The Weekender: January 30 – February 1
SUPPORT up-and-coming Australian designers at the Little Sparrow Market, chill out by a rooftop pool above Flinders Lane, delight in all things barbecue at Queen Victoria Market, or celebrate the St Kilda Festival. Anthea Batsakis guides you through this weekend’s events.
Free Rooftop Pool Party
Every Sunday until Sunday, March 29 (2.00pm – 9.00pm); 187 Flinders Lane
The iconic Adelphi Hotel situated on Flinders Lane will play host to a free pool party on Sunday evenings until March, and you are cordially invited to take a dip into the beautiful rooftop oasis overlooking the bustle of the city below.
The Adelphi Pool’s uniqueness is not only limited to its rooftop location over Melbourne’s bohemian lane, as the pool also juts out over the roof! Moreover, its clear bottom means that others can see you swim from below, and you can observe the street from under water.
The party will be sporting a retro theme that will accompany sizzling gourmet sausages on a barbecue. Retro cocktails specially curated for this event will also be served up.
The rooftop’s capacity is limited to just 60 people at a time, so make sure you get in early!
Adelphi Pool’s official Facebook event page has more details for this event.
St Kilda Festival
Saturday, January 31 – Sunday, February8 (various times); Various locations
Melbourne’s largest free festival returns for another year of summer, beach, music, and food. Watch various Australian artists performing against the beautiful backdrop of St Kilda’s foreshore and partake in the countless interactive activities scattered throughout St Kilda.
The festival kicks off this Saturday with the Yalukit Wilum Ngargee (Boon Wurrung language for welcome) festival – an indigenous art and music event held in the O’Donnell Gardens. Starting at 12.45pm, the crowd will be welcomed by Elder Carolyn Briggs, MC Leila Gurrawiwi, and Port Phillip mayor Cr Amanda Stevens – just before the opening ceremony. A variety of entertainment will follow until 8.00pm, ranging from hip-hop workshops to music from the Charcoal Club.
The festival continues for nine days, with the most renowned day being the Festival Sunday where up to 450,000 people are expected to attend during the day.
Check out all the free events happening over the nine days at St Kilda Festival’s official website.
Melbourne Barbecue Festival
Sunday, February 1 (10.00am – 10.00pm); Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne
Australia’s first barbecue festival seems long overdue considering our culture of summer barbecues. Nevertheless, the Melbourne Barbecue Festival is finally here, and it is not one to be missed for a real taste of the typical Australian lifestyle.
This Sunday at the Queen Victoria Market, a carnivorous culinary experience awaits you. You can sample a large selection of Melbourne’s best barbecued dishes or buy barbecue-related equipment from exhibitors such as Native Smoke and Crowley’s Hot Sauce. This free-admission event will also be plating up a range of American-inspired, Filipino, and Mexican barbecue dishes.
With more demonstrations, cold beverages, and competitions on the offer, you won’t regret checking out this unique festival!
Visit the Melbourne Barbecue Festival’s website for more information.
Little Sparrow Market
Sunday, February 1 (10.00am – 5.00pm); Federation Square, Melbourne
This Sunday, the Little Sparrow designers market will take occupancy at Federation Square.
The Little Sparrow Market is a unique retail platform, offering products from both new and high calibre designers. Valuing ethical, sustainable, and quality products underpinned by highly original concepts, the market is fashioned to support up-and-coming designers by providing them with the space to showcase their products.
For visitors who wish to know more about the products, the market also grants visitors the opportunity to meet and greet the makers and designers.
With a curated line-up of new designers and vintage stalls, there’s something for everyone, whether it’s stationary, clothes, or food.
Discover more about the Little Sparrow market by visiting their website.