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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Clare Acheson
23rd Apr 2015

This weekend in Melbourne is all about food, film, art, and—you guessed it—more food. You can wet your whistle with a whisky, chow down on some yum cha, or dine in the open-air at a drive-in movie—amazing! As for our top pick of things to do in Melbourne this week? There’s a cracking new live music, craft market, food and drink event launching at The John Curtin Hotel. Read on for more great things to do in Melbourne!

Thursday 23rd

The Spanish Film Festival 2015 is one of the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend to avoid the grey, rainy weather we’re expecting. Book in for some world cinema delights, previewed in our article here, grab a class of rioja, and enjoy.

Palace Cinemas, Melbourne | Various times and prices, book here

Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival takes the north by storm tonight. With four films showing (Fast & Furious 7 is our shameless top pick) and a massive SEVEN Melbourne food trucks stopping by, it’s going to be a good ‘un.

Coburg Drive In-Cinema, Coburg | Book here

The Southside Social food truck hub in Elsternwick is open this Thursday and Friday evening from 5.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon, serving up some delicious street food to all you southsiders. Wanna know who is going to be pulling up? Search #southsidesocial on Facebook for updates.

5.30pm - 9pm | 15-19 Gordon Street, Elsternwick

Tickets are on sale now for Altitude Shift, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Anglicare Victoria where participants have to abseil (!!!) down the 113 metre St James Building in the CBD! It's for a fantastic cause, though—money raised will help support Victorian youth living in foster care. Go on, do something outside of your comfort zone...you know you want to!

Altitude Shift, St James Building, Melbourne | Register or donate here

Friday 24th

Drink a dram inside the Old Melbourne Gaol at the historic building’s whisky tasting, which kicks off at 6pm on Friday. Not only will you get to try three world whiskies, there will also be a selection of food and cocktails on offer, including a Bowmore Penicillin Ginger to cure your ailments…or give you a little whisky buzz, same thing really?!

6pm – 9pm | Old Melbourne Gaol, Melbourne CBD
$40 pp general admission, $10 per additional 45 minute masterclass, book here

The Hotel Windsor opens its doors to the public, showcasing photographic prints of the grandiose building as reinvented by artist Polixeni Papapetrou in the exhibition The Windsor: A Future For The Past. And if art isn’t your thing, take the opportunity to visit and have a good snoop around one of Melbourne’s best luxury hotels—you won’t regret it!

The Windsor: A Future For The Past | The Windsor Hotel, Melbourne CBD
Free | Open daily until 23rd May | More info here

If you haven’t seen Absinthe, the latest show by the Spiegelworld group, you’re really missing out. Part vaudeville, part circus, all outrageous, the show combines the risqué with the theatrical. Catch it now at the Rooftop at Crown, where it’s showing Wednesdays through to Sundays.

Rooftop at Crown | More info including tickets here

Saturday 25th

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Anzac troops landing at Gallipoli, so if you haven’t been to the Anzac dawn service, now’s the time to do it. Head to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Botanical Gardens at 5.40am for a 6am start to take part in this year’s memorial.

6am | Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Avenue
More information here

Check out the Sand Sculpting Australia display on Frankston beachfront for some killer visual spectacles that’ll leave you asking “How do they do it?!” The theme this year is Friends, Foes & Superheroes, so take this opportunity to see some screen favourites brought to life before it’s too late—this weekend is the last showing of the sand sculpting display.

10am – 6pm, Friday 24th, Saturday 25th & Sunday | Frankston Waterfront
Cash upon entry | Tickets from $13 pp adults, $10 pp children (under 3’s go free)

The Australian Ice Hockey League launches its new season this weekend with some hot competition lined up. The Melbourne Ice team takes on the Sydney Ice Dogs on 25th April, then Sydney Ice Dogs play the Melbourne Mustangs at 4pm on Sunday the 26th of April. Grab a few mates, wrap up warm and get ready for some fast-flying puck action!

Melbourne Ice vs. Sydney Ice Dogs, 5pm, Saturday 25th April
Sydney Ice Dogs vs. Melbourne Mustangs, 4pm, Sunday 26th April
Medibank Icehouse | Docklands
All games $10 pp, book here

Sunday 26th

The Sunday Market at The John Curtin, Carlton, combines live music, craft stalls, drinks and delicious food. Awesome Melbourne band Swim Season are this week’s headliners, and it’s the last weekend you can catch Huxtaburger at the Curtin before Bluebonnet BBQ take over. Uh, we’d like to stay here forever, please.  

5pm until late | The John Curtin Hotel, Carlton
$10 on the door | RSVP to the Facebook event here

Saigon Sally launches its Vietnamese Sunday Lunch series this weekend, Lazy Susan Sundays, where you can eat your fill of yum cha until you burst. You’ll be treated to six tasty dishes over the course of the Sunday feast—you’d better be hungry, people!

$39 pp, book by calling 03 9939 5181

Brunswick warehouse venue Howler is showing the Richard Linklater 90s classic Slacker, starting from 2pm this Sunday. A must if you enjoyed Linklater’s award-winner Boyhood, or fancy a nostalgic reminder of your teenage dropout days.

2pm | Howler, Brunswick
$12.20+bf pp, book here

Looking to get rid of some old threads and make a pretty penny? Open Closet Call hosts its first open call for Aussie designer items for resale. If you’ve got some classics in your wardrobe that you’re keen to offload, bring them along to The Bell Jar in Clifton Hill and you could become Melbourne’s next top vintage seller with a spot at their upcoming Fashion Conversion event.

3pm – 6pm | The Bell Jar, Clifton Hill
More info here

Circa at The Prince treats Sunday lunchers to Saskia beer chicken (OMG I’m so there) this weekend as part of its shared Sunday lunches series, which promises to feed you ‘til your full for only $65 a head. Need we say more?

$65 pp, book by calling 03 9536 1122

Image credit: Phutang via Pintrest

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