KICKSTART your Grand Final long weekend early by visiting The Finders Keepers Market, connecting with Indonesian art and culture, checking out the hallowed grounds of the MCG or laughing up a storm at the House of Maximon. Lya Susanto has you covered this weekend!
The Finders Keepers Market
Friday, October 2 – Sunday, October 4 (Various times) | Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson St, Carlton)
The Finders Keepers Market is the biggest and the most popular arts and crafts market in Australia, boasting more than 200 design stalls from independent designers and artists.
From cute handmade jewellery, kitchenware, stationery to hipster tea towels and greeting cards or anything vintage, The Finders Keepers Market has it all!
The market won’t just be housing trinkets from local designers but also be host to some lively entertainment. Local musicians and DJs will be performing while you shop around for that next gift. Food and coffee will also be set up inside the Royal Exhibition Building.
No prior booking is needed, though a $2 entry fee per person is chargeable at the door.
WANITA: Female Artivism – Jakarta!
Sunday, October 4 (1.00pm – 3.00pm) | Footscray Community Arts Centre’s Gabriel Gallery (45 Moreland St, Footscray)
This weekend, arts lovers will be kept busy as WANITA (Women Arts Network Indonesia To Australia) presents a cutting-edge exhibition, workshop and discussion program featuring three inspiring female artists from Indonesia – Ika Vantiani, Marishka Soekarna and Ayu Dila Martina.
The trio will kick start the program with a free exhibition opening Thursday at FCAC Gabriel Gallery from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, before exploring female identity in contemporary arts through a craft workshop scheduled on Saturday, October 3 from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Ticket for the latter costs $15 for students and require prior booking.
Concluding with a free discussion on culture, art and feminism on Sunday, the three forefront figures in Jakarta’s DIY arts and crafts community will also be sharing their experiences as arts professionals in Jakarta.
The FREE event requires booking.
More information is available at the Footscray Community Arts Centre’s website.
MCG Open Day
Sunday, October 4 (10.00am – 3.00pm) | Melbourne Cricket Ground (120 Brunton Avenue, Jolimont)
Ever wanted to know what it was like to run around an open stadium field? Get the chance to do so this Sunday as the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) will be opening its doors to the public!
Open to the public the day after the AFL Grand Final, the MCG Open Day offers sports fans and casuals alike to explore the off-limit parts of the stadium that’s normally reserved for the athletes.
Explore the locker rooms, cricket viewing rooms and visit the National Sports Museum at a discounted rate. While you’re on the field, have a kick of a footy with your mates, create your own sporting moments or meet some mascots.
Best of all, this is a FREE event!
For more information, visit the MCG Open Day’s event page over at the Melbourne Cricket Ground’s official website.
Maximon Comedy Club
Friday, October 2 (8.00 – late) | House of Maximon (16 Corrs Lane, Melbourne)
If you’re looking for a night of big laughs, the House of Maximon’s Comedy Club has you covered.
Get acclimated to Australia’s comedy scene with an all star line-up of comedians ready to unleash their jokes on you.
This Friday, Maximon Comedy Club welcomes New Zealand comedian and all around media personality Cal Wilson, Nazeem Hussain (who opened for Dave Chappelle when he toured in Australia), Sam Campbell, Bart Freebairn, Jon Schuster and more!
The event is FREE for all to come!
For more information, head over to Maximon Comedy Club’s official event page on Facebook.