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24 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By Steff Tan - 12 Oct 2017


Three days, 24 seriously cool events—challenge accepted. It’s coming to the pointy end of the year, where you look back and realise you’ve only ticked-off a quarter of the things on your to-do list. So now’s your chance to redeem yourself with food, wine, art, and dogs. All of the dogs. Seriously, this weekend’s a winner.   

So without further ado, here are a bunch of awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend.

Friday 13 October


They may not have gone back to back this year, but the Bulldogs are still celebrating by hosting their second annual Moonlight Cinema. For a bit of Cars 3 n’ Chill (the PG version), head down to Vic Uni’s Whitten Oval for a family-friendly night of bites from Barkers Café. Don’t forget that picnic rug (and probably some mozzie repellent). It’s that time of the year again. No alcohol allowed obvs.

Where: Victoria University, Whitten Oval, 417 Barkly St, Footscray
When: Gates open 6:30pm, 8pm start
For more info, click here.


Literally turning judge’s heads on The Voice, Kelsie Rimmer has become a local star since auditioning on the TV show earlier this year. This Friday she’ll be performing live at the Grampian’s Barangaroo Barn, and with her latest EP on offer, you can expect a night of sweet lyrical hits. There’ll also be a selection of boutique wines, beer, cider, and gourmet kebabs to feast on as well. Mmmm...kebabs. 

Where: Barangaroo Boutique Wines, 928 Plush Hannans Rd
When: 6
For more info, click here.


Appropriately named Tthe Friday 13th Party, the new food truckin’ kids on the block, Kandiland are hosting a wicked event full of heart-stopping bites and cheeky drinks. The line-up is still a bit of a mystery, but we’re sure it’ll be spooktacular. Buy a raffle ticket and proceeds head off to Second Chance Animal Rescue, too. Seven years bad luck if you miss it, just saying.

Where: Kandiland Food Truck Park, 7 Station Street, Pakenham
When: 5pm-10pm
For more info, click here.


Presented by the arty folk at Absinthesalon, The Fat Green Snake is an exhibition of playful art to indulge your senses. Some of the best local artists will be part of the night, both established and up-and-comers. With an Adam and Eve theme going on, the team at Absinthesalon encourage some cheeky dress-ups and sinful drinks, courtesy of their extensive Green Fairy menu.

Where: Absinthesalon, 82 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: 6pm-late
For more info, click here.


Wine and virtual reality? Hell yeah. The Stoneleigh Project, hosted by Stoneleigh Winemakers, will be transforming an empty warehouse into an interactive and virtual experience for curious wine enthusiasts. They've collab'd with internationally acclaimed videographer, Susi Sie, so you know you’re in for a night of truly exhilarating virtual reality. The event is free and ticketless. But if you feel like something beyond the samples, glasses will be available at the pop-up bar. And if you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll be invited to a secret dining room and treated to a three-course dinner with tipple. 

Where: 524 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: From Friday 13 October to Sunday 5 November  
For more info, click here.

Saturday 14 October


Screw people, our fury-four-legged friends deserve all the love. And what better way to show it than a professional pupper photo-shoot. Book a fifteen-minute photo sesh and you’ll get five to ten pics to last a lifetime and a swag bag for $45 a pop. Part of the dealio is purchasing a food bag from SavourLife, the family-owned Aussie pet food dedicated to doggos, and for every bag purchased, SavourLife will match it with a donation to Pets of the Homeless.

Where: Frog Dog Studios, 80 Anderson Street, Yarraville
When: 9:30am
For more info, click here.


PSA Melburnians: One of your favourite noughties bands is returning to Melbourne as part of the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day on Saturday October 14. ARIA-winning band The Temper Trap will be throwing down a live set as part of the event, plus there’s a huge array of good and entertainment. Think St Kilda Burger Bar, Biggie Smalls and CHE.

Where: Caulfield Racecourse, Gate 22 Station St
When: 10:30am
Check out all the details here.


Throw your arms in the air if just don’t care (about a summer bod) because Fratelli Fresh are throwing pizza making masterclasses. You’ll learn how to make, stretch, and toss pizza dough like an expert pizzaiolo (actually a word), smother it in your choice of toppings, chuck it in the wood fire oven, and then demolish it. Add a glass of wine and you’re set for a day of good vibes and greater pizzas. Guests will also take home a Fratelli Fresh apron and a ball of fresh dough, so you can head on home and whip up a midnight snack.

Where: Fratelli Fresh, 7 Alfred Place, Melbourne
When: 3pm-5pm
For more info, click here.  


Think quirky, eccentric, colourful, and you’ll get Matt Blatt. But as addictive as scrolling through his website is, the prices can cause heartbreak…until now. Hosting a mammoth Spring Clean promotion, Matt Blatt items will be up to 70% off—that’s bedroom, living, dining, lighting, homewares, office, and everything else you can think of just a click away. Sale ends on the 22nd so get spendin'.

Where: Matt Blatt Stores and Online
When: 14 October to 22 October
For more info, click here.  


Brace yourself, there’s going to be an indoor plant sale this Saturday for green thumbs and serial plant killers. The Jungle Collective are putting up all sorts of plants for sale in this one-off jungle party. In an Abbotsford warehouse, plants and experts will be waiting, as well as a handy EFTPOS machine and food trucks. And if you rock up all decked out in jungle-inspired attire, you’ll receive $5 off your purchase. George and Georgie of the Jungle, it’s your time to shine.

Where: The Jungle Collective, 19 Studley Street, Abbotsford
When: 10am-4pm
For more info, click here.


For the love of all good things beer, Oktoberfest in the Gardens is back for another memorable (well…depending on how crunk you get) arvo. If you’re going to lose that last shred of “no more alcohol” dignity then what better way to do it than in a beer hall with authentic German food, in your Bavarian Oktoberfest costume, and clutching your commemorative event stein. Straight to the pool room, we say. Final release tickies are still up for grabs.

Where: Melbourne Showgrounds (entry Gate 1, Epsom Rd)
When: 2pm-10pm
For more info, click here.


If Oktoberfest’s big crowds aren’t your thing but you’re still keen on some beer, then keep an eye on Back Bar’s summer takeover. Every month, The Flying Duck will be tapping out to five brewers including Balter, Moo Brew, Stomping Ground, Yenda, and 2 Brothers. The official launch day will be this Saturday with each brewer attending to shake things up. PSA: Every last Sunday of the month will be a ceremonial ‘emptying the beer lines’ to handover to the next brewery.

Where: The Flying Duck Hotel, 67 Bendigo Street, Prahran
When: All day
For more info, click here.


And for those wanting beer and fine quality food, look no further than the Oktoberfest celebrations at Plough Hotel. They’ll be hosting a three-course beer-soaked lunch with an impressive table spread of schnitzels, pork knuckles, sauerkraut, giant pretzels, and loads and loads of German beer, thanks to German Beer specialists Black Heart Brewery. We also feel the need to mention the appearance of decadent cheesy beer dip. #nomnomnom

Where: Plough Hotel, 333 Barkly Street, Footscray
When: 12pm-4pm
For more info, click here.


Hate your handwriting? Well cry no more, because this Saturday you can get schooled on the art form by five young calligraphers at CalliCon. CalliCon will be on all weekend, filled with workshops and demonstrations of the perfect handwriting. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie or a calli-snob, this is an event for everyone. Also Meghan Markle was a wedding calligrapher before she got into acting and stole Prince Harry’s heart, so time to get your kids/future kids into the game in time for Prince George’s down under tour.

Where: Inspire 9, 1/41 Stewart St Richmond
When: 9:30am-5pm, all weekend
For more info, click here.


Adorable name aside, the Tinny Pie Party is the love child of brewer, Young Henry's and The Pie Shop and it’s a party for the pie…and pooch. That’s right friends, this Saturday you’ll be able to bring your beloved pup down to The Pie Shop for specially made pies (only available on this unofficial Satur-pie-day) for combo party deals. One of the ultra-exclusive pies is the Little Rex, made from kangaroo and veg. Of course, it’s dog-friendly if you feel like sharing. But if sharing food, even with your greatest mate on earth, is totally barbaric then you can order them some Dodgy Dimmies…the name is just a joke. Beer, pie, dogs = the Saturday Trifecta.

Where: The Pie Shop, 75 Nicholson St, Brunswick East
When: 3pm-10pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 15 October


*Spanish Dancer Emoji* The blessed team over at Cru Wine Bar are throwing their Annual Paella & Sangria party this Sunday to celebrate food, drink, and Latin beats. There’ll be traditional, seafood, and vegetarian paellas brimming over the tops of their pans. And if your mouth didn’t just water thinking of paella then you need to rethink your life choices #paellapaellapaella.

Where: Cru Wine Bar, 916 Glenferrie Rd, Kew
When: 5pm
For more info, click here.

Pace Of Abbotsford Party

To celebrate the official launch of their newest residential space, Pace of Abbotsford will be throwing down a FREE killer party on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October from 12pm-4pm. They'll be giving away coffee by Coffee Supreme and beers by Moon Dog. Mavis The Grocer will be bringing the food, and there will be live music by Woody Pitney all day. New York-based graffiti artist Elle will also be painting live throughout the weekend to create a stunning art mural, which will be there to stay.

What: Pace Of Abbotsford Public Launch Event
When: 14-15 October, 12pm-4pm
Where: Pace Of Abbotsford display suite, 358 Johnston Street, Abbotsford
$$: FREE


For all the things you don’t need (but want for the aesthetics), head on over to this year’s Spring Fling Street Festival. It’s an all-day extravaganza of must-have enamel pop-culture pins, earrings, and necklaces and *inhales breath* those cute and quirky candles and cat jewellery and, and, and vintage clothes, and the suitcase rummage. There’s also so much food and drinks to gouge on and the pièce de résistance, the Spring Fling Dog Show.

Really, the fest has it all.

Where: 58 Errol Street North Melbourne 
When: 10am-6pm
For more info, click here.


Grab your running shoes, ‘cos on Sunday it’s the 40th anniversary of the Medibank Melbourne Marathon Festival *throws fitbit confetti*. The marathon is a whopping 42.195km from Batman Avenue to the MCG and raises money for your chosen charities or causes close to your heart. And even though it’s like a Survivor-challenge marathon, you don’t have to run it. You can walk, jog, or crawl your way to the finish end. Just channel your inner Jonathan LaPaglia and #nevergiveup. Registration is open until the October 14.

Where: The race starts at Batman Avenue
When: 7am
For more info, click here.


This Sunday all the goodies from legends, The Flour, will be on show when their pop-up store hits the CBD. On offer will be their signature freshly baked Canelé, a French pastry flavoured with vanilla and rum and encrusted in caramel as well as a wide range of good Melbourne coffee. But the stand-out will be all the dapper gentlemen dressed up in girl’s school uniforms thanks to the non-profit org “One Girl, Chef in a dress” to bring awareness and raise money for female education in Sierra Leone and Uganda. ICYMI, the bell just rung and it’s time for some good vibes.  

Where: Shamble Coffee Brewers, 423 Little Collins St
When: 8am-5pm
For more info, click here.


Bringing together Taxi Kitchen, Fishtales, and Pep Events, the Spring Seafood Spectacular is a four-course Atlantis-level of almighty seafood. Combining Asian flavours with European techniques, you can expect a very Melbourne celebration of seafood. With sustainability on the mind, the night will be showcasing the importance of shopping local, sustainable, and plentiful species. A Q&A will even be held after lunch to even out your stuffed tum-tums with some food for thought.  

Where: Taxi Kitchen, Fed Square
When: 12pm-4pm
For more info, click here.


Local, handmade, and full of love—that’s the Makers Market. Combining all our loves of craft beer to Devonshire tea and a casual game of lawn bowls, you can find just about everything around the market stalls. It’s a super cosy and laid-back event, perfect for a Sunday arvo wind-down.

Where: Thornbury Bowls Club, 27 Ballantyne St
When: 11am-3pm
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Beach To The Vineyard Yoga

Yoga in a vineyard? That's what we call best of both worlds. Join international yoga couple Patrick Beach and Carling Harpsfor for an arvo of self exploration and invigorating yoga, solid wine and delicious food. It's all taking place on the Panton Family Vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. Roadtrip?

Where: Panton Vineyard
For more info, click here

Seriously Shiraz Festival 

Over this year’s Melbourne Cup long weekend, the Grampians Wine Region will be hosting the Seriously Shiraz Festival celebrating award-winning Shiraz at a number of stunning venues across the region. Wine lovers can kick back with some of the best local provedores and producers hosting over 20 events over the 5 days. Goes without saying, the Shiraz will be flowing freely.

Where: Various wineries
When: 3–7 November
For more info, click here 

Big Bike Film Night 

A film festival for bike culture. What a great idea. This one will be kicking off soon at The Nova and ACMI, and it's gonna feature a variety of original shorts, all centered around pedal-power. They're also partnering up with Cycle Chic Film Tour to celebrate, inspire and encourage women who love to ride. Check the website for the various session times. 

Where: Cinema Nova and ACMI
When: 18, 19, 21 October 2017
For more info, click here

Don't Miss 

Mexican Fiesta At Campari House

Day of the Dead is coming and to celebrate Campari House is putting on a Mexican Fiesta thanks to Espolon tequila. There’ll be delicious cocktails (aka the El Diablo, Eastender and Jalapeno Picklebacks), mouth-watering food (aka jalapeno poppers, soft shell tacos and nachos) and live music from John De Groot & Friends on Friday 27 October only, so head down with your mates. Drink responsibly.

Where: Campari House 
When: Daily until 24 November


ICYMI we’re teaming up with Munich Brauhaus to host a sausage eating competition. Yes, you read that right. We want you to stuff yourself with as many sausages as you can in one minute and FYI the world record is 8. Did we mention there’s free beer on entry for the first 99 people? Register here.

Where: Munich Brauhaus, South Whard
Get all the deets here.

Keen for something a lil' different? Check out Melbourne Aquarium's Adults-Only After Dark Party here.  

Image Credit: Annika Kafcaloudis 

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