What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
18th Sep 2014

This September is chockers full of food, fun and frivolity, with this weekend being no exception. Looking for fun things to do in Melbourne this Thursday through Sunday? Just strap on your lederhosen for a bunch of Oktoberfest fun, or swap your bier boots for sneakers for a charity run! There's a heap of things to do for theatre, comedy and art buffs, too, not to mention the foodie delights at the Royal Melbourne Show! Seriously, it's Melbourne we're talking about here; when is there ever not something happening? Here's our round up of what's on in Melbourne this weekend. So join us for the celebrations, Listers – don't let September be the month that got away!

Thursday 18th

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a delicious and authentic Tuscan dinner at La Svolta, Hampton? With seven courses and matched wines, you can look forward to tasty treats such as squid ink gnocchi with seafood ragu, or sweet and sour braised wild boar with polenta chips. Thanks to La Svolta's Valerio Calabro and Italian wine specialist, Marco Senia, the evening will be full of fun facts to complement the fancy foodie fare. Si, per favore!

Once Upon a Tuscan Spring | La Svolta in Hampton | $110pp

Tie the laces of your walking shoes and put away your sunglasses – The Leukaemia Foundation's Light the Night charity walk will be held at twilight tonight. Supporting research to help cure blood cancers like leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, the Light the Night walk will take place at the Melbourne Zoo. Attendees will be given a lantern to symbolically shine a 'lantern of hope', gold to remember someone, white for personal journeys, or blue to support others. So sign up now, or donate to the cause to raise funds for the debilitating disorder that affects more than 60, 000 Australians.

Light the Night Leukaemia Walk | Melbourne Zoo

The Fringe Festival is back, a not-for-profit affair aiming to help support emerging and established artists alike. Head down to The Imperial Hotel to catch giggle goddess Clare Hooper's show, School Camp. Or if performance is more your thing, talented theatre group Attic Erratic present The City They Burned at the Cavern Table performance space. Whether you're up for a laugh, or want something to contemplate or digest (metaphorically), the Fringe Festival is totally jam-packed this year. Check out our pick of Melbourne Fringe here.

Fringe Festival | 17th September - 5th October 

Listers, have you checked out QV Hideaway yet? Well you better, because it's wrapping up this weekend! A luxe forest-themed retreat in Melbourne's CBD, QV Hideaway is a hub of activity, with a program of cocktail masterclasses, free makeup sessions plus oh-so-much more this weekend! Today, drop by QV Hideaway for a free makeup consultation with Shiseido. Looking for a quick touch up? Want to learn how match your foundation to your skin tone? The makeup maestros are there to help, working their mastery and bringing you up to speed with the must-have beauty trends for the season. That's not all, folks! Check out our guide to QV Hideaway here.

Free Makeup Consultations | QV Hideaway in Melbourne | 12:00-2:00pm

Check out up-and-coming theatre buffs from the VCA Music Theatre and Production crew in their performance of Li'l Abner. Kicking off tonight, and running until the 27th of September, this show will be full of laughs and great entertainment. Based on the book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank, directed by Martin Croft and with music by Gene de Paul and Johnny Mercer, there will be singing, dancing, and sexy shirtless spunks galore. Need we say any more?

Li'l Abner | Space 28 Performing Arts Building in Southbank | $28 Full, $22 Concession

Friday 19th

With room for 900, the Oktoberfest celebrations are going to be huge at Munich Brauhaus. Tonight sees the kick-off of the six-week-long Oktoberfest celebrations, with Bavarian biers, complemented with a pork-friendly food offering, competitions and heaps of entertainment. Join the hunt for the prince and princess of Oktoberfest, and pull out the lederhosen that you've been trying to hide in the closet, then join us for a bier to boot (get it—bier boot?). Prost!

Munich Brauhaus Oktoberfest Launch | Munich Brauhaus in South Wharf

There's no better way to celebrate the weekend than with a delicious cocktail (or six), amirite? This Friday, take your knock off cocktails to a whole new level of cool with QV Hideaway's cocktail masterclass. Hosted by Barmazter's Clinton Weir, two time Australian National Flair Bartending Champion and five time South African National Cocktail & Flair Champion, you'll learn how to make six of the world's most popular cocktails, plus get your mitts on some of Clinton's secret homemade ingredients. Even better, you'll be able to sip on your handiwork after the masterclass! This one's set to go off, so book now to secure your spot. Cheers, big ears!

Cocktail Masterclass | QV Hideaway in Melbourne
From 6:30pm | $100 per person or two tickets for $150

Get your cult film fix in North Melbourne with Valhalla Social Cinema's Weekend of Wes. Featuring an epic four Wes Anderson films this weekend, including Bottle Rocket and Rushmore, grab some mates and book your tickets fast—they're selling like hotcakes. As if North Melbourne wasn't hipster enough already, adding Wes Anderson to the mix is almost too much awesomeness for us to handle… almost but not quite.

The Weekend of Wes | Valhalla Social Cinema in Northcote |19- 21 September

One of Melbourne's best bars, The Emerson, is celebrating its first birthday with a big, boozy birthday bash this Friday. Starting at 6:30, the birthday celebrations commence with free entry and will feature trapeze acts, roaming sax players, DJs and, of course, a riotous good time. We'll see you on the rooftop, Listers!

The Emerson in Prahran | 6:30pm 'til late

B'yarr me hearties, it be Talk Like a Pirate Day! Scurvy dogs and Cap'ns alike are to walk the plank at World Bar. Not on board (the ship)? How 'bout 10% off your bill if you talk the talk? Or a complimentary Captain Morgan cocktail if you're game enough to dress up? With prizes for best dressed and live music, what's not to love about this totally illegal…y fun event! Parrots and prosthetics welcome.

Talk Like a Pirate Day | World Bar in Southbank

Emerging artists ahoy (sorry, pirate-speak is hard to shake), Pathways 2014 is brought to you by the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and is a symposium aimed at professional development for artists. Ranging from business and legal advice to workshops in digital strategy and grant writing, this is a must see for all you arty types who want to make a go of it in Melbourne.

Pathways - Building a Sustainable Career in the Arts | NGV International & Victorian College of the Arts | 19 & 20 September

Saturday 20th

Big and little kids alike, it's time to celebrate and get your sugar rush on, because The Royal Melbourne Show is back! Check out our round-up of the best showbags, or our foodie's guide to the show. There's so much to see and do for all ages at the show; check out a cat championship, pet some animals, or confront your fear of heights (or carnies) and jump on a roller coaster. Make another year of fond memories at the show, and be prepared for the ensuing tummy ache.

Royal Melbourne Show | Melbourne Showgrounds | 20th September - 1st October

Are you ever tired of supporting a charity event only to find out 0.05% of the proceeds go to said charity? Well you won't be disappointed with the Art n Music charity exhibition, where 100% of all profits will go to The Kids' Cancer Project, an organisation dedicated to discovering a cure for cancer in kids. Featuring local and international artists, musicians, photographers and designers, this exhibition will have something for all your arty tastes. Speaking of tastes, there will be nibbles and drinks available also!

Art & Music Charity Exhibition | Brolly Workshop in Melbourne

Flinders Lane Gallery has been an icon in Melbourne for 25 years, and to celebrate their anniversary—and 500 curated exhibitions!—they're hosting an exhibition that celebrates all things artistic in Melbourne. So pop on your turtle-neck, push the ray ban spectacles down your nose, and head down to check out great artists such as William Breen, Richard Blackwell and Julie Davidson. Arty stereotypes aside, it should be an awesome show commemorating the epic history Flinders Lane Gallery has in Melbourne.

Flinders Lane Gallery 25th Anniversary Exhibition | Melbourne 

Done celebrating Oktoberfest yet? Puh-lease, we haven't even gotten started! With 30 bier taps to choose from, Hophaus will host an Oktoberfest party to remember. Running from the 20th of September to the 5th of October, they'll be celebrating their first Oktoberfest party with traditional German entertainment, imported bier and tasty food specials. With prizes, family friendly fun (September 21st), celebrity appearances and a sausage eating competition, we're pretty sure this Bavarian bier hall has pulled out all the stops this Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest Celebrations | HopHaus in Southbank

More Oktoberfest you say? Well it's not exactly a festival known for its moderation. Head to the Hofbrauhaus to partake in a 1.5kg pork schnitzel challenge—where you score the meal for free if you finish the whole thing plus chips and a litre of bier! Serving up awesome Oktoberfest parties since 1986, the Hofbrauhaus opening night party will be the place to be for keg tapping, stein carrying comps, and lederhosen dance-offs.

Oktoberfest Celebrations | Hofbrauhaus in Melbourne

Sunday 21st

From 12pm this Sunday, head to Pentridge Prison for the inaugural Northern Craft Beer Festival. With hunky ambassadors Keith 'Blockinator' Schleiger (The Block) and Jake 'Push Up' King (Richmond Football Club), you'll have a great time wandering through this famous prison-cum-beer garden. Enjoy sampling some of the best craft beers and ciders in Australia, and chat to their makers. Favourites include Bridge Rd Brewers and Stone & Wood. Enjoy the Sunday session with some live music, great food and a home brew demonstration. Entry is only a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to Melbourne City Mission.

Northern Craft Beer Festival | Pentridge Prison in Coburg | 12pm - 8pm

On the hunt for the best markets in Melbourne? You've come to the right place, my marketeer mates! Check out our September market calendar, featuring the best craft stalls, vintage hauls and farmers markets around town. This Sunday, we'll be heading to the Arts Centre Melbourne artisans market, where local creatives show off their goods (as in their created goods, jeeze!) every Sunday. From arts and crafts, to jewellery, to tasty treats, everything is produced locally and will be abundant in unique treasures. 

Artisans Market | Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn in Melbourne

Heads up for next week! Register now for the DonateLife Fun Run on Sunday September 28th.  It's time to go for a jog and stretch those hammies for a good cause, Listers! You can register as an individual, or suck your friends in to sweat with you. There's also a 3km version for the kiddy-winks. Held at Albert Lake and organised by The Event Space, the Fun Run celebrates the opening of the Australian Transplant Games. So transplant yourself there next Sunday, no one will judge you for walking!

Australian Transplant Games Donate Life Fun Run | Sunday 28th September

That's what's on in Melbourne this weekend, Listers! No excuse to sit around this weekend - see you around the traps!


Image credit: Sarie.

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