Got a few hours that you’re looking to fill with some of the most awesome things Melbourne has to offer? This week, we’re all about culture (from David Bowie to local legends), craft markets (fashion, interiors, art, we’ve got it all!) and special foodie events (high tea, experimental degustations, pop-up food truck parks…). Read on for our top things to do in Melbourne this weekend.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival is Back
Every night until Saturday 19th, you can catch stunning installations along Fitzroy’s Gertrude Street, showcasing projected artworks and films from local and international artists. Grab a few mates, pick up a coffee or mulled wine to go, and make an evening of this awesome free event. You'll find more info here.
Book your Melbourne Coastrek Spot Now!
Love nothing better than a peninsula stroll? Registration for November’s Melbourne Coastrek—a 30km or 55km trek around the Mornington Peninsula—is open now. This year, the event will be raising funds for the Fred Hollows Foundation, which tackles blindness and sight-related problems. Earlybird spots are filling up fast, so get your team of four booked in asap.
Get Your Skates on at River Rink in Fed Square
Head to Federation Square's River Terrace for some ice-skating action every day this week from 10am until 10pm. There'll be special kids' sessions, including skating with your favourite animals (aka. trained skaters in epic costumes), as well as 80s musicathons, Christmas in July festivities and Skate In Your Pyjamas Day on Friday. Book tickets and find out more here.
Mixology Evening at The Press Club Projects
If creative cuisine is your thing, you’ll want to get the Press Club Projects’ next event, a mixology evening ($140pp, book here), locked in your diary this weekend. The event sees George Calombaris and head chef Luke Croston premiere some of their newest experimental dishes concocted in the Press Club’s test kitchen. Be prepared for science-inspired fare matched with delicious new-world cocktails.
The Urban Kitchen Opens in South Melbourne
Melbourne’s largest interactive cooking school finally opens its doors to the public this Thursday. With chefs including Paul Wilson (Lady Carolina) and Ian Curley (The European) teaching masterclasses, first off the blocks is Jerry Mai from Pho Nom with a Vietnamese street snacks session. Find out more about Thursday’s class with Jerry here.
David Bowie Is Opens at ACMI
Visiting from London’s acclaimed Victoria & Albert Museum, David Bowie Is celebrates the pop chameleon’s extensive career in an exhibition including rare memorabilia, costuming, live footage and more. This show-stopping pop culture extravaganza is a must visit for any Melbourne music fans—opening today, it runs until November, but bookings are recommended so pick up your tickets before visiting here.
Finders Keepers Market is Open For Business
Calling all crafters, vintage lovers and interiors addicts! Finders Keepers, Australia’s top market for art, design, fashion and all things craft-friendly, opens this Friday in Carlton Gardens’ Royal Exhibition Building. One of the biggest events of its sort on the annual market calendar, you’ll find everything from rare retro pieces, to brand-new product lines, to local live bands. Find out our top picks here.
The Dockyard Food Truck Venue Pops Up
Williamstown’s very own food truck pop-up, the Dockyard, is parked up and open for business this Friday. There will be at least five of Melbourne’s tastiest meals-on-wheels superstars cooking up a storm, so check out this week's participating trucks on Facebook and arrive hungry, Listers!
David Bowie Symposium & Late Nights at ACMI
Love live music? Get yourself to Late Nights at ACMI, where you can catch Geraldine Quinn and DJ Mike Gurrieri play amongst the gallery’s David Bowie exhibition, complete with bar and dancefloor. Alternatively, if you’re a Bowie super-fan, ACMI’s symposium as part of the show kicks off this Friday and runs throughout Saturday too. Check out the ACMI website for more details.
Own A Part of St Kilda Venue Dogs Bar
St Kilda venue Dogs Bar opens its doors for the last time in its current state for a garage sale before undertaking a major facelift. Get in early (the auction action starts at 10am until 12noon) to grab yourself a piece of Melbourne’s heritage…Just about everything in the venue is up for grabs!
Jalapeno Jazz Soiree at Coombe The Melba Estate
Wine, jazz, good company…You’ll find it all at the Winter Jalapeno Jazz Soiree at Coombe The Melba Estate in the Yarra Valley this weekend. Mex Music treat diners to an eclectic mix of favourites, while chef Tony Milton presents a menu of heart-warming dishes designed especially for these colder months. Thinking of making a day of it? Check out our list of top places to visit in the Yarra Valley, and book your tickets for this sensational soiree here.
Watch The Soccer at Cricketer’s Bar
It’s the Real Madrid Vs. AS Roma showdown this weekend, and what better place to watch it than in the Cricketer’s Bar, Windsor, where there will be a uniquely Spanish menu on offer. Enjoy patatas bravas with chorizo and traditional Spanish omelette with a bottle of Estrella while cheering on your favourite European side. Ole!
Top Melbourne Photographers at Peel By Milieu
Melbourne local Dan Hocking showcases his latest work at Peel By Milieu this weekend. Drop by the gallery space in Collingwood to check out Dan’s snaps of the vibrant, changing local neighbourhood, and keep an eye out for the gallery’s August show too, which sees Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis profile Melbourne through their own lenses.
Take A Trip to Red Hill Brewery
Red Hill Brewery hosts its very own beerfest, Secret Stash, on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July, welcoming visitors into its brewery space to check out an epic TEN speciality ales, many of which are award-winners. As well as tasting some delicious imperial stouts, hoppy ales and seasonal specials, Red Gum BBQ will be on hand serving up smoked meaty goods for hungry punters. Book your stein early to be sure of a take-home festival beer glass.
Art Meets Live Music At The NGV
The NGV’s Unplugged Live Sunday session series continues with Alex Gowe and Anne-Marie May playing their latest tracks from 2pm on level 3 of the gallery’s main space. Switch up your Sunday sesh plans and head here for some ground-breaking artwork and chilled tunes.
High Tea With A Twist at Abbotsford Convent
Motown classics, high tea treats, home-made lemonade, chilled bubbly…High Tea With A Twist at Abbotsford Convent’s Rosina space promises to be the perfect Sunday session for those who like to keep it classy! Expect live performances, boutique teas, prosecco and a whole lot of awesome high tea lovers at the beautiful northside venue—perfect for catching up with mates and getting your groove on. To book, email or call 03 9417 7771.
Pick Up Some Threads At Skirt & Shirt Market
The Shirt & Skirt Market, also held at Abbotsford Convent, showcases the latest and greatest in Victorian fashion talent. You’ll find over 40 local designers selling their wares between 10am and 4pm—a great spot for picking up a unique gift or a little something special for your own wardrobe.
Shared Sunday Lunch at The Prince
Venture to St Kilda’s Circa restaurant at The Prince for a delicious shared Sunday lunch of ranch farm quail and striped trumpeter (that’s a fish, not a circus performer…), which is a snip at $65 per person. Lock in your seat at the table by emailing or calling 03 9536 1122.
Leaps & Bounds Presents Smith St Dreaming Festival
‘One Street, Many Mobs, One Community,’ is the slogan of Smith St Dreaming Festival, which promotes cultural diversity within the Fitzroy-Collingwood neighbourhood. Organised as part of the Leaps & Bounds music festival (check out their other events here), local legends Archie Roach, Emma Donovan, The Putbacks and Coloured Stone will be playing around a ceremonial fire, with free BBQ and coffee provided for all.
That’s what’s on in Melbourne this weekend, Listers!
Image credit: The Press Club via the Greek Foundation