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32 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Elizabeth Maidment - 22 Mar 2018

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Is there ever a weekend where Melbourne isn’t packed to the brim? This week we've got the launch of Nike Air Max sneakers, a design trade show (helloooo new furniture!), a life-sized LEGO car and free tacos galore….count us the hell in.

All Weekend

Brickman Awesome 

For the kids (and the kids at heart) be sure to check out the latest mega LEGO models built by Ryan “The Brickman” McNaught. The Brickman Awesome exhibition features 39 new models, plus the tallest LEGO model in the southern hemisphere, built from over 450,000 bricks. This guy must have had a wild childhood. 

Where: Melbourne Museum Plaza
When: 21st March – 29th of April
For Tickets, click here.

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

With Easter festivities just around the corner, it's a good excuse to get the ball rolling with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. Weekend events coming at ya: Historic Cocktail Journey with Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, the Collingwood Community All You Can Eat Brunch or the Cellar Lunch with the Fowles Family. You're gonna need bigger pants. 

Where: Multiple Locations
When: 16 March – 25 March
For more info, click here.

We Are Brimbank

Brimbank council are launching a pop-up café this weekend to celebrate multiculturalism. And all entertainment, food + drinks are FREE. Yep, you heard that right. The café will offer scrumptious treats from local traders and show people how easy it is to support your local community. Get around it. 

Where: Alfreida Street Pop-Up Part (St Albans)
When: Friday 2:30pm – 5:30pm, Saturday + Sunday 11:30am – 2:30pm
For more info, click here.

The Design Co-Op (Melbourne Design Week)

Workshops, design exhibitions and big scoop of local talent. This one's running all weekend, and the theme this year is what ‘home’ means to you. There’ll be workshops run by professionals as well interior design tips – time to get decorating!

Where: Glow Studios, 19 Ireland Street, West Melbourne
When: March 23 – March 25 (numerous times)
For more info, click here.  

Vikings: Beyond The Legend

Forget everything you learned from Chris Hemsworth. Melbourne Museum's new exhibition is exposing the real truth behind Vikings this weekend. With over 450 artefacts from the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm including interactive displays and hands-on challenges, it’s set to bust a few myths. 

Where: Melbourne Museum
When: 23 March – 26 August (10am – 5pm daily)
For more info, click here.

Piccolina x Burnley Brewing

Beer and Gelato? Sounds like an odd mix, right? Hawthorn’s own Piccolina is collaborating with Burnley Brewing for some limited edition flavours just for this week! Cool down with the Empire Apple Cider Sorbet or even a full course gelato beer flight.

Where: Piccolina (Thursday), Burnley Brewing (Friday + Saturday)
For more info, click here.

High Country Hops

Bringing some of the finest breweries in Victoria together to celebrate the influential and all-important brewing agent, HOPS, the High Country Hops Festival is back in action for the fourth year running. With hourly guided tours, live music and (of course) beer, you don’t want to miss this one.

Where: Bridge Road Brewers, Ford Street Beechworth
When: 24– 25 March (11am till 8pm)
For more info, click here.

Thursday 22 March

Free Taco’s at Taco Bill

We could eat Taco’s any day of the week…even better when they’re free, right? Australia’s oldest taco restaurant, Taco Bill, is giving everyone free tacos today (choose between chicken, beef or veggie options). All you have to do is dine in with them tonight. Muchas Gracias, Taco Bill! 

When: 12pm – 5pm
Where: Numerous Locations
For more info, click here.

Kirsten Lyttle at Blak Dot Gallery

Kirsten Lyttle is exploring the ideologies of Maouri customs through her artwork, Keteparaha: Toolkit, which is launching at the Blak Dot Gallery in Brunswick. She uses traditional methods, especially weaving, to create some beautiful artwork. Art nerds, get around it. 

Where: Blak Dot Gallery, Brunswick
When: 22 March 6:30 – 8:30pm, closes the 8 April.
For more info, click here.

Westfield Plenty Valley Launch

In need of a foodie re-fuel with all these events going on? Don’t worry: Westfield Plenty Valley is launching their $80 million dining complex, with over fifteen dining and entertainment retailers, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. BYO stretchy pants, coz there'll be some awesome giveaways. Think dumpling samples, free churros, and two-for-one cocktails.

Where: Westfield Plenty Valley
When: 9am – 5pm (late night shopping till 9pm Thursday)
For more info, click here.

ASDA Distillery Awards

Some of the best Australian spirits will be recognised at the 2018 Distilled Spirits Awards this weekend. Expect delicious cocktails curated by some of the best-of-the-best mixologists. Cheers to the freaking weekend! 

Where: Ormond Hall, Prahran
When: 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Buy tickets here

Friday 23 March

Long Chim Bangkok Markets

Experience the flavours of Bangkok without the 11-hour flight. Long Chim + David Thompson are bringing their bold and vibrant flavours to the Crown Riverwalk, with food stalls, bars, and entertainment to kick off your weekend. We love you, David—mwa! 

Where: Crown Riverwalk, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
When: Friday 23 March – Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here.

The Absinthe Drinkers: A Solo Show

Featuring digital artworks by Brett Sixty-Six, this exhibition focuses on famous ‘drinkers’ and famous booze. Not only do you get a sparkling glass upon arrival…Absinthia have extended their opening hours: so you can indulge in the extra cocktail, it’s Friday after all. 

Where: Absinthia Absinthe Bar, Rose St Fitzroy
When: 7pm – 11pm
For more info, click here.

Whiteheart Bar 1st Birthday

Who doesn’t love a good party? Our friends at Whitehart Bar are throwing a celebration to honour their big first bday They’re bringing the beats (old school funk and the newest hits) and five spit roasts with meat + veggie options as well as cocktail specials going throughout the evening. Did we mention it’s free?

Where: Whitehart Bar, CBD
When: 12pm till late
For more info, click here.

Tim Winton on Toxic Masculinity

Author Tim Winton is collab'ing with the School of Life for an exclusive talk on toxic masculinity and the hidden challenges of entering manhood. To accompany the talk, there's specialty commissioned soundscapes + photography interludes. Hurry though—tickets will sell quick smart. 

Where: School of Life, Melbourne Convention Centre
When: 7pm
For more info, click here.

Flinders Lane Neighbourhood Poolside Party

Get ready to soak up the final summer rays with the Adelphi Hotel/Om Nom Kitchen x EDZARD x Lucy Liu pool party. This sunset sesh is filled with tasty morsels from the kitchen, plus Victorian winemakers, beer and champers to wash it all down. Sounds like a pretty good Friday to us.

Where: Adelphi Hotel + OmNom Kitchen
When: 7:30pm
For more info, click here.

Oasis Nights at Gumbuya World

This one-off event lets you experience Gumbuaya World after dark with a relaxing summer session—and for those worried about braving the cold, you can unwind in one of Gumbuya's 28-degree pools. So long, summer. 

Where: Gumbuya World
When: 6:30pm
For more info, click here

Saturday 24 March

The Goblin Ball 

Ringmaster’s Carnival brings magic and masquerades to Docklands for one of the coolest boat parties of the year. This four-hour fantasy brings together lovers of 80s films with an interactive storyline, prizes for best dressed and a ghoulish Saturday night. 

Where: Docklands, Victoria (The Victoria Star)
When: 7:30pm –12am
For more info, click here

NIKE Air Max ‘Air House Party’  

Sneakerhead’s, you don’t want to miss out on this. It's an epic part thrown by NIKE to celebrate their newest sneaker drop, the Air Max 270. Guests will experience sound and art installations, live music, creative workshops, talks from Sam Price + Christie Morgan and artistic building projections. It's gonna get pumped. 

Where: Curtin House, 252 Swanston Street
When: 12pm – 4pm
For more info, click here.

Baby Pizza 'Al-Fresco-Loco' 

Time to get loco for Al-Fresco-Loco—Baby Pizzeria are saying arrivederci to the balmy summer nights. Not only is food on the cards, summer drink favourites such as Aperol Spritz, Rosé, and Campari Tonic are also being served as a thirst-quencher.

Where: Baby Pizza, Richmond
When: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
For more info, click here.

The Co-Ground Folk Show 

Chill out on your Saturday with the Co-Ground Folk Show, showcasing some of the finest folk Melbourne artists right in the heart of Brunswick. You can listen to some sweet tunes, and all the profits are going towards education and livelihood in the Asia-Pacific regions.

Where: Co-Ground Coffee Brunswick
When: 6pm
Buy tickets, here.

Heineken x Formula One

Heineken has just released their line-up for their Saturday session at the Formula 1 Grand Prix, with the apl.de.ap Black Eyes Peas, Luciana, Young Franco + Andy Murphy all on stage for an unmissable event. Once you’re done having a boogie with some of the best, chow down on Jimmy Grant’s Street Greek Food or award-winning 400 Gradi pizza. 

Where: Albert Park Formula 1 Circuit
When: 24 March 
For more info, click here

Nature Baby Motherhood Series ‘Beci Orphin Craft Workshop’

Nature Baby’s pop-up in Fitzroy is featuring craft expert Bec Orphin this weekend, perfect for all the mothers out there. Bec Orphin is known for her colourful and creative artworks—the perfect stuff for a new nursery. 

Where: 83 Kerr Street, Fitzroy
When: 10:30am
For more info, click here

Sunday 25 March

Dandenong World Fare

With over 150 nationalities in one space, this pop-up bazaar of culinary delights is featuring almost every cuisine, so you don’t even have to leave Melbourne to feel as if you have taken an all-around-the-world trip. Waffles + Korean BBQ in the same room... hell yeah. 

Where: Market Square, Dandenong Market
When: 10am – 4pm
For more info, click here

Pawn & Co’s Weekly Sunday Festival Day Spa 

Enter the weekly festival with Pawn & Co: filled with confetti cannons, ten-foot inflatables, gin, acai + watermelon cocktails and underground electronic music. It’s the perfect way to kick off your Sunday. This thing will run for most of the year, so if you miss this one, there will be others. 

Where: 177 Greville St, Prahan
When: 7am – 3am
For more info, click here

Harveast

This family-friendly event focuses on curated Australian food + wineries, with over sixty local producers strutting their stuff. Not only is there tasting for the adults, there's also the Huxtaburger Junior Burger Masterclass and loads of entertainment for the kiddies too. 

Where: Eastland QIC
When: 10am – 8pm
For more info, click here.

Collingwood Chocolate Festival  

Chocoholics unite! For one day, and one day only, you can consume all the chocolate you want (we won’t tell anyone that gym day starts on Monday…) at the Collingwood Chocolate Market. Ratio Cocoa Roasters, Atypic Chocolate, Choamour—they're all gonna be there. To top it all off (if you’re not sick of chocolate already), Koko Deluxe will be pouring mochas all day long. 

Where: The Craft & Co, 390 Smith St, Collingwood
When: 11am – 5pm, Sunday 25 March
For more info, click here

Take Five at Rob Dolan

Featuring an impressive five-course menu from five different chefs, this one's all about bringing together the local community to taste some of the freshest Australian produce...while also indulging in some of the finest wines that Victoria has to offer.

Where: Rob Dolan Wines, 21 – 23 Delaney’s Road, Warrandyte South
When: 1pm – 4pm
For more info, click here.  

For The Diary

Vivid Design Awards Competition

Not to be confused with the Sydney Lights Exhibition, Vivid Design Awards Show takes the cake with unearthing and discovering talented industry supports and upcoming designers. The entries close on the 30 March, so get in quick if you want to apply (you can do that over here).

Décor & Design

Back for its 15th year running, Décor + Design has an amazing line-up for all you design fiends. From 19 – 22 July, the Melbourne Exhibition Centre will transform into a wonderland of homewares, lighting, décor, furniture, and artworks from local and international designers. Nice. 

Where: Melbourne Exhibition Centre
When: 19 – 22 July
For more info, click here.

The Aftershock Ride For Cancer 

This feel-good story will warm the cockles. On Sunday 17 June, a man named Chris Neate will begin the gruelling task of riding his bicycle from Perth to Melbourne. No joke. It's all to raise awareness of cancer treatment across Australia. Chris will be stopping in at various hospitals along the way, meeting people battling the disease and spreading the good word. How does this affect you guys? They're looking for donations right now. And you can be in Fed Square on 7 July to welcome Chris to Melbourne (he's gonna be pretty tired). Get around this good cause, guys. 

Where: Federation Square
When: Saturday 7 July
For more info, click here

Masterclass Autumn Lineup at the Lake House

Shane Delia (Maha + Biggie Smalls), Frank Camorra (MoVida) and Ross Lusted (The Bridge Room) take the stage at the Lake House for a day of masterclasses, fine food, and wine tasting. Pinned against the picturesque backdrop of Daylesford, this treat-yo-self event is one for the culinary lovers.

Where: Lake House, Daylesford
When: 11am – 4pm
For more info, click here.

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Image credit: City of Melbourne 

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