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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
19th Mar 2015

This weekend is all about the bleeding hearts. Get into gear for a charity run, or donate to a fundraising dinner. Movie buffs will be pleased to hear about what’s on in Melbourne, with films in all forms, from French to secret, queer to botanical. But don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten the food!

If you’re looking for things to do in Melbourne, here’s our list of the best events around town. 

Thursday 19th

If you love films but also crave a bit of adventure, then Underground Cinema is a must try experience! This time the theme is Patriot, and guests are invited to a secret live screening event, held in an undisclosed location. The film identity is also kept a mystery, but the hint is in the costume, with a request to dress in 1950s’ city sleek. Tickets for Friday and Saturday evening are sold out, but grab one of the remaining chances for the Thursday evening or Saturday afternoon sessions. Don’t miss this epic immersive escapade.

Underground Cinema Patriot | Secret Location | $55 + BF
Tickets still available to Thursday 19th March, 7:00pm and Saturday 21st March, 3:00pm | Book online

Hunter’s Kitchen and Bar on St Kilda Road is hosting an event worth screaming over (click for lols). Eat, Drink, Goat will be celebrating the last huzzah of summer. With Mountain Goat pots for $5, and a terrace BBQ with braised goat, soak up the last of the sun from 4pm!

Eat, Drink, Goat | Hunter’s Kitchen Bar in Melbourne | 4:00pm

St Kilda sippers, slide on into the Grosvenor during March. Why? Well, every Thursday evening a different brew will be tasted and rated, with the winning beer to be served on tap for the whole month of April! Who decides? Local beer-buffs, of course (aka, YOU)! Pop next door to the Grosvenor Grocery & Bottle Shop to join in the Tap That Takeover fun.  Taste the goods and chat to the breweries behind the beer, including legends such as Feral Brewing, Barrow Boys, 2 Brothers and Thunder Road. So hurry up, Listers! Get your vote in!

Tap That Takeover | The Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda East
Thursdays in March, 5:30pm - 7:30pm | To book, please call 9531 1542 

Blue Dragon is an initiative that provides support for underprivileged youth in Vietnam. They offer a hand when it comes to education, nutrition, health care, counselling, legal advocacy, and even providing safe shelter. Help to save children from the streets, with the fundraising event hosted by Rolld at Bond Lounge Bar Melbourne, 150 for 150. Aiming to raise $150,000 to build a home for 150 Blue Dragon Children. An evening of finger food and live and silent auctions will take place, with special host Simon Madden (Essendon AFL Hall of Famer). So have a drink, have a nibble, mingle a bit, and help out those who desperately need it.

150 for 150 Charity Event for Blue Dragon with Rolld
Bond Lounge Bar in Melbourne | $60 | 7:00pm | Buy tickets online


The Melbourne Queer Film Festival kicks off tonight, with a screening of the award winning Brazilian film, The Way He Looks (Hoje eu Quero Voltar Sozinho). The festival runs from today until the 30th of March, with a range of brilliant films. See the full program here. Tonight’s session is held at ACMI, but hurry if you want to catch it, tickets are selling fast! Plus, who wants to miss out on the opening night party? It’ll be held downstairs in ACMI Lightwell, so have a drink or three and don’t forget to #mqff25. 

Melbourne Queer Film Festival Opening Night | ACMI Federation Square in Melbourne
$77 ($66 Concession) | 7:30pm


Friday 20th

No Vacancy Gallery in QV will play host to the exhibition Gelibolu, a contemporary exploration of the Turkish and Australian perspectives from Gallipoli. The work showcases art from four Turkish-Australian practitioners, from film to installations to portraits. Artists include Cigdem Aydemir, Eser Selen, Mertim Gokalp and Elif Sezen. The show began yesterday, on Martyr’s Day, a significant day for Turkish history due to the Canakkale naval victory in 1915, and will be ending on another significant date, the 25th of April, Anzac Day.

Gelibolu Exhibition | No Vacancy Gallery, QV in Melbourne | Wednesday 18th March - Saturday 25th April 

This weekend is your last chance to catch a train to Paris, metaphorically speaking. The Alliance Française French Film Festival is running until the 22nd. With the iconic duo Margaret and David as patrons (and of course giving their honest opinion), visit your local Palace or Kino cinemas to see one of the fantastique films. Check out the program here (http://www.affrenchfilmfestival.org/schedule).

Alliance Française French Film Festival | Palace and Kino Cinemas | Finishes on Sunday 22nd March

After a hugely successful pirouette on the world stage, The Australian Ballet returns to the Arts Centre Melbourne with its breathtaking and romantic performance of Giselle. There will be only twelve shows of Maina Gielgud’s version of this beautiful classic, so don’t kick yourself when you miss out, buy tickets now!

Australian Ballet Production of Giselle | Arts Centre in Melbourne
Prices Vary | Monday 16th March - Monday 23rd March | Buy tickets online 


Saturday 21st

Let out your inner Greek, bring your Greek neighbour, or perhaps even display your Greek heritage with pride, at the Greek Fiesta at Prahran Market! Fun, family friendly activities will take over the Melbourne Market, with roving musicians playing traditional Greek music, Greek cooking demonstrations at Blanco Kitchen, Greek dancing, photo ops, and a whole bunch of tastings, samples and promotions! Get excited for pop up stalls from Hellenic Hotdogs, Taki’s Balls and market fave, Sweet Greek. You don’t have to be Greek to go, but you do have to love Greek food (NOT a problem! Can we say saganaki?). And if you don’t already, you probably will by the time the Greek Fiesta is over!

Greek Fiesta | Prahran Market in South Yarra | 11:00am 3:00pm 

Here at The Urban List, we love a good garage sale, so we’re kinda frothing at the mouth when we think about the Annual Third Drawer Down Garage Sale Gala Day. Held at the Fitzroy store on George Street, there will be items from brands such as Lucy Folk, Seletti, Third Drawer Down and Hay. Awesome artist Oslo Davis will be there drawing portraits, and pet photographers Heather Lighton and Dan Aulsebrook will be there snapping shots of the pooches (or ‘other pets’ according to the team at Third Drawer Down!). Get some fresh-as spring rolls served up by the legends at Phamily Kitchen while you pursue the wares. So how’s that checklist looking? Bargain buys? Live art? Delicious snacks? Check. It. Out.

Third Drawer Down Garage Sale Gala Day | Third Drawer Down in Fitzroy | 10:00am - 5:00pm 

If you were among the 90,000 people who entered the ballot for The Fat Duck in Melbourne (when only 14,000 were successful) then why not have a Second Quack. An initiative run by Anglicare is designed to raise money to support Victoria’s most vulnerable with Anglicare Victoria’s Homeless Services program. The Fat Duck dining experience was set at a whopping $525, so imagine if that money went to a charity helping people get off the streets? The idea is this: you can cook at home and host a dinner party, or simply visit one of the many restaurants taking part, such as Bouzy Rouge, Carringbush or The Vineyard. The aim is to raise $525 for each dinner held, with the most successful fundraising effort going in the running to win a table for 10 to Gastronomique (value $3,000). 

Second Quack | At your home or at one of the participating restaurants
$525 (fundraising), Tickets to venues vary | Wednesday 18th March and Saturday 21st March
To book or enquire, visit here


March Madness has taken over the Moonlight Cinema in Melbourne, with $10 tickets all month when you join CineBuzz (which is free)! See The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tonight and get your Richard Gere on while chilling in the best exotic botanic gardens…

Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $10 March Madness 
Moonlight Cinemas in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Prices Vary | Gates Open at 7:00pm, Film Screening Starts at Sundown


Sunday 22nd

I’m New Here is the latest music festival to combine delicious wine and food at Shadowfax Wines in Werribee Park. With acts from Ngaiire, The Harpoons, Lanks, Animaux, Passerine, Vince Peach and Femi, swill while you sway, with the celebration of the new vintage coming in off the vineyard. Foodies get ready for wood fired pizzas, pork sliders and salt and pepper calamari, and that’s just to whet your appetite!

I’m New Here Music Festival | Shadowfax Wines, Werribee Park in Werribee | $65 + BF | 1:30pm - 9:30pm

Jardin Tan in its charming Botanic Garden surrounds is hosting some stunning Sunday Sessions, presenting all killer no filler DJ, MIMI. Enjoy some great snacks, drinks and live music while you watch the sun set and make the most of the last few hours of daylight this weekend!

Sunday Sunset Sessions with MIMI | Jardin Tan, Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne
Sundays in March | 2:00pm - 7:00pm


Support the Royal Children’s Hospital with the Herald Sun/City Link Run for the Kids. The 15.5km route is popular with its iconic roads and memorable views. But for the more casual runners who still want to contribute to the cause, there’s also a 5.4km run. Help raise money yourself and strap on some sneakers or donate to a friend who’s ready and raring. Run for the Kids is one for fitness buffs and beginners alike.

Run for the Kids | Alexandra Avenue in Melbourne | 8:30am 

Shadow Electric is an awesome outdoor cinema at the Abbotsford Convent, and tonight sees the screening of Wild with Reese Witherspoon. Enjoy the 300 seat outdoor space, with a state-of-the-art sound system. Digging for Fire BBQ will be serving up delicious foodie feasts, and you can grab a drink or two from their bar. So kick back and relax, it’s Sunday night, and you’ve got nowhere better to be!

Wild Screening | Shadow Electric Outdoor Cinema in Abbotsford | $21 ($18 Concession) | 7:00pm 

Monday 23rd

St Kilda’s local, the Dogs Bar will be hosting a ‘Touch of Hollywood’ tonight, featuring Robert Downey Jnr’s personal chef, Charles Voudouris. The one night only five-course menu will offer items such as Jamaican jerk-spiced prawns, baklava cigars and more. Yup, we’re sold! Don’t miss out on this rare chance to grab some world-class cuisine!

Touch of Hollywood | Dogs Bar in St Kilda | $99 ($159 with matched wines) | 6:00pm

Modify your meat consumption with Meat Free Week kicking off today. Spread the word and raise funds that go to charities such as Voiceless, who are dedicated to protecting factory-farmed animals in Australia. Relax meat lovers, you don’t have to become a vegan or vegetarian overnight. Meat Free Week is just about education and limiting meat intake, advising paths such as choosing free-range animal products, and maintaining your own health. Find out more and how you can help here.

Meat Free Week | Monday 23rd - Sunday 29th March

That’s it, Listers! Hope your schedule is now chockas with all these fun things to do in Melbourne this weekend!

Image credit: Half Baked Harvest.

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