The Weekender: December 19 – 21
WATCH films from a movie-screening bike, pick up country’s crafts and produce at the nearby Craft Market, donate clothes to those in need at Australia’s First Street Store, or get stylish by shopping at Melbourne’s designer market. Anthea Batsakis sets up your pre-Christmas weekend.
Back2Bikes’ Big End of Year Bash
Friday, December 19 (8:30pm – 11:30pm); Testing Grounds, 1 – 23 City Road, Melbourne
In collaboration with Back2Bikes, Projector Bikes bring you the Back2Bikes Big End of Year Bash on their pre-Christmas night ride this Friday.
If you’re wondering what Projector Bikes are, they’re not your regular type of bikes. They’re custom-made cargo bike with three wheels, a high powered projector, and a stereo system – providing a unique way to make movies mobile and to screen them in public places. These projections can range from the size of a building to that of a television set! Showcasing the best short films in many different areas, Projector Bikes offers audiences great experiences to be introduced to independent films and to exercise at the same time.
This Friday, the group will first meet at Testing Grounds at 8:30pm and then head in the direction of Port Melbourne, with impressive short films screened when they stop along the way. At 9:30pm, the group will arrive at the Back2Bikes base, where the party can settle down to watch more films while enjoying a few drinks.
Everyone is welcome; just bring your bike and helmet, and prepare for a unique (and free!) night out.
To find out more about the Projector Bikes and the event, head to their official website.
Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market
Sunday, December 21 (9:00am – 2:00pm); Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Visit Flemington Racecourse for your last chance to buy crafty Christmas gifts and choice holiday meats at a Christmas Market this Sunday.
Curated by Craft Market, the fair is sure to be filled with festive atmosphere to enjoy, as you peruse the best of regional Victoria’s craft and produce. This market is especially aimed towards citysiders, providing them the opportunity to sample the best goods from country Victoria without having to travel far every month.
Before you visit, make sure that you bring cash, prepare for the weather, and be wary of the parking signs; although catching the train to the Flemington Racecourse train station is also a viable option.
So head down to Flemington Racecourse for fresh food and quirky, crafty gifts for yourself and for your loved ones!
The Craft Market is on in almost every month at the same venue. Check out what more they have to offer by visiting their official website.
Made in Melbourne
Sunday, December 21 (9:00am – 4:00pm); Queen Victoria Market
Support Melbourne’s local fashion designers by picking up a few last-minute Christmas gifts at Queen Victoria Market. For the first time, Melbourne designers will collaborate to bring you their individual pop-up stalls. Indie labels will include jewellery, clothing, bags, accessories, designer fabrics, and many more!
Launched in 2009, Made in Melbourne is a growing organisation that helps up-and-coming fashion designers to gain access to a larger audience and showcase their work. They seek to capture the essence of what makes Melbourne such a creative and fashionable city.
So support these emerging designers as they promote their labels, and don’t forget to pick up something truly unique for Christmas!
Don’t hesitate to visit Made in Melbourne’s website and discover more about the participating local designers!
Australia’s First Street Store
Saturday, December 20 (12:00pm – 3:00pm); Federation Square, Melbourne
A free pop-up clothing store will be launched on Saturday, thanks to Homeless Australia, GiDi Creative, and Free is Better. Dubbed as The Street Store, the project first began in Cape Town and since then it has spread like wildfire, with more than 130 stores opened in a variety of countries across the globe. This time, it has finally arrived in Australia, with Melbourne’s Federation Square lucky enough to be the host.
Having been founded in January this year, The Street Store has already taken to vast heights on the premise that homelessness isn’t only a South African issue. The store is made only from posters, where you can hang your clothing and shoe donations and watch as your donation goes to a person very much in need. Guest DJs will be performing at the event, and both free bottled water and free barber grooming services will be provided. If you’re keen on helping out more, you can purchase a $5 voucher for Mr Burger and this can be directly donated to a person in need in this event.
So unclutter your wardrobe and donate to street store to be a part of this dignified shopping experience. Clean clothing donations are made directly at the event from 11:00am onwards.
Help yourself out to more information at The Street Store’s official website.