Cheers to the freakin’ weekend Listers! From foodie events to fashion sales, fun with florals and funky tunes, there’s a bunch of amazing things to do in Melbourne over the next few days, Listers. Add to your iCal and go.
FOOD BANK | BIG BREAKFAST
If you work in the city, or if you’re swinging by bright and early today, don’t miss this event. Foodbank Victoria is hosting a Big Breakfast event at Federation Square from 7-9am—they’ll be providing coffee and a healthy brekkie in exchange for just five buckaroos. Your $5 goes towards feeding the 1-in-7 children that go hungry every morning. C’mon Listers, you know you spend nearly that much on your morning coffee anyway! Why not spend it for a good cause?
DREAM HOME | NORTHCOTE TOWN HALL
Melbourne culture vultures, there’s a new play in town, running at Northcote Town Hall from today until 3rd June. Dream Home is a suburban comedy from award-winning writer, Emilie Collyer, that promises to bring the giggles and squirms in equal measure. Tickets are $29, phone 03 9481 9500 to book.
APERITIVO AFTERNOONS | CHIARA
One of Docklands’ best restaurants, Italian looker Chiara, is now offering free aperitivi with drinks on Thursday nights between 5 and 7. Munch on delicious Italian snacks such as eggplant bruschetta, frittata and squid ink crackling. Cheers!
COMEDY FUNDRAISER FOR NEPAL | ATHENAEUM THEATRE
What’s better than giggles for a good cause? Head along to the Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne CBD next Friday 5th June (book now, people!) for a comedy event featuring some of Australia’s best loved comics. That's right, Arj Barker, Dave Hughes, Jimeon, Tommy Little, Cal Wilson and co will all be on hand to get your weekend off to s cackling start. Each and every pretty penny raised will go towards helping the rebuilding of earthquake-ravaged Nepal. Tickets on sale now. Purchase here.
PIXEL ALLEY OPENS | FITZROY
Melbourne gamers, this one’s for you. From the team behind kooky and awesome Fitzroy bar, Mr Wow’s Emporium comes Pixel Alley—a retro arcade bar. Opening tonight, expect colourful themed cocktails and gaming classics, including Daytona racing, Street Fighter II, Donkey-Kong and Pac-Man. Putting the fun in Fitzroy.
FUNKIS ANNUAL GARAGE SALE
Fashionistas, here’s your reminder message! Funkis’ annual garage sale kicks off at 10am sharp in the Strand store today. Everything is 30-50% off, with prices starting at a laughable $10 (!!!). There are plenty of things to pick up too—with their clogs, clothing, jewellery and leather bags all. on. sale. Line up early girls! Details on their website.
THE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
Cool cats and jazzy Jeffs, say hello to the start of the Melbourne international jazz fest today! Check out the program online and don’t miss your chance to scout out your favourite talent at this year’s Jazz Festival, running until 7th June.
LVLY POSY MAKING EVENT
Flowers can be so expensive these days, but try to do your own bouquet and cue frustration island! LVLY is hosting a beginners posy making event to give you the step up you need towards arranging flowers just so. All the materials are provided; all you have to bring is your enthusiasm (and patience!). There’s a maximum of 20 people per class, so you’re sure to receive plenty of helpful attention. Morning tea is also included in the ticket price, why thank you! Purchase tickets here.
THE LAST JAR | ANNUAL GUINNESS OYSTER FESTIVAL
It’s that time of year again, Listers—The Last Jar is hosting its annual Guinness Oyster Festival this Saturday. So if you’re still reeling from the tragic loss of 2015’s Good Beer Week, you can drown your sorrows with $6 pints and $2 seafood at this bargain event. Get yourself down to The Last Jar from 2pm-7pm, and take your pick from Tasmanian, South Australian Pacific and Sydney Rock oysters (served natural), or Kilpatrick and Guinness (served battered). If you can’t get enough oysters in your tummy, this year’s fest will feature an oyster bar serving oyster-based everything drinks!
MELBOURNE EMERGING WRITERS FESTIVAL
Melbourne’s Emerging Writers Festival is now is full swing, and we can’t think of a better way to chill out than spend a lazy Sunday talking words, glorious words. There are heaps of events on until 5th June, so if there’s even a sliver of a book love in ya, you’re sure to find something that piques your interest!
AUTUMNFOLKS | NORTH MELBOURNE
The Brunswickfolks folks are today hosting Autumnfolks, a fundraiser music event to support Indigenous community survival. Head along to Scratch Warehouse in North Melbourne, for a fun-filled and meaningful day of live music, markets and food stalls. Tickets are just $10, or $5 concession.
Monday 1 June
MFWF ROAST COLLECTION
So perhaps you’re not so pleased about winter kicking off. Here’s something that will cheer you up! Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s Winter Roast Collection starts this Monday too. And we’ve oh-so-generously rounded up every roast-y toast-y collection from every corner of Melbourne just for you! June is sorted.
That's what's on in Melbourne this weekend, Listers!
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