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21 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Gen Phelan - 01 Mar 2018

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It’s almost the FREAKIN’ WEEKEND (not that we’re counting down or anything), and just because Summer’s technically over in Calendar terms, it doesn’t mean you can’t knock back a few spritzes following your Friday clock-off. It’s been a long one. There, there.

This time, the sky’s quite literally the limit. We’re sending you to rooftop pool parties, rooftop yoga hangs and tear-the-roof-down burger cook-offs. Proceed at your own risk of fun and frosé.

All Weekend

GOURMET CINEMA

Films and food go together like Netflix and your couch. Luckily for you, Gourmet Cinemas presented by Holden Equinox is back for their third, food-loaded season to get you out and about (but not too far from a screen OFC). Running for eight nights over two weeks, each modern or ageless cult classic film will be paired with some of your favourite Melbourne restaurants including Hotel Jesus, Uncle and Benny Burger. Check out all the details here.

Where: Gate 22, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield
When: Thursday 1 March – Sunday 4 March, Gates open at 6pm

For more info, click here.

HUB FURNITURE SALE

This furniture haven is moving, so they’re slashing prices on homewares porn and letting you embrace your wild, suppressed VOGUE Living dreams. Get in quick and nab that velvet futon your reading nook is totally missing.

Where: 63 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
When: 3 – 7 March
For more info, click 
here.

DRESS UP LIKE CHER, GET A FREE CHAIR

This is a rhyme even Shakespeare would get around. To hail Australia’s Mardi Gras festivities, Matt Blatt are giving away one hundy of their iconic Replica Philippe Starck Masters Chairs fo’ FREE. All you gotta do is don a luscious wig and transform into vocal/all-round queen Cher. And no, you won't be able to turn back time if you miss this one.

Where: All Matt Blatt showrooms
When: Saturday 3 March & Sunday 4 March
For more info, 
click here.

DARK IMAGININGS: TALES OF GOTHIC WONDER

Stop your woe-is-me-ing. This weekend’s plans are sorted with an exhibition retelling spine-chilling tales from Gothic fiction’s heyday. Concurring with the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 200th birthday of Emily Brontë, this one should be good (no live monster creation demos though, damn).

Where: Noel Shaw Gallery, Baillieu Library, The University of Melbourne
When: Saturday 3-Tuesday 31 July
For more info, click 
here.

VAMFF PRESENTS BORN2HUSTLE

Emma Abrahams (of Heart of Bone) and designer Patrick Christie are colliding in a couture showcase that flaunts upcycled vintage garb. The perfect antidote to our fashion crisis. This is a sartorial statement with social impact, and it’s going straight onto our must-see VAMFF list—which FYI, includes just about every. single. runway.

Where: Heart of Bone House, 59 Victoria Parade, Collingwood
When: Thursday 1 March-Sunday 18 March, 10am-4pm
For more info, click 
here.

F1 GRID FESTIVAL

Vroom, vroom. Ahead of this year’s AusGP, the AGPC will be revving up the Formula 1 vibes in Melbourne’s ACDC Lane and Duckboard Place for a festival-style event. Not only do these guys love acronyms, they’re also dishing up heaps of food, tunes and entertainment on the day. This city’s emerging street artists are even doing live paintings for the occasion. Pedal on the friccin’ metal.

Where: 19 ACDC Lane, Melbourne
When: Saturday 3 March (12pm-10pm)-Sunday 4 March (12pm-7pm)
For more info, click 
here.

LANTERN FESTIVAL AT THE QUEEN VIC MARKET

Lantern Festival is becoming a tradition for us Melburnians. Falling on the fifteenth day of the first month of the Chinese Lunar calendar (definitely set a reminder for this one), Queen Vic are housing the occasion for a third year running. Not many of us can turn down a plethora of Asian food stalls, clever cooking demos and a lesson or two in kolcha.

Where: The Queen Victoria Market, Queen Street, Melbourne
When: Saturday 3 (10am-3pm) & Sunday 4 March (10am-4pm)
For more info, click 
here.

Mordi Fest

Mordialloc, you big beautiful bastard. You're spoiling us this weekend with what looks like one hell of a food fiesta. Live music across three stages, gourmet food and wine stalls, food trucks, rides, kids activities. Bayside is going OFF.

Where: Peter Scullin Reserve, Mordialloc
When: Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 March
For more info, click here.

Thursday 1 March

Fabrice Bigot | Bloom

To celebrate International Women’s Day, Melbourne photog Fabrice Bigot has joined forces with Andy Dinan and her gallery MARS to create a new series of rose portraits. They're calling it Bloom. The exhibition will run till 29 March, but there's a VIP cocktail do on tonight if you want to get all swanky about it.

Where: MARS Gallery, 7 James St, Windsor 
When: 1 – 29 March
For more info, click here

Friday 2 March

MR BURGER PUBLIC COOK-OFF

Move aside, WWF. The connoisseurs behind Mr Burger are going head-to-head, spatula-to-spatula in Fed Square. It's all so you guys can judge which burger should be added to the menu for a limited time. This is our kind of showdown. Head’s up: everyone who buys a burger will be given the chance to win a year’s worth of MB for free.

Where: Federation Square, CBD
When: Friday 2 March, 5pm-8pm
For more info, click 
here.

Saturday 3 March

LUNCH BUFFET AT DENMARK HOUSE

Ah, you’ve gotta love the Danes. Not only are these Scandinavians particularly good-looking, they’re also sensational at serving up seriously mouthwatering spreads. Denmark House is kicking off its monthly lunch feasting (holy yes) with a menu boasting delicacies like frikadeller (meatballs) and wienerbrød (pasties). Don’t wear constricting jeans. You’ve been warned.

Where: Denmark House, 428 Little Bourke Street, CBD
When: Saturday 3 March, 
12pm
For more info, click here.

YOGA IN THE SKY ON THE ROOFTOP AT QT

QT Melbourne and Bender Yoga, are taking Namaste to all-new heights for a yoga sesh at The Rooftop at QT. Flex a tree pose while taking in the lush city vistas. Oh, and forget the spa-room-esque waterfall soundtrack. There are DJs spinning deep house beats while you Downward Dog. Inhale, *untz untz*, and exhale.

Where: QT Melbourne
When: Saturday 3 March,
8am sharp for an 8:15 start (70 minute class)
For more info, click 
here.

MELBOURNE CRUSH: AUSTRALIA’S FIRST IVORY DESTRUCTION EVENT

An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its tusk, and a rhino every 8 hours for its horn. Not cool. If you’re keen to make a statement this weekend, For The Love Wildlife are using the vehicle of World Wildlife Day to have a communal smashing of donated ivory and rhino horns. Be the change.

Where: Bourke Street Mall
When: Saturday 3 March,
1pm
For more info, click here.

MARVEL UNIVERSE

If planet earth isn't enthralling you this weekend, escape to a wickedly cool Marvel Universe at Fed Square. We're all buttering our popcorn for the release of Avengers: Infinity War, so it's only natural to spend the countdown reliving some of the trillion other epic Marvel instalments. There's a Marvel Avengers Training Course, complete with an Avengers Puzzle Challenge, a Hawkeye Target Practice, and even a bloody Marvel Nerf Zone. Nobody can turn down a Nerf Zone.

Where: Federation Square, CBD
When: Saturday 3 March, 12pm-5pm
For more info, click here.
 

Sunday 4 March

SUNDAY SESH AT POOL DECK

It’s a pool party. On a rooftop. With spritzes and rose. If you’re not reflexively pencilling this one in yet, do you even Melbourne? There’s also tapas trays to-die-for and all of the beats. F*ck work on Monday, get your togs on.

Where: 701 Swanston Street, Carlton
When: Sunday 4 March, 3pm-9pm
For more info, click 
here.

DOGS FOR ADOPTION At Northland

Grill’d Northland are joining forces with Team Tigger to host a pet adoption this Sunday. Not clickbait. These guys are ensuring some furry friends find new homes by matching you up with your ultimate companion. It’s a pandemonium of burgers and pooches—quite possibly two of our favourite things on this planet. Garner some mates for lunch and leave with one additional man’s best friend.

Where: Grill’d Northland, Northland Shopping Precinct
When: Sunday 4 March, from
11am
For more info, click here.

FREE-FLOWING CHAMPAGNE SUNDAYS 

Bottomless Moet is one of those things you simply cannot refuse in life. It would be criminal. Indulge in a menu curated by 2015 World Young Chef of the Year Mark Moriarty and get sippy with it at Pure South Dining. Dunno about you, but the King Island grass-fed beef cheek with salt-baked swede and caramelised cauliflower sounds pretty good to us. We expect in situ cheers boomerangs, or it didn’t happen.

Where: Pure South Dining, 3 Southgate Avenue, Southbank
When: Sunday 4 March, bookings available from 12pm-2:
30pm
For more info, click here.

For The Diary 

MARVEL’S AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N

It’s been to the Big Apple, the Land of Croissants, Vegas, and now Melbs is welcoming it with hammer-clad, green-veined arms. YUP. Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N is here and it’s—dare we say it—positively marvel-lous. There’s never-before-seen Black Panther, Thanos and The Wasp exhibits just to keep you guessing, as well as ephemera from Iron Man Man and Captain America. In the meantime, buff up those skills with a marathon (or 10).

Where: The Paddock, Federation Square, CBD
When: Thursday 15 March (for a limited time)
For more info, click 
here.

TIM WINTON ON TOXIC MASCULINITY

Oh, the trials and tribulations of adolescence. Author extraordinaire Tim Winton knows a thing or two about them. Consider this his meditation on that turbulent transitory phase from boyhood to manhood. His hour-long chat will delve into everything from acne and Schoolies to all things tax returns and falling in lurv. Tim, we’re all ears (and probs soon tears).

Where: The School of Life, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Wharf 
When: Friday 23 March, 7pm
For more info, click here.

Journey To Zero Waste 

Good conservation starts with small changes. Little things you do every day. No clue where to start? That's cool, that's what Journey To Zero Waste is for. It's a class in Camberwell that'll teach you to live ethically and sustainably every day. Mother Earth thanks you in advance. 

Where: The Source Bulk Foods, 749 Bourke Rd Camberwell
When: 
6:30pm8pm, Wednesday 14th March
For more info, click here

Taste Of Oslo

Bureaux’s ‘Taste Of’ event series is offering Melbournians to taste the best coffee in the world. No, like seriously. Better than the stuff we have here. Apparently that is possible. They're kicking off with Taste of Oslo on Thursday 8 March—Oslo's best coffee, brought to you by Tim Wendelboe, Solberg & Hansen, Kaffa, Supreme and Kaffebrenneriet. We'll take two shots, please.

Where: Bureaux Collective, 29a Gwynne St Cremorne
When: 
6pm9pm, Thursday 8 March
For more info, click here

Whisky & Dreams

Whisky and Dreams...sounds like the title of our autobiography. What it ACTUALLY is, is an epic festival of rare bottlings and single malt whiskies. Once these things are gone, they're gone for good. This is your only chance to taste some of the rarest whisky on the planet. Get around it.

Where: Starward Distillery, 50 Bertie St, Port Melbourne
When: 10 & 11 March (First session: 11:30am – 3pm. Second session: 5pm – 8:30pm)
For more info, click here

We've got some more good news: you can now get $99 winery tours in Melbs. Yewwww!

Image credit: Gourmet Cinema 

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