What's On

This Long Weekend in Melbourne

By Ella Pleasant
24th Apr 2014

You've had three days to get over our boozy, hot cross bun haze and now it's time to let your hair down once again for yet ANOTHER long weekend! Not sure what's on? We've got a comprehensive guide to the best events this long weekend, with everything from Anzac Day activities to Autumn foodie festivals. Dig in!


Just imagine: five stages, fifty DJs and unlimited fun park rides. Sound too good to be true? Melbourne's first theme park festival, Dreamland, is coming to Luna Park tonight! Presented by some of Melbourne's favourite crews and clubs, the festival promises a night of sick beats, carny games and multiple roller coaster rides. Rad.  

Dreamland | Luna Park, 18 Lower Esplanade in St Kilda

Tickets $55 – $75 | Visit the website for more information

The Wharf Hotel's Anzac Music Festival kicks off today with a line up of live Melbourne artists. Music will be playing each day from 2:00pm and you can catch the annual Anzac clash live tomorrow. Thirsty? $25 Budweiser Buckets will keep the long weekend good vibes rolling.  

The Wharf Hotel | Riverside, World Trade Centre, 18 – 38 Siddeley Street in Melbourne

To book, email or call 03 8680 6000


This Anzac Day marks the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. Head to the Shrine of Remembrance for the 6:00am Dawn Service and stay on for the Anzac Day March to honour Australian service and sacrifice.

The Shrine of Remembrance | Birdwood Avenue in Melbourne

Visit the website for more information

Commemorate the return of returned Afghanistan soldiers at this year's Anzac Day Brunch. Tickets include a two-course meal and beverages (alcohol after 12:00pm), a reserved seat at the Collingwood vs. Essendon match and transfers from the Melbourne Exhibition Centre to the MCG. All this fun is for a good cause too – proceeds from the brunch will go to the Watsonia RSL Welfare Patriot Fund. 

Anzac Day Brunch | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon Street in South Wharf

10:30am – 1:30pm | $305 per person

Visit the website for more information

Celebrate some of the best producers, farmers, provedores, restaurateurs and vignerons Victoria has to offer at the Daylesford Macedon Harvest Week Festival. Kicking off on Anzac Day, there are heaps of activities running throughout the 12-day festival, with everything from hands-on permaculture to sausage making on the program. Make sure you check out the website to see all the foodie feasts on this weekend! 

Daylesford Macedon Harvest Week Festival | 25th April – 4th May

Visit the website for more information

Celebrate Victoria's Alpine High Country and its wonderful Autumn produce at the Bright Autumn Festival. Starting on Anzac Day, the 11-day festival will feature a open gardens, a heap of tours (you can even cruise 'round town on your Segway!), arty master classes and live music performances. 

Bright Autumn Festival | 24th April – 3rd May

Visit the website for more details

The three-day Conscious Living Expo features world-renowned guest lecturers and authors, psychic mediums and live entertainment, with over 100 exhibitors selling healthy-living, sustainable products. An absolute must-go for all eco-warriors. 

Conscious Living Expo | 25th – 27th April

Melbourne Showgrounds | Corner Epsom Road and Langs Road in Ascot Vale

Visit the website for more information


This Saturday, head to the Slow Food Market at Abbotsford Convent and get familiar with some of Victoria's best produce, have a chat with the farmers and learn to truly appreciate every delicious bite you take. 

Love farmers markets? Check out The Urban List's Melbourne Market Calendar to get in-the-know.

Slow Food Market | Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford 

Fourth Saturday of every month | 8:00am – 1:00pm

Visit the website for more information

Get your om on at Buddha's Day and Multicultural Festival this Saturday at Fed Square. The two-day festival will feature traditional ceremonies and cultural demonstrations, as well as music, art and a huge Asian feast on the banks of the Yarra.  

Buddah's Day and Multicultural Festival | 26th – 27th April

Federation Square in Melbourne | Visit the website for more information

Head to Ruby's Music Room this Saturday to enjoy three centuries of love songs at Opera in The Laneway. La Prima Opera will be covering everything from Mozart to Gershwin.

Opera in The Laneway | Ruby's Music Room, Corner Bennetts Lane and Little Lonsdale Street

6:00 – 8:00pm | Tickets $30 per person

Visit the website for more information


Street Feud, a street eats battle of epic proportions, is on at The Deck at Circa this Sunday! Running as part of Prince of Wales' Month of The Prince, some of Melbourne's favourite eateries, Acland St Cantina, Hanoi Hannah, Fonda, Saigon Sally, Charlie Dumpling and Newmarket Hotel, will be fighting to the death (okay, maybe to bursting point) for the title of 'Melbourne's Street Food Specialists'. It's YOU GUYS who decides who wins! 

Street Feud | The Deck at Circa, 2 Acland Street in St Kilda

12:00pm – 6:00pm | $39 per person

For more information, click here

Sunday? More like funday! Head to Bend & Snap Market to see the incredible creations of local artists and get gluey with some hands-on arts and crafts at 'Crafternoon Corner'. 

Love getting yo' craft on? Check out The Urban List's Melbourne Market Calendar for the best in crafty markets.

Bend & Snap Market | 1000 £ Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street in Melbourne 

Last Sunday of every month | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Visit the website for more information

Queensbridge Square will be celebrating 'Koningsdag', the national Dutch Orange Day, this Sunday! Enjoy live music, a KLM live ticket auction and, of course, plenty of Dutch food, drinks and other goodies. 

KLM Dutch Orange Day | Queensbridge Square in Melbourne

Visit the website for more information

Head on down to Union Dining this Sunday for a provincial Tuscan lunch. Enjoy four entrees, a main course and dessert for just $60 per person!

Union Dining | 270 Swan Street in Richmond

To book, please call 9428 2988

This Sunday night, The Commoner will be hosting guest chefs Matt Stone and Florent Gerardin from Silo By Joost.  For just $75 per person you can enjoy an amuse bouche and five delectable courses with a wine match available upon request. 

The Commoner | 122 Johnston Street in Fitzroy

Visit the website for more information

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