Although it might be your last chance to get in on the Night Noodle Market action and Stir Fryday, it’s also time to welcome Melbourne’s first ever gin festival, and the Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas! Dapper gents, it’s time to get to Prahran Town Hall for a feast of all things gentlemanly, and sweet tooths unite for the Good Food Month’s Sweetfest. It’s one hell of a weekend ahead!
Here are our top picks of what to get up to this weekend in Melbourne.
Night Noodle Markets at Birrarung Marr
It’s the final weekend for the Night Noodle Markets, people! If you haven’t already checked it out you can expect classic flavours from the likes of Wonderbao and Red Spice Road with Windsor newcomer Hawker Hall joining sister venues Chin Chin and Kong. Fronting 56 stalls, the market will wrap up this Sunday the 29th - so get on it! Entry is free, and for further details of who’s on the menu head on over to Good Food Month.
A Taste of TAM Exhibtion
Thou Art Mum, or ‘TAM’, is a Diamond Valley network of over 40 female visual artists that are showcasing their next exhibition A Taste of TAM - running ‘til December 6th. The exhibition is a celebration of a decade of TAM and will feature works by its artists across painting, drawing, sculpture, textiles, printmaking, glasswork, ceramics and photography. For further information on the exhibit and a list of featured artists click through to the TAM website.
2015 Jewish International Film Festival
2015’s Jewish International Film Festival is packed with 60 Australian premiere features, documentaries and TV series from Israel and around the globe. The festival wraps up this Sunday the 29th so be sure to catch a flick before the curtains close at Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick! For a full list of the festival program and film bookings click on over to JIFF.com.au.
Made In House Part Deux at No Vacancy Gallery Fed Square
Catch the works of local artists Fiona Skipper, George Rose, and Steve Leadbeater in the exciting conclusion to Redbubble’s artistic residency program. From large typography pieces to exquisite illustrations, there is so much to be admired from these Melbourne artists during the exhibition, running from November 26th – December 13th. Entry is free and operating hours are 11:00am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday and 12-5pm Sundays.
Japanese Film Festival at ACMI
The Japanese Film Festival kicks off this Thursday with a 7:20pm screening of BAKUMAN at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. BAKUMAN tells the story of two young aspiring manga artists; a writer and illustrator teaming up to realise their dream of creating a manga series for Shonen Jump Weekly, the world’s most popular manga mag. The Japanese Film Festival will run from November 26th – December 6th across ACMI cinemas and Hoyts Melboure Central. Check out the website for all featured flicks and movie tickets.
Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market
Melbourne, your regular Friday night Asian street party is sadly coming to an end this Friday the 27th - so it’s time to go out with a bang! Food trucks and bars will be serving up the very best Asian style dishes and drinks, supplemented 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.
The Coburg Night Market at Bridges Reserve
The Coburg Night Market returns for it’s 6th year, and it’s here to bless us with four Friday nights of market goodness! With food trucks, artisan crafts, live music and dance sessions (there will be twerking and go-go-ing), you know it’s going to be a good time. Running from 5:30pm-10pm on Friday November 27th, December 4th, 11th and 18th, make sure you don’t miss out on this summer market gem!
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th
The Interrobang: A Festival of Questions at The Wheeler Centre
Is religion ever more important than democracy? What is the difference between muffins and cupcakes? These questions and more will be answered at The Wheeler Centre this week for the new Interrobang festival. A series of questions will be presented to a number of the world’s most inquisitive thinkers including Cheryl Strayed, Adam Liaw, Geraldine Brooks, and Benjamin Law. This is not your average panel discussion, but rather an open invitation for the audience to become involved and investigate interesting and perplexing ideas. For a full rundown of the program, and to grab your tickets, head to The Interrobang website.
Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th
Queenscliff Music Festival at Bellarine Peninsula
The Queenscliff Music Festival is back, with 10 additional acts added to an already killer set including Angus & Julia Stone, Hoodoo Gurus, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Paul Dempsey. Gather your mates and prepare to camp out for the weekend - or get in fast to snap up your single-day tickets. Here’s to an epic weekend of tunes!
Etsy Made Local Melbourne Market at Rupert on Rupert
Etsy fiends rejoice, the Etsy Made Local Melbourne Market is on this Saturday. Sometimes nothing beats being able to check out gorgeous art and design goods in person before making that final commitment. The market will mean getting up close and personal with some incredible pieces and the artisans who’ve created them. Open from 9am – 3pm at the Rupert on Rupert warehouse in Collingwood, pop along to nab yourself a treat, or tick off some early Christmas shopping.
Aerial Yoga Workshop at Studio 3 Moonee Ponds
Ever wanted to try Aerial Yoga? From 1-3pm this Saturday, Studio 3 are hosting a workshop that is the perfect intro to this intriguing practice. It will have you swinging and flipping through the air, while still keeping up the chill vibes. Tickets are just $50 per person, so give Studio 3 a buzz on 93 720 442 for further info and to secure your spot.
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 last in the US-of-A BBQs, so be sure not to miss out!
An Event For Gents at Prahran Town Hall
Prahran Town Hall is the place to be for Melbourne’s discerning gents this Saturday night. The Ideas Library An Event For Gents will bring together a range of artists, designers, crafters, and culinary talent for all things dapper. Cheers to brews by Hawker’s craft beer, pop by a pop-up barber by The Bearded Man, and dine on street food plates by Gumbo Kitchen. It’s all happening at Prahran Town Hall from 4:30-9pm. We’ll see you there, fellas!
Bang Bang BBQ Sundays at the St Hotel
Sorry, mum. We’re skipping the Sunday roast so we can tuck in to a 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.
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th
Sweetfest at Meat Market North Melbourne
Hallelujah! Good Food Month is bringing us a sweets festival to celebrate all things baked, fried, whipped, iced, and colourful. Sweetfest will feature delights from many of Melbourne’s favourites including Luxbite, Bibelot and Gelato Messina. Masterclasses will be held throughout the day to show you the tricks of the trade in dessert making, so prepare for a sugar overload and get your $20 tickets here.
Melbourne Gin Festival at Federation Wharf
It’s HERE! Melbourne’s first ever gin festival Juniperlooza has finally arrived - and we are more than ready for a weekend celebrating this sweet, sweet spirit. Held at Federation Wharf bars Pilgrim and Riverland, the festival will feature a range of gin tastings, meet-the-maker sessions, gin inspired food stalls, live entertainment, and pop-up bars showcasing the finest gin labels in the game. For further details and festival hours click here.
Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas at St Kilda Beach
Live music, open air cinemas, and all of the ice cream? Um, hell yes! After a cracking year in 2014, the Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema returns to St Kilda beach to channel all your summer kick-back vibes. Flicks will include The Martian, He Named Me Malala, the latest Bond film Spectre, and a Clueless 20th Anniversary screening. Book in for a Sundae Session and you will be able to lap up unlimited ice cream, plus get amongst some putt-putt and giant cow jenga. Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema is on from Sunday November 29th – December 20th, so get rolling with your homies and snap your tickets up here.
Thai Beach Party Laneway Festival at Bridge Hotel
Hit up the Bridge Hotel this Sunday for a Thai style beach party bursting with South East Asian street food eats, Asian inspired cocktails, specialty beers, and live entertainment. The party kicks off at 12pm and entry is free, with food and beverage tokens available at the bar. We’ll see you there!
Looking for more awesome things to do this November? Check out our top 10 events for the month!
Photo credit: Sweetfest Melbourne