What's on this weekend in Melbourne, you ask? Lots (as always)! Whether you plan on dressing up for Derby Day or Halloween, prizes do NOT go to the underachievers. There are also plenty of art and charity events, so spend your weekend doing something a little fun, and a little something important, too!
And of course, most important of all: Eat, eat, eat. And then eat some more! Here's our list of the coolest things to do in Melbourne this weekend!
Bourbon Street is moving into the Commercial Hotel in Yarraville, with a Fat Thursday Pop-Up restaurant! With $5 specials like Southern fried chicken wings and Samuel Adams bottles, you'll be licking your fingers and chops from this glorious comfort food! Enjoy the Southern-style soul food Bourbon Street is known for – you can choose from plate or roll, with fillings such as 12-hour slow-cooked pulled pork with coffee and bbq sauce, or 48-hour marinated, then freshly charred jerk chicken. Mouthwatering sides include deep fried okra, jalapeño cornbread, and mac 'n' cheese! Skinny jeans are a wardrobe faux pas for this trendy (but naughty) eatery!
Bourbon Street's Fat Thursday Pop-Up | Commercial Hotel in Yarraville | Thursday Nights
Fancy yourself a F.R.I.E.N.D.S fan? Think you know your Joey juice and your Rachel rumours, enough to put other fanboys and girls to shame? Then head along to the F.R.I.E.N.D.S trivia night at Honey Bar, hosted by Carly Jacobs from Smaggle! Tables are available for teams of two to eight competitors, and even better it's all for a good cause! 100% of funds raised will go towards the Waratah Special Developmental School Bus Fund, helping special kids get to school. So get out those box sets and brush up, Listers, this Trivia night is bound to get competitive!
F.R.I.E.N.D.S Trivia Night | Honey Bar in South Melbourne | 7pm - 11pm | $10 + BF
Love your art, but just can't justify parting with your hard-earned cash? How about if you knew your money was going to a good place? If that's a big fat yes, then make sure you sign up for the Artists for Kids Culture Art Auction, held at Brightspace in St Kilda. Raising funds to enhance the lives of disadvantaged children—through cultural enhancing activities such as music lessons, drama and dance classes, school camps, sporting activities and community art initiatives—this year's auction relies on overwhelming support and generosity from the artistic community. Over 60 artworks have been donated to the cause, by artists such as Lewis Miller, Peter Booth, Roger Kemp, David Bromley, Sally Smart, Jenny Watson, Lisa Roet and Ricky Howell. You can view the exhibition up until 5pm today, and the Auction will kick off at 6:30. So go on art aficionados, make a purchase to be proud of!
Artists for Kids Culture Art Auction | Brightspace in St Kilda | 6:30pm | $20 includes food and drinks
More art for your arteries (you needed to clean out all that soul food anyway!)? Check out Workbook, a collaborative visual diary of stylist Marsha Golemac and photographer Brooke Holm, held at Modern Times in Collingwood. Highlighting Golemac's signature minimalist style, juxtaposed with Holm's sublime landscapes, the viewer experiences a sense of complementary contrast.
Workbook Opening Night | Modern Times in Collingwood
Exhibition runs from 31st October - 16th November | 6pm - 8pm
Legendary graphic designer, illustrator, filmmaker and animator, Alexander Stitt is back in the game, with his first major exhibition in three decades. The Flower Show is running until the third of November at the Port Jackson Press Print Room in Collingwood, and will showcase Stitt's talent, developed over a 50-year career. Featuring colourful, limited edition glicée prints, visit this gallery for some brilliant and inspired floral art.
Alex Stitt The Flower Show Opening | Port Jackson Press Print Room in Collingwood
30th October - 3rd November
Looking for things to do in Melbourne this Halloween? Enjoy some creepy cocktails and spooky shots at Holliava's Holliween party! With drink specials all night, and trick or treat at 9pm, we know you want to boogie to the boogyman (the DJ!) at Holliava. Pull out your dress-ups, or scan eBay for an appropriately hilarious costume, as prizes will be awarded for best dressed!
Holliava Holli-ween | Holliava in Richmond | 5pm
Get your wine and cheese on with Café Vue at Heide. Celebrating all things vino and dairy, Café Vue are putting on a delightful spread with three-courses accompanied with wines sourced from Boccacio Cellars in Balwyn. Get prepared for braised pork jowl with mustard foam, Templestowe apple and Heide Garden Warrigal spinach. No, we haven't forgotten the cheese! There will be a cheese BUFFET. Yep, you heard us, a whole buffet of cheese! Or should we say… a holey buffet… no? Cheesus, puns TOTALLY intended.
Wine and Cheese Dinner | Café Vue at Heide | 7pm
$120pp | To book call 9852 2346?
We don't need an excuse to go to Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder on a normal day, but when they're partying it up Oktoberfest style? Count us in! With a three-course German themed dinner, music, bier and festivities, this evening will be full of foodie delights and fun! (We promise this is our last Oktoberfest mention… for this week anyway!)
$95pp | Book via phone on 9421 2808
Love op-shopping? Well, find your next vintage outfit at The Shop of Op in Windsor, at their opening VIP night and vintage clothing sale! With items starting from $5, all proceeds go towards Shekinah Homeless Services. This opening night will be your best chance to grab a bargain, but the sale does extend until Sunday the 2nd of November.
The Shop of Op: Opening and Sale | Pop Up Op Shop in Windsor | 5pm - 8pm
To celebrate the official opening of Vamos in Melbourne, they are hosting a Funky Cuban Halloween Party! Bet you didn't expect that combination! With house, disco, afro-Cuban, Latin and classic music, and Latin American food and drinks, you can party it up Cuban style with a killer Halloween costume! Tickets required, and there are limited numbers, so what are you waiting for? Vamoose your caboose!
Funky Cuban Halloween Party | Vamos in Melbourne | 6pm | Free (registration required)
Today sees the kick off of the MMeets program at the MPavillion! Famous illustrator James Gulliver Hancock collaborates with online and bi-annual print journal, Assemble Papers for this unique and interesting session. Attendees will join a guided drawing tutorial, touring through the hidden gems in Melbourne's CBD. Drawings created will be compiled to create a communal, hand-drawn map of the surrounding area. So roll up your sleeves and get interactive, Listers, with this Make Meet at the MPavillion in Melbourne!
MPavillion, Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne | 10am - 3pm | Free
If you haven't read MoVida's Guide to Barcelona, then you're in the dark about how awesome a collaboration between Richard Cornish and Frank Camorra is! While you're busy downloading/borrowing/buying that awesome book, get excited for the launch of their new amazing piece of literature, MoVida Solera! To celebrate the launch, MoVida Aqui is hosting a five-course dinner reflecting the book, and Camorra and Cornish's travels through Andalucia. Get excited about the book, but get even more exited about the Gypsy Donuts!
MoVida Solera Launch | MoVida Aqui in Melbourne |12pm
$120pp | Phone 9663 3038 to book
Spring Carnival season is welllll under way, with Derby Day kicking off today! Celebrate with a champagne breakfast at either the Stokehouse City or Fatto Bar and Cantina in Melbourne. With buses transporting punters to Flemington, you can have a luxurious round trip to the races with both a before and after party! The festivities will continue post-races, with a drink on arrival and a fun filled evening of frivolity!
From 10am | $50pp | Stokehouse City 9525 5555 or Fatto Bar and Cantina 8698 8800
For some more race-day special service, check out Munich Brauhaus's fantastisch Derby Day Breakfast and Bus Package! For bubbling champagne, Bavarian breakfast buffet, and return transfers to Flemington, you can celebrate your race day—German style!
1000 £ Bend hosts some awesome events throughout the year, and they're not disappointing today, with the La Catrina Festival, Day of the Dead! Choose your favourite altar in the altar exhibition, or dance to some live Mexican tunes by San Lazaro, Sin Frontera and Sonidero Esperanza DJ set. The best bit… MEXICAN FOOD, AMIGO! Turn on the tacos and the tequila, with a spicy Mexican spread of food and drinks! Free entry from 5pm - 6:30, (although the bar doesn't open until 7pm!) so you'd be one crazy tamale to get there late!
5pm - 1am | $10 +BF (Entry free before 6:30)
Spend your weekends in November in grand style, at The Grand Richmond! But seriously, they have come up with the grandest idea… Yum-cha… Italian style! As part of The Age Good Food Month, The Grand are putting on a spread every Saturday and Sunday lunch, with trolley dollies delivering high-class meals on wheels featuring Italian delicacies! Offering a tempting Italian wine list to match, diners can look forward to specialties like wild boar lasagna, organic beef carpaccio with mustard cress and grana padano, and The Grand's signature Bombollini!
Saturday and Sunday lunches in November | Bookings essential 03 9429 2530
If you're feeling a little fancy (and cashed up), then make sure you're one of the exclusive 22 diners to attend The Fourth Emperor Degustation at Vue Events in Melbourne. Celebrating 19th century inspired cuisine with a modern twist, this menu designed by Executive Chef, Cory Campbell, will delight the senses. Think wallaby skewers brushed with truffle and mountain pepper honey! Wine Director, Rocco Esposito, has also curated a stunning list of matching wines! Fancy pants indeed.
The Fourth Emperor | Vue Events in Melbourne | 6:30pm
$650pp | Phone 9691 3888 to book
What's on in Melbourne CBD this weekend? Good ol' Fed Square is great at putting on a multicultural shindig, and today is no different! Mosey on over to the Nepal Festival, celebrating Nepalese culture, heritage, and communities in Victoria. Munch on some traditional cuisine, listen and watch live music and performances, peruse the arts and crafts exhibits, or check out the fashion parade! Really, there's no need to nap, just nip on down to the Nepal Festival at Fed Square!
Nepal Festival 2014 | Federation Square in Melbourne | 12pm - 10pm
Sorry Thanks I Love You. Not you. I mean, I'm sure you're quite loveable and all that, but rather we were talking about one of the most awesome pop-ups to grace Melbourne! Think in-store florist, gourmet food, locally commissioned designer pieces, boutique wine, and a culture-vulture's dream events calendar! Located conveniently in the St James Retail Centre, corner of William Street and Bourke Street, we can't wait to empty our wallets and then some at the Sorry Thanks I Love You Pop-Up! Open until December 24th, hop along, Listers, and dare we say it—get your Christmas shopping done!
Sorry Thanks I Love You Pop-Up | St James Retail Centre in Melbourne
20th October - 24th December
ACMI is getting exciting, hosting a number of live music and film events from Monday 27th of October to Friday 21st of November. Aimed at celebrating the evolution and diversity of contemporary music culture, our pick is Björk: Biophilia Live. Shot on 16 cameras at London's Alexandra Palace in 2013, this concert film was directed by Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton. This particular screening runs from the 27th of October to today, at numerous times. Björk fans go berserk, and enjoy watching the film of this phenomenal live event!
Björk: Biophilia Live | ACMI in Melbourne | Screening Times: 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30pm | $17 / $13
So there you have it, so darn many things to do in Melbourne and lots of reasons to spend your weekend making your friends jealous (or letting them tag along if you're that sort)! Enjoy this weekend, Listers!
Image credit: Simply Delicious.