The weekend is upon us, Listers! This week we’ve got Melbourne’s biggest arts festival kicking along, the city’s 22nd Greek Film Fest, poetry slam, Salami Festa and loads of live music. Soak up the spring vibes - this weekend’s all about the outdoors.
Here are our picks of things to do in Melbourne this weekend.
Melbourne Festival 2015
Melbourne Festival 2015 is here! Running from October 8th – 25th, a variety of venues around the city will bring together a smorgasbord of talent from Australian and international artists. Music, dance, theatre, visual arts, multimedia and outdoor events – we can think of no better way to celebrate the city’s love of art this spring. Noms will be provided by a series of Melbourne’s favourite restaurants and bars including Fatto, Grand Trailer Park Taverna, Lucy Liu and Saké. For full program details and festival tickets head to the Melbourne Festival website.
Greek Film Festival 2015
Delphi Bank presents the 22nd Greek Film Festival running from October 14th – November 1st. Showcasing 16 features, 4 documentaries and 3 short films across drama, romance (of course), comedies and thrillers, there will be a flick to suit all tastes. Screenings will be held at the Palace Cinema Como with tickets available via the festival website.
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. Need some help deciding on a flick? Check out our picks of the Italian Film Festival 2015.
NOTØBERFEST At The Arbory
Melbourne’s longest bar The Arbory joins forces with local indigenous artist Rennie Reko for a 10-day festival that celebrates the best food, drink and art our beautiful city has to offer. This new addition to the spring/summer festival calendar includes art, music and delicious nibbles, making it the perfect place to spend a summer evening.
Gin pop-up bar at Old Melbourne Gaol
Ahh, sweet sweet gin. For something a little bit different to do in Melbourne this weekend, we suggest hitting up the gin pop-up bar at Old Melbourne Gaol. A $40 ticket will get you two gin cocktails with either Finsbury London Dry or Black Robin Rare gin, plus access to all areas of the Gaol. Live music will also be on the cards and an extra $10 will allow you to get locked up in the Watch House with your mates because, why not? Click here for additional details and bookings.
Poetry Slam by Melbourne Spoken Word
While poetry might not be our gig, it’s pretty incredible to see wordsmiths out there throwdown. Taking place at Scratch Warehouse in North Melbourne from 7-10pm, head along to see Melbourne poets battle it out in a ring with some killer lines and tongue-twisters. Tickets are $10-15 prebooked or $15-20 on the door.
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 Therry Street Precinct. Kicking off from 5pm, we know where we’re headed after work. For more info head over to Stir Frydays at QVM online.
Fraulein Fridays at Munich Brauhaus
Oktoberfest is going strong and while there are a number of events taking place throughout the city, this one is just for the ladies. From 5pm, girls can enjoy complimentary schnapps on arrival and $10 Munich cocktails all night. A ticket event, be sure to secure yours asap.
Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th
Melbourne’s Salami Festa returns with local producers ready to battle it out and be crowned Melbourne’s best salami makers. Northcote Town Hall will be transformed into salami madness with taste-testing from Melbourne’s artisan salami brands and some of the city’s best-loved restaurants. Learn about the art of salami making and enjoy some live tunes while you’re at it. Head here for festa tickets. For things to do in Melbourne this weekend, this is one not to miss.
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th
Australian Movie & Comic Expo
Melbourne film buffs and comic geeks rejoice, the Australian Movie & Comic Expo is here! Held at Melbourne Showgrounds, the expo will feature film displays, live entertainment and activities for all ages (hey, lazer tag). A line-up of local and international celebs will also make an appearance, including Claudia Wells from Back To The Future, Jemma Redgrave from Dr Who, and Maggie Roswell from The Simpsons. For a full list of expo info and to book tickets head to the AMC website.
Main Street Mornington Festival
Combining food, wine, art and entertainment is the Main Street Mornington Festival from 11am-5pm Sunday. The fest will also feature local growers presenting fresh produce for the public to snap up, plus a number of performances by peninsula-based bands and artists. Head out with the fam and make a day of it!
Colombian Style Barbecue at Piqueos
Resident Colombian chef at Piqueos, Juan, will be be up bright and early on Sunday preparing a meaty feast that'll include beef, lamb, pork, chicken and his house made chorizo and Morcilla. Juan will be cooking with some of his family recipes, so it's one not to be missed. $60 will get you a mixed meat plate that'll be plenty for two people. No Barbecue fiesta would be complete without quality booze; Thunder Road Beer will be on tap and the wine will be supplied by Untapped Fine Wines. Call 03 9349 2777 to make reservations.
Bend & Snap Market at 1000 Pound Bend
Get the market vibes happening this Sunday at 1000 Pound Bend with the Bend & Snap Market. From 12-5pm check out a range of art and design stalls, including Brooklyn Dimes, Tinka the Label, and Sisterworks, plus dig in to some delights from Kylie’s Sweets & Treats.
Big Smoke at Bang Bang Boogaloo
If you’re looking for a stellar experience of the intimate live gig, the Holy Days sessions at Bang Bang Boogaloo throughout October is here to satisfy. Think fairly lights, candles, pillows and blankets. Session 2 will feature a set by young rock ‘n’ roll Melburnians, Big Smoke. Head to Parlour Gigs to grab your tickets. Doors open from 6pm.
Image credit: Salami Festa