We love that weekend feeling here at the Urban List. You get home, strip off all your clothes and run nak—oh wait... we mean get home, brew a good cuppa and watch Netflix while planning your outstanding weekend ahead. Yeah, that’s what we meant.
As always, Melbourne’s putting on a spectacular show complete with a White Night CBD takeover, and the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival (#musselme). There’s more obviously, so scroll that little mouse key down, down, down and read about them all.
Here are our tips on the best events to hit up this weekend in Melbourne.
Buy Tickets for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
It’s pretty much just around corner, Listers: the time of the year when we can stuff our faces with food, wine and various other edible delights and say it is all in the name of Melbourne. How sneaky of us! Presented by Bank of Melbourne, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival’s program is available for perusing and imminent booking. We’re talking a #cheese festival, bacon appreciation, and Gourmet Cinema experiences. It’s off the hook. Running from the 4–13 March, you need to check out the program and book your tickets ASAP.
Buy Tickets for Blue Diamond Stakes Relaxed Racing
Have you been waiting patiently for race-day to be about… the races? Well folks, Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day is here for you—and the theme of the day is #relaxed racing. That’s something we can get around. Kick back on the Dilmah Summer Lawn with a craft beer or cider, head to the BBQ fest full of all the meat action, and enjoy the trotting horses and live music. To make sure you don’t miss out, click here to buy tickets now.
Zoo Twilights Tickets Still Up For Grabs
Stop crying, folks! Zoo Twilights still have tickets available for four of their spectacular musical performances, so you won’t have to miss out. If you feel like catching Jebediah, Mark Seymour & The Undertow, Kasey Chambers or Colin Hay, you’ve still got time. We can’t tell you how long 'til they sell out, but click here immediately to steal the last few spots. All proceeds go to Zoos Victoria to help fight wildlife animal extinction.
Food & Drink Futures Forum at Lawler | Southbank
Are you sick of chefs lightly scattering inedible objects onto your plate to cover a pea-sized piece of steak? Well according to the Food & Drink Futures Forum our dining experience is set to change rapidly over the next 3-5 years. This is a MUST for all you smarty-pants in the hospitality industry who want to get a leg-up on the competition. There will be guest speakers sharing their knowledge, and of course a fair bit of eating and drinking. You’ll even get a taste of an Indonesian-made sambal that is set to overrule sriracha and gochujang…whaaa? Ticket prices vary and obviously you’re going to have to book this one in, folks. Click here to do so.
Sea Change Art Exhibit Presented by Many Hands + Fight For The Reef
Our favourite online art gallery Many Hands has joined forces with the incredible people at Fight For The Reef to bring us an evening of art, photography, illustration and music centered on ‘Sea Change’. Showcasing works from 12 brilliantly creative minds, any money raised from the artworks sold will go directly to support Fight For The Reef; a truly deserving cause. It’s all happening at Allpress Studios in Collingwood this Thursday from 7-10pm, book tickets here.
Friday Nights at NGV feat. Black Cab
PSA: You still have the special privilege of accessing the rad NGV Friday night sessions up until 22 April. This Friday, as well as checking out the Andy Warhol | Ai WeiWei exhibition which still continues to kick goals erryday, you can witness Melbourne-based electronic trio Black Cab doing their thang. This is an opportunity to catch the regularly sold out trio, so you should hurry down for their killer fastened electro beats. Running from 6-10pm you will have access to free NGV collection exhibitions, curator talks, DJ Prequel in the garden, and food and drinks at Gallery Kitchen or the pop-up Garden Café. Booking is required and prices vary so visit the NGV website ASAP.
Decks For Change Exhibition at WorkShop Melbourne
It’s 2016 and we’re now inspiring positive change and development through skateboard art. So our favourite place evah, WorkShop Melbourne, is putting on a Decks For Change exhibition that showcases 21 unique selected skate deck designs from artists and designers across the globe. Each deck will be up for auction, with all proceeds going to Skateistan—an organisation that connects at-risk youth in developing countries to opportunity and education through skateboarding. This one costs a measly $5 for entry and runs from 6-9pm.
Louris van de Geer’s Triumph at fortyfivedownstairs
The overriding question of Louris van de Geer’s play Triumph is: why do we make celebrities out of victims? Inspired by true events, Triumph explores stories such as that of Tania Head, the woman who pretended to have escaped the Twin Towers and lost her husband in the process. It’s a truly captivating and deeply theatrical play that highlights career victims who wear tradgedy like a badge of honour. Bookings are essential—click here to buy tickets now.
Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
Did someone say SEAFOOD?! Look out, Apollo Bay, you’re about to be injected with masses and masses of crustacean enthusiasts from all across the country—and it’s all thanks to the fifth annual Apollo Bay Seafood Festival this Saturday. Best of all, Jacques Reymond will be making a triumphant return, donning the apron for a 45-minute cooking demonstration. Located on the Apollo Bay foreshore from 10am-9pm, the festival is a family-friendly day of live entertainment, cooking demos and market stalls with the #freshest Otway produce—just grab your tickets on the day. We sea-food and we eat it... Sorry, had to do it.
White Night Melbourne
It has come around again, like an old friend you forgot you had… That’s right; White Night is back this Saturday from 7pm–7am for an entire night of non-stop awe and amazement. The city will be ablaze with magnificent installations, exhibitions and street performances, not to mention individual businesses such as ACMI holding their own White Night themed special events. You must head to the White Night website immediately and download the program—it may run all night long, but we’re sure we’ll miss something amazing.
Ghostbusters screening at Rooftop Cinema
As we get ready for an all-female Ghostbusters remake, take a trip down memory lane and catch the original Ghostbusters at Rooftop Cinema this Saturday night. It’s a Bill Murray-laden flick with mass hysteria and giant marshmallow freaky ghosts. What’s not to love? The film will kick off around 9pm, so remember to pre-load with Burger Shack delights, gourmet ice-creams, and of course a cheeky cocktail. Click here to buy tickets and find out more.
The Fitzroy Market at Fitzroy Primary
Popping up at Fitzroy Primary on the third Saturday of every month, the Fitzroy Market is an institution for locals and market-goers alike. Boasting over 65 market stalls that feature second hand, vintage and hand-made goods of all shapes and sizes, it’s one hell of a market. All they ask is for a gold coin donation upon entry, and then you can let yourself wander aimlessly or hunt vigorously. Running from 10am-3pm, you’ll have ample time to search for a little knick-knack or that vintage record you’ve been wanting for years.
Flour Market at Collingwood Town Hall
This one's for all the lovers of sweet buns in Mel'bun. Kicking off at 9am on Sunday morning, the Collingwood Town Hall will be transformed into a great big ball of dough-love. Bakewell & Co, Candied Bakery, 5 & Dime, All Day Donuts, Chez Dre and Eat A Scroll are just a select few baking extraordinaires that will be lined up at the Flour Market. All you have to do is pay $2 upon entry and then you can stuff yo face and come out with a cheeky icing sugar grin. Wow, how much do you feel like sweets right now!?
Lankan Fest 2016 at the Queen Victoria Market
'The Pearl of the Indian Ocean' hits the Queen Victoria Market this Sunday for Lankan Fest 2016. That's right, the rich and diverse cultural island of Sri Lanka will be delivering the goods to all of us lucky Melburnians. There will be a mecca of food stalls dishing up traditional Sri Lankan cuisines, as well as fabulous cooking demonstrations. If you're searching for entertainment, a Sri Lankan theatrical performance will take place on the main stage, and stalls of crafts will litter the venue for your perusal. It's an entire day of Lankan-love, and we are pumped.
Celebrity 20 Twenty Cricket Match | Port Melbourne
You probably won’t be able to find Adam Goodes, Shaynna Blaze, Peter Helliar, Commando Steve, #bachiewood, Johnny Ruffo and Leisel Jones playing cricket together ever… except they’ll all be appearing at this Sunday’s Celebrity 20 Twenty Cricket Match at North Port Oval in Port Melbourne. Aren’t we lucky? The best part is that the event raises awareness and funds for the Luke Batty Foundation, directing money into programs to support women and children living with domestic violence. It runs from 12pm–6pm this Sunday and tickets start at $25 per person, just click here. NOTE: Backyard cricket rules apply.
Tropical Watercolours at The Windsor Workshop
The Windsor Workshop is transforming into a tropical paradise this Sunday and we can thank Australia’s leading fashion illustrator, Sarah Hankinson, for that. You will be vibing on watermelons, pineapples, cacti, palms and Pina Coladas as you create some authentic and superb tropical watercolour art. Running from 11am–3pm, you’ll be allowed to sip on champagne/coffee and eat foodz while you learn from the best of the best. It’s $255 per person, including a take home watercolour pack. Click here to save your spot now.
Melbourne Tomato Festival | Edendale Farm
‘Hey, pass the passata!’ If you hear this catch-cry on Sunday and you’re lost, then you’re most likely at the Melbourne Tomato Festival at Edendale Farm. Held from 10am–4pm, you will witness passata making (Looking For Alibrandi-style), delicious Italian food tastings, and of course at least 13 obligatory tomato-praising conversations. You may even spot a famous celeb chef including Karen Martini, Guy Grossi, Colin Fassnidge and Liz Egan. You must book your tickets online, as they will not be available on the day. Ticket prices vary so click here to get the full tomato-y details.
Welcome To The Jungle at Terminus Hotel | Abbotsford
Treat yo'self this Sunday and bust out some Tarzan and Jane style over at the Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford for the ultimate Jungle Party. There’ll be a bounty of jungle dishes and drinks up for grabs, including South East Asian beef curry, crispy pork skewers, jungle juice (!!), rum punch, and a selection of South East Asian beers. Get lured into one of the famous roped private booths, or get wild out on the dance floor with your mates as the DJ beats and bongo drums play all afternoon. It runs from 2pm–7pm and it’s totally free. We’re coming, Tarzan!
Image credit: Flour Market Facebook
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