Melbourne’s decided to make the last week of February an extravaganza of #fun times and YOU can be a part of it—if you’re lucky. Get your fingers, diary and credit card at the ready so you can lock in one (or seven!) of these outstanding Melbourne plans. Eat some Doughnut Time goodness, dance like Bey, take a boozy life drawing class, eat free food at Tokyo Tina and head to the Greek Festival. Oh wow, that’s not even half of it. Don’t miss out... we warned you.
Check out our list of the best things to do this weekend in Melbourne.
Taste the ‘Flinders Treat’ at Doughnut Time’s new Melbourne store
If you’re kindred spirit is Homer Simpson and you can’t get enough of #doughnutporn then you need to visit Doughnut Time’s new standalone Melbourne Store for their opening weekend. They’ll have their original tasty flavours (incl. M&Ms and Ferrero Rocher) and an exclusive Melbourne flavour that’s only available til Sunday. The ‘Flinders Treat’ combines cream cheese frosting and a coffee glaze with espresso martini Tim Tam and Coffee Beans. That’s so Melbourne, right now. The clock has struck Doughnut Time.
Bey Party at The LuWOW | Fitzroy
They had us at BEY. Kicking off this Friday and Saturday night, The LuWOW in Fitzroy will be hosting Beyonce dance classes out of the Forbidden Temple Private Room. It costs $15 on the door and you need to ensure you are dressed suitably and comfortably; which means fitness gear, leotards or even every costume from Irreplaceable film clip. We’ll leave that one up to you. Kicking off at 6pm, you’ll learn the moves to a Beyonce classic and get active at the same time. So basically you'll be Beyonce for an hour. Click here to find out more.
29th Lonsdale Street Greek Festival
The Lonsdale Street Greek Festival is back in its 29th year and as usual thousands of Melburnians will be chowing down on delish food and fabulous live entertainment. We will be there for more than just mouthwatering street foods though… we’ll also be there for the Zorba Til’ You Drop contest—the prize includes a return economy flight to Athens and bragging rights for the entire year. PSA: Remember to register online first. If you don’t win then make your way to St. Gerry’s or the Cypriot Kitchen for a bite to drown your sorrows. It runs from 11am on Saturday to 11pm on Sunday and there are bucket loads of free entertainment, children’s rides and craft stalls to help you celebrate Greek culture in the best way possible.
San Sebastian Summer Fiesta at Bar Nacional | Docklands
Bar Nacional are holding our hand and filling our tummies as we say adios to summer. The San Sebastian Summer Fiesta will boast endless paella, sangria, pinxtos and funky beats. All of which—we can all agree—are critical elements to improving our summer farewell blues. It runs from 7pm-10pm this Thursday night and tickets are $60 per person (including limitless beer, wine, sangria and all-you-can-eat traditional Spanish food). We heard there will also be Spanish doughnuts, so we’ll obviously be there with bells on. Click here to snap up your tickets now.
Clueless screening at the Moonlight Cinema | Botanical Gardens
Cher and Dion are waiting for you to purchase those Moonlight Cinema tickets and they’re not happy about you taking so long to do so. Promising buns of steel, super sexy Paul Rudd, killer fashion ensembles and fresh musical beats this one’s a no-brainer. Set yourself up on a picnic rug, beanbag or low-lying deck chair with a few choice movie snacks and you’ll be in for a perfect night. Go on; roll on down to the Botanical Gardens with the homies this Thursday. But first, click here to book those tix.
Supper Market at Abbotsford Convent
Hit up the Abbotsford Convent’s Supper Market for a night of fabulous food, drinks and trinket shopping under the stars, this Friday from 5pm-9.30pm. We recommend taking a picnic rug that you can cover with delights from Senor Churro or Mr. Calamaro, after you’ve perused the diverse market stalls of course. In its sixth year, the Supper Market knows how to supply you with Melbourne’s best eats, beats and treats... it’s also FREE. Start your weekend right, folks.
Cut/Cover at Phillips Shirts | Melbourne CBD
Cut/Cover is an immersive evening of visual and performance art that will take over Phillips Shirts Factory this Friday. The theme of the night is cutting and covering/wrapping—all of which are actions fundamental to the fashion world. There will be unexpected encounters and original exhibits scattered throughout the factory to keep you enthralled. It is a free event and it runs from 6pm-9pm.
Melbourne Illumi Run | Yarra Park & MCG
Partake in a fun run and then get shot by cannons filled with illuminated paints? Why, yes please. The Illumi Run is the very definition of a ‘fun’ run. Your mission is to run/dance/skip/crab-crawl through glowing dance zones to the Neon Paint After Party where you’ll groove into the night covered in all types of fluorescent blobs of paint goodness. It’s going to be a glow-fest as the ultra violet lights catch the messy spectacle. Individual tickets are $60 per person and include a t-shirt, LED glasses, LED foam stick and a special party pack. Quickly, click here to book your running spot now.
The Legacy of Alexander McQueen at ACMI
A film celebrating the life and works of the unparalleled Alexander McQueen is premiering at ACMI this Saturday at 2pm and will only be running til 14 March. In this eye-opening piece, Director Loïc Prigent delves into McQueen’s extraordinary career focusing primarily on his last four collections. It’s a beautiful film that will enlighten McQueen and fashion lovers alike. Ticket prices vary, click here to book now.
The Beat of Brunswick Street
If any street knows how to party, it’s Brunswick Street. Running from 1pm-1am this Saturday, 55+ bars, cafes and music venues on Brunswick Street will be ablaze for The Beat of Brunswick; a street festival that celebrates Melbourne’s diverse and cultural heartland. There will be live music and DJs to keep you kickin’ for as long as possible and each venue will have their own special deals up for grabs—there are heaps of killer food options. Keep an eye on the Facebook event for further information and special deals.
TECTONIC 1.0 at St Stephens Anglican Church | Richmond
Melbourne-born artist, Benjamin Skepper, has taken his Japanese Australian roots all across the globe. Wow-ing in Russia, Japan, Italy and France, Benjamin has finally brought his work back to his birthplace—luckily for us. His new series, Tectonic, is a nomadic site-specific hybrid of Art Happenings that features live music with synchronous multi media visual projection and immersive sound projectors. Located in St Stephens Anglican Church in Richmond, you can explore the art exhibition while sipping on beverages from the pop-up bar. This is an 18+ event and ticket prices vary. Check out the Facebook event for more details.
Drawn Together at the Ian Potter Museum
Finally! A boozy life drawing class, it’s just what we’ve always wanted. You’ll spend an informal afternoon at the Ian Potter Museum sipping on a glass of wine and attempting to capture the human form. Don’t fret; all artistic abilities are welcome… even those with a penchant for stick figures. Kicking off at 2pm, this is a free class and all materials and supplies are provided. Get outside that comfort zone, folks. RSVP direct.
Year-Round Backyard Harvest in Tahbilk
If you’re a gardening enthusiast, or if you just want to grow an unstoppable tomato plant, read this. The brilliant minds behind Grown and Gathered, Matt and Lentil, are holding a one-day workshop on their farm in Tahbilk that teaches us all how to transform our backyard into a useable, productive ecosystem for homegrown veggies all year round. The workshop runs from 9am-5pm and includes lunch and tea breaks. Tickets are $250 per person—click here to book now.
Zoofari Party at Polepole & Glamp Cocktail Bar
We know you want to let those tears drip slowly down your splotchy cheeks, but we’ve got a better way for you to farewell our special buddy, summer. Polepole and Glamp Cocktail Bar are throwing a kewl Zoofari Goodbye Summer beach party that includes body and face paint, drumming, dancers and DJs. Entry is FREE and the cocktails are $10, which is basically unheard of in ol’ Melbourne town. Get down to Little Collins Street this Saturday for the ultimate sendoff.
Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day | Caulfield Racecourse
Finally, Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day is here for you—and the theme of the day #relaxed racing. Dress to impress in laid back fare… yourself and your sore feet, because they deserve it. Kick back on the Dilmah Summer Lawn with a craft beer or cider and enjoy the trotting horses and live music. To make sure you don’t miss out, click here to buy tickets now.
Get a FREE bowl of Poke for Tokyo Tina’s 1st BDAY
There are up to 450 free bowls of ‘poke’ being handed out to lucky punters this Sunday between 12pm-4pm at Tokyo Tina, but we still think you need to get in quick. Because once the word free is mentioned there is an absolute onslaught of Melbourne citizens crawling/running/speeding to get in first… and we’ve said free more than a few times now. Whoops. For those who don’t know, poke is a Japanese-inspired, Hawaiian rice bowl that includes salmon, avocado, mango and a lime/coconut ball which sits on the top. Trust us, it’s good—and it’s all in the name of Tokyo Tina’s 1st Birthday. Tokyo Tina you’re such a cute, delicious, drool-inducing baby.
Espresso Martinis & Puppyccinos at the Auburn Hotel | Hawthorn
Where can we sip on $12 espresso martinis and get a free puppyccino for our pooches? The Auburn Hotel, of course. Hosting a dog-friendly garden party this Sunday from 1pm, the Auburn Hotel is turning the Sunday sesh on its head. Whether you’re dogless or you have a Labrador duo called Romy and Michelle, this will be the only place to watch dogs be cute and sip martinis this weekend. This is a free event, but remember you have to purchase an espresso martini to receive your free puppyccino… fine, if we have to!
Salute the Sun Yoga Festival | Treasury Gardens
A day of unlimited yoga, meditation and workshops in the beautiful Treasury Gardens sounds like the most perfect day to ever be imagined. Running from 9am-4pm this Sunday, Salute the Sun Yoga Festival connects like-minded individuals who are seeking mindfulness and good vibes. You can do yoga, watch yoga, eat food, listen to music—you just need to remember to bring a yoga mat (unless you’re okay with grass) and cash money for the foodie delights. You’ll walk away from this one in a peaceful headspace, that’s for sure. Ticket prices vary, so click here to book now.
MARCS Festival | ACDC Laneway & Duckboard Place
This is legit the most Melbourne festival we’ve got. Sponsored by the City Of Melbourne, MARCS Festival is back in its second-year running. Duckboard Place and ACDC Laneway will be decked out this Sunday from 12pm-7pm, celebrating all things that are quintessentially Melbourne. You can grab a plate from a hawker food stall, balance a cocktail in your other hand and enjoy street art, DJs, local Melbourne bands, clowns and even poker tournaments. So if you think you know Melbourne, then you need to attend MARCS. Entry is free and this is an all-ages event.
Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival | Federation Square
It’s all happening in Federation Square this Sunday for the Japanese Summer Festival. Get into the Japanese spirit and join in to the “bon odori” or yukata dance, watch some Taiko drumming or even catch a glimpse of a real-life Sumo. They will also be offering up traditional Japanese games, activities and of course… food! We’re talking sushi, okonomiyaki and a classic bento. It runs from 12pm-6pm and entry is totally free, check it out Melburnites.
Vegan Summer Feast at Mankoushe | Brunswick
Apparently you CAN make friends with salad. At least that’s what Mankoushe in Brunswick tells us. Spreading the vegan love far and wide yet again, our favourite Lebanese eatery Mankoushe are holding a Vegan Summer Feast this Sunday from 1pm-3pm, where they will be offering Middle Eastern vegan delights at just $25 per head. You can even BYO, it’s a VEGAN miracle. You must call to book ahead.
Image credit: Provided, Tokyo Tina
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