It’s party vibes and festival madness this weekend, Listers. We’ve got a couple of wine festivals, a new Friday night Asian street fest at the Queen Victoria Market and a few places to catch some great live music. How stoked are we for daylight savings?! Make the most of it and party long into the night.
Here are our picks for the best 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.
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.
Port Fairy Spring Music Festival
A music festival for the classical and contemporary tastes, Port Fairy Spring Music fest combines a range of highly regarded artists with the best of Australia’s young and upcoming performers. For a full list of the weekend program, festival highlights and ticket info head to the festival website.
Shedfest at Five Oaks Vineyard
Take a weekend trip out to Five Oaks Vineyard and indulge in a series of wine tastings from smaller wineries in the region. Both days will include a range of food options, live entertainment, and even a few friendly games of croquet. Best of all, tickets are only $15. Sounds like the perfect spring weekend to us.
The Order Of Things at Modern Times
Thursday is the final day to catch Melbourne-based artist Billie Justice Thomson’s latest series of works at Modern Times in Fitzroy. Entitled The Order of Things, expect colourful pop art inspired prints from one of Australia’s hottest rising talents. Don’t miss out!
Bad Pony ‘Limbo’ EP Tour
Indie rock pop Sydney-siders Bad Pony are in town this Thursday ready to deliver the goods from their debut EP. With special guests Evangeline and Dalli, make sure to snap up your tickets to their gig at The Toff In Town. Tickets are $12.90 via Moshtix or $12 on the door, with tunes kicking off from 7:30pm.
Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market
Asian street party every Friday night from October 9th to 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. 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 at Munich Brauhaus is just for the ladies. Kicking off from 5pm, girls enjoy complimentary schnapps on arrival and $10 Munich cocktails all night. For more Oktoberfest events, check out our picks of Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Melbourne.
Light The Night at Brighton Beach
Every year, hundreds of people gather together at Light The Night to raise funds and show their support for families who have been affected by blood cancer. Brighton Beach will be transformed into a sea of blue, white and yellow lanterns on Friday at 6:30pm by those taking part in the Light The Night Walk. Head to Light The Night for more info and to register.
Pinot Palooza is gracing us with its presence again this Saturday at Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre for one of our favourite things to do in Melbourne – get amongst all the wine! Featuring an extensive list of Australia and New Zealand’s finest wine producers, the event with also pay homage to some incredible food and live music. Tickets are $60 per head via the Pinot Palooza website with VIP and backstage pass options also up for grabs for the especially keen.
Heart of Glass at Bella Union
Once a month, Bella Union will bring the love for female DJs by hosting some of Melbourne’s best. Mixing indie, pop, rock and RnB, it’s time to get your groove on. “All welcome on the dancefloor, only women on the decks.” Tickets sold on the door for $10 with doors opening from 9pm.
Malaysia Street Festival
In its 5th year running is the Malaysia Street Festival at the Queen Victoria Market. The fest pools together a range of Malaysian cuisine from the best of Melbourne’s restaurants. Running from 9am to 5pm, make sure you rock up with an empty tummy.
Meyers Place Latin Fiesta
If latin vibes are more your thing, time to get amongst it with the Meyers Place Latin Fiesta. The street will be alive with latin music, dancing and market stalls with plenty of delicious eats from venues including San Telmo. On from 11am to 6pm, head to the Meyer’s Place Latin Fiesta Facebook page for more details.
Raw High Tea at Yardmill
High tea indulgences without the guilt! For those looking for a healthy alternative of things to do in Melbourne, Toorak Road’s Yardmill are celebrating their 1st birthday by hosting a high tea series from October 1st to 31st made from entirely raw ingredients. Dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free – basically just really good food that will still hit the sweet spot! Pop in and eat up onsite or takeaway at $65 per person.
Playwrite at The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo
If you’re searching for a stellar intimate live gig, the Holy Days sessions at The Church of Bang Bang Boogaloo throughout October are here to satisfy. Think fairly lights, candles, pillows and blankets. Session one will feature a set by local band Playwrite who have been getting some Triple J love lately for their track ‘Black Cloud’. Head to Parlour Gigs to grab your tickets. Doors open from 5:30pm.
Still looking for things to do? Check out The Inaugaral Seed Fundraiser at the Athenaeum Theatre on Monday October 12th.
Image credit: San Telmo via Facebook