Where to Catch Up This Weekend: Something For Everyone!

Weekend planning can be a tricky business. With so much going on around Australia, there’s something for everyone this weekend, from foodie feasts to family outings. If you’re a South or Western Australian, then lucky you! Long weekends mean an extra day to spend catching up with long lost friends and family plus spending quality time that you don’t always get in a normal weekend. With a quick whip around what’s happening in the major cities this weekend, we’ve spotted some awesome places that are definitely worth a visit!

Victoria

The World's Longest Lunch in Melbourne - Credit Daniel Mahon
The World’s Longest Lunch in Melbourne – Credit Daniel Mahon

Melbourne this weekend is all about the wining and dining with the launch of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. Foodies, feast your eyes (and your stomachs) on this weekend’s kick off events such as feasting at Open Kitchen in Queensbridge Square, learning how to pair with your favourite take away with wines at Beats and Burgers, and lounging on the grass at Crown’s Alfresco Kitchen on Southbank.

Looking for a reason to “Ketchup” with friends? (Get it? Ketchup! Classic!) Melbourne’s Tomato Battle Event will see tonnes of tomatoes, pelted across a sea of sauce-covered Melburnians at the year’s biggest tomato fight! Get down to Flemington Racecourse to experience the best of tomato-tastic flying fun.

For the drinkers in Melbourne the Pop Up Vodka bar at the Old Melbourne Gaol is the talk of the town for this weekend. Think food trucks, drinks and a spooky jail setting with live bands providing killer background music.

Western Australia

Perth_city_Summer

Arts lovers get down to the 2015 Perth International Arts Festival, crowned the longest-running annual multi-arts festival in the Southern Hemisphere. We’re talking theatre performances, opera productions and stage celebrations of music and dance. Oh! And there’s also visual arts!

Nothing says Labour Day Weekend (our Western Australian friends are getting there long weekend on!) like a rooftop movie session! Zoom up in the lift to level 6 of the City of Perth, Roe Street Carpark, you’ll find an awesome rooftop big screen event, set against the backdrop of the Perth Cityscape.  This weekend’s flicks include The Wedding Ringer, American Sniper and an encore screening of Osca-winning Birdman.

New South Wales

Taronga Zoo Sydney Harbour
Views from Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour. Source via Flickr

Twilight at Taronga Zoo is the perfect place for animal lovers in Sydney this weekend as the Twilight sessions celebrates 20 years at Taronga. Soak up the sun and stay right through to twilight with 180 degree views of Sydney Harbour and live music to set yourself up for a roaring night!

The Sydney Chinese New Year Festival continues this weekend, celebrating the year of the sheep. Head down to Cockle Bay, for Dragon Boat races, performances and Chinese Lion dances. There’s something for everyone at this weekend-long event!

Free event alert! Health and fitness lovers in Bryon Bay should get down to the FREE Ballina Fair Health and Wellness Expo. This shopping centre expo features food tastings, cooking demonstrations, health checks and presentation by Naturopath, Jules Galloway.

South Australia

Get out into the open air at the Adelaide Fringe Festival running until March 15. Over 900 events will span the city over the course of the festival, with entries open to anyone. Enjoy the carnival atmosphere and expreience cabaret, comedy, circus, dance, film, theatre, music performances! Look out for sponsored events at Fringe Parade, Fringe Street Theatre Festival and Fringe Funhouse in Rundle Mall.

Speaking of more open air events, Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinemas has hit Adelaide and opens on Sunday with a live performance at Sundae Sessions by Australian band, Husky. What could be better than watching the best and most recent movies with a tub of creamy Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream? Answer: Nothing!(Unless your dairy intolerant, then just stick to the awesome movies 😉 )

Queensland

Weekend's move fast in Brisbane!
Weekend’s move fast in Brisbane!

Unleash your artistic side at Graphite Saturday with Julie McEnerny, in the gorgeous Cairns Botanic Gardens. An awesome morning outdoor sketching workshop. Cost is $80 for a workshop session to learn how to best capture the beauty of the landscape through the art of sketching!

Giggles all around at the Brisbane Comedy Festival opening this week. With all the best Australian comedians performing stand-up gigs, up until March 22.

In the wake of Chinese New Year, Brisbane hosts BrisAsia! A celebration of contemporary and traditional Asian culture including food events, workshops, and arts performances. Amazing events across the city ending this weekend, so take the family into Brisbane and experience the best of BrisAsia.

So wherever you are in Australia this weekend, get out and about at some of these awesome places. Catch up with friends and family and make this most of the last weekend in Summer!

What are your plans for this weekend? Any great parties or places we should know about? Let us know in the comments below!

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