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The Weekender: February 20 – 22

Daniel Driscoll

Thu Feb 19 2015

Chinese New Year Melbourne

MEET new friends at a White Night Meet-up, plan out your next holiday at the Adventure Travel Expo, catch a dragon parade in Chinatown or buy something different at the Remade Boutique market. Daniel Driscoll has you covered this weekend.

Study Melbourne White Night Meet-up
Saturday, February 21 (6.00pm); Study Melbourne Student Centre (599 Little Bourke St, Melbourne)

Study Melbourne is running a student meet-up for international students during the White Night Festival!

The event will take place at the Study Melbourne StudentCentre,where there will be free food and canapés to start off with at 7.00pm sharp. Afterwards, the group will take a tour of the city to check out what’s on in this truly immense event. The official meet-up ends at 9.00pm but you shouldn’t really end your night, especially since there are still so much to see around the city over twelve massive hours!

White Night Melbourne is one of the biggest events of the year; it annually attracts more than 500,000 people pouring into the CBD. There are tons of free and paid entertainment all night (the event itself starts at 7.00pm and officially ends at 7.00am) featuring local, national and international artists from all around the world.You will be able to watch the city of Melbourne transform into a living, breathing hub of arts and culture!

For more information and to join the Study Melbourne meet-up, head over to their Facebook event page.

Adventure Travel Expo
Saturday, February 21 (12.00pm – 6.00pm) and Sunday February 22 (12.00pm – 5.00pm); Royal Exhibition Building (9 Nicholson St, Carlton)

Budget travel and accommodation

Head over to the My Adventure Expo at the Royal Exhibition Building for some free advice on where to head for your next adventure!

You’ll find a huge range of exhibitors with expert knowledge on where to go, what to see and how to get there.

Entry to the expo is free; so start out early, take along your ideas and questions, and enjoy the day!

For more details, head to the Adventure Expo’s website.

Chinese New Year Dragon Parade 2015
Sunday, February 22, (11.15 am – 12.45 pm); Chinatown (Little Bourke Street, Melbourne)

Check out the world's largest processional Chinese dragon in Chinatown this weekend. Photo: Chinese Museum

Check out the world’s largest processional Chinese dragon in Chinatown this weekend. Photo: Chinese Museum

Chinese New Year is finally here and the annual Dragon Parade will be proceeding down Little Bourke Street in Chinatown to herald the coming of another year of celebration.

The parade will see a fantastic procession of lavishly costumed menand women carrying mythical beasts, banners, lanterns and weapons designed to drive away evil spirits. You’ll also get to see dancing lions, musicians and some delightfully noisy firecrackers.

Once the festivities have died down, why not continue the celebrations by heading into one of the many restaurants that line the street and enjoy a great cheap meal – be it dumplings, duck or any kinds of mouth watering meals on offer.

To find out more about the parade, head to the Chinese New Year Melbourne’s website.

Melbourne Remade Festival
Saturday, February 21 (10.00am – 4.00pm); Collins234 (234 Collins St, Melbourne)


Head to Collins 234 Boutique Place and pick up something different with a personal touch.

The Melbourne Remade Boutique Market features 40 different stalls with a range of unique, handmade and sustainable products.

All of these products on offer are made using recycled, remade, sustainably sourced and up-cycled materials.

The stalls will be spread across three levels where you’ll find anything from fashion, beauty products, stationery, homewares and art.

While you shop till you drop, there will be a jazz band to keep you entertained and food stalls to keep you going all day.

To check out some of the stallholders, visit the Collins234’s website.