This weekend, you can get your art on with Marina Abramovic, stuff your face with Polish pierogi, and scare yourself senseless at The Lido’s horror classic screening. What’s that, you’re looking for live music, roast dinners, and 4th of July parties too? Read on for the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend. It’s gonna be a busy one, Listers!
GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE JUNGLE GIANT'S UP-COMING TOUR
Our new favourite band, The Jungle Giants, have just announced details of their up-coming tour, which hits the awesome Melbourne live music venue, the Corner Hotel, this September. If you haven't already, make sure you book your ticket for Saturday 12th September, and get that date in the diary, folks!
YGAP LAUNCHES ART FOR CHANGE
JCP Studios in Cremorne hosts charity group YGAP’s art show for good, Art For Change. As well as fine art from up-coming local artists, you will also be able to find jewellery and sculpture on show, for one day only. All of the pieces have been donated, meaning that all of the proceeds go straight to those in need in South Africa, Kenya and Australia. Art for good? Yes please!
CHRISTMAS IN JULY HITS ALIMENTARI
How great is delicious food that helps those in need?! Head to Alimentari on Smith Street for a delicious Christmas in July feast in aid of Save The Children. Winner of The Block, Dee Jolly, will be on hand to toast the festivities. Cheers!
THE CLOUDY BAY PINOT & DUCK TRAIL RETURNS
Coppersmith, Sake, Saigon Sally and The Botanical are all offering visitors the chance to try some delicious duck dishes expertly matched with Cloudy Bay wines this month as part of the Cloudy Bay Pinot and Duck Trail. Book in early for some tasty pairings!
IT'S SAUSAGE TIME AT THE BUILDERS ARMS
Fitzroy restaurant The Builders Arms celebrates the almighty sausage this first week of July, serving up some of the tastiest sausages you’ll find in Melbourne for brunch, lunch and dinner. Need something to sip on too? Bridge Road Brewers have made them a cracking rye pale ale too—an epic pair!
FRIGHT NIGHT AT LIDO CINEMAS...OR JAZZ!
Hawthorn’s newest cinema, The Lido, celebrates all things ghoulish and gruesome with its Fright Night series presented by Monster Pictures. Taking place every Friday at 11pm, this week’s gory special is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2. If horror ain’t your bag, you can also catch the James Bowers Trio playing in the venue’s 80s style jazz bar from 9pm. Find out more here.
GET TO WINTER SHIRAZ WEEKEND
So, you’re a shiraz fan? Wrap your mouth around some of the best vino that Victoria has to offer as part of Winter Shiraz Weekend at Royal Geelong Yacht Club this weekend, which kicks off with a masterclass led by wine writer and shiraz aficionado, Huon Hooke this Friday night.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF
Around 800 acts will play at this awesome music festival, which takes place at various venues around the city. Friday is the opening night, but throughout the festival you’ll be able to catch local bands and singer-songwriters at The Gem, The Old Bar and the Spiegeltent, as well as a tonne of other iconic venues.
CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY AT BEACH BURRITO
Beach Burrito Fitzroy and Sailor Jerry show you how to celebrate the 4th of July in style at Beach Burrito’s awesome northside bar. There’ll be bargain rum punch and spicy pirate cocktail jugs, old-school dice games where you can win Sailor Jerry, and heaps of skateboarding action in the bowl. Hey, any excuse for a party!
ENJOY A WINTER FEAST AT POPE JOAN
Purveyors of all things fine and foodie, Brunswick East restaurant Pope Joan celebrates Christmas in July all this month, serving turkey roasts with all the trimmings. Find about more about these three courses of deliciousness this weekend here.
BLACK MARKET AT THE PENNY BLACK
Craft markets are a million times better when you’ve got a glass of wine in your hand, which is why we LOVE the idea of The Penny Black’s Black Market. Expect candles, terrariums, cards, art prints and local crafts at this awesome new pop-up market in Melbourne.
4TH OF JULY MENUS AT TRUNK AND ARBORY
Some of the city’s finest are celebrating the 4th of July too. Trunk Diner’s one-day specials include a buffalo wing bonanza and delicious Trunk S’mores, which use house-made melted marshmallows. If you’re looking for something a little fancy, get to Arbory for their progressive Wine Lunch, featuring Oregon and Cali wines.
LAST DAY FOR EARLY-BIRD TICKETS FOR TRUFFLE MELBOURNE
Yup, it’s the last day to take advantage of early bird prices for Truffle Melbourne’s 2015 weekender, which takes place on 11th & 12th July (that’s next weekend). Guy Grossi will be on hand to dish out some epic truffle tips and creations, truffle-growing experts will give you the low-down on how to DIY your own truffle patch, and the dogs that dig up these natural treasures will be on hand, too. Get your early-bird passes here.
IT'S CLAM & CHICKEN TIME AT CIRCA
Circa’s shared Sunday lunches are one of the best culinary events to hit the Melbourne calendar, and this Sunday the St Kilda institution’s chefs will be cooking up a feast of Burrawong chicken and Cloudy Bay clams. At $65 per head, it’s a steal. Grab a few mates and get ready for one of the tastiest Sunday sessions of the year!
CATCH MARINA ABRAMOVIC IN FITZROY
If you missed the world-famous performance artist in Sydney earlier this month, fear not! You can catch ‘Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present,’ a retrospective documentary exploring the artist’s courageous works at the new Grey Gardens cinema, café and art space in Fitzroy this Sunday. There will be two showings—5pm and 8.30pm—so be sure to book tickets here.
BBQ THROWDOWN AT NEWMARKET HOTEL
Newmarket Hotel hosts the fifth BBQ Throwdown, which sees the home team take on Hellenic Republic in an epic battle of flavours. The lunch session is sold out but you can still bag a seat at the 5.30pm session. See you there, barbeque fans.
PIEROGI PIEROGI CELEBRATE WORLD YOUTH DAY AT THE GASO
Pierogi are incredibly tasty polish dumplings, and the Gasometer is a killer Melbourne pub, so really, why would you NOT want to catch this awesome day of festivities which celebrates World Youth Day?! Head to the Gaso for Polish dancing, live music and the chance to win a grant to get you to Poland next year. Boom.
What an epic list of things to do in Melbourne this weekend! Get ready to get busy, people.
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