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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
12th Feb 2015

It’s a weekend for smooching, serenading and Sunday sessions. Don’t be a cynic (but even if you are, there’s plenty on for you too!), as there are so many things to do in Melbourne this weekend!

Chinese New Year celebrations are kicking off. So grab a moon cake, check out some awesome artistic talent at Supergraph, and make the most of what’s on in Melbourne (significant other or no!).

Thursday 12th

The way is clear, Listers. If you haven’t yet seen the big-tall-terrible-awesome-scary-wonderful Disney musical, Into The Woods (or you have, you got that reference, and you just want to sing along), then here’s your chance to see it… IN the woods. Well, the gardens anyway! Moonlight Cinema in the Royal Botanic Gardens is screening Into The Woods tonight. What’s more, it’s pooch night, so bring your little furry friend along to howl along with Johnny Depp. Get your picnic rugs and head on down for the all-star musical masterpiece! Seriously, who doesn’t love Meryl Streep

Into The Woods | Moonlight Cinema in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne
Prices Vary | Gates Open at 7:00pm, Film Screening Starts at Sundown

If the words ‘Western Plains Pork Night’ speak to your lips, and heart, (and unfortunately thighs), then you’ll be squealing for Albert St Food and Wine’s first hosted dinner for 2015! Stunning wines accompany this four-course dinner from Port Phillip Estate, and scrumptious pork will feature in every course… even dessert!

Western Plains Pork Night | Albert St Food and Wine in Brunswick | $140pp   

Friday 13th

Supergraph kicks off today! Get excited to witness some of Australia’s best design, print and illustrator talent. Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, the opening night is tonight, from 6pm, featuring a live DJ set from Yo Mafia. Across the weekend you can participate in a workshop from tattoo art to felting, or just check out some seriously high-class talent. Our pick of the exhibitors include The Hungry Workshop, Frankie, Dylan McDonough, The Snake Hole and The Nook. Pimp your walls, Listers!

Supergraph | Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton
Friday 13th - Sunday 15th February | $8 Adult, $5 Concession 


Get as excited as these guys for the year of the goat! To help celebrate the Lunar New Year, Crown is celebrating with festive decorations, delicious Asian food stalls, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, activities and fireworks! The Riverwalk will feature cultural dance performances, a Video Star Karaoke challenge and more! More than 60 stalls will make up the Hawker’s Bazaar, but hurry, Listers. This festival only lasts for three days!

Crown’s Lunar New Year Festival | Crown Riverwalk in Southbank
11am - 11pm Daily, Friday 13th - Sunday 15th February 

If Valentine’s Day isn’t something close to your heart, then maybe this can be. Help raise funds for the Cardiac Research Unit at the St. Vincent’s Hospital by enjoying a dinner at Feddish in Federation Square. The night will include wining and dining, entertainment, prizes and a silent auction (featuring a luxury trip to Bali!)

Put the Heart Back in Valentine’s Day | Feddish in Federation Square, Melbourne | $90pp | 7pm 

Soho Bar and Restaurant is hosting a #daretodate kickoff night, featuring the Five in Five concept! This campaign challenges singles to participate in five dates in five weeks, all the while helping to raise money for not-for-profit organisations working to prevent poverty and homelessness in Australia. It’s like a charity run, but getting people to sponsor you to date (oh, and you get to loop your friends into it, too)! Fun dating for a good cause? Where do we sign up! Last year’s campaign raised over $70,000 for charity, so take this opportunity to get a head start and mingle with others who #daretodate!

Five in Five Challenge Launch | Soho Bar and Restaurant | Sign up online 

Saturday 14th

So a romantic Valentine’s candlelit dinner ain’t your thang? Or it is… but let’s not go there! Well turn that frown upside down, you mopey grumps! The Grosvenor Hotel has teamed up with our mates at Winger Social to turn up the heat for your V Day steamy affair! Yup, that’s right all you singles! It’s time to get your mingle on at this awesome social set-up. We’re talking Cosmos, Negronis, an all you can eat oyster buffet AND cheese and charcuterie. Sorry, maybe you didn’t hear us… All. You. Can. Eat. Oh, and don’t forget about all the other singles you’ll be surrounded by *insert saucy wink here*. 

Valentine’s Day Singles Party | The Grosvenor Hotel in St Kilda East | $69pp (giggle) | 8pm 

Head down to St Kilda foreshore in your best briefs to support the Children’s Tumor Foundation in their quest for finding treatments for Neurofibromatosis. Hang on, how does that work out? Well this Valentine’s Day, take part in the Cupid’s Undie Run, and money raised will go to the important charity. Get cheeky with those cheeks, and support this great cause! There’s no reason not to really, you don’t even have to run very far with the race only being 1.5km long!

Cupid’s Undie Run | Beachcomber Cafe in St Kilda | From 3pm | Register online  

Looking for cultural things to do in Melbourne? You’re in luck! Last weekend Stonnington Council brought you Opera in the Park. This Valentine’s Day brings you Musical Melodies, held in Ardrie Park in Malvern East and featuring some of Australia’s leading musical theatre stars. See Esther Hannaford strut her stuff, along with Gary Young and Amanda Harrison. Supplement your Saturday with some sweet serenading!

Musical Melodies | Ardrie Park in Malvern East | Free | 7:30pm

If you’re a reader, a writer, or just appreciate the art, then get together with ten of Australia’s best writers, commentators, and storytellers at the Melbourne Town Hall. Brought to you by the Wheeler Centre, On Five. A Gala Night of Storytelling will have guests reflecting on the topic of ‘five’. Sit back and listen to ten wildly different stories. Speakers include Maxine Beneba Clarke, Tim Flannery, Ellen van Neerven, Stephanie Alexander, Robert Dessaix, Anita Heiss, Mark Colvin, Michael Leunig and more. You might want to take notes…

On Five. A Gala Night of Storytelling | Melbourne Town Hall in Melbourne | $20 | 7:30pm 

Sharing is caring, and what better time to share than on Valentine’s Day? Book a table for two at the Rochford Wines restaurant, Isabella’s, and indulge in a four-course sharing menu. Your tastebuds are already doing a dance—we know—for the one dozen native oysters with cherry blossom dressing and wasabi sesame seeds. Or maybe you’re salivating over the wagyu rump cap wellington with puff pastry. Just try and pay some attention to your partner…

Valentine’s Day Plaques de Partage | Isabella’s at Rochford Wines in Coldstream
$170 per couple | From 6pm 

If you’re just about ready to give up on all the lovey-dovey nonsense that goes hand-in-hand with Valentine’s Day, then fear not, here’s one for you! Satisfaction guaranteed for both Cupids and cynics, Tinder Nightmares is a performance at St Ali, by comedian Clem Bastow. Enjoy a sit down dinner followed by a round of speed dating, and Bad Date Trivia! Join the team at St Ali for a night of laughs, and laughing at romance.

Tinder Nightmares: Not Your Regular Valentine, with Clem Bastow
St Ali in South Melbourne | $60pp | 7:00pm - 10:00pm | For bookings, email

What’s more romantic than a four-course degustation in the beautiful garden setting of The Botanical? Complemented with delectable matched wines, we’re pretty excited about the chicken with fig and burned cumin goat’s cheese. Foodie fantasies will be in abounds, so make sure to spend a little time spoiling your significant other while you’re at it!

Valentine's Dinner | The Botanical in South Yarra
$95pp (+$55 matched wines) 6:00pm or 9:00pm
To book, please call 9820 7888 

The Vue Group have pulled out all the stops this Valentine’s Day, so get ready for some romancing! With events happening at Bistro Vue, Jardin Tan, Café Vue at Heide, Lui Bar and the Piggery, the options are plentiful. From a charming afternoon tea to a sultry seven-course degustation, pick your favourite foodie feast for your favourite foodie!

Valentine's Day by the Vue Group | Saturday 14th February

Je T’aime All Night Long | Bistro Vue, Melbourne
$240pp, Seven-Course Degustation, 6:00pm
$80pp Optional Wine Match
To book, please call 9691 3838

Lovebirds at Lui | Lui Bar, Melbourne
$65pp, Two-Course Lunch, 12:00pm - 2:00pm 
$65pp, Afternoon Tea, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
To book, please call 9691 3888

A Vietnamese Love Story | Jardin Tan, South Yarra
$120pp, Six-Course Dinner, 6:00pm
To book, please call 9021 2111

I Heart Heide | Café Vue at Heide, Bulleen
$120pp, Three-Course Dinner, 7:00pm
To book, please call 9852 2346

True Love | Piggery Café, Sherbrook
$140pp, Three-Course Menu and Dessert Buffet, 6:00pm
To book, please call 9691 3888

Still looking for somewhere to take your significant other this Valentine’s Day in Melbourne? Here’s our round up of Melbourne’s most romantic restaurants! If your love’s stomach is a tad more sensitive? Here’s Melbourne’s best gluten-free restaurants for Valentine’s Day! Fasten those bibs and secure those smooches, Listers!

Or perhaps you're looking for somewhere to go on Valentine’s Day withOUT that significant other? Don’t sweat it. Vapiano is having a ‘singles only’ night! Rock up on the day and they’ll seat you, or to guarantee a spot they’ll take booking for groups of 10 or more. Enjoy some of Melbourne’s best pizza, pasta or salad (or all three) at Vapiano this Valentine’s Day!

Singles Only Night | Vapiano in Melbourne | Book online or phone 9620 3335


Touché Hombre are also getting into the Anti-Valentine's spirit with, what else, awesome cocktail specials! All groups of four or more booked on the night will receive a complimentary 'Cupid Killer' cocktail – perfect for downing while you dish the dirt on that god-awful ex of yours... Cheers!

Anti Valentine's Day | Touché Hombre in Melbourne | Bookings essential - book online or phone 03 9663 0811

Sunday 15th

Sunday sessions are set with Dr Morse in Abbotsford. The DAYDREAMS crew are bringing all your favourite local DJs to party it up in one of Melbourne’s best beer gardens. An extra bar will see to your thirsty, thirsty needs with cocktail specials and $5 ‘Mystery Bottles’! Listen to some sweet tunes and nosh on some free fruit (yes, really!) while you dance the afternoon away.

DAYDREAMS Sunday Sessions | Dr Morse in Abbotsford
Free Entry | Acts Vary | 4:00pm till Late

Sip on some sherry this Sunday in the delightful pop-up bar at Pope Joan! Gazpacho y Más is bringing Spanish sexiness to the East Brunswick foodie mecca. Feast on a menu of the day for only $45, or just content yourselves with sweet sherry, savoury sherry, and some more sweet sherry.

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

If you thought you missed out on the BBQ Throwdown event between Newmarket Hotel and Kong, then you thought WRONG! Although the lunch did sell out super fast, the teams have since released a dinner sitting, too! Kong Korean BBQ are bringing their barbecuing prowess to this beefy competition. Get ready to get those fingers greasy, and vote for the winner at The BBQ Throwdown this Sunday!

BBQ Throwdown with Kong | Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda | $85pp

If you love live music, Sunday sessions and a bit of culture, then set up shop at the NGV International’s garden! Their NGV Summer Sundays are bringing you a series of free outdoor music acts. Today sees Husky, The Creases and Mushroom DJs do their thang. Winner winner chicken dinner!

NGV Summer Sundays | NGV International Garden in Melbourne | Free | 1pm

Holidays feel too far away? Well how about a ROOOAAAAD TRIIP! Okay, so Kyneton is only an hour or so out of town, but who’s complaining when they’re hosting a Taste of Kyneton Food & Wine Festival? Taste some treats at a local produce market, listen to some live music and join in the family fun and entertainment. Design your own delicious tasting menu from over 30 of Kyneton’s best restaurants, wineries and breweries.

Taste of Kyneton Food & Wine Festival
NMIT Kyneton Park in Kyneton | 11am - 4pm 

Don’t just stop by for the view—Eureka Skydeck 88 is celebrating the Chinese New Year from the 15th of February to the 1st of March. Visit the glorious sea of red paper lanterns and check out the two-metre tall wire 88 art installation. The Skydeck will be shining red throughout the New Year also! 

Chinese New Year at Eureka | Eureka Skydeck 88 in Melbourne
Sunday 15th February - Sunday 1st March  

If you’re looking for the best places to celebrate the Chinese New Year, check out our top restaurant picks here

Monday 16th

And a sneaky one for next week, Listers. We just couldn’t let you go into the next week without knowing about Milk the Cow’s The Cow Goes Green event! Green, hmmm… could it possibly be? The fairies got it right, it’s an Absinthe and Cheese night! Or rather nights! Absinthe aficionado Benjamin Luzz of Bar Ampere and Gin Palace has collaborated with Cheesemonger Laura Lown for a night of fantastic pairings! Four cheeses. Four Absinthes. Heck. Yes.

The Cow Goes Green | $55 | 7pm
Milk the Cow in St Kilda on Monday 16th
Milk the Cow in Carlton on Tuesday 17th

Foodie fantasies complete for the week? Impossible! We’ll catch you next week, Listers, with another round up of awesome things to do in Melbourne!


Image Credit: Crazy Style Love.

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