At a loose end this weekend? Not any more, you’re not. We’ve pulled together an EPIC list of things for you, your friends and foes to do. From Friday through to Sunday, we’ve got you sorted. Whether it’s a trip to the Yarra Valley, exclusive food events, fun at the snow, or a little bit of artsy Melbourne fun you’re after, you neeeeed to check our pick of the top things to do in Melbourne this weekend.
DOCKYARD OPENS | WILLIAMSTOWN
If you’re partial to a food truck or two, Dockyard has your Friday night sorted. Playing host to Gorilla Grill, Pasta Face Food Truck, Soul Kitchen Woodfired Pizza Truck, The Brûlée Cart and a truckload more, Dockyard’s an indoor affair so you can stress less about the weather. It’ll be running from 5-9pm at 2 Ann Street, Williamstown (at the rear of Seaworks).
BARBER OF SEVILLE | MELBOURNE OPERA
If you don’t usually consider yourself an opera fan, but love comedy, this one might just be for you. Melbourne Opera is presenting a restaging of the highly successful production of The Barber Of Seville. Created by Gioachino Antonio Rossini, it’s a hilarious and widely popular opera. Fast paced and funny.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS MUSIC FESTIVAL | VARIOUS LOCATIONS
Leaps and Bounds Music Festival has returned and continues to run this weekend. Taking place in Australia’s largest gigging precinct, Melbourne’s inner north, over 50 participating venues will collectively host more than 300 events during the 17-day festival. Our friends at The Gem Bar and Dining Room are hosting two gigs as part of the festival this Friday and Sunday, including a Hank Williams tribute night. It's gonna be a good'un!
DE BORTOLI WINES HOSTS ‘CELEBRATION OF THE PIG’ | YARRA VALLEY
De Bortoli Wines will transform its Locale restaurant into a rustic pop-up this weekend and will host a special three-course ‘Celebration of the Pig’ dinner. Guests will enjoy antipasto and salami, followed by shared platters of roasted Berkshire pork with winter vegetables, finished off with a selection of cheeses in a relaxed, communal dining environment. The celebration will continue on Saturday and Monday with additional pork dishes on the Locale menu and carafes of wine straight from the vines. To book your De Bortoli Celebration of the Pig dining experience, phone 03 5965 2271 or email.
SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL | PALACE CINEMAS
The Scandinavian Film Festival has kicked off in Melbourne. The festival runs until the 26th of July and is spread over a number of venues. To fulfill all your Scandi film desires, check out the festival website.
GERTRUDE ST PROJECTION FESTIVAL | FITZROY
Gertrude Street Projection Festival opens on Friday night at—you guessed it—Gertrude Street, Fitzroy. Running from the 10th-19th of July, over 35 sites along the length of Gertrude Street will be illuminated by the visions of talented projections artists. It’s not to be missed.
CHARDONNAYPINOT15 | YARRA VALLEY
Coldstream Hills and Toolangi Vineyards are joining forces to host ChardonnayPinot15, today and tomorrow. A weekend of international wine tasting and appreciation of the varieties that the Yarra Valley is most famous for, there will be plenty of chardonnay and pinot noir to enjoy. Hosted by Treasury Wines, ChardonnayPinot15 will be a feast for lovers of Burgundy-style wines.
TRUFFLE MELBOURNE | IVANHOE
Truffle Melbourne has it all. Held at The Centre, Ivanhoe on Saturday AND Sunday, you’ll get the chance to try that luxury ingredient that you’ve heard so much hype about. Meet the adorable truffle-hunting dogs, eat all the samples, and chat to top chefs (we hear Guy Grossi will be on hand!) to get some tips and tricks. Check out our full preview of Truffle Melbourne, and pick up tickets before the day by booking here.
SISTER’S MARKET | BRUNSWICK
If you’re a fan of wandering through high-end arts, crafts and fashion markets in Melbourne, Sister’s Market is going to be just your cup of tea. The market has welcomed an increased number of regular stallholders. Head to Brunswick Town Hall from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free.
CATTELMAN’S RAIL JAM | MT BULLER
Heading to The snow? Mt Buller’s annual Cattleman’s Rail Jam will be heating things up this weekend. Always hotly contested, the event makes the most of the stairway in the Mt Buller Village Square and attracts the best snowboard rail riders in Australia. The top 10 qualifiers will then compete against the event’s past champions for a share of the $10,000 prize pool, which, for the first time, includes The Mini Stand Out Award—a return trip to Tokyo to compete. Qualifiers kick of at 11am and the final starts at 6pm.
NGV UNPLUGGED LIVE | SOUTHBANK
Art and Music. Is there a better way to spend wintry Sunday afternoons? The NGV is playing host to Unplugged Live, to be held over six consecutive Sunday afternoons at the Ian Potter Centre in Fed Square. Curator and musician Jae Laffer will present public discussions with a variety of contemporary artists, followed by an in-gallery performance by a different local musician or band each weekend. Entry is free.
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