Art & Design

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
4th Dec 2014

It’s market madness in Melbourne this weekend, Listers, so you’ve got plenty of time to get that pesky Christmas shopping done! With all those opportunities, you’ll have heaps of time to check out the foodie festivals, winning wine events, and general summertime mad feels.

Here’s our selection of the top things to do in Melbourne this weekend. The best of the best, the awesomest of the arts, and the funnest of the feasts.


Want to know where to go to stock up for summer? Then check out the Flavour Exchange Summer edition at Fed Square, featuring all of Victoria’s best boutique beers, small batch ciders, sparkling white wines and cheese in the same spot! Yep, it’s as awesome as it sounds, Listers, and it spreads across two epic days, just like your sweet-as picnic blanket will when the summer sun is shining! So fill up on picnic, BBQ and Chrissy feast supplies, while you enjoy the live music and entertainment!

Flavour Exchange Summer | Federation Square in Melbourne
Prices vary Thursday 4th - Friday 5th December, 4:30pm - 8:30pm
Book online 

Do your KK shopping, Christmas shopping, or just general shopping at the Kris Kringle Night Market. Northcote Town Hall is helping you get into the festive spirit, with over 50 stalls of locally hand-made items. Peruse some sweet designer fashion, jewellery, crafts, plants and much more. There’s also drinks, food and live music – the hallmarks of a perfect Melbourne market!

Kris Kringle Night Market | Northcote Town Hall | 5:30pm - 10:00pm 

If you’re on board (the boat) with raising funds for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre in Footscray, then make sure you attend the Sustenance for Change Charity Dinner. Coordinated by the Grain Store and CERES Fair Food, this charity dinner will present guests with their shared philosophy of only using fresh, seasonal and local produce. With an environmentally friendly menu on offer, this three-course dinner is for the greater good on so many levels (including your tummies!).

Sustenance for Change Charity Dinner for ASRC
Grain Store in Melbourne | $85pp | 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Book online

Our favourite Peruvian restaurant in Melbourne, Piqueos, is doing something a little different tonight! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to try some exclusive Patagonian wines at the Patagonian Wine Dinner. Organised by a collaboration between Piqueos and Exclusive Wines, this four-course degustation delight will match the wines on offer, in a Patagonian celebration!

Patagonian Wine Dinner | Piqueos in Carlton North | $85pp
6:30pm | For bookings, please phone 9349 2777 or email

It’s time to refresh and revamp, Listers. To put you in the mood (for inspiration! geez!), is the eagerly anticipated return of The Design Files Open House! Visit the custom built warehouse in Collingwood, featuring everything from couches to cutlery, from some of the best local artisans and designers. Get inspired, and check out the latest and greatest of home decoration and design!

The Design Files Open House | 12 Smith Street, Collingwood
Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th December, 10:00am - 5:00pm 

Our favourite little local bringing a taste of Tennessee to town is also bringing some sweet, sweet specials too! White Oaks Saloon Bar and Dining are serving up $20 for Jambalaya and a glass of Tempranillo, or $12 espresso martinis on a Thursday! Plus for your simmering Sunday sessions, grab a $12 Negroni cocktail all night, or $20 for some Southern fried chicken and a Blue Moon Wheat Ale! Heck yeeeaaaah!

White Oaks Saloon Bar and Dining Specials | White Oaks in Prahran 


Put on your party pants, Listers, and help celebrate Prahran Market’s 150th Birthday! Priding itself on standing tall through history, Prahran Market is famed for its fresh seasonal produce and specialty items. This weekend it’s time to par-tay, and celebrations will span three epic days! With a live 3AW broadcast, horse drawn carriage rides, vintage pop-up photo booth, launch of official coffee table book, Prahran Market Celebrating 150 Years 1864-2014, sparkling wine, celebrity appearances and demonstrations, plus plenty more entertainment, giveaways and more!

Prahran Market Celebrates 150 Years | Prahran Market in South Yarra
Friday 5th - Sunday 7th December 

Get your gift shopping sorted and have a little fun on the side at QV’s Melbourne Designed Gift Markets. Visit one of the 40 stalls of great local design talent, or stop by the Casa Mariol Vermut Negre pop-up bar for a refreshing aperitif! Each Friday evening until the QV square will be transformed into a sanctuary featuring picnic rugs and live music. So spear some olives and swish your ice, Listers, while you peruse the market with a spritz in hand!

Melbourne Designed Gift Markets | QV Square in Melbourne 
Friday 5th, 12th and 19th December, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday 6th, 14th and 20th December, 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday 7th, 15th and 21st December, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Learn how to handcraft a memorable gift card with your soon-to-be-newfound mad skills, at the DIY Christmas Card Workshop at Melbourne Central. Hosted by paper master Alice Oehr, this festively fun class is free but needs to be booked in. While you’re in the thick of it, check out the rest of Melbourne Central’s unique Christmas activities, such as the Awkward Christmas Photo Booth and more!

DIY Christmas Card Workshop with Alice Oehr | Melbourne Central
Free | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Bookings Essential

Settle for something better than a Grumpy Cat calendar or a Doge tea towel with your Christmas shopping, Listers. Visit the Big Design Market at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton for some high-quality design gifts. Spread over three days, head on down to see some of the best design from Australia and abroad. Shop some great finds in fashion, textiles, stationary, homewares, books, lifestyle and kids products. You can always just keep that Doge tea towel for yourself…

Big Design Market | Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton
Friday 5th, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 6th, 10:00am - 7:00pm 
Sunday 7th, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Looking for fun things to do with the kids after work? Then head on down to the Coburg Night Market. Get some Christmas shopping done while you feast on some tasty street food flavours from around the world (and we mean feast. Come on y’all, it’s called Fat Friday!). There’s also plenty of entertainment, with arts, crafts, live music and performances. Spend your summer evening strolling along in the balmy heat as you let the worries of the week fade away!

Coburg Night Market | Bridges Reserve in Coburg
Friday 5th, 12th and 19th December, 5:30pm - 10:00pm

Roll up your sleeves, and show off your… well, sleeves, at the Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo. Held in the Melbourne and Exhibition Centre in Southbank, and running until Sunday, head down to check out over 250 artists showcasing their skills, including Megan Massacre, star of NY Ink and America’s Worst Tattoos TV show. So parade your ink, or peruse the options for your first tat; either way you’ll find it at the Tattoo and Body Art Expo.

Australian Tattoo and Body Art Expo 
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Southbank
Prices Vary | Friday 5th - Sunday 7th December 


30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence—aside from being an awesome name—is an exhibition at the NGV’s Ian Potter Gallery that we can’t wait to see. The Mambo retrospective showcases the surf brand’s last 30 years of history, with the largest collection of their work ever assembled! Check out the drawings, apparel, models and paintings from this iconic brand, and take a trip down surfie memory lane!

Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence | Ian Potter Gallery in Melbourne
Sunday 6th December - Sunday 22nd February 

Vis-à-vis is the latest exhibition on display at A Staple Space, a wellbeing centre in Melbourne. Curated by Laura Thompson, Founder and Director of The Collector Series, this artistic collaboration features paintings, ceramics, jewellery and video by emerging artists Fiona Williams, Inari Kiuru, Jaque Shelton and Kari Lee McInneny McRae. Check out the range on display from these talented artists this weekend in Melbourne, Listers!

Vis-à-vis  | A Staple Space, Bourke Street in Melbourne
Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th December 12:00pm - 5:00pm 

What is better than a wine tasting? How about a free wine tasting! Yup, you betcha! To celebrate the emerging talent in the wine industry, the People’s Choice Award for the Young Guns of Wine competition will be held at Prince Wine Store today! With a free public tasting, guests can sample wines from the top 12 winemakers. Help support the up and coming, and up-and-come your tasting skills while you’re at it!

People’s Choice Award for the Young Guns of Wine
Prince Wine Store in South Melbourne | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Today sees Melbourne welcome new underground (as in literally subterranean) concept store, DUST. Touted as a ‘multi-sensory concept label’, head along to the sleek, all white, mirrored space to check out the experimental branding. DUST divides products into the five senses – sight, sound, scent, touch and taste – with each division showcasing a collection of fashion, fragrance, print, tea and music. Check out DUST if you’re keen to experience something new, unique and exciting!

DUST Opening | DUST, Russel Street in Melbourne  


Looking for entertaining and delicious things to do in Melbourne this Weekend? Well, head along to the Polly Cocktail Lounge in Fitzroy for an absinthe tasting! Yup, you heard us correctly. Guests can make themselves comfy in an intimate space, as they discuss the production, history, politics and mythology of the famous green liquor. Tastings include a sample of four absinthes, complemented with antipasto and concluding with a demonstration of the modern absinthe cocktail. These tastings run regularly on Sundays, Listers, so go and get your green fairy on this Sunday session!

Absinthe Tasting | Polly Cocktail Lounge in Fitzroy
$25pp | 7:30pm | Book on 9419 6539 or email

If you’re all about vintage classiness, then get pumped for the Round She Goes market! Selling pre-loved designer goodies, this vintage fashion-lover’s paradise is held at the Box Hill Town Hall, and has over 60 stalls to peruse! Products include good quality clothing, accessories and jewellery. Find a one-of-a-kind find at the Round She Goes market.

Round She Goes Market | Box Hill Town Hall in Box Hill
$2 Entry | 10:00am - 3:00pm

The Fine Design Market in Doncaster is your one-stop-shop for locally-made and designed products. This independently run Melbourne market focuses on Australian artisans, supporting their work and talent. Find a stand-out gift here, with plenty to choose from jewellery, artwork and more.

Fine Design Market | MC2 in Doncaster | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Opened this week, and running until the 10th of January, David Bowers retrospective exhibition is one you definitely don’t want to miss! Held at Mario’s cafe in Fitzroy, enjoy the delicious Italian cuisine while you gaze at Bowers vibrant and iconic works. Incidentally, Bowers used to design for Mambo, so get your surfy-summertime culture on this weekend, Listers, and check out these two awesome retrospectives!

David Bowers Retrospective Exhibition | Mario’s Cafe in Fitzroy
Wednesday 3rd December - Monday 12th January

That’s what’s on in Melbourne this weekend, Listers. Shop (and eat) ‘til you drop!


Image credit: ParentMap.

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