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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Iro Kotsimbos
30th Apr 2015

Good grief, we love weekends in Melbourne. Time and time again, our fine city comes through with the goods, packing in plenty of events and brilliant things to see, eat and do. #Standard

Not sure what to do? Don’t have any plans? Well you do now! From foodie feasts and oysters galore, to an out-of-the-ordinary fundraising event and a festival all about dogs, here are our picks for things to do in Melbourne this weekend!

Thursday 30th April

Listers, it’s baaaack! Yep, Oyster Frenzy, the foodie event Melburnians go crazy for, is back in all its glory for a staggering 10th time! Held at The Deck at The Prince, Oyster Frenzy is an all-you-can-eat foodie fest, where you can chow down on as many oysters as you can shuck during the event. In addition to the freshest Clair De Lune, Blackmans Bay and Smoky Bay oysters—among many others—there’ll also be plates of moreish canapés doing the rounds. It’s not too late to buy tickets so get clicking now!

Oyster Frenzy at The Deck | 6:30pm—onwards
$79 per person, inc. oysters, crab, seafood canapés and drinks
Book your tickets here

Go mental for mussels? So do we! Abbotsford bar and eatery Dr Morse is dishing up mussels three ways tonight! The best part? The mussels will be matched with some of the Victoria’s best craft beers, guaranteeing your tastebuds to go into overdrive. Be warned though, the mussel nights are mighty popular, so reservations are recommended.

Dr Morse Mussel Night | Two sittings—6:00pm and 8:00pm
$20 per person | Bookings highly recommended, call 03 9416 1005 to reserve your spot

If you haven’t registered for Altitude Shift, it’s not too late Listers! Kicking off today and running until Saturday, Altitude Shift abseiling challenge seeks to raise funds on behalf of Anglicare Victoria’s youth foster care efforts. I know what you’re thinking…abseiling?! Yep, participants will be abseiling down the 113 metre St James building on Bourke Street. Definitely one of the more thrill-seeking things to do in Melbourne but, geez, what a brilliant cause! 

Altitude Shift | St James Building in Melbourne
Thursday 30th April – Saturday 2nd May
Tickets $150 per person | Register or donate here

Do your good deed for the week by drinking Quiet Deeds beers, eating food from North Melbourne restaurant Little Africa, and generally having an awesome time at the Many Hands fundraiser party for the charitable art gallery’s Pozible campaign! There’s a tonne of local music acts getting involved including Get Busy, Matt Nico, Cazeaux O.S.L.O and Billy Hoyle, and live art from Hugo Mathais and The Black Math—get your tickets here

Goodtime Studios | Carlton
Free with pledge or $35 on the door | RSVP via the Facebook event
Pledge $30 or more here to be guaranteed a ticket

Friday 1st May

Perfect for Melburnian culture vultures, the 2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair is the first in a series of annual literary events created by the National Gallery of Victoria. Held at the iconic NGV, the event brings together some of the Melbourne’s most esteemed writers, publishing and creative, along with up-and-coming talent, in a showcase of independent pbulications, artist books, and much, much more. Heaven for the book nerd or even just someone who loves their art.

2015 Melbourne Art Book Fair | 1st—3rd May
For more information, visit the website

Hands up, who needs a moment or two to chill out? Well you’re in luck because Mindful in May, the international meditation event that’s got everyone talking, starts today! Created by doctor Elise Biaylew, Mindful in May encourages participants to take time for themselves and meditate…even if it’s only for 10 minutes! Rest and relaxation aside, Mindful in May is also an excellent fundraiser—after registering online, you can donate to the cause or earn sponsorship from your family and friends, with funds going towards not-for-profit agency, Charity Water. You know you want to do it, so register here now.

Mindful in May | 1st—31st May
To register, click here

No, Listers, you haven’t gone barking mad…the Dog Lovers Show is indeed on again! Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, the annual event brings together over 20,000 of our city’s canine loving citizens in a showcase of anything and everything to do with our four-legged friends. There’ll be dog showcases, shopping, educational seminars and, of course, cute canines running around everywhere. We’ll be going just to pat the dogs!

Dog Lovers Show | 1st—3rd May
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton | Find out more here

It’s no secret that Melburnians love a pop-up and boy, oh boy, there is a cracker launching today! Bluebonnet BBQ, responsible for some of the finest American BBQ Melbourne has ever tasted, is popping up at The Curtin Hotel, serving up their juicy, tender meats to the Curtin crowds. This is pretty much foodie heaven for us—brews and BBQ—does it get any better?! Foodie things to do in Melbourne don’t get much better!

Bluebonnet BBQ at The Curtin Hotel
For more information, visit the website

Saturday 2nd May

Keen for some beers, burritos and high adrenaline skateboard action? Head down to Beach Burrito Fitzroy for the Pistonhead x Burrito Bowl skate jam this Saturday, where the new Fitzroy Mexican restaurant will put their in-house bowl to good use. If you’ve got the skills, you can also get in touch to skate in the jam! Simply email the BBC team for more info.

Pistonhead x Burrito Bowl Skate Jam | Beach Burrito Fitzroy
3:00pm—5:00pm | Please email to register your interest

Looking for things to do outside of Melbourne this weekend? Well, pack your bags and get driving because the Grampians Grape Escape is on again! One of our favourite regional food and wine festivals, the Grampians Grape Escape is the perfect opportunity to indulge in the foodie treats and fine wine of over 120 of Victoria’s best producers. There’ll be music and other fun entertainment, plus heaps of great activities for the kids, making it the perfect trip for the whole family.

Grampians Grape Escape | 2nd and 3rd May
To find out more, visit the website

Yet another reason to escape the big smoke, the Rocky Road Festival of Flavours at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie is a regional foodie event that you simply can’t miss. For the month of May, the Chocolaterie will be offering a gobsmacking 31 different Rocky Road flavours—think Caramelised Popcorn, Banarama White Choc and Espresso Hazelnut—made from the highest quality ingredients. In addition to endless blocks of chocolate, there’ll be Rocky Road infused desserts, ice creams, waffles and hot chocolates...we’re hyperventilating just thinking about it. See you there, okay?

Rocky Road Festival of Flavours | 1st—31st May
To find out more, visit the website

Sunday 3rd May

Dr Morse keeps the awesome events coming this week with their new foodie focused Sunday session, Hopfen and Malz. Each Sunday the Abbotsford restaurant and bar will be dishing up a European style BBQ—think caramelised pork hock, Polish link sausages and a jumbo quail spit roast—alongside German beer specials and craft brews on tap. Dr Morse also make one heck of a Bloody Mary, which in this case, will be pressed fresh to order. Forget your usual Sunday session in Melbourne…Dr Morse is where it’s at!

Hopfen and Malz at Dr Morse
Each Sunday | Food from 1:00pm and DJs from 2:00pm

Have you ever wondered what happened to the good ol’ handwritten letter? The Boroughs certainly have, which is why they’ll be hosting a free letter writing workshop this Sunday. Led by Michelle Mackintosh, author of the book Snail Mail, the event is the opportunity to get crafty and create a beautiful handwritten note using techniques from Michelle’s book. While the event is free, copies of Snail Mail will be available for purchase and 10% of all sales will be donated to local charity Foundation House. Fun and feel good—we like it!

Letter Writing Workshop at The Boroughs
Free event | 1:00pm—2:30pm
Spaces are limited so call 03 9388 1618 to reserve your spot

Last but not least in our round-up of awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend is EuroUnion, a new street food festival held at the Queen Vic Market. EuroUnion brings together the market’s top food and wine producers in a showcase of flavours from Greece, Germany, Italy and more. From baklava to bratwurst, and paella to pasta, plus live music, an on-site bar and family-friendly entertainment, EuroUnion has plenty of things to eat, see and do. Stretchy pants are a must, you’ve been warned!

EuroUnion at the Queen Victoria Market
Each Sunday in May, June and July | 10:00am—4:00pm
To find out more, visit the website

Your search for awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend is over! #thankuslater 

Image Credit: Beach Burrito Fitzroy—Simon Shiff for The Urban List

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