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This Weekend in Melbourne

By Iro Kotsimbos - 13 Mar 2014

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines….Melbourne has a big weekend in store for you all! From the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix to the Yarra Valley Ice Cream Extravaganza, here are our top tips for this weekend in Melbourne…

THURSDAY 13TH MARCH

Revheads, your favourite weekend of the year has arrived – yep, it's Grand Prix time! Over the next four days, the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, and Nico Rosberg will be screeching around Albert Park Lake, all chasing the opportunity to stand atop the winners' podium. A celebrity GP race will also be held, which is another event not to miss!

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix | Albert Park Lake

13th – 16th March | For tickets, please visit the Grand Prix website

FRIDAY 14TH MARCH

Eureka 89 sure know how to host a memorable event, don't they?! This Friday will be yet another notch on their fabulous tally with Eureka 89 hosting a one-night-only pop-up bar. The $25 ticket includes entry, a glass of delicious Laurent Perrier bubbly, and live entertainment all night long. Oh, and did we mention the VIEW? Sign us up stat!

Eureka 89 Pop-Up Bar | 7 Riverside Quay in Southbank 

5:00pm 'til late | For more information, don't miss our article here

The Australian Ballet – famous for their lavish productions involving the industry's best dancers, choreographers, set designers, and more – tonight launch the Melbourne season of Manon, a unmissable ballet! Set in 18th century Paris, Manon tells the story of a young girl who turns her back on true love after falling victim to the allure of wealth. Whether you've been to the ballet or not, Manon is one of those 'must-book' shows that will leave you in awe.

Manon | Arts Centre Melbourne, St Kilda Road in Melbourne

14th – 24th March | For tickets, please visit the Arts Centre website

Urban Listers, we know you love a sample sale and boy, do we have a good one! Handsom, a super cool Melbourne label inspired by all things Scandinavian, are hosting a mega sample sale this weekend with up to 80% off past and present stock, along with future samples and surplus stock. Stop by the Kerr Street location and stock up on Handsom's hip tees and knits – warning…you won't be able to stop at one!

Handsom Mega Sample Sale | 83 Kerr Street in Fitzroy (behind the Evelyn Hotel)

Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday 16th March | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Cash & Eftpos accepted

SATURDAY 15TH MARCH

This Saturday, head to the Grattan Gardens in Prahran for Flavours – a festival celebrating Melbourne's multicultural landscape. From music and dance, to cooking and crafts, Flavours will play host to a variety of free family-friendly activities. It's the perfect day out, really!

Flavours | Grattan Gardens, Corner Grattan and Greville Streets in Prahran

11:00am – 4:00pm | For more information, please visit the City of Stonnington's website

Described as 'the ultimate girls day out', the Girls Only (or GO) Festival is the perfect chance to get together with your mum, sister, nan or friend, and participate in a range of cooking demos, fitness classes, psychic readings, and more! Held at Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building for one weekend only, it's an event not to be missed.

Girls Only Festival | Royal Exhibition Building, Nicholson Street in Carlton

15th – 16th March | Open 10:00am – 5:00pm each day

For more information, please visit the GO Festival website

You scream, I scream, we all scream for the Yarra Valley Ice Cream Extravaganza! Starting Saturday and continuing for 17 gloriously sweet days, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery will play host to anything and everything ice cream related – can you say YUM?! There'll be ice cream tasting flights, sundae stations, one-of-a-kind ice cream desserts, and so much more. The best part? You could win A YEAR'S SUPPLY of ice cream! Surely there's no better reason to attend than that!

Yarra Valley Ice Cream Extravaganza | Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery, 35 Old Healesville Road in Yarra Glen

15th – 31st March | 9:00am – 5:00pm each day

For more information, please visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery website

SUNDAY 16TH MARCH

Lovers of Vietnamese food, get excited – the team behind Hannoi Hannah and Saigon Sally are bringing you the Nha Trang Yacht Club this Sunday! Part of Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the Nha Trang Yacht Club will transform the rooftop of St Kilda's Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron into a hawker style food market complete with all manner of delicious Vietnamese food and drinks. See you there!

**WE HAVE JUST BEEN ADVISED THAT DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, THE NHA TRANG YACHT CLUB HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED**

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