As we reach that inevitable time of the week where not even our usual triple-shot latte is going to help us finish that damn marketing report, it’s time to stop pretending we’re actually doing any work and start planning our weekend in the beautiful city of Melbourne. With Australia Day landing on Thursday, we hope you remembered to apply for annual leave on Friday because this (long) weekend is sure to be a doozy.
As Melbournians, we’ve come to expect great things from our fair city and this weekend does not disappoint. With the return of Zoo Twilights, the St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and a Sausage Fest of the best kind, prepare to discover some amazing food, awesome music and free activities.
So here it is, our list of the best things to do this weekend in Melbourne.
Coburg Velodrome Food Truck Festival
Have you been thinking recently about how you need more delicious food, live music and Mexican wrestling in your life? No way, us too! Which is exactly why we’ll be heading to the Coburg Velodrome Food Truck Festival this weekend. Running from 26-29 January, this free event promises over 30 food trucks, two stages to enjoy live music, an awesome outdoor cinema and so much more. For those who love a challenge (and a snag), get ready for daily eating competitions with all funds raised going to the charity of the winner’s choice!
Mornington Food Truck Carnival
To all our Listers planning a beach trip this weekend, you may find yourselves ducking and weaving through an unusual amount of food trucks driving down the freeway. That’s because the Food Truck Carnival Co. is headed to Mornington Racecourse. Featuring cuisines from all over the world, the Mornington Food Truck Carnival is sure to delight even the fussiest of eaters. Parents fear not, this family-friendly event boasts heaps of activities to keep the kids entertained while you kick back with a cocktail.
Thursday 26 January
Uncle Iggy’s Crab Shack Pop-Up
If you’ve got a hankering for some southern style seafood and fried chicken, you’ll definitely want to check out Uncle Iggy’s Crab Shack pop-up at The Boatbuilder’s Yard in South Wharf. With soft shell crab burgers, fried chicken n’ waffles, and freshly shucked pacific oysters on offer, our mouths are already watering. Uncle Iggy’s Crab Shack is open 3pm, Friday to Sunday until 31 March.
Portsea Beach Club
To celebrate five years of great music and fun in the sun, Portsea Beach Club is holding a beachside birthday bash that’s bound to go off! This year’s lineup is going to be huge—with artists like andhim, Touch Sensitive, Benson and Generik, you simply won’t be able to keep your toes from tapping. Tickets are selling super fast so head to their Facebook page for more ticket info.
Friday 27 January
Zoo Twilights is coming back for 2017 and this year's lineup is even more exciting than last year's. There is literally a show for every single taste in music, with Peter Garrett and Kev Carmody playing the opening weekend, Björn Again and old school favourites like The Living End, who’ll be accompanied by a complete orchestra, for their special ‘Twangin’ at Twilight’ performance. On the food front, there’ll be food trucks in the Taste of Twilights dining zone, as well as hampers available for pre-purchase in classic or vegetarian—and most importantly, the premium hampers come with wine!
Chinese New Year Festival
Get ready to celebrate the Year of the Rooster at the Chinese New Year Festival. Melbourne is sure to come to life with 17 days of free activities scattered all around the city, including incredible lighting installations, authentic food and spectacular performances. With free tai chi on offer each weekday morning, we dare you to try and ruin our zen! Check out the City of Melbourne website for more details.
Saturday 28 January
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Boasting some truly talented local and international artists, this year’s Laneway Festival is looking on point. Footscray Community Arts Centre will be playing host to a lineup so huge we couldn’t possibly list everybody, but let’s just say we’re super keen for Dune Rats, Gang of Youths, Glass Animals and Nick Murphy (the artist formerly known as Chet Faker). Tickets to this inner-city boutique festival are available via the Laneway Festival website.
Sunday 29 January
The Annual Sausage Fest at Prahran Market
When we heard there was going to be a sausage fest this weekend we were pleasantly surprised (and a little relieved) to discover it was the return of Prahran Market’s Annual Sausage Fest. Tag along from 1pm to cast your vote for the Best Market Sausage and for the chance to win a meat or poultry pack valued at up to $1000, before heading to the new butcher’s artisan precinct to pick up some top-quality snags for dinner.
Gun Shy Fluffy Fashion Extravaganza
Sure to be a hit with the little fashionista in your life, fashion designer Gun Shy is holding workshops for kids aged 7-10 to design their very own faux fur accessories—perfect for this unpredictable Melbourne “summer”! Activities last for 1.5 hours and parents aren’t required to stay, so go ahead, drop the kids off at Birrarung Marr and go enjoy some much deserved “me time” in the city.
Nothing here tickled your fancy? There’s plenty more on around the traps, check it all out here.
Image credit: Uncle Iggy's Crab Shack