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This (Long) Weekend In Melbourne

By Iro Kotsimbos
6th Mar 2014

Can we get a hell yeah for the long weekend?? Not one to sit back and take it easy, the city of Melbourne has really packed in the activities for this Labour Day long weekend!

Wanna know what's going on? Read on for our top picks this long weekend in Melbourne… 


Did you know that some of the world's best wine comes from river-based wine regions? The team from Bistro Vue travelled the world's waterways to find such wine for tonight's event 'A River Runs Through It'. An exquisite four-course degustation with matched wines, the event is hosted by Marcus Radny (Bistro Vue's Head Sommelier), along with Vue de Monde's Wine Director, Jackson Watson. One not to be missed!

A River Runs Through It | Bistro Vue, 430 Little Collins Street in Melbourne

$195 per person | 7:00pm – onwards 

For more information and to book, please call 03 9691 3838


Fitzroy coffee kings, Industry Beans, are celebrating their 1st Birthday today – hip, hip, hooray! Connoisseurs of all things coffee related, they're extending the party vibe by offering FREE COFFEE ALL DAY…yes, you read right! Run – don't walk – and while you're there, give the Industry Beans peeps a birthday hug.

Want to go one step further and see behind the scenes of Industry Beans? Don't miss our interview with co-owner Trevor Simmons here.

Industry Beans | Warehouse 3, 62 Rose Street in Fitzroy

Melbourne is gearing up for a biiiig weekend of festival action with Moomba, Port Fairy Folk Music Festival and POP IT all starting today.

Now in its 60th year, Moomba is credited as 'a festival for the people' and is a celebration of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes that make Melbourne the fabulous city it is. This year will be bigger and better than ever before, with something for everyone planned across the main arena, kids zone, river, and skate park over the next four days. It's going to be huge, especially the much anticipated Moomba Parade and Birdman Rally. Grab your family or friends and head into the city!

Moomba | 7th – 10th March | Various locations in Melbourne

For more information, please visit Moomba's website

Feel like getting out of the city this long weekend? Why not head on down to the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival where you can listen to sweet tunes from the likes of Shane Nicholson, The Jammin' Divas, Tolka, and Yirrmal And The Yolngu Boys, along with many more! Held across multiple venues in the picturesque seaside town, the festival will be a musical experience to remember.

Port Fairy Folk Music Festival | 7th – 10th March | Various locations in Port Fairy

For more information, please visit PFFMF's website

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) doesn't start until the 17th of March, however POP IT FA.SHO.LU.TION – a fantastic pop-up shop full of Melbourne art, fashion and design running the duration of VAMFF – starts now! Stop by POP IT, held at the 69 Studio Gallery in Fitzroy, and prepared to be amazed by the sheer volume cool clothes and amazing art from a range of Melbourne creatives. A great initiative that helps to support local design!

POP IT FA.SHO.LU.TION | 7th – 29th March | '69 Smith Street Gallery', 69 Smith Street in Fitzroy

For more information, please visit VAMFF's website

This year Telstra and The Australian Ballet are celebrating 30 years of working together and, instead of saving the party for themselves, they're putting on the gloriously FREE Telstra Ballet in the Bowl. The family friendly event is being held at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, one of Melbourne's most iconic venues, and will features excerpts from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, among others. With accompaniment from Orchestra Victoria, Telstra Ballet in the Bowl will be truly spectacular.

Telstra Ballet in the Bowl | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, St Kilda Road in Melbourne

Gates open 4:00pm | Class on stage 7:00pm | Performance starts 8:00pm

For more information, please visit The Australian Ballet's website


It's time to salute the incredible women around us and stand up for women's rights and equality – today is International Women's Day! There are all sorts of events being held to celebrate, so make sure you check out the website for all the deets.

International Women's Day | Various events and locations in Melbourne

For more information, please visit the IWD website

Considered by many to be the highlight of the Melbourne Racing Festival, Flemington's annual Super Saturday race day will be the place to be…and be seen! The day centres around the Group 1 Darley Australian Cup and Lexus Newmarket Handicap, however there'll be plenty of activities and gourmet eats for the whole family. A fun day out!

Super Saturday | Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Road in Flemington

For more information, please visit the VRC's website


Arguably one of the best music festivals in Australia, Future Music Festival hits Melbourne today! The Flemington Racecourse-hosted extravaganza features the best music acts from around the world, including Deadmau5, Sven Vath, Paul Van Dyk, Knife Party, Rudimental, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pharrell Williams and soooooo many more. Seriously, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't go, so stop what you're doing – STOP IT WE SAID – and buy yourself a ticket.

Future Music Festival | Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Road in Flemington | Gates open at 11:30am

For more information, please visit Future Music's website

If you still want to surround yourself with music on Sunday, but Future Music is not your thing, make sure you visit MSO Pops: A Journey Through Jazz. Held at the Arts Centre Melbourne, the event sees the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra pair up with Hetty Kate, an incredible vocalist, and trumpet supremo James Morrison to perform a variety of jazz hits. You'll be dancing in your seat to jazz favourites from Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Louis Armstrong, and more.

MSO Pops: A Journey Through Jazz | Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road in Melbourne | Performance starts 2:00pm

For more information, please visit Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's website


Unless you've been living under a rock, today is Labour Day, meaning no work (yay!) and the chance to SLEEP IN (double yay!). We know Urban Listers are hard workers so whatever you do today, make sure you take it easy and relax!

Speaking of all things relaxing, yoga is easily one of the best things you can do to help you chill out…plus it's great for fitness! If you're a bit of a yogi (and even if you're not), today's Wanderlust in the City event is the perfect event to visit – the holistic festival is jam-packed full of the world's best yoga instructors, mindful living experts, industry seminars, demonstrations, musical acts, and organic food artisans. Drop by and get you ommmm fix. 

Wanderlust in the City | South Beach in St Kilda | 8:00am - 8:00pm

For more information, don't miss our article on Wanderlust in the City here

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