The Weekender: December 4 – 6

THIS December, be prepared to splurge on exclusive and sustainable Christmas gifts, celebrate the Festival of Giving or take part in a Tango class! Siti Mokhsin highlights the events to look out for this week.

The Big Design Market
Friday-Sunday, December 4-6 (Friday 10.00am – 9.00pm, Saturday 10.00am – 7pm, Sunday 10.00am – 5pm) | Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne VIC 3053


Image: M Lim via Flickr

The Big Design Market starting this Friday is your go-to event for unique gifts this Christmas, which showcases the best creative goods by 230 talented independent designers from Australia and New Zealand.

The three day event will feature stunning fashion garments and accessories, exclusive homewares and textiles and stationery and books for kids. This event is not to be missed for those looking for one-of-a-kind goods which are ethically produced and guaranteed originality and amazing quality.

Christmas shoppers heading down to this grand event can also expect snacks and refreshments available inside and outside the Royal Exhibition Building to fuel your shopping experience.

The price for entry is $2 for adults, or free for children aged 12 and under. More details on the events can be accessed through their official website or Facebook page.

Rotary Docklands Festival of Giving
Sunday, December 6 (1o.00am – 5.30pm) | NewQuay Piazza, 429-437 Docklands Drive, Docklands, Melbourne VIC 3008

2014 Melbourne Regatta and Blessing of the Fleet

Image: Chris Phutully via Flickr

Rotary Docklands invites you and your family to celebrate the Festival of Giving! This weekend will be livened up with a Zumbathon, motor show, musical and dance performances, along with activities for the kids.

With 50 gift and food stalls set up, all of the event’s proceeds will be going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Bioethics Centre. So head over to the free event on Sunday to enjoy the outdoors while doing your part for charity!

For more information, head to their official website, or their Facebook page.

Saturday-Sunday, December 5-6 (11.00am – 6.00pm) | Federation Square, Corner of Swanston & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (Main Square & River Terrace)


Image: Flickr

As part of the International Year of the Soil, Fair@Square returns this weekend with the theme of ‘Unearthing goodness from soil to shelf’.

As an event which aims to build awareness about the benefits of ethical lifestyle choices, Fair@Square showcases innovative enterprises leading the way to a greener society.

Learn to engage in more conscious shopping and make alternative lifestyle choices to promote a more sustainable living environment. Bring your family and friends down to see an ethical fashion show, engage in workshops about ethical living, and indulge on food that’s good for people and the planet.

Fair@Square is a FREE event, and the schedule for the various events can be viewed here.

First Friday Dance Club
Friday, December 4 (6.00pm – 7.30pm) | Queensbridge Square, 1A Queensbridge St, Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3004


Image: Cecilia Heinen via Flickr

Care to have a dance with strangers and have a good time?

On the first Friday of each month, the City of Melbourne’s Arts and Participation program brings you the First Friday Dance Club to bring people together to – well, dance!

This December, take a rose with you if you are keen to learn the dance of love. Join performers from Tango Escensia as they teach you the vibrant and sensual moves of Tango. Grab a partner and have fun social dancing at this FREE event!

First Friday Dance Club is open to all ages and levels of experience. More details can be accessed here

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