Melbourne queen! Stay updated here.
Do you love cocktails, beer and sake? Then Brew Fest is clearly the event for you this month in Melbourne. As part of the North South Feast West event series at the Immigration Museum, Brew Fest will explore the theme of brewing over one awesome cocktail-filled day on Sunday 19 June. With a series of cocktail and beer workshops centred on different brewing methods, this will be a masterclass in making (and more importantly, tasting) the best that Melbourne has to offer. Early bird tickets are available till the 12th, so grab your tickets here.
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