No plans for the ol' weekend? We've got meat feasts for foodies, exhibition openings for culture vultures and gluey events for the craft inclined, all rolled up into one comprehensive guide to your perusing pleasure. Here, my friends, is your guide to this weekend in Melbourne.
Shimmy on your stretchy pants and slap on a bib – Big Boy BBQ is hosting a mammoth meat feast tonight! Think saucy beef brisket, fall-off-the-bone tender ribs, tangy pulled pork, plus other carnivorous treats, all dished out on huge trashcan lid sized platters. All this meaty action will be matched with top drops from Australia's premier wine regions. Vegetarian options include…bah! Sorry vegos, this is the ultimate meat feast with not a lettuce leaf in sight.
6:00 – 9:00pm | $55
For those sick of the usual Celine Dion ballads and Nickelback numbers at karaoke nights, have we got the sing-a-long for you! It's called Hip Hop Karaoke, and it's possibly the dopest way to spend a Thursday night. Held at 1000 £ Bend once a month, Hip Hop Karaoke brings 8 Mile dreams alive with a DJ spinning beats, a hype man pumping up the crowd and live visuals to match your tune. Mom's spaghetti.
Doors open at 9:00pm | $5 cover charge
Tonight, we'll be celebrating two of our favourite consumables – pork and pinot noir – at the Woolshed's Pig & Pinot event. The experience includes a four-course porcine degustation with matching pinot noirs from Victoria's top producers. A match made in heaven!
Want to get toasty with a roast this winter? Of course you do! Here's our pick of The Roast Collection.
7:00pm – 9:00pm | $100
Cheap Monday just got a whole lot cheaper! The Swedish design house is hosting a massive winter sample sale, with prices starting at a measly $5. You'll also be able to shop discounted threads from Libertine-Libertine, Zoe Karssen and Natural Selection Denim. Lucky Melburnians gets first dibs on the stock before the sale moves up to Sydney, so don't let those pesky Sydneysiders get all the good loot!
If all of this extreme saving leaves you parched, you'll be glad to know that Little Creatures is hosting Friday night drinks from 5pm - 7pm, complete with DJ-spun tunes. Drinking and shopping, that's one dangerous combination we wholeheartedly endorse.
Cheap Monday & Friends Winter Sample Sale | 12th – 15th June
Level 2, 181 Smith Street in Fitzroy
Looking for your weekly dose of culture? Simple People, an exhibition by artist Rasmus Sandburg Sloth, launches at RTIST Gallery today. Previously ?exhibited in London? and Beijing, Simple People is the first exhibition in Australia for the Danish-born, Melbourne-based artist, and is certainly not to be missed.
Simple People | RTIST Gallery, 29 St Edmonds Road in Prahran
Okay, we know Dark Mofo is in Tassie, but the program is so good you'll want to brave hypothermia with a swim across the Tasman. If their killer line-up isn't enough to get you into your togs, there'll also be a stack of public installations, exhibitions and workshops taking place across Hobart, including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's large-scale public light artwork, Articulated Intersect. As always, after-hours debauchery will be had at Dark Faux Mo (not to mention at the annual Nude Solstice Swim!)
Dark Mofo | Various locations in Hobart, Tasmania
Shop unworn vintage designer threads at the Hawkeye Vintage's Final Sale, held at the Como Historic House this weekend. For three days only, you can pick up everything from Kenzo to Courrèges, with prices starting at an unbelievable $10. Is this real life?
Hawkeye Vintage Final Sale | 13th – 15th of June
The Como Historic House | Ballroom, cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Avenue in South Yarra
Wanna get your groove on in the newest 80s and 90s bar while sipping flamboyant cocktails? Of course you do! Lucky enough, The Underground Experiment is opening its doors this Friday night on Smith Street. Taking over from The Noble Experiment, the basement will be reinvented as a flamboyant cocktail bar from the 80s and 90s, featuring a naff cocktail list boasting Sex on the Beach (complete with edible sand) and a Blue Lagoon Cocktail with a swimming fish (no need to call in PETA – it's just fo' show). The Underground Experiment will be open on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Underground Experiment | 284 Smith Street in Collingwood
Ole ole ole! The World Cup kicks off (pun intended) this Friday and we're preparing for the late nights, buckets of booze and overdose of soccer/football. With most games showing at 2am, 5am or 8am, you can set your alarm and acquaint yourself with SBS… or you could pull an all-nighter and join hundreds of other devoted FIFA fans in soaking up the action. Check out our pick of where to watch The World Cup and get out there!
Pastry chef extraordinaire, Darren Purchese of Burch & Purchese, will be serving up his signature treats at The Langham as part of a series of bespoke afternoon teas. Expect Burch & Purchese favourites paired with the Langham's fluffy scones, ribbon sandwiches and delicious beverages. Don't fret if you can't make it this Friday – Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio Afternoon Teas will be running once a month all year!
Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio Afternoon Tea | The Langham, 1 Southgate Avenue in Southbank
Batten down the hatches – wine is coming! As vino lovers and massive GoT fans, we're too darn excited to go to Game of Rhones, a combative celebration of Rhone Valley wines this Saturday. After its sell-out start in 2013, this year's Game of Rhones promises to be even more action-packed, with some of the best wine producers, hailing from kingdoms near and beyond the wall, battling it out to win your palate. Pass us a goblet!
Game of Rhones | St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street in St Kilda
1:00 – 6:00pm | $50
This Saturday, you can learn to spin that dough like a pro at 400 Gradi's Pizza Acrobatic Spinning Class. The Australian spinning champion, Daniele Caputo, will take you through the basic techniques of dough spinning before you spin, top and devour your own pizza with a glass of Italian wine. No experience required; a love of pizza mandatory.
10:00am – 12:00pm | $70
Do regular terrariums not cut the small-plant mustard anymore? The Bonsai Bell Jar Workshop, held this Saturday at Third Drawer Down in Prahran, is just the class for you. The master of small plants, Amy Wong from Petite Green, will be teaching all about plant selection, terrarium design, soil composition and bonsai and terrarium care. All you need to bring is a clean, clear glass bell jar and your little green thumbs.
1:00 – 3:00pm | $95
Of all the days of the year, World Gin Day is definitely one of our most beloved. This year, Gin Palace will be celebrating this marvellous day by opening their doors early for the first time in their 16-year history. Fancy a martini at midday? No problemo! From Noon 'til 9pm, Gin Palace will be serving two-for-one Martinis, Negronis, Tom Collins, Gin Old Fashioneds and G&Ts, using big name international brands as well as killer Australian gins. There's also a range of sessions on offer, including a gin-soaked breakfast, a gin perfume masterclass and a lesson in the perfect martini.
Gin Palace | 10 Russell Place in Melbourne
12:00 – 9:00pm | To see all of the events, click here
If that isn't enough gin for you, The Kelvin Club is once again welcoming The Gin Queen, Caroline Childerley, to host an afternoon tea and tipple with Hendricks Gin. Spend your afternoon in the Member's Lounge sampling G&Ts, tea-infused punch, cucumber refreshments and other tasty delights.
Afternoon Tea with Hendricks Gin | The Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Place in Melbourne
4:00 – 6:00pm | $65
Couldn't make it to Brazil? No need to stress, you've got World Cup Carnival 2014 to keep the FIFA party spirit alive! Over the weekend, 524 Flinders St will be packed with large projections, flowing drinks and food truck nosh, with pre and post-match entertainment with South American drummer Ami Hasson and local musicians, Protein Shake DJs.
World Cup Carnival 2014 | 14th -15th of June
534 Flinders St | 524 Flinders Street in Melbourne
Do you suffer from dining indecisiveness? Southgate Moveable Feasts will make the difficult decision of where to eat a whooolllee lot easier! Over three courses, you can wander from restaurant to restaurant, sampling world-class cuisine from Southgate's finest – your taste buds could be holidaying in Japan for the entrée, Italy for your main and Germany for dessert – all without having to leave the convenient heart of Melbourne.
Moveable Feasts | 15th June - 4th August
On the third Sunday of every month, in the grand Convent building in Abbotsford, you'll find awesome art, craft, gifts and loads of other goodies at the Makers' Market. Chat to the artists and crafty folk behind the stalls, peruse their fine wares and pick up a kooky treat for yourself.
Want to know what other markets are on? Check out our June market calendar!
Makers Market | The Covent, 1 St Heliers Street in Abbotsford
This Sunday, the Emerge Festival Main Event will see Fitzroy Town Hall open its doors for an all-day block party featuring three stages of nonstop world music and a vibrant cultural market place. You can dance to traditional music from Sudan to Iran, inhale the aromas of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and sample authentic food from around the globe. There'll also be free cultural workshops, henna tattoos, hair braiding and heaps of kid-friendly activities to keep the little ones entertained.
Emerge Festival Main Event | Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street in Fitzroy | 12:00 – 5:00pm
Spice up your traditional Sunday roast with four-course menu at Red Spice Roast, held at The Orchard Room. How does roasted prawn with sweet pork, steamed egg custard and spicy coconut broth sound? Oh, and how about slow roasted and fragrant beef short ribs with stir-friend king oyster, enoki and woodear mushrooms? Have I even mentioned the pineapple custard with caramel roasted pineapple, coconut ice cream, cashew praline and aloe vera? DROOL. Tickets are $55 for the four-course banquet or $89 with three hours of free-flowing Victorian vino. Go the second option.
Red Spice Roast | The Orchid Room, 31 Artemis Lane in Melbourne | $55 | $89
For those looking to get a little crafty this Sunday, look no further than Learn to Screen Print in a Day, courtesy of our friends at Colour Box Studio. You'll learn the screen-printing basics before you design your own artwork, turn your masterpiece into a stencil and finally print it onto fabric. Basic fabric is provided, but we recommend brining your own blank t-shirt to create a piece of wearable cool.
Learn to Screen Print in a Day | New Model Beauty Queen Factory, 70 Saxon Street in Brunswick
11:00am – 4:00pm | $120