While Sunday may mark the start of winter, there's absolutely no excuse to stay home in your uggs this weekend. There's a heap of events on, with everything from all-you-can-eat lobster dinners to jazzy concerts to nail art workshops happening around town. So, my friends, rug up, dig in and get amongst all of the great events Melbourne has to offer!
THURSDAY 29TH MAY
Lobster bibs at the ready everyone – it's time for a feeding frenzy at the Albert Park Hotel for the inaugural Lobster Palooza! The fine folk at the Albert Park Hotel are bringing lobster lovers deep-sea delicacies, washed down with plenty of sparkling wine, beer and cider. If you've enjoyed their Oyster Frenzy events in the past (oh, haven't we all!), those craving crustaceans certainly won't be disappointed with this latest offering!
Lobster Palooza | Albert Park Hotel, 83 Dundas Place in Albert Park
Prepare to heat up your senses as Bluebonnet BBQ comes to town with a pop up at the Grub Food Van. The sizzling BBQ action kicks off tonight with tender beef cheeks, brisket sliders, and bucket loads of Sailor Jerry rum. Yum! You can scoff on slow-cooked meats and slurp down spicy hot toddies while relaxing by the Grub Food Van's combustion stove fireplace, water fountains and foliage. You can even indulge in a spot of table tennis. The best BBQ in town? Quite possibly!
Bluebonnet BBQ Pop Up | 29th May – 8th June
Grub Food Van | 87-89 Moor Street in Fitzroy
We all know Urban Listers love our lamb (see just how much here) and we're super excited to learn how to cook our favourite meat to juicy, pink-in-the-middle perfection at Learn Lamb with Plains Paddock. Anna Kennedy, owner of Plains Paddock, and Micah Hewitt from Hudsons Meat will be teaching all how to cut, clean and get the best cut out of lamb, while also giving you a few handy recipes to whip out at the next dinner party.
Learn Lamb with Plains Paddock | Hobba, 428 Malvern Road in Prahran
6:30pm – 9:30 pm | $75 per person
Do you dig design? Megan Weston's latest exhibition, Altitude, is opening tonight at fenton&fenton! The Barwon Heads-based artist is known for her vividly colourful, plaint splattered pieces, most recently featured on the latest season of The Block (oh did we covet it!). The opening night will be presented by interior designer / TV presenter / speaker / writer / spunk extraordinaire, Darren Palmer, while Megan Weston's artworks will be styled with the chic team at fenton&fenton. Altitude also coincides with the launch of a range of cushions, throws and vessels based on digital photographs of Megan's splattered studio floor.
Altitude | 29th May – 11th June
fenton&fenton | 471 High Street in Prahran
Ahhh General Store & Co., the strange little new concept bar that sells everything from groceries to haircuts, now also features a free weekly arts event, Captain Palette, every Thursday night. Creative types can network, mingle, collaborate and showcase their new works while art-lovers can grab a reasonably-priced beverage and peruse the cultural line up.
Captain Palette | General Store & Co., 213 Franklin Street in Melbourne | From 7:30pm
FRIDAY 30TH MAY
It's heeeerrrreee! Chin Chin king Chris Lucas will be spicing things up this Friday at the opening of his new Korean barbecue joint, Kong BBQ. You may have nibbled on their delicious fare at Rue & Co (my oh my, those spicy wings are mighty fine!) and now you can sample the whole menu in their sleek, Church Street fit out on the opening night. They're only open for dinner service, 5pm 'til late. Can't. Wait.
Kong | 599 Church Street in Richmond
My jazzy friends, it's time to get a little offbeat at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Running from the 30th of May 'til the 8th of June, groovy guys and gals are in for a week full of soulful stylings, with club sessions, workshops, films and family events on offer around town. You can get your swing on at 774's Swing Noir, listen to the flamenco-jazz flavours of Jorge Pardo or be serenaded by Robert Davi singing Sinatra. Can anyone say 'jazz hands'?!
Melbourne International Jazz Festival | 30th May - 8th June
Attention all foodies and wine connoisseurs (so really, the entire Melbourne population) – The Good Food & Wine Show is a-kicking off this Friday. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to descend on Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for a three-day culinary crusade. Take a masterclass (Adriano Zumbo will be there teaching all the secrets behind his Zumabrons), sample food truck treats in the grazing garden and sip your way across Australia at Reidel Wine Theatre. So shimmy on those stretchy pants and prepare to stock your pantry, cellar and gob with the best of Australian produce.
Good Food & Wine Show | 30th May – 4th June
This Friday is also 65 Roses Day, a day designed to raise awareness and funds for Australians living with Cystic Fibrosis. Over 45 years ago a small boy misheard his mother's pronunciation of cystic fibrosis as 'sixty five roses', and since then 65 Roses has become a worldwide theme for this important campaign. Head to the 65 Roses Celebration at Queensbridge Square to see CFV Ambassadors, Dan & Dani from The Block, Hawthorn footy star Matt Suckling and other entertainers. There'll be heaps of family-friendly entertainment on Friday and Saturday to help raise much-needed funds…so get amongst it!
ARIA award-winning singer/songwriter (and beloved cast member of Offspring) Clare Bowditch has recently announced her fourth annual Winter Secrets tour with special guest Adalita. Want to join Clare on stage? Well, my musical friend, you may just be able to! One local musician in each state will have the chance to join the lovely Clare on stage to perform one of her songs and also go in the running to win a $1,000 cash prize. Tickets for the six-show tour go on sale today, and the competition opens next Friday the 6th of June.
Clare Bowditch 2014 Winter Secrets Tour | Tickets on sale Friday 30th of May
This Friday marks the end of the first ever physical exhibition of Hold Me Dear (sob!). They're going out with a bang, with open fires, outdoor galleries and photographic projections at Testing Grounds in Southbank.
Hold Me Dear Closing Party | Testing Grounds, 1-23 City Road in Southbank
SATURDAY 31ST MAY
Get fit (and dirty!) this Saturday at the Spartan Race in Meredith. This Spartan Race 'Sprint' is a 7-kilometre, 20-obstacle course that will have you scaling walls, running through mud, swimming dams, jumping fires and climbing ropes. Little Spartans can also join in on the running, leaping and jumping fun with Spartan Kids, an adventure-filled obstacle course for little ones. Oh, and Commando Steve will be there in all his muscly, muddy glory…and so should you.
Spartan Race | 540 Bamganie Road in Meredith
Fashionistas – this Saturday, get a dose of sartorial musings at the NGV Keynote lecture: Fashion Narratives. Fashion journalist and author Mitchell Oakley Smith will be examining the influence of narrative and storytelling in fashion and the museum's role in representing fashion to contemporary audiences. The keynote lecture will be followed by a Q&A led by Fashion Detective Curator, Danielle Whitfield.
NGV Keynote Lecture: Fashion Narratives | Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
One of Melbourne's newer markets, A+ Market showcases local small businesses, designers and makers who celebrate plus-sized women, as well as selling pre-loved wares. Not only will you snag yourself a bargain, you'll be doing others a bit of good too – 5% of all proceeds going towards a local women's charity.
A+ Market | Darebin North West Uniting Church, 399A Murray Road in Preston
Today marks 10 years since Michael Long walked from Melbourne to Canberra to raise awareness about issues affecting Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. To celebrate, The Long Walk is hosting a day of activities this Saturday; start early in the morning with a walk around the The Tan or walk on the hallowed turf of the MCG prior to the Dreamtime at the 'G' blockbuster. Walkers can also register for tickets to a free Wellbeing Concert at Sidney Myer Music Bowl featuring Dan Sultan. All funds raised go to The Long Walk's education and cultural exchange program, so get those trainers on and get a-walking!
SUNDAY 1ST JUNE
With the start of winter, it can be a difficult to find things to cheer about. One thing we're rejoicing over here at The Urban List HQ is the fact that it's National Porridge Day! We've scoured the best cafes in Melbourne to bring you our list of where to find the top porridge in town. So…what are you waiting for? Make like goldilocks and bury your face in a bowl.
Here's another bit of news that's cure your first-day-of-winter blues: The Roast Collection kicks off today! A state-wide celebration of the humble roast, more than 120 events will be celebrating Victoria's bountiful fresh winter produce throughout June. Some of our favourite restaurants are getting in on the roast action: Neil Perry and the Rosetta team will present a different roasted meat each week while every Sunday our mate Manu will be dishing up Murray Valley pork belly at Le Grand Cirque. There's also a range of regional restaurants taking part in the roasting action, providing the perfect excuse to hightail it outta town for some lamb and potatoes. Comfort food at its best!
The Super Rad Nail Sisters are returning to Colour Box Studio for Super Rad Nail Art Workshop this Sunday! The sisters will again be sharing some of their nail art secrets and techniques, teaching you rad kids some of their most popular designs including ombre, blinged-out leopard print, galaxy designs and heaps of other rad nail artistry. Light refreshments will be provided, along with a goody bag to get you on your way to DIY nail rad-ness. Rad.
Super Rad Nail Art Workshop | The Work Room, cnr Moreland Street & Parker Street
Federation Square's annual winter program, The Light in Winter, kicks off at dusk! Now in its eighth year, The Light in Winter brings together local and international artists for free events, performances and exhibitions. This year they're exploring ideas about the cycles and circles of life. Rug up and check it out!
The Light in Winter | 1st – 21st June | Federation Square