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The Weekender: September 14 – 16

Luke Henriques-Gomes

Thu Sep 13 2012


EVER wanted to dress up like a pirate and trawl the city for hidden treasures? Or spend a day salsa-ing and eating cheesy tacos?  Well you’ll have your chance this weekend. Luke Henriques-Gomes has more.

Pirate Quest Adventure Race
Sunday, September 16 – Queen Victoria Gardens

Pirates are cool. Johnny Depp’s played a pirate and Keith Richards looks like one. But during this Sunday’s Pirate Quest Adventure Race, you can actually be one. Well, close enough anyway. Just form a team (between one and four people) and dress like your favourite maritime criminal. Then prepare to scavenge through the city, solve clues and eventually, discover hidden treasure. If you’re keen, register at the Golden Owl website. And don’t think your efforts will go unrewarded, there’s an after party too.

Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2012
Friday, September 14 – October 9th, Silvan

You might not know Victoria for its flora, but it’s often colloquially known as the “Garden State”. If that’s news to you, maybe you’ll want to visit the Tesselaar Tulip Festival. Set in a working farm in Silvan, a short drive out of Melbourne, you’ll be greeted by an impressive showing of more than half a million Tulips, made up of more than a hundred different varieties. Among the vibrant display will be live music, market stalls and a “fairy garden”. Check out the website for more information.

Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup
Saturday, September 15 – Bella Union

Feeling culturally inadequate on campus these days? No worries, because on Saturday night the 16th annual Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup will be contested. Around 40 poets will take the stage, each armed with exactly a minutes worth of wit and wordsmithery. Expect to laugh, cry and be inspired. Tickets are cheap, and available online or at the door.

Mexican Independence Day Celebrations
Sunday, September 16, Federation Square

This weekend marks the anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain. You know what that means … Fiesta! Lots of food and lots of Salsa dancing to work off the calories! But what if you don’t have any Mexican friends to party with? Well, get down to Federation Square for Sunday’s celebrations and you might just make some. The festivities runs from midday until 6pm.

The Rubens at The Forum
Saturday, September 15 – The Forum

Sydney boys The Rubens are flying high at the minute with current single “My Gun” pretty inescapable right now. After a recent feature in Rolling Stone, they’ll be bringing their rock ‘n’ soul to the Forum this Saturday night. To find out more or snap up tickets, head to the Ticketmaster website.