Happy birthday, Melbourne! Yup, our glorious city turns 180 years old this weekend, and with it comes heaps of awesome events to keep you savvy Listers busy. From amazing degustations, to inspirational seminars, to chances for getting crafty, we’re blown away by this weekend’s line-up. Want to know what we’re talking about? Read on for our hit-list of things to do in Melbourne this weekend…
There’s A Giant Ball Pit At Emporium!
To celebrate Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, there’s a giant pop-up ball pit coming to Emporium. You’ll be able to have your very own fun fashion moment all weekend, until Sunday. What are you waiting for?!
The Yarra Valley Hot Chocolate Festival continues
Wrap your mouth around luxury hot chocolate creations at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie all this weekend. While you don’t need to book to visit the chocolate factory, tasting sessions often book out before the day so nab your place here. It's the last weekend too, so you'd better be quick!
ARTcontained at Port Melbourne
The Academy of Design Australia is hosting a pop-up exhibition at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, that’s showcased entirely in shipping containers! Called ARTcontained, the exhibition uses the containers as larger-than-life light boxes, showcasing design from around the country, it’s the perfect culture fix before dropping in for breakfast or lunch at Café Lafayette.
Speciality Wine Maker Dinner At Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar
Black Rock’s most beautiful eatery, Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar, hosts the first in its series of Speciality Wine Maker Dinners from 7pm this Thursday evening, when wine maker Ben Haines from Warramunda Estate joins the team for an incredible four-course wine-matched menu. Not only will you enjoy a mouth-watering meal, it’s also the perfect opportunity to sip some incredible local wines, as well as pick up a bottle or two, straight from the man who makes it. For more information, or to book your $110 ticket, get in touch here.
Woodblock Printing Workshop at Work-Shop
Looking to flex those creative muscles? Get your art on at Work-Shop, who are hosting a woodblock printing masterclass this Thursday, where you will learn the basics of print-making using age-old techniques. Find out more via Work-Shop.
Road To Refuge ‘The Fence’ Comedy Debate
Comedy takes on politics in the Road To Refuge comedy debate, which sees local comedians and thinkers talk all things asylum-seeking at RMIT’s Storey Hall this Thursday night. Join Julian Burnside, Cal Wilson, Akmal Saleh, Jessie Taylor, Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and Andrew Marlton for LOLs about current affairs. Find more info here.
Young Guns At The National
Richmond pub and eatery The National welcomes Zane Neustroski, chef de partie at Andrew McConnell’s Supernormal, for a six-course Mediterranean influenced feast with matched wines this Thursday. Only 40 lucky punters will be able to bag a seat at the table, which guarantees some of the most delicious food in Melbourne right now. To book in, call The National on 03 9429 8811 or email them here.
Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Kicks Off
Yup, it’s time to get your fash on as Melbourne hosts its annual spring fashion week. While the catwalks don’t kick off until Monday 1st (if you haven’t booked your tickets yet, you’d better get moving!) look out for special fashion events and offers throughout the city all weekend.
Wired For Wonder | Technology, Life, Business, Science & Awe
Wired For Wonder is one of the most exciting events to emerge in Melbourne this year, Listers. If you devour TED talks, binge on podcasts, and generally love expanding your view of the world, this is the event for you. The one-day event brings together big thinkers from all walks of live to discuss topics, from advertising to cyber-crime, psychology to Hinduism. The speaker line-up is too epic to jot down here, so check it out on the Wired For Wonder website and book your late-comer ticket ASAP.
Maker & Monger Cheese Shop Opens In Prahran Market
If you love cheese, the only date you need in your diary this week is Maker & Monger’s opening in Prahran Market. From traditional Swiss raclette to US-style grilled cheese, it’s a fromage fiend’s dream.
Colour Sensation—Art Meets Food At Heide
Dine at one of Melbourne’s most beautiful galleries, Heide Museum of Modern Art, as part of their Art Dinner Series. Hosted by visual artist Melinda Harper, the evening will include a tour of the gallery, discussing Melinda’s bright abstract works on show, as well as three courses of epic food from Heide’s kitchen along with matched wines. Bookings are essential—call Heide on 03 9852 2346 for more information.
The Great Taste Of Craft Beer | Australia Vs. New Zealand
Foresters Beer Hall becomes a battleground this Saturday, when Australia takes on New Zealand in a battle of the beers. With over 30 breweries bring their wares to the fight, it’s going to be an epic day of drinks and beer-related prizes. Who’s gonna win? Grab your ticket and head along to find out.
Hawkers Beer Hits Talk & Taste At The Immigration Museum
North South Feast West brings together multicultural food and drink pioneers in Melbourne’s Immigration Museum for a series of seminars from some fascinating foodie operations. This week, Hawkers beer are up, letting you taste their incredible Middle Eastern beer between 2pm and 4pm. Get all the info here.
Melbourne Turns 180 Years Old
You guys, Sunday 30th is officially Melbourne Day. To celebrate, you’ll find a free concert taking place in Docklands, as well as a Sunday market and regatta. Happy birthday, Melbs!
Tully Lou Goes Mad For Yoxing
What the hell is yoxing, hey? Turns out it’s a super-effective high-intensity training and boxing workout, followed by a relaxing yoga session and some healthy refueling snacks. This Sunday, get your introduction to the new fitness pairing at FitFight Boxing, South Melbourne, thanks to fitness guru Tully Humphrey, aka. Tully Lou. Set your alarms (the event kicks off at 10.30am) and book your tickets here.
Truffle Toastie Championships at Queen Victoria Market
From 11am this Sunday, Madame Truffles are hosting an epic truffle toastie competition at Queen Victoria Market that promises to deliver some of the tastiest sandwiches around! With four competing chefs on board, it’s set to be a delicious day out.
Take A Walk In The Park for Parkinsons
You know we love doing good here at The Urban List, which is why A Walk In the Park 2015—a 4km walk that supports Parkinson’s Victoria—is one of our top things to do in Melbourne this week. The walk kicks off at 11am, and all ticket proceeds go to the worthwhile charity. Find out more here.
Bomba Goes To Spain… Again
Everyone’s favourite CBD bar and eatery, Bomba, takes a trip to Andalusia in Spain this Sunday. From noon until 3pm, the Bomba team will be serving a mouth-watering four course menu inspired by their recent travels, including tapa, raciones and dessert, at $65 per person. The perfect Sunday lunch? We think so!
Chefs At The Cow at Milk The Cow
Head chef of Om Nom Dessert Bar, Christy Tania, pairs dessert with cheese in a four-course dinner that guarantees to delight at Milk The Cow’s Carlton venue this Sunday. The evening’s proceedings kick off at 7pm, but you’ll need a ticket, which you can book here. This is our top thing to do in Melbourne for cheese lovers this week!
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Image credit: Ebenezer Coffee & Wine Bar by Sabine Legrand for The Urban List