What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
9th Apr 2015

Feel good this weekend, with a range of comedy, art and culture events packing your social calendar. Of course there are feasts for the foodies (hello seafood and cheese) and a film or two too. 

You may choose to work off those bad (excellently enjoyable) habits with the Fitness and Health Expo, or maybe you’re just looking for more laid back things to do in Melbourne (like eating and drinking more?)?

Here’s what’s on in Melbourne this weekend, Listers. See you ‘round the traps!

Thursday 9th

If a menu full of red meat or vegetables gets you feeling like a fish out of water, then you’ll be looking for a salty seafood feast this weekend in Melbourne. Low and behold (when doesn’t this shiny city deliver?), Albert Street Food and Wine is hosting a four-course degustation, focussed on succulent sea-dwelling servings. With paired wines, and a Japanese influence to the dishes, the evening is set to go swimmingly for seafood lovers.

From the Sea | Albert Street Food and Wine in Brunswick
$115 (Or sign up to the mailing list for a discount) | 6:30pm - 10:00pm | Book via email

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is in fine form, Listers, and Magic Steven’s World of Feelings is one show we’ve got our eye on. This confessional-style stand-up performance explores awkwardness and personal feelings. We’re all for a good awkward turtle, so we’ll see you there!

Magic Steven, World of Feelings | Melbourne International Comedy Festival
RMIT Kaleide Theatre in Melbourne | $15 ($10 Concession) | 9:00pm

The Itty Bitty Book Van, a travelling children’s bookshop, is gracing Madame Brussels Lane today, for a one day only book swap! Kids are invited to bring along a pre-loved (but good quality) book, and can then choose another! With story time sessions too, this is one school holiday event that’s not to be missed for the kiddie winks!

Itty Bitty Book Van Book Swap | Madame Brussels Lane in Melbourne
Free | 10:00am - 1:00pm


Friday 10th

Love yourself some funky socks but can’t afford the hefty price tag? Well get those soles warm this winter with some fashion socks for only $10 from Melbourne based, The Odd Sock. If this sounds like the kind of thing to tickle your toes, then head along to their launch party, happening tonight at Oak & Steel Bar in Windsor (Soldier On Espresso by day, Vigilante vodka pourers by night). There will be free wine on entry (limited)—or if cold drip is more your thing, they’re giving away some of that too—and a free pair of socks for every bottle of wine purchased! 

Odd Sock Launch Party | Oak & Steel Bar in Windsor | 5:00pm

RAW Melbourne is bringing together over 40 local emerging artists, across the fields of fashion, music, performing and visual arts. Held at the Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington, this exhibition, titled EXPOSURE, will be an epic event. Prepare to be overwhelmed with talent, and don’t miss this one night only extravaganza!

RAW Melbourne Presents EXPOSURE | Melbourne Pavilion in Kensington
$16.50 + BF ($20 on the door) | 7:30pm | 18+ Event 

Carnivore’s Ball is the meat-mad event for Melburnians, and it’s running for two nights, Listers. Ormond Hall will be decked out ‘country chic’, and guests can feast on a four-course meaty feast. From Flinders Island Salt Grass Lamb by George Tomlin from Town Mouse, to a Gelato Messina Choc Top with Foie Gras gelato and duck fat caramel. Yeah—you get the picture—not for the faint hearted, but rather the finger lickers and rib suckers. 

Carnivore’s Ball | Ormond Hall in Melbourne | $94 | Friday 10th - Saturday 11th April, 5:30pm 

Saturday 11th

Online shopping addicts get excited for Etsy at The Cullen! Our favourite Art Series hotel in Prahran, The Cullen is collaborating with Etsy, transforming the Junior Penthouse suite into a creative showcase studio! Stocked with vintage finds and handmade items from Australia’s Etsy talent, today YOU can pop in and see the glory. That’s right, they’re having an open day, featuring room tours and free education sessions. From April 13th- 29th, guests can stay in the curated area, but you’d better book fast, this is gonna be one popular sleeping space!

Etsy at The Cullen Open Day | The Cullen in Prahran | Free
12:30pm - 5:10pm Book your room tour here 

Bridge Road in Richmond is hosting a film festival! Head down to the Richmond Town Hall, and check out tonight’s screening of Aussie classic, The Castle! Other films spread out across autumn and winter are Top Gun, Jaws, Star Wars: A New Hope, Singing in the Rain and The Blues Brothers. The films start at 5:45, and make sure to check out the local restaurants and bars, as there will be participating offers and discounts galore! #bridgerdfilmfest

Bridge Road Film Festival | Richmond Town Hall
Free | 5:45pm (Film Starts) Book online 

The John Wolseley exhibition opens to the public today at the NGV, featuring stunning artworks featuring the wetlands of Australia. The exhibition runs until the 16th of August at the St Kilda Road gallery. So why pop down today? Well, Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids, the fun-filled, interactive exhibition for kids by Sydney based fashion designers, Romance Was Born ends TOMORROW! So kill two birds with one stone, and see the best of the new and old in one trip to the NGV!

John Wolseley Opens & Express Yourself: Romance Was Born for Kids Closes | NGV in Melbourne

Climarte are hosting a festival in Melbourne and regional Victoria—the first of its kind in fact. ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE explores climate change, through art and ideas. It’s all about discussing the challenges, opportunities and impacts surrounding the topic. With over 25 exhibitions around the state, there’s so much awesome art going on that we can’t even begin to talk about. Check out the chockers program here. (http://artclimatechange.org)

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE | Around Town | Saturday 11th April - Sunday 17th May 

Sunday 12th

(F)Easter is over… OR IS IT? Need another reason to celebrate? Today is Greek Easter, Listers! So put on your party shoes (and bibs), and head out to one of Melbourne’s best Greek restaurants. Oh? Would you look at that. We even made you a handy little list (we’re not called The Urban List for nothing!).

Greek Easter | Around Town

Of all the mouthwatering Greek Easter feasts happening around town, Elyros is up there with the best! The Camberwell based Greek restaurant, which serves up authentic Cretan inspired food, is hosting a family-friendly Easter lunch featuring traditional red Easter eggs to break the fast followed by FIVE scrummy courses. For $60 per person, you'll have the chance to devour Cretan cheese pie, grilled salmon, lamb from the spit and more. The lamb alone is worth the ticket price!

Elyros Greek Easter Lunch | $60 per person 
Bookings essential, call 03 9882 8877 to reserve your place 

If you think fitness is fun (or you just feel guilty about last night’s pig out) then head to the Fitness and Health Expo in Melbourne! It’s the largest fitness event in the Southern Hemisphere, including demos, and over 200 stalls for equipment, clothing, nutrition and supplements. We’re also pumped for the Les Mills stage, the Healthy Chef stage, and even the martial arts arena!

Fitness and Health Expo | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in South Wharf
Ticket Prices Vary | Friday 10th - Sunday 12th April

Can you tell the difference between Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio? Or are you still stuck on the house white? Whatever your vino appreciation levels, we can all agree that cheese goes with everything. Fabulous fromagerie, Milk the Cow, are hosting a Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio and Cheese Matching evening. With a range of cheeses from nutty and salty, to sweet and creamy, you can sip and nibble to your heart’s content.

Pinot Gris vs Pinot Grigio and Cheese Matching | Milk the Cow in Carlton | $75 | 7:00pm 

So it’s getting a tad chilly, and if you’re making a trip into the CBD, you’re gonna want to park in a convenient spot to save the wet and windy dash to and from one of Melbourne’s best restaurants (cos where else would you be going?). Not as easy as it sounds? WRONG! Thanks to Secure Parking, you can get FREE weekend and evening secure parking in the Melbourne CBD during the WHOLE month of April. There are seventeen Secure Parking locations where you can park your wonderful wheels, so what are you waiting for? Register online now to snap up a spot.

Free Secure Parking | Melbourne CBD | During April

Now that you’re filled, full and fed up (never), take some time to chill out before our next epic weekend round up of what’s on in Melbourne!

Image Credit: Smitten Studio.

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