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16 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend In Melbourne

By Amber De Luca-Tao - 03 Aug 2017


Things are lookin' up, Melbourne. The sun's coming out of hibernation (and so are we), we can start showing our toes again, and we can even start to enjoy outdoor events without fear of frostbite. It's about bloody time August showed up, and it sure has hit the ground running. There's foodie fiestas, new markets, moussaka eating competitions...and that's not even the half of it.

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

All Weekend

Glow Exhibition at The Mars Gallery

Seriously, just glow up. At least that's what the Mars Gallery down in Windsor are doing. The Mars Gallery is getting around the hype of the City of Stonnington's upcoming Glow Festival, with one of their latest exhibitions, Glow. The exhibit features major light works from seven artists, including one that literally points to the planet Mars. Three levels of light-based art are all a part of the show, and while you're there you should definitely check out their newly completed rooftop sculpture park. 

Where: Mars Gallery, Windsor
When: Every day until August 26, 6pm- 8pm
For more info, click here.


When you visit a Westfield Centre, there's usually a single course of events. You shop 'til you drop and then you fuel yourself so you can go for Rd 2. But this weekend, Westfield is focusing on the food with their weekend-long event, EAT.DRINK.WESTFIELD. It'll feature cooking workshops and masterclasses, live music performances, (edible) art installations and endless activities for the kiddies. The offerings vary from centre to centre, but we think honourable mentions should go to the Sneaky Cheese pop-up burger kitchen at Fountain Gate and the dessert pop-up at The Little Veggie Patch in Plenty Valley. There's also going to be multiple pop-up wine bars and live music across different locations. PSA: Doncaster knows what the people want... that's why they're setting up a doughnut wall.

Where: Various Westfield centres around Melbourne
When: Saturday 5 August and Sunday 6 August, Various times
For more info, click here.

BASSIKE Warehouse Sale

In Melbourne we tend to not miss out on much, but there's one thing we usually DO miss, and that's the Bassike Warehouse Sale. But for the first time in seven years, the everyday luxe label is bringing their pieces down to the Prahran Town Hall. You'll be able to pick up quintessential Bassike pieces from a range of their collections including 100% organic cotton jersey, Japanese denim and pieces from key collections at reduced prices.

Where: Prahran Town Hall, Prahran
When: Friday 4 August, 9am – 7pm, Saturday 5 August, 9am – 5pm
For more info, click here.

Saturday 5 August

Club Royale at Chadstone 

Gamers, shopping-lovers and the uber competitive are going to love Chadstone’s new Club Royale, which opens this Saturday 5 August. Running every weekend throughout the month of August from 4pm to 9pm Saturdays and 4pm to 7pm Sundays, over $180,000 worth of prizes is up for grabs across Club Royale Bowling, Club Royale Arcade and Club Royale House of Skill. Between late night shopping (retailers are open till 9pm Saturdays and 7pm Sundays), play old-school arcades, try to win luxury prizes and head to Hoyts for a late-night flick.

Women's Poetry Night At Grub St Bookshop

Looking for a Saturday evening that just speaks to you? We've got a quiet and poetry-filled night in Fitzroy with your name all over it. The archetypal second-hand bookshop that is Grub Street is hosting an evening of women's poetry. It features a line-up of six poets, with each performer having ten minutes to share their work, while you nibble away on cheese, sip wine and get inspired. Early arrival is recommended—you want to have first pick of the best spot in the house, nestled amongst the long aisles and book piles.

Where: Grub Street Bookshop, Fitzroy
When: Saturday August 5, 7pm – 11pm
For more info, click here.

Death To Nuggets Interactive Dinner

Honestly, it's about time someone got real about what chicken nugs are really doing for our nation (other than providing quality meme content). The Death To Nuggets campaign was created by a Melbourne dad of three and is aimed at mitigating the issue of childhood obesity issue in Melbourne. The mission of the campaign is to inspire kids with a dinner of imaginative, nourishing food (and to show them that Maccas isn't ever the only food option...despite how cheap it may be.)

Where: My Son Joy, South Melbourne
When: Saturday 5 August, 5.30pm – 8:30pm
For more info, click here.

Dine In Dine Out Food Fiesta In Camberwell

This Saturday, Camberwell is being transformed into a foodie fiesta, filled with food (duh), music, entertainment and free fire truck rides...just for good measure. One of the best parts about Dine In Dine Out is that you get to sample the latest gourmet food offerings and fresh seasonal produce from Camberwell traders. You'll even get the chance to feast your eyes on their tomato-crushing event. To round off the day, Evans Park will slip into something a little more comfortable and become an After Dark Jazz Park, complete with (more) food, wine tastings and swinging jazz tunes to have you toe-tapping the night away.

Where: Around Camberwell
When: Saturday August 5, All day
For more info, click here.

Melbourne Comedy’s Rising Stars

Take a night off from telling your own dad jokes and have a taste of some actual comedy legends at one of Melbourne Comedy’s hottest shows, Rising Stars. It's fully loaded with a stack of comedians from TV and radio including Comedy Central's Just For Laughs, ABC's Comedy Up Late, SBS's RAW Comedy, Triple J's Good Az Friday and ABC's Comedy Bites. We're deeming this one to be the definition of comedy gold. 

Where: The Butterfly Club
When: Saturday August 5, 10pm
For more info, click here.

31 Days of Duck and Beaujolais at Arbory Bar and Eatery

There's already a long list of reasons we love The Arbory, starting with Melbourne sunshine and ending with 11pm cheeseburgers. And we've got another to add. ICYMI, Arbory have been hosting a special Roast Collection this winter where they select a type of meat and make it the star for a month. This month they're shining the spotlight on Duck and Beaujolais, with a delicious rotating dish every week. To kick off this month’s dedication to duck, the opening dish is a Duck Pie with Purple Congo Potato, Pear & Frisée Salad paired with the 2016 Paul Durdilly, ‘Les Grandes Classes’ Beaujolais from France. This is the final month to catch Arbory making magic with meat, and we're already sad to see winter go. Until next year, old friend.

Where: Arbory Bar & Eatery
When: Saturday August 5
For more info, click here.

Jimmy Grants Moussaka Eating Competition

Three words: man verse Moussaka. We can all agree that Melbourne has gone nuts with food challenges and the only thing more nuts is the people who actually try to take the challenge. This week if you're brave enough, you should get down to Jimmy Grants in Richmond to witness Australia’s #2 professional eater (yes, that's a legit title), Cal Stubbs, who will challenge two customers in a race to consume 3kg worth of Moussaka in 12 minutes or less. Other than eternal glory, the person/machine who wins the comp will also win free Jimmy Grants for a year. Where do we sign up?

Where: Jimmy Grants, Richmond
When: Saturday August 5, 1.30pm
For more info, click here.

West End Talks Design

We've all got a fave cafe we low-key wish we actually lived in. Thanks to a rare, intimate panel-style event, West End Talks Design, you'll have the chance to hear from leaders in local interior design about how you can bring the best design elements from Melbourne cafe culture into your own home. The discussion will be hosted by celebrity designer and Lifestyle Channel host Tim Leveson, directing the discussion around the philosophy and application of industrial design aesthetics seen in Melbourne's most iconic residences and restaurants. Speakers include Mark Healy of Six Degrees Architects and Jacqueline Foti-Lowe, Director of Hub Furniture.

Where: West End Lifestyle Gallery, West Melbourne
When: Saturday 5 August, 12pm - 2pm
For more info, click here.

Sunday 6 August

Melbourne Ceramics Market

Not all of us can make a ceramic bowl or plate, but most of us can appreciate a good one. And for the first time in Melbourne, there's officially a market dedicated to the craft. The Melbourne Ceramics Market is fresh on the scene, and this Sunday in Fitzroy it'll be showcasing 25 of Melbourne’s finest and established ceramic makers at Workshop Melbourne. This is your chance to pick up a unique piece and meet the talented makers behind their creation. With a coffee truck, delicious cakes, music and good vibes, we couldn't ask for more.

Where: Work-shop Melbourne, 195 Argyle St, Fitzroy
When: Sunday August 6, 10am – 4pm
For more info, click here.

Open Mic And Jam Mt Dandenong

Sometimes you just need to escape the hustle and bustle of the CBD. Cue, the quaint lil' town of Olinda. For the past 30 years, the Mt. Dandenong Hotel have been hosting open mic and jam nights, open to all ages and all types of music. Basically, the mic is yours for the taking. They'll supply the equipment, you bring the entertainment. On the food and drinks front, they've got chicken parmas, beer on tap and even their famous Mt Dandy Burger. The evening is complete with an open fire...so it won't just be the crowd that's roaring. 

Where: Mt. Dandenong Hotel, Olinda
When: Every Sunday, 6pm – 11pm
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Seasonal Celebrazione Regionale Winter Feast At Baby Pizza

If there’s anything an Urban List reader knows how to nail, it’s a long lunch. As part of Baby’s Seasonal Celebrazione Regionale, that’s Italian for, Regional Celebration (see, you’re learning!), the legendary Baby chefs have created dishes from their home towns in Italy as house specials. To send off the series in style, they’re hosting a long (and indulgent) lunch to celebrate authentically great food and vino. Belissimo. 

Where: Baby, Richmond
When: Sunday August 13, 12.30pm - 2pm
For more info, click here.

Sea 'N' Sound Festival at Frankston Peninsula

There's nothing better than being down at the beach and headbanging to great live music. In November The Sea N Sound Festival will bring a blend of coastal lifestyle and local culture down to the Frankston Peninsula, with a focus on live music, local food and Aussie craft beer. The line-up sees a compilation of music talent from Australia and New Zealand, plus a few local Frankston bands. We're talking indie rock, grunge rock and just all round good times provided by Jebediah, SHIHAD, The Superjesus, 28 DAYS, Dallas Crane, The Diecasts and more. *adds to calendar*

Where: Frankston Park, Frankston
When: Saturday November 18, 2pm
For more info, click here.

Don't Miss

Hunter & Barrel’s Huntress Night

If you’re all about gathering the girls together for an epic night out, you’ll be all over Hunter & Barrel’s Huntress Night happening every Thursday in August (5pm – late). With a complimentary cocktail on arrival, you’ll also be treated to a three-course set menu which includes drool-worthy dishes like half lemon myrtle chicken, roast lamb shoulder and spicy corn tossed in coriander, feta and lime. Anyone else salivating already? See you there!

When: Every Thursday in August 17 (5pm – late)
Where: Where: Hunter &Barrel, Ringwood
Cost: $52 per person
Bookings: Call or book online here

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Editor's Note: Hunter & Barrel's Huntress Night is proudly sponsored by Seagrass Boutique Hospitality Group and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy. Image credit: Simon Shiff | The Arbory. 

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