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The Weekender June 6 – 8

Daniel Driscoll

Thu Jun 05 2014

A taste of portugal festival

DANCE up a storm in Brunswick, work on your spiritual side at the Exhibition Centre, groove to some jazz on the Mornington Peninsula or get a taste of Portuguese culture at the Queen Victoria Market. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend. 

Funhouse Fridays
Friday, June 6 (7.00pm); Rubix Funhouse (36 Phoenix St, Brunswick)

Situated in a side street in Brunswick, The Rubix Funhouse lives up to its name with ping pong tables, basketball hoops and a half-pipe. Get active or just kick back, grab a drink and soak up the beats at Funhouse Fridays.

Resident DJs, including Titus 12 and Snareophobe along with special guest DJs throughout the night will be dropping dub, drum’n’bass and hip hop over three rooms.

Get in early for happy hour specials and kick off your Friday night with something different!

For more info head to Rubix Funhouse’s Facebook page.

Mind Body Spirit Festival
Friday, June 6 – Monday, June 9 (10.00am – 7.00pm); Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre (1 Convention Place, South Wharf, Melbourne)

Australia’s largest health, well-being and natural therapies event, The Mind Body Spirit Festival is on again at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

The Festival has more than 200 exhibitors, free inspirational seminars, psychic readings, body pampering and more over the four days. Get a start on meditation or yoga, improve your health organically, seek some life coaching or enjoy a delicious dish.

Exhibitors will be representing just about every area of health and well-being you can imagine. Take care of both the physical and spiritual you with health foods, specially formulated teas, spiritual books, Feng Shui crystals and more.

Check out the Soul KitchenStage for free demonstrations to tempt your taste buds and enjoy a new way of loving your body through food. Then head over to the Healthy Living Hub to find expert advice, articles and healthy recipes to take home and enjoy.

If the festival is a bit full on, find the Meditation Centre to take some time out and enjoy afree guided session.

This is literally your one stop shop for the physical and spiritual you, so grab your tickets and enjoy!

For more info and to book tickets head to the Mind Body Spirit Festival’s site.

Mornington Winter Jazz Festival
Friday, June 6 – Monday, June 9 (Times vary); Main St, Mornington

Head down to Mornington for a weekend full of music and fun with the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival. With ticketed and free events around town, there’s bound to be a bit of something to keep you entertained all day and night.

Street corners, bars, restaurants and parks will be full of live jazz music with the free event program featuring a mix of young swing and jazz musicians, VCA music students and a host of local artists.

This year’s line-up includes some truly wonderful artists including 3 piece band Elixr, featuring Katie Noonan, Wilbur Wilde, best known for his time on Australian variety television program, Hey, Hey it’s Saturday,Vince Jones and The Scott Tinkler Quartet featuring Paul Grabowsky.

The whole street will be teeming with music, so get on down to see Melbourne’s version of New Orleans!

For more info or to book tickets head to the Mornington Winter Jazz Festival’s site.

A Taste of Portugal Festival
Sunday, June 8 (10.00- 4.00pm); Queen Victoria Market (65-159 Victoria St, Melbourne)

The A Taste of Portugal Festival is an annual event organised by the Portuguese speaking communities to coincide with their Portuguese National day. Celebrating Portuguese culture, it showcases Portuguese cuisine, music, dance, history and language.

The festival is on at the Queen Victoria Market and will include Portuguese street food andbeverages and the always tasty Portuguese custard tart. After feasting, why not shake off some of those calories with a Samba or Zumba dance class.

Other things to check out at include the art and photographic exhibition and cultural displays. Meanwhile, Handcrafts demonstrations will show you how to make your very own Portugese designs and a diverse entertainment program with music and dance from Portugal, Brazil and East Timor including traditional fado singers accompanied by acoustic guitar will keep you entertained throughout the day.

You can also pick up Portuguese jewellery or handbags and learn about tourism spots in Portugal or find out where to learn Portuguese for that next holiday.

Enjoy a great day of fun, food and entertainment Portuguese-style!

A Taste of Portugal Festival will take place at Queen Victoria Market. For more information, visit the festival’s official website.