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This Weekend In Melbourne

By Clare Acheson
24th Sep 2015

There is so much happening this weekend in Melbourne that you’ll have to set your alarms super-early to fit it all in! Whether it’s Melbourne Fringe Festival madness or drive-in films with food trucks, Chinese Moon Festival celebrations or a trip to Europe with the Italian Film Festival, there’s heaps of events in Melbourne this weekend. Read on for the full run-down…

All weekend

Man Tong Kitchen Celebrates The Moon Festival

The Chinese Moon Festival is here, and with it comes a host of amazing food-centric events! Book in for a full banquet at Man Tong Kitchen (Hutong’s venue at Crown), which comes with the most lavish menu we’ve ever seen, starting at $138 per person all weekend. For more information call 03 9686 9888 or email here.

New Shanghai & Monkey King Host Moon Festival Fun

New Shanghai and Monkey King are both serving up special Moon Festival dishes too. New Shanghai’s Emporium team have whipped up some unique traditional moon cakes, whereas Monkey King's Melbourne Central kitchen has a more modern take on the festival cuisine. You’ll find both serving in all weekend.

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th

Girls’ Day Out at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Ladies, grab your closest pals (or mum!) and treat yourself to a weekend of shopping and pampering at the Girls’ Day Out festival. Including the best from fashion, beauty, health and lifestyle, the 3-day showcase will also feature ways to nurture yourselves inside and out, with talks like ‘Eat for Energy’ and tips on how to source natural beauty products that your skin will love you for. Get your tickets at Girls' Day Out.

Victorian Spring Garden Show

If you’re planning on heading down to Mornington this weekend, get to the Victorian Spring Garden Show for some green-fingered inspiration for your own home. Pick up tickets for the beautiful show, which runs from September 25th – 27th, here.

Melbourne Fringe Festival

You’ll find the city’s best creative talent treading the boards at the Melbourne Fringe Festival this weekend, which runs until 4th October. Check out the full line-up, or read up on 10 of the Best Melbourne Fringe Acts.

The Italian Film Festival 2015

Whether you’re hankering for a romance, hoping to catch a classic, or just feel like watching something set in the most beautiful country in the world, you’ll find a film for your needs at the Italian Film Festival, which opened on Wednesday. Need some help deciding on a flick? Check out our picks of the Italian Film Festival 2015.

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 pittaence at the CBD restaurant all weekend long. Delish!

The Food Truck Park | Preston

On Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm until 3pm and 5.30pm until 9.30pm, Melbourne’s best food trucks are headed to Preston’s Food Truck Park at 518 High Street. Drop by for some lunchtime bites or a night of awesome nibbles and drinks.

Channels Video Festival

From Friday, Melbourne will be home to Channels 2015, a 10-day video art festival which sees projections, special showings and online videos take over the city. You’ll find some of the film action at Grey Gardens in Fitzroy—the perfect spot for some culture with a coffee in hand.

Stream: A Room For The Conscious Mind

If you’re keen to explore the cerebral this weekend, get to Stream: A Room For The Conscious Mind, an exhibition held above Shop 43 in the Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street. The show, which is part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, pulls apart the way our brain thinks, making for a fascinating investigation.


Running until Tuesday 29th September, The Royal Melbourne Show combines food, farming and agriculture, craft, culture and more at this annual celebration of all things Melbourne. There are some incredible pop-up restaurants tagging along for the ride too, including HuxtableBibelotZumbo and City Wine Shop. Yummmm.

The Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

The Australian Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty ends its recent run at Arts Centre Melbourne this Saturday. Lock in a last-minute ticket here and prepare to be wowed.

Thursday 24th

Game On at Polepole

BBQ fans, this one’s for you! Try some of the most delicious game meats around at African BBQ joint Polepole, which is hidden above street level in the CBD. Not only will you get to feast on freshly charred carne, you can also sip on an African beer and, if you’re staying up late, go for a cocktail at Glamp—Melbourne’s camping bar—after the meal, which is situated above Polepole. Tickets are $59 per person. To book, contact the venue directly.

Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival

Coburg Drive-In Cinema hosts some of Melbourne’s best food trucks tonight for a screening of Everest. The attending trucks include Beatbox, Happy Camper Pizza, Bibimbap, Those Guys Food, Toasta, Nuoc Mama's, Greek Street Food, Mr Burger and Senor Churros. To book your parking space, call 1300 555 400.

The Order Of Things at Modern Times

Melbourne-based artist Billie Justice Thomson showcases her latest series of works at Modern Times in Fitzroy tonight. Entitled The Order of Things, expect colourful pop art inspired prints from one of Australia’s hottest rising talents. The preview evening kicks off at 6pm… See you there!

They Say She’s Different - The Unknown Story of the Original Funk-Rock Diva Betty Davis

Get your Fringe Festival fix at Gasworks, which is presenting They Say She’s Different, the story of Betty Davis’s colourful life, every night until Saturday this weekend. Part live gig, part film, part theatre performance, it’s going to be a cracking show for music fans!

Friday 25th

Twilight Market & CoBrew Open Day

If you love beer and markets (the perfect combo, in our opinion), then get to 3 Ravens Brewery at 1 Theobald St, Thornbury, this Friday from 9am until 9pm this Friday! The daytime will be devoted to the 3 Ravens crew showing off their CoBrew co-working, co-brewing space, with the crafts and food market actoun kicking off at 5pm in the evening. The perfect start to the weekend.

Keg Tapping & Fraulein Fridays at Munich Brauhaus

Oktoberfest is upon us, folks! Get to Munich Brauhaus this Friday night for some epic beer-related celebrations, including drinks specials, delicious food and all the Munich festivities you can handle.

Saturday 26th

Cherry Blossom Dessert Plates at Saké

Sweet tooths, unite! This is your last chance to get amongst the Cherry Blossom Dessert Plate as part of Melbourne’s Cherry Blossom Festival at Japanese restaurant Sake. Dig in and satisfy your tastebuds with a range of Japanese delights paired up with various T2 tea blends. With a minimum of 2 people per booking at $20 a head, this one is perfect for a weekend date. Click here to secure your tasting sesh.

Listen Out Festival

Catch international acts and local talent at this year’s Listen Out day festival, which comes to St Kilda’s Catani Gardens this Saturday. With a line-up that’s led by American rap genius Childish Gambino and DJ sets by SBTRKT and Ryan Hemsworth locked into the set-list, you just KNOW this is going to be the open-air music event of the month.

Pick up your tickets to this Mini Edition event, snap an Instagram pic while you’re there, tag @miniaustralia and #theminiedition, and you’ll be in the draw to win an EPIC chef’s selection dinner for 4 at Mesa Verde. Yusssss…

Hotel Lindrum’s High Tea for Mission Australia

Get high tea-ing for a good cause from 1pm at Hotel Lindrum on Flinders Street, where you will be served an exquisite spread for $60 per person, with all proceeds going to Mission Australia. To book, click here.

Sunday 27th

Cherry Blossom Dessert Plates at Saké

If you love delicious desserts and you’re a tea fanatic, get down to Sake restaurant’s dessert plate event this Saturday and Sunday, which takes place as part of the Cherry Blossom Festival. You’ll be treated to a variety of Japanese delights paired with T2 teas, all for only $20. Grab your friends, your mum or your lover and book in here


Have you heard?! Melbourne is hosting its first ever dog-friendly music festival. Sunday will see Richmond’s Burnley Park taken over by festival-goers and man’s best friend getting down to tunes by Tash Sultana and Harrison Storm. A vegan BBQ will be offered on the day and the festival is (magically) BYO, but no full strength spirits, people. With all proceeds from the fest going to Melbourne’s dog rescue groups, it’s just another reason to snap up a ticket ASAP.

Active Nation Day At Fed Square

Get your fitness on at Active Nation Day, which runs from 7am at Federation Square thanks to Lorna Jane. The Lorna Jane Nourish Campaign will be popping up, serving healthy nut milks and snacks, and from 8am until 9am, there will be an open-air active movement fitness class. Get up and at it!

Melbourne’s Mystery Market

Also at Fed Square is Melbourne’s Mystery Market, part of the Spring Design Market in the Atrium. You’ll find over 60 of Mlebourne’s top makers and doers showcasing their wares—the perfect place for gift shipping, whether they’re for someone else or for you!

Night Tripping At St Hotel

Saigon Sally, Hanoi Hannah and Tokyo Tina take over St Hotel in St Kilda for an authentic hawker market experience this Sunday. Starting from 5pm, the $45 ticket fee (book here) entitles visitors to SIX awesome dishes from the guest chefs. Epic.

Little Sparrows Market at Queen Victoria Market

Check out local established and emerging designers at The Little Sparrows Market, a design-focussed market held as part of the Queen Vic Market this Sunday. Stalls will be open from 9am until 4pm, so why not drop by after breakfast or lunch?

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Image credit: Polepole

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