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This Weekend In Melbourne

By Iro Kotsimbos - 20 Feb 2014

From a degustation with a difference, to a light-filled all night party, Melbourne's really got it going on this weekend. Here's our guide to the best of the best events happening around town…warning: you'll be so busy, you may need to take Monday off. 

Thursday 20th February

After the sell-out success of her Hip Hop High Tea, DJ Danielle Rizk (aka MzRizk) is back with the House of Flying Teacups. Starting tonight at Happy Palace in the CBD, the unique 'teagustation' concept involves four tea-based cocktails paired with delicious yum cha, set to a soundtrack of soul, jazz and funk. Want to know more about the House of Flying Teacups? Don't miss our story here

The House of Flying Teacups | Each Thursday from 20th February

Happy Palace | 87 Bourke Street in Melbourne

For more info, please visit Facebook | To purchase tickets, click here

You know how much we love an open-air cinema (read all about them in our epic guide to summer), but a FREE open-air cinema? Even better! Each Thursday for the next month, Movies Under the Stars will be screening a variety of flicks at Yarra's Edge in Docklands – it's the perfect opportunity to gather your friends, pack a picnic and relax…all for free! Gates open at 6:30pm and tonight's film, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, begins at 8:30pm.

Movies Under The Stars | Point Park Crescent, Yarra's Edge in Docklands

Gates opens at 6:30pm | Film begins at 8:30pm

For more info, please visit the website 

As if the news of Pharrell Williams performing wasn't good enough, Future Music Festival have just announced the release of Future Music Festival First Class Tickets! Each ticket will include express entry into Future, entry into the double storey marquee (with amazing views to boot!), access to the First Class Bar, style bar, cloak room and other VIP areas, gourmet food and drink package, First Class bathroom facilities (because we all know how feral portaloos get by the end of the day), souvenir pack, merchandise voucher, aaaaand a blow dry from the Blow Dry Bar. Phew! Trust us – this is luxury, music festival style! Go on…you know you want to!

Future Music Festival | Sunday 9th March | Flemington Racecourse

First Class tickets are now on sale | $345 per person (plus booking fees)

For more info, please visit the website 

Friday 21st February

Urban Listers, the day you've been waiting for is finally here…Jason M. Jones and Philippa Sibley's game changing restaurant, Prix Fixe, is finally open to the public! The first ticketed restaurant in Australia, and with a menu that changes monthly, Prix Fixe combines culinary excellence and theatrical extravagance – in other words, the ultimate dining experience. Make sure you book your tickets well in advance!

Prix Fixe | Alfred Place (off Collins Street) in Melbourne

For more info and to buy tickets, please visit the website 


White Night 2013. Photography by John Gollings.

Saturday 22nd February

We hope you've had your nanna naps because White Night is returning to Melbourne! From 7:00pm right through until 7:00am, the city's streets and laneways will come alive with a series of light projections, contemporary art and live music involving major venues and retailers around town. Last year's White Night debut was a huge hit with over 300,000 people attending, and we predict 2014 to be even bigger!

White Night | Various venues around Melbourne | 7:00pm – 7:00am
Plan your night with our guide to White Night here 

One of the main hubs for White Night will be at Melbourne Central, where they've planned a night full of fun! Drop by for the 'I Heart Melbourne' light projection show at Shot Tower Square and free short feature film screenings at Hoyts – there'll also be live buskers throughout the centre providing unique entertainment all night long! 

Melbourne Central | Corner Swanston and La Trobe Streets in Melbourne

For more info, please visit the website 

QV is also putting on quite the show, as part of their Luma Vibes event held at QV Square. Saturday night will be all about music – DJ Chiara Kickdrum and Georgia Fair will get the party started, before Aussie music fave, Lisa Mitchell, plays her live and acoustic set at 9:00pm. 

Luma Vibes | QV Melbourne, Corner Swanston and Lonsdale Street in Melbourne

For more info, please visit the website 

Summer seafood – there's nothing better, right? This Saturday, take a drive to Apollo Bay where the fabulous Apollo Bay Seafood Festival will be held. The foreshore will be full of the region's best seafood and local produce, giving you no excuse to stop by and snack, as well as pick up some fresh fish to take home. Delish!

Apollo Bay Seafood Festival | Apollo Bay Foreshore in Apollo Bay | 10:00am – 9:00pm

For more info, please visit the Facebook page 

If there's one thing we know for sure it's that Urban Listers love their craft beer! So can you imagine how excited we were to find out there's a whole day celebrating the stuff? Craft Beer Rising, presented by The Crafty Pint, showcases the best locally made craft beers at a series of events and tastings at local pubs. There's a whole heap of activity going on so make sure you check out the website to find out what's happening near you!

Craft Beer Rising | Various locations

For more info, please visit the website 

Sunday 23rd February

Built in 1849 by William Taylor, Keilor's Overnewton Castle is a beautiful Scottish style castle set in picturesque gardens. This Sunday, as part of their 165th anniversary celebrations, Overnewton Castle will be hosting the Castle Jazz Festival – a fun yet relaxed afternoon that's perfect for the whole family. Don't forget to bring your picnic rug!

The Castle Jazz Festival | Overnewton Castle, 51 Overnewton Road in Keilor | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

For more info, please visit the Facebook page 

Melbourne is famous for its multicultural community and where better to experience the sights and sounds than at the Fairfield Amphitheatre Concert Series. Held on the banks of the Yarra in Fairfield, the concerts focus on a different type of music and dance each Sunday – tonight, the spotlight is on the Celtic Jig, with the audience encouraged to join in!

Fairfield Amphitheatre Concert Series | Fairfield Park Drive (off Heidelberg Road) in Fairfield | 5:00pm – 7:30pm

For more info, please visit the website 

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