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The Weekender: September 5 – 7

Daniel Driscoll

Thu Sep 04 2014


CHECK out Kyneton and its surrounds, enjoy some Asian culture in Box Hill, down some cocktails at the Old Melbourne Gaol or pick up something vintage at the Espy. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend. 

Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival
Thursday, September 4 – Sunday, September 14 (Various times); Various venues around Kyneton

With spring starting to come into bloom, try something a little different this weekend and spend the day in the town of Kyneton where you can experience their Daffodil and Arts Festival.

The festival runs for 11 days and features a huge array of free and ticketed events around town.

Listen to music recitals and street buskers who will be playing at High, Mollison and Piper streets throughout the festival. Catch a ferret race, enjoy a historic walk, take in some of Kyneton’s history and get a feel for what it’s like to live in an Australian country town.

Shop at the Farmers and Makers markets and pick up some local products to take home.

Take a break and indulge in some local food and wine at the Wine and Food Festival at Skelsmergh Hall Estate.

While you enjoy some of these activities don’t forget to take a look at the springtime Daffodil displays and enjoy the scenery in the local gardens and surrounds.

For more info head to the Festival’s site.

Box Hill Moon Festival
Saturday, September 6 (10.00am – 5.00pm); Box Hill Central (Market St, Box Hill)

Box Hill Central is celebrating the Moon Festival this weekend, a free event celebrating the end of the fall harvest in East Asian culture. The festival is specifically organised for when the moon is at its brightest and fullest.

The Moon Festival showcases East Asian culture, traditions and cuisines from China to Vietnam and will feature more than 50 marquees for festival-goers to check out.

A huge line up of entertainment including live musical and dance performances will also be available to those who need somewhere to relax before walking around again.

For more info head to the Festival’s site.

Vodka Pop Up Bar at Old Melbourne Goal
Friday, September 5 (6.00pm – 9,00pm); The Old Melbourne Goal (377 Russell St, Melbourne)

If you’re in the mood for some good tunes and a few drinks, head down to the Old Melbourne Gaol as it transforms into a Vodka Pop Up Bar this weekend!

All areas of the Gaol will be accessible so you can enjoy a drink and a dance while having a creepy good time. There’ll be a band playing throughout the event and police sergeants will also there to do more than just keep order.

The ticket price is good value as it includes two drinks from a selection of vodka based cocktails, wine and beer. Cocktails served on the night will include The Russian Mule, Apple Zu, Vodka, lime and soda and a Vodka, lime and cranberry. There will also be a stall to purchase tokens for additional drinks which are $8 each.

If you get hungry there’ll be a food station by CNK Food Design so you can grab some tasty paella and other delicious food.

There will also be 20-minute drink masterclasses available for a maximum of 10 people per session at an extra $5.00 per person.

For more info and to book tickets head to the National Trust’s website.

Retrostar Vintage Clothing $10 Sale
Sunday, September 7 (9.00am – 6.00pm); The Esplanade Hotel (11 The Esplanade, St Kilda)


Retrostar is having a $10 vintage sale at The Espy! If you’re a fan of vintage clothing, their sale at The Espy is an absolute no brainer!

Get in quick though! Since everything will be priced lower than usual, you’ll want to arrive early so as to avoid disappointment. Pick up a ton of stuff for $10 and under including dresses, t-shirts, band tees, jackets, hoodies and tons of other clothing.

If clothing isn’t quite what you’re looking for, there’ll also be various books, shoes and accessories also up for grabs!

Check out the Facebook page for more info.