It’s been a weird week and we can’t say we loved the false hope that an extra day off gave us! So now we’re getting geared up for the actual weekend - two days in a row spent enjoying the best of Melbourne’s event calendar. There’s parachuting rotisserie chickens, tennis festival action, the launch of the Zoo Twilights series, and even a risqué workshop on great sex! Oh Melbourne, you do surprise us…
Check out our list of the best events to hit up this weekend in Melbourne.
The Australian Open Festival at Birrarung Marr
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: This is the last weekend you can groove on down to Birrarung Marr’s Australian Open Festival. There will be bites from the likes of Huxtaburger, Mamasita and Uncle as well as beverages from Heineken, Jacobs Creek and Canadian Club on offer, so you won’t be going hungry or thirsty in a hurry. The gigantic screen will take you straight to the Centre Court action – and now we’re down to the pointy-end there is going to be some brilliant matches on show. It’s a free event and it finishes up on the 31st of January.
Blackmore’s Wellbeing Oasis at the Australian Open
Do you dream of massage angels kneading out the knots in your back? Well as it turns out, you’ve been dreaming of the Blackmore’s Wellbeing Oasis that’s running all weekend long at the Australian Open Grand Slam Oval. You’ll be able to scoff down a superfood bar while completing the newly launched Wellbeing Check. It’s so 2016 and so good for ya… And it’s also totally free for all Australian Open guests.
Tinderbox at the Owl and Cat Theatre | Cremorne
Tinderbox isn’t a stage show about Tinder (although we kinda wish it was?!). It’s actually a terrifyingly honest immersive theatre experience – think Punchdrunk’s New York play Sleep No More – that will have you living in a play about when relationships hit the toxic level. The Owl and Cat Theatre present the last shows this Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, with tickets ranging from $32 adult/$26 concession. Head to the Owl and Cat Theatre website to book your tickets now. This one’s not for the faint-hearted!
A Night of Better Conversation at The School Of Life | Collingwood
The School Of Life has designed a special night solely dedicated to leaving superficial, office chit-chat behind and delving into rich and memorable conversations that matter. Split down the middle, the night will comprise theory and practice - first you’ll learn the techniques of better conversation, and then you’ll be free to practice them with your fellow comrades. This is right outside of that comfort zone, kids. Running from 6.15pm – 9.00pm, you’ll have more than enough time to talk your arse off. Ticket prices vary and bookings are essential, click here for more information.
South Melbourne Night Market
It’s market time, Listers. Described as ‘Modern Melbourne meets New Orleans Jazz’, The Royal Jellies will be bringing their awesome beats to the South Melbourne Night Market this Thursday. Browse eclectic market stalls and original designer goods while being serenaded by the awesome eight-piece ensemble. The market kicks off at 5.30pm and musical acts start at 6pm. Oh, there’ll also be the regular onslaught of food trucks to make your taste buds dance.
Grease screening at the Moonlight Cinema | Botanical Gardens
Grease is the word, it always has been and it always will be. This Thursday, watch Danny Zuko and our gal Sandy sing/dance/look pretty in the hit 1978 musical. Whether you’re sitting in the Glam Grass section or chilling in the General Admin, everyone’s bums will be movin’ and shakin’ all night long. The flick will start at 8.30pm, so get there early, set up your spot, eat, drink and warm up those vocal chords. Who else is going to hit the high note in Summer Nights? Ticket prices vary and bookings are essential, head to the Moonlight Cinema website to book now.
Parachuting Chickens at Belleville
It’s going to be raining rotisserie chickens in Globe Alley this weekend. You heard me – rotisserie chickens. All wrapped up in a takeaway box, Belleville’s yummiest treats (including poutine!) will be parachuting from the restaurant’s rooftop between 12-1pm, gliding perfectly into the clutches of the smart peeps below. As an added bonus there will be three takeaway boxes with a $50 voucher to Belleville attached inside! This is all happening to launch Belleville’s new takeaway menu and we’re not complaining. Check out Belleville’s site for more information.
Great Sex Matters at WorkShop Melbourne | Fitzroy
Feel like your skills between the sheets need a little polish? Tara O’s fabulous Great Sex Matters workshop lands at one of our favourite Fitzroy establishments, Work Shop, this Friday night. A fun and informal girls’ night out, there’s bound to be laughter, saucy stories and a few genuinely useful hints flying about all night long. In all honesty, this class is about all types of female empowerment and, more to the point, enjoyment. The class runs from 6.30pm – 8.30pm and tickets are $45pp – click here to lock in a workshop that’ll definitely make life more fun!
Far From Folsom performs at Zoo Twilights
It’s opening night, folks! We’ve been waiting impatiently all summer for the Zoo Twilights gig series to kick off and it’s finally here. Far From Folsom featuring Tex Perkins will be joined by The Tennessee Four with Rachael Tidd to ring in the Zoo Twilights series. But wait, that’s not all! The Tastes of Twilights dining zone will host Van Japan, United Snacks of USA and the Curry Hut throughout the entire series. That’s all of the gyozas, pappadums and Po’ Boys you can stomach. Set against the backdrop of the Melbourne Zoo, you can even BYO your own picnic – just no alcohol or glass please. Don’t forget to book your tickets here ASAP, because it’s selling out fast.
The LIDO Jazz Room presents the Paul Williamson Quartet
If you traipse down a narrow stairway at Lido Cinemas in Hawthorn, you’ll find a funky little Manhattan-inspired Jazz Room that presents some of the best jazz players in town, every Friday and Saturday night. This Friday night, the Paul Williamson Quartet performs at 9pm, laying out some of the best trumpet jazz beats you can find. It’s a jazzy paradise in the Lido Jazz Room so don’t miss out. Click here to book tickets now - prices vary.
Fully Booked does Italiano at Union Dining | Richmond
Are you a powerful woman working in the food and wine industry? Well, ladies this one’s for you. Spend your Saturday night at the upstairs terrace of Union Dining in Richmond, munching on an Italian-inspired menu by Nicky Riemer and Jenna Abbruzzese. There will be four shared courses matched with the wines of the King Valley and obligatory chats about remaining ‘financially healthy’ in the big bad bizness of food and wine. Tickets are $75 per person – click here to buy now.
Shadow Electric screens David Bowie’s Labyrinth
In another brilliant tribute to the incomparable David Bowie, Shadow Electric Outdoor Cinema at Abbotsford Convent will screen 1986 film, Labyrinth, this Saturday night. For those who are unaware (which rock are you living under?!), it’s an adventure-musical-fantasy film where Bowie plays Jareth, The Goblin King. Set to a soundtrack of brilliant Bowie hits mixed with other classics – settle into a chair at Shadow Electric, grab a bite and remember the late legend, David Bowie. The movie usually kicks off around 8pm and ticket prices vary. Click here to book tickets now.
Ride The Night Melbourne
It’s back – bigger and better – in 2016. A night where Melburnian’s cycle across the city in support of YSAS and the Bicycle Network. Ride The Night begins at 10pm on Saturday night at two starting points, Albert Park Lake and Kevin Bartlett Reserve. Grab your wheels and experience the amazing atmosphere and excitement while supporting two great causes. The only tickets left are ‘late entry’ and can be purchased at kit collection points – for full event information and kit collection points head to the Ride The Night website.
Cliff Koma at Temple Brewing Company | Brunswick
It’s a Sunday session at a brewery, what’s not to love?! Temple Brewing Company is adding killer music every second Sunday to help you wind-down before the working week kicks in again. It all starts this weekend with Michigan-born muso, Cliff Koma, serenading us in the rhythmic folk style he’s oh so good at. Head over to Temple Brewing Co’s digs in Brunswick, buy yourself a pint and relax. I’m feeling blissed out already.
Official Midsumma Pride March 2016 | Fitzroy Street
The annual Midsumma Pride March in Melbourne recognises and celebrates Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community. The iconic event is back again this year in their 21st anniversary and the theme is ‘marriage equality’ so bust out your rainbow colours for a fun-filled day of love. This is a free, family-friendly event that celebrates all the beautiful things in about the wonderfully diverse community. The march begins at 2pm sharp.
Image credit: Zoo Victoria