The Weekender: January 27 – 29

CELEBRATE the Year of the Rooster and enjoy a festival for barbecue foods at Queen Victoria Market, pay homage to the legendary Prince or get into a coffee cupping session with Rumble Coffee Roasters. We’ve got your picks for this weekend! 

Lunar New Year Festival at QVM
Saturday, January 28 (10.00am – 2.00pm) | Queen Victoria Market (Cnr Elizabeth St & Victoria St, Melbourne)

Image: Marcus Wong via Flickr

Lunar New Year festivities are in full swing all across Melbourne and this weekend, you can celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Queen Victoria Market!

Live entertainment including martial arts demonstrations, traditional dancing and cooking demonstrations will be available between 10.00am and 2.00pm. A bounty of food will be available to munch on throughout the day and markets will be plenty busy with gifts to take away.

The event is free to attend but do bring cash if you want to really partake in the day’s festivities!

For more on the Lunar New Year at Queen Victoria Market, visit the market’s official website.

Yak Ales Barbecue Street Party
Sunday, January 29 (10.00am – 2.00pm) | Queen Victoria Market (Cnr Elizabeth St & Victoria St, Melbourne)

After you’re done with the Lunar New Year Festival celebrations at Queen Victoria Market, be sure to return for the Barbecue Street Food Festival the following day!

Sure to please the tastebuds of meat-lovers, this free food festival will showcase the very best from Melbourne’s finest pitmasters. Sample a delicious range of barbecued goods, down a beer or two thanks to Yak Ales, see cooking demonstrations by local and international barbecue experts and experience live entertainment too!

For more information on Yak Ales Barbecue Street Party, visit the event page over at the Barbecue Festival’s official website

Purple: The Prince Tribute Performance
Sunday, January 29 (2.00pm – 3.15pm) | Speakeasy HQ (Apollo Theatre, 522 Flinders St, Melbourne)

Iconic music legend Prince passed away last year and left behind a legacy of music that still touches the soul of many fans around the world.

This Sunday you can keep the memory of Prince alive by heading to Speakeasy HQ for a tribute performance to Prince performed by Tanya Di Vella, a versatile artist whose talents have captivated audiences around Australia.

This is an 18+ event so do make sure to bring ID along. Furthermore, this is also a ticketed event – general admission is $15.

To book, simply head to the event’s Try Booking page. For more information on Purple: The Prince Tribute Performance, visit Speakeasy HQ’s website.

Coffee Cupping at Rumble Coffee Roasters
Friday, January 27 (3.00pm – 4.00pm) | Rumble Coffee Roasters (8 Thompson St, Kensington)

Fancy some fun outside the city this weekend? Head to Kensington if you’re a bean-head or someone looking to learn more about Melbourne’s obsession with coffee.

On the last Friday of every month, Rumble Coffee Roasters hosts a coffee cupping session for those who want to sample some of the best coffee this city has to offer.

Experts at Rumble Coffee Roasters give visitors the chance to thoroughly taste and assess various coffee flavours to get a true sense of their aroma and mouthfeel and will guide you through that process.

For more information on the event, visit the Coffee Cupping session’s event page over at City of Melbourne’s What’s On guide.

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