The Weekender: July 25 – 27

PICK up something vintage in Carlton, catch some hot dog eating action in St Kilda, discover the hidden secrets of Melbourne citywide or catch a classic film in Collins Street. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

Finders Keepers Market
Friday, July 25 (6.00pm – 10.00pm) – Saturday, July 26 (10.00am-5.00pm); Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson St, Carlton)

Photo: Steven Depolo via Flickr

Photo: Steven Depolo via Flickr

The Finders Keepers Market is on at the Royal Exhibition Building and not to be missed. There’s nothing more Melbourne than a market with vintage fashion, food trucks and independent designers and if that’s your thing – this is the place for you!

The market will have a section devoted to a huge range of new and up coming designers. There’ll be a bit of everything including bags, jewelry, clothes, handmade home-wares and even shoelaces!

You can’t go to this event and not grab a feed. Food trucks including Gumbo Kitchen and Afrofeast will be on hand to serve up mouthwatering deliciousness or head to the Farmers Lane where you’ll find independent producers offering up cola, desserts, tea and more!

The Vintage Emporium will have a huge selection of vintage items for sale. Grab some clothes, jewellry, accessories and or even a restored typewriter! There’ll be so much vintage fashion on offer, you’ll be lucky to walk out of there with a note left in your pocket.

Entry is $2.00 and make sure you take plenty of cash with you as the ATMs on site tend to have huge lines and most shops will only take cash.

For more info head to the market’s site.

Hot Dog Eating Competition at Luna Park
Saturday, July 26 (1.00pm); Luna Park (18 Lower Esplanade, St Kilda)

Image: Stonestreet's Coaches via Flickr

Image: Stonestreet’s Coaches via Flickr

Luna Park is putting on its very first Hot Dog Eating Competition to celebrate International Hot Dog Day.

Registration for the competition is closed but there’s still plenty of good reasons to go along and watch people push themselves to their consumption limit. Spectators will be treated to free hot dogs while the competition takes place so you won’t go hungry while the action takes place.

After the competition’s over enjoy a ride or if you’re really keen – the park has unlimited ride tickets for $45.95.

The competition coincides with Melbourne’s Open House so why not check out how some of the rides work including the 102 year old roller coaster and then pop over to the Esplanade Hotel to continue your Open House adventure!

Melbourne Open House
Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 27 (Various times); City wide

Image: Daniel Driscoll

Image: Daniel Driscoll

If you’ve ever wanted to know what lies behind the walls of some of Melbourne’s most famous buildings, then this is your chance to have a look around and satisfy that curiosity.

Melbourne Open House is a free event that sees more than 100 buildings in Melbourne declared open to the public for one weekend a year. Discover back rooms, tunnels and forgotten areas of some of Melbourne’s oldest and most unusual buildings. Discover how some of the rides at Luna Park work or go behind the scenes of Parliament House. The choices range wide and far!

The Open House site provides itineraries for both days, so make sure sure you plan where you’d like to head as the Open House site warns that the average visitor sees only three to four buildings on average per day.

Get out there and see some of Melbourne you wouldn’t usually expect to and make a day of it!

For more info head to the Open House site.

Classic Films at Kino Cinema
Sunday, July 26 – Sunday, December 21 (3.00pm); Kino Cinemas (45 Collins Street, Melbourne)

Image: Leo Hidalgo via Flickr

Image: Leo Hidalgo via Flickr

Head to the Kino Cinemas on Collins Street to catch a cult classic. The run starts off with 80’s classic The Breakfast Club.

If you haven’t seen it before, you’re in for a treat! Five teenagers find themselves in detention, where they find that even though they’re all different, they’ve got a lot in common. John Hughes directed this and a host of other quintessential teen flicks from the 80’s including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Weird Science.

With an unforgettable sound track and top notch cast, this is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

For more info or to book tickets head to the site or call (03) 9650 2100 

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