What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Ella Pleasant - 24 Jul 2014

Looking for things to do in Melbourne this weekend? The Finders Keepers Market is back in town for two crafty days, Open Melbourne will let you sticky beak your way through the city's most interesting buildings, and we can all get up close and doughy with Melbourne's best bakeries at Flour Market's Winter Bake Sale.

Sound pretty good? Well, that's not all, folks – read on for the definitive guide to what's on in Melbourne this weekend!

THURSDAY 24th

Arrriba! Señiores and Señoritas, today is World Tequila Day, which means you should celebrate in the most appropriate way possible – with a margarita in hand at one of Melbourne's finest Mexican establishments! So, to get the fiesta started, here's a list of Melbourne's best Mexican restaurants. 'But I hate tequila'…said no Juan ever! 

Searching for foodie things to do this weekend in Melbourne? Look no further than Pinot Noir and Friends at The Press Club. Expert sommelier Marc Esteve Mateu will be dispensing pinot and wisdom in equal measures, while the Press Club chefs will dish out an exquisite five-course dinner. Spots have almost filled up, so you better book in quick sticks!

Pinot Noir and Friends | The Press Club in Melbourne | $290 

Tonight, all the boys will be flocking to The Prince's yard to see Kelis in action. The 'My Milkshakes' singer will be showcasing songs from her new album, Food, along with our favourite milk-shakin' classic. She's in town for Splendour in the Grass, but is giving one-night-only sideshows in Melbourne and Sydney. Don't miss out!

Kelis | The Prince Bandroom in St Kilda | Starts 8pm | $61.20 

This weekend, the team at Vale Cru will be taking Melbourne by storm, setting up at The Botanical for an evening of vinous delights. Head to the South Yarra hotel at 5pm to swill and sample new releases and great classics from the small batch McLaren Vale winemakers. Today's an AFD? Don't fret, they'll be pouring samples at Prince Wine Store in South Melbourne on Saturday.

Vale Cru Storm Melbourne | The Botanical Hotel in South Yarra | 5–7pm

Sartorial stylers – Miss Louise, Melbourne's favourite designer shoe and accessory boutique, is hosting a mammoth renovation sale, with prices starting as low as $100! Lasting 10 days only, you'd better rush in quick to get some sweet designer heel deals. Oh Miss Louise, you dangerous woman, you!

Renovation Sale | Miss Louise in Melbourne CBD
**Please note: the Miss Louise Renovation Sale is now running 31st of July - 9th of August**

FRIDAY 25th

Going to market is one of our favourite things to do in Melbourne, and this weekend the ultimate market has landed in town! Held at the Royal Exhibition Building, The Finders Keepers Market boasts a line up of incredibly talented crafty, arty types, with 220 design and art stalls all ready for your perusal. In exciting news, the market will now also feature Farmers Lane, a dedicated food and produce section, as well as a Vintage Emporium and fresh line-up of tunes. All this fun, for just a $2 entry fee. Yes? More like 'hell yes!' 

The Finders Keepers Market | 25th & 26th of July | Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne | $2 entry  

In exciting fashion news, Topshop Topman is opening its Melbourne Emporium doors! Those in line on opening day will receive refreshments, tasty treats and the chance to win a gift card valued up to $200. Those who spend $100 or more (who are we kidding, that's not going to be hard to do!) will be given an exclusive Topshop Topman gift. 

To stay in the look, check out the Topshop Australia Website

SATURDAY 26th

This weekend, Open House Melbourne will unlock some of the city's most interesting buildings for you to explore – for free. You'll gain access to buildings or parts of buildings that normally would not be available to the public, learn the history of buildings from the 1800s and perhaps even cross paths with a ghost or two (spooky!). Perfect for architecture buffs, design nerds or those who are just after a bit of a weekend snoop!

Open House Melbourne | 26th & 27th

To celebrate Christmas in July, The B.East is hosting an epic burger feast. On the menu are pulled turkey burgers, gloriously crispy duck fat potatoes and pumpkin pie with maple ice cream. Wash it down with some mulled cider or, if you're feeling particularly decadent, some honeyed bourbon and bacon eggnog. Mmm…calorific! We've been told there are presents under the tree for the tables that dress Christmassy, so don your ugliest holiday sweater, pop on a colourful paper crown and head to B.East!

Christmas in July | The B.East in Brunswick East | From 1pm 

Downward-doggers and pilate-doers – this Saturday, Prahran's Kaya Health Club is offering complimentary classes for their Open Day! Join up on Saturday and you'll score four weeks free, plus a Kaya goodie bag valued at over $400. Oh, and you'll also have the chance to win a prize pack valued at over $1,500! Exercise never looked so appealing.

Kaya Health Club Open Day | Prahran | 9am – 4pm 

What's on this weekend in Melbourne, you ask? Only the first official Bounce After Dark party! This two-hour bounce fest kicks off this Saturday night at Blackburn North Bounce, promising pumping tunes, rad demos, wall jams and heaps of giveaways. Sorry little 'uns, this event is strictly 15 years and over.

Bounce After Dark Party | Bounce in Blackburn North | 8–10pm | $22

Yeah, we all love a good salumi, and go nuts for prosciutto, but have you ever tried mortadella? For all those who missed out on Ombra Salumi Bar's Mortadella Session earlier in the month, there are still tickets left to their second (and final!) class this Saturday. Guests will learn the art of making mortadella in this instructional workshop before feasting on a lunch of salumi, croquettes, smoked peppers, pizza and salads. Yummoo! 

Mortadella Session | Ombra in Melbourne CBD | 10am – 3pm

SUNDAY 27th

It's baaaaack! Flour Market's Winter Bake Sale will (sausage) roll into town this Sunday, to the delight of dough-lovers the city over! Taking over Fitzroy Town Hall, the bake sale will feature all the old favourites, such as All Day Donuts, Tivoli Road Bakery and Bakewell & Co, along with some exciting new names, Citizen Cacao, GF Precinct and a host of other vendors joining the pastry party. Participate in a masterclass, or simply stuff yourself with doughy delights all day. Trust us, it's one best things to do in Melbourne. We'll be the ones covered in cinnamon sugar. 

Winter Flour Market | Fitzroy Town Hall in Fitzroy | 9am 'til sold out

Run for a cause (any cause!) this Sunday at The Age Run Melbourne. Whether you're aiming to raise money for your charity of choice, run a personal best or challenge yourself to 5km without stopping, everybody is encouraged to get involved! There's a 3km kids' event, 5km run/walk, 10km run or, if you're really looking for a challenge, the Brooks half marathon! See you at the finish line, speedsters!

The Age Run Melbourne | From Federation Square

Melbourne foodies, you don't have to jet to Sydney to get a taste of Sixpenny's tantalising fare. This Sunday, Sixpenny's Dan Puskas is joining the team at Moon Under Water to cook up an incredible lunch, paired with the finest wines (naturally). 

Sixpenny Lunch | Moon Under Water in Fitzroy | Starts 12.30pm | $150

My foodie friends, are you looking for gastronomic things to do this weekend? Guest Chef Ashly Hicks (Circa) and The Commoner kitchen team will cook up a cosy mid winter supper celebrating good, honest produce. Themed 'Home and Hearth', the evening harvest feast will feature delicious dishes such as murray cod with celeriac, chervil and chestnut…yum! The dinner is $75 a head for an amuse bouche and five courses, with wine matches available (just $125…do it!) 

Guest Chef Dinner | The Commoner in Fitzroy | 6:45 for 7pm start | $75 or $125 (wine match)

Melbourne marketeers, head to Bend & Snap Market to peruse the wonderful work of the local art and design community. You can pick up hand-crafted jewellery, original artwork, terrariums, greeting cards and, to quote Bend & Snap, 'magnetic sassiness'…whatever the heck that is, we want it! Oh, and make sure you get at least one slice of crepe cake –positively scrumptious! 

Bend and Snap Market | 1000 £ Bend in Melbourne CBD | 11am – 4pm

Still looking for things to do this weekend in Melbourne? Los Barbudos is hosting an epic First Birthday Party, featuring delicious Cuban sandwiches, sweet live tunes and complimentary mojitos for the first 100 lucky chicos. Now is that sweet, or is that schhhweet? The fun kicks off from 3pm. 

First Birthday Party | Los Barbudos in Fitzroy | From 3pm

And that's what's on this weekend, folks!

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