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26 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By Amber De Luca-Tao - 24 Aug 2017


Melbourne is basically a next level socialite, keeping its calendar full to the brim with one boozey event after another. This weekend (between laneway wine bars, gin distillery openings and brekky for dinner festivals) Melbourne's keeping itself busy with 24 art installations and Daria-themed parties. Oh and did we mention, this weekend Melbourne is turning 182 (years young, of course). You owe your city a drink...or five.

So without further ado, here's our list of things to do this weekend. 

All Weekend

QV Laneway Series

There's always a first for everything, and for QV, it's their QV Laneway Series. The Series is a seasonal program of ongoing interactive outdoor events and officially kicks off this weekend. Taking centre stage first up will be Light/Play, featuring work from Danish artist, Tine Bech. Tine's latest work will essentially create an interactive environment between artist and audience. And the best part? The exhibit is open 24 hours until September 10, just in case you have nothing to do at 4am.

Where: QV
When: 24 Hours, All Week
For more info, click here.

Bared Footwear Warehouse Sale

This weekend Bared Footwear is hosting its bi-annual end-of-season sale at their Oakleigh warehouse. We're talking all stock reduced up to 70%. Among the various discounted prices you'll find their $99 bargain barrels, where you'll definitely be able to satisfy your bargain hunter alter-ego.

Where: Warehouse 19, 18-20 Edward Street, Oakleigh, 3166, VIC 
When: Friday 25 August, 9.30am - 7pm, Saturday 26 August 10am - 5pm, Sunday 27 August 11am - 5pm
For more info, click here.

Rutherglen Wine Pop-Up Bar In The City

Driver Lane will be transformed into a pop-up laneway wine bar this weekend, giving you the chance to satisfy all of those last minute winter cravings. The lane will be fitted out with all of the necessary embellishments to become an intimate and cosy laneway-style bar. We're talking fairy lights, wine barrels, acoustic tunes and more. And if that doesn't get you into the mood, their Muscat cocktails, Muscat Sangria and Muscat Espresso Martinis definitely will.

Where: Driver Lane, CBD
When: Friday 25 August 5pm - 10pm, Saturday 26 August 12pm - 11pm, Sunday 27 August 12pm - 6pm
For more info, click here.

Grainger Photographed at Melbourne Uni

The Grainger Museum at Melbourne Uni is currently playing host to a display of more than 50,000 objects that had a pivotal role in the career of Australian composer, arranger and pianist, Percy Grainger. The collection includes scores, manuscripts, diaries, ethnographic objects, furniture, decorative arts, photographs, artworks, clothing and more.

Where: Grainger Museum, Melbourne University
When: Sunday to Friday, 12pm - 4pm
For more info, click here.

A Taste Of The Middle East At Highpoint

In partnership with not-for-profit social enterprise, Free to Feed, Highpoint has created an immersive food event series to celebrate the diverse community and food culture in Melbourne’s West. This weekend you can experience a cooking workshop led by Chef Nayran, a Syrian native with a passion for cooking and warm hospitality. All the ingredients will be sourced from Highpoint’s fresh food merchants.

Where: Highpoint Shopping Centre
When: Cooking workshops 11.30am and 1pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August
For more info, click here.


Australia Live Here is Myer's latest ode to Australian history. The exhibit is reviving products and experiences from the past century that played a major role in influencing Australian culture. The exhibition boasts a curation of 100 items sold by Myer between 1900 and 2000. And you can bet it includes the first-ever vaccum cleaner, television, the first-generation iPhone and loads more items that are just simply iconic.

Where: Myer, Bourke Street Mall
When: Until September 15
For more info, click here.

Studio Ghibli Display at Chotto

In order to honour the closure of Smith Street's pop-up Japanese cafe, Chotto, the owners have decided that their last month of trade is going to feature a wish-list—all the events they wanted to do before they closed, but never had time for. Among a number of events, they'll be hosting a Studio Ghibli feast and a Studio Ghibli art display by illustrator and animator, EV Johnson.

Where: Chotto, Fitzroy
When: Various times
For more info, click here.

Arab Film Festival

Melbourne is no stranger to multiculturalism, which is why it's no stranger to The Arab Film Festival Australia (AFFA). The AFFA is all about promoting cross-cultural exchanges and relationships between Australia and Arab communities. This year The AFFA is celebrating its 14th edition with a showing of four different films which you can catch at Cinema Nova in Carlton.

Where: Cinema Nova
When: Various times
For more info, click here.

Friday 25 August

Daffodil Day At Fed Square

This year Daffodil Day is making an epic mark on the city of Melbourne, literally. For the entire week at Fed Square there'll be a huge selfie wall—a massive wall where you can write a note to a loved one, and a massive Kim Kardashian-esque daffodil wall, all in the name of supporting Cancer Council research. A number of Melbourne landmarks will also be lit up in yellow over the weekend, including AAMI Park, Melbourne Town Hall, Arts Centre Spire, Bolte Bridge and the Melbourne Star.

Where: Fed Square
When: All day
For more info, click here.


Melbourne’s much-loved Bavarian restaurant, Munich Brauhaus is turning the big three and wants you to help them celebrate. An official keg tap will kick off the festivities at 7pm, with entertainment being provided by their in-haus band who will be playing a combo of both Bavarian and Australian tunes, to make sure the mood is just right. And if you're a secret yodeller, heads up, because you're invited to take centre stage and show everyone how it's done. 

Where: Munich Brauhaus
When: Friday 25 August
For more info, click here.

Brinner Fest

Brinner? Ohhhh breakfast-dinner, it all makes sense now. Yep, Brinner Fest is a breakfast for dinner pop-up that’s taking over 206 Bourke St this Friday night.  We're talking Toasta slinging sourdough smashed av’ (along with their signature cheese blend toasties), Fancy Hanks making smoked bacon tacos with scrambled egg and pulled pork great again and My Two Mums on deck with an ice-cream sandwich, covered in Fruit Loops and Coco Pops. There’ll even be brekky-themed cocktails to complete the occasion. Think Strawberry Jam Coladas, Marmalade Martinis and Grapefruit Slammers and wait forrrrrr it, Espresso Martinis.

Where: 206 Bourke St, CBD
When: Friday 25 August, 5pm – 10pm
For more info, click here.

Daria 20th Anniversary Party

Nothing makes you feel old like realising it’s been twenty years since Daria Morgendorffer first smirked her way onto TV screens (and into the desolate teenage wasteland of our hearts). No matter, you can drink those worries away at Supersmall Club's Daria 20th Anniversary Party, or you know, stand in the corner and think you’re above it all. Side note: don your best Daria costume AKA Mr DeMartino for a guaranteed win. Daria will basically be taking over the club with music from the show, photobooths, novelty Daria cutouts and themed cocktails too.

Where: Supersmall Club, 147 Commercial Rd, South Yarra
When: Friday 25 August, 10pm – 3am
For more info, click here.

Saturday 26 August

Stories Of Us Closing Exhibition

As part of Craft Cubed Festival, the Stories Of Us Exhibition showcases artwork from members of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Each piece is unique, an ode to their ever-evolving artistic practice. Plus, 100% of the proceeds of all pieces sold will be donated to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Score. 

Where: The Windsor Workshop
When: Thursday 24 August to Saturday 26 August, 10am - 3pm. Closing event on Saturday 26 August, 2pm – 4pm
For more info, click here.

Zoofari Rarw at Glamp Cocktail Bar

Take a walk on the wild side this Saturday night at Glamp's Zoofari Rawr. From 10pm Glamp will be transformed into a boogie jungle, seeing an array of all things tribal including a performance from burlesque snake charmer, Sina King, tribal drumming, body and face paint and more. And with their all-night $10 Zoofari cocktail specials, there's a good chance you're going to unleash your inner animal.

Where: Glamp Cocktail Bar
When: Saturday 26 August, 10pm - 3am
For more info, click here.

Bangpop Thai Masterclass

This is your chance to learn the secret to making two of Thailand’s most famous dishes – Green Papaya Salad and Pad Thai, at one of Melbourne's finest Thai eateries. In just two hours BangPop head chef Chanyut Nitmaha will attempt to transform you into a Thai cuisine know-it-all, using only the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients on hand. If all else fails, you'll have made some brand new foodie friends.

Where: Bangpop, South Wharf
When: Saturday 26 August, 10am - 12pm
For more info, click here.

Meet The Maker at Wilson & Market

It's hard not to lose your head in a well-stocked wine store. (Decisions, decisions.) Meet The Maker at Wilson & Market will give you the opportunity to try new single vineyard releases, paired with fine cheeses from Yarra Valley Dairy and Stone and Crow Cheese Company. Wines include 2016 Yarra Valley Chardonnay, Pinot Noir luc and Syrah luc, a 2016 Woori Yallock Chardonnay and a 2016 Coldstream Pinot Noir luc.

Where: Wilson & Market, Commercial Road
When: Saturday 26 August, 12pm - 2pm
For more info, click here.

Patient Wolf Gin Distillery Grand Opening

Co-owners Matt Argus and Dave Irwin will officially be opening the doors to their very own Patient Wolf Gin Distillery in Brunswick this Saturday. And it's a good day, coz their very own Premium Dry Gin (a modern take on the classic spirit) will finally have a place to call home. There's a good chance you've already got a taste for their quality gin at Melbourne restaurants and bars like The Everleigh, Cookie, Cumulus Up, The Howler and The Penny Black. 

Where: Patient Wolf Gin Distillery, Brunswick
When: Saturday 26 August, 12pm - 6pm
For more info, click here.

Parkrun At Newport Lakes Reserve

We get it, fitness definitely comes with a cost. Whether that's getting up at 6am or forking out for your fortnightly gym membership. And if you're not motivated, forget it. Well, Medibank is gearing up for something special this weekend with the first of their free weekly 5km runs. And they're officially not having any of your excuses. The aim of the event is to make exercise more of a social and more accessible for the everyday Aussie. This is the first one of these bad boys, and to celebrate its launch, Michelle Bridges will be making an appearance and leading a warm up for all Parkrunners.

Where: Newport Lakes Reserve, Newport
When: Saturday 26 August, 8am
For more info, click here.

Sunday 27 August

Catch The Money Fight at MUNICH BRAUHAUS

Why watch The Money Fight from home when you could be watching it at the Munich Brauhaus instead? With a live screening, the Brauhaus' famous schnitzels, burgers, hot dogs and all-day $1 chicken wings and drink specials, you'd be mad to catch it on the couch instead. If you don't know what The Money Fight is...this event probably isn't for you. 

Where: Munich Brauhaus
When: Sunday 27 August, 12pm
For more info, click here.

Due West Immersive Arts Festival Closing Night Rooftop Garden Party

This week marks the grand finale for 2017's Due West Immersive Arts Festival. So in order to see the festival-that-was off with a bang, the organisers are hosting a garden party in its honour. Featuring an artistic night garden projection, live entertainment, eats from Roti Road, mulled wine and craft beer from Two Birds Brewing and more, this is set to be one quality Sunday sesh.

Where: Byron St Carpark - Level 5, 47 Byron St Footscray
When: Sunday 27 August, 5pm - 9pm
For more info, click here.

De Castella Run 2 Mend Minds

The De Castella Run 2 Mend Minds is one of Melbourne's most iconic running events, named in honour of legendary marathon runner Rob de Castella. There are three distance options including a 5km, 10km and 15km, all which run the Kew Boulevard course along the banks of the Yarra River. All funds raised are donated to the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre to provide better treatment for mental illnesses.

Where: Newport Lakes Reserve, Newport
When: Sunday 27 August, 8am
For more info, click here.

Exclusive Tour of La Sirene Brewery

Treat yo'self to an exclusive tour of La Sirene Brewery in Alphington with Chief Artisans Costa Nikias & Will MacDonald. The conclusion of the taste and talk brewing methods will see you hop on a bus and taken to your next destination at Copper Pot Seddon for a delicious Sunday lunch. You know what they say, a Sunday well spent brings a week of content.

Where: La Sirene Brewery, Alphington
When: Sunday 27 August, 11am
For more info, click here.

Garden State Boxing Grill

The Garden State Hotel will be transformed into a Macgregor vs Mayweather viewing party. Get down early to score yourself the best seat in the house. And 'cause we know the drinks will be flowing all day long, you can continue on into the night, with the Garden State resident DJ playing till late.

You can also catch the fight at Sand Hill Road's other locations, Richmond Club Hotel, Prahran Hotel, Terminus Hotel, The Bridge Hotel, and Holliava will all have it on the big screen. 

Where: Garden State Hotel
When: Sunday 27 August, 10am
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

The Essential Marketing Masterclass

Hosted by marketing expert, entrepreneur, and author Belinda Bow, you'll get the chance to learn all of the ins and outs required to be successful in marketing. The aim of the event is to have you feeling like a true marketing whiz who can talk strategy and branding strategy like a legit marketing exec.

Where: Rupert on Rupert, Collingwood
When: Wednesday 30 August 7pm
For more info, click here.

Mark Manson On The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Not giving a f*ck is always a lot easier than it sounds. Thank God entrepreneur, blogger and New York Times bestselling author Mark Manson is touching down in Melbourne to explain the whole 'art'. Be prepared to dig deep and finally decide what you deeply care about and which of those things really matter. 

Where: The School of Life Melbourne
When: Monday 18 September 7pm
For more info, click here.


Even if you won't admit it, deep, deep down inside of you, you love Melbourne. And on August 30, our pretty city is turning 182 years young/old and that's a birthday worth celebrating, whichever way you're looking at it. You can get in on the celebrations with the Melbourne Day Family Festival and Concert at Docklands on Sunday, August 27, 2017 from 12pm till 3.02pm. Nope, that wasn't a typo, there will be precisely 182 minutes of celebration to mark 182 years of Melbourne. Expect face painting, food trucks, cupcake giveaways, live entertainment and more.

Where: Docklands
When: Sunday 27 August 12pm
For more info, click here.

Creative Women Networking Event

Networking is definitely not everyone's cup of tea. But the legends behind Creative Women Networking Event want to change that. Their networking event isn't like any old corporate cocktail event, but instead is designed to make connection building more of an informal activity, facilitating activities so that the whole meeting new people thing is a little less daunting and a lot more fun.

Where: Thornbury Bowls Club
When: Thursday 31 August 7.30pm - 9pm
For more info, click here.

This. Just In. Meat pie burgers have officially just landed in Melbourne and no, we're not surprised.

Image credit: Patient Wolf Gin

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