Good Beer Week, one of Melbourne’s best festivals (in our humble opinion), is closing this Sunday. So Listers, your weekend had better be jam-packed with beer, post-beer and pre-beer events! If this list of things to do in Melbourne is anything to go by, you’ll have no problemo filling your diary this weekend.
GOOD BEER WEEK: THE WILD DEBUT IMBIBE AND BANQUET
With so many activities flying around during this year’s Good Beer Week, it’s hard to choose just a handful to attend Listers! In an ideal world we’d be spending all day and night at festival events (cries). But the Dr Morse La Sirène crossover night is one event you absolutely cannot (CANNOT) miss. The four-course degustation already has us drooling —top that with a promised bottomless glass and I might have to be conspicuously missing from The Urban List HQ the following morning…
TOMS ONE DAY WITHOUT SHOES
TOMS annual One Day Without Shoes event gives you a chance to give someone in need a brand new pair of TOMS. No purchase necessary. Just take off dem shoes and take a snap of your bare feet. Pop it up on your beloved Insta and make sure you tag it with the #withoutshoes hashtag. TOMS will give out a pair for every image. Yup, it’s that simple. What are you waiting for?!
COBURG FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
Melbourne’s favourite food trucks are coming back to the Village Cinemas Coburg drive in this Thursday. There’s no shortage of new releases out either—so whether or not you get conned into watching Pitch Perfect 2 or Mad Max: Fury Road, there’ll be plenty of street bites to devour while you sulk. With some of Melbourne’s favourite names like Pizza Wagon, Brulee Cart and Mamma Van among the welcomed guests, you’ll be brimming with food before the film even begins.
SLEEP: FOR A CAUSE | MCG
More than a thousand Melburnians are expected to sleep on cardboard at the MCG this Thursday night for a good cause. The annual Sleep at the G event, which raised over half a million dollars last year, aims to help those who sleep rough every day. All of the money raised goes to charity. There’s still time to register to participate in this great cause, otherwise if life is (annoyingly) once again getting in the way, you can sponsor or donate to sleepers via the Melbourne City Mission website.
ST KILDA FILM FEST
The St Kilda Film Festival opens this Thursday, and for the attention-challenged and easily distracted like myself, this is a dream come true. One of Melbourne’s best film events, the festival features the top 100 short film entries from across Australia. It’s wallet-friendly too, with full-priced tickets as low as $18. From documentary to comedy and animation to horror, there is (literally) room to cater for every film junkie’s needs across this 10-day extravaganza.
GREAT AUSTRALASIAN BEER SPECTAPULAR
Scout out some of Melbourne’s best craft brewers at the Australasian Beer Spectapular. Conveniently home to 300 different beers from 150 breweries over three days, this is the perfect event for access to some of the best cold ones around. Every beer in this event is something SPECTAPULARLY (hah) new, as breweries can only submit beers that have never been made before. Go crazy.
GOOD BEER WEEK AT ARBORY BAR
If planning ahead isn’t exactly your strongest suit, you’re probably stressing at how quickly Melbourne’s Good Beer Week events are booking out! Not to worry, Arbory Bar and eatery is hosting a range of free, walk-in events this weekend for you, you disorganised jellybean. Check out what’s on every night on via their website.
KONG’S RAMEN IS HERE
So it’s date night but you haven’t picked out a spot yet? You’re not keen for super long waits but you want nice food (since he’s probably paying)? Kong’s ramen has landed in its Richmond home, and it’s all yours for the taking. With spicy pork and sesame (!!) ramen with tobanjan, this is no ordinary steaming hot bowl of gloriously slurpy noodles. Or, if you’d prefer a night in with blankets and the tellie, Kong’s Ramen is available to take away. Just order online and pick it up when it’s ready!
A GENTLEMAN’S EVENT: THE FESTIVAL OF STEVE
The Festival of Steve. For the dapper and gentlemen-ly among us, this one-day festival celebrates all things masculine and fashionable for dudes. Hosted by the Kelvin Club at Melbourne Place, the whopping 11-hour event is guaranteed to be exhaustingly fun. Workshops and forums on male grooming, health and (of course) romance are some of the unique offerings at this FREE event. Yup, you read that correctly. F-R-E-E. Let’s be honest, every Melburnian lad should be attending this gig.
SCHOOL OF LIFE WINTER TERM ON SALE
The highly regarded Melbourne School Of Life has officially announced its Winter Term program, running from the 1st of July to the 29th of August. What, you may cry, but it’s only May! These tickets sell out quick, so grab one of these babies before they’re gone. These lectures cover all the important thangs in life—love, work, relationships and (of course) money.
HIGH COUNTRY HARVEST FEST
This is your last reminder Listers! The High Country Harvest Festival is packing its bags this weekend, and it’s taking its amazingly fresh, quality ingredients with it. So if you haven’t been to at least one of the delish 40 events in the last ten days, what have you been doing?! You can check out the events on this weekend, and book via the website.
MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL
Also closing soon is the Melbourne Cabaret Festival. Featuring 30 never-before seen acts, this is literally one of Melbourne’s biggest show-stopping events. You have absolutely no excuse to miss this one, Listers! Check out the full program on their website.
NICK BENNETT AT ARBORY BAR
Catch legendary chef Nick Bennett at riverside venue the Arbory Bar & Eatery where he'll be cooking up a storm in honour of Good Beer Week. Yup, there'll be beer too—Thunder Road Brewery will be providing some delicious beers to complement the lamb shoulder and barley rissotto that you'll be tucking into. Epic! You'll find details here.
GOOD BEER WEEK ROUND-UPS
Good Beer Week will officially finish this Sunday! Don’t worry, there’s still time to sneak in an event or two before the festival closes. Here are some of our top picks.
THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHOWCASE | DR MORSE
Love your beer, but don’t have the cash to fork out for Good Beer Week? No worries, we’ve got you covered. One of Melbourne’s best free events this weekend, the Humboldt County Showcase, features Californian microbreweries by Humboldt County which will join adored Dr Morse of Abbotsford to bring you complimentary samples, limited edition beers and juicy BBQ snacks to round it out.
JAPANESE BEER MASTERCLASS | SAKE
Japan has generously bought some of the best (and most affordable) beers in the last few years, so accordingly, Melbourne’s Sake restaurant and bar is hosting an event this Sunday to celebrate everything under the Japanese beer umbrella. Representatives from Coedo, Hitachino and Yoho will join Sake Bar Manager John Ross-Jones to accompany you on this exclusive Japanese journey, so you’ll be in very capable beer-pouring hands.
HELLO SUNDAY MORNING
We feel just a teensy bit guilty about all these Good Beer Week events, Listers. We’re hoping and praying you won’t be cursing us come the dreaded but oh-so-familiar Sunday morning hangover. As an olive branch, we’re kindly suggesting you download the Hello Sunday Morning app. This ingenious little program encourages you to get up and moving with individually designed challenges to complete, migraine or not. Very generously (because they definitely know how desperate we are) the creators are offering this app for free.
SLOW CLAY CENTRE TEA X ZEN INTRODUCTION | COLLINGWOOD
I know we’ve been talking a lot about beer lately Listers, so if you’re looking for an alcohol-free event this weekend, Melbourne’s slow clay centre is hosting an exciting workshop which will cover anything and everything about Japanese Zen practices and Japanese tea ceremonies. They’ll even teach you proper samurai posture and breathing techniques, so if you’re a keen bean visit the website to book.
SCONES FOR A CAUSE
This high tea appeal, brainchild of Therese Slee, aims to raise awareness on domestic violence and abuse. Part of the ticket price will go towards funding help for women in need. So enjoy some of Therese’s homemade treats at the Newport Railway Workshop this weekend…champagne and endless teas await! To book email or call on 0478 624 528.
MARY'S BURGERS POP-UP | BELLE'S
IT’S HERRREEEE. Sydney’s infamously finger-licking-good Mary Burgers are coming to Melbourne’s for one day only! This pop-up at Belle’s Hot Chicken is the perf spot to drown your post-Good Beer Week sorrows, but you’d better get in early. Rumour has it only 300 of these precious ones are available.
5CENT CAMPAIGN OYSTER FEAST | FEAST OF MERIT
Seafood, drinks, and a good cause all rolled up into one massive Melbourne event. Why not head down to the amazing Feast of Merit restaurant this Monday to enjoy unlimited oysters and support YGAP’s 5cent campaign. For $45 a head, this Oyster Feast is a true Melburnian bargain. The 5cent campaign aims to raise much-needed funds for communities through donations of the humble 5-cent piece. C'mon, you know you don't want them anyway!
That’s what’s on in Melbourne this weekend folks!
Image credit: Cheeseburger Eddies