Boy, do we have a treat for you this weekend, Melburnians! With everything from arty workshops to boozy lunches, free film festivals to glow-in-the-dark fun-runs, there's an event on for just about everyone this weekend in Melbourne. So rug up, gather your mates and don't even think about staying at home in your onesie.
THURSDAY 10TH APRIL
Our go-to salon for a brilliant blow dry in a flash, The Poodle Blow Dry Bar in South Yarra, have just launched their Thursday blow dry special – it's like they knew we were getting ready for the weekend! Head to The Poodle any time between 11:30am and 3:00pm, choose any one of the six signature blow dry looks and enjoy a free delicious lunch from Splash Como to accompany your bangin' blow dry! Best you call The Poodle on 9827 7728 ASAP because this special is only available on Thursdays, with spots filling up super quick!
The Poodle Blow Dry Bar | 262 Toorak Road in South Yarra | 03 9827 7728
Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar…the studio behind these family favourites, DreamWorks Animation, is coming to Melbourne today! Head to ACMI to see the world first behind-the-scenes exhibition featuring never-before-seen drawings, exclusive interviews, models and original artworks and interactive displays. Antz, The Road to El Dorado, Chicken Run, Shrek and other DreamWorks Animation cult favourites will be playing on the ACMI screens throughout the school holidays.
Looking for more school holiday activities? Check out our guide to what's happening around Melbourne over the Easter school holidays.
DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition | 10th April – 5th October 2014
ACMI, corner Federation Square/Flinders Street in Melbourne
10:00am – 5:00pm (Thursdays until 9:00pm) | Visit the website for more details
Prahran's colourful Third Drawer Down are hosting a 'grow your own fashion' workshop, where you'll learn how make fashion planters from your old threads. If pocket posies your thing, head to Third Drawer Down on Saturday for their beginners bookbinding workshop, where you can put together your very own hard cover book! So much cooler than Kindle.
Third Drawer Down | 155 Greville Street in Prahran
Grow Your Own Fashion | 10th April | 10:00am–3:30pm
Visit the website for more details
Beginners Book Binding | 12th April | 10:00am–3:30pm
Visit the website for more details
Move your AFD to another day and join the inaugural Wines of the Month lunch at The Botanical. Winestyleonline.com.au will showcase the best 12 wines of the past and upcoming period over a delicious 3-course meal. Not enough wine for you? They will also have a tasting table stocked with more vinous highlights.
Wine of the Month lunch | 169 Domain Road in South Yarra
12:30pm for 1:00 start | Lunch is $75 a head | To book, send them an email or by phone 03 8644 4040
FRIDAY 11TH APRIL
This year, Melbourne rock band Something for Kate will celebrate their 20th anniversary with their biggest show to date; their entire back catalogue reissued on vinyl, deluxe CD and iTunes; the screening of a short film tracing their 20 year journey; and the release of a book 'Paper Trail', a visual history of the band's career. The rocking trio will be performing in Melbourne on the 18th of July and tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am, so make sure you get 'em quick!
Fri July 18th | Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets for all shows go on sale at 9am local time on Friday April 11 from the website
Celebrate the launch of The Burger Book with an afternoon of free festivities at Federation Square this Friday. Head to the Swanston Street forecourt to enjoy live music and two of the finest burger bars on wheels – Grill'd and Mr Burger. The burger-obsessed can take part in an epic burger challenge, the winner taking home a $200 Grill'd voucher, their height in beer and eternal bragging rights. It's only $10 to enter with all proceeds will be going to The Windermere Foundation.
Federation Square | Swanston street forecourt, corner Swanston Street & Flinders Streets in Melbourne
4:00pm-7:30pm | Visit the Facebook page for more details
Embrace your inner geek and immerse yourself in the wonderful worlds of comic books, science-fiction, console gaming and cosplay this weekend at Supanova Pop Culture Expo. Starting on Friday and running 'til Sunday, there's a huge range of supa-star guests attending, including Lucy Lawless from Xena: Warrior Princess and Battlestar Galactica, Alexander Ludwig from The Seeker: The Dark is Rising and The Hunger Games, and Peter Mayhew, the man behind the The Mighty Chewbacca from The Star Wars Franchise. Nerd on!
Supanova Pop Culture Expo | Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
11th-13th April | Opening times vary
Visit the website for more details
SATURDAY 12TH APRIL
My exercise loving friends, it's time to gather your finest glow-in-the-dark gear, because Electric Run is coming to Flemington Racecourse on this Saturday! Whether you're a runner, walker or party shuffler, pick your pace and boogie your way through the 5K glow-in-the-dark course. A fun-run and rave rolled into one – what's not to love?
Electric Runners will also have the chance to upgrade their kicks whilst doing their bit for charity. Just bring along your current sneakers to trade in for a brand spanking new pair of Skechers (GOrun, GOwalk, GObionic or kids Twinkle Toes) at 20% off! Bring them in when you pick up your pack Thursday, Friday or on the night, and Skechers will donate (in good nick) sneakers traded in to Salvos Stores.
Electric Run | Flemington Racecourse, 448 Epsom Road in Flemington
Saturday 12th April | Starts 6:30pm
This Sunday head to the Coburg Farmers Market to celebrate their 1st Birthday. There'll be live jazz tunes, children's book readings and cake for everyone, as well as HEAPS of giveaways. Get on it!
Coburg Farmers Markets | Coburg North Primary School, 180 O'Hea Street in Coburg
8:00am–1:00pm |Visit the Melbourne Farmers Market website for more details
Head to the Como Gardens' Open Weekend for two glorious days of flora and frolicking. Ride the miniature railway and take a tour of the vintage car museum, pick up some books and new plants for the garden, or sit down to a sausage, mug of Devonshire tea and enjoy the live music. It's the ultimate family day out, with a face painter, ventriloquist and puppeteer entertaining kiddies throughout the day.
Como Gardens | 79 Basin Olinda Road in The Basin
12th–13th April | 10.00am to 4.30pm
Visit the website for more information
The Bridge Road Film Festival kicks off this Saturday with a screening of a fair dinkum Aussie classic, The Castle. Running until June, the festival will be showcasing some of cinema's most memorable films. Best of all? All movie screenings are completely FREE! You do need to be booked in advance, so jump on the website and secure your spot quick sticks! This one's going in the pool room.
Bridge Road Film Festival | 12th April – 26th June
Richmond Town Hall | 333 Bridge Road in Richmond
Films start 5:45pm | To book, visit the website
Fashionable fellas, listen up! A brand new, collective pop-up showcase, Menske, will be open to the public this Saturday and Sunday at Allpress Roastery Cafe. There'll be a barber, DJ, handsome selections of high quality goods, homewares, furniture and menswear on display and for purchase.
Menske | 12th–13th April
Allpress Roastery Cafe | 84 Rupert Street in Collingwood
Visit the website for more details
This weekend, head to the Indiana by Freda and Cartel & Willow warehouse sale for some serious sartorial steals. This is your chance to bag a bargain from the Melbourne designers' collections, with prices starting as low as $19. It's cash only, stock is limited and it ends on the Friday – make sure you get in early!
Indiana by Freda and Cartel & Willow Warehouse Sale | 12th–13th April
Suite 2.01, Level 2, 7 Smith Street in Fitzroy
Visit the Facebook event page for more details
Bikram Yoga Geelong are opening a brand new studio and hosting an 'open house' this weekend. Classes are FREE all weekend, with 5 classes running each day! Pressed Juices has recently opened in the Geelong studio and will have a stand outside the storefront offering delicious sips. Hot yoga and delicious cold-pressed juice – how very zen!
Bikram Yoga Geelong | 205 Moorabool Street in Geelong
12th–13th April | Visit the website for more details
SUNDAY 13TH APRIL
It's baaacckk! Following two sell-out events, Flour Market is back for an Easter bake sale at the Fitzroy Town Hall this Sunday. Last time's favorites will be back for more, including Cobb Lane, Tivoli Road Bakery and All Day Donuts, alongside newbies, including Botanical Cuisine, Shuki & Louisa and Pierogi Pierogi…just to name a delicious, exciting few!
Early bird tickets are available again for those eager to eat, not compete, giving you half an hour to peruse and consume before general admission at 9:00am. At $10 a pop, it's definitely worth it.
Flour Market | Fitzroy Town Hall, 201 Napier Street in Fitzroy
To book early bird tickets, click here
Get thrifty at the Brunswick Flea Market this Sunday! Held on the second Sunday of every month, this flea market sells both new and pre-loved goodies, with everything from artisan foods to handmade jewellery to books and vinyl prime for the purchasing. They'll be heaps of pressie ideas for your friends and family this Easter, as well as a load of food to keep grumbling tummies at bay.
Want to know what other markets are on this month? Check out our April Market Calendar.
Brunswick Flea Market | Carpark, 7 Dawson Street in Brunswick
11:00am¬–4:00pm | Visit the Facebook page for more information
Slings & Sliders Sunday Session…holy alliteration! Richmond's The Meatball and Wine Bar, Loop, The Kodiak Club and La Chinesca are all bringing their magical bartending talents to Mr Wow's Emporium to create signature Singapore Slings this Sunday. Paired with Jabili's Kitchen's Sliders, you've got yourself the ultimate Sunday sesh.
Slings & Sliders Sunday Session
Mr Wow's Emporium | 97b Smith Street in Fitzroy
From 4:00pm | View the Facebook event page for more details
This Sunday, feast on a 4-course lunch featuring a variety of wild game at the Wild Game Food and Wine Tasting at The Wolf and I. Kangaroo carpaccio, venison sausages and salt and pepper crocodile are all on the menu. To make it even better, each course will be matched with TWO glasses of wine. So…are you game?
The Wolf and I | 152 Chapel Street in Windsor
1:00pm–4:00pm | Visit the website for more details