While this Sunday is alllll about Mother, the rest of the weekend is brimming with activities to be enjoyed by the whole family. From designer warehouse sales to charity fundraisers, here's our guide to the best activities and events this weekend in Melbourne.
THURSDAY 8TH MAY
Brace your bank accounts – Zimmermann's Warehouse Sale is on once again, my friends! Kicking off today, the sale will feature sought-after styles from recent ready-to wear and swim collections, with up to 80% off! You've got until Saturday to get your mitts on the discounted deals, but the good pieces are set to be flying off the racks, so we suggest chucking a sickie and shopping the day away!
Zimmermann Warehouse Sale | 8th – 10th May
681 Chapel Street in South Yarra | Various opening hours
After you've hit up the Zimmerman sale, collect your loot and shuffle a few shops down to the Dion Lee Melbourne Warehouse Sale. Here, my friends, you can pick up past season mainline and Dion Lee II, archive and exclusive samples, with selected styles up to 85% off! Be there.
Dion Lee Melbourne Warehouse Sale | Until 17th May
555 Chapel Street in South Yarra | Various opening hours
Just can't get enough of Antiques Roadshow? Well, my collectable-loving friends, your Thursday is about to get a whole lot more…err…exciting! The Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association is kicking off the Melbourne Antiques Fair tonight with a Gala Charity Preview. Head to the Royal Exhibition Building and be the first to see all the fine antiquities. Tickets cost $50 per person, with all funds raised going towards UNICEF.
Melbourne Antiques Fair | 8th – 11th May
Royal Exhibition Building | 9 Nicholson Street in Melbourne
Tonight, Camp Quality's Supper Club will bring together more than 1800 people across 150 of Australia's finest restaurants for one fabulous evening—all in support of children living with cancer. In Melbourne, guests will dine at some of the city's most renowned destinations, including Bottega, Gingerboy, MoVida Aqui, Epocha, Matteo's and Vue de Monde, before behind transferred to an exclusive after party. While there aren't any spots left for us latecomers (sob!), we thought we'd give a little shout out to all the people involved. Props!
Camp Quality Supper Club | Various locations
Think you're the King of Cab Sav? Head to Campari House's Taste and Tipple tonight to guzzle and guess drops from Margaret River and Coonawarra. Canapés will also be doing the rounds (a necessity to soak up all that booze!).
Taste and Tipple | Campari House, 23-25 Hardware Lane in Melbourne
6:00pm – 8:00pm | Tickets $25 ($20 for members)
FRIDAY 9TH MAY
This Friday, Harcourts Victoria will once again be joining forces with White Ribbon Australia to raise funds and awareness for the White Ribbon Campaign in Walk A Mile In Their Shoes 2014. Last year over 250 people (mostly men!) donned a pair of heels and marched through Southbank (raising over $32,000!), and this year is looking to be even more successful. Boys and girls, grab your finest heels, head to Southbank Boulevard this Friday morning and get marching for a good cause!
Harcourts Walk A Mile In Their Shoes | Southbank Boulevard in Melbourne
10:30am arrival for 11:30am – 12:00pm | $25 registration fee
Field of Women will also see 15,000 women stand on the MCG field in the shape of the pink lady to represent the number of people who will diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. Tickets cost $55 (including a poncho, backpack and free admission to the match), with 100% of proceeds donated to Breast Cancer Network Australia. There are still plenty of spots left, so sign up, don your pink poncho and help raise awareness.
Field of Women | MCG, Brunton Avenue in Melbourne
From 4.30pm | Tickets $55
Kenobi, a hot new bar on Lonsdale Street, is opening its doors this Friday! Head there after work to sip on delicious cocktails and dine on delectable share plates, with delights such as roasted pork hock with crackling and Asian greens, BBQ beef ribs in a mild chilli dipping sauce and steamed mussel sambal on offer...yum! To top it all off, Kenobi has its own cinema and popcorn machine, offering up movie sessions throughout the week. Kenobi, you can stay.
Kenobi | 388 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne
Wanna get frisky with whisky? Head to New World Whisky for a whisky degustation this Friday night. Founder and CEO of Starward Whisky, David Vitale, will take you on a tour of the distillery before you feast on a five-course degustation. The menu is created by Chris Badenoch and Julia Jenkins of Josie Bones fame (we miss you!), with each dish designed to complement and enhance the flavours of the tipples on show. A boozy night not to be missed.
New World Whisky Distillery | 181 Larkin Street in Essendon Fields
From 6:00pm | Tickets $150
SATURDAY 10TH MAY
Weekends call for lazy days spent at Melbourne markets, and we know the best places to stock your pantry this Saturday. Head to the Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers Market in Abbotsford first thing, grab brekkie (the buffalo sausages are UNREAL), a coffee, chai or fresh organic juice and wander the wonderful produce shops. Make sure you stay on afterwards to check out the chooks and milk a cow or two!
Collingwood Children's Farm Farmers Market | 18 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford
Second Saturday of each month | 8:00am – 1:00pm
Are you situated a little further north than Abbotsford? You can fuel-up and caffeinate and collect your produce at the Coburg Farmers Market. There's a big playground at Coburg North Primary School, so kids can be kept entertained while you shop the morning away!
Coburg Farmers Market | Coburg North Primary School, 180 O'Hea Street in Coburg
Second and fourth Saturday of every month | 8:00am – 1:00pm
Thrifty shoppers of Melbourne – RetroStar are once again hosting their massive vintage warehouse this weekend! There are over 12,000 items on offer, with everything from fine fur coats to old school daisy dukes prime for the picking. Prepare to pack your baskets to the brim – nothing at the warehouse sale costs more than $10! Helllllllo bargains!
RetroStar Vintage Clothing Sale | 10th & 11th May
8:00am – 5:00pm | 33-37 Stewart Street in Brunswick
This Saturday, Flemington Racecourse are hosting Flemington Green Fields Raceday, a day dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of environmental sustainability. It's a day of fun for the whole family, with special sustainability-themed kids activities including free outdoor games, pony rides and arts and crafts. Get green and giddy up!
Flemington Green Fields Race Day | Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne
Gates open 11:35am | Ticket prices vary
SUNDAY 11TH MAY
As you're all (hopefully!) aware, this Sunday is Mother's Day. While the good children would have booked everything advance, those who are victim to the last minute rush (guilty!) need not fret; here's our list of Melbourne's finest dining establishments, the best presents from our Mother's Day Gift Guide and beauty packages from Melbourne's best salons and spas. You'd better get calling quick sticks!
Does you mum love arts and crafts? Brunswick Flea sells both new and pre-loved goodies, with everything from artisan foods to handmade jewellery to books and vinyl prime for the purchasing. There's HEAPS of stuff sure to tickle your mum's fancies (and yours, too).
Brunswick Flea | 7 Dawson Street in Brunswick
Second Sunday of every month | 11:00am – 4:00pm
Market-loving mothers also need to check out North Melbourne Market this Sunday. Run as a side project of Thread Den, this monthly market features small labels, creative makers and artisans selling their incredible handiwork. The bulk of stallholders are fashion and accessory labels with a focus on the local, handmade, vintage and fair-trade, while there's also a strong smattering of stalls selling homewares, kawaii goodies and yummy treats.
North Melbourne Market | The Lithuanian Club Melbourne, 44 Errol Street in North Melbourne
Sunday 11th May (held monthly) | 10:00am – 3:00pm
As you're aware, this Sunday is Mother's Day (subtlety isn't our strong point), but did you know it's also Cyclofemme (an international celebration of women's riding)? AND the Eurovision final? The Squeaky Wheel are celebrating all three amazing events with a Eurovision themed, all-girl bike party. Bikes will be decked out in crafty national colours, you'll be decked out in costume and there'll be cake and beverages. YES!
Spokeswomen Breeze Ride Cyclofemme Eurovision Special
Starts at St Ali North, 815 Nicholson Street in Carlton North | 2:00pm – 4:30pm
After your cycle, head to Federation Square to catch the Eurovision final live on the big screen at Federation Square. Jessica Mauboy will be flying the flag for Australia, as the first solo artist from a non-European Union country invited to perform. Commentary, insights and endless wit will be supplied by Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang, direct from Copenhagen.
Eurovision 2014 Final Live
Federation Square | From 7.30pm
Tequila and tacos – it's probably the best food-alcohol combo known to man. Knowing this key piece of wisdom, Mr Wow's Emporium will be sporting tasty new tacos and margaritas mixed by Melbourne's best bartenders. Senor Wizey from Mr. Miyagi, Betty Cooper from Eau de Vie Melbourne, Goldilocks' Kari and Paul Ramsay from duNORD will be manning the tequila, while Jabili's Kitchen will be pumping out the prawn abodabo along with other tasty Mexican street eats. Get on down, hombres!
Tequila & Tacos
Mr Wow's Emporium, 97B Smith Street in Fitzroy | 4:00pm 'til late