Okay all you octogenarian octuplets. Let's kick things up an octave and get all octagonal on October. Seriously, we've got some premium octane lined up for this month, so make like an octopus, turn off your dvd screening of Octopussy, and check out our list of the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend.
Bubbles and vino your style? Lucky you, as the Sofitel is hosting an exclusive dinner at No35 this Thursday, celebrating the liquid loveliness of Champagne Taittinger and Mount Pleasant winery. With renowned winemaker Scott McWilliam and chef Martin Horsley guiding the evening, guests will be invited to partake in an indulgent five-course menu with matched wines. We wish you splendid sipping, and minimal spilling.
Wine Dinner | No35 in Melbourne | $120pp | To book, phone 9653 7744
Tom Blachford's latest photographic exhibition features haunting streetscapes of classic Palm Springs mid-century architecture, lit by an eerie super moon. Blachford is a Melbourne based photographer, and this exhibition featuring modernist architecture is held appropriately (and uniquely) at stunning modern furniture store, Modern Times in Fitzroy. Snap ya later, Listers.
Midnight Modern by Tom Blachford | Modern Times in Fitzroy | Opening 6-8pm
Frothy fellas and beery babes, Festival of the Frothy III is on like Donkey Kong. Run in conjunction with The Common Man, and held at their pop-up marquee in South Wharf, this beer trivia championship is sure to test the most savvy of skullers. Hosted by The Crafty Pint and Funky Bunch Trivia, this night will be full of fun, craft beer, appropriately naughty munchies, prizes and more. So form a team and do your worst!
Want more Docklands fun? As of yesterday, The Docklands Arts, Laughs and Blues Festival set up shop, featuring five days of circus, cabaret, comedy, burlesque and loads more. With live music events and a Wonderland Fun Park family day, there is plenty to fill your weekend with. Surrounded by the Harbour Town Shopping Centre and loads of bars and restaurants, why not supersize your weekend order with a shop and a meal out too!
The Docklands Arts, Laughs and Blues Festival | Docklands
Poultry and pinot? Octo-yes! Thanks to one of Melbourne's best bars, the Botanical in South Yarra, you can enjoy a decadent day of duck and drinks, with their Duck 'n' Pinot Lunch! With wines from Central Otago, Yarra Valley and Marlborough, wine snobs can relax, and Head Chef Lionel Abello has designed a four-course duck-themed menu that will have foodies salivating and quacking for more. Daffy impersonations are strictly inappropriate… at least until your third glass.
The Great Duck 'N' Pinot Lunch | The Botanical in South Yarra | $99pp | To book, call 8644 4040
Oktoberfest in October? Who'da thunk it! If partying, pigging out, and prancing around in some lederhosen is your thing (and lets face it, why wouldn't it be?), then make sure you show up to Munich Brauhaus. With their Oktoberfest weekend kicking off tonight, and running until the 6th, there's so much festivity planned we're hungover just thinking about it.
Oktoberfest | Munich Brauhaus in South Wharf | October 3rd - 6th
Part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, All the Single Ladies is only open for two more nights! This theatre production is confronting, but entertaining. From the Cutting Room team, this performance challenges gender identity and perceptions, all to the soundtrack of Beyoncé. Not for the conservative or condescending…which is why we're going!
All the Single Ladies | Revolt Art Space in Kensington | $20pp
Okay okay, we get it – there are sooo darn many things to do in Melbourne this Oktoberfest, you have no idea where to celebrate, right? Well apart from the obvious (at all of them!), here's a reason why you should choose the European Bier Cafe on Southbank: 50. Different. Varieties of bier. With 20 on tap! Kicking off tonight, the European Bier Cafe will drink to Oktoberfest up until the 17th of October. With live bands, a take home stein and traditional German bretzel, we're definitely on board!
Oktoberfest | European Bier Cafe in Southbank | $35
The Robert Burns Hotel in Collingwood turns 30 this month, and to celebrate, they are putting on food and drink specials for you lovely Listers! On Fridays, from 5pm-9pm they're offering $10 Mojitos, and from 5pm-7pm free Pinxtos with every drink purchased! So mosey on down after work and celebrate with a Mojito or three. Responsibility is on you if you decide to sing Happy Birthday and get caught on camera.
Robert Burns Hotel Turns 30 | Robert Burns Hotel in Collingwood
We've got chocolate and flowers on our mind—and yes, we know it's not Valentine's day just yet (sad face). Although, romantics (chocoholics) rejoice! Today, hundreds of individual chocolate flowers will be transported to the Cake & Bake Sweets Show in Melbourne—Australia's biggest event for baking and cake decorating—to attempt the world's largest chocolate flower bouquet Guinness World Record! If 900 hours of work and 100kg of chocolate isn't enough to tempt you, how about 3 days of sweet shows and a baking bonanza!
Cake Bake & Sweets Show | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf | 3rd - 5th October | Tickets vary
Crackers about cheese and fancy an evening of tasting and testing your knowledge? You might find it handy—and well, frankly awesome—then, that Spring Street Grocer are hosting a Cheese 101 Night! Behind the Rind, as it's so aptly named, is a fun evening where guests can learn all about cheesy histories, styles, accompaniments and more!
Get pumped for Bottle Shop Concepts Pinot Palooza! With live music, tastings galore from some of the best wine producers in Australia and New Zealand, and a people's choice award, you'll be saying 'Cabernet Sauvign-wha?'. Located at the basement car park of Circa The Prince, in St Kilda—a bigger venue than last year's St Kilda Town Hall, as this event is just too darn popular!
Pinot Palooza | Circa, The Prince in St Kilda | 1pm - 6pm | $60pp
Market lovers, get excited for Prahran Market's Pop Up Street Food Launch Party! They will be celebrating the arrival of new traders such as The Tastes of Malaysia, The Porridge Bar, and Lusty Pulled Pork (hello), with a fun filled day of street food, live music, giveaways and more! You can even download your very own $5 voucher to spend on the day, just visit their website!
Pop Up Street Food Launch Party | Prahran Market in South Yarra
Who wouldn't want world peas? But seriously, tonight is the celebration and conclusion of the search for the Australian Supermodel of the Year. Held at the Regent Club on Bourke Street, the winner will be announced based on her unique look, vibrant personality and individual style. Snap (peas). Contestants will be judged on their photographic skills, runway walk, and overall image—not on the amount of makeup they're wearing! Oh how sweet (peas).
Australian Supermodel of the Year | Regent Club in Melbourne | 3:30pm - 6:30pm | Tickets vary
This weekend in Melbourne is all about Oktoberfest celebrations, and our friends at South Wharf Promenade are celebrating being open since 2012, with a precinct-wide Oktoberfest Festival! With all seventeen venues participating, there will be food with a German twist, keg tapping, German slap dancers, kids entertainment, live music and a dress up competition with massive prizes! A day-long festival spread along the banks of the Yarra? Sounds octo-awesome to us.
South Wharf Promenade Oktoberfest Festival | South Wharf | Free | 10am - 6pm
MORE Oktoberfest? Ja! Mehr! This is your last weekend to join in the Oktoberfest celebrations at Hophaus. Finishing up on October 5th, this Southbank bier hall offers thirty bier taps, brilliant city views and Bavarian food specials. So fill up your stein, order a bratwurst, and don't miss out on the last weekend of Hophaus's Oktoberfest party in Melbourne!
Oktoberfest | Hophaus in Southbank
If you've ever visited Heathcote, or sipped on one of their wines, you'll be joining us in saying 'more please!'. Which is why we couldn't contain ourselves when we found out about the 2014 Heathcote Wine & Food Festival. With 50 wine, and 30 food producers offering up their goods, the choice and opportunity for tastings and treats is endless. Tasting seminars, masterclasses and live entertainment round out this weekend of family fun!
2014 Heathcote Wine & Food Festival | Heathcote Showgrounds | 10:30 - 5:30 4th - 5th October | Tickets vary
NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market is an artisans market featuring handmade jewellery, clothing and crafts galore. With beautiful homewares, and plenty of food—savoury and sweet—to fuel you, you'll be shopping all day with all the beautiful and unique items for sale at the NEW CRAFT market. One of our fave Melbourne markets, fo sho.
NEW CRAFT @ Queen Victoria Market | Melbourne | 9am - 4pm
You can never have enough German food, bands and bier. Lucky for you, tonight The Cider House in Fitzroy is celebrating their version of Oktoberfest. For $34 you get a main meal, dessert and a personal stein filled with the beer or cider of your choice! Even better, a refill is only $10/$12! We'll shout prost to that! Better hurry and book, though, you don't want to miss this opportunity to wear your much loved (and hopefully washed) lederhosen!
Oktoberfest | The Cider House in Fitzroy | $34 | To book, call 9415 6142
But wait… what's on in Melbourne for octogenarians, you ask?! We promised, so we deliver. The Victorian Seniors Festival starts today, with a jam-packed program of activities and entertainment. With over 1000 free or minimal-cost events, in the areas of music, theatre, sports, touring, education of meeting people, there's not enough time for your nanna nap. Today the celebration is at Fed Square all day, so grab your granny and treat her to a day out! Best grandchild status, guaranteed.
Victorian Seniors Festival | Federation Square | Melbourne | 10:30am - 4:00pm
That just about sums up our list of what's on in Melbourne this weekend octo-listers. We're sure you'll find something to do (or eight somethings)! For all you foodies, get planning and check out our list of Foodie Events to Book in October! Love markets? Check out our October Market Calendar! See you around the octo-traps!
Image credit: Half Baked Harvest.