Listers, there is SO much happening in Melbourne this weekend. From last minute Mother’s Day shopping and feasting, closing nights, exhibitions and pop-up shops and eats galore, you’ll be running flat out to get through this ultimate list of Melbourne weekend events.
Psst…if Mother’s Day has simply slipped your mind (we’re not judging you, we promise), grab some of her favourite flowers at one of Melbourne’s best florists or check out our round up of the best Mother’s Day restaurants. There’s still time to book!
Thursday May 7th
Newmarket Hotel’s casual weekday lunch specials drive a hard bargain. We might have to make a mad dash to St Kilda, Listers. A mere $20 will buy you your choice of two courses from a generously selected menu including grilled meats, street salads and delicate tapas. If you’re feeling particularly peckish (or simply can’t decide) upgrade to three courses for an extra $10.
Runs every weekday lunch | $20 for 2 courses
To book phone 03 9537 1777 or email
The Human Rights Arts & Film Festival opens today, and their two-week calendar is absolutely stuffed to the brim with exhibitions, screenings and forums dedicated to informing and engaging audiences on human rights issues. Whatever piques your fancy, there’s plenty to see and learn at this outstanding festival.
Human Rights Arts & Film Festival | 7th – 21st May
Various locations | Line up details are on HRAFF’s website
Friday May 8th
We’d like to introduce Jardin Nights by Vue de Monde—we think you’ll like him very much! Running every Friday night from 7pm, indulge in an innovated (good innovative, Listers) five-course French/Vietnamese menu. Paired with five artesian cocktails and set in the Royal Botanic Gardens, this a perfect event if you’re after something particularly special.
Jardin Nights | Every Friday from 7pm
Royal Botanic Gardens, Birdwood Avenue
$80 pp | To book or for more details visit the website
HEART, a one-day only event, aims to raise funds for the local Arts Access Victoria. Supported by ACU students, works by over 30 local artists will be sold through a silent auction. Pop by for a sneaky peak, with auctions like these you never know what treasures might await! Considering all funds go towards a good cause, there’s even more reason to loosen the purse strings if you spot something you like.
HEART | 8th May
Doors open at 7pm | ACU Gallery Space
26 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Saturday May 9th
Beers for breakfast, lunch and dinner! As much as we’d like to follow that motto, sometimes life just gets in the way. But the boys at Barrow Boys Brewing are trying their very best. Teaming up with Green Park, the super-duo are bringing a four-course menu which uses a different beer in every dish. Naturally, they’ll be pouring a few cold ones too.
Barrow Boys Brewing | Green Park Dining
9th May | $85 per person
815 Nicholson Street, Carlton
For more info, visit the website or call 03 9380 5499 to book
This weekend welcome eight new stalls to Melbourne’s oldest permanent market. The South Melbourne Market’s Autumn Trail gives you the opportunity to suss out these new recruits, and pick up your produce for the week while you explore. Among the eye catchers are Tea Drop and florist Azalea, the combination of which could make you mama’s favourite this Mother’s Day.
1st May – 31st May | Free
South Melbourne Market
To see the trail map visit the website
The Blackman Studio art practice is exciting hard-core art lovers around Melbourne with their latest exhibition. Displayed works feature artefacts paying homage to the works of renowned Australian artist, Charles Blackman. This unique multifaceted collaboration only runs for one month Listers!
9th May – 9th June | Locations in Windsor and Daylesford
For more details visit the website
The southsiders of Melbourne are getting a brand spanking new takeaway joint, Lot 3. While the site is under construction, the proud Lot 3 founders are hosting a pop-up store. To entice they’ll be offering house-made sodas, pork dogs with a variety of toppings, and potato slaw. Early birds will be keen to visit this weekend, instead of waiting for the Lot 3 joint to open at its permanent residency next month!
Lot 3 Pop-Up | Every Friday and Saturday
6pm – 9pm | 48 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea
Shop for a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, stock up on winter clothes, or just visit to browse—there’s no reason not to go to this Saturday’s Round She Goes market event. Home of the vintage and house of the bargains, take shelter from the cold at one of Melbourne’s best second-hand markets.
Round She Goes Fashion Market | Saturday 9 May
Box Hill Town Hall | 1022 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill
10am – 3pm | $2 entry
Sunday May 10th
The picturesque Saké Restaurant & Bar is hosting a very special Mother’s Day dinner. Featuring fine Japanese dining with a contemporary twist, sit back and celebrate with Saké’s gorgeous a la carte menu—you don’t need to worry about choosing! Open for both lunch and dinner, make your way down to treat mum this Mother’s Day.
Saké Restaurant & Bar | Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
You can check out the menu on their website
Phone 03 8687 0775 to book
Locally loved Grosvenor Hotel has announced their Winter Roast series, featuring different meats on the first Sunday of every month…just in time for Mother’s Day! How convenient for you. To celebrate, the Grosvenor has put together a mouth-watering three-course feast featuring roasted beef rib eye for main. If you bring the whole family, they’ll shout you a bottle of red, what more could you possibly want?!
Grosvenor Hotel | Sunday 10th May
10 Brighton Road, St Kilda | from 12pm
$65 per adult, $25 per child | For bookings call 03 9531 1542
If you haven’t been to the Spanish Film Festival yet, what have you been doing? Don’t worry, closing night is today so cancel all your plans and say goodbye with Oscar nominated film, Wild Tales. Oh, there’s wine and live entertainment afterwards, too.
Spanish Film Festival | Various Palace Cinemas
22nd April – 10th May | General admission $27 closing night
There you go, our picks of the best things to do in Melbourne this weekend! Go forth and enjoy!
Image Credit: Tasty Kitchen