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What's On This Weekend in Melbourne

Looking for things to do in Melbourne this weekend? We've got you covered.

Lumen People (Image Credit: Hugh McDonnell)

We like to romanticise our lives a little - and to us, there's nowhere else quite like Melbourne in winter. There's a new activity, event or pop-up appearing everywhere you look throughout the city and its surrounds, making it a season of endless fun. 

It all calls for a good dose of inner city arts and culture come the weekend, followed by wining and dining at the best CBD restaurants.

These are just some of the many ways to take advantage of what's on this weekend in Melbourne, from wickedly good theatre performances to one-off dinner series and the return of RISING. 

Lumen People - June Dinner Series

Dinner Series at Lumen People: Joel Baylon Guest Chef x Ibrahim Khudiera & Foreign Fruits

The inaugural event of Lumen People’s takeover trilogy features a Castlemaine cameo by Love Shack Brewery’s Joel Baylon (formerly of The Moon and Aru) in the kitchen, alongside a wine list takeover by Foreign Fruits’ esteemed Ibrahim Khudeira.

Expect to indulge in dishes inspired by Baylon’s Parisian culinary adventures, where he'll masterfully elevate top-tier Australian produce with quintessential French techniques. Complementing this, Khudeira’s wine selection will speak earnestly of their little-bit-flash European postcode. 

Friday 14th June, 6.30pm and 8.30pm sittings 

Book here

RISING (Image Credit: Damien Raggatt)

RISING 

Melbourne's annual winter festival is back...and better than ever!  

Melbourne's RISING festival returns, transforming the city into a vibrant hub, with over 651 artists and 116 events a part of the package deal. The hub, Night Trade, takes over Capitol Arcade and surrounding alleyways, offering free art, food, and music. Highlights include Jeremy Deller's goth and rave-themed installation, RISING's Sip and Paint sessions, and psychic readings. Enjoy John Kilduff's unique live show, DJ sets, and pop-up karaoke - there's even a Yasiin Bey-led block fest within the festival itself. 

Affordable live gigs at Stage Door and themed lounge bars serve delicious bites from Momo Station, Kim Sing, Union Kiosk, Los Amantes and The Alley Edition.

Sitchu Tip: Don't miss the enchanting surprises and pop-up performances that make RISING unforgettable. See the full program

Saturday June 1st to Saturday June 15th

Multiple locations across the city

Palais Theatre

St Kilda Film Festival

The 40th annual St Kilda Film Festival, running from 6th to 16th June, offers a vibrant program of films, workshops, panels, and premieres from Australian filmmakers.

Highlights include the FREE Filmmaker Development Day on 8th June at JMC Academy, featuring sessions like ‘Navigating Intimacy from the Screen’ with Eve Morey.

Don't miss workshops such as ‘The Wonders of 16mm Filmmaking’ and the ‘Directing Actors’ masterclass with Ted Brunetti and Donald Petrie.

Enjoy new screening categories, like Ageing (Dis)gracefully, and staples like Under the Radar and the Australian Comedy Showcase.

For more information, click here

Thursday 6th June to Sunday 16th June

Bottomless G&T's at Sorolla

Bottomless G&T's at AC Hotel's Sorolla Restaurant

AC Hotel Melbourne Southbank is turning up the excitement with the highly anticipated Free Flow Fiesta for World Gin Day on June 8th. Back for its second year, the fiesta kicks off Saturday, June 8th at 6.30 PM and runs every Saturday through June 29th at their sky-high Spanish restaurant, Sorolla.

Partnering with Patient Wolf Gin, enjoy bottomless G&Ts and authentic tapas by Chef Ryan Flaherty for $105 per person.

Delight in the likes of sweet potato and cashew empanadas, hummus with piquillo pepper, prawn tostadas, and a choice of grilled beef striploin or pan seared barramundi. End with signature churros con chocolate. Don't miss it!

Saturdays, June 8th to June 29th

Book here

201 Normanby Road, Southbank

Basquiat x machi machi limited-edition flask

Buy a Basquiat x machi machi limited edition flask

Get ready for an electrifying fusion of art and taste as Basquiat x machi machi launches in Australia May 31st.

Celebrate Jean-Michel Basquiat's iconic artistry with machi machi's special edition bottles. These limited-edition masterpieces capture Basquiat's revolutionary style and are available in very limited quantities.

Enjoy your favourite bubble tea while owning a piece of art history. Don't miss this unique blend of culture and flavour by finding your closest machi machi store today and grabbing this beautiful flask.

Multiple locations around the city

Nomu Saketen (Image Credit: @aki_agosto)

Nomu Saketen Pop-Up

Date night, sorted—with a twist.

Sake is having a serious moment in Melbourne, and you don't want to miss out. Every Friday and Saturday night until mid-June, Nomu Saketen is in residence at CBCB in Brunswick, offering a unique culinary experience.

Enjoy exquisite Otsumami (Japanese 'finger food') paired with a selection of small-batch, hand-crafted sakes imported directly from Japan. These are some of the finest sake styles you'll find in Melbourne. Perfect for an unforgettable evening, this is an experience not to be missed.

Fridays and Saturdays, from 5.00pm

Book here

Until Saturday 15th June

Honey Bones

Honey Bones Arts Club

An open space for the community to explore art-making, expression and self-inquiry, the Honey Bones Art Club is one of our top picks of things to do in Melbourne this month. These group art sessions are held every Saturday morning, hosted by Honey Bones Gallery and Arts Therapist, Donika Fazliu. You're invited to explore a prompt/theme, like a self-portrait, with no set instructions as to how to interpret the theme. From there it's a 2 hour art-making class, that allows individuals to fully immerse in the interpretation and expression of the prompt.

After each piece has been crafted, artworks are displayed and conversations are initiated around the art-making process, people's individual experiences and what has been gained through the experience. It's a prime time for self-reflection and the simple pleasure of putting paint to paper. 

An inclusive space, all are welcome to participate, regardless of artistic skill. 

$10 per person

Saturdays

Book here

46 Trafford Street, Brunswick

My Country

My Country: Country Road + NGV First Nations

The Country Road + NGV First Nations Commissions is a national, biennial mentorship and exhibition program where emerging Australian First Nations artists and designers are paired with one of eight esteemed industry mentors.

Together, they've created ambitious new works, responding to the exhibition theme of My Country.

It's a groundbreaking showcase, and a beautiful representation of diverse practices, from textiles to large-scale paintings and innovative installations. These works celebrate Indigenous Australian heritage and artistic talent. 

Free event 

Until 4th August, 10.00am to 5.00pm daily

Ian Potter Centre, Level 3 at Fed Square

Lume Melbourne: Leonardo da Vinci

LUME Melbourne - Leonardo Da Vinci

The LUME is known for putting on captivating exhibitions that celebrate the world's greatest artists - and their latest digital art gallery is doing exactly that. Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius will take over The LUME from the 16th of March, mesmerising audiences as his most famous and lesser known works are projected across the open space, such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

$49 per person

Book here

THE LUME at The Convention Centre, South Wharf

WICKED

WICKED the Musical

If you haven't experienced the beautiful story and impressive musicality of WICKED the Musical, here is your chance, Melbourne! 

This Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent.

When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”

Book here

Until June 30th

Regent Theatre, 191 Collins Street, Melbourne

WICKED High Tea

WICKED High Tea

Speaking of WICKED,  The Westin has put a perfectly wicked twist on their traditional high tea in partnership with WICKED The Musical. Their WICKED High Tea is the perfect pre-performance treat, especially if you're going to see an afternoon show. There is the perfect mix of savoury and sweet, all vividly green, just like Elphaba. 

“Creating this menu has been a lot of fun and the friendship between WICKED’s main characters, Elphaba and Glinda, has been the inspiration to bring it to life...I’ve paired ingredients that share a camaraderie and complement each other when served together, yet hold its own distinct characteristics and identities, just like the main lead," said Executive Chef, Apoorva Kunte.

205 Collins Street, Melbourne

Getting out of town this long weekend? Check out our guide to the best travel destinations near Melbourne, or stick around for some of Melbourne's best new restaurants, bars and cafes.

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