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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
29th Jan 2015

So there are no extra days this weekend, but there is still so much on, you just won’t know what to do with yourself! Oh wait, yes you will, because here’s an amazingly awesome list of things to do in Melbourne! From foodie festivals, to open air cinemas, to pop-up parties, Melbourne has done it again!

Wonder no more what’s on in Melbourne, and read on, Listers!

Thursday 29th

We love that South Melbourne Night Market is running throughout summer, and we’re even more stoked to see one of our favourite brands joining in the fun. Coconut Revolution is popping up in this trendy new night market, selling and sampling their delicious range of hand creams, body butters and more! There will be no lovely bunch of coconuts standing in a row here, they’ll be snapped up too quickly!

Coconut Revolution at South Melbourne Night Market
South Melbourne Market in South Melbourne
5:30pm - 9:30pm Thursdays until March 5th

Known for screening docos, 80s classics, and cult flicks, get your hipster movie fix on at the Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema at the Abbotsford Convent. Tonight sees the outdoor cinema spot show film All This Mayhem, by the makers of Senna and Exit Through the Gift Shop. It’s got drug taking, some 90s hairdos, and skating. Brush up on your Aussie skating history with this honest but brutal doco!

All This Mayhem at Shadow Electric | Abbotsford Convent in Abbotsford
$21 (Full) $18 (Concession) | Venue open from 6pm, film screens at sundown


Abbotsford’s favourite local, the Terminus Hotel, is hosting a four-day Asian Festival in the lead up to the Lunar Festival! Running from today until Sunday, they will be serving up a delicious Asian-themed menu. Think crispy duck, pomelo and soft herb boa, and a pandan pavlova! Cocktails and beers will round out the cultural theme, and the Lunar Festival happening down Victoria Street on the Sunday will be the big finale. 

Lunar Festival | Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford
Thursday 29th January - Sunday 1st February | To book, please call 9427 0615

As part of the lead up to the epic Melbourne Barbecue Festival, Fancy Hank’s BBQ in the CBD is hosting a three-course, wood-fired barbecue feast. The dishes include mouth-watering Texan smoked sausages from Bluebonnet BBQ, a ‘Whole Hog’ from the Fancy Hank’s team, and brisket from Silver Creek Smokers. There’s also matched wines from Pepperjack, for those who like a drop with their smokey, meaty madness.

BBQ Dinner | Fancy Hank’s BBQ in Melbourne | $80pp | 7:00pm

Friday 30th

So you’ve got markets, and you’ve got shindigs at the Abbotsford Convent. Well what about both? Celebrate these balmy summer evenings with the Supper Market! Held every Friday evening throughout summer, enjoy live music, activities for the whole family and food, food, food. From the tangy treats of Taiwanese food truck Ghost Kitchen, to the sweet treats of Señor Churro, there are some top choice foodie fancies to nosh on...

Supper Market | Abbotsford Convent in Abbotsford
Every Friday in Summer, 6:00pm - 10:00pm


Club Aperol at Fatto is the place to be this summer, and if you haven’t already checked it out, this is your LAST CHANCE! Well, almost. Technically Saturday the 31st is your last chance, but we figured if you try it today, you’ll be sure to return again tomorrow for one last Aperol Spritz! So what are you waiting for? Head down to this stunning river terrace at Fatto Bar & Cantina to get in on the summer spirit with Club Aperol! Shimmy in the sunshine, enjoy the Italian-inspired foodie fare, have a go at some table tennis and sip on sunset in a glass – the bevvie of summer – an Aperol Spritz!

Club Aperol | Fatto Bar & Cantina in Melbourne
Wednesdays through to Sundays until January 31st | 4pm - 11pm

Saké Restaurant & Bar are partaking in the tennis fever, with not only tennis-inspired cocktails, but also a Japanese ice cream ball! Join in the fun tonight with a Pop-Up Party inspired by cult Japanese cartoon, The Prince of Tennis. Warm up for the finals, and maybe even snack on some of the delicious Izakaya-style menu items!

Pop-Up Party | Saké Restaurant & Bar | Melbourne
Free Entry | 6:00pm

Saturday 31st

Have you checked out Southgate promenade’s SummerSalt Outdoor Arts Festival yet? Bursting at the seams with music, dance, circus, theatre and art events, this festival is bringing it with the free initiatives! Get involved in some interactive theatre, or check out a giant art installation. Tick off your culture checklist this weekend with SummerSalt at Southgate.

SummerSalt Outdoor Art Festival | Southgate Promenade, Southbank
January 23rd - February 21st 

Need some help and encouragement to stick to your New Year’s resolution? Highpoint shopping centre is hosting a weekend of wellness! Running across two days, the centre will celebrate all things fitness, with a series of free events. From yoga with Lululemon, to workshops with The Healthy Ingredient, there will be loads to see and do. Mini-consultations by nutritionists are on offer, as well as sports skincare giveaways from Ego Skincare. Get your #fitspo happening, Listers!

Fitness Festival | Highpoint Shopping Centre in Maribyrnong
Saturday 31st January - Sunday 1st February | Registration required for classes 

The Midsumma Festival plays host to an amazing range of talent, entertainment and art. Our pick for the weekend? The Australian Same-Sex Dancesport Championships! The Dance Cats – a Melbourne GLTBIQ Dancesport studio – are hosting a ballroom dance competition at the St Kilda Town Hall. Watch the very best of Australia’s same-sex couples dancing it off from the Cha Cha to the Foxtrot to the tantalising Tango! If you just caught a show of Strictly Ballroom at Her Majesty’s Theatre, and are on your ballroom-dancing-high, then don’t miss this awesome championship event!

Australian Same-Sex Dancesport Championships as part of Midsumma Festival
St Kilda Town Hall in St Kilda | $35 (Full) $30 (Concession) | 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Let your inner animal out this Saturday night at the Zoo Twilights series. Twelve artists over twelve nights in summer make Friday and Saturday nights one heck of an occasion at the Melbourne Zoo. Spot an unseen side of the Zoo with the animal enclosures open until 7pm, and keeper presentations for the lions and elephants. Grab some food and drink, settle down under the stars, and watch the show in this unique setting. Tonight sees Bernard Fanning from Powderfinger take the stage, so what are you waiting for?

Zoo Twilights | Melbourne Zoo in Parkville
Prices Vary | Gates Open 5:30pm, Show Starts at 7:00pm

The St Kilda Festival kicks off today, as part of the 9-day lead up to one of Melbourne’s biggest festivals! Head down to the O’Donnell Gardens Stage today, to catch the opening address and some live artists. From 12:45pm until 8:40pm at night, there will be a range of entertainment to tickle your fancy. Tomorrow, the events are spread out across the salty suburb. It’s a great way to warm up to the main event next weekend, and feel all cultured while you’re at it! Anyway, who doesn’t want to spend their Saturday by the seaside? To find out what else is on, check out our list of the top 10 things to see, do and eat at the St Kilda Festival this year.

St Kilda Festival | O’Donnell Gardens Stage, St Kilda | 12:45pm - 8:40pm 

Sunday 1st

Celebrate the Aussie Open with Munich Brauhaus as they throw a huge Boris Becker party! Who the heck is this Boris you ask? Only a former world number one tennis player! Not your gen? Okay, how about this – current coach of Novak Djokovic? Yeah, we’re getting somewhere! Head along to Munich Brauhaus and dress up in your best Boris Becker tennis whites, don your wurst German accent, and watch the Australian Open Men’s Final in true tennis spirit!

Boris Becker Party | Munich Brauhaus in South Wharf | 4:00pm - 1:00am 

Speaking of tennis spirit, it’s Aus Open finals time. if you think of yourself as a bit of a hotshot, then you’ll be wanting to check out the best places to watch the Australian Open in Melbourne… in style

Where to Watch the Australian Open… In Style | Around Town

Footy fans (of all sorts) get pumped for the Super Bowl! If you’re looking for where to watch the Super Bowl in Melbourne, then hit up our awesome article. But if you want to mix things up a bit, North Melbourne Footy club are hosting a bunch of athletic celebrities in a head-to-head competition for the www.melbourne sponsored Charity Bowl Playoff – NFL style! Supporting the Starlight Children’s Foundation, see all your favourite Australian sports stars such as Terrell Owens, Jonathon Brown, Wayne Carey, Corey McKernan, David King, Brendan Fevola and more. 

Charity Bowl Playoff | North Melbourne Football Club, Aegis Park in Melbourne
Gold Coin Donation | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

The ever-popular Pope Joan is setting up some sweet Sunday sessions in February. Welcome in the new month with their pop-up bar Gazpacho Y Mass! Sip on some Sherry or spoon down some Gazpacho, whatever tickles your fancy, spend your Sundays in Spanish style. $45 covers a ‘menu del dis’ as well, featuring traditional Spanish treats.

Gazpacho y Más Pop-Up Bar | Pope Joan in East Brunswick
Sundays Throughout February 

Meat lovers get pumped for the Melbourne Barbecue Festival! Queen Victoria Market is serving up some sizzling snags and steaks with some of Australia’s most popular American-style BBQ eateries. We’re talking Bluebonnet Barbecue, Silver Creek Smokers, Smokin’ Barry’s and loads more! Get your napkins and ready, set, BBQ!

Melbourne Barbecue Festival | Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne
Sunday 1st February, 10:00am  

Don’t hold back on the frivolity, Listers. Live up the end of Jan, and welcome in February with this sweet round up of things to do in Melbourne! See you ‘round the traps.

Image Credit: Four Seasons Beijing.

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