What a cracker of a weekend ahead, Melbourne! We’ve got cult movie screenings, French and Latin festivals, food and artisan markets, Prahran Market’s first Cherry Festival, and the 2015 Color Run just to name a few...
Read on for our top picks of what to get up to this weekend in Melbourne.
VIP Summer Series at Westfield Doncaster
Celebrate summer at Westfield Doncaster with fashion, food trucks, cocktails, craft and styling sessions. Stop in at the Beauty Hub featuring The Body Shop, Jurlique and iScream Nails, or book in for eyebrow contouring with Ania Milczarczyk. For a full list of the program, and to secure your bookings, head to Westfield Doncaster events.
Night Noodle Markets at Birrarung Marr
The Night Noodle Market is back and we can’t wait to dig in again this November! Expect classic flavours from the likes of Wonderbao and Red Spice Road, with Windsor newcomer Hawker Hall joining sister venues Chin Chin and Kong. There will be 56 stalls this year to choose from at the Night Noodle Market, running from November 12 – 29. Entry is free. For further details, head on over to Good Food Month’s website.
A Taste of TAM Exhibtion
Thou Art Mum, or ‘TAM’, is a Diamond Valley network of over 40 exceptional female visual artists, and they’re heading to Melbourne this month to showcase their next exhibition. A Taste of TAM will run until December 6th, and will celebrate a decade of TAM. Featuring works by TAM artists across painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, glasswork, ceramics and photography, it will be a must-do this month for the art lover. For further information on the exhibit, and a list of featured artists, check out the TAM website.
2015 Jewish International Film Festival
2015’s Jewish International Film Festival kicks off this month, packed with 60 premiere features, documentaries, and TV series from Israel and around the globe. Running until November 29th at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick, the festival will showcase a number of Jewish tales in all their complexity and nuance. For a full list of the festival program and film bookings head to JIFF.com.au.
Thursday 19th and Friday 20th
Melbourne Music Week
If you haven’t already, it’s time to get amongst Melbourne Music Week - the festival wraps up this Friday! A celebration of Melbourne’s music scene, the festival takes in a collection of much-loved live music venues, city streets and laneways, and of course Melbourne’s unique creative spaces. From live gigs and dancing, to sessions, tours, and documentary screenings, there’s plenty to get involved in, all in the name of our city’s love for music. For a full run down of the program visit MMW.
Gravity & Grace screening at Speakeasy Cinema
Gravity & Grace is the story of two college girls in NZ turning tricks for wealthy tourists - until things start to heat up when they meet a group of average suburbanites in an apocalyptic cult. Catch this almost impossible-to-see-anywhere-else flick by Director Chris Kraus at Speakeasy this Thursday, starting at 7pm. Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.
The Daily Edited Pop-Up at Westfield Doncaster
Hellooo luscious leather goods. Cult online accessories store The Daily Edited are launching a pop-up at Westfield Doncaster this Thursday until Monday November 22nd, where customers can purchase a range of clutches, pouches, travel and tech accessories in person and have them monogrammed on the spot. Tablets will also be provided on site to browse The Daily Edited’s full range - designed by Melbourne design studio The Style Co. Grab the crew and treat yourselves to some luxurious leatherwear this weekend!
Friday 20th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd
Paris to Provence Melbourne French Festival
Held at the gorgeous Como House, South Yarra this Friday and Saturday, Paris to Province is Melbourne’s 6th French Festival. Indulge in French food favourites like cheese, wine, crepes and pastries, plus take in chef master classes, cultural demonstrations and live performances. For a full rundown of festival events, and to book your tickets, head to Paris to Provence.
Thank G&T It’s Friday at Fitzrovia
What better way to ring in the weekend than with some serious oyster and gin love at Fitzrovia! This Friday night the restaurant is partnering with Capi and Four Pillars gin to bring the party vibes in celebration of Capi’s newly released mixers. Get in on the action from 5pm and nab your 2 for 1 cocktails at just $10. We’ll see you at the bar!
Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market
An Asian street party every Friday night until November 27th? Heck yeah! Food trucks and bars will be serving up the very best Asian style dishes and drinks, accompanied by some sweet tunes to get down to, at the Terry Street Precinct. Kicking off from 5PM, we know where we’re headed after work. For more info head over to Stir Frydays at QVM.
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st
Williamstown Beer & Cider Festival
Top brews and seaside views! Get to the Seaworks Maritime Precinct in Williamstown for the epic Beer & Cider Festival. Over 25 breweries and cideries from Melbourne and across Australia will be there to showcase some fine drinks to imbibe in this weekend. Paired with quality food truck eats carefully picked to match the brews, this festival is going to bring some solid flavour game. Tickets are $30 plus booking fee for Friday, and $55 plus booking fee for Saturday. Get 'em here!
Cherry Festival at Prahran Market
For the love of cherries! Prahran Market is turning into a cherry wonderland this Saturday as it hosts its first ever Cherry Festival. Don’t miss the Market Square Cherry Pop-Up which will feature tasty bites from the likes of Naughty Boy, Bibelot, and Doughboys Donuts. There will also be cooking demonstrations, and a ticketed event called Taste The Cherry Trail which pulls together seven cherry inspired dishes at the market. Tix are selling fast so click here to book!
Maribyrnong Makers Market at Seddon Uniting Church
Featuring over 70 stalls, the November Maribyrnong Makers Market is going to be their biggest one yet. Support local artists and crafters, while getting in early on your Christmas shopping list with something a little different. The market will be open from 9:30am-3:30pm, and entry is free!
Noisy Ritual 2015 Bottling Party at XO Studios
Join Melbourne’s first people-powered urban winery, Noisy Ritual, to literally put the cork in their 2015 vintage! After a hard year’s work of batch prep, it’s now time to bottle it all up and celebrate 2015 with live music by Broadway Sounds, and The Pink Tiles, DJ sets by Breaking An Entering and Serious Joe Kokomo, and eats by Forge Woodfired Pizza. The event starts at 6pm and tickets are just $10 on the door. For further info, and to stay posted in the lead up, follow the Noisy Ritual 2015 Bottling Party on Facebook.
Hip Hop High Tea at Belleville
Hip hop and high tea? What is this magical concoction... Melbourne DJ and Radio Host MzRizk has been travelling the globe and immersing herself in various tea cultures. This Saturday from 4-6pm she’s brought the goods back to share with the crowd - so head on over to Belleville to sip some tea and nod your heads to her hip hop beats. Belleville will be serving up a menu that puts a spin on traditional high tea cuisine, and catering for vegetarian / vegan attendees is available. That’s a definite win! Tickets are $50 a head with bookings via Trybooking.
United States of Australia at Gem Bar for Good Food Month
Head to Collingwood’s Gem Bar & Dining Room for a two course Australian-meets-American style BBQ, coupled with beer by Brooklyn Brewery, for Good Food Month. Available from 1-8:30pm, this is the second-last in the US-of-A BBQs, so be sure not to miss out!
Kinfolk Cafe Mess Hall Diner
A night of gourmet produce, live entertainment, curries, craft beers, cider and wine? Um, yes. Kinfolk Cafe are throwing a feast in light of helping to bridge the Indigenous education gap. Come and fill your bellies in wonderful company from 5-10pm at Kinfolk, where all proceeds will go to the Cathy Freeman foundation. Click here for tix.
Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd
Jonhston Street Latin Festival
Get ready for some serious South American street partying! Kicking off from 12pm this Saturday and Sunday, Collingwood’s Johnston street will transform into a Latin American party hub with free dance classes, live music and performance, a street parade and of course, plenty of food stalls offering mouthwatering South American flavours. Do NOT miss this November favourite, Melbourne!
Eat Life Up! with Moro
Make your way to Federation Square this Sunday to indulge in Eat Life Up!, a celebration of good food and good company run by Australia’s favourite olive oil, Moro. Lead by celebrity chef and TV personality Miguel Maestre, Miguel will be hosting cooking sessions throughout the event and (of course) there will be an opportunity to tuck in to some mouthwatering dishes. Eat Life Up! runs from 11:30am-4:30pm and is free to attend, so make sure you don’t miss this Fed Square foodie celebration!
Melbourne Color Run at Flemingston Racecourse
Are you ready for the happiest 5km run on the planet? Get doused in colour this Sunday at the 2015 Color Run, while also raising funds for charity. A Finish Festival will follow the run, complete with live music and a DJ. If you haven’t already snapped up tickets, click here to get on the bandwagon!
Bang Bang BBQ Sundays at the St Hotel
Sorry, mum. We’re skipping the Sunday roast this week so that we can tuck in to an epic Thai style BBQ at the St Hotel! Running from 12-4pm every Sunday throughout November, the Bang Bang Feast will include tasty grilled chicken, marinated pork skewers, northern Thai style spicy sausage, mushroom, tofu and baby corn skewers, and green papaya slaw. Um, salivating! Tickets are just $30 per person, so give St Hotel a buzz on 9534 2944 to book your tables.
For more of the best events this November, check out our list of the top 10 events popping up in Melbourne!
Image credit: Color Run Facebook