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This Long Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
2nd Apr 2015

This Easter long weekend in Melbourne isn’t JUST about filling up on chocolate, Listers (but we’re cool if that’s how you want to play it). If you’re looking for things to do in Melbourne over Easter, then get pumped for comedy shows, some tasty treats and, of course, some charity charm. 

Here’s what’s on for the Easter long weekend in Melbourne! (And by long, we mean super-sized!)

Thursday 2nd

Does FREE weekend and evening secure parking in the Melbourne CBD during the WHOLE month of April sound like an April Fools joke? Yeah, well you know what they say—if it’s too good to be true, that’s because The Urban List told you about it! It’s real, Listers, and thanks to Secure Parking it’s happening this month! With seventeen locations where you can park your vivacious vehicle (especially if it’s a MINI), what are you waiting for? Register online now for your fabulous free secure parking.

Free Secure Parking | Melbourne CBD | During April

Footy fans and fiends, get frenzied for the AFL season! Carlton are butting heads with Richmond tonight at the MCG, so don your colours and Carrrrn-the-something-or-others! The best bit about the footy (okay maybe not the best, but definitely a close second)? Hint, it’s not the meat pies. It’s the before and after drinks and feasts! Socialise with the enemy prior, and commiserate or celebrate with your allies after. This arvo, we'll be publishing a guide to the best places to grab a meal and drink near the 'G and Etihad, for all your footy fuel. 

AFL Season Kick Off | MCG | 7:20pm

Pull on your philosophising pullover, and head to Deakin Edge in Fed Square today for The School of Life Melbourne’s launch of their autumn term program. Running until the 30th of May, TSOL Live: Everyday Living is kicking things off, featuring talks by Esther Anatolitis, Pierz Newton-John, Elise Bialylew, Robert Wood and Leslie Cannold. Peer into some fresh perspectives, open up your thinking and get pumped for musical interludes from the hilarious Bedroom Philosopher.

TSOL Live: Everyday Living | Deakin Edge, Federation Square in Melbourne
$35, $30 Concession, + BF | 5:45pm - 8:00pm

The gorgeous gelato makers from Lygon Street in Carlton, Pidapipo, are making a trip to Richmond in an epic collab with Baby Pizza! Along for the ride is a six-flavour gelato cart, serving up scoops of Melbourne’s best gelato at Baby. There will be a limited edition flavour too, brought to you by the great minds at Pidapipo combined with the Baby dessert chefs. So drumroll please? Can we get a hells yeah for the Hazelnut and Nutella Gelato with a hazelnut biscotti crumble! We know what we’re craving now…

Baby x Pidapipo Easter Gelato | Baby Pizza in Richmond
From Thursday 2nd April, running every evening across the Easter & School Holiday period

Awesome Aussie comedian, Adam Hills, will be hitting the stage at the Athenaeum Theatre in the CBD as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His show, Clown Heart, features brand new material and will be running for three weeks only. Get your Spicks and Specks nostalgia on, and enjoy a good giggle. Running until April 19th.

Adam Hills: Clown Heart, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 
Athenaeum Theatre in Melbourne | Prices Vary | 9:15pm

Friday 3rd

Be a good egg this Good Friday, and pop down to Hobba in Prahran for your daily caffeine fix. Why? For every coffee sold, Hobba will donate a dollar to the Good Friday Appeal, raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Open from 8am - 4pm, this initiative will be running all day, serving up sips from coffee beans donated by Five Senses. 

Hobba Supports Good Friday Appeal | Hobba in Prahran | 8:00am - 4:00pm 

Celebrate your Easter holiday with Ms Collins in the CBD with a six-hour set from John Course. Get your groove on and splurge on a booth booking. Packages can be secured with Dom Perignon, Veuve Clicquot, Belvedere and more. Open from 4pm, enjoy some snazzy street food prior to the show. 

John Course Good Friday Set | Ms Collins in Melbourne | $28 | 9:00pm 

Werribee Park is set to play host to an eggsellent Easter event. The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic is the largest Easter egg hunt in Australia, with funds supporting the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Kiddies between three and twelve can hunt for their chocolatey treats, in-between making arts and crafts, riding ponies, participating in sack races and getting their faces painted! All in the name of a good cause. Pity we’re not twelve anymore.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt for the Good Friday Appeal 
Werribee Park in Werribee | $15 | 9:30am

Saturday 4th

Brunswick Street goes head to head with Chapel Street with the Best of Both Sides Music Festival, and we’re all set to partake in the roaring rivalry. This weeklong party, running from Monday the 30th March to Sunday 5th April will be hosted at Lucky Coq in Windsor, and Bimbo Deluxe in Fitzroy. Aside from the genius of $4 pizzas, BOBS will be serving you up some Melbourne musical madness, from electronic to hip-hop, reggae to garage. Check out the program to see tonight’s lineup, and decide which side of the city you’ll be spending your Saturday at!

Best of Both Sides | Lucky Coq in Windsor, and Bimbo Deluxe in Fitzroy
Program online | Monday 30th March to Sunday 5th April


Doughbouys Doughnuts bring their mouth-wateringly delicious sweet, doughy treats to the infamous Mercat (opposite the Queen Victoria Market), where you can chow down on the pastries alongside a cold beverage until they're sold out.

Doughbouys Doughnuts pop-up | The Mercat in Melbourne CBD

Don’t stress, Listers, if you’re looking for more hilarious things to do in Melbourne this weekend, then catch more of what’s on with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Big Top Bob brings comedy, cabaret—and ‘anything but Cirque du So Lame’ says Bob Downe—to The Famous Spiegeltent at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. Enjoy the glitz, glamour and guffaws with this show. Running until the 19th April.

Big Top Bob | The Famous Spiegeltent, Arts Centre in Melbourne | $48 | 10:00pm

The Swan Street Chamber of Commerce is sprucing things up with the latest addition of Yve Contemporary Art Gallery. Launched just last weekend on the ground floor of the Richmond building, the bi-monthly exhibitions will feature local and international artists. Showing from March 28th to May 23rd, Melbourne artists Nadia Toukhsati’s opening exhibition features surreal and figurative paintings and illustrations. Head down to Richmond for your weekend culture component.

Yve Gallery | Swan Street Chamber of Commerce in Richmond
Open Every Day from 7:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday 5th

Hellenic Republic is all about bringing family together, and what better occasion to do so than Easter Sunday? Both locations (Brunswick and Kew) of the Greek cuisine gods are hosting scrumptious four-course banquet menus. We’re already salivating for the Saganaki and peppered figs, or the Pickled Octopus with local wine vinegar and olive oil—we really can’t decide which sounds better! Book now, places are filling fast!

Easter Lunch | Hellenic Republic in Brunswick and Kew | $70 ($40 Children 4-12)
Staggered two hour sittings from 11:00am | Book Brunswick on 9381 1222, or Kew on 9207 7477

The Vue crew is joining in the Easter celebrations with Easter Lunches at both Heide and The Piggery! Join them for two-courses followed by a foodie’s fantasy—a dessert buffet! There will of course be egg hunts, and an appearance by the fluffy Easter Bunny! Have fun and feast this Easter Sunday!

Easter Lunch | Café Vue at Heide in Bulleen, or The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches in Sherbrooke
$90 ($45 Children under 12) | 12:00pm

Monday 6th

South Melbourne coffee hot-spot, St Ali, is open for the entire Easter long weekend. But more importantly, they’re introducing a new menu! Preparing you for the cooler months, St Ali is serving up some stunning dishes, like the Cherry Blossom Fragility, featuring Moroccan brick pastry with spicy butterscotch golden sultanas, deep-fried apple pastille, traditional milk kefir, yoghurt and sour cherries. Or for our fishy friends, the Soft Cell Tainted Love dish is one to try out, with scrambled eggs, Yarra Valley brook trout, deep fried soft shell crab, pipis, chilli, spring onion, salmon roe and chargrilled bread.

If you’re looking for more cafes to visit, then check out our guide to what’s open this Easter in Melbourne!

St Ali’s New Menu | St Ali in South Melbourne | Open Easter Long Weekend 

Enjoy the day off work, Listers! If you’re looking for what’s on in Melbourne, maybe you’re down to check out some live music? The Prince Bandroom in St Kilda won’t disappoint, with Hunter Hayes live, featuring special guest Aleyce Simmonds. The American country music singer-songwriter is all set to serenade you, so grab your tickets online!

Hunter Hayes Live | The Prince Bandroom in St Kilda | $55.60 | Doors Open at 7:00pm  

Wow, you must be tired now! Lucky you only have another four-day week ahead, Listers! Hope you found plenty of things to do in Melbourne to fill your non-chocolate eating hours (surely there’s bound to be at least one or two in there?).

Image credit: Ren Behan Food.

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