From the launch of a week dedicated to beer (yum!) and a three-day event showcasing the caffeinated stuff, a swinging jazz fest and some not-to-be-missed sample sales, this weekend in Melbourne is just as jam packed with goodness as ever. If you're stuck for things to do in Melbourne this weekend, you obviously haven't seen this list. Read now, bookmark, and get your pretty be-hinds to the best goings on around our magnificent city.
THURSDAY 15TH MAY
Following a knock out first year, the Melbourne International Coffee Expo is on once again! This four-day event showcases 150 exhibitors, bringing together the best in the biz to talk all things caffeinated. While Thursday and Friday are trade-only affairs, the weekend is open to all coffee addicts in the general public. There are also a heap of satellite events happening around Melbourne, including roasting workshops, cafe tours and networking events. So, whether you're a professional or just pro-caffeine, this expo is for you!
Melbourne International Coffee Expo | 15th – 18th May
Melbourne Showgrounds | Epsom Road in Ascot Vale
Crooners and smooth movers, the Stonnington Jazz Festival is upon us once again! Showcasing the best of Australian Jazz, the festival will be running across 10 days of May in venues throughout Stonnington. The Stonnington Jazz Festival has handily teamed up with some seriously good local restaurants to bring you a $35 express dinner. Enjoy two courses and a glass of vino with favourites, including David's Restaurant, Ladro, Morris Jones, Speakeasy Kitchen Bar, and Lona Pintxos Bar (just to name a tasty few!)
Stonnington Jazz Festival | 15th – 25th May | Various locations
For ornamental hors d'oeuvres and tasty trinkets, head to the Lucy Folk Sample Sale this Friday! For one day only, you can get 75% off Lucy Folk's famed food-themed jewellery, with everything from pretzel necklaces to popcorn rings prime for the purchasing. Note: it's cash only (so pack your purse!).
Lucy Folk Sample Sale | Yule House, Level 2, 309 Little Collins Street in Melbourne
10:00am – 7:00pm
FRIDAY 16TH MAY
Hold on to your kaftans, fashionistas – Camilla is hosting its first Melbourne Warehouse Sale. Enjoy up to 80% off a selection of pieces from AW13's Tales from a Reading Room and past collections including Gypset, Caravanserai, Labyrinth, Woodstock and Babylon. This sartorial sale includes womenswear, Beach House by Camilla, exclusive one-offs, shoes, accessories, swimwear and kids wear.
Camilla Warehouse Sale | 16th – 18th May
Prahran Town Hall | 255A Chapel Street in Prahran
After the tickets to his first comedy show were snapped up faster than you can say 'fush 'n' chups', New Zealand comedian Rhys Darby (Flight of the Concords, Yes Man, The Boat That Rocked), along with Mathew Hardy, is putting on yet another show this Friday night! Head to the Yarraville Comedy Club to catch him in his 10pm late show.
Rhys Darby | Yarraville Comedy Club, 135 Stephen Street in Yarraville
Visit the Yarraville Laughs website to book
It's time to raise a glass to Good Beer Week, Australia's biggest annual celebration of suds, malt and hops. The festival starts tomorrow, so kick it off with a hangover gained at the Good Beer Week Opening Party at the Terminus Hotel in Fitzroy North. It promises to be an epic night of live entertainment, boozy frivolities and, of course, lots and lots of the liquid stuff. Best yet? Entry is free.
Good Beer Week Opening Party | The Terminus, 492 Queens Parade in Fitzroy North | 6:00pm – late
SATURDAY 17TH MAY
Eyeryone's favourite ballet-based workout, Barre Body is popping up in Richmond! To celebrate, the fourth Melbourne studio is hosting an open day this Saturday, with a free and fun 30-minute taster class running from 9:00am 'til midday. Or, if you really want to challenge yourself, join Barre Body founder Emma Seibold in a 75 minute masterclass at 1:00pm. Pressed Juices and Fire and Shine will also be there for the festivities.
Barre Body Richmond Pop-Up | 183 Bridge Road in Richmond | Open from 9:00am
Join local Mexican artists Ernesto Rios and Santa Castillo in a Mexican Art Workshop this Saturday at the Immigration Museum. Running as part of the museum's Mexican May calendar, you'll use a bright Mexican colour palette to create your own Mexican masterpiece to take home. A good dose of culture for art-loving kiddies.
Mexican Art Workshop | Immigration Museum
2:00pm – 3:00pm | $15 adult, $13 concession/child
A jewellery workshop will be held this Saturday at the Aacute studio in the Docklands. Hosted by Julie and Kelly from label Aacute, the three-hour workshop will cover everything from how to facet to glazing and oven-baking instructions. Not only will you get to wear home your fab creation, you'll also be given a mini gift bag with an Aacute voucher, sample clay and a sample candle set.
Aacute Workshop | Aacute Studio, Shop 1, 439 Docklands Drive in Docklands | 1:00pm – 4:00pm
It may have a little something to do with the impending opening of Kong, but we're absolutely loving everything Korean at the moment. One Urban Lister is downing kimchi from the jar in anticipation of the Korea Festival on at Federation Square this Saturday. The inaugural one-day festival will showcase traditional and contemporary culture, with everything from a performance from the Traditional Music Orchestra to a K-pop contest. Be there!
Korea Festival | Federation Square in Melbourne | 11:00am – 10:00pm
We know all you Urban Listers love nothing more than a rummage at your local market. So, this Saturday, make sure you head to North Carlton Pop Up Market to shop an eclectic array of wares from vintage clothes to local artwork to artisan eats.
Want to know what other markets are on this weekend? Check out our May Market Calendar.
North Carlton Pop Up Market | St Michaels, Corner McIlwraith and MacPherson Street in North Carlton
Third Saturday of every month | 10:00am – 3:00pm
You can't improve on yum cha, right?! Wrronnng! After the sell-out success of their last two Rose and Pinot Noir Yum Cha Lunches, David's Restaurant is gearing up once again this Saturday, holding two sessions of all-you-can-eat dim sum and wine. With plate after plate of Chinese delicacies, you'll enjoy a total of eight wines of unique blends and harvests, including four rosé wines from Australia, France and Italy and four pinot noirs from Australia, France and New Zealand. Tea, shmea…wine's where it's at!
Rose and Pinot Noir Yum Cha Lunch | David's, 4 Cecil Place in Prahran
11:30am – 1:15pm | $69 per person
Partake in a dandy cycling adventure through Melbourne's North East this Saturday. Running as part of the High Country Harvest Festival, The Sweet Cycle is a gentle 25-kilometre ride through the Rutherglen countryside, including stop offs at three incredible food and wine destinations. The first stop is at Jones Winery for a lavish morning tea, then to Pfeiffer Wines for a luncheon and finally a sunset amble in the olive grove at The Wicked Virgin. As if it could get any better, the ride is also vintage-themed (so don those tweed jackets, chaps!).
The Sweet Cycle at Rutherglen | Commencing at the Rutherglen Wine experience, 57 Main Street in Rutherglen
10:00am – 4:00pm | $95 inclusive
SUNDAY 18TH MAY
We all know the importance of a good breakfast, and The Brewer's Breakfast at Bridge Road Brewers is the perfect way to salute the day. The Brewery has invited two internationally renowned brewers to come to Beechworth for a morning of brewing, brekkie and, of course, beer! The $90 price tag includes a three-course breakfast with matching beverages, not to mention an insight into the brewing minds of the best in the biz (priceless).
The Brewer's Breakfast | Bridge Road Brewers, Old Coach House Ford Street in Beechworth
8:00am – 10:15am | $90 per person
Join in the fun of the RSPCA's biggest fundraiser, the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, this Sunday. This year there are 16 walks happening throughout Victoria: city dwellers can head to Albert Park Lake, while there are heaps of other regional locations around Victoria. You and your pooch will be treated to entertainment, displays, stalls, giveaways and a host of other fun activities. All funds go towards the 28,000 animals entering Victorian shelters each year.
RSPCA Million Paws Walk | Various Locations
The Beer Train. Yes, you read that correctly. Hargreaves Hill and Deschutes are hosting an afternoon of beer, ale and fine food on the historic Puffing Billy Steam Train. As you travel from Belgrave to Emerald Lakeside and back, you'll feast on three courses matched with two beers from the beer houses. Master brewers will also be doing the round of the carriages, providing plenty of beer and banter to lucky riders. We're not going to lie, the menu's pretty spiffy, featuring delights like kingfish sashimi, Texan-style brisket and a blood orange tart. All aboard!
The Beer Train | Starts at 1 Old Monbulk Rd, Belgrave
12:00pm – 5:00pm | $140 per person
We're willing to bet on your liver that you've had your fair fill of beer over the last few days. While, yes, there is no such thing as too much beer, sometimes it's good to shake it up a little. Enter the Stripped Back Sundays at The Emerson, complete with a Bloody Mary Bar featuring a rotating menu of three internationally-flavoured Marys. Hungry? Snack on The Emerson's impressive menu, or stick around a little later to grab a $10 dish from the woodfire grill. What's more, The Emerson has recently added live music to the Sunday agenda, with musicians (Hilde Osland is on this Sunday!) strumming away from 4pm onwards.
Stripped Back Sundays | The Emerson, 143-145 Commercial Road in South Yarra | Open from 12:00pm
As (again) part of Good Beer Week, an all-mighty battle between Hawthorn Brewing Co and 3 Ravens will take place at Middle Park Hotel this Sunday. The challenge? To best match beer to a selection of dishes from the hotel. You'll enjoy a total of four dishes, with each dish matched to a flight of beer from both breweries. After you've sipped to your heart's content you'll then vote for your favourite beer match to determine The Duel Champion. A $45 ticket will get you four dishes and eight beers (not too shabby!).
The Duel | Middle Park Hotel, 102 Canterbury Road in Middle Park
Sessions from 12:30pm | $45 per person