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This Weekend In Melbourne

By Clare Acheson
10th Sep 2015

You just KNOW it’s going to be an awesome weekend, right folks? This weekend’s things to do in Melbourne installment includes some amazing cultural food events (South India? Mexico? Um…Smoothie-land?), heaps of creative events and all the markets you could ever wish for.

So whadda ya waiting for? Get your diary out and cram it full of awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend. Get moving, Listers!

All Weekend

Keralas Ways Pop-Up Eatery

Get a taste for authentic South Indian cuisine at hidden laneway pop-up restaurant Keralas Ways in Fitzroy this weekend. Every Friday until Monday from 6.30pm, you can dine on a delicious eight-course menu in an event that is raising funds for a documentary about the Keralas area of India, featuring local farmers and families with a focus on food. Tickets are a snip at $85. More information can be found here.


If you watched our latest MINI Edition video, you’ll know that there are loads of gigs happening at the newly refurbished Northcote Social Club to celebrate its 10th birthday this month. Check out the schedule and get it in your weekend diary, folks.

The Centre for Contemporary Photography: Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow

The CCP in Fitzroy is hsting an exhibition in collaboration with the Melbourne General Cemetery showcasing work by Jane Burton, John Gollings and Polixeni Papapetrou, putting a new spin on the unique Melburne location. Everything on show is for sale to raise funds for the gallery, so get your credit card ready to pick up some epic artwork and support a very worthwhile local institution! Find out info about opening hours here.

Minimal Melbourne At Peel By Milieu Gallery

Melbourne-based photographers Tom Blachford and Kate Ballis showcase a series of work that captures Melbourne in vast images and tiny details at Peel Street art space Peel by Milieu. Drop by to see some breath-taking moments captured in a city that’s always changing.

Guilty Pleasures At Supernormal

Wrap your mouth around Supernormal chef Andrew McConnell's favourite dish, his lobster roll, along with a glass of Krug champagne for a pittance at the CBD restaurant all weekend long. Delish!

Dandenong Festival of Light

From Friday 11th until 18th October, you’ll be able to take a walk around a wonderland at Dandenong Showgronds in Greaves Reserve thanks to Dandenong Festival of Light. Expect Chinese tea ceremonies, acrobatics and heaps of spectacular light shows.

Thursday 10th

The Environmental Film Festival Closes

Get to the very last night of the Environmental Film Festival’s visit to Melbourne and catch Landfill Harmonic, an incredible documentary about the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan children’s orchestra who live next to one of South America’s largest landfills. A heart-warming tale of how one man’s trash really is another’s treasure.

Muscrats Vintage & Handcrafted Shopping Night

North Fitzroy’s favourite fashion hot-spot, Muscrats Vintage & Handcrafted on Scotchmer Street, hosts Trophy Wife Nai Bar and Fog City Cider for an evening of shopping, mani’s and cider…What could be better?! Get to the store from 5pm until 8pm for some sweet deals and free dranks.

Friday 11th

The Lifted Brow #27 Launch

Melbourne based literary magazine The Lifted Brow launches its 27th (!) issue this Friday night from 6pm at Collingwood arts space Grey Gardens. Get in early for drinks, DJs and readings from the latest issue by top local writers.

Queen Victoria Market Hosts A Scavenger Hunt!

Get down to the largest market in town for some awesome Market Week scavenger hunt action. From 10am, the market will become a treasure hunt as 100 lucky punters are given market bags with clues to market finds they have to pick up along the way. To take part, simply turn up at the QVM Information Centre from 10am sharp. Go!

Sex, Drugs And Helvetica

If you’re a creative type—an illustrator, graphic designer or something of that ilk—get to Sex, Drugs & Helvetica’s annual conference at the Melbourne Conference and Exhibition Centre on Friday where you’ll be able to hear from amazing creatives including the guy who has designed branding for Chin Chin and Yo-Chi, the team behind Airbnb’s latest rebrand, and more international design heroes. Full event info here.

Saturday 12th

Japanese Lunch, Champagne & Beauty Tips From Gritty Pretty at Sake

In need of a ladies' day? Enjoy a beautiful lunch with glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose at CBD restaurant Sake Restaurant & Bar from 12pm, where you'll not only be able to dine on some delicious Japanese fare, you'll also learn all about the latest beauty secrets from SKII Beauty Expert and Editor of Gritty Pretty, Eleanor Pendleton. Sake's head chef Wayne Brown has designed an incredible four-course menu to be enjoyed on the riverside. Not only will you be sipping on champagne, you'll also get some treats from SKII as well as picking up tips about caring for your skin from Eleanor. Beauty bliss!

$75pp includes lunch and glass of Veuve Clicquot Rose. Limited seats are available, so book here.  

Nutella Pop-Up In East Brunswick

Yup, there's a Nutella pop-up hitting East Brunswick this Saturday from 9am. Get all the info here

Maribyrnong Makers Market Hits Seddon

Let your Spring market fever loose at Maribyrnong Makers Market in Seddon this Saturday. From 9.30am until 3.30pm at on Uniting Church on Gamon Street, you’ll find heaps of local artisans showcasing their wares, with everything from handmade jewellery and accessories to locally blended herbal teas. Entry is free but you’ll want to bring some cash to splash.

Be Kind Rewind At Grey Gardens

Acclaimed director Michel Gondry’s magical dreamscape Be Kind Rewind screens at Collingwood gallery and café space Grey Gardens from 6pm. If you’ve got a spare $10 hanging around, this is the best way to spend it this weekend. Pick up a ticket here.

Gelato Messina Masterclass…Oh Boy.

You’ve got to REALLY love gelato to sign up to this one, folks! This Saturday, Fitzroy’s Gelato Messina hosts an epic masterclass in gelato appreciation. You’ll get to try all 40 flavours in two hours, as well as discovering how the Messina team make gelato from scratch and how they manage to create those amazing gelato cakes (surely witchcraft…no?). Book your ticket here.

The Sisters Market At Brunswick Town Hall

Head north to Brunswick Town Hall from 10am until 4pm for some incredible market action run by two sisters Roberta Parisi and Marianna Gentilin (the name makes sense now, hey?). You’ll find local artwork crafts, fashion and homewares all on show. Winner!

Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers Market

Fact: Going to Collingwood Children’s Farm makes your weekend at least four times better than it would otherwise be. From 8am until 1pm, pick up fresh fruit and veggies, baked goods and the rest, all in the beautiful surrounds of the working farm at its market. Cuddle a baby chick for good luck too, yeah?

Dogs of the World Morning Tea At South Melbourne Market

Yup, there’s a doggy tea date happening at South Melbourne Market, complete with tips on how to best look after your pet at The Pet Grocer at Clement Coffee on Cecil Street. Join in the canine action from 9.30am until 11am—woof!

Best Smoothie Comp at Dandenong Market

So you think you can smoothie? If you’re out in the hills this weekend, drop into Dandenong Market for the Melbourne’s Best Smoothie Market Week competition judging. Of course, there’ll be samples of all the fruity delights on show. Get there from 12.30pm for some smoothie madness.

Sunday 13th

Mission Mexican Festival At Fed Square

If you’ve been paying attention to our Mini Edition series, you’ll know that Sunday means a Mexican fiesta in our very own CBD! Fed Square becomes an incredible food and culture hub this Sunday form 11.30am, bringing together Los Hermanos, Mesa Verde and more for foodie fun as well as dancers and live bands.

Instagram and tag @miniaustralia and #theminiedition when you are at the Mission Mexican Festival and you could win a Mesa Verde feast for four! Go hard on the tequila and call in sick on Monday.

Epic Proportions Art Session At Work-Shop

Do you ever look at larger-than-life street art and think, ‘I could do that’? If so, then get yourself to Work Shop’s mural art class with Vanderlism and Smick and test out your creative skills. You’ll be given all the materials you need and will learn heaps about what it takes to make it as a large-scale visual artist from two top industry professionals. Find more info here.

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Image credit: Sake Restaurant & Bar

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