The Weekender: September 18 – 20

WATCH some fireworks to celebrate the new season, dance off the winter blues to some Latin tunes, bring about full bloom in your backyard or celebrate Asian culture near Crown. Jennifer Zhao uncovers a host of opportunities to have fun this weekend. 

Deakin Twilight Festival 2015
Saturday, September 19 (4.00pm – 8:00pm) | Deakin University’s Melbourne Burwood Campus (221 Burwood Highway, Burwood)

Photo: SJ Liew via Flickr

Photo: SJ Liew via Flickr

It’s like the New Year but in September! Check out Deakin University’s Twilight Festival this Saturday evening at its Burwood campus which will feature a fantastic array of free events including fireworks, rides and live entertainment.

Certainly looking to be the major highlight of the festival is its Fireworks Spectacular which will see the evening sky light up with dazzling fireworks.

There will be market stalls selling a diverse range of merchandise. Visitors can purchase food and drinks from the numerous food stalls or by paying a trip to the nearby Mrs Robinsons restaurant.

Everyone is invited to this free and fabulous festival which will ensure that both young and old have a blast.

To learn more about the festival, refer to its official event page over at Deakin University’s website

Chilean & Latin American September Festival 2015
Sunday, September 20 (10.00am – 10.00pm) | Sandown Racecourse & Entertainment Centre (591 – 659 Princes Highway, Springvale)

Image supplied.

Image supplied.

If anyone is down for a jam packed party this weekend, then hit up the Chilean & Latin American September Festival as these folks know how to party hard.

With 108 confirmed community groups and organisations participating in the festival’s tenth year, activities and events that people can expect to partake in will include: a Chilean Independence Day Opening Ceremony, live music performed by various Latin American bands, shopping for Latin American arts and crafts, as well as a fireworks display happening on both nights of the festival.

Additionally, Archie Roach – Australia’s most beloved, respected and admired Aboriginal singer/songwriter – will be present on the day as a guest of honour. 

For more information on the Chilean and Latin American September Festival, head over to the event’s official website.

Southern Suburbs Orchid Society Annual Spring Orchid Show
Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20 (10.00am – 4.00pm) | N.G. Wishart Hall (964 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin)


Photo: Peter Miller via Creative Commons

Nothing fits the balmy spring weather better than a flower show, especially one that features an amazing array of orchids!

This weekend, head down to the Annual Spring Orchid Show and bask in the beauty of these exhibited flowers and learn how to properly garden, buy the tools necessary to plant your own beautiful orchids or purchase some amazing flowers at a bargain price.

For more information, head on over to the event’s official website.

Mid-Autumn Melbourne Lantern Festival
Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 20 (10.00am – 10.00pm) | Crown Entertainment Complex (8 Whiteman St, Southbank)

Image: via Flickr

Image: via Flickr

Although taking place in Melbourne’s Spring, the Mid-Autumn Melbourne Lantern Festival celebrates the cultural diversity of Melbourne’s Asian cultures with a weekend full of cultural performances, Asian delicacies and a parade of lanterns.

Coinciding with the current Autumn season in China, the festival will feature everything from lion dancing, dress up competitions, music performances, mooncake eating competitions, magic shows and much more!

Food stalls you can find at the festival include The Bay Thai, Thanh Nga 9, Happy Bubble, Taiwan Pop Chicken and several others. Other things to see and do at the festival include having your fortune told, acquiring feng shui crystals and buying unique gifts.

More on the Mid-Autumn Melbourne Lantern Festival can be found at the event’s official website

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