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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Clare Acheson
6th Aug 2015

Looking for awesome things to do this weekend in Melbourne? You’ve come to the right place! This weekend, you’ll find chocolate festivals, music extravaganzas and some epic banquets all within our beloved three thousands. Read on for some of the best events in the city…

Thursday 6

PDT Pops Up At The Black Pearl

New York’s iconic hidden cocktail bar Please Don’t Tell (aka. PDT) pops up in The Black Pearl, Fitzroy, this weekend until Sunday as part of the Diageo World Class cocktail tour. While tickets are sold out, check the website for returns before the action kicks off.

Game, Guts & Off-Cuts at the Middle Park Hotel

Dave Marshall from Middle Park Hotel takes on Tim Sweeney from epic foodie pub The Last Jar in this meaty battle of the chefs, which kicks off at 7pm in host venue Middle Park Hotel. At $130 per person for a six dish, three-course epic that includes drinks, this is one meat feast you’d be mad to miss. Call 03 9690 1958 to book.

The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie's Hot Chocolate Festival

There’s only one way to find out which show-stopping hot chocolate wonders are premiered at the Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival this weekend, and that’s turning up on the day! The festival runs throughout August, with everything from bacon hot chocolate to a mug that comes with a side of freshly baked doughnut balls. You can catch the festival this Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. Nom.

Friday 7

Americana All Night Long At The Gem

If you love your music loud and your meats smoked, get yourself to The Gem Bar and Dining Room in Collingwood for some killer live Americana tunes from Raised By Eagles and an epic menu of BBQ goodness. The kitchen is open from 6pm, with the live music starting later in the evening.

Moo Brew’s Vintage Stout Extravaganza

Guys, do you love beer? You’re gonna want to book into this Moo Brew (yes, the beer that’s brewed in MONA, Hobart, by nutcase-genius David Walsh and head brewer Dave MacGill) event, pronto, for your chance to try the notorious brewery’s latest stout release. Not only will your $90 ticket ensure that you’ll be scoffing down five whole courses of tasty food, each dish will be matched with a Moo Brew from the past five years. Book in for this event at Beer Deluxe Federation Square by giving them a buzz on 03 9663 0166. 


Forget Sunday morning, Friday night is when you want to be checking out the David Bowie Is exhibition at ACMI. Attend any exhibition session from 5pm and get VIP access to Bowie Late Nights, a celebration of one of the most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance. Featuring an interstellar line-up of Australian musicians, performers and electro artists, Bowie Late Nights is going to be the perfect place to let your hair down and boogie. Info and tickets can be found here.

Hair Metal Night At The B.East

Hair metal and burgers go together like Tommy and Pammy. East Brunswick burger hangout The B.East plays host to both this Friday in an ode to all things outrageously rock, thanks to live music from hair metal covers band Powerstryde, who’ll be on stage from 9.30pm. Guaranteed to be a good (read: drunken) night for all.

Melt Away Chocolate Festival At Docklands

Melt Away Melbourne runs from Friday to Sunday in the Docklands Precinct, where you’ll find Mork Chocolate, Belgian beers, champagne, sugar and chocolate skill decorating workshops and, of course, heaps of tasting delights to indulge your chocoholic tendencies. The festivities kick off at 6.30pm on Friday evening—check out the website for more details.

From The Pot Winter Dinner at Pope Joan

East Brunswick eatery Pope Joan continues its winter feast series with a hot-pot evening this Friday. Tuck into veal osso bucco with soft polenta, leaves and carrot salad, accompanied by a bottle of house vino, for $100 per couple. To book, contact Pope Joan directly.

Supersense at Arts Centre Melbourne

Supersense Music Festival kicks off this Friday until Sunday, when you’ll be able to experience some of the most interesting experimental music around today. With performances from John Cale of the Velvet Underground, Ariel Pink and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, get ready for some sonic awesomeness.

Fashion Conversion Designer Fashion Sale

Style magazine Fashion Journal hosts its very first Fashion Conversion sale, where you’ll be able to purchase designer looks from the wardrobes of Melbourne’s most stylish trend-setters. Running all weekend in Allpress, you can find more info via the Facebook group.

Saturday 8

Unravel The Mystery | Truffle Hunt

Truffle Treasures in Spargo Creek hosts one of Truffle Melbourne’s best truffle hunts of the season! Not only will you learn about how these delicious foodie finds grow, and where best to find them, you’ll be taking truffle dogs out to dig up some take-home culinary treats. For pricing and ticketing information, check out the website.

…There are heaps of things happening on Saturday that are running all weekend! Check out our listings above for Fashion Conversion, Supersense, David Bowie Is at ACMI, Melt Away Chocolate Festival, PDT at The Black Pea and the Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival.

Sunday 9

Tom Iansek & David Harley at NGV Unplugged

Catch hot Melbourne musician Tom Iansek (aka. #1 Dads) playing live on Level 3 of the NGV this Sunday from 2pm, where he’ll be playing alongside David Harley’s visual art. The perfect double-whammy of culture to wrap up your weekend.

Shared Sunday Lunch at Circa

Circa at The Prince in St Kilda hosts a shared Sunday lunch this weekend, serving an incredible spread of Kinkawooka mussels and Cape Grim beef for $65 a pop. To lock in your Sunday lunch space, call 03 9536 1122 or email to book.

Check back with us on Monday for our pick of cannot miss things to do in Melbourne next week. Now get out there and go weekend, Listers!

Image credit: The Gem - Nick West for The Urban List

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