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12 Epic Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Michaela Goldblatt
5th May 2016

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So it’s all about our mums this Sunday—but heck, there’s still the rest of the weekend to get down to all the foodie, arty, fashun and cultural events that Melbourne has to offer. There’s the highly anticipated Wicked Chocolate Festival (OMG!) and pop-up events like music under the stars at the Planetarium and the Brutalist Block Party.

For those who have left their mother’s day bookings to the last minute, we’ve included a special section just for you. No mum wants to wait in busy café queues—so book now to spoil your mumma, and more importantly, avoid looking like the rotten child.  

Read on for our list of the best events to check out in Melbourne this weekend—and all their key deets.

All Weekend 

New Trucks On The Block at the Food Truck Park Preston

Get down to support the freshest talent on the food truck scene at this mammoth 3-day event put on by The Food Truck Park Preston. We’re particularly amped for bites from Butcher to Chef’s Cypriot style Souvlaki, King of Spuds’ loaded sweet potato fries, and Bites on Wheels—Melbourne’s first Polish food truck! This is cooking even your mumma will be proud of.

Brutalist Block Party

This unique cultural program is a tribute to one of architecture’s most misunderstood movements—Brutalism—characterised by the use of raw concrete and solid, highly expressive forms. And what better venue to host this series of workshops, talks, dining events and social situations than at than a vast, concrete-fronted warehouse in Clifton Hill? Expect nothing less than a brutal opening on Friday evening with a Brutal Pong tournament and live tunes from Chapter Music. Feelin’ something more gentle? The weekly produce market commencing this Saturday will feature some of the best produce Melbourne has to offer. Check out the full program to see what’s in store for the next coupla weeks. 

Human Rights Arts & Festival

The much-anticipated HRAFF has just kicked off its national tour in Melbourne, and we suggest that you get down for a cultural experience like no other. Our top film picks for the weekend are Maya Angelou and Still I Rise (straight from Sundance!) screening on Saturday, and Drone, a documentary about the covert CIA drone war. Tickets are selling like fast, so check out the program and make your choice asap.

All Month

Aussie Wine Month

It’s Aussie Wine Month and there is So. Much. To. Do.  From simple wine tastings to epic feasts and everything in between, there is something for absolutely everyone this month! Check out all the events you shouldn’t miss here. Remember—it runs all month!

Thursday 5th

Slow Store Pop Up Opening

Share a drink with other like-minded ethical consumers at the launch of Slow Store’s month long residency within Limedrop’s iconic Melbourne retail space. With the aim of inspiring a deeper connection with the clothing we wear, the pop up will showcase three new sustainable collections by Campbell Charlotte, Zaiba Khan and Claudia Lau. 

Next Wave Festival Opening Party at The Toff in Town

Promoting and showcasing the work of young and emerging artists across a broad range of art forms, the Biennial Next Wave festival kicks off this Thursday. To celebrate, they’re throwing a free opening party featuring DJ sets from Total Giovanni and Broadway Sounds, at our favourite late-night venue. In fact, Next Wave have designated the Toff as your late-night destination to reflect and refuel every night of the Festival til late… like, 5am late. Check out program for the full raft of events on offer. 

Friday 6th

Polyphonic Voices at The Melbourne Planetarium 

Immerse yourself in a truly sensory experience this Friday night as Polyphonic Voices perform their choral music beneath the Melbourne Planetarium’s awesome projections. The choir will play music of contemporary choral greats like Eric Whitacre, old masters like Josef Rheinberger, and a special tribute to the late David Bowie. Reserve your tickets to this rare event here

Zumbaddicts class in the CBD

The fun addicts are bringing it again with a Zumba lesson right in the centre of the CBD. Forget (or postpone) after work drinks this week in favour of a boogie... That’s what Zumba really is, right? 

Saturday 7th

Prahran Market Wicked Chocolate Festival

It’s finally here! Treat yo’self to a day of ultimate indulgence as the entire Prahran Market is transformed into a scene akin to Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Thankfully you do not need a special Golden Ticket to the Wicked Chocolate Festival—entry is free for all! Expect a chocolate tasting trail, a pop-up chocolate precinct, chocolate cooking demos, a producer’s stage and free tastings. We’re particularly excited to sink our teeth into a slice of A25’s Nutella pizza and Doughboys Doughnuts’ infamous creations. Vegans, do not fear, Pana Chocolate is there for you with their selection of premium handmade, organic and dairy free treats.  

Sunday 8th

Hangi Jack’s Pop Up Kitchen at Section 8

If you’re done with your Mother’s Day affairs and keen for a special feed and boogie, the Hangi Boys have got you covered with their celebration of all things Kiwi at Section 8 this Sunday. The boys have created a traditional (with a twist) Maori menu, curated classic Kiwi beers and selected an all Kiwi DJ line-up. Entry is free! Check out the Facebook event for further info. 

Design your own scent at Highpoint 

Head to Highpoint this weekend and design your own scent as part of the Architects of Beauty program—or perhaps design one for your mum. The week-long program includes signature scent design with Fleurage (12pm and 2pm), as well as a heap of great beauty masterclasses to get your makeup techniques down pat. Check out the schedule here.

Food social 

Grab yourself tickets to Food Social’s next event: an Italian cook off! Held this Saturday, you’ll get the chance to learn from the best as Francesco Ravanelli guides you through the process of cooking one of his delicious recipes, before you tackle it yourself in a fun, cook-off environment. Hosted in the NEFF market kitchen at the South Melbourne Market, it’s the perfect chance to hang out with old and new friends, and indulge your love of great food. Grab tickets here.

Last Minute Mother's Day Bookings 

Mother’s Day High Tea at the Stables of Como 

If you’re keen to seriously spoil your mum, then High Tea is the obvious choice. Frankly, there’s nothing more decadent, especially when hosted by The Stables of Como in the historic Grand Ballroom of Como House. Think leek and blue cheese tarts, smoked chicken and cucumber sandwiches, and raspberry and pistachio teacakes. Aaaand, there’s an umlimited mimosa bar—your mum will love ya forever. You can book either the 11am or 3pm sitting. 

Mother’s Day Champagne Breakfast Aboard Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

For something a lil different to your usual Mother’s Day meal, The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant is putting on a 4-course breakfast and lots of bubblies. This unique dining experience will take you and your mumma on a 1.5 hour journey from St Kilda to South Melbourne. Reserve your seats on the tramcar here.

Open Mother’s Day Lunch at Toko

Is your mum a Japanophile or sushi fan? If so, then you simply must book a table Toko for an unbeatable Japanese Mother’s Day lunch. From the venue’s luxe design, to its killer cocktail courtyard and pristinely executed dishes, your mum will be fully impressed. 

Luxembourg Bar & Bistro

Brunch, lunch or dinner—take your pick, Luxembourg Bar & Bistro are accepting bookings for them all. Brunch is a 3-course menu featuring fresh pastries, ocean trout gravlax with buckwheat waffles, and more. If you decide on lunch or dinner, you and your special mum can enjoy the recommended chef’s selection or their full a la carte menu. 

Mother’s Day at Builders Arm Hotel 

The chefs at our favourite northside gastropub, Builders Arm Hotel, have put together a generous seasonal banquet menu designed to be shared with family and friends. The menu features bistro favourites including the whipped cod roe, as well as the main star, an Autumnal slow cooked lamb shoulder—plus, the perfect ending, milk pudding. You know its gonna be good, so don't hesistate in booking

Want more awesome events in Melbourne? Check out 18 free things to do this May!

Image Credit: Pana Chocolate website

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