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This Weekend In Melbourne

By Clare Acheson
29th Oct 2015

With Halloween right around the corner, this weekend in Melbourne is packed full of spooky events, from authentic Day of the Dead parties to, um, hip-hop Halloween. If that’s not your thing, you’ll find night markets, food festivals and even some fitness finds in this week’s round-up. Read on for the ultimate weekend itinerary…

All Weekend

Pop-up Venue Bar Schweppes Is Our Must-visit!

Feel like a one-night holiday within the CBD? Pop-up cocktail bar, Bar Schweppes, hits Melbourne for two weekends only, bringing with it a taste of London! You'll find the secret bar at 386 Flinders Lane in Melbourne CBD, where it will be serivng up amazing cocktails and a food menu by flavour geniuses Tommy Collins to a limited number of guests each night. You'd better get in quick though—book in for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night sessions via Bar Schweppes online and get ready for one of the best nights out you'll have all month! 

Good Food Blooms Moveable Feasts at Southgate

You’ll find 13 of Southgate’s most awesome restaurants and bars showcasing edible flowers this weekend as part of a moveable feasts food tour, from Saturday 31 October – Sun 8 November. Edible flower pro Lauren Richardson has helped to curate the mini-festival, which pops up at Hophaus, Miyako, BearBrass and more. For details, click here.

BBC First British Film Festival

Get your Brit fix at the British Film Festival, which started on Monday and includes a celebration of British love films (oooh, Four Weddings & A Funderal, you get me every time…) as well as heaps of new releases. Our top pick is Kill Your Friends, a tale of Britpop decadence with top British talent Nicholas Hoult. Book in here.


Crisp wine, the freshest seafood and the best venues in Melbourne come together for this fabulous food tour of the city. Drop into Coppersmith in South Melbourne, Waterfront at Port Melbourne and Southbank, SakeThe Botanical or Saigon Sally to snap up some perfectly matched wines and oceanic dishes all weekend.

FOUNDATIONS by Stuart Amos at Cambridge Studio Gallery

Check out some hyper-real artworks focusing on skin and surfaces by one of Australia’s most talented painters at Cambridge Studio Gallery, Collingwood, all weekend.

Greek Film Festival

It’s your last weekend to catch the Greek Film Festival, which takes over Palace Cinemas Como with a collection of incredible Greek movies, from classics to new releases.

Thursday 29

Hip-Hop Halloween at Rupert

If you’re starting your Halloween early, the only place to do it is at Rupert on Rupert, where they’re celebrating All Hallow’s Eve through the glorious art of hip-hop. Expect DJs including the Hip Hop Karaoke team, gin and juice, and one hell of a headache on Friday morning. RSVP to the Facebook event, and start planning your sick day excuses now…

A Taste of TAM Exhibition

Thou Art Mum or ‘TAM’, a Diamond Valley network of over 40 female visual artists are showcasing their next exhibition A Taste of TAM starting this Thursday and running ‘til December 6th. The exhibition is in celebration of a decade of TAM and will feature works by its artists across painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, glasswork, ceramics and photography. Opening on Thursday night in Hurtsbridge from 6:30-8:30, cheese, snacks and drinks will be offered while patrons have the chance to see and purchase artworks. For further information on the exhibit and a list of featured artists click through to the TAM website

Adelphi Whisky Tasting at Whisky & Alement

The team at CBD bar Whisky and Alement really know their stuff. Today, you'll find them accompanied by Alex Bruce from famous Scotch distillery Adelphi, who is hosting a masterclass in some of the most delicious whiskies to be found in Melbourne. Join him from 4pm for an epic session of drams. Tickets are $40 each – book here

Pinot & Duck Wine Dinner at David’s Restaurant

If duck is your thing, then boy have we got the event for you. Hosted by Top Australian Wines and Wine Tasting Events is the Pinot & Duck Wine dinner at one of our Prahran favourites, David’s Restaurant. At $99 per head you will be treated to a three-course meal with an introduction to six boutique wines and how to best match the flavours of duck with said wines. Dinner is on from 7–10pm and spaces are limited so get in quick and click here to reserve your seats.

Friday 30

Fright Night At The Metropole Bar

St Kilda’s Metropole Bar is hosting Fright Night, an incredible Halloween party in Melbourne that features DJs, live performers and all the drinks you can handle. Tickets are $149, so get your costume game sorted and get ready for an epic one-off evening of revelry. Book here

The Great Astor Spooktacular

The Astor Cinema is showing a Halloween all-nighter this Friday, where you’ll find NINE horror classics showing back-to-back, from 8pm on Friday until 1pm on Saturday. A bargain at $30, there’ll be a spooky breakfast for those of you who manage the whole screening. Find out what’s showing here.

Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market

If you love a good night market, get down to Queen Victoria Market from 5pm where you’ll find freshly fried dishes from Hammer and Tong, Hoy Pinoy and White Guy Cooks Thai, ensuring that no one will leave hungry! Get in early for some epic eats.

Craft Singles – Halloween Edition at Work Shop

If you’re in search of a crafty lover, get yourself along to Craft Singles at Work Shop. The event combines speed dating with craft challenges (oh, and beers and pizza, of course), making it a waaaaay better way to meet people than Tinder.

Saturday 31

Day Of The Dead at The Gem

Melbourne’s hottest BBQ venue, The Gem Bar and Dining Room, throws one hell of a party and what better an occasion than the Day of the Dead! With live Mariachi band, Mariachi Los Romanticos, and DJ Knave Knixx on hand for late-night tunes, some of the best Mexican food in the city, a delicious drinks menu, and prizes for the best Day of the Dead outfits, you know it’s going to be a party you don’t want to miss. RSVP now, Listers.

Super Fresh Enamel Mug Workshop At Work Shop

Looking to pick up an awesome new skill? Work Shop is hosting a hand-painted enamel mug workshop, where you’ll learn all there is to know about hand-lettering while painting your very own enamelware vessel. Christmas presents for all your friends and fam = Sorted. Book in here.


Nowhere does Tiki Halloween quite like The LuWow and this year the legendary Fitzroy tiki bar is celebrating the music of punk legends The Cramps with live music from The Exotics and Hypno Sex Ray. Come in your best Halloween fancy dress and expect eyeballs in cocktails and gore galore. Get your tickets here.

Halloween at Po’Boy Quarter

Po’Boy Quarter’s Huey Long bar is transformed into a voodoo den this Halloween. With afternoon events from 2pm including bobbing for apples and fancy dress awards (for the kids), the evening fun starts at 6pm with cocktails and New Orleans food galore.

Halloween Ghost Cruise on the Lady Cutler

Take to the high seas on the Halloween Ghost Cruise and climb on board the eerie Lady Cutler Melbourne showboat, for a night of river-bound gore and horror from 6pm – 11pm. Tickets are only $30 and with happy hour starting as soon as you set sail, it’s bound to be a cracking night.

The Village Halloween Graveyard Party

Get to The Village on St Kilda Road for some amazing Halloween festivities that see the open=air venue transformed into a fully-fledged graveyard! You'll find drinks specials including the Monkey Brains shot and a Witchy Cauldron cocktail (sounds gross, but we can guarantee they taste epic!), and with a $500 bar tab for the best horror-inspired costume, it's definitely worth making the fancy dress effort!

Derby Day At The Deck, Circa

Circa at The Prince’s deck bar will be open to Derby Day fans for Aperol Sprits, flutes of Moet and some live DJ action from 5pm, making it one of our top things to do in Melbourne after the races.

Sunday 1

All-American Tap Take Over At Dr Morse

Every Sunday throughout November, Abbotsford’s coolest watering hole, Dr Morse, plays host to a different American craft brewery for some awesome Sunday sessions. This week, it’s Stones who will be supplying the brews. With the usual delicious Dr Morse menu, this is the perfect way to see out the weekend.

Dynamic Stretch & Lengthen Workshop At One Hot Yoga

Calling all fitness fans! If you’ve been looking for something unique to add to your summer routine, check out One Hot Yoga’s reformer workshop, Dynamic Stretch & Lengthen. From midday, you’ll be taught by in-house expert Tahlia on how to get the most out of your reformer class. At $5 for members and $30 for non members, it’s the hot ticket for perfecting your technique this season.

Celebrate Day of The Dead With Espolon & Touche Hombre

It’s an all-day Day of the Dead festival that we’ll be hitting this Sunday, thanks to the good folk at CBD Mexican institution, Touche Hombre. With Yo Mafia! DJ’s, live art from the Blender Studios crew, delicious margaritas, tacos and Thunder Road beers, all in a warehouse behind Toucheh Hombre, it’s going to be the best $15 you spend all weekend. Book in here.

Mexican Food & Tequila At The Immigration Museum

The Immigration Museum is REALLY upping its events game, folks. This fantastic Day of the Dead workshop is yet another amazing event, with Tromba tequila, La Tortilleria food masterclasses, and insights into where el Día de los Muertos actually originates from, it’s our pick of the afternoon events. Find more info here.

A Taste of Haiti at Loop Rooftop

Rooftop bars, Haitian and Caribbean food, and great tunes… Lakou Lakay, the latest food pop-up to hit Melbourne is bringing its mouth-watering bites to Loop Rooftop all day this Sunday from 1pm. Delicious.

Summer Sunset Sessions at Jardin Tan

DJ AK takes over Jardin Tan this Sunday from 2pm, providing some sun-kissed sounds in the venue’s gardens all afternoon. If you’re looking for a Sunday session on the south-side, make this it.  

Look out for our next installment of amazing things to do in Melbourne on Monday, when we publish 5 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne. 

Image credit: Bar Schweppes

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