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The Weekender: October 24 – 26

Anthea Batsakis

Thu Oct 23 2014

CELEBRATE Italian culture at Lygon Street, take part in a huge garage sale, experience the Indian Festival of Lights at Federation Square or browse around a vintage market. The choice is yours as Anthea Batsakis guides you through what’s on this weekend.

Carlton Italian Fiesta
Sunday, October 26 (11.00am – 8.00pm); Lygon St, Carlton

On Sunday, October 26, the Carlton Italian Fiesta will be held to celebrate Melbourne’s colourful Italian culture. The event is taking place in the Piazza Italia, on the corner of Lygon Street and Argyle Square.

This free event occurs annually in order to enliven the Italian culture through music, comedy, an Italian car and bike display, and of course Italian food! Prepare your stomach for a delicious range of Italian cuisine including the traditional pasta, pizza, biscotti, and gelato.

This year’s event will be bigger than ever. Hosted by James Liotta, you can look forward to performances from Anthony Callea, Joe Avati, Mark Vincent, and Maria Venuti. And with various stalls set up, you’ll never be at a loss for entertainments between acts.

Lygon St is accessible through public transport, but all day parking is also available on the surrounding area for $5.00.

For more information, visit the official website of the Carlton Italian Festa.

Garage Sale Trail
Saturday, October 25 (Various times); Various locations

The City of Melbourne will be dusted with hundreds of garage sales as a part of the Garage Sale Trail – Australia’s biggest sustainability and reuse event.

The Garage Sale Trail gives people a unique opportunity to declutter their home and work environments, making a small profit in the process. This event coincides with Buy Nothing New Month – a month dedicated to reducing landfill waste from damaging consumption habits.

Over the last three years, the Garage Sale Trail has involved more than 360,000 participants and 35,000 sellers throughout Australia; it has become an immense community success on a national scale. Everyone is invited to be involved, including households, community groups, charities, schools, or just you!

So create a trailblaze or form your own treasure trail on their official website before embarking on the treasure hunt!

For more information, visit the Garage Sale Trail’s official website.

Diwali – Indian Festival of Lights
Thursday, October 23 – Saturday, October 25 (12.00pm – 9.30pm); Federation Square

This luminous festival is held in Fed Square over three days, with various events celebrating Indian culture throughout each. It will be ended with a vibrant fireworks display along the Yarra River.

A Bollywood film marathon kicks off the event, screening Bollywood classics from 12.00pm on Thursday and Friday such as Total Siyapaa and I Hate Luv Storys. On Friday, October 24, a dance troupe from India will perform at the City Square, and a family festival will entertain all ages on the final day.

Throughout the festival, Indian music and dance will accompany craft workshops and magic shows. You can also attend a meditation lecture and participate in yoga to grasp a sense of India’s peaceful culture.

The Indian Festival of Lights is not one to be missed. With an exciting and busy program, there’s entertainment for everyone.

More on the Diwali Indian Festival of Lights can be found at the official event page over at Federation Square’s website.

Round She Goes Vintage Market
Sunday, October 26 (10.00am – 3.00pm); Coburg Town Hall (90 Bell St, Coburg)

Photo: Round She Goes' official Facebook Page

Photo: Round She Goes’ official Facebook Page

Round She Goes Market is held in North Coburg Town Hall and offers pre-loved ladies garments at affordable prices.

With designer labels such as Mimco, Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci and Chanel amongst many others, this market houses bargains that you won’t want to miss. Quality vintage products are sourced both locally and globally, with more than 60 stalls filled with garments and jewellery.

A food truck will be parked at the event serving up lunch for the hungry shoppers, and an expert barista from Mister Nice Guy’s BakeShop will also be there to offer vegan cupcakes with coffee.

The entry fee is $2.00.

For more information, visit Round She Goes Vintage Market’s official website.