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25 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Johanna Meka - 05 Oct 2017


Things are looking up, Mellbourne. The sun’s out, Aperol spritzes are in, and we just got a public holiday because of a freaking football game. Trust us, doing nothing this weekend is not an option.

The real trouble is gonna be planning the next few days. We’ve got festivals, a musical, beer tasting, a Danish brunch bar and a gluten-free expo. Also something to do with Brett Lee and Hawker Hall (we’ll explain later).

Here are 25 things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

All Weekend 

Melbourne Leisurefest

Listen up, all you happy campers, we’ve got the perfect event for you. No fashion or food, just downright good Aussie camping, boating and fishing goodies (jeez we sound like a BCF ad). It’s a four-day expo, featuring everything from 4x4 mini-tracks to advice from celebrity vet and pet expert, Katrina Warren. You’ll be catching this one with a hook, line and sinker.  

Where: Sandown Racecourse – 591-659 Princes Hwy, Springvale.
When: Thursday 5 October – Sunday 8 October, various times.
For more info, click here.

Gluten-Free Expo

Whether your gluten intolerant or not, we’re letting you to jump on the bandwagon this weekend. The mother of all GF events is here in Melbourne. There’s gonna be cooking demos (let’s be real, we all depend on these) and taste tests (again, we need these too), plus a panel of experts talking all things gluten-free. It’s the most fun you can have without a big loaf of bread. Throw in some market stalls and a tonne of GF produce and you’ve got a very tummy-friendly expo.

Where: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
When: Saturday 7 October & Sunday 8 October, 9am – 4pm.
For more info, click here.


Attention, wine drinkers (goon drinkers, you can listen in too). Shedfest is back on this weekend. It’s what happens when wineries across the Valley throw open their cellar doors for whoever walks their way. You’ll be able to hop between your faves and get anything from snags to Nonna’s famous gnocchi. Oh, and let’s not forget the wine people, the wine. Loads of it. There’ll be live music and entertainment at participating wineries too. So put your kids in the jumping castle, get yourself a red and put those feet up. This is what you call a #sundayfunday.

Where: Participating wineries across the Yarra Valley
When: Saturday 7 October & Sunday 8 October, 10am – 5pm.
For more info, click here.

Girls on Film Festival

That’s right, you lovely ladies. It’s time to celebrate your fellow boss b**ches in the film industry. This two-day festival will be showing the best of what females can do on and off screen. You can get hands-on with crafts, games and zine making (wiki definition for zine – little magazines). We haven’t even told you the best part yet. On Saturday, they’re showing Spice World! Get your Baby vibes on, or if you see yourself as Posh then get ready to pout (each to their own). Check the schedule online for all the deets.

Where: Brunswick Town Hall – 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
When: Saturday October 7 & Sunday October 8, various times.
For more info, click here.

Hawker Hall Does Bollywood

Cue the Bollywood soundtrack, because Hawker Hall is turning Indian for a whole month! The Chapel St eatery will be serving traditional dishes with an Indian spin. Expect turmeric, cumin and garam masala and butter chicken to fill your belly (that sits fine with us). They’ve even decided to add an Aussie spin to the menu. Brett Lee made his film debut in Bollywood, so Hawker Hall thought it was time he got the recognition he deserves. They’ve collab’d with Moon Dog to create a new specialty beer—Brett Lee’s Morning Tea (how amazing is this). The party has officially started, so get your best gal pals together and feast on a five-course Bollywood takeover.

Where: Hawker Hall – Chapel St,
When: All of October
For more info, click here.

Friday 6 October 

Taste Of France At Chez Dre

A 5-course tasting lunch from one of the best French restaurants in town? Yep, it’s on this week. Chez Dre is throwing The Taste Of France on Friday afternoon, and it’s looking suitably delicious. Expect confit duck, Dominique Portet wine and a day of everything French. This one’s gonna fill up fast, so bookings are essential. Better start working on that French accent...

Where: Chez Dre – Rear 295-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne
When: Friday 6 October, 1pm.
For more info, click here.

Divergence – Opening night

When it comes to art, Australia and NZ don’t hold a grudge. Ben Stoner has brought together two proud nations with his solo exhibition, Divergence. Why? Well Ben was originally born and raised in New Zealand, but is now based in Melbourne. His exhibition focuses on the emotional tension between the world above and below the water. It’s creative and innovative, and if you want to go and see a fellow Melbournian kill it, then look no further.

Where: BSIDE Gallery – 121 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
When: Friday 6 October, 6pm – 9pm.
For more info, click here

Collins Place Design Market

It’s cool, it’s on Collins St and it’s a curated designer market. Seriously, this thing sells itself. If you’re into local fashion designers and food makers then this Friday you best ask your boss for annual leave. The Collins Place Design Market is a platform for local designers to unveil their new season pieces. Goodbye Winter blues and hello flower power. Oh, and Brown Brothers will be taking over the pop-up bar from midday. Need we say more?

Where: Collins Place – 45 Collins St, Melbourne.
When: Friday 6 October, 10am – 6pm.
For more info, click here.

Memphis the Musical

If you’re into musicals, then this Tony-award winning one should do the trick. Memphis the Musical is hitting Australian stages for the first time, here in Melbourne (take that Sydney). It’s a racially explosive show about a white radio DJ and an African American club singer who is ready for her big break. And it’s all kicking off at the excellent Chapel Off Chapel. We don’t want to give too much away but if we were you, we’d get online like, now.

Where: Prahan Chapel off Chapel – 12 Little Chapel St, Prahan
When: Friday 6 October, 7.30pm.
For more info, click here.

Meet The Brewer Degustation

Beer lovers and foodies, perk your ears because this one’s for you (isn’t every one for you?) Join Moo Brew Head Brewer, Dave Macgill, for an intimate ‘Meet the Brewer’ dinner at Garden State Hotel (did we mention he’s a brewer?). You’ll be treated to six courses of culinary excellence while you sip perfectly matched Moo Brew beer. But like all events that feature good beer and plenty of food, you’ll have to book online to reserve your spot. Mooooove your ass and get in quick (see what we did there).

Where: Garden State Hotel – 101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
When: Friday 6 October, various times.
For more info, click here.

The Brewer’s Shout

Head Brewer, Dave Macgill is at is AGAIN this Friday, but this time he’s teaching you how to pick the perfect pint. Get down to the Garden State Hotel on Friday afternoon and learn the art of tasting beer (is it an art or born skill… you decide). What better way to welcome the weekend? Oh, and we nearly forgot to mention. Its FREE BEER! That’s right, free, delicious, god dam beer. We deserve a medal for this one.

Where: Garden State Hotel – 101 Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
When: Friday 6 October, 4pm – 5pm.
For more info, email [email protected].


The Melbourne Museum's after-dark Nocturnal series is back, bigger and better than ever. This Friday it's kicking off again, with electric tunes from Slum Sociable, Fortunes and Myles Mac. Throw in after-hours access to the museum's new bug exhibition, and a free pop-up Nocturnal Nail Art Bar by Trophy Wife Nail Art...you've got the makings of one weird and wonderful Friday night.

Where: Melbourne Museum
6pm11pm, Friday 6 October
For more info, click here

Saturday 7 October 

NGV Teens Art Party

It’s time for the teens to have some fun. And to be honest, we think this is one of the best things on our list for the weekend. It’s an all-access pass to the NGV after dark. You’ll get to dive into the world of Japanese art and dance your way through the House of Dior. There’ll be live sets by teen DJ’s and pop-up art workshops. I know what you’re thinking adults, you’d like to go too. Well I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you can’t. You have to be between the ages of 13 and 17 and you’ve gotta have a valid secondary school ID to get in. Laaame.  

Where: National Gallery of Victoria
When: Saturday 7 October, 6pm.
For more info, click here.

Death to Nuggets – Bug Power

For all the kids out there with an open mind and strong stomach, listen up. Have you ever wanted to eat bugs? Well this is your chance to enjoy a four-course meal that incorporates insects in every dish, and it’s all for a good cause. Chef Laura Neville wants to show your children delicious dishes that could help save the planet. With greenhouse gases rising from the production of livestock, the creative cook has decided to educate our youngsters. Tickets are running out so get in quick and book online. In the wise words of Death to Nuggets, ‘Cows fart too much, so let’s eat bugs’.

Where: My Son, Joy – 315 Coventry St, South Melbourne.
When: Saturday October 7, 5pm – 7pm.
For more info, click here.

Denmark House Brunch Buffet

A four-course Sunday Danish brunch? That’s not a typo. The city’s hidden Danish restaurant, Demark House, is putting on another of its famous monthly brunch seshes. You’ll be served seafood, frikadeller (that’s the meatballs ya’ll), pork belly and a whole lot more. Oh, and don’t forget dessert, because we all need to finish our pallets off with a wienerbrød (that’s a Danish pastry) for brunch, don’t we? Sometimes we just sit back and watch how the Danish do it better than us (like LEGO, they created it). This is one of those times. To book a spot jump online.

Where: Denmark House – Level 3, 428 Little Bourke St, Melbourne.
When: Saturday October 7, 12:30pm – 2pm.
For more info, click here.

The Humours @ MUMA

A bit of student art never did anyone any harm, and the legends at Monash are showing us how to mix art, comedy and serious cultural issues into one. The Humours exhibition will feature six international and Australian artists’ work in a challenging and comical exhibition. It may be time to channel some inner creativity’—go get your Frank green coffee mug, beany and flannel shirt and head down to Monash University for the opening night. You’ll fit into the artist lifestyle perfectly.

Where: MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) – Caulfield Campus
When: Saturday 7 October, 3 – 5pm.
For more info, click here.

Sunday 8 October

Boho Luxe Market 

Get your glitter, fishnets and unicorn t-shirts ready, because this market will have you hash-tagging #festivalvibes. The Boho Luxe Market is bringing Byron Bay to Melbourne with a range of bohemian products up for grabs. The line-up of stalls has even been professionally selected by the event’s visual merchandiser. What a thoughtful bunch. And in true market style, there’ll be live music and delicious food truck dishes pumping all day long.

Where: The Atrium, Federation Square.
When: Sunday 8 October, 10am – 5pm.
For more info, click here.

Pure South Gin Dinner

Although it’s easy to forget, Tassie is a big part of the Australian food scene. And this weekend, Pure South Dining are throwing an epic gin dinner to remind us exactly why. Scottish Chef David Hall is collaborating with Tasmanian distillers to create a one-night only menu in Melbourne. He’ll be matching each gin with a specific course, set to make your taste buds tingle. There’s just something so lovely about people who go the extra mile for us foodies. Better book this one quick—tickets are running low.

Where: Pure South Dining – Southgate Ave, Southbank.
When: Sunday 8 October, 6pm.
For more info, click here.

Vegan High Tea At Euphoria Café

Euphoria Café are holding a high tea for a cause this weekend. Teaming up with the Dine Pink Fundraiser, you can sip on your English breakfast and know that the money raised will help fight breast cancer. Here’s the kicker—in true Melbourne form, all your sweets and sandwiches are 100% vegan. Yep, animal and cruelty-free. That means you can afford to munch down on not one, but two chocolate brownies (this is living Barry). And if you’re feeling extra fit, why not jump in a Pilates class once you’re done. Fitness and food together, you’ve done us Euphoria Café.

Where: Euphoria Café – 734 Burke Rd, Camberwell
When: Sunday 8 October, 2pm.
For more info, email [email protected].

Kind of Mind Day of Wellness

In our busy world of, well, Netflix and eating (#couchpotatolife) sometimes it pays to take some time off. Kind of Mind have put together a heap of activities on one day to help you relax your mind, body and soul. You’ll learn about gut health, meditation and be taught yoga from some of the best in the state. Oh, and well-known nutritionist Lola Berry will be teaching you about food and lifestyle over lunch. There’ll even be a market to finish off the day. (And we know you’re a sucker for a market.) So, if you’re into yoga, bargains and wholesome food, then schedule this in for your Sunday funday.

Where: Lawson Lodge Country Estate – 277 Lawson Road, Macedon
When: Sunday 8 October, 8.30am – 4pm.
For more info, click here.

Full Moon Festival At Dandenong Market

Get ready to kick your shoes off and dance under the full moon (#bucketlistgoals). Dandenong Market is celebrating the Chinese cultural day with food, dancing and (you guessed it) more food. But that’s not even the best part. If you really want to get amongst it, then get your selfie sticks ready. Melbourne’s largest and longest Hong Kong style performing dragon will be strutting its stuff through the market. Or if the thought of an oversized, crazy-eyed dragon may give you the heebie jeebies, maybe making Chinese lanterns with your kids is more your cup of tea. Either way, we’ve found a Sunday activity perfect for that Spring sunshine.

Where: Dandenong Market – Cnr Clow St & Cleeland St, Dandenong
When: Sunday 8 October, 10am – 4pm.
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Pop-Up Champagne & Cocktail Lawn

We’ve got the lowdown on the best foodie pop-up event around. As part of the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, there’ll be a Moët & Chandon lawn complete with champagne, cocktails and an all-day roaming menu by the catering kings, Tommy Collins. Two-hatted restaurant Ezard will also be throwing a luxe garden party complete with live music, four-course menus and premium beverages. There’s a huge range of highlights that will run across the carnival, so you can check out all the details here.

Where: The BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival
When: 14-21 October
For more info, click here.

Master the Art Classes

Kingpin Bowling are getting creative. Forget bowling balls dorky shoes, they want to teach you how to master some life skills. Well okay, cocktail making and wine tasting aren’t exactly life skills, but you get the idea. They’re important things we should know at some point in our lives. Master the methods of making the perfect cocktail, or roll like royalty after sipping your way through a wine masterclass. And the best part? It’s happening at their bowling complex at Crown. You never know where the night may take you…

Where: Kingpin Bowling Crown Casino
When: Thursday 12 October & Thursday 26 October, 6pm – late.
For more info, click here.

Reel Rock

The creators of the Reel Rock Film Festival have decided that rock climbing is too good not to enjoy all the time. And we applaud them for that. They’re bringing the sport to the screen with this annual, one-night-only event at the Astor Theatre. You’ll be able to meet fellow climbers, grab a boutique choc top, and kick back with four short films, all made by professional climbers. If you’re a lover of the great outdoors (but enjoy a little rest and relaxation every now and again) this one’s for you. Bonus points if you rock up in climbing gear.

Where: The Astor Theatre
When: Tuesday 21 November, 6pm.
For more info, click here.

Leunig At The School Of Life

Controversial, divisive, and one of the most influential Australian artists of all time, it’s not often Leunig ventures into the big smoke for a chat. This is one of those times. The School Of Life are holding a one-off night with Leunig where he’ll discuss the world (and how shit it is), and life (and how good it could be if we were just, I dunno, nice to each other). If it’s anything like his cartoons it’ll be eight parts insightful, two parts bonkers. Tickets for this one are gonna fly, so get in quick.

Where: Clemenger Auditorium, NGV
When: 7pm, Tuesday 21 November
For more info, click here

Don't Miss...

Margaritas At House of Maximon

This month at House of Maximon it’s all about margaritas. There’ll be ice-cold Tommy’s Margaritas made with Espolon tequila (our fave). We also suggest you head down on Friday 28 October to get your face painted “Day of the Dead” style and catch a live art mural installation in the making. Drink Responsibly.

When: Daily until 5 November
Where: House of Maximon

More good news: A Melbourne cafe is now serving burgers and pizza for your pooch.

Editor's Note: Espolon Tequila's event is proudly sponsored by Campari and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Melbourne Racing Club 

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