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30 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By Marina Nazario - 15 Feb 2018


How did we get so lucky to live in a city that's always bursting at the seams with things to do, places to see and people to meet? We're not quite sure, but we'll count our blessings in dumplings.  

Ready to take on another Goliath of a weekend? Summer never looked so good.

Here's 25 awesome things happening this weekend in Melbourne.  

All Weekend

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival

We’ll take any excuse to head to Apollo Bay and (lucky for us) this weekend is the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. They’ll be putting on a huge seafood-filled event, with local catches like Southern Rock Lobster, snapper, mussels, abalone, King George Whiting and octopus. YUM. Like any worthwhile festival, they’ll have tunes, alcohol and activities for the kiddos (think sand sculpting workshops on the beach—can we enter?). Go on, seas the day (we had to).

Where: Apollo Bay
When: Friday 16 February - Sunday 18 February
For more info, 
click here.

Chinese New Year At Spice Temple

Spice Temple is going ALL OUT for Chinese New Year, starting with their drool-worthy, banquet-style menu that’s all about the Year of the Dog. Woof. The theme: prosperity, longevity, wealth and happiness—which means they’ll be serving things like raw kingfish with white radish and spring onion oil, Shanghai style chicken salad with salted olive and black bean dressing and stir-fried egg noodles with blue swimmer crab. Plus about six other dishes. All for $99. Score. 

Where: Spice Temple
When: From Friday 16 February - Sunday 4 March
For more info, click here.

Chinese New Year At Hawker Hall

PSA! Every weekend of February, Hawker Hall is offering Yum Cha from 11am to 4pm for $38 a head. They’re giving you the power to choose seven items from the 15 item menu, leaving you to stuff your face with all the greasy goodness. The Hawker Hall team also invented a “happiness” cocktail (aren’t all cocktails happy?) and a “longevity” cocktail justttt for Chinese New Year. Get it while you can.

Where: Hawker Hall
When: Every weekend of February
For more info, 
click here.

Chinese New Year At Preston Market

Chinese New Year celebrations are underway and Preston Market is putting on a FREE event full of live music, Tai Chi demonstrations, Chinese dragons and Chinese lantern making. And obviously, loads of food. Check it out!

Where: Preston Market
When: 10am-2pm, 17-18 February
For more info, 
click here.

Pagoda Installation

Leave it to Emporium Melbourne to put on something fancy for CNY. They’ll be opening a pop-up Pagoda Installation, which honours the Chinese tradition of gifting and receiving red envelopes (no, not like the invitations to Hogwarts). Rock up to this event and look into a magic ball to see your Chinese zodiac predictions for love and luck in the new year (okay, we’re just assuming there’s a crystal ball). They’ll also be handing out heaps of prizes, like Din Tai Fung dumplings, a class at Kaya Health Clubs and ice-cream from Godiva. It’s on.

Where: Level 1 of Emporium Melbourne
When: Friday 16 February and Saturday 17 February
For more info, 
click here.

Weight Of Love Exhibition 

If you're a fan of surrealist art (and who the hell isn't), get on down to Weight Of Love this weekend. It's a solo exhibition from Sydney-based artist Lotte Alexis Smith. You'll spot a few different genres of inspiration (everything from fairytales to Japanese art and anime), but the overall effect is stunning.

Where: Tinning Street Presents, 5/29 Tinning St Brunswick
When: Till 25 February
For more info, click here

Chinese New Year Festival at Box Hill Central

Alright, time to turn it up a notch. Box Hill Central is hosting a huggeeee weekend celebration, complete with dragon dancing, firecrackers and over 100 market stalls. There will be tons of opportunities for Instas and Snaps so get amongst it.

Where: Box Hill Central
When: Friday 16 February and Saturday 17 February
For more info, 
click here.

Ego Expo

Get behind Australian street culture at the Ego Expo. This hot event is showcasing everything that street culture thrives on such as art, music, food and shopping. Count us in.

Where: Shed 14, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Central Pier, Docklands
When: From 10am, 17-18 February
For more info, 
click here.

AFLX Kick Off

ICYMI, AFLX is a new and exciting game created by the AFL to showcase some of the most thrilling elements of Australian Football. AFLX is kicking off with a three-day inaugural tournament complete with fireworks, DJs, in-game commentary and kid zones. Go see what it’s all about.

Where: Hindmarsh Stadium, Etihad Stadium, Allianz Stadium
When: 15-17 February
For more info, 
click here.

It's Just A Ride Exhibition 

Looking for a cool exhibition this weekend? We found just the ticket. Argentinian-born artist Juan Rodriguez is holding his first ever solo show at Fitzroy's BSIDE Gallery. Imagine the most intricate life-like tattoos you've ever seen, but done with pen, rather than an ink gun (and not, you know, on human flesh). Get on down to Brunswick St—it's running till Sunday.

Where: BSIDE Gallery, 121 Brunswick St
When: Till Sunday 18 February
For more info, click here

Thursday 15 February

LUNE x David Jones Lunar New Year Pop-Up

Melbourne bakery sensation (and creators of the cruffin), Lune Croissanterie, is doing something special to celebrate the Lunar New Year. They’ll be whipping up exclusive flavours such as lychee, pineapple and salted duck egg (um....) and making them available to the first (some might say “lucky”) 88 customers. Let's not all run at once. 

Where: David Jones Bourke Street Mall Food Hall
When: From 9:30am (while stocks last)
For more info, 
click here.

Friday 16 February

Australian String Quartet  

Fancy listening to violins, cellos and violas belting out some beautiful music? Grab your latest Tinder date and take them to the Australian String Quartet, whose first concert of the season is happening this Friday! The Quartet’s program begins with one of today’s most influential composers, Philip Glass, who considers the String Quartet No 3 Mishima his musical turning point. So you know it’s going to be epic.

Where: Melbourne Recital Centre
When: 7pm, Friday 16 February
For more info, 
click here.

Good Together

We’ve all heard of The L Word, right? Not the four letter word—the TV show! Well, it’s making a comeback and lead actress, Kate Moennig is coming our way to celebrate. Good Together Festival is Australia's newest queer music festival. Unfortunately, it’s launching in 2019, BUT Kate is getting the party started with a series of parties throughout 2018. Sounds like our kind of pre-game.

Where: Room 680, 680 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
When: 9pm-4am

For more info, click here.

Saturday 17 February

Rolling Stones Kooyong Concert

This Saturday marks 45 years to the EXACT day that The Rolling Stones rocked out at Kooyong Tennis Centre during their infamous ‘Exile On Main Street’ world tour in 1973. (Time flies, hey?) To honour this clearly unforgettable Melbourne concert, The Corner Hotel will host a one-off celebration from 1pm on Saturday 17 February. Although the Stones have to take a rain check, it will be performed by local band, The Monkey Men. Gimme, gimme, gimme the honky tonk blues!

Where: The Corner Hotel
When: 1pm, Saturday 17 February
For more info, c
lick here.

CNY At Hawker Chan

Michelin star rated (and cheap) Singaporean dining experience, Hawker Chan (say that five times fast) is bringing in the Year of the Dog with a traditional CNY Lion Dance. Rawr. Watch the lion dance shimmy from one Michelin rated dining destination to another, journeying from Tim Ho Wan to Hawker Chan, then treat yo’self to some delicious Singaporean foodz. Nom. See you there.

Where: Hawker Chan
When: From 3:30pm, Saturday 17 of February
For more info, 
click here.

Great Australian Beer Festival

Calling all beer lovers! Geelong is hosting the Great Australian Beer Festival this weekend, and all our beer dreams have come true. Brewers from allllll over the country will be showing us what they've got with over 200 craft beers, plus live music and entertainment all day. We’re assuming we’ll see you there.

Where: Geelong Racecourse
When: 12pm-8pm, Saturday 17 February
For more info, 
click here.

Sunday 18 February

Lake House Masterclass

PSA: Two of Australia’s hottest chefs are hosting a masterclass to teach you all of their cooking secrets for $265/pp. Brent Savage and Benjamin Cooper will be giving demonstrations and talking food while you get to bask in all the treats. Seem too good to be true? You tell us. 

Where: Lake House Daylesford
When: 11am-3:30pm, Sunday 18 February
For more info, 
click here.

Lucky 88 At Rice Paper Sister

We low-key love slipping into a food coma. Seriously, there’s nothing like patting your tummy while dozing off into a fried chicken-filled dream. Our friends at Rice Paper Sister are blessing us with the Lucky 88, which is basically eight Vietnamese dishes matched with eight drinks and you know this will induce only the best kind of food coma.  

Where: Rice Paper Sister
When: 12pm-2pm, Sunday 18 February
For more info, 
click here.

Mindful Walk

If you’re feeling a bit all over the place, take a breather and head to St Kilda Botanical Gardens for meditation and a relaxing stroll. Slow down and re-energize with the Mindful Walk Community as they’ll help you connect with yourself and your surroundings. Sounds like the zen we need in our life.

Where: St Kilda Botanical Gardens
When: 9:30am-10:30am, Sunday 18 February
For more info, 
click here.

Journey Into The World Of Champagne

We lovveess Champagne, so we were stoked to find out that there’s a Champagne masterclass happening this weekend! Head to The Beach Hotel to learn a little about what makes bubbly so great, while sipping on five different Champagnes (plus cheese!).

Where: The Beach Hotel
When: 1pm-3pm, Sunday 18 February
For more info, 
click here.

For The Diary

Manchester Unity Tour

In case you flopped on getting a rad Valentine’s Day present, we found something that might save your ass. The Manchester Unity building is running guided tours Sunday 25 February, and it’s gonna be epic. They’ll treat you with a Champagne brekky or lunch experience, then take you through the iconic building. Get tickets now, thank us later.

Where: Manchester Unity Building
When: 25 February
For more info, 
click here.

The Prosecco Festival

Aww yeah, this is what diaries are made for. Melbourne's first proper prosecco festival is on its way! We're talking spritz galore, cheeky bellini’s & negroni sbagliato’s as far as the eye can see. The last Sunday of February is when this bad boy drops, so swing by for all things bubbly, boozy and delicious.

Where: Cargo Hall, 39 South Wharf
When: 11am - 8pm, 25 February
For more info, click here.

Trash Tiki Cocktails 

Pop this in the diary for next Monday night. Two of London’s most reputable bartenders, Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths of Trash Tiki are taking over Beneath Driver Lane in the CBD for one night only, putting on a 3-course spread and their signature zero-waste cocktails. This thing's gonna be DELICIOUS.

Where: Beneath Driver Lane, CBD
7pm9pm, Monday 19 February 
For more info & tickets, click here

Pick & Stomp At Dolan Wines 

Exactly what it sounds like: a chance to pick and stomp your own vino at the Rob Dolan cellar door. After a morning of wine stomping you'll be treated to a 2-metre cheese board (no joke), along with plenty of delicious wine. 

Where: Rob Dolan Wines, Warrandyte South
When: 10am – 2pm, 18 March
For more info, click here

Tolarno Bali Pop-Up

Dreaming of heading to Bali but don’t have the time or money? Same. Lucky for us, Tolarno Eating House is bringing in Melbourne expat, Janet Deneefe who opened Cafe Luna in Ubud. She’ll be serving up our fave Bali foodz like Babi Guling (suckling pig, with braised leaves and crispy trimmings) and Betutu Ayam (roast chicken with snake beans and roasted coconut). Nom. Tickets will set you back $99 (it includes a cocktail and two-course meal), but hey, that’s cheaper than a flight to Bali.

Where: Tolarno Eating House
When: 7:30pm, Friday 23 March and Saturday 24 March
For more info, 
click here.

The Aftershock Fun Run

The Aftershock is an organization that aims to advance the medical research behind the treatment and diagnosis of high mortality rate cancers. Lace up those sneakers, because the group is hosting a 6km run through The Tan to help raise money and awareness. That'll get us out of bed!

Where: The Tan, Melbourne
When: 8:30am-11:30am, Sunday 18 February
For more info, 
click here.

Urban Agricultural Forum

Let’s talk about sustainability. Actually, why don’t you head to a forum that discusses the role of urban agriculture in our daily lives? Grab tickets here.

Where: The William Angliss Institute
When: 23-24 February
For more info, 
click here.

Pierre Roelof’s Dessert Evenings

Got what it takes to be a pastry chef? Prove it at Pierre Roelof’s Dessert Evenings. He’ll be taking us through a set menu that our dessert stomach only dreams of. Book tickets now, because this thing will sell out.

Where: Minanoie, 33 Peel St Collingwood 
When: 22-24 February
For more info, 
click here

Werribee Easter Egg Hunt

Okay guys, this is pretty cool (although, it’s really for the kiddos). Cadbury is hiding 400,000 eggs for their annual Easter egg hunt to raise money for Royal Children’s Hospital. Tickets to this are hot, so grab them now. Then have your kids run through Werribee Park ninja-style to find all of the chocolate eggs on 30 March.

Where: Werribee Park
When: 9:30am, 30 March
For more info, 
click here.

Homeless Grapes Project

Alright all you wine lovers and Goon of Fortune players, the Homeless Grapes Project needs your help. They're hosting a gathering of winemakers, growers, producers, families and individuals to come together and produce a fantastic local wine, but they need some grape pickers to, you guessed it, pick grapes. Come on, do it for the Goon. They'll be serving brekky burgers and coffee for FREE.  

Where:  De Bortoli, 58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek
When: 8:30am-10:30am, Thursday 22 February 
For more info, click here

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