31 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By Elizabeth Maidment - 15 Mar 2018


It’s that time of the week again, Melbournians! Wrapping up the coming weekend, we've got cheese galore, pizza festivals and St Patrick’s Day froths out the Ying Yang. If that’s not enough, treat your wallet to some TLC with warehouse sales from some epic brands. No time for Netflix this weekend...

Here's 31 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend. 

All Weekend 

St-Germain x MFWF         

How do Elderflower cocktails sound? Delicious, right? Luckily for you, French liquor connoisseurs St-Germain are hosting their first ever spritz bar on the banks of the Yarra. It’s running all weekend and entry is free, so you can start off the weekend in style.

Where: River Graze, Melbourne Food + Wine Festival
When: Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 12pm – 9pm, Sunday 12pm – 8pm.
For more info, click here

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert Costume Exhibition

Academy award winning Tim Chappel is giving the public a sneak peek into his work from Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, the worldwide musical, through a laneway exhibition as part of VAMFF. This unique exhibition boasts sketches and costumes galore…fashion fiends, you don’t want to miss this. 

Where: Level 1, 260 Collins Street
When: Daily 10am – 6pm (closing Sunday 18 March)
For more info, click here.

Gradi Presents The Melbourne Pizza Festival

Who doesn’t love pizza? Experience a little slice of Naples with all things Italian at this massive weekend pizza fest: think delicious pasta, slices of cheesy pizza, creamy gelato and some aperol to finish. Delizioso!

Where: Crown Riverwalk, 8 Whiteman Street, Southbank
When: Friday + Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 9pm
For more info, click here.

P.J. O’Briens x St Patrick’s Day

Kicking off the St Patrick’s Day celebrations, Southgate local P.J.O’Brien’s is hosting a three-day celebration of all things Irish (after all, we have a lot to thank the Irish folk for). Expect live music, traditional brekkie and free-flowing Guinness on tap!

Where: P.J.O’Briens, Southgate
When: Friday 6pm – 11pm, Saturday 9am – 11pm, Sunday 10am – 9:30pm
For more info, click here.

Asian Flavours At Box Hill Central 

Celebrating the rich flavours of Taiwan, Indonesia, China and Japan, Box Hill Central is whipping up a fusion feast that won’t break the bank. Tickets are less than a twenty, and you even have the chance to attend a series of VIP cooking sessions by celebrity chefs…sounds good to us!

Where: Box Hill Central, Box Hill
When: Saturday 10am – 2:30pm, Sunday 11am – 2pm
To book, click here.

Big Fashion Sale  

Returning to Melbourne this weekend, the Big Fashion Sale is the best chance to pick up a sale on some of the hottest designer trends of the year. With up to 80% of brands like The Row, Balenciaga, Celine, Marni and Rag & Bone, this is one you don’t want to miss.

Where: Five Easy Upstairs, 5 Easy St, Collingwood
When: Thursday + Friday 9am – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 4pm
For more info, click here.

Tobias Titz Polaroid Exhibition     

Taking out some of the top prizes in Australia, Tobias Titz is gracing Fox Darkroom and Gallery with some of his award-winning polaroids. Showing his retrospective on a twenty-year body of work, this is a stellar event for photography lovers.

Where: Fox Darkroom + Gallery, 8 Elizabeth St, Kensington
When: Thursday + Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday + Sunday 11am – 5pm (running till the 8 April)
For more info, click here.  

Rug & Furniture Warehouse Sale   

Struggling to find chic décor for your new living space? Never fear, the Rug + Furniture Warehouse Sale by the Rug Collection Australia is on this weekend. With up to 70% off, it’s the perfect time to find the millennial pink chair of your dreams.

Where: 4/80 Fairbank Road, Clayton South
When: Thursday to Saturday, 9am – 4pm
For more info, click here.

The Crux & Co x Sweet Alley 

For all things sweet, pop down into the River Graze Sweet Alley at MFWF. Sweet tooths can indulge in pastries and cakes, while Five Senses will be serving their legendary cold brew all day. Nothing says ‘treat yourself’ like some creamy éclairs...

Where: Southbank Spillway, Southbank
When: Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 12pm – 9pm, Sunday 12pm - 8pm
For more info, click here.

Jasmine Alexa Warehouse Sale      

Athleisure label Jasmine Alexa is hosting a warehouse sale this weekend, with nothing over a fiddy. That’s right—athletic-wear for under $50. With past seasons' styles and samples on show, those running into the weekend will love this one!

Where: Casa Mimo Boutique, 225 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
When: Saturday + Sunday 10 – 5pm
For more info, click here

Feast at Frankston        

Calling all foodies! With over 30 food and beverages, the Feast and Frankston Waterfront is the place to be this weekend: carefully selected food trucks and drink pairings, pop-up restaurants, exhibitors and even an artisan market—there's something for the whole family. 

Where: Pier Promenade, Frankston
When: Friday 4pm – 10pm, Saturday 12pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 6pm
For more info, click here.

Thursday 15 March

Bankwest FREE Doughnuts At Flinders St

If you’re out and about in the city today, you’re in luck: Bankwest is giving away 4,000 free doughnuts at Flinders Street station. To celebrate them taking out Bank Of The Year in Money Magazine, they’ve created the ultimate orange doughnut complete with sprinkles and everything nice. Meet you there.

Where: Flinders St Station
8am – 4pm, Thursday 15 March
For more info, click here.

Lululemon x Worth 100 Event  

With International Women’s day just passing last week, athletic brand Luluemon is hosting some of the most inspirational women in nutrition, sport and journalism for an afternoon of motivation, education (and of course, lunch). Tickets are only $35 and can be purchased here

Where: St Jeromes – The Hotel, 271 Little Lonsdale Street, Level 3
When: Thursday 12pm – 2pm

Friday 16 March

Free Beer Fridays at Mr Burger   

Nothing better than having a free beer on a Friday, right? Mr Burger is serving up Goose Island Beer with every burger purchase from 6pm onwards. If beer isn’t your thing, they're also hosting a pinball competition where the winner can get THREE free burgers.

Where: Bentleigh, Chapel Street + Brunswick locations
When: Friday from 6pm
For more info, click here

Brutally Early Breakfast    

The early bird catches the worm, right? Congress is hosting the Brutally Early Breakfast which is, you guessed it…brutally early. At 6:30am, you can get a three-course meal with morning bevvies that aims to bring everyone together. Bloody Mary, anyone? We're gonna need one at that hour. 

Where: Congress, 49 Peel St, Collingwood
When: 6:30am
To book, click here.

Free Keg Friday’s at The Craft & Co

The best way to bring in autumn? Free kegs! The Craft & Co are tapping one keg on site every Friday and pouring beer ‘till it’s dry…they also have some special brewery guests joining them on Friday nights too. Sweeeet. 

When: Every Friday from 5pm
Where: The Craft & Co, Collingwood
Find more info, here.

Saturday 17 March

The Peninsula Picnic

Running on Saturday 17 March, The Peninsula Picnic presented by Melbourne MINI Garage marries picnic-fied dishes from eight of the region’s best restaurants, wine and show-stopping live music all arranged on a silver platter. Grab your mates and pile into the car—because this is one event you can’t miss this weekend. Check out all the details here.

Renascence Gippsland     

Located in the picturesque Biran Biran Farm, Renascence Gippsland is part of Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, and it's returning for its second year. With Pastuso's executive Chef Alejandro Saravia and Gippsland Natural Beef producer Paul Crock teaming up for a five-course menu with premium local wines and sustainable food dining, you're gonna want to grab a ticket. 

Where: Biran Biran Gippsland Natural Beef Farm (South Gippsland)
When: 12pm – 4pm
For more info, click here

Section 8 x Sound of the Future      

Melbourne’s iconic laneway venue, Section 8, is collaborating with Sound of the Future + Montanasa to give back to the community and raise profits for at-risk teens. There's gonna be DJ’s and artists working together, plus raffles with some amazing prizes. All the donations go to Sound of the Future.

Where: Section 8, Tattersalls Lane, CBD
When: 1pm – 6pm
For more info, click here

St Patrick’s Day at Lona       

Get your Irish fix and celebrate the Emerald Isle at Lona with drink specials (think baby Guinness shots and $12 whiskey sours!) running all day. For those who want to fuel up after delectable cocktails, they'll have their full day menu with flavoursome chicken wings or carb-fuelled Patatas Bravas (Paprika spiced potatoes, tumaca sauce, and aioli). Sounds like a happy Saturday to us. 

Where: Lona, 64 – 66 Acland Street, St Kilda
When: 8am till late
For more info, click here.

Sunday 18 March

Secret Garden Laneway Party

The Rose Garden + Duckboard Place (right next to AC/DC Lane) is being transformed into a garden party this weekend, hosted by the Garden State Hotel. Decadent canapés curated by head chef, Ash Hicks, paired with wine and spirits by Archie Rose and Sherwood Estate Wines. Fancy a boogie? There’ll be live entertainment too. Tickets are available here.

Where: Garden State Hotel, CBD
When: 2pm – 5pm, Sunday 18 March 

Seinfeld Podcast “I Don’t Wanna Be a Secondary Character!” Live Show

Celebrating their 50th live show, George’s Bar is being transformed into a live recording studio for the “But I Don’t Wanna Be a Secondary Character” podcast, focusing on the secondary characters from one of the greatest shows of all time. You can listen to the podcast here whilst waiting in anticipation.

When: 6pm, Sunday 18 March
Where: George’s Bar, Fitzroy

Wee Man’s Late Lunch Hootenanny 

Nothing better than a late launch party, right? Wee Man’s in Preston is hosting a brand new menu, brand new logo and a brand new kitchen (so much new-ness in one place!): with DJ’s spinning all afternoon, sample platters and free haggis (you read that right), this is the place to spend your Sunday session.

Where: Wee Man’s, 270 Raglan Street, Preston
When: 2pm – 10pm, Sunday 18 March 
For more info, click here.

Box Hill Record + Comic Fair   

Find a bargain this weekend with the Box Hill Record and Comic Fair, grab your friends and hit up the stalls for some discounts on vinyls, books and comics. You spin me right round baby right round...

Where: Box Hill Town Hall, Whitehorse Road
When: 9:30am – 4pm
For more info, click here

Pick and Stomp at Rob Dolan Winery   

Members of the Rob Dolan Winery club have an exclusive opportunity to become a winemaker for a day this weekend. You start off by stomping the grapes (with a cheese board and some wine tasting afterward, of course, It’s thirsty work being a winemaker!) and then you return a year later to finalise your blend prior to bottling. All participants receive a dozen bottles just in time for Christmas!

Where: Rob Dolan Wines, 21 – 23 Delaney’s Road, Warrandyte South
When: 10am – 2pm
To buy tickets, click here.

For The Diary

Fromage a Trois Cheese Festival

Say Cheese! The Fromage a Trois Festival is back next month. This year they've got 14 freaking cheese vendors on site, so you can try the whole range. Not only featuring the creamy goodness…there'll be ice-cream cheese, vegan cheese and hand-picked beverages (wines and ciders) will be available on the day as well.

Where: Werribee Park, Werribee Road
11am6pm, 8 April 
Grab your tickets, here.  

Long Chim Bangkok Markets 

Experience the flavours of Bangkok without even having to leave Melbourne! 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.

Gala Showcase x Good Beer Week 2018  

Good Beer Week is approaching to cure those winter blues. The Gala showcase is the official launch, giving a sneak-peek into the breweries on showcase, right in the heart of Fed Square. Don’t worry, there’ll be some of Melbourne’s best food vendors to keep your stomach satisfied. Coming up next week! 

When: 22 + 23 March
Where: The Atrium, Federation Square 
For tickets, click here

Vegan Takeover at Ramblr     

Vegans + Vegetarians, rejoice! Grassroots Pantry Chef, Peggy Chan, is taking over the Ramblr kitchen in March with a 100% ethically sourced, five-course menu to satisfy all tastes. Her textured, plant-based menu explores the versatility of a vegan lifestyle, so even meat-eaters won’t be hating on this one.

When: 20 March
Where: Ramblr, South Yarra
Buy your tickets, here.

StageArt presents, Bare

The Victorian professional premiere of the musical, Bare, hits Chapel Off Chapel from the 20 March until the 15 April this year. With a pulsating rock score, this classic pop opera is set at a Catholic boarding school in the early 2000s and is sure to be a raw and enchanting production.

When: 20 March – 15 April
Where: Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran
Buy tickets, here.

FlickFest at QV

Keen for the movies? FlickFest at the QV is screening a truckload of fun screenings for the upcoming weeks. With family-friendly Despicable Me 3 and Trolls on the cards as well as Sing, Pitch Perfect 3 and Step Up...this thing's gonna get real.

Where: QV Cinema, QV
When: Numerous Showings
For tickets, click here

Want to try a new cafe this weekend? Check out Lorna at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges

Image credit: The Lady Silvia

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