What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
28th Nov 2014

It’s election time, Listers. And if we could vote for things to do in Melbourne this weekend, this list of events would be our pick! From markets, to degustations in the dark, there’s plenty of variety. Take your pick of Sunday sessions, and say sayonara to spring, because Summer. Is. Coming!

Thursday 27th

Have a Kraken Thanksgiving at Trunk Diner in the CBD. Teaming up with Kraken Spiced Rum, Trunk is celebrating Thanksgiving with Kraken cocktails and a rum-basted turkey! Also on the menu is a pecan pie with Kraken rum ’n’ raisin ice cream that’s enough to get anyone in the spirit… get it?
Kraken Thanksgiving | Trunk Diner in Melbourne | $55pp (adults only) | 6pm - 11pm 
Who doesn’t love new things? New menus especially are a favourite, so we’re pretty excited to join La Chinesca (now known as Harley House) in their celebration of a new menu! With delicious offerings inspired by Head Chef, Daniel Salcedo’s (Rock Pool, Piqueos) recent trip to Peru, we’re particularly keen on the sweet side of things, with plum pisco merengue, dulce de leche and crumble. But that’s not all… nibble on some naughty treats while watching and listening to some live salsa! Yup, as if the new food wasn’t saucy enough already, try something a bit sexy too, and feel the salsa vibes.
New Menu Launch & Live Salsa | La Chinesca in Melbourne | 6pm
Reservations essential, phone 9663 8333 or email
This is your last weekend to check out the Night Noodle Market, Listers! Safe to say, most of you will be planning your third or fourth trip, but if you haven’t already been, what the heck are you waiting for? Check out our round up of the best dishes on offer from some of the best restaurants in Melbourne. With favourites like Hammer & Tong and their new venture, Gogi, Kong and Chin Chin, there’s no reason good enough to not visit the Night Noodle Market!
Night Noodle Markets | Birrarung Marr in Melbourne 
Today open 5 - 11pm | Until November 30th 

Friday 28th

Melbourne is great for a market, and now that summer is peeking its head out of hibernation, the night markets are back in fabulous force. Located in Bridges Reserve, new must-see Coburg Night Market kicks off tonight! Expect appropriate market awesomeness, like wine tasting from Treasury Wines and the Browns Corner Hotel, music performances from great local acts, and face painting and jewellery making workshops for the kids!
Coburg Night Market Kicks Off | Bridges Reserve in Coburg | 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Online shoppers, it’s time to ditch the pyjamas, and greet the world again. Lucky for you, you won’t have to ditch all comforts, though, because your favourite online marketplace will be joining you on the journey! Yup, you betcha! Etsy will be taking over the Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy, for tonight only! Featuring trendy wares from 35 of the most loved local Etsy artisans, expect to find a unique range of jewellery, fashion, art, homewares and more. With an Etsy Photo Booth, Etsy cocktail and goodie bags, we’re recommending this as the place to go for some pretty rad Christmas shopping in Melbourne. 
Etsy Night Out | Rose Street Artists Market in Fitzroy | 6pm - 10pm 
Oriental Teahouse in Melbourne Central is hosting a mixer with a twist. Orient Express will be hosting a Christmas gathering, giving guests the opportunity to mingle and celebrate with other small businesses. So if you’re thinking of where you can book your Chrissie party, then get on the dumpling train, and book a ticket for the Orient Express! Did we mention it’s all you can eat and drink?
Orient Express Christmas Ball | Oriental Teahouse in Melbourne Central
$85pp | 8pm - 12am 
Shannon Bennett meets Moo Brew. That’s one exciting combination. Putting on a spread of delicious canapés, complemented with fantastic artisan beer by Moo Brew, dance the night away to live DJs while you enjoy the farm-to-table philosophy of Jardin Tan.
Moo-light in the Jardin | Jardin Tan, Royal Botanic Gardens in South Yarra
$90 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm | Reservations on 9021 2111

Saturday 29th

Hands up who loves to spend their weekends hunting down the hottest interiors?! Well if that’s you, then don’t even think about missing this weekend’s workshops at World of Style by Porter Davis! Hosted by Catherine Valente, Senior Interior Designer (not to mention a total guru when it comes to design and decorating!), the World of Style workshops will show you how to create and style a home based on one of their four themes – Classic, Contemporary, Designer and Resort. Not sure which one is you though? Find out more about this innovative interior decorating concept here
‘How to Create…’ Workshops with Catherine Valente at World of Style by Porter Davis
Saturday November 29th – Sunday November 30th
RSVP essential | Reserve your place here
If there’s ever a time that you’ve thought Melbourne is boring, and there is nothing to do, then you deserve a well-placed smack (preferably in a humorous location). The food, market, entertainment and social culture is epic in this great city, but one of its proudest and most exciting elements is its art culture. Enter, ART+MEL, an art initiative presented by Redbubble. Setting up interactive and experiential locations in Fed Square and across Melbourne’s lane ways, ART+MEL is all about taking art out of the galleries and onto the streets, immersing it in the bubbling heart of Melbourne’s culture. Running for two days only, make your way into the city to engage with art in some funky new ways! Also keep the party going with the ART+MEL wrap up party on Sunday at 6pm, 1000 £ Bend! Free drinks for the first hour, Listers!
ART+MEL, a Redbubble initiative | Various locations around the CBD
Saturday November 29th - Sunday November 30th 
All political niceties aside, Armadale Cellars (cordially and correctly) invites you to perform your civic wine duty with an Election Day Tasting! Wines to sample will include Giaconda, Wild Duck Creek, Levantine Hill, Paradigm Hill, Mitchelton and more. We particularly like their full promises of ‘No empty promises, no kissing babies, no policy filled speeches, just good wine’. Your ticket includes a Riedel glass, so get your seriously important voting on, once you’ve gotten your political voting on…
Election Day Tasting | Armadale Cellars in Armadale | $25pp
12pm - 3pm | Online bookings required 
Remove those blinkers and blindfolds, Listers, and try something adventurous! Incidentally, you’ll actually be losing sight of the big picture… but only in the best, most delicious way. Lime & Tonic are hosting their last Dinner in the Dark event for the year, happening at a secret Melbourne location tonight. Guests will be blindfolded and seated in a private dining room, able to enjoy a sensory dining experience featuring three-courses paired with wines. No presentation snobbery needed, just great tasting food. And you can expect great quality, with previous evenings being held at Epocha and Park Hyatt.
Dinner in the Dark | Secret location revealed 24 hours before
$149 - Receive a $25 discount by using promo code DARKLIME | 6:30pm 
The race that stopped the nation is over, but the polo events are still kicking on, seeing highly anticipated Polo in the City happening today in Albert Park! Sponsored by Waterford Crystal, guests can enjoy a frivolous day out of fun competition, horsemanship, hospitality and entertainment. Get set for the divot stomp, men and ladies dash, and fashions on the field!
Polo in the City | Aughtie Drive in Albert Park | Prices vary | 11:30am – 5:30pm 
Fracture your activity schedule up on Saturday to see and do as much as possible. One of those events being the Fractures Hallowed Ground Tour! Playing live at the Abbotsford Convent, get in quick as his shows sold out in London, Amsterdam and Paris!
Fractures Hallowed Ground Tour | Shadow Electric at Abbotsford Convent in Abbotsford

Sunday 30th

What's on in Melbourne this Sunday? Sweet craft beer and scrumptious suckling pig at Dr Morse in Abbotsford, that’s what! This is your last chance to celebrate their epic November event series, Suckling Pig Sundays & Tap Takeover. Today, Boatrocker Brewery will be pouring some scrumptious artisan beer in Dr Morse’s lovely beer garden. Foodies can enjoy the suckling pig on the spit, served up with crunchy crackling, slaw and potato. What’s not to love? 
Suckling Pig Sundays & Tap Takeover | Dr Morse in Abbotsford
2pm Every Sunday in November | Bookings Advised phone 9416 1005 or email 
Summer evenings are where it’s at, and what’s more fun than heading to an outdoor cinema to catch an awesome flick on a balmy evening? Umm, how about free sundaes, live music, and a set up by the seaside? Yeah, we thought so. Which is why you’ll want to head along to Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema in St Kilda, kicking off with Husky playing live at their epic opening tonight! Every Sunday of the season you can nab a delicious legen-dairy ice cream with their Sundae Sessions, and play Giant Cow Jenga before the screening. Find out what other outdoor cinema action there is this summer!
Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema Launch | South Beach Reserve in St Kilda
$37 ($47 on the gate) | 5pm 
The crew at the Robert Burns Hotel thought it would be good idea to have a party celebrating the start of summer. How silly right? WRONG! Today sees a fun-filled Andalusian Party welcoming in the heat and sunshine with gusto! With food (fish, grill, cured meat rolls), Spanish drinks, and Spanish music all day and night, forget the siesta, and join the fiesta! 
Robert Burns Hotel in Collingwood | From 12pm 
Good Food Month is coming to a close, but don’t cry, rather send it off in style with a Caribbean Laneway Festival at The Bridge Hotel in Richmond. A crazy Caribbean street market will take over the laneway, hawking exotic tastes and smells from pop-up food stands and bars. We’re hanging out for the jerk chicken, Cuban sangas, tostones, piña coladas and Jamaican beer! Heck yeah! Bye Good Food Month, we’ll miss you, but we’ll toast to an epic spread of events in Melbourne, including this one!
Caribbean Laneway Festival | The Bridge Hotel in Richmond | Free Entry | 12pm - 5pm
Oh MSO (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra), your latest idea is pure genius! Bringing together two of Melburnians’ favourite things, craft beer and great music, is Beerhoven – a fun and delicious event at the Bakehouse Studios. We think this combo is music to our ears, with live musicians from the MSO performing tunes matched to craft beer from 3 Ravens Brewery and Mount Langi Ghiran. You’ve got to be a Muso member to attend Beerhoven, but that’s free—so what’s holding you back?
Beerhoven No.2 | Bakehouse Studios in Richmond | $25pp
2pm - 4pm | Bookings on 9929 9600 or online 
So swig, swing and smile, Listers, because there are sooo many fun things to do in Melbourne now SUMMER IS HERE!

Image Credit: Camille Styles

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