Don't despair that you have nothing to do this weekend...Melbourne is PUMPING (once again!) with a host of activities and things to do right around town. Since we love you so, and we'd never leave you in the lurch, we've once again put together our picks of what's happening this weekend in Melbourne. Read on and enjoy!
Thursday 13th February
A new spin on the walking tour, tonight Guru Dudu will lead a group of people on a tour of iconic Melbourne sites, with everyone wearing headphones. But isn't that what museums do? Not exactly…tonight's Silent Disco Walking Tour will have dance tunes from the '70s, '80s and '90s pumping, so you can dance your butt off while seeing the sights!
Silent Disco Walking Tour | Starts at the O'Donnell Gardens in St Kilda
For more info, please visit the Silent Disco website
The annual Pause Fest kicks off today – the perfect forum for creatives in the digital world to meet, discuss, learn and collaborate. This year's theme is 'Connected', with Pause Fest's fascinating seminars, masterclasses and other activities all drawing from this. Whether you work in digital, or just want to know more about the industry, Pause Fest is not to be missed!
Pause Fest | Various locations around Melbourne
13th – 16th February | For more info, please visit Pause Fest's website
Friday 14th February
Regardless of whether you've been struck by Cupid's arrow or you're single and ready to mingle, today's the day to be a lover not a fighter….that's right, it's Valentine's Day! From where to buy the perfect bouquet, to the best restaurants to dine at, we've got all the places you need to know about this Valentine's Day right here.
Melbourne has really turned it on this weekend with numerous festivals happening around town. Supergraph, a contemporary art fair held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, is chock-a-block full of the industry's best creatives across art and design, with a series of stalls, masterclasses and activities held across three days. Want to know more about Supergraph? Check our our guide, as well as our top picks and must-sees here.
Supergraph Contemporary Art Fair | 14th – 16th February
Royal Exhibition Building | 9 Nicholson Street in Carlton
For more information, please visit Supergraph's website
Grape Grazing, on the other hand, is full to the brim (pun intended!) with Yarra Valley's best wine, cider and gourmet food producers. There'll be plenty of tastings, dinners, and seminars on offer, so grab your friends and make a weekend of it! To make your vino-filled weekend easier, we've put together a comprehensive Grape Grazing guide, which you can read here.
Grape Grazing | 14th – 16th February | Various locations around Yarra Valley
For more information, please visit Grape Grazing's website
Saturday 15th February
There's nothing like summer racing, so don your finest frock or suave suit, and head to Flemington for the Black Caviar Lightning Day. A variety of the world's fastest horses will be on show as they all compete for the Group 1 racing prize. The great mare herself, Black Caviar, will be celebrated throughout the day, too, with attendees encouraged to visit the 'Walk of Fame', a strip highlighting Black Caviar's 25 wins, as well as sipping on a Caviar Blush cocktail at the Schweppes Flemington Fling Bar.
Black Caviar Lightning Day | Flemington Racecourse, Epsom Road in Flemington
Gates open at 11:00am, first race is at 12:35pm | For more info, please visit Flemington's website
Sunday 16th February
Mmmm there's nothing like a good summer grill (we're kinda obsessed), so this Sunday, you'll find us at the Andalucian Party at the Robert Burns Hotel. The Collingwood-based Spanish restaurant will be in party mode all day, with a flamenco guitarist playing and plenty of meat and fish on the grill…not to mention drinks flowing aaaaall day long! We're drooling already.
Andalucian Party at the Robert Burns Hotel | 376 Smith Street in Collingwood
12:30pm onwards | Dishes start at $8 and drinks are $5 each
For more info, please visit the venue's website
Award winning artist Martin Hill has joined forces with Philippa Jones to launch The Watershed Project, a fascinating exhibition launching today at the McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery. The exhibition showcases 25 photographic prints of sculptures all formed from natural sources – think rock, water, snow, and moss. The aim is to educate the public on sustainability and not only does the exhibition succeed in doing so, it also leaves you in awe of nature.
The Watershed Project | McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, 390 McClelland Drive in Langwarrin
16th February – 27th April 2014 | For more info, please visit the gallery website