It’s a funny thing how a short working week only leads to an increased sense of excitement about the weekend to come. Do not fret, because we understand this and have a whole lot of suggestions to fill your calendar. Feel the burn at a free Xtend Barre class, stand up for feminism at the Sisters of Crime debate, roll out your picnic rug at the inaugural Peninsula Picnic or get your craft on at the Maribyrnong Makers Market.
Read on for our list of the best events to visit in Melbourne this weekend and their key deets.
International Street Food Revolution at Catani Gardens
It’s safe to say that Melburnians enjoy a good Street Food Festival and the ISFF at St Kilda’s scenic Catani Gardens will be no exception. Enjoy some of the best street food flavours from all over the globe, while listening to multicultural beats and watching live entertainment. Your senses will love ya, we promise. Early bird tickets are still available here for just $10 + booking fee, and kids under 17 are free with an adult.
Big Fashion Sale | Collingwood
Attention all fashionistas! We suggest that you get your credit cards handy for this unique boutique clearance event running this weekend from Thursday-Sunday. Your past season favourites, samples and one offs from over 40 highly curated Australian and International brands like Dress Up, Marni and Alexander Wang will be up for grabs for up to 80% off. Check out the Facebook event for more info.
Cake Expo at Melbourne Showgrounds
Yes, we know Easter is only a week away, but why not treat yo’self to some guilty indulgences early at the annual Cake Expo? And it’s not only eating an almost endless variety of sweet treats on the agenda because baking demonstrations and cake decorating classes will also be on offer for those keen to learn. Opening times are 9:30am-4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Prebook your tickets here.
Good Beer Week Gala | Fitzroy
Beer fanatics get ready, because this weekend, to celebrate the Launch of the 2016 Official Good Weekend, a Gala Showcase is set to be hosted at Fitzroy Town Hall on Napier Street. 24 brewers from across the nation, including the likes of White Rabbit, Feral Brewery and Bridge Road Brewery, will boast their newest brews and most delicious old favourites. Choose from one of the three sessions (or, heck, go to them all): Friday evening 5pm-9pm, and Saturday 12pm-4pm and 5pm-9pm. Tickets can be purchased here for $45 +bf or get them at the door for $50….if there are any still left. Your ticket will get you a tasting booklet, two 60ml beer samples and a food voucher to be redeemed at any of the food trucks present.
Section 8’s 10th Birthday Gala Ball | Melbourne CBD
On a normal day, Section 8 displays anything but a swanky vibe. For one evening only, this will all change, as they mark the celebration of their 10th birthday with an exclusive formal event of spectacular proportions. The grungy venue we know and love will undergo a decorative transformation in collaboration with creative studio, John Fish. This is Section 8’s first ever ticketed event and with a very limited number available, we strongly recommend booking here…now. Your golden ticket will entitle you to canopies & cocktails, a killer line-up of live acts, including the Tek Tek Ensemble and Foreign Brothers, and more special surprises.
Sisters in Crime at the Rising Sun Hotel | South Melbourne
Why is it that women writers—and women’s writing—are still overlooked and undervalued after four decades of feminism? This is certainly something that we wanna know! Get down to the Rising Sun Hotel this Sunday as Sisters in Crime National Co-Coventor, Ann Byrne, debates this important issue with an esteemed panel including Aviva Tuffield, Jane Sullivan and Kon-yo, all in honour of International Women’s Day. Pre-book your tickets here.
Free Xtend Barre Classes | CBD, Essendon, Bayside & Hawthorn
Have you always wanted to try Xtend Barre’s unique fusion of dance, ballet and Pilates, but were never keen on outlaying the cash? This Saturday is your opportunity to feel the burn for FREE. The Flinder’s Lane studio will be holding their free class for Xtend newbies at 9:30am. Book online or email to reserve your spot at the barre. Hawthorn, Essendon & Bayside locations are also running free classes at their own times—click here to get in touch with them.
The Food Truck Park Preston’s Jerkalicious Block party
The Food Truck Park are making a pit stop in Preston this Sunday, bringing downtown Kingston, jerk chicken and holiday island vibes with them. As well as Melbourne’s beloved food trucks, reggae DJs, Caribbean pop-up vendors and craft beer and cider on tap will be on offer. Entry to the event running from midday to 10:30pm will cost ya nothing! Check out the Facebook event for more info.
Food Social's South East Asian Cook Off
If you like a bit of competition and you’re into top-notch South East Asian food, then you won’t want to miss Food Social’s intimate event at the NEFF Market Kitchen (South Melbourne Market. Kam McManamey, the Head Chef at Bothermabo, will be walking guest through the process to make Botherambo’s signature crying tiger beef dish. Make friends, learn a few new cooking skills and have a jolly good time. Tickets through Food Social, here.
Maribyrnong Makers Market | Seddon Uniting Church
Seddon will again transform into the craft capital of the West as more than 40 stallholders gather to showcase their handmade goodies at this year’s first Makers Market. From contemporary homewares and chic accessories to vintage-inspired children’s clothing and toys—there is something for everyone. With only one week until Easter, there will be a whole lot of alternatives to chocolate on offer for those seeking a gift that is a lil bit special. Entry is free (yippee!). Visit the website for further information.
Darebin Community and Kite Festival | Reservoir
Get involved in a day of fun and free activities, including live performances, workshops, community and food stalls, a pet expo, and of course, kite flying, as the The Darebin Community and Kite Festival returns to Reservoir’s picturesque Edwardes Lake this Sunday from 11am until 6pm. We are particularly excited for the superhero obstacle course where capes will be provided! This is definitely one festival to take the kids to. Click here to download the full festival program.
The Peninsula Picnic at Mornington Racecourse
The Peninsula Picnic is back in 2016 with an even bigger line-up of musicians, winemakers and distillers and gourmet restaurants. Relax on your blanket to the sweet sounds of Missy Higgins and Kim Churchill, while enjoying food and wine from some of the Peninsula’s best. It will make for the perfect regional escape, we assure you. Last year’s picnic sold out, so we suggest getting in ASAP by booking your tickets here.
Full Time Lovers At The Gem | Collingwood
Melbourne's top BBQ and Texan fare joint hosts The Full Time Lovers, who will be playing a blues set this Sunday at The Gem Bar & Dining Room. Get in early for a seat at the bar, or book your table for a Sunday session and barbecue feast by calling 03 9419 5170.
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The Ultimate Easter Day Out
Thinking ahead to the long weekend? The hottest Easter ticket around is Caulfield Easter Cup Day. Held at Caulfield Racecourse, the day promises heaps of incredible food and drink action, a fantastic Easter egg hunt and, of course, the excitement that comes as standard with the races. Adult tickets are a bargain at $10 a head, so gather your #squad and lock in your place by booking here. And if you're looking for more ideas, visit Relaxed Racing for a full list of must-book events, tasty hospitality packages and up-coming racedays. We hear the hub is also a go-to for handy raceday tips, style advice and post entertainment ideas... Get your dates locked in!
Image credit: Melbourne Cake Expo