Gee, where did September go? Well it may be almost over, but we're not there yet! This weekend is packed full of the best events and things to do, see, and eat in Melbourne. So here's our sum up of sensational, seasonal, spring September. Shine on, and shimmy down to your next shindig! Check out our list of what's on in Melbourne this weekend.
Food trucks, live tunes, a raffle, and the mysterious suggestion of cake… all will be in one exciting place this Thursday – Scarf's 4th birthday! To congratulate and celebrate the community organisation that helps people get jobs in the hospitality industry—especially those that might not have the opportunity otherwise—Nest in Thornbury will be hosting a b'day bash! Commemorating 56 trainees, 18 restaurants borrowed, 51 volunteer mentors, 19 volunteer trainers, 25 volunteers and 6,000 dinners served; now that's something to tip your chef's hat to!
Scarf 4th Birthday Dinner | Nest in Thornbury | 6:30pm - 10:30pm | Book online $10 or on the door $15
Get ready to giggle girls and guys, with The Harbinger—A Critical Stages and Dead Puppet Society Production that's being touted as the best in school holiday entertainment. Brought to you by Darebin Arts' Loud Mouth, this puppet show is designed to entertain children and adults alike. Running from the 25th-26th of September, head along to enjoy a classic tale of heroes, villains, and plenty of humour.
The Harbinger | Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre in Preston
Fancy yourself a sportsman or woman? Well put away the footy shorts and mouth guards for now, Listers, and don your smart and casuals instead, for the Sportsman's Lunch at College Lawn Hotel, Prahran. With a lunch menu consisting of two courses and drinks, you fit fillies and fellas can enjoy the guest speaking genius of Gary Ablett Jnr, Barry Hall and Darren Glass. So come on team player, we'll race you!
Sportsman's Lunch | College Lawn Hotel in Prahran | $100pp
Footy fans and those that are totally footy-fed up, you can all agree that the Grand Final Comedy Debate is one for everyone. Debating the topic, 'Technology killed the footy star, we can't rewind we've gone too far' will have comedians such as Dave Hughes, Justin Hamilton, Michael Chamberlain, Kate McLennan, Anne Edmonds, Sam Pang and Anthony 'Lemo' Lehmann giving you all a good giggle. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds going towards the Bully Zero Australia Foundation. Did we mention there's food? Yup, two courses of delicious grub complemented with drinks by Wolfblass, so celebrate your footy fever in style at the Crown Palladium this Thursday.
The Grand Final Comedy Debate | Crown Palladium in Melbourne | $195pp
Enjoy some traditional Catalan cuisine served up by head chef Joseph at Bohemian in South Wharf. Five tasty courses with matching wines (supplied by Castell d'encus of Cataluna) for you to sip while you discuss something riveting… perhaps the finer points of Catalan vs Spanish? Don't miss this unique chance to try a taste of Barcelona!
A Catalan Experience | Bohemian in South Wharf | $85 pp
With 'stacks higher than y'all', what's not to love about Trunk Diner's National Pancake Day Party? If that doesn't flip your fancy we don't know what will! What's on the menu? How about pancakes with house-made blueberry compote, blueberry mascarpone and toasted almonds? Other flavours include crispy bacon, or caramelised banana with chocolate, or—stop right there—Maple. Butter. May result in foodgasm; proceed at own risk.
Saké Melbourne is celebrating the spring season in style with a cherry blossom themed Harajuku pop-up bar! With sakura-inspired cocktails, izakaya style food and a live DJ, there's nothing to stop the spring in your step (get it?). Strap on the clogs (thanks Gorman), make like a Geisha (how do Geisha's make?) and join in the floral fun at Saké Restaurant and Bar.
Music maestro, James Morrison (the trumpet player, not the swoon-worthy crooner) will be headlining the Hope for Homeless Youth Concert, an initiative run by The Salvation Army Melbourne. Aimed at raising funds to support homeless youth in the city of Melbourne, the event will also include a performance by The Salvation Army Territorial Youth Band. Come along, and put into practice your totally slammin' ska moves, as you dance to the brilliant brass beats.
Hope for Homeless Youth Concert | Salvation Army in Melbourne | $25
Once upon a time, you had nothing to do on a Friday night… said no Melbournian EVER. Tonight isn't any different – there are more things to do in Melbourne this weekend than empty wine bottles in our recycling. The musical rendition of the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once, kicks off tonight at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne. Winning eight Tony Awards in 2012, and a Grammy in 2013, this is a must see for musical-theatre-loving-Melbournians. If you're going to do ONE thing this Friday, see this show.
Once | Princess Theatre in Melbourne
FOOTY FEVER! Here us roar with enthusiastic menace! Rather than list all the amazing bars on board with meeting your AFL Grand Final Day needs, we thought we'd just send you over to our article on the best places to watch the Grand Final this year! You'll see the Melbourne venues have rolled out their red (green?) carpets all around town with beer, snacks, and wide-screens galore.
So you don't watch the footy, and you've had it up to here (gestures somewhere around the neck/ear/head/ceiling area) with footy references, footy talk and footy themed events? Well here's where to go to relax in peace and not have that conversation, you know the one where you have to pretend you follow the first team's name you can think of? Yeah that one. Campari house is hosting a Football Free Zone with afternoon drinks on the rooftop and Mamma Got Soul in the lounge room from 8pm. Cocktails are a ripper $15 all day! Book a booth to escape from footy fever.
Loving the seasonal vibes spreading with the arrival of spring? So are we (incase you couldn't tell)! So head to Spring Street Gocer for a delicious cheese platter with Cheesemonger, Anthony Femia, as he guides guests through a wicked cheese selection from Loire Valley goat's milk, to Holy Goat Brigid's Well. Paired with delicious fruit and Rooftop honey, our mouths are watering in anticipation!
Perfect Platters | The Spring St Grocer in Melbourne | $50pp
Sail the high (local) seas in style on The Lady Cutler Champagne and Seafood Brunch Cruise! Running every second Sunday during spring and summer, this cruise traverses from Docklands to Williamstown with beautiful views and ample opportunity for you to drop the 'I'm on a boat' comment. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, Jack (or Rose)! With a fully licensed bar, hot and cold canapés, and an elegant seafood lunch, there will be more than enough to indulge in.
Art, design, fashion and vintage. If those words alone haven't sold you, then what about a Paper Dahlia workshop, all day breakfast, burgers and Mille & B crêpe cakes? Yeah, thought so. The Bend and Snap Market is celebrating it's third birthday at 1000 £ Bend. From 11am to 4pm, one of our favourite Melbourne markets will showcase the work of the talented local artistic community.
Fit bods (and wannabe fit bods), line up for the Lorna Jane Active Nation Day and get sweaty in St Kilda! Encouraging women to get out and get active to promote physical and mental health, the Active Nation Day celebrations will kick off at 8am with a free group fitness class. Followed by a Move Nourish Believe Market with fitness themes stalls selling fresh juices, natural skin care, and much more! Free and fun workout sound amazing to you, too? Then make sure you check out our suggestions of fun, free ways to work out this spring.
Lorna Jane Active Nation Day | St Kilda Foreshore
'Why can't someone do what they are passionate about, make a living, follow their dreams, and still make a difference helping those in need?' points out Aviva from new Melbourne food truck endeavor, Aviva & Co. Serving up delicious Jewish Eastern European street food such as 'Jewish Penicillin' (chicken soup), this unique new business will be supporting the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard by donating profits from sales, and also giving away surplus food to Oz Harvest to help feed the homeless in Melbourne. So if you want to jump on board and help out, visit the crowd funding campaign and donate to see Aviva & Co get on the road (there are 9 days left!).
Aviva & Co Foodtruck Crowd Funding Campaign | Learn more here
So, say your salutations to September in style, and spend your weekend enjoying some of the very finest things to do in Melbourne. And no, it's not ALL about the footy this weekend… just mostly! For more September events, have a look at our guide to what's on for the September school holidays, or our September Market Calendar. Or for all you food fanatics, a list of the best foodie events in September. So that's what's on in Melbourne this weekend Listers; we hope you have as much fun attending some of these events as we plan on having!
Image credit: Honestly Yum.