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This Weekend In Melbourne

By Iro Kotsimbos - 30 Jan 2014

You know what the best thing is about a short week? We're one day closer to the weekend – hollaaaaa! Speaking of the weekend, Melbourne has a packed schedule full of fun and fabulous things to do, which comes as no surprise. 

Here are our picks of what's happening this weekend in Melbourne…  

Thursday 30th January

Who says that a fancy work lunch has to cost a bomb? Not the team at The Lui Bar, that's for sure. Make sure you book in for The Lui Counter Meal, a $39 express lunch held at The Lui Bar Tuesday – Friday as well as Sunday! Five star food for less than fiddy dollars? Sounds good to us!

The Lui Counter Meal | Level 55, 525 Collins Street in Melbourne | 12:00pm – 2:00pm 

For more information, please visit the website

Friday 31st January

Happy Chinese New Year! Starting tonight, the community will be celebrating the Year of the Horse with a variety of parties and events around town. There'll be a real festive feel with firecrackers, lion dancing, music, and plenty more. Check out the Chinese New Year website for all the details as well as our list of Melbourne's best Chinese restaurants and Yum Cha hotspots – perfect for post celebration feasting!

Chinese New Year celebrations | Various locations

Melburnians get their chance to gleefully watch the Australian cricket team thrash the Brits (we're calling it now), when the T20 International comes to town. Held at the MCG, the T20 International is perfect if you love the cricket but the thought of sitting through multiple days bores the heck out of you. Fast-paced, exciting, and with a party atmosphere, it's no wonder that tickets to the T20 International are selling fast.

T20 International | Melbourne Cricket Ground | 7:35pm – late

Purchase your tickets here

It's no secret that Melburnians love their polo, with the recent Jeep Portsea Polo once again selling out. Tonight marks the next event in the Jeep Victorian Polo Club's social calendar, the Polo Club Ball, and it'll be THE place to be seen. There are still a few tickets left, so grab your fabulous friends, dress up to the nines and head to the Crown Palladium-hosted event for a night of fun. 

Jeep Victorian Polo Club Ball | Crown Palladium | 7:00pm – Midnight

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

If you've always wanted to catch the inimitable Katie Noonan in concert, then tonight's your chance! As part of the Zoo Twilights concert series at Melbourne Zoo, Katie will be performing alongside Angie Hart, Martha Marlow and Abby Dobson. This is one concert that's not to be missed!

Katie Noonan's 'Song That Made Me' | Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue in Parkville

Gates open at 5:30pm, concert begins at 7:00pm

Purchase tickets here

Saturday 1st February

Are you a pastry fan? If yes (let's be honest, who isn't?!), then a trip to Lune Croissanterie in Elwood needs to be first on your Saturday to-do list. Kate Reid is the kitchen whiz behind Lune Croissanterie, a weekend-only croissant and pastry store responsible for some of Melbourne's best croissants. Stock up on her mouth-watering baked goods from 8:00am but be warned, her croissants tend to sell out so make sure you get there early!

Lune Croissanterie | 29 Scott Street in Elwood | 8:00am until sold out

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Could there be anything better than a day filled with the best Victorian craft beers and ciders? The answer is no. Good news, as today is the Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong. Sample a variety of frothies, learn about the brewing process, chow down on some delicious food and relax to the sweet sound of local musicians at the beer fest – a mere hour drive from the CBD. 

Great Australian Beer Festival | Geelong Racecourse, 99 Breakwater Road in Breakwater | 11:00am – 7:00pm 

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

In other festival news, Federation Square and Birrarung Marr will this weekend play host to the Melbourne Latin Summer Festival. A celebration of the amazing Latin culture, the weekend will involve a heap of dancing, art, entertainment, and of course – FOOD!

Melbourne Latin Summer Festival | Federation Square and Birrarung Marr in Melbourne

Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00am | Sunday 12:00pm – 11:00pm

For more information, please visit the website

Oh St Kilda, how we love you so! Today marks the start of the annual St Kilda Festival, a celebration of Australian artists and other crazy talented people, held in the crazy, kooky, vibrant, eclectic suburb that Melburnians love so much. Where else can you find 9 days worth of food, drink, music, art, parades and more?! Nowhere – after three decades, the St Kilda Festival truly stands out.

St Kilda Festival | Various locations

For more information, please visit the website

Sunday 2nd February

We have a serious obsession with all things BBQ (mmmm ribs), so when we heard about the Sunday Texas BBQ at The Gem, you can just picture how excited we were. A new weekly event, the Sunday Texas BBQ features a host of authentic American BBQ dishes – think beef brisket, pulled pork and rrrrribs, with sides or corn bread, mashed potato and coleslaw. We're salivating in anticipation.

Sunday Texas BBQ at The Gem | 289 Wellington Street in Collingwood

For more information, please visit the website 

Cheese and cider are two of the greatest things in life. FACT. Come Sunday, Werribee Park will be a celebration of all things cheese and cider related at the Fromage a Trois festival. Cheeses from across Australia will be showcased alongside the best ciders in the biz. What's more, there will be craft beer, wine and gourmet treats available too. Round up your friends and book your tickets for the perfect Sunday! See you there.

Fromage a Trois – Cheese, Cider & You | Werribee Park, K Road in Werribee | 11:00am – 6:00pm

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here

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