What's On

This Weekend in Melbourne

By Megan Osborne
26th Feb 2015

Street Festivals, and pop-up parties—if you’re looking for things to do in Melbourne this weekend, then head to the streets! Feast on foodie fantasies as you farewell February, and munch your way into March!

Here’s our round up of what’s on in Melbourne. There’s no time for being hangry this weekend!

Thursday 26th

Foolscap Studio in Hardware Lane is opening the Making Space exhibition tonight. Curated by (lt), the artists featured include Carrie McGrath, Jeremy Baker, Rohan Hutchinson, Scott Morrison and architecturally inspired pieces by NEO DIA. Supported by Four Pillars Gin, sip on something smooth while you sloe-ly peruse the range of talent from large-format photography, sculpture, installation and video. On Friday, the exhibition is open by appointment only, and open to the public over the weekend. Don’t miss the artists talk at noon on Sunday.

Making Space Exhibition | Foolscap Studio in Melbourne | 6:00pm - 8:00pm 

Temple Brewing Co. in Brunswick East is bringing you beer in all sorts of ways. Tonight is their ‘From Beer to Eternity - The Dinner Series’ event, featuring the boys from ElbowSkin serenading guests with their comedic beer-themed songs. Broken up to complement a frothy degustation, complete with three delicious courses, beer lovers can rejoice! Foodies get excited for the feasting option, from fried chicken to seared mulloway to lavender cheesecake! Each option matched with one of Temple’s brilliant brews. Great comedy, food and craft beer, sound awesome? Yes. Just yes.

From Beer to Eternity - The Dinner Series  
Temple Brewing Co. in East Brunswick | $89pp | 6:30pm

On a mission to save the world from boring walls, Canvas & Canvas aim to create affordable art, each piece hand painted and limited to 99 pieces, so that even the most frugal of art-appreciators can celebrate! Their pop-up gallery in Prahran gives you the chance to check out their stuff, but hurry, Listers, it closes tomorrow!

Canvas & Canvas Pop-Up Gallery | 239 High Street in Prahran | 9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 27th

Hop on down to Beer DeLuxe in Fed Square to attend some serious sipping at the Good Beer College! Free master classes will cover how hops can help add flavour, aroma and bitterness to beer. Look out for Boatrocker, Feral Brewing, Mountain Goat and Holgate. Sample some brew while you learn a thing or two. Yikes, bikes.

Good Beer College | Beer DeLuxe, Fed Square in Melbourne | Free
Friday 27th March - Sunday 1st March
Classes, Hops 101: 12:30pm - 1:20pm, How Beer is Made: 2:00pm - 3:00pm 

If you like your vodka in pop-up format accompanied with food trucks (sold!), then head along to the Old Melbourne Gaol as it’s transformed into a vodka bar for three hours tonight. Live music will tempt you to get your groove on, and the ticket covers two drinks, your choice of cocktails, wine or beer! Some of Melbourne’s best food trucks will be parking themselves too, with some craving-hitting burgers from Mr Burger, and some spi-thy me-hi-can from the devils at Dos Diablos! Master classes will be happening every half hour too. Prizes, tours, food, drinks and music. You betcha!

Pop-up Vodka Bar | Old Melbourne Gaol in Melbourne
$40pp ($10 Masterclasses) | 6:00pm - 9:00pm 

Chinese New Year celebrations are still kicking in Melbourne, Listers! Today, Little Bourke Street plays host to a Chinatown Feast! Feast and be festive with live artist performances, and delicious degustations at two great Chinatown venues. Shark Finn Inn is serving up an $88 set menu (because 8 is lucky, right?) and Locanda (Rydges of Melbourne) will be offering a $115 feast that’s bound to tickle your fancy. Accompanied with Chinese tea, wine, beer and more, snag a spot with some gin and vodka tastings too! 

Chinatown Feast | Little Bourke Street | 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Sydneysiders Will & Co. Coffee are impressing Melbourne coffee lovers far and wide. As of today, they’ll be serving up some beautiful brew at one of Melbourne’s iconic locations, 1000 £ Bend. For two hours this morning, swing by 1000 £ Bend on Little Lonsdale street, and help yourself to a free cold brew Will & Co. coffee! Who doesn’t love a free caffeine pick me up? No one we know!

Will & Co. Free Cold Brew | 1000 £ Bend in Melbourne | 8:00am - 10:00am

Looking for cerebral things to do in Melbourne? School of Life Melbourne is releasing tickets today for their autumn term. Get your philosophising on, and check out talks on altruism by Peter Singer and Leslie Cannold, partake in a mindful feast with Andrew McConnell, or explore the philosophy of disco with Craig Shuftan. 

School of Life Autumn Program | School of Life, Melbourne | Tickets on sale today, prices vary

Saturday 28th

Foodies of Melbourne, get excited cos Mr Lawrence is setting up a Bedouin camp on the sunny sands of Port Melbourne beach! As a part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, the 200-person tent will be serving up a Middle Eastern feast featuring delights such as whole spice rubbed lamb cooked over the charcoal grill, spit-roasted goat, Middle Eastern salads, roast veggies, pulses and flatbreads—phew! Sit back and enjoy a craft beer or a boutique wine while you feast, and watch the waves crash in. The day will be broken up into three different three-hour sessions, so grab your picnic rug and book quickly, Listers!

Mr Lawrence and the Bedouin Camp | Port Melbourne Beach, opposite Mr Lawrence
12:00pm - 3:00pm, 3:00pm - 6:00pm, 6:00pm - 9:00pm | Bookings essential

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the festivus for the best of us at Batman Market in Coburg! Running today and tomorrow, check out some Chinese techno dancing, Kung Fu demonstrations, kids entertainment and loads more. Of course there’s street food, (what good market doesn’t have street food?) with Nem N’ Nem, Slow Kitchen, Mini Chelos and plenty more. Celebrate the diversity of Asian culture at the Batman Market this weekend!

Lunar New Year Festival | Batman Market in Coburg
Saturday 28th February - Sunday 1st March, 9:00am - 4:00pm

This next one has to be one of the funnest things to do in Melbourne in yonks! Ketchup on the fun, Listers, at the Tomato Battle in Melbourne! Yup, get your crazy-sauce on with this epic tomato-throwing festival! As well as the obvious vegetable (or is it fruit!?) throwing, there will be drinks, a costume contest (for you all you red hotties), DJs and more. This Feb festival is flinging itself into your social calendar, so don’t miss out!

The Tomato Battle | Flemington Racecourse in Flemington | $58pp | 11:30am - 5:30pm

Heads down, goggles on, Listers! The Melbourne Swim Classic is on today! Fundraise through Everyday Hero (allowing participants to choose from over 600 charities), and help reach a target of $100,000! Not up to a marathon? That’s ok! You can join in a free 200-metre swim challenge in the hopes of each entrant raising at least $100 each, or swim with the big kids. Speaking of, Dawn Fraser will be there too!

Melbourne Swim Classic | St Kilda Beach in St Kilda | 12:00pm 

Sea (pun intended) for yourself how awesome Australia’s first Sustainable Seafood Festival in Torquay will be! The Sustainable Hook & Vine Festival will be celebrating all things fishy, with pop-ups from local restaurants, breweries and wineries. Live music, family activities and a fishy feast will bring in the crowds at the Torquay Common!

The Sustainable Hook & Vine Festival | Torquay Common in Torquay
$35pp (Adults) $6 (Kids 3-17) | 11:00am


Sunday 1st

Winers and diners, get excited as some of Australia’s top sommeliers will be strutting their stuff at the Botanical. Tim Bryar, Matt Dunne, Jean-Charles Mahe and Sally Humble will showcase their wine and food matching skills, and guess who gets to taste them!? Yup, feel free to jump for joy any moment now. You’ll get to sample a scrumptious menu by Lionel Abello with some stunning matched wines! Bottoms up!

Battle of the Sommeliers | The Botanical in South Yarra | $145pp | 7:00pm - 11:00pm

Foodie events are happening all over town right now, thanks to the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Listers! So if you like to hang east-siiiide, then check out Windsor’s hawker-style street food festival, at the Windsor & Co. Bloc Party! Held in Artists Lane in Windsor, sample some tasty treats from Mr Miyagi (his famous Miyagi Fried Chicken!), Kuku Mama, Basque, Parlour Diner and Massive Wieners. Street art, live music, and an after party at Hoo Haa—it’s time to party, Listers! 

Windsor & Co. Bloc Party | Artists Lane in Windsor | 1:00pm - 8:00pm 

Bridge Road in Richmond is hosting a Global Gathering of epic foodie proportions! Grab your free event passport, and head along Bridge Road sampling some sweet-as snacks! With over 30 pubs and restaurants ready to stamp your progress, stuff yourself silly and call yourself a frequent flyer! There will be cooking demonstrations at Harvey Norman, a free beer tasting master class at Slow Beer, a pop-up fashion market, and free tuk-tuk rides! Tasting plates start at a mere $5, and if you purchase four, you’ll go into the draw to win a $3,000 SMEG kitchen appliance prize! 

A Global Gathering | Bridge Road in Richmond | 11:00am - 4:00pm 

Penny Black is hosting a Street Party on Sydney Road this Sunday, featuring thirteen bands over two stages. Live music will keep things pumping all day long, and with $4 pizzas too, you’re pretty much set for a sweet Sunday! It’s the official kick off of the Brunswick Music Festival, running until Sunday March 15th, and celebrating all things live n’ local.

Sydney Road Street Party, Brunswick Music Festival | Penny Black in Brunswick | 10am

Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make some juicy passata at the Melbourne Tomato Festival! Held at Farm Vigano in South Morang, the Grossi family have set this red-hot festival up to celebrate the unique blend between Italian and Australian culture. With food vendors galore and cooking demonstrations from celebs such as Frank Camorra, Rosa Mitchell, Karen Martini and more, hit the road and get saucy.

Melbourne Tomato Festival | Farm Vigano in South Morang
$25 (Adult), $10 (Child 6-13) | 10:00am - 6:00pm 

Say goodbye to summer, Listers. And don’t cry—this weekend is so full of fun things to do in Melbourne that you’ll easily be distracted!

Image Credit: Love Loans + Linen.

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