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The Weekender: May 3 – 5

Diane Leow

Thu May 02 2013

Si Senor Pop-up Taqueria

MAY is here, and with it comes a slight winter chill. Warm up the weekend at a pop-up taqueria, take a guided tour of the Royal Botanic Gardens, or catch a film at the Indian Film Festival. Diane Leow has more. 

Si Senor Pop-up Taqueria
Until May 18th – Somerset Lane

A pop-up taqueria, art gallery, bar and music venue will be rolled into one at Somerset Lane (off Little Bourke Street) transforming every Friday and Saturday until the 18th of this month into a cultural extravaganza.

Put together to celebrate the release of the book Laneways of Melbourne, this pop-up taqueria brings the best of Melbourne’s culture to life – eclectic artwork, independent music, and of course, good food. The event starts at 6pm on both Friday and Saturday. For more details, hop over to their Facebook page.

Bargain Hunting for Fashion Lovers
Saturday, May 4 – Queen Victoria Market

Discover a different side to the Queen Victoria Market this weekend with fashion blogger Cheryl Lin. Photo: Alpha via Flickr

Discover a different side to the Queen Victoria Market this weekend with fashion blogger Cheryl Lin. Photo: Alpha via Flickr

Fashion blogger Cheryl Lin shows you how to dress with great style without breaking the bank. A collaboration with the iconic Queen Victoria Market, Cheryl will take you on a tour to explore the fashionable side of the Market – which doesn’t just stock fresh produce and world-famous jam doughnuts!

Spend a lovely Saturday morning learning fashion tips from a true fashionista. The tour costs $32, and bookings can be made online. For more information, click through to Cheryl’s blog.

Autumn Discovery Walk at the Royal Botanic Gardens

Autumn has well and truly set in, turning leaves to gold and bringing a slight chill. Revel in the beauty of the Royal Botanic Gardens while taking a tour around. Let the guides explain the historical significance of various monuments around, while learning more about a piece of history unique to Melbourne.

Tours are free, and run every Tuesday to Sunday from 11am-12.30pm, and again from 2pm-3.30pm. Bookings are not required – simply rock up at the Visitor’s Centre before the start time and have fun! For more information, head on over to their website.

Indian Film Festival Melbourne
Until May 15

Experience a slice of the world’s biggest – and some say wackiest – film industry here in Melbourne with the Indian Film Festival. This year, the festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of Indian film, taking viewers on a journey.

From the silent films of old to the colour blockbusters today, Melburnian film buffs will be able to discover Indian cinema as it happened, witness the growth of the film industry, and even catch a glimpse of India here in Australia. With blockbusters, cult favourites and arthouse films, there’s sure to be something for the film buff.

Check out some of the festival highlights curated by Meld’s resident film buff Hieu Chau, and visit the IFF website for the full program as well as ticketing information.