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This Weekend In Melbourne

By Emilie Guillemain
5th Nov 2015

What a weekend ahead, Melbourne! This week is jam packed with film festivals, heartstopping exhibitions, theatre, summer partying and, of course, incredible food. Grab your pals and start planning the days ahead, it’s going to be a big one.

Here is our top list of things to do this weekend in Melbourne.

All Weekend

Last Chance To Try Pop-Up Cocktails at Bar Schweppes 

Calling all cocktail aficionados! You only have three days left to book into pop-up bar of the season, Bar Schweppes, which tales over 386 Flinders Lane for one last weekend! Expect amazing drinks, delicious nibbles provided by Tommy Collins, and an amazing interior that’s brought to you straight out of London. You’d better book asap—with only one weekend left, book for this Thursday, Friday or Saturday night via Bar Schweppes online and get ready for an amazing pop-up experience.

2015 Jewish International Film Festival

2015’s Jewish International Film Festival is packed with 60 Australian premiere features, documentaries and TV series from Israel and around the globe. Running until November 29th at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, the festival will showcase a number of Jewish tales in all their complexity and nuance. For a full list of the festival program and film bookings click on over to JIFF.com.au. 

The Second Sex at Cambridge Studio Gallery

Artist Ness Alexandra draws on three feminists texts in her exhibition The Second Sex. With a main focus on Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘The Second Sex’, Alexandra blends feminist themes with the female form in an attempt to consider whether the feminist revolution is still relevant today. With all artworks made from paper, Alexandra’s works are delicate, curious and intricate. Showcasing at Cambridge Studio Gallery until November 14, this is one exhibition you don’t want to miss.

Russian Resurrection 2015 Film Festival at ACMI

Screening a set of 18 fresh flicks from November 5th – 15th is the 2015 Russian Film Festival at ACMI. Opening night sees the festival kick off with ‘Battalion’ at 7pm, set in the spring of 1917 at the height of World War 1. For a full list of screenings and to book your tickets head to the Russian Film Festival website. 

British Film Festival at Palace Cinemas

Running until November 18th the British Film Festival will feature a number of films starring the likes of Saorise Ronan, Nicholas Hoult, John Hannah and Michael Caine, presenting a perfect blend of classic British romance and drama. Make sure to catch a flick this season! For a full list of the festival program and to book your tickets head to the BFF website

Thursday 5th, Friday 6th, Saturday 7th

The Sherry Sessions at Añada Restaurant

In partnership with Spanish wine gurus The Spanish Acquisition and International Sherry Week, Añada presents The Sherry Sessions – 4 nights of Spain’s unique sherries matched to a set menu of exciting tapas flavours. Tickets are $50 per person and include a four-course menu, and accompanied sherries for an additional $40 for matched sherries, with the kitchen opening from 6-10pm. Phone 03 9415 6101 or visit the Añada website to book online

Friday 6th, Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th

Phoenix exhibition at James Makin Gallery

Australian street artist Kaff-eine has collaborated with over 100 residents of Filipino slum communities and local photographers to showcase the lives and spirit of those living in Manila’s Baseco Compound and Happyland. With residents living in a state most of us would find simply unimaginable, the Phoenix exhibition is a direct call to social change while demonstrating the resilience of these humble communities via visual art and photography. Opening November 6th and running until November 12th at James Makin Gallery, this is a showcase not to be missed.

Thursday 5th

Oaks Day at The Deck

The celebrations don’t stop after race day, and The Deck at Circa have got the perfect way to keep the party kicking on. Indulge in a range of canapés, a glass of Veuve, cocktail on arrival and door prizes. At $55 a head, grab your mates and make the most of Thursday night. Tickets available here with the event running from 5-11pm. 

Oaks Day Brunch on The Bridge

Enjoy brunch on the bridge presented by Bar Nacional with free flowing champagne and a delicious breakfast buffet. At $50 per person diners will indulge in a series of Bar Nacional’s delectable flavours from 8-11am. For bookings phone 03 9252 7928 or email info@cshh.com.au.

Washroom at The Owl & Cat Theatre

We can form the most unlikely bonds in the most unlikely places. Washroom is a close up on 19-year-old Troy and 30-year-old Kathy who meet in a public toilet. Expect things to get real and raw as the tale unfolds between these two somewhat bitter strangers. Opening on Thursday 5th at 8pm and showing until Friday November 13th, click here to get your tickets at $25-30. 

Friday 6th

Sans Souci at Little Woods Gallery

Sans Souci—it sounds adorable, right? Running from November 6th – 30th the Sans Souci exhibition will feature illustration, textile, ceramic and craft pieces from up and coming artists exploring themes of memento, nostalgia and Australia’s flora and fauna. Head along to the opening night at Little Woods on Friday November 6th from 6-8pm and enjoy drinks by Two Birds Brewing.

Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market

Asian street party every Friday night until November 27th? Heck yeah. Food trucks and bars will be serving up the very best Asian style dishes and drinks with some sweet tunes to get down to at the Terry Street Precinct—if you’re looking for things to do in Melbourne this weekend you can’t go past this cracking event. Kicking off from 5PM, we know where we’re headed after work. For more info head over to Stir Frydays at QVM

Sunday 8th

Brooklyn Brewery at Dr Morse

What better way to relax on a Sunday than in one of Melbourne’s best beer gardens. Brooklyn Brewery will be taking over the taps this Sunday at Dr Morse from 8am-11pm so grab your pals and get ready to knock back some quality brews.

Good Food Blooms Moveable Feast

Edible flowers have become a bit of a thing in the Melbourne food and drink scene and Southgate’s restaurant precinct is giving you the chance to indulge in a 3-course lunch spruced up by some gorgeous blooms. Beginning at 12pm diners will enjoy an entrée and cocktail at Bluetrain, main dish and cocktail at BearBrass followed by dessert and tea or coffee at Tutto Bene. Tickets are $100 per head and can be purchased via the Southgate Melbourne website. Don’t miss out on the final installment of these stunning moveable feasts! 

Summer Sunset Sessions at Jardin Tan

Come onnn, summer! We’re hanging out for the hot Melbourne months and have the perfect way to indulge the summer vibes. From 2pm-7pm every Sunday until January 31st, South Yarra’s Jardin Tan will feature a series of djs, French/indo-china food flavours, craft beers and summery cocktails. Entry is free so head on down for a jam this Sunday.

Looking for more things to do in Melbourne this weekend? Check out our top 10 things to do in Melbourne this November, here!

Image credit: Anada

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