What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
18th Dec 2014

If you are looking for things to do in Melbourne this weekend, there are plenty of markets, movies and meals to be had! Make sure you check out this list of what’s on to catch all the best events. Remember it’s silly season, Listers, so in between your partying, feasting and frolicking, donate an item or two to those in need. 

Thursday 18th

Want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city but still be in the thick of it? Well get excited for Club Aperol at Fatto! Touted as the coolest place to spend the hot summer, this initiative will see Fatto’s Southbank river terrace transformed into an Italian country club where you can play Bocce, dance to some DJs and sip Aperol Spritz into the night. We’re pretty stoked for the Italian-inspired menu, too!

Club Aperol | Fatto Bar & Cantina in Melbourne
Wednesdays through to Sundays from December 3rd - January 31st, 4pm - 11pm

The Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival is back, Listers! Village Cinemas will be screening Horrible Bosses 2, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and Exodus: Gods and Kings, tonight and tomorrow. The best bit is the food trucks, though. Ooh yeah, love a good food truck! There will be eight trucks each night, yet to be confirmed. Whether it be snags, burgers, tacos or fro-yo on offer, we’re pretty stoked either way!

Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival | Village Cinemas Coburg Drive In in Coburg 
Thursday 18th - Friday 19th December

Here at The Urban List we love a good sale, and what’s more fun than a great pop-up? How about a great pop-up SALE! The It Kit, The Woodsfolk, and Down to the Woods are putting on a pre Christmas pop-up sale! Fantastic wares that are usually only available online will be up for grabs, so get your shopping arms, eyes and wallets ready and get Chrissie shopping, Listers!

The It Kit Christmas Pop Up | Level 1, 405 Wattletree Road, East Malvern  
Thursday 18th - Monday 22nd December (Excluding Sunday 21st)

The Maribyrnong Makers Market is a not-for-profit craft market in Melbourne that we just love to visit for a tasty treat while we peruse the boutique-designed items on sale! On this evening, head on over after work to get your market fix.

Maribyrnong Makers Market | Seddon Uniting Church Hall in Seddon 
4:30pm - 8:30pm

Love Melbourne markets and need to get some serious Christmas shopping done? Then Northcote Town Hall is the place to go, with the Kris Kringle Night Markets! There are over 50 stalls selling a range of locally made and designed items, such as fashion, jewellery, plants, homewares and more. There’s also a bar in case you need help getting into the festive spirit, plus snacks galore, and live music. Santa hats welcome here.

Kris Kringle Night Market | Northcote Town Hall in Northcote 
5:30pm - 10:00pm 

We have a sweet spot for Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra, so we’re pretty excited to head on down to their Christmas late night shopping event tonight! With carollers outside the store, and Darren Purchese himself present to talk guests through the Christmas range, we’re stoked to sample some festive goodies and stock up on stocking stuffers (you can fill a stocking for yourself, right?)!

Burch and Purchese Christmas Late Night Shopping Event 
Burch and Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Jewellery and accessory trend-maker, Lucy Folk, is teaming up with others in the Bourke Hill precinct for a festive Christmas occasion! With extended trading hours, sweet treats and some sparkles to sip on, get your late night shopping done here. Plus, all Lucy Folk purchases will come with a super sweet lolly bag! Who said you had to wait for Christmas for sweets?

Lucy Folk Late Night Christmas | Bourke Hill in Melbourne 
6:00pm - 8:00pm

Friday 19th

Get set for a meet and greet this Friday night, or should we say meat and great? Meatmother is having a final pop-up at Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond! Tonight from 5pm they’ll be serving up American BBQ style pulled pork chipotle slaw buns, but we’re pretty stoked (smoked?) for the 12-hour smoked wagyu brisket!

Meatmother Pop-Up | Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond 

What's on in Melbourne for creative folk this weekend? Well, on Friday, General Assembly is putting on a Heart Beats Party that’s all about professional creatives being totally unprofessional! No networking, no business cards and no nonsense, this social event is all about finding out what drives your peers when they’re off the clock! 

General Assembly Heart Beats Party | General Assembly in Melbourne 
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Dumplings, bao, noodles. Sound like heaven? Yep, we agree, which is why we’re heading down to the Chinatown Night Market tonight, to get our greedy paws on some delicious Asian street food! We mentioned dumplings, right?

Chinatown Night Market | Heffernan Lane in Melbourne 
4:00pm - 10:00pm 

The Abbotsford Convent is getting on board the summer vibes with a Supper Market. With live music, activities for the kids, food, food and more food, the Supper Market is the go-to spot for your Friday Night.

Supper Market | Abbotsford Convent in Abbotsford 
6:00pm - 10:00pm

If you live in Melbourne, you can never get enough of markets. If you’re after something to do with the fam, or maybe a friend of two, head down to the Coburg Night Market. Get some Christmas shopping done, sample some multicultural street food, check out the arts, crafts and live performances, or just enjoy hanging out at the fun-filled Coburg Night Market!

Coburg Night Market | Bridges Reserve in Coburg  
5:30pm - 10:00pm

‘MORE markets?’ You say? And I know you meant that as an expression of excitement. Well you’re right to be excited, Listers! Because the Melbourne Designed Gift Markets at QV is THE place to shop for some stunning local design talent! QV square has been transformed into a festive fantasy sanctuary, with twilight markets every Friday during the market period. 

Melbourne Designed Gift Markets | QV Square in Melbourne 
Friday, 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday, 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Melbournian’s love a good burger, and we’re pretty excited about welcoming newcomer Easey’s (set to open in Collingwood come 2015). It will be a multi-level burger bonanza! So why are we writing about it now? Because Easey’s just couldn’t wait to hit the streets of Melbourne, opening a pop-up rooftop burger-slinging joint in the CBD! Running for 10 days only, and with a secret location (which you can discover by signing up to their website), Easey’s pop-up is a must visit for your summer holiday shenanigans!

Easey’s Pop Up | Secret Location in the CBD
December 19th - 23rd, and 26th - 28th

Saturday 20th

Street Store has come to Melbourne! This community-driven event is aimed at educating people about Melbourne’s homeless community, and creating an enriching experience of engagement. Free is Better. TM have teamed up with GiDi CREATIVE and Homeless of Melbourne, to create a pop-up store for homeless individuals to choose items they need from a range of donated goods. With clothes, food vouchers, barber grooming services, and a chance for guests to purchase $5 food vouchers from Mr Burger to donate to someone in need, this is a great initiative where anyone can get involved in giving back to the community. 

If you want to get on board, bring down some of your own clothes to donate on the day, or beforehand to the Free Is Better office at 221 Kerr Street, Fitzroy from 10am - 6pm Monday to Friday. Get involved Melburnians, and help those in need during a time that is meant to be all about giving!

Street Store to Help the Homeless | Federation Square in Melbourne 
12:00pm - 3:00pm

Temple Brewing Co. In Brunswick East is hosting ‘From Beer to Eternity - The Dinner Series’, where you’ll enjoy a three-course meal matched with some of their finest brews, while sitting back and enjoying a comedic show by Elbow Skin. Get your mates together for a tipple and a giggle!

Elbow Skin present ‘From Beer to Eternity - The Dinner Series’ 
Temple Brewing Co. in Brunswick East | $99pp | 6:30pm - 11:00pm

Learn all about some fine whisky at Bad Frankie’s Whisky Master Class. Taste five drams while you take part in an informative session covering the making and distilling process. Plus—jaffles, anyone?

Whisky Master Class | Bad Frankie in Fitzroy | $65pp | 3:00pm - 5:00pm 
To book, please call 9078 3866 or email

Yes, we have another market for you, Listers, but this time it’s one with a twist! St Ali in South Melbourne are hosting a part night-market, part lane way party to celebrate the festive season. Shop for gifts, check out some live street art as it goes up, and shimmy along to the DJs. You can also get a haircut or beard trim, a tattoo, or you could be totally rebellious and just eat a lot of food. You know, whatever makes you tick, really.

St Ali Night Market and Lane Way Party | St Ali in South Melbourne 
2:00pm - 9:00pm

Da-na-na-na-na-na-na-na Christmaaaaas! Yup, you guessed it, Batman Market in Coburg is having an Xmas special from the 20th to the 21st of December. There will be photo ops with Santa, face painting, live performances and more! But the best bit of course is the multicultural foodie offering, featuring faves like Happy Camper Pizza, Yoggurdiction and more! Come for a picnic or a peruse, you’re bound to have a great time at the Batman Market this weekend!

Batman Market Xmas Special | Batman Market in Coburg

Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st December

Sunday 21st

One of Melbourne’s best South American restaurants, Piqueos turns two today! Help them celebrate in true Argentinian style with an Argentinian BBQ! Lots of meat guaranteed!

Piqueos 2nd Birthday | Piqueos in Carlton North | $45pp | 12:00pm - 4:00pm 
For bookings, please phone 9349 2777 or email

Ah Melbourne, what would we do without our markets (besides not have a what’s on in Melbourne column!)? Although it seems a tad overwhelming, in a week there won’t be enough, as everything will wrap up (or you know, get unwrapped Christmas morning). Like the Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market. Get on down as this is the last one for the year, and your last chance to grab Chrissie gifts from over 80 local artisans!

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market | Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn in Melbourne 
10:00am - 4:00pm 

Merry weekending, Listers, make the most of the rest of 2014!

Image credit: Hint of Vanilla.

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