Autumn feasts—tick. Live music—tick. Sample sales—tick. It’s shaping up to be a killer few days, Listers! This weekend is crammed full of awesome things to do in Melbourne, and here are our top picks of the bunch.
Perth singer-songwriter Felicity Bloom plays Northcote Social Club tonight—the perfect gig if you’re in need of some soaring psychedelic ballads in one of Melbourne’s best music venues.
Felicity Bloom | Northcote Social Club | 8pm
$15 pp on the door
Fancy your chances as a budding musician, or jut want to listen to some awesome live music? The Railway Hotel in Windsor is now hosting an open mic night that comes with some great drinks specials (um, hello $5 pints of Magners) from 8pm each Thursday.
The Railway Hotel | Windsor | 8pm
We’re all for making a difference in the everyday, and so is the Melbourne School of Life, who are hosting a session on How To Make A Difference. Their classes are one of our top picks for a bit of mental exercise—you’ll pick up heaps of helpful life tips!
The School of Life | Melbourne CBD | 6pm
$70 pp, book here
Calling all fashionistas! Get your Lucy Folk for less at the jeweller’s annual sample sale, which runs for one day only. You’ll be able to snap up delights for up to 75% less than retail prices—get in early for the good stuff!
Yule House | 309 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD | 8.30am-7pm
Did someone say free wine?! Friday is Malbec World Day (nope, we don’t mean world malbec day, check out this website…). Head to the Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda for dinner and receive a free glass of the Argentinian tipple with your meal.
Newmarket Hotel | St Kilda
We’ve got another one for you fashion bargain hunters. Australian womenswear label Life With Bird’s warehouse sale kicks off at its Chapel Street store this Friday. You’ll be able to pick up stunning printed silk dresses, structured jackets, tailored trousers and more at a massive 85% discount. Winner.
425 Chapel Street | South Yarra | 10am-8pm
When it comes to art, we love work that walks on the weird side of life. That’s why checking out American surrealist Mab Graves’ show at Auguste Clown Gallery, Fitzroy, is one of our top things to do in Melbourne this weekend, Listers. Graves’ work focuses on fairy tales and fantasy, and is truly beautiful with a fine attention to detail. Pop along to the opening this Friday night to meet the artist herself, and why not pick up a print while you’re at it?
Spectrum by Mab Graves | Auguste Clown Gallery, Fitzroy | 6pm-9pm
Interested in how we define who we are through the spaces we live in? Unwired – The Psychology of Space pops up at ACMI in Federation Square this Friday, when speakers including ‘snoopologist’ Sam Gosling Ph.D will be revealing what your stuff says about you.
ACMI | Federation Square, Melbourne CBD | 3pm-6pm
$80 pp, book here
Listen up, weekend warriors! Get to Mud Up Day in Moorooduc this Saturday to show off your obstacle and endurance skills in this fun-for-the-family event. There’ll be adults’ runs as well as kids’ sessions, and the event is topped off with a tonne of food trucks and crafts thanks to The Creators Market.
Peninsula Obstacle Course | Moorooduc | 11.30am-4.30pm
From $30 pp, book here
Brush up on your cooking skills, or simply indulge in the fruits of others’ labour at Bistro Bakini, who are hosting both an eight-course Moroccan fusion degustation, and a cooking class and lunch this Saturday. While the degustation sounds delicious (protip: go for the matched wines too), the cooking class is the gift that’ll keep on giving—you’ll leave being able to cook your own traditional cous cous and fish tagine. Yum.
Melbourne nail bar I Scream Nails pops up at Chapel Street lingerie boutique Kisskill, where they’ll be giving away free nail art manicures with any purchase and providing a book-in service for only $30 for those who aren’t in need of any luxury underwear. Get down there and treat yourself!
I Scream Nails Pop-up | Kisskill boutique, 473 Chapel Street | 11am-2pm
If you need to get out of the city, make a date at Grown & Gathered’s Autumn Harvest feast and over-night camping session, held at Matt and Lentil’s farm in Tabilk (it might sound far away, but it’s only an hour or two outside of Melbourne!). The menu includes the best of the farm’s autumn produce alongside local meat, preserves, ciders and wines. You’d better be quick—the long-table dinner is limited to only 20 guests.
Autumn Harvest Feast | Tabilk | 6pm-late
$150 pp, contact Grown & Gathered
Street Feud is back! Listen up food-aholics—no less than six of Melbourne’s best food trucks and restaurants will be at The Prince serving up delicious street food. Vendors include Fonda, Acland St Cantina and Newmarket Hotel, so make sure you arrive hungry and leave full.
Street Feud | The Deck at The Prince | 12noon
$49pp, book here
If street food isn’t your thing, Circa at The Prince is hosting a shared Sunday lunch—perfect for a Sunday session with a crowd of friends. This week, they will be cooking up a storm centred around slow-roasted Flinders Island lamb shoulder joints, delicious!
The Chilli Festival comes to the Immigration Museum this Sunday, bringing with it some delicious meaty, vegetarian and vegan dishes that really turn up the heat. Pick up some homemade hot sauce, learn how to make chilli-infused cocktails, or simply eat until you burst thanks to the likes of Burn City Smokers and Cornutopia.
Immigration Museum | Melbourne CBD | 12pm-6pm
$15pp, call 13 11 02 to book tickets
That’s what’s on in Melbourne this weekend, Listers. Get involved!
Image credit: CookingClassy