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23 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Pippa Knight - 18 Jan 2018

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You know it’s a Melbourne summer when you've got multiple, weather-dependant backup plans. Will we be burnt to a crisp this weekend? Will a raging torrent of water run down St Kilda Rd? Only Jane Bunn knows. Lucky for you, there are a ton of amazing events this weekend, no matter what happens overhead. Let's get started. 

Here are 23 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend. 

All Weekend

Canadian Club Racquet Club

Guys, the Canadian Club Racquet Club is back for another year of being the perfect chaser to the Australian Open. What does that mean for you? You can sip on Canadian Club, dry, and fresh lime as you kick back and watch the tennis. Game, set, match. Plus, our fave food trucks will be in attendance, too. We're talking: Biggie Smalls, Doughnut Time, Hunky Dory and more!

What: Canadian Club Racquet Club
Where: Birrarung Marr Upper Terrace
When: 15 - 28 January

Strange Neighbour Darkroom Classes

Feeling like getting a bit creative? Strange Neighbour are offering a beginner’s introduction to the darkroom. After this weekend course, you'll be able to process and print your own film independently in the darkroom. It'll set you back a cool $385, but really a handmade Insta feed is beyond priceless. Amiright? 

Where: Strange Neighbour Studios, 395 Gore St Fitzroy.
When: 20 - 21 January
For more info, click here.

Colour Your Way To California

Kids got artistic talent? Here's where you cash in. Visit California are hosting a giant digital colouring wall in the CBD this weekend. Kids can go crazy drawing whatever they want, and the creations will be broadcast on big screens in Queensbridge Square. The best bit? There's a family trip to California up for grabs, flying Air New Zealand. No cheating, parents.

Where: Queensbridge Square, Southbank
When: 20 – 21 January
For more info, click here

The Odditorium Circus 

Good news, guys. The Odditorium is extending their Melbourne run. Turns out we love weird entertainers and circus cabaret. Starting at $25, you can get a seat this weekend to see a mixture of magical, circus tricks and high-kicking entertainment. Get in quick, this is a three-night limited run. 

Where: The MC Showroom, 48 Clifton St, Prahran.
When: 19 – 20 January
For more info, click here.

Supernormal Natsu: NGV Garden Restaurant Takeover

Come down to the NGV and enjoy a pan-Asian, evocative culinary experience, celebrating the smells, tastes and sounds of Natsu (Japanese for ‘summer’). With a Japanese hibachi grill on the terrace, and Andrew McConnell designing the menu, you just know this thing's gonna be delicious. The pop-up restaurant runs for 10 days and brings art, music, performance and dining together as part of the NGV's Triennial Exhibition.

Where: National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.
When: 19 – 28 January, 6pm – 12am
For more info, click here

Hunky Dory AO Festival Pop-up

Come and check out this FREE Australian Open festival event at Birrarung Marr. You can watch live tennis on giant screens while tucking into Hunky Dory fish and chips. First on our to-do list will be the delicious Smoked Salmon Sliders being served up. Get around it—there'll be music, games, food and plenty of live tennis to watch.

Where: Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
When: 15 - 28 January
For more info, click here

Collingwood Arts Precinct Intermission

Who doesn’t love all things strange and wonderful? Come down to Collingwood Arts Precinct for a sensory adventure through three storeys of an abandoned school. Sounds weird...but also kind of intriguing. This will be an art event to see, with 37 street artists on board, dishing up some cutting-edge concept art. 

Where: 35 Johnston St, Collingwood.
When: 13 - 21 January
For more info, click here

Pop-Up Park: Werribee City Centre

For six weeks over the summer the Werribee City Centre will be transformed into the ultimate free summer destination. Yep, live music, movies, food and much more. Each Friday night there'll be a different live headline performer. Grab a bev at the bar, relax and enjoy. Saturday nights will see the park transformed into an outdoor cinema with two different movies, beanbags and popcorn. Sunday arvos will be food trucks galore.

Where: Werribee City Centre
When: 19 January - 25 February 
For more info, click here

General Assembly: Yarra Valley by the Yarra

Listen up, Foodies. For Victoria’s best produces and bevvies, come down to the Yarra this Saturday or Sunday. Cider, wine or gin, it's all on offer at General Assembly. They're bringing the best of the Yarra Valley to the CBD, for two days only. Ciders from Napoleone, wine from Punt Road and gin from Four Pillars? We're so there. 

Where: 29 South Wharf, Melbourne
When: 20- 21 January, 12pm onwards 
For more info, click here.

Spin Circus Festival 

Get in quick and buy a ticket to Spin Circus Festival 2018, because it'll be a weekend full of performers, workshops, food and good vibes. Rock up Friday and leave on Monday for your ultimate all-inclusive circus-training weekend. Can’t make it all weekend long? Don’t worry, there are day tickets too if that’s more your thing. 

Where: Sokil Eco Arts Retreat, Breakfast Creek Road Wensleydale 3241, Vic
When: 18 - 22 January 
For more info, click here.  

Play Me, I’m Yours At Preston Market

Well played, Preston. Literally This weekend there are dozens decorated pianos scattered about Preston, free to be played by one and all. Preston Market is throwing a bunch of events over the summer, but this one sounds extra cool. It's called ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’, an installation artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Don't forget to swing by the market while you're in the neighbourhood. 

Where: Preston Market, Central block.
When: 19 January - 4 February  
For more info, click here.  

Matthew Sleeth's Rosebud Series: Photos of a Candid Summer

Go get those nostalgic feels from Matthew Sleeth's Rosebud series—photos spanning the memories of summers gone by. You can see the collection at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn. It's a good reminder to soak up the sun while you can—literally and metaphorically. Memoriiiiieeees....

Where: Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn.
When: 20 January - 11 March
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Museum Turned Inside Out

Melbourne Museum is getting seriously trippy with this new exhibition. You'll experience extraordinary and beautiful collection items, but also be drawn into the stories behind these strange and wonderful things. This will definitely be an out of world experience and something new for the Melbourne Museum. Tickets will only set you back $10 too. 

Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carton.
When: Till 11 February 
For more info, click here

Supafish Sunset Sessions

If you're looking for a great place to hit up before the Australian Open, we've got you sorted. SUPAFISH are hosting a Sunset Session with Corona, pairing great beers with great tunes and a killer sunset. It's like one of those Carona commercials where people seize life and stuff, but for reals. With a live DJ, discounts, giveaways and your first Corona on the house, your Sunday-sesh is sorted.

Where: SUPAFISH, Southbank Promenade, Southbank.
When: 19 January, 4pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 20 January 

The Vegan Makers Market

The Mermaid Sorority Makers Market have officially moved to bigger digs for their all-Vegan Design and Makers Market. We can promise each and every stall here is 100% vegan, cruelty-free and ethically sourced up the ying yang. With 100+ stalls, live music and food trucks to boot, you won’t want to miss this one. Did we mention it's free entry? 

Where: Frankston Basketball Stadium, 90 Bardia Avenue, Seaford.
When: 20 January, 10am – 3pm
For more info, click here.  

Ballarat Beer Festival

The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems. Beer. And here's a festival dedicated to the good stuff. Get down to the beautiful shores of Lake Wendouree for the ultimate beer event, with over 150 different brews to try from across Australia and the world. There'll be a soundtrack of Australian bands filling your ears with good tunes, while you fill your belly with your favourite brew. Drink responsibly, peeps.

Where: Lake Wendouree, Ballarat.
When: 20 January 
For more info, click here

James Irvine Guest Shift

James Irving is officially one of the best three bartenders in the country, and this is the Melbourne leg of his national Bacardi tour. He'll be at The Black Pearl this Saturday with his signature cocktail, the Bocado—a fruity mix of Bacardi Gran Reserva Ocho Años rum, vermouth, sherry, banana and rosemary. Wrap your lips around the Bocado and let us know what you think.

Where: The Black Pearl, 304 Brunswick St
When: From
6pm
For more info, click here

The Fete of the World: Co-Ground Social Enterprise

Come down to Brunswick Co-Ground Coffee for a showcase and celebration of some of Australia’s very best social enterprises. It's a free night of delicious drinks, nibbles and groovy tunes from a fantastic DJ, in partnership with StartSomeGood. Plus you'll be helping support a better social economy and a better world. Yay for good things!

Where: 29 Sydney Rd, Brunswick.
When: 20 January, 2pm – 10pm
For more info, click here

Backyard Bricks At Section 8

Melbourne’s favourite laneway venue, Section 8, is having a celebration of street art, live music and clothing this Saturday, and it's gonna go OFF. Section 8’s carpark walls will be getting a fresh coat of paint by a street art dream team. There'll be good tunes, Melbourne’s best-selling wares from local labels and don’t forget, entry is free. It's on 1pm till late.

When: 20 January, 1pm til late
Where: Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne.
For more info, click here

Sugar Mountain

A festival with wicked music, art, food and drinks. That's all we can ask for, right? Sugar Mountain will launch ‘Welcome to Sugar Mountain’ this weekend—a collaboration between Absolut Vodka, Jameson Whisky and Welcome to Thornbury. You'll see delicious foodie goodness from Messina, Pasta Face, Sparrow’s Philly Cheesecake, Twisted Fisherman and more. Go on, buy that ticket.

Where: Melbourne’s Art Precinct.
When: 20 January
For more info, click here.

Beast of Bollywood

Gte hungry, people. Taking inspiration from 90s Bollywood, the THE B.EAST are throwing an American-style greasy eats food and booze feast. It's free entry too. For a night filled with meat, music and dancing, you can't miss this one. The fun kicks off at midday, so get in early. 

When: 20 January, Midday to Midnight.
Where: THE B.EAST, 80 Lygon St, Brunswick East, Melbourne.
For more info, click here.  

Sunday 21 January

Rum Diary Tiki Challenge

This is the ultimate bartending challenge, and you are invited to attend. Come down to Rum Diary Bar to see Australia's four bartending finalists creating the cocktail of their dreams. This is the kick off of Rum Diary's 5th bday, and you can be sure it will go off with a bang. Cheer on your fave, then settle in with a Dark & Stormy. Night sorted. 

When: 21 January, 6:30pm
Where: Rum Diary Bar, 334 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
For more info, click here

Found With Love

So, it’s a bit like a wedding expo and a bit like a party. It’s a new thing, and we think it sounds great. Found With Love is an intimate gathering of all your wedding needs. Come in the afternoon for a relaxing drink, enjoy some delicious food and connect with people who could become part of your big day. This is the way to go if your planning your wedding. So, get in quick and grab yourself a ticket for only $21.50, spaces are limited.

Where: The Line, Footscray.
When: 21 January, 3 -7pm
For more info, click here

Did you hear the news? There's a huge adults-only bouncy castle coming to Melbourne

Image credit: Michelle Jarni | Rum Diary 

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