What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Ella Pleasant - 03 Jul 2014

No clue what's on this weekend in Melbourne? Well, dear Listers, have we got a nifty little weekend guide for you! With everything from yankee-doodle-dandy 4th of July celebrations to decadent truffle degustations, there's absolutely HEAPS of goings on. Stretchy pants at the ready – here's what's on in Melbourne over those glorious work-free days we call the weekend... 

THURSDAY 3rd

Fashionistas of Melbourne – the winter edition of Cylk's semi-annual sample sale is on once again! Head to the Collingwood warehouse to stock up on luxe leggings, slimming shapewear, intimates, basics, and chic yoga gear. Limited overseas designer samples, one-off pieces and past season styles are reduced to clear, with up to 60-90% off! Run, don't walk.

Cylk Melbourne Sample Sale | 3rd – 5th of July

Level 1, 14-24 Easey Street in Collingwood

Speaking of sales, southside sartorialists, did you check out the Lover Jumble Sale yesterday? No? Well, you better get going! You've got until tomorrow to get your mitts on current and past season stock, one-off samples and rare archive pieces, all at up to 70% off! What's not to love-r? 

Lover Melbourne Jumble Sale | Until Friday 4th of July | 318 Chapel Street in Prahran

We're predicting a ker-truffle this weekend in Melbourne, as Madame Truffles, the mighty queen of fungi, is opening a winter pop up shop on Yarra Place in South Melbourne. Housed over the road from St Ali, the Madame Truffles pop up will sell freshly harvested Australian truffles, along with other decadent fungi-infused products. We can't wait to grab a tub of truffle ice cream made by Gundowring – so fannnncy! 

Madame Truffles Pop-up | 3rd of July – 9th of August | 17 Yarra Place in South Melbourne

Credit cards at the ready, musos – Nick Cave's intimate solo shows go on sale today! The rocker will visit Australia and New Zealand to perform a series of rare solo concerts in November and December. Musical Melbournians will witness the singer's musical prowess at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Tuesday the 16th of December. 

Nick Cave concerts | To book, click here 

FRIDAY 4th

Well hot damn, it's 4th of July! And we're like totally super excited about all the fun things to do in Melbourne to celebrate our second favourite nation. We'll be heading straight to The B.East to celebrate accordingly this Friday – with a Habanero Chilli Dog in one hand and Texas Freedom Fries (complete with pulled pork, jack cheddar and smoky BBQ shallots) in the other. And, once we finish that lot, we'll celebrate ever further with a Smores Ice cream Sundae, featuring honey and shortbread ice cream, chocolate ganache and toasted marshmallows. There'll also be banjo playing and bourbon shots a-plenty. 

Yep, we sure aren't letting the Yanks have all the fun this 4th of July! Want to know what else is on? Don your cowboy boots and check out our guide to the best places to celebrate 4th of July in Melbourne. Yeeehaw!

The B.East | 80 Lygon Street in Brunswick | From 7:00pm

A visit to Madame Truffles didn't quell your snuffly, truffly desire? Fear not, my fungi-lovers! On the 55th floor of Rialto, Vue de Monde is staging Black Diamond Dinner, a five-course degustation celebrating the most magnificent of fungi. Matched wine will round out what is sure to be a decadent evening at one of the best restaurants in Melbourne.

Black Diamond Dinner | Vue de Monde in Melbourne CBD

From 7:00pm | $295 per person

Take your Friday night drinks to even greater heights at Eureka 89's pop-up bar. A $25 ticket will land you a US-inspired cocktail or a glass of Laurent Perrier champagne and live entertainment, not to mention those incredible panoramic views of Melbourne CBD. A selection of American-themed grazing dishes will be available, including smoked beef sliders and spiced pork ribs with apple radish salad. Yum!

Eureka 89 Pop-Up Bar | Eureka 89 in Southbank
5:30pm 'til late | $25 per person

Arty folk, in case you haven't heard the news, the Friday Nights series has returned to the NGV's Great Hall for Italian Masterpieces. Every Friday night through winter, guests will peruse the exhibition after hours, hear pop-up talks from a mix of contemporary artists, critics and curators and sample delicious food and vino. There'll also be DJs on the decks and a steady line-up of live music. This week you'll boogie on down to the unique 80s pop-synth sound of Owl Eyes.

Friday Nights series | NGV in Melbourne | 5:30 – 9:30pm

Australia's ultimate stair climb challenge, Stadium Stomp, is on this Sunday! Melburnians will climb the thousands of steps of the MCG to raise money for their nominated charities. Registations to climb are still open, so head to the website and get your stomp on!

SATURDAY 5th

Here at The Urban List, we go crazy for camembert, batty for blue vein and ga ga for gouda…yep, we're absolutely cheese-obsessed! One of our favourite things to do in Melbourne is to sample the cheese at Spring Street Grocer, and this Saturday we'll be doing just that at their Cheese 101: Behind The Rind class. Held on the first Saturday of every month, the resident cheesemongers will be there to answer all fromage-related questions, from pairings to storage to the dreaded dairy intolerance (a fate worst than death!). 

Cheese 101: Behind The Rind | Spring Street Grocer in Melbourne CBD

11:00am – 12:00pm | $30 per person

After you OD on cheese, head to Cumulus Up on Flinders Lane to sample vinous delights at City Cellar Door. Held on the first Saturday of every month, you'll be able to sip your way through Victoria's finest wineries; the top drops available for purchase at cellar door prices. This Saturday is all about the Mornington Peninsula and, boy, we are more than happy to make our way through the region! What's more, the kitchen will be roasting a whole pig, offering up crispy pork buns to soak up the booze. Entry is free and vino-filled good time guaranteed.

City Cellar Door | Cumulus Up in Melbourne CBD | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Have you ever tried Mortadella? Nope, us neither, and we can't wait to get our chops around this cured meat at Ombra Salumi Bar. Run as part of the Melbourne Salami Festa, The Mortadella Sessions are instructional workshops that will teach the art of making Mortedella. Guests will also be treated to two bonus demos covering Capocollo and Pancetta. Of course, in typical Italian fashion, lunch will also be included. Mortadella, Mortadella for everybody!

The Mortadella Sessions | 5th & 6th of July | Ombra Bar in Melbourne CBD

10:00am – 3:00pm | $160 per person

While we're all feeling a little scant this weekend (it's all that cheese, wine and cured meat!), those who have a little extra cash to splash have the rare opportunity to dine with Oliver Krugg, the man behind one of the world's most exclusive champagnes. The champagne heir (um best job in the world?) will be the star guest of an intimate four-course dinner at famed Italian restaurant Grossi Florentino this Saturday night, which will include Krug's most exclusive drops.  

Dinner with Oliver Krugg | Grossi Florentino in Melbourne CBD

From 7:00pm | $500 per person 

This July, The Shadow Electric is teaming up with Kronenbourg Blanc for Domestique, a Le Tour de France Pop Up Bar. Every Friday and Saturday night will feature DJs and pre-race sustenance from Fancy Hanks Barbeque and Pierogi Pierogi from 7.00pm. Screenings will cover all mountain stages of Le Tour de France, as well as the ever-important time trial. Allez! Allez!

Domestique | Various dates through July | 83 Kerr Street in Fitzroy

SUNDAY 6th

What's on in Melbourne this Sunday? Well, quite a lot, but team TUL are super excited to be heading out of town! We're packing our car and heading south-west for Tastes of Central Geelong! Running 'til the 27th of July, the festival will showcase the region's finest dining destinations, with over 180 delicious activities on offer. You can enjoy themed dinners at the region's best restaurants, cooking demos and classes and even be the judge in Dessert Wars! There'll also be plenty of family-friendly foodie activities to keep kids entertained (and well fed!). 

Tastes of Central Geelong | Visit the website for more information

While you may have stuffed yourself full of hot dogs and chilli fries on the Friday, you can continue the feel good US of A vibes right through to Sunday at the American Independence Day Celebration at Le Bon Ton. The American BBQ joint and absinthe bar will be supplying an all you can eat Southern style buffet, smoked meats, live brass bands, hot rods out the front and, of course, plenty of booze. 

American Independence Day Celebration | Le Bon Ton in Collingwood 

2:00 – 10:00pm | $75 per person

Still looking for things to do this weekend in Melbourne?  Well, dear friends, you're more than welcome to get boozy with us at Saigon Sally's afternoon cocktail masterclass! This hour-long session is focused on whisky, with sweet, savoury and sour mixes sure to please all palates. A $60 ticket includes the cocktail class, three drinks and matched canapés from chef Adrian Li.

Cocktail Masterclass | Saigon Sally in Windsor

2:30 – 3:30pm | $60 per person

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