Hello Melburnians, we just thought we’d pre-warn you because this weekend you’ll be eating as usual - but you’ll also working on those pesky New Year’s Resolutions, getting #cultured and even slippin’ and slidin’ down Lansdowne Street. So take a deep breath and prepare yourself for a BIG February weekend complete with Weis sorbet cocktails, outdoor flicks, a tomato appreciation festival and pre-Valentine’s Day preparations.
Check out our comprehensive list of the best things to do this weekend in Melbourne.
Paperboy Kitchen pop-ups at Shebeen
The brilliant Vietnamese-style restaurant, Paperboy Kitchen, has joined forces with Shebeen to create a special menu that – luckily for us – will run all summer long. The Paperboy signature Vietnamese-style rolls and rice-noodle bowls will be on offer, as well as snacks including grilled chicken ribs or pate with cornichons and a toasted baguette, of course. Wash it all down with Shebeen’s famous cocktails or their unique lineup of beer and wine. Head over this weekend for lunch (12-3pm) or dinner (6-9pm) for a feast, no bookings required.
Sip on Weis Summer Cocktails
We always think, as we stare into our cocktail glasses, ‘Where’s the sorbet, man?’ Well, it’s summertime and five of our favourite cocktail bars have paired up with Weis Sorbet Exotics to create the most refreshing, thirst quenching, sorbet-laden cocktails we’ve been dreaming of. These super kewl establishments are State of Grace, Mr Mason, the Wharf Hotel, Terra Rossa and World Bar & Restaurant. There’s only one catch… these ripper cocktails are only around til 15 February, so use your weekend wisely and hit up these cocktail bars for good times all round.
Rooftop Cinema screens Holding The Man
Timothy Conigraves’s bestselling Australian novel, Holding The Man, has been transformed into a beautiful and riveting film that shows us just how good Australian cinema can be. Following the relationship of Tim and John in 1970s Melbourne, this romantic film will have you experiencing a whole fistful of emotions. We recommend a tissue box as your movie companion... Head up to Rooftop Cinema this Thursday night, in a beautiful celebration of groundbreaking Australian cinema. Ticket prices vary, so click here for any further information.
The Abduction from the Seraglio at the Athenaeum Theatre
Acclaimed director Suzanne Chaundy gives a modern and entertaining twist to Mozart’s romantic comedy, ‘The Abduction from the Seraglio’, in the new show presented by the Melbourne Opera. The all-star cast will keep you captivated for the entire night, as the classic Mozart comedy makes a Melbourne comeback after a 20-year break. The show starts at 7.30pm and ticket prices do vary, click here to book now.
Courtyard Cantina at the Immigration Museum
It’s the first night of the Immigration Museum’s Courtyard Cantina this Friday at 5pm, where you can explore the Old Customs House after dark, or even peruse the Flyway Print exchange exhibition. DJs, bars and food stalls (including Senor BBQ and Feast of Merit) will pop up in the Cantina for all your TGIF needs, and this Friday only, Black Pearl’s Fred Siggins will be delivering a Tiki cocktail demonstration and tasting. Click here to find out more. Hosted by North South Feast West and the Immigration Museum, Courtyard Cantina will run every Friday night this February from 5-9pm.
Great Australian Beer Festival | Geelong
If you’re taking part in FEBFAST then good for you, mate - but you’re missing out on the fourth annual Geelong Beer Festival, which might make you a lil' sad come Saturday. Don’t worry though, there’s something for everyone: you can enjoy a few good drops of International and Australian brews, or you can sit back and enjoy the live music, gourmet food offerings, comedy, beer cabaret - and even take part in the annual keg rolling competition. Holy moly! That’s a lot of stuff. Temple Brewing Co, Little Creatures, 4 Pines and many more will join the onslaught to make this a #brewparadise for all. Click here to find out more.
Free Yoga, Fitness & Meditation Classes at Yoga XTC
Running from 8am – 5pm throughout the day, Yoga XTC in South Yarra is holding an, ‘Ignite Your New Year Resolution Open Day’. That’s right, they are taking our hopeless New Year’s Resolutions and transforming them into a reality. A hot and sweaty reality. There will be free food, fitness and yoga classes all day long and all you have to do is book online and then show up ready for action. That’s so easy you can’t say no. Click here for further information and to book your spot.
Yak BBQ Festival at Flemington Racecourse
Get your sausage sizzling this Saturday at the Yaks Melbourne BBQ Festival located in Flemington Racecourse. We can guarantee you’ll be seeing a lot of BBQ paraphernalia as well as wonderfully chargrilled delicacies if you seek out this grilling paradise. There will be cooking demonstrations for those who can’t seem to get their head around that nasty hot plate, and BBQ food stalls for those who just love to sample those tasty treats. Oops, we almost forgot the live entertainment and smokin’ DJs will keep your spirits high throughout the day. It runs from 10am – 10pm and tickets are $25 per person. Click here to book now.
Caribbean Gardens Twilight Market
The Caribbean Gardens and Market is turning the big 5-0. So, to celebrate, the beautiful community market will launch a Twilight Market that kicks off this Saturday from 4pm – 10pm. The much-loved market space will be transformed with popular food trucks, stalls filled with home treasures and goodies, music, live entertainment and even a car show. Tickets are $2.50 per adult, $1 per child under 12 and free for children under 3. You can purchase tickets upon entry on the night. The market runs until Saturday 5 March, for more information click here.
Tomato Festival at Prahran Market
Do you call tomatoes ‘tommies’ and eat them like apples all day erryday? Well pop on over to Prahran Market this Saturday from 11am to 3pm for a free day of celebration dedicated to the ripe, red fruit we adore. There will be heaps of fun activities on offer including a passata making demonstration, tonnes of tomato stalls and tasty tomato-inspired dishes as far as the eye can see. Not to mention a cooking demonstration from the brilliant Guy Grossi. Let’s all pay our respects to the humble tomato this weekend as Prahran Markets support Elendale Community Farm’s annual Melbourne Tomato Festival.
Paper Flowers 101 at the Ian Potter Museum of Art
Listers, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, so there’s no better time to put together an original bouquet of paper flowers for that special someone who eats all of your hot chips (and you don’t even care!) Running on Saturday at 1pm, you’ll get the chance to create 3D paper flowers with Paperlab. Using a variety of fine papers and techniques you’ll walk away with your own colourful paper blooms to impress your lover. Even better, it’s totally FREE - but bookings are essential. Click here to reserve your spot now.
The Classics: Opera at Prahran Victoria Gardens
Opening the City of Stonnington’s three-part The Classics concert series is the magical Opera, held at Prahran’s Victoria Gardens. Brought to you by highly regarded director Suzanne Chaundy, audiences will have the pleasure of viewing Mozart’s Magic by Moonlight including Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Fiagaro. Performed by some of Australia’s finest Opera singers this will be a night fit for cultural royalty. It’s also completely free to attend, so click here to find out more.
The Breakfast Club screening at Shadow Electric
Well, well, well…we’ve been waiting for The Breakfast Club to hit the beautiful Shadow Electric Outdoor Cinema all summer long. Combining a killer soundtrack, an uber talented cast and 80s fashun – you’ve got yourself the ultimate John Hughes brat pack flick. We recommend grabbing your friends, a bucket load of popcorn, and a tall glass of wine and you’ll be set for a perfect night. Tickets are $22 per person, but you better hurry and book your tickets because this one’s selling out fast. Click here to book now.
Slide Melbourne hits Lansdowne Street
It’s gonna be a hot one this weekend, Melburnians. Ditch the blow-up backyard pool and the Sunnyboy licking fiesta - you should cool off at the world’s longest street slide. It’s $41 per person, which allows you to slide as many times as humanly possibly in any of the five 2-hour sessions throughout the day. It kicks off at 10am and runs til 8.15pm. Make sure you book your tickets here, as this is the place to be this Sunday peeps.
Chinese New Year kicks off in Chinatown
Melbourne’s Chinese New Year Festival is about to explode into 2016 and bring us fortune cookies, dragonheads and delicious dumplings. That’s the type of explosion we like. Running from the 7 – 21 February, a host of celebrations will transform Chinatown into an even greater cultural mecca including lion dance blessings, Chinese Australian heritage and roaming performers. As a special treat this Sunday, the Chinese New Year’s Eve Family Day will kick into action with an outdoor cinema and countdown to midnight. This is the place to be to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, Listers. For more information about the Festival click here.
Piknic Électronik at Federation Square
It’s officially Piknic Électronik #4 this Sunday on The Paddock at Federation Square, and it’s better than ever. On the Main Stage, you’ll be treated to the bangin’ beats of Dean Benson, Secret Cinema, South London Ordnance and Andy Hart. But that’s not all - there will also be food trucks, specialist market stalls and kids activities playing out across the venue. Tickets are only $20 per person, so buy one here and get your friends onboard for a Sunday sesh like no other.
Do you want to keep filling you calendar with awesome events? Check out our article on Melbourne's Biggest Upcoming Events in 2016 for a comprehensive list.
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